What’s Happening in Washington, DC: September 21, 2015

British bubbly, Italian wines, and collaborative chef dinners tempt your taste buds this week in the District

Urbana will hold a special dinner to celebrate the autumn harvest of its rooftop garden.

September and October are harvest time and this week’s calendar of food and drink events definitely has a vinous theme. From world class Italian wines and winemakers, to British bubbly’s new arrival on our scene to food and wine dinners at gourmet hot spots, there are lots of great local and international wines to sip while savoring fresh from the farm goodness. Dine well and enjoy the lovely weather.

Elisa Scavino Winemaker Dinner at Fiola
The wines of the Paolo Scavino estate in Piedmont Italy are truly legendary, and on Friday, September 25, you can enjoy an incredible dinner at Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi that celebrates these single vineyard wines. Elisa Scavino, the family’s famed third generation winemaker, will be on hand to share her inimitable flagship wine, the 'Rocche dell'Annuziata' Barolo, as well as other bellissima wines from her family’s estate. The dinner begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and costs $250 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The five-course tasting menu celebrates Piemontese cuisine and luxury is the by-word with dishes that include foie gras and white truffles. RSVP to guest relations director Courtney Allen or call (202) 538-4749.

ENO Wine Bar Hosts British Bubbly Tasting
While the Pope’s visit to D.C. may be big news for Catholics, Tuesday, September 22 is an important day for lovers of bubbly wines because it will be our first chance to sample bubbly from Britain, in this case, Ridgeview Estate in Sussex. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., ENO Wine Bar is hosting an exclusive tasting of three wines from Ridgeview Estate and special guest Tamara Roberts, CEO and winemaker will pour three of her estate’s inimitable wines and share her winery’s story with guests. The price per person is $40 and includes locally sourced charcuterie and cheese paired with Ridgeview 'Bloomsbury' Cuvee, which is Ridgeview’s signature blend of chardonnay, pinot noir, and pinot meunier; the Ridgeview 'Fitzrovia' Rosé; and Ridgeview's Blanc de Blancs. Escape the madding crowds and sip some lovely wine but make your reservations quickly.

FreshFarm Markets & Urbana Present: Dupont Harvest Dinner
It’s harvest season on local farms, and in Urbana’s rooftop garden in Dupont Circle. To celebrate this bounty, and support FreshFarm Market’s newly launched Food Prints program, Urbana chef Ethan McKee is preparing a lovely family-style dinner made with his rooftop harvest, food supplied by the Dupont Circle market’s vendors, and produce raised in the Francis Stevens’ school garden, which is a beneficiary of the Food Prints program. The dinner is being held on Tuesday, September 29, cocktails will be served at 6:30 p.m. and dinner, which begins at 7:15 p.m., will be paired with locally sourced

Wiedmaier Group Hosts Guest Chef Series at BRABO
Fans of Robert Wiedmaier and his phenomenal cuisine will definitely clamor for a ticket to a rare occasion: a special five-course, guest chef dinner he will be hosting at Brabo on Tuesday, September 29. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvre will be served at 6:00 p.m. and dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. This welcoming location in Old Town Alexandria will the scene for the handy work of four chefs, plus Robert Wiedmaier, from the restaurant group and include chef Paul Stearman of Marcel’s, chef Dean Dupuis of Brasserie Beck, Gene Sohn of Mussel Bar Bethesda, and of course, Brabo’s own chef Harper McClure. For pricing or to reserve your seat, contact Brabo via email or call (703) 894-3440.


Summer Whitford is the D.C. City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal and the DC Wine Examiner. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva.