The Week in Food Events: Winter Wonderland Party, $1 Birthday Specials at Crisp

Plus Tom Colicchio, Jacques Pepin, and more at MetroCooking DC

Pizzeria Vetri is hosting a pizza-making class for parents and children on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Pizzeria Vetri.

Champagne and cheer: Begin your week with some bubbly at Bastille on Monday. The French restaurant is hosting a festive five-course dinner paired with Champagne, just in time for the holidays. The meal begins with oysters Rockefeller, and continues with dishes like poached Atlantic monkfish and lemon chiffon cake. The dinner costs $99 per person; call 703-519-3776 for reservations.

Homestyle Korean cooking: If you’re craving Korean cuisine, head to the Mount Vernon location of Mandu this Tuesday. Mother-and-son chef duo, Yesoon and Danny Lee, are putting together a four-course homestyle Korean dinner paired with wine and soju. The menu features their namesake mandu (dumplings filled with veggies, shrimp, or beef and pork) and bulgogi (soy-marinated slices of grilled ribeye). The dinner costs $95 per person; click here for more information.

Deck the (beer) halls: DC’s newest beer hall, Wunder Garten, is throwing a “Winter Wonderland” kickoff party this Wednesday at 6 pm. While there isn’t snow on the ground yet, guests can hole up in the heated outdoor tent with plenty of beer and holiday cheer. After the kickoff party, Wundergarten will host a Christmas tree lot to raise money for local charities.

More good news for beer drinkers: If you think nothing washes down a great meal like a cold beer, head to the Riggsby this Thursday at 7 pm. Executive chef Jeremy Waybright is creating a four-course dinner paired with beers from Great Lakes of Ohio. Guests can try inventive dishes like fried oysters with beef remoulade and a gelato float with Rice Krispie bits. The dinner costs $95 per person; click here to purchase a ticket.

Birthday bash: This Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of Crisp Kitchen & Bar’s opening in Bloomingdale. To celebrate, the popular purveyor of Nashville-style hot chicken is offering $1 specials all night, including $1 shots. Click here for more information.

MetroCooking DC returns: The DC area’s largest two-day culinary showcase, MetroCooking DC, is coming back to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can shop from aisles of specialty food products and watch live demos from an all-star lineup of celebrity chefs including Jacques Pepin, Tom Colicchio, and Duff Goldman. After the BBQ Bash’s success last year, the event will also return Saturday with an assortment of meats from the region’s top barbecue joints.

Kid-friendly pizza class: Instead of getting pizza delivered, parents and kids can make their own pies at Pizzeria Vetri on Sunday at 2 pm. James Beard Award-winning chef Jeff Michaud and his daughter Gaia are teaching participants all their tips and tricks. Tickets cost $50 for one parent/guardian and one child; call 202-794-9057 to reserve seats.

Decadent dinner: Four years ago, 2941 morphed from a fine-dining destination into a dressed-down bistro. But on Sunday evening, the restaurant returns to its upscale roots with an elaborate eight-course dinner. Executive chef Bertrand Chemel is using luxurious ingredients like black truffles and Alaskan king crab, while pastry chef Caitlin Dysart is creating a cake with caramelized pâte à choux, puff pastry, and dark chocolate cream. The dinner costs $170 per person, and wine pairings from the sommelier cost an additional $75 per person. Call 703-270-1500 to make a mandatory reservation.

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