The Lobby-List: October Things to Do (Updated!)

Washington, DC (October 11, 2014) – Curating a list of things to do, things that you want to do, can be daunting, and it was surprising to find so many! There are 15 events and dinners that you must be part of and with only 31 days in October, we better choose wisely. No times for costume parties, this month is fora those want a fabulous fall.

– Cava Grill’s Newest Chinatown Opens: Tuesday, October 14

Cava Grill is inviting the Washington area to celebrate its newest location with their Community Day tradition from 11am to 2pm, where lunch (rice bowls, salads, pitas) is free, with an encouraged donation to one of their local non-profit partners. 100% of donations will benefit MicroGreens and City Blossoms, both of which champion healthy eating in the DC community. Customers are encouraged to take advantage of a live Instagram printer that will be printing Instagram images tagged #CavaChinatown throughout opening activities.

– Wild Turkey & Bourbon Dinner at Jackson 20: Wednesday, October 15th

Join Jackson 20 and Chef Brian McPherson for a fall turkey and bourbon dinner featuring Slow Roasted Red Bourbon Heritage Turkeys accompanied by select bourbon flights and sides including Truffled Mashed Potatoes, Hunter Sausage and Sage Stuffing and Bourbon Turkey Gravy. The dinner will begin at 7:00pm and will be followed by cigars available for purchase in the courtyard. The dinner is priced at $38 per person (exclusive of tax, gratuity and cigars). Call (703) 842-2790 for reservations.

– On Television. Spike Mendelsohn Serves as Host to new Competition Show “Midnight Feasts”:Thursday October 16th

FYI’s new series, “Midnight Feast,” New York’s Chelsea Market sets the stage for a late-night culinary showdown between some of the hottest chefs in the country. Chef and restaurateur, Spike Mendelsohn, serves as host and head judge. Kat Odell, editorial producer of, and John DeLucie, chef and restaurateur, also serve as judges. Six one-hour episodes will premiere on Thursday, October 16 at 10pm.

– Hanks Oyster Bar Old Town Hosts OYSTERFEST: Saturday, October 18th

Join Hanks Oyster Bar at our Old Town (1026 King Street) location on Saturday, October 18th from 11 am to 3 pm where it’s going to be all about the oyster. All-You-Can-Eat fresh oysters, fried oysters, and BBQ’ed oysters along with french fries and onion rings! They will also offer All-You-Can-Drink premium beer with 10 TAPS. There will be red and white wine offered as well. Tickets are $80 per person. Must be 21 to enter. RAIN OR SHINE. Tickets are here.

– Oyamel Cocina Mexicana hosts Day of the Dead Dinner: Monday, October 20th (through November 2nd)

This year, Oyamel will honor Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, widely known as El Santo, Mexico’s legendary luchador wrestler, folk icon and actor.  He is credited with popularizing professional wrestling and is commonly portrayed as a symbol of justice in his many films and comic books. Fresh off a trip to Mexico, Oyamel’s Head Chef Colin King has created Day of the Dead menu specials inspired by El Santo’s favorite dishes.  In addition, Oyamel’s Beverage Manager Jasmine Chae, has developed an array of cocktails that honor El Santo’s popular movies. 6:00pm – 9:30pm. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased via nvite:

–  BRABO’s Oktoberfest Industry Night: Monday, October 20th

BRABO’s recently launched Industry Night series goes German for its October reiteration. The Oktoberfest celebration will begin at 7:00pm in the restaurant’s courtyard, will be $25 per person and will include German-inspired House made Grilled Bratwurst, Mustard Spatzle and sweet treats from Pastry Chef Erin Reed as well as Oktoberfest brews. Chef de Cuisine (and resident DJ) Harper McClure will be playing some festive tunes (potentially some polka!) Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by calling (703) 894-3440.

– NEW DATE! City Tap House to Host Pumpkin Smash Event With Elysian Brewing Company: Monday, October 20th

City Tap House, the craft beer-focused restaurant located at 901 9th Street, NW, 20001, is please to host a special evening with Dick Cantwell, co-founder of Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington.  Elysian has brewed over 350 craft beers since the brewery opened in 1996, and has been a pioneer in the craft-brewing movement throughout the Pacific Northwest. On Tuesday, October 21, seven City Tap House draft lines will be dedicated to Elysian’s popular beers. Additionally, City Tap House has purchased a 250-pound from Nalls Farm Market in Berryville, Virginia, which will be hollowed out, filled with beer, and tapped just like a keg for this special night.

– NEW! Boss Shepherd’s to Host Veuve Clicquot Wine Dinner: Tuesday, October 21st

Join Boss Shepherd’s for a tasteful journey of rosé champagnes in partnership with Veuve Clicquot. Wine Maker Pierre Casenave will pour rosé champagnes with a special menu created by Executive Chef Jeremy Waybright, which showcases his own compelling approach to fresh, straightforward ingredients. $149 per person. To reserve a seat, please call (202) 347-2677 or email

– Firefly’s Foraging Dinner: Wednesday, October 22nd

Join Firefly and Executive Chef (and burgeoning forager) Todd Wiss for a Fall Foraging Dinner on Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30pm. With a combination of freshly foraged items and produce culled from the restaurant’s rooftop garden, menu items will include: a Wood Sorrel & Cauliflower Custard; Roasted Bone Marrow with smoked vidalia onions, brioche toast and pawpaw preserve; a Crispy Pork Belly with trinity lentils, kabocha pumpkin, grilled honey crisp apples and jus; and to top it off a Sassafras Ice Cream Sandwich with flourless chocolate cake and fig ice cream. The dinner which includes cocktail pairings is priced at $75 (exclusive of tax and tip). Call (202) 861-1310 for reservations.

