The Week in Food Events: Chili Cook-Off at Port City Brewing, Bao Bros Bar Pop-Up

Plus National Sandwich Day deals at G by Mike Isabella.
The Week in Food Events: Chili Cook-Off at Port City Brewing, Bao Bros Bar Pop-Up
G's chicken parm and other sandwiches are offered for $7 during National Sandwich Day. Photograph by Greg Powers.

Tequila dinner: Tico joins forces with Patrón Tequila for a dinner on Monday from 7 to 9:30. Chef George Rodrigues cooks a family-style meal with dishes like roasted pumpkin, ribeye steak, and chocolate cake. A representative from Patrón will be on hand to answer questions and give information about the evening’s pairings. Tickets ($95 all inclusive) are available online.

Beer takeover: Join the Monday night beer club at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown from 5 to 11. The restaurant will feature the release of Sam Adams KMF Grand Cru 2015 among ten other offerings. Beer lovers often bring rare bottles for participants to try at these events. Admission is free.

National sandwich day: Celebrate National Sandwich Day on Tuesday from 11 to 5 at G by Mike Isabella. All of the restaurant’s sandwiches will be specially priced at $7. Try dishes like the chicken parm, Italian hero, and Cuban panini. Reservations are not required, though it’s a good idea to place your order online.

Pie campaign: Food & Friends gives away free pie samples in Farragut Square on Wednesday from 11 to 1, where you can also cast your vote for pumpkin vs. apple. Anyone who votes is eligible to win a Thanksgiving meal and several pies. Proceeds from the event go to support home-delivered groceries for the critically ill.

Anniversary celebration: Old Engine 12 Restaurant celebrates its one-year anniversary on Wednesday from 6 to 9. Guests can snack on complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres, enjoy games and a photo booth, and take advantage of deals like half-off select craft beers, $1 off specialty cocktails, and $5 shooters. Admission is free, and partial proceeds benefit Coats for Kids. An RSVP is requested.

Port and cigar dinner: Masseria creates an indulgent menu on Wednesday with port pairings and Davidoff 2000 cigars. Expect dishes similar to Stefanelli’s signature tasting menus. The event costs $225 per person. Call 202-608-1330 for reservations, and more information.

Wine dinner: Central Michel Richard welcomes Carte Blanche Winery on Thursday for a five-course tasting menu complete with California wine pairings. Feast on seasonal dishes like Maine halibut, crusted rack of lamb, and venison. Finish the evening off with a sweet crepe. Tickets ($200) are available by emailing

Veggie affair: Fresh Made Simple author Lauren Stein talks about her philosophy and new cookbook on Friday from 7 to 9 at Petworth Citizen. Guests will be able to sample her work through a three-course meal based on recipes in the cookbook. Tickets ($60) are available online, and include a signed copy of the book.

Weekend pop-up: The team from Bao Bros Bar heads to Ris on Saturday from 11 to 2 for a pop-up menu featuring three unique bao buns using pork, chicken, and tofu, plus sides and desserts. Last summer Bao Brothers won the People’s Choice Award at the Launch Pad competition, judged by chef Ris Lacoste. Tickets ($17.87) are available online.

Chili brawl: Port City Brewing Company hosts a chili cook-off on Sunday from 2 to 6 with Chad Sparrow of Mason Social and Eric Reid of Reserve 2216. Both chefs will whip up pots of chili using the local beer. Tickets ($20) available online include brews, chili, and small bites. Proceeds benefit Feed it Forward DC.

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