Can’t-Miss Food Events This Week: Taste of DC, Cap City Oktoberfest

Plus the final Truckeroo of the year.

Over 50 restaurants set up along Pennsylvania Avenue for the Taste of DC. Photograph via Facebook.

Noodle pop-up:
Yona comes to G on Monday and Tuesday during dinner service. The upcoming Ballston restaurant from Mike Isabella and Jonah Kim specializes in ramen ($13 to $16), served alongside a selection of raw seafood plates and crispy wings. Call 202-234-5015 for reservations.

Cider and wine dinner: Head to Crane & Turtle on Monday where chefs Brad Walker and Alex Vallcorba prepare a five course meal (seatings at 5:30 or 8:30). The beverage director from the upcoming ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar prepares creative pairings with spirits from De Maison Imports. Purchase tickets online ($100 for 5:30 seating or $120 for 8:30 seating).

Wine dinner: Bourbon Steak teams up with the Country Vintner on Monday at 6:30 for an Oktoberfest dinner. Chef Joe Palma concocts three German dishes like pork schnitzel, cassoulet-confit of duck, and apple doughnuts. Julian Mayor selects wines. Tickets ($85 excluding tax and gratuity) are available by calling 202-944-2026.

Autumn fest: Monday is the start of a weeklong festival at Pizzeria Paradiso celebrating Autumn. Beverage director Josh Fernands will offer samples of 42 different beers, ciders, and ales ($5 to $10). Each location will have different drinks, but serve the same harvest pizza ($14 for a 9-inch; $20 for 12 -nch) with butternut squash, bacon, and pine nuts. Check out their Georgetown bar for half-price beers.

Culinary festival: SER Restaurant teams up with celebrity chef Daniel Garcia Rodriguez, Tuesday through Sunday. Several of the events include a tasting menu on Tuesday ($90), and a paella brunch on Sunday ($90). Special dinner items are offered all week. Tickets are available online.

Spirit of Poe: The Loft at 600 F plays host to the 3rd Annual Craft Spirit of Poe benefiting Les Dames d’Escoffier on Tuesday from 6:30 to 9:30. Thirteen area bartenders create cocktails inspired by the famous author, while experts from American University will discuss Edgar Allen Poe. Small bites accompany the beverages. Tickets ($45) are available online.

Benefit event: Misfit Juicery and A Creative DC come together on Wednesday from 7 to 9 at the Capital Area Food Bank’s outdoor garden. Artwork from local artists will be on sale alongside local beer, cocktails, and food. Tickets ($25) can be purchased online.

Celebrity chef in town: Ina Garten, author of eight cookbooks and host of Barefoot Contessa, heads to Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University on Thursday at 7:30. Washington Post food writer Bonnie Benwick moderates the discussion, which will cover a range of topics from Garten’s early career in the Hamptons to recent cookbooks. A question and answer session follows the interview. Tickets ($64.75) are available online.

Truckeroo: The final Truckeroo of the year returns to the Fairgrounds on Friday from 11 to 11. Participating food trucks include DC Slices, Big Cheese, and Swizzler, among many others. Live music takes place throughout the day ,and cold adult beverages are available at the Bullpen bars. Admission is free; prices for food and drink vary.

Oktoberfest, take two: Capitol City Brewing Company had to cancel their Oktoberfest celebration last weekend due to rain, and has reschedule the beer-filled party for Sunday at the Shirlington location. Drop by between noon and 7 for beers from 65-plus breweries, Bavarian eats, and live music. Tickets are $30.

Beer festival: The Black Squirrel hosts its seventh annual pumpkin beer festival on Friday at 5. Gourd-centric brews from across the country will be featured alongside pumpkin-filled dishes, from soup to pie. Admission is free; food and drink prices vary.

Craft bartending: Head to Eat the Rich on Saturday at 3 for another class in their bar basics series. Learn how to make bitters and tinctures as well as shaking, muddling, stocking, and serving. Tickets ($65) can be purchased online.

Taste the city: Over 50 DC restaurants hit Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday and Sunday for Taste of DC, held each day from noon to 7. In addition to eats from restaurants like Buredo, Kogiya, and Equinox, Ben’s Chili Bowl throws the annual World Chili Eating Championship at 3 on Saturday. Purchase tickets ($10 to $40) for small bites and drinks online.