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Weekly Planner: Charitable Dining and Boozy Dinners

By Rina Rapuano  |  December 9, 2013
Credit: Daniel Krieger

If our Weekly Planner is any indication, 'tis the season for wine, beer and cocktails - and a little bit of food.


Toki Underground, Maketto, Buffalo & Bergen and Rappahannock Oyster Bar will prepare a four-course dinner at Rappahannock Oyster Bar in Union Market to benefit Miriam’s Kitchen. Seatings for the $50 dinner will begin at 6 PM and 8 PM, with optional wine pairings by guest sommelier Neil Dundee. Email for reservations.

Cava Mezze hosts an all-night happy hour called “Sip for 6” each Monday, when cocktails and sangria cost $6 all night (Capitol Hill, 202-543-9090; Rockville, 301-309-9090; Clarendon, 703-276-9090).

Today is the final day to RSVP for Cork’s popular gingerbread-house decorating party, which takes place Saturday. The event costs $35 per person and includes a gingerbread-house kit, hot cocoa and cider, plus holiday treats and cookies made by Cork executive chef Kristin Hutter. Spaces are still available for the 3:30 PM session and can be reserved by e-mailing


Eno kicks off its monthly “Enoversity” series, an informal way to learn more about wine, with head winemaker Riaan Rossouw of Virginia’s Lovingston Winery. Guests who would like to participate need only order a glass of the winery’s Bordeaux blend, Josie’s Knoll, or the Lovingston wine flight, and Rossouw will visit their table to talk with them about the winery. The free events will be held from 6-8 PM the second Tuesday of each month, and flights will range between $15 and $20. Chocolatiers and cheesemakers will also be featured, but the first four events will highlight a different Virginia winery (202-295-2826).

Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont hosts a $60, four-course winter ale beer dinner from 7:30-10 PM featuring holiday-themed brews in its private dining room. Pairings include a He’Brew Hop Manna with sautéed lemongrass razor clams in sherry and garlic butter as well as Schafly Christmas Ale with a goose roulade with cranberry and pomegranate stuffing. E-mail Adam Sackett at to reserve space (202-462-4265).

DCanter explores Brunello di Montalcino with a class called “Brunello: The Tuscan Titan” from 6:30-8 PM. The $65 per person event includes a tasting of six Brunellos, artisanal cheeses and discounts for bottles of wines discussed during the class. Tickets can be purchased here (202-817-3803).


Bastille chef-owners Christophe and Michelle Poteaux present a five-course dinner featuring Champagne pairings for $115 per person ($60 without pairings). Cocktails begin at 6:30 PM and dinner starts at 7 PM. Dishes will include butter-poached lobster and foie gras croquettes with wilted cabbage and caramelized quince; roasted squab with truffle jus, potato gratin, trumpet mushrooms, shallot confit and carrot fondants; and pistachio macaroon with chocolate bavarois and beet sorbet (703-519-3776).

The North American Spirits Championship hosts Cocktail Wars, when mixologists applicants in the city are narrowed to 50 for the championship finals from 7-10 PM at Carriage House (2333 18th St. NW). Attendees can watch the competition, taste the cocktails and vote for such categories as best cocktail, most creative and best presentation. Tickets range from $10 to $69 and can be purchased here.


Ovvio Osteria sommelier Timothy Clune holds an informational wine tasting each Thursday from 6-7 PM. The cost is $10, which turns into a credit toward any purchase of a wine bottle after the class (703-573-2161).