The Week in Food Events: Pumpkin Beer Party, Brasserie Beck’s Oysterfest

Plus free food and bubbly at Copperwood Tavern's anniversary.

It's pumpkin beer season! Celebrate at Black Squirrel. Photograph via Shutterstock.

Long weekend, more brunches: No work on Monday? Head to brunch at one of these great restaurants.

Splurge of the week: A $1,200 bottle of Penfolds’ Grange will be opened at BLT Steak on Wednesday as part of wine ambassador DLynn Proctor’s grand interactive wine experience. Proctor and BLT Steaks’ beverage director James Nelson and chef Jorge Chicas will lead a five-course wine dinner accompanied by an exclusive wine tasting during the event. The dinner starts at 6:30 pm, and is $250 per person.

Free food and bubbles: Copperwood Tavern is turning three on Wednesday and is celebrating the anniversary with  complimentary passed appetizers and Champagne along with a $30 three-course prime rib dinner. The night of food and drinks will last from 5 to 9 pm.

Cooking demonstration: Chef Johanna Hellrigl invites guests to a cooking demonstration of recipes from Abruzzo, Italy on Thursday at 7 pm. A three-course dinner at Via Umbria’s communal table will follow the kitchen demo. Diners can enjoy dishes like spaghetti alla chittara. Tickets are $75.

Smashing pumpkin party: Join the Black Squirrel for their 8th Annual Smashing Pumpkin Beer Fest on Friday. The Fall celebration kicks off at 5 pm with a everything-pumpkin menu featuring tons of pumpkin beers alongside roasted pumpkin soup, pumpkin veggie burgers, and pumpkin mac n’ cheese. Admission is free; autumnal eats and drinks are priced individually.

All-You-Can-Eat Oysterfest: Brasserie Beck celebrates oyster season with all-you-can-eat oysters on Saturday from 12 to 4 pm. For $36 ,shellfish lovers can get a taste of Virginia oysters, live music, and $5 Wittekerke Wild drafts. Call 202-408-1717 for reservations.

Curbside Cookoff: Tapas Truck, Kabob Square, Fire and Rice and a bounty of other food trucks will be serving delicious bites at the Curbside Cookoff on Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. The DMV Food Truck Association hosts the event at NoMa’s Storey Park. The festival includes beer stations, live music, a vendor marketplace, and a play area for kids. Tickets are from $39 to $55.