Alexandria Restaurant Week: Washington Restaurant Week may have officially ended, but you can find dining deals in Alexandria through Sunday.
Drink up: Spicy Southeast Asian food and Riesling are a go-to pairing, so Doi Moi celebrates the grape with the “winter of Riesling.” Starting Tuesday (and running through March) you’ll find a variety of special wines by the glass, both sweeter and drier. Head in between 5 and 7 for 30 percent off bottles.
Beery dinner: Mad Fox Brewing Company heads to H Street on Tuesday for a beer dinner at Granville Moore’s. Get five courses paired with the local brews for $60 per person.
Gluten-free feast: Wildfire hosts a celiac-friendly meal on Tuesday with gluten-free beer pairings ($50 per person), beginning with a reception at 6:30. CNN producer Eric Marrapodi joins the event to share stories from his gluten-free lifestyle.
Happy birthday, Jackson 20: The Alexandria restaurant celebrates its sixth birthday starting on Tuesday. You’ll find a special $20 lobster boil and the six most popular cocktails from past years for $6. The eatery is also participating in the aforementioned Alexandria Restaurant Week, with lobster as one of the menu options.
Go Greek: Cookbook author Aglaia Kremezi heads to Zaytinya on Wednesday (through January 31) for a celebration of Choirosphagia, an ancient festival centered on the butchering of an entire pig. You’ll find special dishes at lunch and dinner, plus a cooking class next Tuesday and a set dinner next Thursday.
The week in pop-ups: You’ll find two limited-run restaurant options this week. First Ripple offers a preview menu for its upcoming sister eatery, Roofers Union, on Wednesday and Thursday ($25 per person). Then Austin’s East Side King takes over Toki Underground on Friday, starting at 11. Seats are first come, first served for the latter, so get in line early.
Straight from the cookbook: Local author Domenica Marchetti hosts a dinner at Fourth Estate on Thursday to celebrate her latest work, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy. The five-course meal with wine pairings is $90 per person and starts at 6:30.
All-star event: Sips & Suppers returns this weekend with big-time names including Alice Waters and José Andrés, among many others. Tickets are still available for the less-pricey Sips event on Saturday at the Newseum. Certain Suppers are sold out or have very limited seating remaining for Sunday, but a few of the $600-plus meals are still available. Proceeds from both benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table.
DC Meat Week: Omnivores, unite! DC Meat Week returns on Sunday with a kickoff party at Rockville’s Urban Bar-B-Que at 6:30. The festivities continue into next week, so check out the full lineup online.
Washington Restaurant Week: The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington launches winter Restaurant Week on Monday. More than 200 eateries in the area offer special menus for $20.14 at lunch and $35.14 at dinner through January 19 (and some beyond). Having a hard time choosing? Check out our list of participants who also appear on our recent 100 Very Best Restaurant list to help you narrow down the possibilities.
Vietnamese new year: Get in the holiday mood once again at Sprig & Sprout, which hosts a weeklong supper club in honor of Tet, the Vietnamese new year celebration. Starting Monday, guests can reserve an eight-course meal for $50 per person, featuring traditional dishes such as white-asparagus-and-crab soup and twice-cooked crispy chicken.
Fiola goes regional: On Monday, Fiola launches three regional menus that will be served in the restaurant for the next three weeks. You’ll find four-course dinner menus with wine pairings ($60 per person) focusing on dishes from the Piemonte, Veneto, and Toscana regions. If indulgent white truffles are more your calling, you can also order a white-truffle menu—or have the pricey mushrooms shaved onto various dishes—until the supply runs out.
More classes at Enoversity: Eno Wine Room recently launched a series of classes dubbed “Enoversity,” and it’s hosting the second installment on Tuesday. Go for flights and glasses from Virginia’s Tarara Winery between 6 and 8, and learn more about local wine production.
Soup for you: Looking for a way to stave off the winter chill? Legal Sea Foods celebrates National Soup Month with $1 cups of classic New England clam chowder on Wednesday. You’ll find the deal offered with the purchase of an entrée in the Tysons Corner, Crystal City, and Penn Quarter locations.
