A December Eating Guide
Got a firm ho-ho-hold on your holiday dining plans for the remainder of the year?
If not, feast your eyes on this buffet of festive happenings from the establishments that are planning ahead for the month.
Good Stuff Eatery
The signature peppermint shake is back this month. The seasonal treat — made from homemade custard spiked with melted peppermint candies — is available in a “mini moo” serving ($3.95) or regular size ($5.45).
Multiple area locations; goodstuffeatery.com
Aria Pizzeria & Bar
The restaurant hosts “Winternational,” a celebration of global holiday traditions, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday. The free event is scheduled to include a gingerbread cookie decorating station, complimentary baked goods, hot cocoa and apple cider, cultural exhibits and stage performances.
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202-312-1250; ariapizzeria.com
Washington Post Food section contributors Bonnie Benwick, Stephanie Witt Sedgwick and Jane Touzalin will lead a holiday cookie-making class ($65) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Participants will take a crack at producing fennel macaroons with fresh mint ganache, glazed pain d’epices cookies and pear gingerbread s’mores. Tickets available at instantseats.com.
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-549-4172; hillcenterdc.org
The Washington State Society hosts its annual holiday reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 11. The low-key invite promises “wine, beer and appetizers.” Free for WSS members, $10 for newcomers.
201 Massachusetts Ave. NE; 202-544-5201; 201bar.com
Award-winning pastry chef Beverly Bates will lead a gingerbread house workshop for charity on Dec. 14. Those interested in the all-ages tutorial (noon-2 p.m.) are encouraged to make a donation ($20 suggested per adult, $10 per children) to benefit DC Central Kitchen. Attendees will be privy to Bates’ specialty sweets, as well as seasonal drinks including applejack rum-spiked cider and house-made ginger beer. Contact Leah Cheston (leah@risDC.com) for reservations.
2275 L St. NW; 202-730-2500; risDC.com
RedRocks Neapolitan Bistro
The pizza chainlet has tapped Flying Dog Brewery (think: Orchard Ale and Cinnamon Porter) as the pain-duller of choice for its Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. Show up in your most tragicomic holiday gear for a shot at Flying Dog swag and additional prizes. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 19.
2501 Ninth Road South, Arlington, Va.; 703-920-0706; redrocksdc.com
New Year’s Eve
Pilar is throwing a rockabilly rager (no cover charge) featuring ’50s music, dancing and specialty cocktails. An a la carte dinner menu is available beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended.
1833 14th St. NW; 202-265-1751; barpilar.com
Cheflebrity Spike Mendelsohn’s Capitol Hill steakhouse plans to channel Paris for the night, offering a three-course, prix-fixe carte at three separate intervals ($65 per person at 5:30 p.m.; $75 at 7:30 p.m.; $85 at 10 p.m.) Featured menu items include: French onion soup, duck á l’orange, filet de boeuf, grilled Maine lobster with frites, petits fours and a Champagne toast.
315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; 202-450-4800; bearnaiserestaurant.com
The Capitol Hill standby will supplement its regular dinner offerings with a five-course, prix-fixe tasting menu ($75).
15 E St. NW; 202-661-2700; bistrobis.com
The award-winning Southern charmer will offer patrons a choice between the regular carte or a create-your-own, prix-fixe experience served at two separate seatings. The first seating can construct a five-course tasting menu ($80), while the later crowd will indulge in a six-course gourmet meal ($110).
1990 M St. NW; 202-659-1990; vidaliadc.com
The New American eatery will supplement its regular offerings with a choice of either a five- or six-course chef’s tasting menu ($55).
1426 H St. NW; 202-347-5353; woodwardtable.com
New Year’s Day
The Belgian brew hub is rolling out its “Ultimate Hangover Brunch” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Year’s Day for those desperately in need of sustenance. Chef Teddy Folkman promises “dim lighting, soft music and multiple hair of the dog” restoratives. He strongly recommends the “Good Doctor,” a house specialty of scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado, chipotle mayo and your choice of protein (regular or Canadian bacon, smoked salmon, house-made veggie sausage) heaped into a potato roll.
1238 H St. NE; 202-399-2546; granvillemoores.com
Poste Modern Brasserie
This Penn Quarter hot spot wants to keep the ball rolling with its “Get Lucky” brunch and pig roast. The all day affair (8 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Year’s Day; $33) is poised to include a fully stocked Bloody Mary bar, whole roasted pig, black-eyed peas salad, guanciale-braised kale, charcuterie and assorted pies.
555 Eighth St. NW; 202-783-6060; postebrasserie.com