The Week in Food Events: Free Doughnuts, a New Happy Hour, and More Fried Chicken

Plus cocktail classes galore.

By: Anna Spiegel

Try free bacon-topped doughnuts at newly opened Zeke’s DC Donutz. Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Locavore happy hour: Poste launches a new happy hour this week that features locally driven drinks and eats. You’ll find brews from DC Brau and Port City, spirits such as Green Hat gin and Catoctin Creek rye, Virginia bubbly, and nibbles that include Polyface Farms wings and fried Rappahannock oysters. The specials last from 11 AM to 7 PM Monday to Friday, and 4 to 7 on Saturday and Sunday.

Beer tasting: ChurchKey showcases British brewmaster JW Lees on Tuesday with a number of real ales and special-edition brews available by the glass or four-ounce tasting pour. The lineup includes JW Lees Moonraker cask beer, Harvest Ale drafts, and Lagavulin cask-aged drafts. Come during regular business hours for the free-admission event.

New cookbook alert: Author Beth Kanter is at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Tuesday at 7 to discuss her new work: Washington, DC Chef’s Table. The cookbook features recipes from more than 50 of Washington’s top toques and bartenders, some of whom are present for the event. Tickets ($10 per person) are available online.

Do dumplings: Recently opened Russian spot Mari Vanna starts a new happy hour on Tuesday with plenty of pelmeni—little dumplings stuffed with veal, potato, beef, pork, or a dessert version with tart cherries. Diners can snack on a free pelmen with their vodka during the happy hour from 4 to 6, or order a whole plate for $9.

Wine with Danny Glover: African Passion Wines, a South African brand making its US debut, hosts a fundraiser at Eatonville on Tuesday with special guest movie star Danny Glover. You’ll get to meet him and sample hors d’oeuvres and wines starting at 6, with tickets ($125 per person), available online. Proceeds from the event and wine sales go toward the TransAfrica Forum.

Free doughnuts (for life?): The first 200 customers at the newly opened Zeke’s DC Donutz (formerly Cool Disco Donuts) receive gratis pastries in flavors such as Mexican chocolate, peanut butter-bacon, and vanilla crème brûlée on Thursday, starting at 11 AM. In addition to the giveaway—limited to one per customer—five “golden tickets” will be bestowed on lucky guests, who’ll receive free doughnuts for life (with some restrictions, naturally).

Drink like Hemingway: Head to Buffalo & Bergen in Union Market on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 for an Ernest Hemingway-themed seminar from Gina Chersevani and the Museum of the American Cocktail’s Philip Greene. You’ll sample some of the famous author’s favorite drinks while learning more about both the man and the cocktails. Tickets ($35 per person) are available online, with proceeds benefiting the museum.

Happy birthday, Sixth Engine: The Mount Vernon eatery turns one on Thursday, and chef Paul Madrid celebrates with friends and neighbors Danny Lee (Mandu) and Casey Patten (Taylor Gourmet). Each are serving small bites inspired by the other’s restaurants, like a Taylor-esque “bulgoagie” sandwich from Lee and a Korean-style kimchee fried rice risotto ball by Patten. Come thirsty, as you’ll find Catoctin Creek and Three Stars Brewery specials all night.

Fried-chicken-palooza: Birch & Barley hosts a pop-up of the upcoming fried-chicken-and-doughnut joint GBD (short for Golden, Brown Delicious) on Friday. Read all about it in our earlier post, and get there at 11 AM for the first come, first served meal.

Winter wine week: Baltimore’s Wit & Wisdom and Pabu Izakaya are celebrating Charm City’s winter wine week with classes and specials starting this Saturday and running through March 3. Head to the tavern on Saturday at 3 for a “wine 101” class with sommeliers Julie and John ($29 per person), or opt for half-price bottles in the dining room on Sunday. Over at Michael Mina’s Japanese concept, you’ll find sake specials from sake sommelier Tiffany Soto (read about her in our beginner’s sake guide) as well as class next Saturday.

Barleywine fest: Mad Fox Brewing Company celebrates its annual Barleywine Festival on Saturday and Sunday. Check out the extensive list from the brewer’s favorite barleywine producers—priced per pour, admission is free—and consider taking them up on one of the many suggested lodging options.

More cocktail classes: After a test run of Remastered Editions cocktail seminars, Proof bar manager Adam Bernbach is reviving the course through March. Each Sunday from 6:30 to 10:30 you’ll find Bernbach in the bar/lounge area of the restaurant creating four different interpretations of classic drinks like gin fizzes and margaritas. Up for reinvention this Sunday: the Scotch-based Rob Roy. Drinks are $11 to $14, and the sessions are open to the public. Cheers!