Beer fun: You’ll find a continuation of the Red Rocks “beer tender” series at the pizzeria chainlet this week. Wednesday brings an Anchor Steam release party at the Arlington location, and on Thursday you’ll find representatives from Sam Adams at the H Street outpost.
Tokifact take two: Missed the Toki Underground pop-up at Baltimore’s Artifact Coffee last week? Your chopsticks can take a second stab at ramen Thursday through Saturday, during the second and last installation of Erik Bruner-Yang and Spike Gjerde’s collaboration. Order bowls from 6:30 until they’re sold out.
Alexandria Restaurant Week: There’re no scarcity of specially priced meals this week. In addition to the RAMW-sponsored Restaurant Week above, Alexandria hosts its own version starting Friday and running through Sunday, January 26. The model is a little different: Most participants offer a three-course menu or a meal for two, both priced at $35 during dinner.
Channeling the Amalfi: It may still feel like winter, but Ripple evokes warmer Mediterranean climes on Saturday with Don Ciccio & Figli founder Francesco Amodeo from 2 to 4. You’ll sample tastes of his locally made Italian liqueurs, cocktails made from the spirits, and bites from chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley. Reservations ($35 per person) can be made by calling the restaurant.
Looking ahead: Happening January 25 and 26 is Sips & Suppers, which returns for its sixth year, bigger than ever. You’ll find plenty of star-studded events, including new features like a book-signing and wine reception with Alice Waters and Eric Asimov and a Chinese New Year dinner from Scott Drewno and Peter Chang. The weekend-long festival is mainly divided between the more wallet-friendly Sips at the Newseum on Saturday, and $600-per-person Suppers—prepared by a roster of celebrated chefs including Austin’s Paul Qi and Mourad Lahlou of San Francisco’s Aziza—on Sunday.
Chef mega-party: Graffiato’s monthly Industry Takeover Nights usually provide a pretty raucous time—remember the firework incident?—but this Monday’s one-year anniversary of the event should prove extra-fun. Top Chef alums Jennifer Carroll and Angelo Sosa moonlight in the kitchen alongside local toques such as Scott Drewno, while certified sake master Tiffany Dawn Soto pours refreshments. Hours are also expanded until 2 AM, with the $10 cash-only cover benefiting Meals on Wheels.
Bombay Club anniversary: Now that the holiday season is officially over, you can start celebrating another milestone: Bombay Club’s 25th anniversary. You’ll find specials at Ashok Bajaj’s first restaurant throughout the month, including a $25 prix-fixe lunch with a complimentary petit four, and a gratis glass of bubbly at dinner with your entrée.
Tamale festival: Richard Sandoval’s Tysons Corner eatery La Sandia celebrates the Mexican dish during a festival Monday through January 31. Look for traditional tamales, special tamale entrées like fried chicken tinga with salsa verde and pickled veggies, and a dessert version.
Free vodka: Why not? Record low temps are predicted for Tuesday, so Mari Vanna plans to warm up guests with complimentary shots of infused Vortex vodka in flavors such as pineapple and cucumber-dill (one per person). Cheers!
Toki in Baltimore: Toki Underground’s Erik Bruner-Yang joins forces with Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen fame for a “Tokifact” pop-up at Gjerde’s Artifact Coffee Thursday through Saturday. (A second pop-up is planned for January 16 through 18.) Expect bowls of locally sourced ramen ingredients and spelt noodles, which will be served from 6:30 until the soup runs out.
Local beer dinner: DC Brau teams up with Arlington’s Big Buns burger joint for a five-course dinner on Thursday at 8. Patties such as a brisket/rib-eye blend with thick-cut bacon are each paired with a different brew, including classics and seasonals, for $35 per person.
Pacific Northwest beer dinner: Art and Soul continues its Saturday Suppers series with a beer-and-venison dinner inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Channel Puget Sound and feast on Columbia River salmon, raw oysters, red-wine-braised venison, sourdough doughnuts, and more. Tickets ($70) are available online.
