Table to Table: Highlights of the Week in Washington’s Food Events

Celebrate the fall wine harvest, pose a question to Ferran Adrià, and sample chefs' takes on street fare.

Ferran Adrià will take the Lisner stage on Thursday night. Photo courtesy of Phaidon Press.

Flying Dog Beer Dinner at Granville Moore’s
Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 PM
Sample Flying Dog brews—some are being released for the first time—at Granville Moore’s six-course dinner with beer pairings. Start out with a “happy half hour,” then move onto courses like corn fritters with wild-game sausage; scallops with pumpkin risotto and bacon/poblano relish; and bread pudding with vanilla ice cream and Horn Dog Barley Wine. The Web site lists the date as Tuesday, September 27—that dinner is sold out; this Wednesday dinner—$70 per person—still has availability. Call 202-399-2546 for reservations.

Ferran Adrià and José Andrés at Lisner Auditorium
Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 PM
James Beard award-winning chef José Andrés joins gastronomic guru Ferran Adrià for a rare public discussion and Q&A. Adria closed ElBulli, his famed restaurant in Spain, this past July. He is now touring the States in support of his new cookbook, The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià. $40 buys a ticket and the book; tickets for the event only are $20. Tickets are available by clicking here or calling the Lisner Auditorium at 202-397-7328. 

Autumn Wine Harvest Festival at Cafe Du Parc at the Willard InterContinental Hotel
Friday, September 30 from 5 to 9 PM
Celebrate the fall wine harvest at this historic hotel’s fourth annual Vendanges festival. Cafe du Parc chef Angelo Galang is planning an outdoor French barbecue with toulouse and merguez sausages; beef, chicken, and salmon brochettes; and more. There will also be crepes, beer, dancing, grape stomping, and of course, plenty of wine. Tickets can be purchased at the event and start at $25 per person, which buys four items from the food and wine stations.

Cigar Rolling and Cognac Tasting Class at the Jefferson Hotel
Friday, September 30 from 8 to 11 PM
Head to the patio at Quill in the Jefferson Hotel for a free lesson on how to properly cut, light, and smoke freshly rolled cigars. Guests can purchase tasting flights of A. de Fussigny cognacs to pair with the smokes. Email for reservations, or call 202-448-3274.

Thai Village in Georgetown
Saturday, October 1 from noon to 5 PM
This free street fair on Wisconsin Avenue (near K St.) will feature dances, performances, and music by Thai artists. Food and drinks for sale include specialties from the four regions of Thailand. All proceeds go to charitable causes at Grace Church. Call the Thai Embassy at 202-944-3600 for more information.

Women Chefs and Restaurateur’s World Fare Street Food Festival at Willow
Sunday, October 2 from 5 to 8 PM
Join some of the area’s culinary talent at Willow in Ballston, where female chefs, mixologists, and sommeliers will prepare an eclectic mix of street food and drinks.  Nearly 30 chefs will be there, including Amy Brandwein of Casa Nonna, Shannon Overmiller of the Majestic, and Nora Pouillon of Restaurant Nora. Cocktail-makers include Alison Christ of Liberty Tavern, Megan Coyle from Hank’s Oyster Bar, Gina Chersevani from PS 7’s, and more. There will also be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $65 per person online and $75 at the door.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.