Things to do for December 20, 2012

The Weekender

Ham, Caviar, Beignets and Other Holiday-Weekend Necessities

The weekend isn’t sure how to tie this ribbon.

Thursday
Whole Pit-Smoked Hams at Hill Country
HAM SOLO

Whole Pit-Smoked Hams at Hill Country

In the next few days, you may be charged with feeding a number of people. Or you might just be really hungry. Either way, the Texas BBQ outpost is taking orders for whole oak-smoked hams. Your optional add-ons: campfire baked beans, corn pudding and other stuff that goes great on your leftover ham sandwich.

The Coffee Bar Debuts in Shaw
JOE’S BAR

The Coffee Bar Debuts in Shaw

And now, a bar without a liquor license. No, stay with us. This is a morning bar, where you can get your fix of pour-overs and drip from three different roasters, and tiny little waffles that warm up over your coffee cup. Last call comes early.

Friday
Solstice Celebration at Equinox
PAGANISM

Solstice Celebration at Equinox

You’ll be at Equinox. Drinking good red wine. Eating 24-hour brisket, agnolotti with white-truffle butter and apple-cider beignets. Seems normal so far. But you’ll be standing up, a rock band will be playing, and you’ll be celebrating like a pagan demigod entering the dark of winter.

Dec 21, 7pm, $100, Equinox, 818 Connecticut Ave NW, reserve at 202-331-8118

UD Hookup: Tell us via email how you like to observe the year’s longest night. The best submission will win two tickets.

An Eight-Course Apocalyptic Dinner
THE LAST MEAL

An Eight-Course Apocalyptic Dinner

So the world could end tomorrow. Look on the bright side. You can have eight courses of champagne, