José Andrés-style road trip: Though we’d love to see Andrés at a drive-through McDonald’s, Zaytinya’s dinner is more of a metaphorical journey. ThinkFoodGroup’s wine director, Lucas Payá, and Zaytinya’s beverage manager, Daniella Senior, recently traveled through Greece, and share their favorite wines during a five-course dinner on Monday starting at 7:15 ($65 per person).
More steins: Bar Dupont gets in the Oktoberfest game this week, going Germanic through Sunday. Expect live music and traditional beers and eats from noon to close.
Insider’s look: Get an insider’s perspective of the restaurant business during the Industree Speaker Series, which brings together experts in the field to discuss a variety of timely topics. Up this Wednesday: the business of booze, held from 5 to 7:30 at Jack Rose. General admission tickets are $45.
Make meats: Christopher Johnson, the meat man behind Cured DC, teams up with the Arcadia Center on Thursday for a master class on making your own salami. From 7 to 9 at his workshop, you’ll make your own charcuterie and then pick it up after six weeks of curing. Tickets are $90, and space is limited, so book soon.
Farewell, Truckeroo: The final Truckeroo of the season happens Friday at the Bullpen from 11 to 11. Expect the usual: more than 20 trucks dishing up street fare, cold beers, live music, cornhole, and more.
Bethesdian festival: The 24th annual Taste of Bethesda food festival goes down this Saturday from 11 to 4 in Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Tickets are sold in bundles of four for $5, which buy you tastes from a variety of area restaurants. You’ll also find live entertainment and family-friendly activities.
Caribbean festival: The Caribbean Festival happens Saturday at Rockville’s Pike Central Farm Market. Head over from 9 to 2 for live reggae and plenty of island-style eats.
Washington-style Oktoberfest: Oktoberfest takes a local bent at the Arlington branch of Capitol City Brewing Company, which releases two new seasonal brews on Saturday during its annual festival—Smoketoberfest and Dr. Punkinstein—as well as the usual Oktoberfest lager. The big party in Shirlington Village runs from noon to 7, with samples from 50 breweries, sausages, pretzels, live entertainment, and more. Entrance is $25 and includes ten drink tickets (additional tickets available for $1).
Breast Cancer Bites: The chef-filled benefit for the George Washington Mobile Mammography Unit returns, lead by the Source’s Scott Drewno. Head to Aristphere in Arlington on Sunday from noon to 3 for an afternoon of grazing on treats from restaurants like the Red Hen, Taco Bamba, Kapnos, and more. You’ll also sip 3 Stars Brewing Company beers, down cocktails and Bloody Marys, and listen to tunes from 94.7 Fresh FM radio host Tommy McFly. Tickets are $40, with all proceeds going towards charity.
Italian harvest dinner: Say ciao to fall with a harvest dinner from chef Roberto Donna’s native Piedmont region at Al Dente on Sunday, starting at 6. Autumnal dishes such as agnolotti with butter and sage are paired with wines from the same area. The meal is $75 per person, and reservations are required.