The Week in Food Events: Last Chance Taco Bamba Pop-Up; Holiday Dinners at Belga Cafe; Solstice at Equinox

Plus our complete guide to holiday entertaining, shopping, and dining.

By: Anna Spiegel

Goodbye, Taco Bamba: Monday is the last call for chef Victor Albisu’s Taco Bamba pop-up at Black Jack—until the former BLT Steak toque opens the permanent restaurant in Falls Church sometime in 2013. The “greatest hits” menu includes tortillas topped with everything from fried fluke and slaw to ancho-spiced meatballs with grilled guacamole and masa-crusted foie gras. It’s open seating, but discount seekers should aim for the happy hour between 6 and 7 (the menu runs until 10).

Top Chef dinners: Belga Cafe chef-owner Bart Vandaele, a current competitor in this season of Top Chef, hosts two holiday dinners this week. The first is a three-course menu with beer pairings on Tuesday, with dishes like beef bourguignon alongside Delirium Noel. The second “Scotch-mas” meal is on Thursday, where you’ll find plates such as Scotch-flamed prawns with chanterelle mushrooms and bacon-stuffed potatoes, complemented by Balvenie Peated Cask, 17 years. Both start at 6:30, cost $59 per person, and can be reserved by calling 202-544-0100.

Solstice celebration: Equinox is looking at the glass half full on Friday and going with a solstice versus worldwide destruction theme for its special dinner. The evening kicks of at 7 with wines from Delaplane, Virginia, winery RdV and bites such as crispy duck rolls and rare tuna on nori chips, followed by a buffet-style dinner with various stations serving the likes of white truffle butter agnolotti and pancetta-wrapped venison with parsnip purée. The event is $100 per person; reserve by calling 202-331-8118.

Goodbye, world: So the Mayan-predicted apocalypse is on Saturday, meaning you’ll want to get all your pre-doomsday partying in on Friday. We have three suggestions for “celebrating” the end of the world, including a super-luxe dinner and a blowout party.

Happy holidays: It’s a busy time of year with all the partying, shopping, menu planning, restaurant reserving, and everything else that comes along with the holiday season. Let us help you with our Holidays in Washington guide, including festive events, where to eat while shopping in Georgetown, and recipes from local toques.