Thanksgiving for many involves travel to a relative’s house outside of the DC area for a day of food and reunions.
But for some, including myself on occasion, we remain here in town, holding down the fort. And yet we may seek a festive meal in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday or simply to slake our annual craving for too much turkey and stuffing.
Fortunately, some DC restaurants realize the need to cater to folks like us, and so they offer a Thanksgiving dinner to those who want to get out of the house on Thursday.
Here are a few quick recommendations for you to consider if you’re dining out in DC for Thanksgiving dinner:
This Saturday, come out to the Washington Convention Center, for a Winter Harvest beer festival.
A cornucopia of seasonal winter beers will be waiting for you in two sessions. There will be 75 breweries serving up 2 oz tastings of 150 beers, ciders or flagons of mead.
Get your tickets now, they have sold out in the past.
Tickets are available online
DC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Saturday, November 22
Two times @2-4:30 pm and @7-9:30 pm (add 1 hour for VIP)
$49 ($65 VIP)
Joe Biden orders a sandwich at Capriott’s in DC
When I was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, my classmates would rave about the opportunities to eat a sub from Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the first of which was established in Wilmington, DE, in 1976.
Now it seems the shop has swept the country with a surprising fervor.
And DC got its first Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop (1800 M St. NW, DC) on Nov. 21, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden, ardent supporter of all things Delaware, was in line to get a sandwich that day.
DC’s Capriotti’s will celebrate its first anniversary this Friday, Nov. 21. Starting at 11am, the shop will give a free Bobbie sandwich to the first 50 people in line.
The Bobbie, hailed by Capriotti’s as “Thanksgiving on a roll,” comes with house-roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo.
You couldn’t blame Biden if he showed up again!
Free Sub to the First 50
1800 M St. NW
Friday, Nov. 21
Bluejacket will host its first ever pop-up beer garden, as part of the 5th Street Folly fair hosted by Union Market.
Four different beers will be on offer ($6-8). In addition, Red Apron will serve some of their famous franks.
Bluejacket Brewery Pop-up Beer Garden
Penn Ave. NE, a lot between 4th St. and 5th St. NE (outdoors near Union Market)
November 14 – November 16
Free to enter – beers ($6-8)
Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl
Hundreds of thousands of people came out to the National Mall on Veteran’s Day to experience The Concert for Valor.
From my vantage point (next to the Hirshhorn Museum), far fewer people than expected braved the perfect weather to witness some of the biggest artists and celebrities honor our veterans.
My guess is the pre-concert buzz of hordes of 800,000 to a million concert goers crashing the Mall scared off most people. The reality was…still a lot of people, but the whole affair turned out orderly, civilized and the city of DC proved to be well prepared. My favorite feature was the ‘family reunification’ station.
The Concert kicked off with Jennifer Hudson singing the National Anthem. Underwhelming start, but a number of performances stand out.
The Young & Hungry columnin the Washington City Paper (which abhors the name Washington but uses it anyway) revealed today that Sam Fitz, beverage director at Pizzeria Paradiso, will soon depart after only a few months on the job.
Jessica Sidman reported: “Beer aficionado Sam Fitz is leaving his position as bar manager of Pizzeria Paradiso over the next month to open his own place with his sister Rachel Fitz. He’s not revealing a lot of the details at this time, but the business will be in D.C. and take inspiration from a cider-focused trip he took to the French and Spanish Basque country last February. He’s registered an LLC for Basque Bar.”
In a statement to the City Paper, Pizzeria Paradiso owner Ruth Gresser said, “Sam’s tenure at Pizzeria Paradiso was always seen as a transitional one, both for him and for Pizzeria Paradiso.”
Longtime Paradiso manager Josh Fernands is slated to take over the beer program after Fitz’s departure sometime in the next month.
Actor George Takei addresses FedTalks 2014.
To many of us, he’s a virtual presence known for his social media following.
But George Takei visited DC in person last week to serve as the keynote speaker at FedTalks 2014, held by media and conference company FedScoop at the Andrew Mellon Auditorium.
In his remarks, the Star Trek actor discussed his experiences in a Japanese-American internment camp as a young boy during World War II. He rolled the discussion of being inspired by his heroes in the Japanese-American 442nd Infantry Regiment and his parents.
His memories and research into that time led to him starring in a musical, Allegiance, which will head to Broadway in 2015. Takei credited his social medial clout with bolstering awareness of the play and its related issues.
“By trial and error, I built my small base of sci-fi geeks and nerds into a bigger one,” Takei told the audience, saying he started the conversation with his Twitter followers and others through humor, and later addressed social justice issues.
RFK Stadium – Come on DC, you can do better.
I get it, America. Soccer just isn’t our sport. Someday, we say. If only the games were more exciting with more goals, we say.
That’s fine. But…
That someday has come. That exciting game is this Saturday.
Your DC United squad is playing for their MLS Cup playoff lives.
They are down 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls in their two-game aggregate playoff series.
They need to win 2-0, to force a tie and overtime. Or 3-0 to win the series outright.
DC United must score a lot of goals. Exciting for everyone.
Soccer attendance will always take a back seat to other professional sports, but if your team is the 3rd best team in Major League Soccer and making a run on its 5th championship (which would be a record), then you better take notice.
Saturday is the day. Tickets are available. Show your support.
MLS Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals: New York Red Bulls @ DC United
Saturday, November 8
Bloomingdale residents have long been anticipating a splash of new restaurants opening in their rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, and El Camino (108 Rhode Island Ave., NW, DC) became the latest to welcome them last night.
The section of Rhode Island Ave. NW in Bloomingdale, labeled by at least one observer as “Hipsters Row,” is cultivately what I consider to be a wonderfully cozy selection of bars and restaurants, and in this aspect El Camino doesn’t disappoint. You walk into the restaurant/bar under a sign that still advertises the space as a uniforms outlet, but once inside, you are greeted with warm browns, reds and blacks adorning a comfortable dining space.