Summer has ended and the cooler months are upon us. And with those cooler months come a whole host of food and drink events in the city. Oktoberfest, more restaurant openings, new meatless Monday menus, and wine tasting classes are just some of the activities going on in DC this fall. Read on to find out more.
New restaurant openings: Sample Filipino food at Bad Saint, Italian at Masseria, and classic diner fare at Olivia’s Diner.
Oktoberfest Began September 28th: This year, the largest Oktoberfest celebration can be found at Wunder Garten in the NoMa neighborhood. The weeklong festival kicks off with community events Monday through Thursday, leading up to three days of celebrations that include traditional Bavarian musicians, games and activities, and, of course, plenty of beer! Wunder Garten will sell a variety of Oktoberfest beers as well as set up a large Spaten branded Beer Hall in addition to their current lineup of beers and tented seating.
VegFest is on October 3rd: During this day-long celebration organized by Compassion Over Killing, more than 100 exhibitors, partners, and sponsors will showcase a wide range of products, services and resources to help Washington, DC-area consumers learn more about why eating a plant-based diet and choosing vegetarian foods is one of the best ways to help protect our health, the planet, and animals. VegFest will take place at Yards Park, corner of N St and 1st St SE, Washington, DC. VegFest attendees will have the opportunity to sample free delicious vegan cuisine, learn from expert chefs hosting cooking demos, meet adoptable animals from the Washington Humane Society, relax in the beer garden which is sponsored by Busboys & Poets. Food vendors including Woodlands Vegan Bistro, Equinox Restaurant, Amsterdam Falafelshop, Vegetable Garden, Ape Man Foods, Better Batch Vegan Goodies, Go Chili, Bakeshop, Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar and more.
Beefsteak #2 Opens in Dupont! The second location of Jose Andres’ wildly popular veggie-centric fast-food venue has opened. Head over today for the best lunch in town.
Wine Classes Debut at Vinoteca: U Street wine destination Vinoteca has announced the return of its popular Tuesday night wine classes, with the seasonal four-class series beginning on Tuesday, September 15. The fall wine classes will take place every other Tuesday evening, from 7pm – 8:30pm in the restaurant’s cozy upstairs lounge. Each intimate class will explore and pour 4 to 6 different wines each paired with creative bites.
Brunch Service Begins at Garrison: This new Capitol Hill venue has initiated a brunch menu that will feature gougeres, Æbelskiver, a Danish doughnut with lemon curd and jam, Dutch pancakes, hash browns, and more. Brunch beverages include a stone fruit mimosa and Bloody Marys with pickled okra.
Whisky Flights Available at Sushiko: Sushiko will be offering a three-whisky tasting flights of Japanese whiskey including Taketsuru Pure Malt Blended Whisky from Nikka Distilleries, Hibiki 12-Year Blended Whisky and The Yamazaki 12-Year Single Malt from Suntory Distilleries. With three one-ounce servings, Sushiko feel this tasting will give even the seasoned whisky connoisseur a pleasing breadth of flavors to explore and experience with their cuisine. The Japanese three-whisky flight is priced at $40.
Cocktail Party Happy Hour Starts at The Riggsby: James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow has announced new cocktail party-themed weekday happy hour and Sunday brunch service at The Riggsby, his new restaurant in the Carlyle Hotel. Bringing to life his vision of a modern American restaurant inspired by mid-century supper club culture, Schlow’s happy hour menu — playfully named “The Cocktail Party” — is infused with nostalgic nods to his childhood and his parents’ dinner parties, to which well-dressed friends and neighbors would arrive with classic dishes such as stuffed mushrooms and deviled eggs. Schlow’s interpretation includes 11 hors d’oeuvres that range from lighter bites such as marinated olives and almonds and homemade potato chips to more filling fare such as tater tots and eggplant parm. Each item pairs well with the selection of six aperitifs designed by bar manager Christine Kim, including a martini, Manhattan and gimlet — all $6 and served in classic Nick & Nora cocktail glasses — as well as a Champagne cocktail ($7), Pinot Grigio ($6), Barbera ($6) and local draft beer ($4).
Meatless Monday at 2941 Restaurant: 2941 is debuting a new 8-course Meatless Monday Vegetarian Tasting Menu, beginning on October 5th and available every Monday for dinner through the end of December. The menu which will feature a stunning 8-course Vegetarian Tasting menu priced at $70pp (with wine pairings optional) showcasing glorious seasonal vegetables. Vegetables finally get to be the star and Chef Bertrand Chemel, Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart and team have teamed up to tout some of the most delicious and beautiful sweet and savory vegetarian dishes.