The Week in Food Events: Oyamel’s Day of the Dead Festival, Champagne Day at Proof, and More Oktoberfest

Plus a high-profile cookbook talk with the “Ottolenghi” authors.
Celebrate global Champagne day with discount bubbly at Proof. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Let’s talk cookbooks: Chef/authors
Yotam Ottolenghi and
Sami Tamimi of London’s Ottolenghi discuss their recently released work at
Sixth & I on
Monday at 7. Their previous books include
Plenty and
Jerusalem. Tickets start at $20, or $40 for admission and a copy of
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook.

Day of the Dead:
Oyamel launches its annual Day of the Dead festival on
Monday, running through November 2. You’ll find a range of special drinks, plus dishes such as stuffed
crab shells topped with sea urchin butter and
atole rico.

Taste of Dupont: Snack your way around Dupont Circle on
Monday, when participating restaurants offer “special creations” (off-menu snacks and drinks) for
Taste of Dupont ticket holders. Passes ($5 each) are available
online and at the Dupont Circle Resource Center.

Happy birthday, Belga:
Belga Cafe celebrates its ninth anniversary with a weeklong lineup of events. Festivities include a beer glass giveaway on
Monday, all-day happy hour drinks on
Wednesday, and a six-course pairing dinner

Wine dinner:
BlackSalt partners with Oregon’s Argyle Winery for a five-course dinner on
Tuesday at 7. The menu is paired with a number of varietals, and costs $135 per person. Call the restaurant
or e-mail for reservations.

Boozy book launch:
Fred Minnick, author of
Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey, signs copies of the new book at
Jack Rose on
Wednesday from 6 to 8. Tickets ($30) include a signed copy of the book and whiskey tasting
flight chosen by Jack Rose owner Bill Thomas.

Taste of Scandinavia: Two Swedish Michelin-starred chefs are guest-cooking at the
Grill Room on
Thursday and
Hans Boren of 28+ and Kock & Vin’s
Johan Bjorkman. The toques team up with a fellow Swede, chef
Jakob Esko, for a three-course lunch ($35) and dinner ($75), with optional wine pairings for
both. Reserve by calling the restaurant.

Champagne day: Now that’s a culinary holiday we can get behind.
Proof celebrates on
Friday by offering guests a 30 percent discount on all bubbly, including by-the-glass options
on a special menu.

Freaky food: The Truckeroo food truck festival gets in the Halloween spirit on
Friday with
Truckerboo. Expect a similar lineup of food trucks
(27 this time!), beers, games, and music from 11 to 11 by Nationals Park, plus costumes
and more holiday-themed fun.

Al fresco Oktoberfest: Get a taste of Munich in
Bethesda Lane on
Saturday during
Oktoberfest celebration from 1 to 7. Look for
beers from Starr Hill and DC Brau, Germanic eats such as brats and pretzels, a “kid
zone” for families, and sales at neighboring stores. Admission ($39) includes 12 tasting
tickets for drinks and food (worth $24), a commemorative mug, and donation to the
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Oyster fest:
Tony & Joe’s hosts a waterside oyster festival on the
Georgetown Waterfront this
Saturday from 2 to 6. The bivalves are served raw, grilled, and fried, and are accompanied
by various beer and wine pairings. Tickets are $75; Marine Corps Marathon runners
get a special discount.

Sweet fundraiser: The annual
Pie Fest returns on
Sunday, combining a baking competition and a fundraiser for the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation.
Bring a home-baked pie to
Bourbon (Adams Morgan location)
for a chance to win prizes, or just grab a ticket ($25) for an afternoon of sampling
from 1 to 5. Passes must be purchased in advance.


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