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NWIPA's Anniversary; More Holdfast Pop-Ups

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FOSTER/POWELL—Beer bar N.W.I.P.A. will celebrate its one-year anniversary tomorrow (Saturday) with an all-day celebration featuring several food and drink specials throughout the afternoon. From noon to 2p.m., N.W.I.P.A. pours $2 drafts; from 2-4p.m., the spot will offer $1 Salt & Straw scoops. By 5p.m., Yakuza's burger-slinging Kuza Cart pulls up. More information here. [EaterWire]

OLD TOWN—Chef Will Preisch announces more installments of his Holdfast Dining pop-up, including two dinners on the calendar this weekend (Saturday and Sunday). As with previous events, the dinners will be nine courses (with five wine pairings) and feature dishes like bone marrow custard, seaweed gnocchi, and pig's ear with corn and padron sour cream. In two weeks, Preisch will offer an all-vegetarian series, serving six courses for $55. [EaterWire]

THE CRITICS—Should restaurant critics have expense accounts? Slate's L.V. Anderson writes a rebuttal to critic Robert Sietsema's recent essay on Eater NY that suggests dwindling review budgets have had a profound impact on the state of restaurant criticism. Anderson writes that "Sietsema's argument makes perfect sense — if you accept his terms," taking issue with the whole idea that restaurant critics should have expense accounts to begin with. Eater National breaks it down. [-E-]

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