– Owakare DNV Rooftop closing party: Friday, October 24th

After a banner summer, the DNV Rooftop prepares to close its doors for the winter months, however, not without a proper send off. The Owakare (Japanese for farewell) DNV Rooftop closing party will be hosted on the rooftop from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and will pay homage to Japanese street culture, from food to art. New seasonal cocktails from the rooftop’s sister restaurant Zentan will be offered, as well as sushi and izakaya-style bites including a unique take on Japadogs! Spacing is limited, tickets are $20 for all access and can be purchased via Eventbrite:

– Rose Dining Saloon’s “Tour de Fall Carnival”: October 25th

Belgium Brewing’s fall brew line-up, Jack Rose Dining Saloon is hosting “Tour de Fall Carnival” – an afternoon beer carnival complete with beer floats, a New Belgium tap takeover, “carnie fare” including corn dogs and cotton candy, and brew-centric games like bottle ring toss and “guess your weight in beer.” “Tour de Fall Carnival” will take place on Jack Rose’s rooftop terrace on Saturday, October 25 from noon to 5pm.

PLUS! Jack Rose will play host to “Kosmic Mother Funk Casino Night” – an evening of table games such as poker and roulette, the DC launch of Sam Adams’ newest limited-edition brew, and more – all to raise money for the American Breast Cancer Foundation. $20 at the door (one free drink ticket and passed bar bites). Wednesday October 22nd. 

– Buck’s Fishing & Camping Restaurant Host A Special Dinner with Aglaia Kremezi: October 26th

Joan Nathan and acclaimed restaurateur James Alefantis are hosting a special dinner at Buck’s Fishing & Camping with Politics & Prose Bookstore, for visiting cookbook author Aglaia Kremezi from the Greek island of Kea. Tickets for this wine dinner/meet the author experience are priced at $90, including tax and gratuity. Sunday, October 26th, the evening begins at 6:30pm. To purchase tickets for this delicious evening please visit

– Mario Batalli at Zaytinya: Sunday October 28th

On Sunday, October 26, José Andrés, ThinkFoodGroup and Zaytinya will host Mario Batali for a special mezze lunch crafted by chef Michael Costa in celebration of his new book, America: Farm to Table. The event will take place at Zaytinya on Sunday, October 26 at 12:30pm. Seating will be limited, and ticket price ($95) includes multi-course menu (featuring several dishes from the cookbook), special wine offering, tax and gratuity and a signed copy of the cookbook. To purchase tickets, visit:

– Belga Hosts Anniversary Beer Dinner: October 28th

A seven-course beer dinner featuring rare Belgian Trappists including Westvleteren Trappist Beer, which is not available anywhere else in the country. Limited seating available and reservations are required. ($79 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity), Belga Café. For more information or to make a reservation to any of the 10-year anniversary celebration events, please call Belga Café at (202) 544-0100 or visit

– Sofitel Hotel Hosts Wine Class “Le Tour de France”: October 29th

Join us on Wednesday, October 29 from 6:00-8:00pm for “Le Tour de France.” Learn about the specialties of the Alsace, Burgundy, Rhone, Bordeaux, Loire Valley and Languedoc regions in the presence of fine French wine importers. Enjoy savory small bites to pair with each tasting in our Paris ballroom. A limited quantity of tickets are available for purchase here.

#SoWineDays Share a photo taken during one of these events, with #SoWineDays on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and you could win a luxury immersion in the Alsace wine country. Come discover an all-encompassing French wine experience with Sofitel.

– Doggy Howl-O-Ween at Jackson 20: Thursday, October 30th

Halloween has gone to the dogs with Monaco Alexandria and Jackson 20’s annual Doggy Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. Celebrate Halloween and the finale of the Doggy Happy Hour series with Doggy Howl-o-ween, where up to 50 contestants will strut down the catwalk in the outdoor courtyard, modeling their Halloween finest. The costume contest benefits the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA). During the evening’s festivities, guests can purchase Halloween-themed cocktails from Jackson 20 lead bartender Andy Nelson as well as doggy-themed beers from Dogfish Head Brewery, Flying Dog Brewery and Smuttynose Brewing Company and enjoy light bites from Jackson 20. Complimentary doggy treats and fresh water bowls will be available for all canine friends. Contest registration ($15, benefitting AWLA) begins at 5:00pm with the contest beginning promptly at 6:15pm and winners announced at 8:30pm. For more information, call (703) 842-2790.

– Kimpton’s Helix Lounge Hosts 10th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest and Happy Hour: Thursday, October 30th

Kimpton’s Helix Lounge invites Washingtonians to show off their pumpkin carving skills at the lounge’s Tenth Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, taking place on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00pm. The lounge will set up carving stations on the outdoor patio and will provide 30 pre-scooped pumpkins as well as safe carving tool kits. Beginning at 6:00pm, pumpkins will be distributed to patrons. Pumpkins are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis, so guests should be sure to arrive early. Participants will have until 8:00pm to carve the pumpkins, at which point the winners will be announced. This year, Helix will celebrate living like a local with the “Most Local-Themed Pumpkin” (best Washington, D.C. themed design) which will receive a $50 gift certificate to Helix Lounge, and the winner of “Most Ghoulish Gourd” (best overall design) will receive a one night weekend stay at Kimpton’s Hotel Helix. The winning pumpkins will be displayed at the lounge until after Halloween.

*Pictured: Cava opens in Chinatown, Oyamel hosts DotD Kick-off, DNV hosts closing rooftop party, Mario Batali heads to Zaytinya, Sofitel hosts Le Tour De France, and Helix hosts a carving contest.

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