The Week in Food Events: A Chef-Filled Burger Battle, Fall Rosés at Vinoteca

Plus a Nashville hot chicken pop-up.
The Week in Food Events: A Chef-Filled Burger Battle, Fall Rosés at Vinoteca
Poste hosts the annual Brainfood Burger Battle featuring top local chefs. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Explore Turkey: Turkish Restaurant Week is in full swing, with restaurants across Washington serving three-course prix-fixe lunches ($18) and dinners ($30). Participants include Zaytinya, Cafe Divan, and many more.

Holy guacamole: Head to AG Kitchen from Monday to Sunday for a three course menu that highlights guacamole. Avocados are part of the meal from beginning to end, beginning with a “guac-tail” made with tequila, honey, and avocado, and ending with an avocado key-lime tart.

Greek dinner: G by Mike Isabella hosts a Greek wine pairing dinner on Monday and Tuesday. Wine expert Candice Draper introduces six varietals, while the team at Kapnos prepares a series of spreads, meats, and fish. Tickets ($95) are available online.

Wine class: Explore fall rosés on Tuesday evening in a class at 7. Sommelier Kate Chrisman leads the class in the upstairs lounge, where guests sip four to six wines and snack on small bites. The class is limited to twenty participants and tickets ($49.50) are available online.

Taco-Filled Birthday: Guajillo celebrates its 15th year in Arlington with a special menu starting on Tuesday. Specials include $15 build-your-own taco platter, tequila and mezcal flights, $4 Coronas, and more.

Virginia wines: Christophe and Michelle Poteaux of Bastille feature Breaux Vineyards in Loudoun County during a dinner on Wednesday. The evening begins at 6:30 with canapes, followed by a four-course meal. Tickets ($99 with beverages and $59 without) are available online.

Nashville hot returns: Head to Vendetta Bocce Bar on Thursday from 6 to 10:30, where chef Adam Cox and Teddy Folkman of Maison Dixon serve a pop-up menu of Nashville “hot chicken,” pimento cheese, and other southern specialties. Email reservations@maisondixondc.com for reservations. Items vary in price.

Pop-up happy hour: Veloce pizzeria wraps up its series of pop-up happy hours on Thursday with seasonal beers. Brews like Schlafly Pumpkin Ale and Jack’s Hard Cider go for $3 to $4 from 5 to 7.

Block party benefit: Jackson 20 hosts a benefit for the Old Town Farmer’s Market Snap/EBT matching dollars program on Thursday from 6 to 9. Try food and drinks from neighboring Alexandria restaurants like Brabo, Vermillion, and many more. Wines, produce, and local products will also be on display. Tickets ($35) can be purchased online.

Hardywood beer dinner: Head to Art and Soul’s patio on Friday at 7 for a four-course dinner and beer pairings from Richmond’s Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Creative eats include chicken liver mousse-stuffed profiteroles, General Tso’s pinhead, and bacon boudin blanc. Tickets ($70) are available online.

Catoctin Creek dinner: Catoctin Creek hosts a monthly dinner on Friday at 7 at their distillery in downtown Purcellville. Owners Scott and Becky Harris provide a tour of the facility before a sit-down dinner provided by the Wandering Chefs. Tickets ($99) are available online.

Cooking 101: Chef Sandy Patterson of L ‘Academie de Cuisine begins a four week series on basic kitchen skills that kicks off Friday at the Bethesda location from 10:30 to 1:30. The first class starts simple. She covers how to make chicken soup, tomato sauce, and alfredo sauce. Purchase the package ($325 for all four sessions) online.

Fall favorites: Macon Bistro and Larder hosts a patio party featuring bubbles, beer, and oyster
s on
Saturday from 12 to 4. Partners include Circle Wine & Spirits, Rappahannock Oyster Company, and Flying Dog Brewery. The event is all-you-can-eat-and-drink ($30). Reservations are available by calling 202-248-7807.

Bottled cocktails: Matt Allred of Zentan shows guests how to make their own bottled cocktails during a class on Saturday from 2 to 4 that covers the history, recipes, and bottling techniques. After making a few rounds, guests head to the DNV Rooftop bar to enjoy their handiwork. Tickets ($40) are available online.

Burger brawl: Local chefs and restaurateurs like Matt Adler of Osteria Morini and Bourbon Steak’s Joe Palma come together for the annual Burger Battle at Poste on Sunday from 3:30 to 6:30. Guests get a burger from each chef, plus local beers, specialty cocktails, and some healthy eats from a vegetable bar. Proceeds from the tickets ($75 per person) benefit Brainfood, an organization dedicated to empowering young people through food.

Harvest dinner: Arcadia Center for Food and Agriculture hosts their fall dinner at Woodlawn Mansion on Sunday at 4:30. A number of local chefs like Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley prepare a collaborative menu. Guests get a tour of the property before the al fresco meal. Tickets ($175) include the option to buy dinner for a veteran, and benefit Wounded Warriors.

Malt and mash: America Eats Tavern hosts an exploration of whiskey, bourbon, and rye on Sunday from 5:30 to 8. A cocktail reception starts the event, attended by whiskey historians, distillers, and experts. A whiskey tasting menu includes bottles from High West and Basil Hayden among others, while chef Nate Waugaman prepares a six-course dinner. Tickets ($150) are available online.

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