Fall is one of my favorite seasons in DC – not because you can get almost anything in pumpkin flavor or because wearing tall boots is acceptable again – but because there is SO much going on in this fabulous city! Erica and I have been getting a ton of event advisories lately and we thought it might be fun to start your week with a couple great upcoming events and some very cool special menus!
Events Not To Be Missed!
Rustico’s 5th Annual Oktobeerfest (October 15th): Always a hit, this year’s Alexandria block party is set to outdo seasons past, with a lineup of 50 domestic and international craft beers, delicious German tastes, and revelry for all with music, a wine and bubbly garden, family-friendly activities from Buzz Bakery, and the chance to win an all-expense paid, craft brewery getaway to Colorado. Click here for more information.
Taste of DC (October 8th – 10th): Spend Columbus Day weekend sampling food and drink from the region’s best chefs, restaurants, and winemakers during Taste of DC! Over 60 of the area’s best eateries hit Pennsylvania Avenue alongside wine and beer pavilions, musical acts, and a family-friendly zone. Click here for more information.
Special Menus You Just Have to Try!
Dia de los Muertos at Oyamel (October 17th – November 2nd): To celebrate one of Mexico’s most important cultural holidays, Chef José Andrés’ highly acclaimed and wildly popular Coicina Mexican, Oyamel, is serving a special menu featuring two new cocktails and classic dishes from Michoacan, the home of Mexico’s famous forests.
Menu highlights include Toritas de Papas con Salsa Verde Cruda, fried potato fritters with cheese and epazote; Sopa de Aguacate, chilled avocado soup with orange; Truches en Hierbas, fresh lake trout with Mexican herbs; Tamales Canarios, sweet rice tamales, andPan de Muertos, house made Day of the Dead bread. Oyamel is located at 401 7th Street, NW.
Proof Partners with the National Gallery of Art (October 14th – November 3rd): Popular Penn Quarter wine bar, Proof, is partnering with its next door neighbor next month to showcase a special tasting menu in conjunction with the Gallery’s fall exhibit, “Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories.” Inspired by Stein’s life long partner Alice B. Toklas, and her renowned literary memoir, The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook, the four-course menu is $59/person and includes Bouillabaisse, Salad Aphrodite, Duck with endives, celery root & Sauce Bordelaise, Crepes Normandes with poached apples, and Calvados caramel & crème fraiche ice cream. Proof is located at 775 G Street, NW.