- - Thursday, September 29, 2016

On Friday, the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art will reopen after a three-year renovation. And on Saturday, the museum’s Terrace Cafe (Madison Drive and Fourth Street Northwest) will open with food prepared by Starr Catering Group, which runs restaurants in other East Coast museums. (Starr is taking over the restaurants in the National Gallery.) The cafe will serve baked goods and prepackaged grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, priced from $8 to $10.

Legal Sea Foods‘ (704 Seventh St. NW, 2301 Jefferson Davis Highway in Crystal City, and Tysons Galleria in McLean) Oyster Festival is back through Oct. 12. The three restaurants will celebrate all things oyster including fried, baked, raw, barbecued, lobster spinach oysters, crab and cheese oysters, and oyster stew. Prices and selections vary daily.

Chef Nicholas Stefanelli’s first Harvest Dinner at Masseria (1340 Fourth St. NE) celebrates the Italian wine harvest. The inaugural dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in partnership with the Antinori Estate winery, renowned for its classic Chiantis. The menu will reflect Italy’s white truffle and game season. Each of the five courses will be paired with an Antinori wine. The dinner is priced at $375 per person.

On Oct. 8, the Washington Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier invites the public to a Dutch Treat luncheon from 1-3 p.m. at Old Europe Restaurant (2434 Wisconsin Ave. NW). Internationally known food historian William Woys Weaver of Devon, Pennsylvania, will present a photographed gastronomical journey into the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch food traditions, including shoo-fly cake, New Year’s pretzels and the original snickerdoodles. He will autograph copies of his newest book, “Dutch Treats: Heirloom Recipes From Farmhouse Kitchens,” which will be available for purchase at the luncheon. It is priced at $42 for members of Les Dames and $52 for nonmembers. Tickets are available on Eventbrite, with Monday as the registration cancellation date.

The 1789 Restaurant (1226 36th St. NW) has reopened after a three-month closure for roof repairs. Executive Chef Samuel Kim has designed a new menu permitting guests to create their own tastings of four, five or six courses, priced at $85, $97 and $109, respectively.



On Oct. 19, beginning at 6:30 p.m., diners get their “just desserts” when Bastille (606 N. Fayette Street, Alexandria) presents a five-course all-dessert dinner menu, featuring a sampling of sweets (with some savory elements included). The courses are paired with appropriate vintages. The menu includes tarte tatin, goat cheese cheesecake and caramel tart. Dinner is priced at $69 with pairings and $35 without.

It’s truffle season at Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca (1100 New York Ave. NW), with specials showcasing black truffles and the precious Italian white truffle. A variety of antipasti, house-made pastas and entrees will highlight the white truffle, available throughout the truffle season beginning in early October. The special dishes range in price from $45 to $65 for black truffles and $85 to $100 for white truffles, and include truffled potato “bomboloni” (Italian doughnuts), duck egg yolk ravioli, chestnut and porcini stuffed beef cheeks, and truffled almond gelato.

The Hay-Adams Hotel (800 16th St. NW) offers a new prix fixe, three-course menu in the Lafayette Room. The menu, priced at $150 for two people, features contemporary American cuisine complemented by a half bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Dinner is accompanied by music, courtesy of Tom Vogt, whom the great Lena Horne called her “favorite pianist in Washington.” This special offering is available Monday through Saturday from 5:30-10 p.m. through Oct. 15.

701 Restaurant (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) and The Oval Room (800 Connecticut Ave. NW) are inviting guests to show their support for the presidential candidates by ordering one of their election-themed cocktails. The signature cocktails are priced at $12 each and will be available through election night on Nov. 8. The candidate cocktails at 701 are Make America Great Again and I’m With Her. At The Oval Room, they are Build That Wall and Madam President.

Espita Mezcaleria (1250 Ninth St. NW) is debuting two politically themed mezcal cocktails: The Wall and Madam Presidenta. The drinks, priced at $11, will be available through election night. The restaurant will conduct a weekly informal poll to see which cocktail outsells its competitor.

In honor of the Day of the Dead on Nov. 1, Espita Mezcaleria will offer an honorary cocktail, a mezcal tasting and specialty dishes, available exclusively during dinner service. Face-painting and custom temporary tattoos featuring designs from Espita artists will be available for guests. The Day of the Dead menu items will range in price from $5 to $25.

Blackwall Hitch (5 Cameron St., Alexandria) celebrates Halloween on Oct. 29 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. on its back patio. A costume contest will be held from 9-11 p.m. Awards will be given for best costume, best nautically themed costume and best couple. Craft beers from South Street Brewery will be featured and priced at $7 per draft. Edgar Allan Poe-inspired specials will be available on the restaurant’s menu from Oct. 27-30 during lunch and dinner.

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