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Happy lunchtime, DC! Still surviving off of Thanksgiving leftovers? We’ve got some creative solutions for you in that department, as well as a handful of winter cocktail menus, Repeal Day festivities, pairing dinners and more. As the holidays approach, the food events become scant– we’re counting on you to craft your own yuletide culinary specialties. That doesn’t mean we can’t help. Dig in!
This week in BYT Food:
- We celebrated Beaujolais Nouveau the only way we knew how: excessively.
- A few weeks ago, we headed to Loudon County for a whiskey weekend with Catoctin Creek Distillery and learned more than we bargained for.
- In preparation for last week, we checked in with your favorite chefs to find out what they make for Thanksgiving.
- And on the other end of that, we followed up with even more chefs to find out what to do with the leftovers.
- The W Hotel’s POV unveils their winter cocktail menu…
- …and so does the Gibson.
- In our favorite food feature, we asked food writer Nevin Martell the crucial question of “What’s in your fridge?”
- We consulted with DC’s top creative lifestyle types to bring you a gorgeous holiday place setting guide.
- And we wouldn’t be ourselves if we didn’t update your cheap drinking updates in the Happy Hour Hotline.
Upcoming food events:
- Baltimore’s Waterfront Kitchen hosts a Greenhouse Dinner Party with Moet Hennessy tonight– the last in this series in 2013.
- Another Maryland option is tomorrow night’s Rockland Farm’s farmhouse winery dinner, which boasts a very impressive menu.
- Jack Rose kicks off Repeal Day celebrations in DC on Thursday with a no-cover 1930s inspired celebration.
- On Saturday, The DC Craft Bartenders Guild throws their 6th annual Repeal Day ball at the Hill Center.
- Frederick’s Monocacy Brewing Company offers a brewery tour and tasting on Saturday.
- Want to break into food writing, but not sure where to start? Smithsonian hosts a seminar on Saturday morning with Monica Bhide, Tim Carman, Todd Gray and others.
- Another Saturday option takes place at the Crystal City BID: a tasting of Virginia wines.
- On Sunday, head to the Hill Center for a Holiday Cookie Baking Class with Washington Post writers Bonnie Benwick, Stephanie Witt Sedgwick and Jane Touzalin.
- Join The Source, Ripple and Pearl Dive at Healthy Living Inc.’s Nourishing Our Communities annual fundraiser on Monday.
- Also on Monday, Fire Works Pizza hosts a Devil’s Backbone five course beer dinner in Arlington.
- Tuesday is the Washington City Paper’s Bacon and Bourbon Festival, with 23 distilleries and 19 restaurants participating.
- For something lighter, head to the Tudor Place Historic Garden for holiday tea with sandwiches, desserts, scones and a variety of Victorian teas.
- Next Wednesday, the Museum of the American Cocktail hosts its 6th annual holiday cocktail seminar.
- Looking not-so-far ahead to 2014, Jose Andres, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters will host Sips and Suppers to benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table on January 25 and 26.
Everything else that’s fit to eat (and drink):
- The Ripple Team announces Roofers Union as its next Adams Morgan project, more casual than Ripple with an emphasis on chef specialties.
- The latest Eater Map pinpoints the district’s most consistent restaurants.
- The new vending zones created in the controversial food truck legislation sprung earlier this summer are forcing some trucks and vendors to alter their business plans entirely.
- Because it’s not in the news enough as it is: here’s what some amazing chefs are doing with sriracha.
- 2941 Restaurant rolls out a $12 lunch menu as well as a new bar menu that boasts a refined twists on comfort classics.
- Todd English’s split with MXDC has officially taken effect.
- Where does your favorite spirit shine? These five bars are supposedly sport the best selections of your liquor of choice.
- The Dolcezza factory opens soon, so prepare by getting to know the owner and gelato maker, Robb Duncan.
- If you frequent drive-thrus, get ready for massive fast food employee strikes across the country this week.
- The mysterious Fainting Goat on U Street had a soft opening on Sunday, and so far, the feedback is fantastic.
- The mastermind behind the Doritos Locos Taco at Taco Bell passed away over Thanksgiving weekend.