The Week in Food Events: Made in DC Marketplace, Friendsgiving Karaoke at Republic

Plus a Whistle Pig whiskey dinner at Bourbon Steak to start the festivities.

Sip fine whiskeys at Bourbon Steak alongside pork at their "whole hog" dinner. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Pig out: Bourbon Steak hosts a dinner on Monday at 7 featuring WhistlePig whiskeys and plenty of pork. The four-course meal includes tastings of several whiskeys, as well as dishes prepared with rare Mangalista swine. Call for reservations.

Expand the stomach: Get ready for Thanksgiving at Et Voila‘s “stretch your belly” party on Wednesday during dinner from 5 to 10. Stop by for unlimited mussels and fries or Belgian beef stew for $29.95 per person.

Friendsgiving: Even if your Turkey Day involves tons of family, take a break and head to Republic for a “friendsgiving” on Wednesday starting at 8. Game night meets karaoke happy hour with board games such as Cards for Humanity and Monopoly, $10 seasonal cocktails—including some hot ones if it’s chilly—and a karaoke competition starting at 10. Anyone looking to get extra-festive can order “bingers,” beer and shot combos.

Popping on up: Buttercream Bakeshop and Ice Cream Jubilee team up for a sweet pop-up on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Navy Yard ice cream shop. Preorder Thanksgiving pies, take-and-bake scones, ice cream sandwich kits, and other holiday-themed desserts. Items are available for pickup from noon to 6 on Tuesday, and noon to 3:30 on Wednesday.

More at the market: Anyone looking for gifts or nibbles to satisfy a home cook can head to Union Market on Wednesday between 8 and 8 for a pop-up from food incubator Mess Hall. Vendors include True Tonics, Cajun Meets Asian, and Buttercream Bakeshop among others.

Thanksgiving: The big Turkey Day arrives on Thursday. Still in need of last-minute sides, pies, or even a whole feast? Check out our roundup of restaurants offering Thanksgiving to go. Looking for a reservation? There may still be openings at some of our 100 Best Restaurants that are serving holiday meals. Even if you’re all set, check out these seven weird T-giving Frankenfoods for all your turkey-pop-tart needs.

Thank you-giving: Black Squirrel throws the ultimate low-key Thanksgiving, offering a $7 all-you-can-eat buffet on Thursday as a thank-you to customers. The spread of turkey, ham, roast beef, and sides starts at noon and goes until 2 AM (or when the food runs out). Wash it down with seasonal beers like Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, Champion Goin’ Yam, and more.

Small is the new black: Head to Alexandria for a variety of small business-driven Black Friday sales, including a number of deals at food-centric shops such as La Cuisine, Olio Tasting Room, Spice & Tea Exchange, and more.

Shop the District: Skip the Walmart mega-lines on Black Friday and head to DC Brau on Small Business Saturday, which hosts the Made in DC Holiday Marketplace with Think Local First from noon to 5. A number of culinary vendors participate, such as Capital Mumbo Sauce, CrunkCakes DC, Junius Cold Brew Coffee, and more.

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.