Happy birthday, Belga: Chef Bart Vandaele‘s Capitol Hill restaurant turns ten, and celebrates on Tuesday with an anniversary seven-course beer dinner ($79 per person). If you can’t make the party, a special birthday menu is offered through October 31.
Italian wine dinner: Meet the winemaker from the oldest winery in Calabria, Italy at Al Dente on Wednesday at 7. Vincenzo Ippolito shares his wines alongside a five-course dinner from Roberto Donna, including items such as bucatini with wild-boar ragù and octopus salami. Reservations are $75.
Game dinner: Chef Fabio Trabocchi prepares a six-course wild-game feast with wine pairings from RdV Vineyards at Fiola on Thursday, beginning at 6:30. Want to make your wild grouse or pine-smoked venison more luxurious? Add optional white truffles. Reservations start at $250.
Local wine dinner: Chef José Andrés marks Virginia Wine Month with a special dinner at America Eats Tavern on Thursday featuring vino from Barboursville. The five-course dinner includes dishes like pan-roasted duck with oyster stuffing and braised short ribs, all paired with different wines. Reservations are from 6 to 9 and cost $80 per person.
Absinthe-minded: DGS Delicatessen‘s monthly cocktail series goes down on Thursday from 8 to late at the bar. The focus this time: absinthe, as well as “our grandparent’s long nights in Lower East Side taverns, winter getaways to Florida and jazzy escapades to the Catskills.” Specialty drinks are $10.
Congressional baking: Chef/historian Amanda Moniz leads a cooking class at the Hill Center on Saturday from 11 to 1:30 based on recipes from 19th-century congressional boarding houses. Dishes include beef-steak pie and shortcakes, plus a healthy dose of history about a time when congressmen boarded together (in frequent harmony) on Capitol Hill. Tickets are $40.
Mexican pop-up: Chef Mike Isabella brings a taste of his upcoming Pepita to G with a pop-up Thursday through Saturday (and then again on later dates). Guests can try a selection of ceviches, tacos, and more in a $40 tasting menu, plus plenty of margaritas and Mexican brews. Reservations are available by phone.
Halloween: All Hallows’ Eve is Friday, and we have all of your favorite autumnal activities in our Halloween Guide. Spend the weekend pumpkin-picking, find the best spooky parties, pick a food-themed costume, and more. Check back for a lineup of Halloween restaurant specials soon.