Weekend Food Events: Food History Festival, a Boo-zy Halloween Brunch

And Anthony Bourdain in person.

Central's Chocolate Symphony is available this Thursday through Saturday. Photo courtesy Central.

TV host on tour: Anthony Bourdain, host of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, is coming to DAR Constitution Hall on Thursday at 7:30 pm as part of an 11-city tour. The globe-trotting chef plans on discussing diverse cultures and street cuisines before taking questions from the audience. Look here for available seats and tickets.

Time to unwined: Say goodbye to the stress of work and hello to the weekend at Cork Wine Bar this Friday. The cozy Logan Circle spot is hosting a 7 pm dinner curated by renowned Italian winemaker Elisabetta Foradori. Guests can sip a selection of wines while listening to Foradori tell her remarkable life story—her father’s early death forced her to take over the family estate as a teenager, and she never looked back. The dinner costs $80 per person; email to reserve a space.

Smithsonian Food History Weekend: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History kicks off its Food History Weekend with a gala reception on Thursday. The festivities continue with roundtable discussions on Friday and a festival on Saturday that includes live cooking demos, book signings, kid-friendly activities, film screenings, and more. Although food won’t be served, indulge in conversation and free activities for all ages. Free registration for some events is required and can be found online, along with a full schedule, as event times vary.

For the Love of Chocolate: Celebrate all things chocolate this weekend (Thursday through Saturday) with Central chef David Deshaies. Inspired by one of the world’s premier Chocolate festivals, Salon du Chocolat in Paris, Deshales brings the DC area his Chocolate Symphony. For $14, patrons can try four chocolate combinations, including a raspberry sorbet lollipop covered in white chocolate.

Don’t be a Chicken: At 10 pm Saturday at the Lincoln Theatre, Bentzen Ball and Nando’s Peri-Peri team up for Journey To Your Spicy Place, a comedy show inspired by two of your biggest nightmares: Halloween and the presidential election. Featuring Earth Universe, TJ Miller, Wham City, and more, tickets are free and can be obtained online with a special code found on Nando’s receipts. Order a meal, snack, or ice-cream to get the code. 

Shore Craft Beer Fest: Get in the Octoberfest spirit this Saturday with Shore Craft Beer Fest at Sunset Park in Ocean City, Maryland. From 12:30 to 4:30pm, sample local beers from 3rd Wave, Assawoman Bay Brewing, Evo, Fin City and more. Kid and Pet friendly, the event will feature live acoustic and a variety of food trucks including Sobo’s Wine Beerstro and Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli. Be one of the first 750 at the event and receive a souvenir glass. General Admission is $30, designated drivers $10.

One Boo-zy Brunch: This Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, purchase any brunch item and get bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, and orange crushes at Orange Anchor’s Boo-zy Halloween Brunch. Can’t make it to brunch? Orange Jell-O shots and cocktails are available for purchase throughout the day. In addition, patrons have the chance to win a $100 gift card if they wear a costume.


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Sydney is an editorial fellow at Washingtonian Magazine, where she writes about history, news, food, and events. A recent graduate of the College of William & Mary, she is interested in writing and videography. You can follow her on Twitter @sydneykmahan

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Maxine is an editorial fellow passionate about covering food, news, and politics. Her work has also been published in Forbes, Marie Claire, and Inside Higher Ed. She recently graduated from Brown University with honors in nonfiction writing.