Southern fun: The Washington Winter Show takes place this week at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are available for a Friday lunch lecture by brothers Matt and Ted Lee, authors of The Lees Bros. Charleston Kitchen, as well as Saturday’s jazz night with Rocklands Barbeque and a Jefferson’s Bourbon tasting. Prices and times vary.
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Happy anniversary: If you’re looking for a Monday splurge, then Bourbon Steak’s five-year anniversary party is the place to go. Chef-owner Michael Mina is joined by a team of past and present toques from the restaurant, all serving a six-course meal with optional wine pairings after an opening cocktail reception at 7. Reservations are $165, or $250 with pairings.
Foie la la: California may have banned the luxurious liver, but you can get your fill along H Street with the Foie La La fest, starting Monday. Restaurants like Granville Moore’s, Boundary Road, and the Atlas Room all serve foie gras-based dishes through the end of the month, so you can try them all and vote for your favorite.
Party like Ron Burgundy: Jack Rose commemorates the upcoming release of Anchorman 2 with a Ron Burgundy-esque Scotch party on the rooftop terrace Monday. Come for Scotch cocktails, flights, and barrel-aged beers, plus a screening of the original movie and costume contest (incentive: $2 off themed cocktails all night for the winner).
Drink for good: Sip beer and help feed those in need at ChurchKey on Monday, which hosts a holiday ale tap takeover and canned food drive. Bring an edible item for So Others Might Eat (or make a cash donation) between 4 and 9, and get a free four-ounce pour from the 50 varieties of holiday drafts.
Festivus for the rest of us: Expect plenty of alternative holiday spirit at Rustico Alexandria on Wednesday, which hosts its seventh annual Festivus celebration at 6. Go dance around the Festivus pole, air some grievances, and taste 15 varieties of holiday brews. You may even snag free brewery glassware.
Class/preview: Want to learn about whiskey and check out a buzz-worthy bar all at once? Sign up for the Southern Whiskey 101 class on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, held at Derek Brown’s soon-to-open bar, Southern Efficiency. The space doesn’t officially open until Saturday, but you can get a sneak peek while learning about the South’s greatest spirit and sipping a mix of well-known and less-common liquors. Classes are held at 6 and 8 each night, and costs $45 per person.
Holiday market: Browse holiday foodstuffs and chef Frederik de Pue’s new Penn Quarter restaurant-market-wine bar all at once during a pop-up holiday market at Menu on Thursday from 3 to 7. Guests will sip free hot chocolate and snack on Chapel Hill Farm veal meatballs, wander between stalls manned by local producers like DC Cured, and find an array of foodstuffs from the upcoming concept like sticky buns, soup, and Belgian waffles.
Fish feast: Chef Mike Isabella offers his take on the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner, Thursday through Sunday at G. The five-course menu includes an ocean’s worth of offerings, from roasted oysters to crab pasta and pan-roasted branzino. Reservations are $65, with an additional beverage pairing for $35.
Yesss: Bar Pilar channels Home Alone during a Sunday dinner party from 6 to 9. You’ll pig out like Kevin on an all-you-can-eat dinner buffet (house-made pizza bagels, deep-fried PB&J), drink eggnog, and hopefully avoid blowtorching burglars. Tickets are $25, and include a free drink ticket.
Dine for good: Four Union Market affiliates— Toki Underground, Maketto, Buffalo & Bergen, and Rappahannock Oyster Bar—team up for a collaborative dinner on Monday to benefit Miriam’s Kitchen. The four-course meal is $50, with additional wine pairings available during two seatings at 6 and 8. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations (which are limited).
Pop-up preview: Get a preview of chef Frederik de Pue’s upcoming Penn Quarter restaurant, Menu, during a three-day pop-up at Table. You’ll find three-course offerings for $45 per person Monday through Wednesday, plus optional beer pairings for another $25.
