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All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink). This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More

  • We checked out Garrison on Capitol Hill, which I almost just referred to as “Vegetable Hill.” Now all I can think about is seasonal produce.22065483996_d7de6d961f_z
  • It’s a new week so that means we’ve got a new Happy Hour Hotline for Hispanic Heritage Month.17723305739_61de7caede_z
  • Odessa might not be opening until November 6th, but read our Taste Test for a heads up of what to order if (when) you decide to go.



Upcoming Food Events:

  • October 15 – October 17 – 1905’s pastry chef Stephanie Milne and bar-master JB Knapp come together to bring you three individual pies and three half-sized cocktails for $10 (via press release).
  • October 16 – Night at the Yards, hosted by Living Classrooms Foundation, features some amazing food from local restaurants, drinks, and some funky music in benefit of education and job-training programs (via press release).
  • October 16 – In celebration of World Food Day, 50 D.C. restaurants will be donating 10% of their earnings to José Andres’ nonprofit organization World Central Kitchen. What a guy (via press release).


  • October 17 – Learn how to make better cocktails for your next party with Urbana’s That’s Amaro! classes (via press release).
  • October 17 – Zentan brings you a tour of pumpkin and beer for $40 (via press release).
  • October 17 – Head to Columbia, MD for the Within Reach Festival, featuring music curated by the Hamilton, food by Spike Mendelsohn, and Maryland craft beer (via press release).
  • October 18 – The Smithsonian Associates and KONNECTED Media Group bring you a panel discussion at Navy Memorial on the experience of being a food critic, featuring local critics and writers from various media outlets around the DMV area.
  • October 19 – El Camino is hosting La Noche Musica Latina with DJ Retrospect starting at 10 p.m. Music, dancing, $5 margaritas, happy hour, tacos, and no cover. Hell yeah (via press release).


  • October 20 – The Human Right Campaign annual Chefs for Equality event is being held at the Ritz-Carlton. Featuring lots of local pastry chefs (via press release).
  • October 24 – Puppies and beer! Barktoberfest is happening at Capitol Riverfront! (via press release).
  • October 24 – Take a pasta class with Chef Ethan McKee at Urbana. Roll and shape pastas to make fall-inspired pumpkin tortelli and buckwheat pizzoccheri.
  • October 26 – This is a cool event at Union Market: 2nd Annual Chef’s Roast honoring Chef Tom Colicchio. Padma Lakshmi will be there. Go hang out with Padma.
  • October 29 – Dress your dog up for Jackson 20’s Doggy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest (via press release).
  • October 29 – Cuba Libre celebrates five years of bringing awesome service and amazing food to D.C. For $35, get two cocktails, tapas, ceviches, and desserts (via press release).


  • October 30 – October 31 – El Centro is hosting some seriously spooky Halloween parties. Including a costume contest, Mexican cocktails and dishes, and fun (via press release).
  • October 30 – Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab along with Kevin Bratt and Chris Upchurch from DeLille Cellars are hosting a multi-course dining extravaganza. You know, if Halloween parties aren’t your thing (via press release).
  • October 31 – Spend your Halloween figuring out a murder mystery at the Grille at Morrison House over a themed three-course dinner and cocktail hour (via press release).

Other Food News:

  • October is National Pizza Month! Pete’s Apizza is offering $2 slices to celebrate (via PoPville).
  • Café du Parc is extending their summer wine menu through October (via press release).
  • Taylor Gourmet and Danny Lee of Mandu put their beautiful minds together and came up with an October sandwich special called the KimchiSteak (via Washingtonian).
  • The price of a Manhattan throughout the District was importantly investigated (via Eater).
  • Maketto on H Street is now taking reservations (via PoPville).


  • Community, a diner, is opening in Bethesda (via Washington City Paper).
  • You can now spike your morning bowl of cereal instead of (or in addition to) your Irish coffee at Driftwood Kitchen on H Street NE (via Washington City Paper).
  • The storefront décor of Barrel House in Logan Circle is about to become an historic landmark (via Washington City Paper).
  • The American History Museum is launching a food history weekend (via DCist).
  • Arcuri is now offering half-price pizza nights, Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. (via press release)


  • Starbucks might just start serving beer and wine around D.C. (via DCist).
  • The Prospect on U Street debuted a 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. weekday happy hour (via Eater).
  • Curbside Café in Hill East is closing, and the Pretzel Bakery is taking the space over (via Eater).
  • Bistro 18 in Adams Morgan is up for lease (via PoPville).
  • Shake Shack is having a limited-time only pickled jalapeno burger this week. Available at their Dupont and F Street locations (via Eater).
  • Galley, the people who are responsible for bringing chef-made meals to your door, is expanding its delivery area just for us. And by that I mean we can get it delivered to WeWork (via press release).