Holiday season is fully upon us and that means the time for gluttony is here. We’ve got all the dinners, events, and restaurant openings that involve gorging yourself to the max.
National Apple Pie Day
December 3 (and May 13!) is National Apple pie day and since apple pie is my favorite kind of pie, I happen to know where to get the best ones.
Blue Duck Tavern probably has the most famous apple pie in town, and frankly, I fully support its popularity. The buttery homemade crust and the luscious apple filling, combined with the mounds of vanilla ice cream and glossy caramel sauce, is a dream. It is $24 but you can split it with someone. Or just skip dinner and eat the whole thing yourself.
Dangerously Delicious Pies sells three different kinds of apple pie, each available for $32. The first is a crumb apple pie with an oat crust, the second is a classic apple pie piled high with granny smith apples and the third is a roasted apple cinnamon chess pie with apples and a cinnamon-infused custard layer. Can’t decide? Just follow my lead and get all three.
Baked & Wired takes the cake by offering no less than four different kinds of apple pie. Good luck trying to choose between apple blueberry crumb pie, the apple cranberry crumb pie, the apple crumb pie and the simple apple pie with a double crust. Each pie is sold for $39.
Paella Festival at Taberna del Alabradero
Le Desales celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Guests who dine until November 30 at Le Desales can order a three-course, prix fixe menu featuring classic French dishes for $40 per person and Beaujolais wines. We sampled the menu and drank the wines and here is what we think.
Free Fondue at The Fainting Goat
For their five year anniversary on Wednesday, December 5 The Fainting Goat will offer a complimentary serving of their goat cheese fondue with grilled bread and shaved fennel for each table. Sounds like a reason to celebrate to me.
Celebrate Repeal Day
Jack Rose Dining Saloon is celebrating the day alcohol was made legal again (basically the best day ever) with its 7th Annual Repeal Day Celebration. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 5 and includes Prohibition-era cocktails and punches, a special basement speakeasy, a Pappy Van Winkle happy hour, complimentary champagne, burlesque performances and more, from 5 p.m. to close. No tickets are needed.
2018 D.C. Chesapeake Rising Star Awards
This event only occurs in the D.C. region once every four years, and it’s happening on December 11 at Union Market’s Dock 5. The event includes a VIP reception at 5:45 p.m. for $150 per person, followed by the awards ceremony and then a tasting gala for $95 per person, which will showcase 18 signature savory dishes, desserts, wine pairings, and cocktails, prepared by the 2018 Rising Stars. Tickets are currently available to purchase on Eventbrite.
Iron Gate’s 5th Anniversary
In honor of Iron Gate’s 5th birthday, on December 11, Chef Tony Chittum is hosting a reunion featuring the chefs, bartenders and sommeliers who have worked at the Dupont restaurant over the years. Each ticket you buy is worth $5 (sold in increments of $30) and can be used to buy food and drinks at stations set up throughout the restaurant. Advance ticket sales get you $30 worth of tickets for only $25. Tickets can also be bought at regular price at any time during the event.
Do a good deed, get a free beer
On Thursday, December 13 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Boundary Stone will host the annual Atlas Toy Drive. Guests can bring in an unwrapped gift on December 13th and receive a free beer from Atlas Brew Works. All toys will be donated to St. Martin’s Catholic Church, to be handed out to children in the neighborhood for the holidays.
The 25 Days of Tequila
If you can’t go to Mexico over the holidays, you can drink enough tequila at MXDC Cocina Mexicana to think that you are living it up in Cancun. The Mexican restaurant is reintroducing the 25 tequilas of Christmas, where a different tequila will be available each day beginning December 1, until December 31, excluding Sundays and Christmas Day. All the highlighted tequilas will be 20% off throughout December.
Holiday Tea Service at the Hay-Adams
The Hay-Adams will be offering tea service on December 2, 9, 16 and 23, with reservations available from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lafayette Room. The $75 price tag includes a tea selection from the Mighty Leaf Tea Company, a glass of Taittinger Champagne, and a tiered tray of sweet and savory items like an English tea sandwiches, scones, opera cake, fruit tartlets, and macarons.
Celebrate Hanukkah with Sababa
From December 2-10 you can order a from a special Hanukkah to go menu at Sababa that has items like hummus and pita bread, isreali salad, and potato latkes. Or dine in for the holiday and enjoy dishes like sweet potato with dates and roasted jerusalmen artichokes.
White Truffle Season
The season of decadence is upon us. Here’s where you can treat yourself to some white truffle deliciousness.
Urbana is hosting a “A Truffle Tour in Alba” on Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 p.m. with eight courses of white-truffle infused dishes like cavatelli with white truffle & chanterelle mushroom. The tasting menu is $85.
Bibiana is currently serving several special dishes incorporates three grams of white truffle, including tagliolino with parmesan fondue and a poached egg and a white truffle risotto.
Tosca has a five course white truffle menu, as well as specials like risotto topped with fresh truffle shavings.
New Menus and Venues
Miracle on 7th Street is officially open
Since 2015, Drink Company has gotten into the Christmas / Hanukkah / Whatever-December-Holiday-You-Prefer spirit at their Miracle on Seventh Street pop up bar. Every year there is a different theme, and this year it’s PANDAS!
The Berliner opens in Georgetown
The Popal family is expanding their empire with a new beer hall in Georgetown, in the former Malmaison spot. The menu will include sausages (even a vegan one!), falafel and homemade pretzels with beer cheese. The venue will also have 24 beers on tap.
Pappe is now serving thalis
Albi to open in 2019
Chef Michael Lee Rafidi is opening his first solo restaurant next summer in Navy Yard, Albi, which will feature Eastern Mediterranean fare. Think falafel and hummus and flatbreads and eggplant.
Special Anniversary Menu at Bombay Club
Bombay Club is offering a $65 four-course, prix fixe menu during the entire month of December to celebrate their 30 anniversary. These dishes have rotated on and off the restaurant’s menu since its opening. We went and sampled the dishes, check out our review here.
New fast casual venue opens in Rockville
Flower Child, a national fast-casual chain known for its vegan options is now open in Rockville.
Eaton Workshop is up and running
Eaton Workshop is a hotel and work space and meeting space and cocktail bar and coffee shop and radio station and news stand and restaurant and another coffee shop that’s just for members and a rooftop bar too. We went to check it out and here is what we have to say.
Shouk introduces a new menu item
Westend Bistro debuts a new fall menu
The Black Squirrel is now Seasons & Sessions
The old Black Squirrel spot is now a new bar which will be reopening on November 29. Seasons & Sessions has a new dining area, a bar, and an arcade. Food and drink specials will be available at the reopening.
Milk Bar has a new holiday menu
Just accept the fact that the holidays inevitably mean a five pound weight gain. Visit Milk Bar to try the new peppermint bar cake, with chocolate crumb, fudge sauce, birthday frosting and crushed peppermints or their holiday crack pie.
Jont to open in Spring of 2019
Chef Ryan Ratino is opening another restaurant in the same building as where Bresca is located. The venue will have an 18-seat counter and an 8-11 course menu priced between $83-$97. It will have an adjacent bar, Bar Jont, with 35 seats.