Virginia wine tutorials: The new-ish Eno Wine Room launches Enoversity on Tuesday from 6 to 8. The monthly class will highlight a variety of producers, including Virginia wineries for the first four sessions. Guests can opt to sample a glass or flight while learning about the featured grower. Up this week: Lovingston Winery.
Bountiful bubbles: The holidays call for more Champagne, and you’ll have plenty at Bastille on Wednesday with a paired tasting menu. There’s no lack of luxury ingredients—foie gras, caviar, truffle sauce—hence the $115 price tag (or $60 without the pairings).
Distillery Dinner: Ever dined in a distillery? Here’s your chance. Purcellville’s Catoctin Creek hosts a dinner on Friday at 6:30, which combines a private tour of the production facility with a four-course meal and cocktail pairings. Tickets are $125, including tip, and available online.
Whiskey 101: Serious bourbon lovers can head to Jack Rose on Saturday for an eight-hour Bourbon Academy lead by the Filson Historical Society’s bourbon historian. Tickets are $150 for the general public and available online.
Gingerbread galore: You can drop by two gingerbread house parties on Saturday. Ris hosts a workshop benefiting DC Central Kitchen, with all the ingredients needed to craft a sweet mansion, holiday desserts, and spiked cider from noon to 2 ($20 adults/$10 kids). Call 202-730-2500 to reserve space. Over at Cork Market, pick between two sessions for decorating at 11:30 and 3:30. Come for construction, stay for Christmas cookies, hot cocoa, and more ($35).
Christmas cooking class: Get a head start on your holiday meal at Osteria Marzano, which hosts an Italian Christmas cooking class on Saturday from 11 to 2. After whipping up a variety of dishes, you’ll sit down to lunch and gratis Champagne. Reservations are $85, and limited to 20 guests.
Holiday cooking “light”: Looking to cut calories this season? Westend Bistro chef Devin Bozkaya hosts a health-minded cooking class on Saturday from 2:30 to 4, which includes recipes and tips for creating lighter versions of holiday classics. Reservations are $65, and include wine pairings.
Treme cookbook “eat and greet”: Get a taste of the Big Easy on Saturday and meet Lolis Eric Elie, author of Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans. Bayou Bakery hosts a party with Elie from 5:30 to 7:30, where you’ll find copies of the cookbook available to purchase ($30) alongside cocktails, food specials, and live music.
Pre-holiday dinner: Get in the festive spirit (without the immediate holiday stress) at Sonoma on Saturday, which serves a special three-course menu with an amuse and optional wine pairings ($70). Guests can also enter to win a free wine flight with the meal.
Santa Brunch: Take the kids to the Kennedy Center on Sunday for the annual Brunch with Santa at the Roof Terrace Restaurant. The afternoon includes a breakfast buffet, a gratis mimosa for adults, and photos with the North Pole’s main man for kids ($45 adults; $20 children).
Bourbon Steak’s fifth anniversary: The big ticket event next week falls on Monday, so you’ll want to plan ahead. Bourbon Steak celebrates its fifth anniversary with a reunion dinner of past and present chefs, including owner Michael Mina, David Varley, Adam Sobel, and more. A cocktail reception starts at 7, followed by a six-course meal with optional pairings ($165, or $250 with wine). Call 202-944-9173 or email BourbonSteak.WAS@fourseasons.com for reservations.
Chef party: Graffiato hosts its monthly industry takeover night (a.k.a. Monday rager) from 10 to 1. Contributing chefs and barkeeps include Boqueria chef Greg Basalla, Top Chef season six competitor Eli Kirshtein, the crew from Level in Annapolis, and more. There’s a $10 cash cover at the door, with partial proceeds going towards Martha’s Table.
Ugly sweater party: Let the holiday festivities begin. The Loews Madison Hotel hosts an ugly sweater party in its PostScript Lounge on Monday from 4:30 to 7:30. Come for happy hour prices; stay to post Instagram photos of guests in their unattractive attire—$1 will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank for every pic.
