The Week in Food Events: A Dumpling and Beer Party, and Halloween Fun

Plus fall dinners abound.

Time to celebrate Halloween! Photograph by Andrew Propp.

Ethiopian cuisine: Smithsonian Associates hosts an evening dinner and program on Monday from 6:45 to 8:45 at Ethiopic. Johanna Mendelson Forman, a scholar in residence at American University, comments on the culinary scene in Ethiopia before a meet-and-greet and meal with the chef. Tickets ($120) are available online.

Dumplings and brews: Chef Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto visits Zentan on Tuesday for a dumpling and beer party with host chef Yo Matsuzaki from 7 to 10. The duo crafts a selection of dumplings with Taiwanese and Japanese influences, alongside local DC Brau beers. Enter for a chance to win a custom pair of sneakers designed by a local artist. Tickets ($40) are available online.

Harvest dinner: Chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina partners with RdV Vineyards and Thibaut-Janison Winery for a harvest dinner on Tuesday. Seasonal ingredients used in the dishes include squash, sweet potato, kale, and figs. Take home recipe cards to recreate some of your meal. Tickets ($65 with optional wine pairing of $30) are available by calling 202-898-2426.

Birthday party: Celebrate Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday on Tuesday from 3 to 7 at Teddy & the Bully Bar. Birthday cake will be served from 5 to 7 along with mint juleps ($8). A portion of sales go to City Wildlife Inc. There is no charge for admission. Sign up by emailing

An al fresco feast: Piazza Beer Garden in Bethesda throws an all-you-can-eat affair on Tuesday from 7 to 10. Sip on a number of local beers and wines while chef Cesco roasts and butchers a full pig. There will be a large selection of other dishes like stuffed turkey and baked tomato focaccia for those who don’t eat pork. The event will be held outside, weather permitting. Tickets ($49) are available online.

Dinner series: Head to Jardenea in the Melrose Georgetown Hotel on Thursday at 6 for an autumn supper. A four-course menu from chef Nate Lindsay is paired with wines from the Northern Virginia area. The dinner ($75) can be reserved by calling 202-955-6400.

Anniversary party: Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar hosts its five year anniversary celebration on Thursday from 5 to 8. Try two signature cocktails: the Mango Papaya Caipiroska and a Pyrat XO Mojito. Tapas, ceviche, and dessert rounds out the spread. Joe Falero and his Cuba Trio Ensemble will perform. Tickets ($35) are available online.

Wine dinner: Head to Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab on Friday at 6:30 for a five course meal with pours from DeLille Cellars. Executive Winemaker Chris Upchurch will be on hand to answer questions and talk about his selections. The menu includes dishes like lamb, turbot, and root beer pot du creme. Tickets ($175 all-inclusive) are available by calling 202-489-0140.

Halloween: Have a spook-tacular weekend by checking out our ultimate Halloween Guide, which includes parties, haunted brewery tours, a pumpkin beer 101, and more.

Don’t-Miss Event Reminders:

The Capital Food Fight returns to the Ronald Reagan Building on Thursday, November 12. Top DC restaurants, mixologists, and visiting celebrity chefs come together to eat, compete, and raise money for DC Central Kitchen. Buy tickets ($250) online.

The Emporiyum, one of the biggest foodie festivals of the year, goes down on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15 at Union Market’s Dock 5. Tickets ($15 to $40) tend to sell out, so make sure to snag yours online.