How To Drink And Dine Around D.C. This Week

It's Friday—and officially winter. Washington continues the holiday season slumber this week in the run up to 2018. That said, here are a few events and openings to put on your radar. 

Events:

A Chinese Christmas at DGS

Dupont Circle's DGS (1317 Connecticut Ave. NW) is hosting its fifth-annual Chinese Xmas dinner on Thursday, December 21. The delicatessen is mashing up its menu style with Cantonese influences in a $45 five-course feast. Dishes will include kippered salmon rangoon and General Tso's chicken schnitzel. Beverage pairings are an additional $15 a person. Reservations can be made online, and the menu will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

A flavorful pasta class

If learning to cook is part of your New Year's resolution, Via Umbria (1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW) has you covered. Next Wednesday will feature a flavored pasta making class, touching on ways to enhance dishes in addition to toppings and sauces. The class runs 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and tickets are $35. Admission includes a demo, tasting, and recipe cards. Beer and wine will be available for purchase as well. 

Openings:

Dolcezza at The Wharf
(99 District Sq. SW)

Dolcezza’s ninth café is now open at The Wharf, and you'll find a menu that goes beyond the gelato and coffee the shop is known for. This Dolcezza has a full kitchen that will turn out items like biscuit sandwiches and breakfast bowls all day long. And you can satisfy that sweet tooth with a range of new treats, including milkshakes and doughnuts.

Karma Modern Indian
(611 I St. NW)

A new, contemporary take on Indian food has arrived in Chinatown.  Executive Chef Ajay Kumar, a native of New Delhi, hopes to expose diners to Indian food that goes beyond just curries. Bar Director Dominik Lenikowski plans to rotate several classic cocktails along with Indian-influenced drinks and housemade bitters, infusions, and vermouths. The restaurant also plans to donate a portion of sales to local charities. 

(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.