DC Brau is serving beer during the event and Brookland’s Mess Hall is providing snacks. Mixologists from throughout the area, including Chantal Tseng, are creating special lit-themed cocktails. Tseng has made a splash designing literary cocktails at Petworth Citizen. Duane Sylvestre also joins the party.
Last year, he created the unforgettable Shug Avery based on the character from Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. Violet in color (resulting from mixing hibiscus with pineapple juice) and crowned with a floating flower, flavors unfolded slowly with sweet, spicy, tart, bold and delicate notes, capturing the essence of the character beautifully.