Small Plates: Belgian Foodie Fete

Posted October 13, 2009 at 3:39pm

Belgian hot spot Belga Café (514 Eighth St. SE) is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a week’s worth of festivities that are set to start Oct. 21.

The celebration will kick off with a four-course dinner paired with seven wines from Executive Chef Bart Vandaele’s private wine cellar. The evening costs $125 a head and will include lectures from wine importers.

If beer is more your style, check out the three-course, five-beer dinner on Oct. 22. Those who love a good deal should swing by the nights of Oct. 23 and 24 when the original menu will be offered for the same price it was in 2004.

A complete listing of events can be found on belgacafe.com.

That Lucky Seven

Newly renovated 701 restaurant is rolling out the specials. The Penn Quarter hot spot is now offering a “Power of Seven— happy hour. Guests at the restaurant can indulge in seven new menu items from Executive Chef Adam Longworth from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each item will cost $7. The special lounge menu will feature dishes such as sweet Thai chili wings and steak tartare. The lounge area also offers an expansive drink menu, including cocktails and 22 wines by the glass.

701 is also introducing the “Penn Quarter Sunday Supper.— The meal will include a three-course, pre-fixe menu for $30 per person and will be offered from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The supper will include a seasonal menu featuring beet salad, roasted cod and milk chocolate pot de crème.

Almost Turkey Time

The Ritz-Carlton in Foggy Bottom is getting into the holiday spirit with a host of meal deals and cooking classes.

The hotel is offering Thanksgiving dinner to go. The meal, which serves six, will include a turkey, all the trimmings and a choice of a pumpkin, apple or pecan pie. The meal costs $269, and all orders must be placed by the Friday before Thanksgiving.

The hotel is also offering a gingerbread decorating class designed for children. On Dec. 19, the hotel’s pastry team will gather to show children and their families how to make their very own houses. A holiday buffet will also be offered. Tickets are $35 for children ages 3 to 13 and $55 for adults.