The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is putting a damper on a lot of the city's food scene this week, but there are still a smattering of events to keep in mind. Here's what's going down in the coming days:
Slurp up some oysters
Lovers of oysters and wine might can splurge on this weekend's annual Oyster Riot at Old Ebbitt Grill (675 15th St. NW). Tickets are $150, which include all the oysters and wine you can handle. Event sales benefit the Potomac Riverkeepers Network, and a proceeds of ticket sales from Saturday's matinee are allocated to the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Times for this year's riot are Friday night and Saturday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. as well as Saturday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets must be purchased online and will not be sold at the door.
Get hoppy (and funky)
3 Stars Brewing Company (6400 Chillum Pl. NW) hosts its Hopfunk Fest II this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come by for a hop-forward and sour beer showcase from breweries around the U.S. General admission tickets are $20 and include a glass and two drink tickets. More beer tickets are available for purchase on site. By tickets and check out the full beer list online.
Football and a doughnut competition
Get primed for Thanksgiving and celebrate some football this Sunday with a beignet and doughnut eating competition at Bayou Bakery (1515 N Courthouse Rd.) in Arlington. Chef David Guas will be joined by Christine Schaefer of of District Doughnut for the afternoon. The action goes down at 1 p.m., when the Washington Redskins will face off against the New Orleans Saints. Nine lucky participants will get the change to eat 20 beignets and brown butter doughnuts as fast as they can. The winner gets a $150 prize. Those watching on the side can take advantage of draft Abita beer, cocktails, and game-day dishes for $5. Sign up starts at 12:30 p.m. and is first-come, first-serve.
More breakfast options at The Wharf
Music venue and restaurant Pearl Street Warehouse (33 Pearl St. SW) has launched a morning menu, starting Tuesdays through Mondays at 7:30 a.m. Items include comfort dishes like biscuits and gravy, a smoked salmon bagel, or a daily egg scramble.
The return of the "Christmas Bar"
The team behind the Game Of Thrones and Halloween pop up bars are back with more Christmas flare than ever. The third edition of Miracle On 7th Street will open in Shaw next Friday, and run through the end of December. Expect a sleigh, nods to Hanukkah, tasty cocktails, and more. Get more details in our post from earlier this week.
(Photo by Joy Asico)
Travis moved to D.C. in 2007 has written about the city's diverse food scene for a number of outlets over the years, including Eater DC, Washington City Paper, Washingtonian and DCist, where he was formerly the food editor.