Scotch tasting: Get a taste of the peaty stuff during a Scotch tasting at Cordial in Union Market on Tuesday from 7:30 to 9. Keepers of the Quaich member Ed Kohl leads the seminar, which includes tastings of whisky and snacks from neighboring vendor Neopol Savory Smokery. Another perk: Bottles will be offered at a 10 percent discount. Reservations are $45.
Snack for good: The annual Celebration of Hope fundraiser for RAINN, an anti-sexual violence organization, is on Wednesday at the Long View Gallery between 6:30 and 8:30. Participating restaurants serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres include Corduroy, Restaurant Nora, and more. Tickets start at $75 for young professionals and $150 for general admission.
Repeal Day party: What better way to celebrate the end of prohibition than by drinking? Jack Rose hosts its annual Repeal Day party on Thursday, and the g̶o̶o̶d̶ even better news: There’s no fixed price. Just dress in your old-timey best and prepare for classic cocktails, burlesque dancers, 1930s-inspired bar snacks, and specially priced cigars.
Remember Movember: Celebrate the end of Movember and freshly shaven faces at Del Frisco’s Grille on Thursday from 5 to 8. The restaurant marks the conclusion of yet another successful campaign with drink specials, complimentary snacks (mini shaved-steak sandwiches! “mo-shroom” flatbreads!), and a raffle.
Virginia is for wine lovers: Sample Virginian vino on Saturday during a tasting hosted by the Washington Wine Academy at Studio Jade Crystal City from 6 to 10. You’ll find varietals from ten vineyards, including Barboursville Winery, Chrysalis Vineyards, Pearmund Cellars, and more. Tickets ($55) are available online.
Calling aspiring food writers: The Smithsonian Associates hosts a seminar called Food Writing: A Practical Introduction on Saturday from 9:30 to 4:30 ($130 general admission). You’ll learn about different forms of food writing—from formal reviews to daily blogs—from a number of experts, including cookbook author Monica Bhide.
Holiday cookies: Get baking on Sunday at the Hill Center from 2 to 4, where Washington Post writers and recipe testers lead a course on holiday cookie making. On the menu: fennel macarons, pear-gingerbread s’mores, and more. Tickets are $65, and available online.
Seasonal dinner: Glover Park’s Arcuri hosts an autumnal wine dinner on Monday at 6:30. Five courses are paired with vino for $60, and include dishes such as steak tartare with guanciale, butternut squash agnolotti, and roasted turbot. Call for reservations.
Central-ness: Chef Michel Richard’s bistro hosts two events this week. First up: a five-course “leftover turkey” dinner on Monday that’s geared around holiday dishes and the best wine pairings for turkey, stuffing, etc. Then on Thursday is the third annual Beaujolais Nouveau party from 5 to 10:30 with 15 percent off Burgundy wines, by-the-glass specials, live “gypsy jazz,” and a five-course menu. Both are $150 per person.
Eat for good: Help with the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts while eating sisig, a popular Filipino dish, at Daikaya Izakaya, which donates all proceeds from the sale of the dish to World Food Programs. You’ll find it at lunch and brunch; the former is a donburi bowl with sizzling pork and egg over white rice, while the latter features a braised-pork hash with yuzu and an egg. Donations will be made through December 31.
Farm-to-table book-signing: Forrest Pritchard, the owner of Smith Meadows Farm in Berryville, Virginia, and the author of Gaining Ground, signs copies of his book at Copperwood Tavern on Tuesday from 8 to 10. Get there early, as the first 50 people receive free signed copies.
Holiday baking: Love the idea of whipping up a Thanksgiving pie but daunted about actually baking? Tiffany MacIsaac leads a holiday pie class on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at Buzz Bakery in Alexandria from 6 to 8:30. You’’ll learn to make a craveable crust, as well as specific items like apple pie and savory quiche. Tickets are $85 per person.
New Jewish cooking: Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray sign copies of their cookbook The New Jewish Table at the Daily Dish on Tuesday at 6. Guests are then served a three-course meal based on recipes from the book ($40 per person).
