The Columbia Room, Derek Brown‘s prix-fixe cocktail counter hidden behind the Passenger, is bringing in outside chefs for a series of tag-team dinners.

The details are predictably complicated and fussy.  According to a press release, “Each chef will join Derek Brown behind the bar and prepare two dishes that Derek will pair with hand crafted cocktails, after which the tables will be turned and our guest chef will try their hand at creating a craft cocktail with a dish of Derek’s creation.”

The Passenger’s own Javier Duran will kick things off on June 17, and the series will run on intermittent Thursdays through the summer.  Reservations are limited to 32 guests nightly, at $74 per person (including tax and gratuity).  The visiting chefs are:

July 8: Bibiana‘s Nicholas Stefanelli

July 18: DC Coast‘s Brendan Cox

August 12: Westend Bistro‘s Joe Palma

August 26: Vidalia‘s R.J. Cooper