The Week in Food Events: Restaurant Week Extensions, Beer Dinner at Belga Cafe, and Todd Thrasher at the Passenger

Plus unofficial activities for the dog days of August.

While official events are light thanks to Labor Day, you can still check out a new restaurant such as Doi Moi, opening Tuesday. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Official dining and drinking events are fairly light this week, what with Labor Day looming, but there’s plenty of summer food fun to be had. Consider stopping into Doi Moi’s opening night on Tuesday for one of the most anticipated debuts of the season (also newly opened: Ted’s Bulletin nearby and NoMa’s Timothy Dean Burger). Not into crowds? Check out our recommendations for ten eating and drinking experiences to have in August. (Just don’t go to Little Serow, which is on vacation.)

Restaurant Week, part deux: Don’t fret if you missed out on the official Washington Summer Restaurant Week last week. A number of eateries are extending the offer of $20.13 lunches and $35.13 dinners through Labor Day—check out our list. Virginia is also for food lovers, with Alexandria Restaurant Week running through Sunday.

Movie happy hour: It’s back to school for most kids Monday, so channel your inner sophomore and head to the Brixton for a showing of Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion along with an extended happy hour, popcorn, and movie trivia. The event starts at 7, with open admission.

Guest tending: Want to sample Todd Thrasher’s cocktails, but can’t get a reservation at PX? The self-described “liquid savant” mixes drinks at the Passenger on Monday from 5 to 9 alongside owner/mixologist Derek Brown. According to a press release, “expect great cocktails, Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger,’ athletic gear, and trash talk.” The event benefits the American Cancer Society.

Beer dinner: Chef Bart Vandaele hosts a beer dinner at Belga Cafe on Tuesday, starting at 6:30. The three-course menu focuses on eight Brouwerij Bavik brews, and is $49 per person. Call for reservations.

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.