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.