Holiday takeout: You’ll still have to wait until mid-December for Ris Lacoste’s permanent stall in Union Market, but the Ris chef debuts a pop-up holiday stand on Tuesday. You’ll find a number of items meant to make your festive meals easier, from chicken stock to cranberry-orange bread, pies, and Thanksgiving sides (the latter will start on Tuesday of next week).
Gin competition: Fans of the locally distilled Green Hat Gin, here’s an event for you. Five Vinoteca barkeeps compete to make the best gin cocktail on Wednesday during a contest/party from 7 to 9. The $25 ticket price includes tastes of all the boozy creations, snacks, and the chance to hang with “guest celebrity judges” (including yours truly).
Beer gala: Head to Jack Rose on Wednesday for a night of “gambling, games, and giggle juice” at the Samuel Adams Autumn Gala. You’ll find casino games such as blackjack and roulette and an open beer bar with 20 Sam Adams drafts. Tickets are $60.
Brewer meet-and-greet: Rub elbows with Port City’s Bill Butcher during a tapping of the Alexandria brewery’s holiday beer, Tidings Ale, at Red Rocks Bistro in Arlington on Thursday. You’ll also have a chance to fill special Port City growlers and sample new pizzas.
Oysters galore: Oyster Riot returns to Old Ebbitt on Friday and Saturday for an impressive 19th consecutive year. Pick between Saturday “matinee” and weekend-night tickets for downing bushels of bivalves, guzzling beer and wine, and listening to live music ($140 per person).
Dinner with Alice Waters: You’ll have two chances to catch the famed Chez Panisse chef/owner on Saturday. First Politics & Prose hosts Waters at 3:30 for a book-signing of The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden. At 7, head to Buck’s Fishing & Camping for another book-signing and dinner. Tickets start at $350, with proceeds going to the Edible Schoolyard Project.
Dine for charity: Cashion’s Eat Place launches its Ticket to Giving dinner club on Tuesday. Guests can buy $40 tickets for a three-course meal Sunday through Thursday until December 30, and 10 percent of the bill will go toward Taste of the Nation’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
More market: Union Market extends its hours this week, opening for the first time on Tuesday for a six-day-a-week schedule. Drop in for cooking demos from vendors such as Rappahannock Oyster Bar and chef John Mooney, who’s slated to open a restaurant in the market.
Mole festival: Sadly, this is not a celebration of ground-dwelling mammals. El Centro 14th Street and Georgetown throw their first Mole (pronounced “mo-lay”) Festival on Wednesday, highlighting the Mexican sauce. Through November 30, find specials such as quesadillas with a tasting of three moles, hanger steak with mole negro, and more.
Korean takeover: Graffiato hosts its usual first-Monday-of-the-month industry takeover night, this time with a Korean theme. Visiting chefs include Pabu’s Jonah Kim, Ed Lee of Top Chef fame, the Mandu crew, and more. Partial proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation.
The Scottish are coming: TNT Bar hosts a brand ambassador from Scotland’s Balvenie Distillery on Tuesday at 8. The $25 tasting includes samples of three Scotches, and can be reserved by e-mailing email@example.com.
Wine and dine: Tablas Creek Vineyard and Blue Duck Tavern collaborate for a Wednesday wine dinner, starting at 7:30. The four-course meal is paired with the winery’s Rhône-style blends ($125 per person).
Join the beer flock: Newish Glover Park spot Arcuri hosts a Goose Island Brewery dinner on Monday at 6:30. The four-course meal is paired with different beers for $45 per person (including tax and gratuity).
Happy birthday, Tonic: The Mount Pleasant neighborhood bistro celebrates its tenth anniversary with a weeklong lineup of deals and festivities. Start on Monday with free skeeball and half-price burgers, followed by free bottles of wine on Wednesday (with the purchase of two entrées) and all-night Halloween happy hour on Thursday.
Top Chef reunion: Three local Top Chef-testants discuss their experiences on the show and the meaning of local eating at the National Museum of Natural History on Tuesday at 6:45. Hear from Art Smith, Mike Isabella, and Spike Mendelsohn before sampling their cuisine at a post-seminar reception. Tickets are $45.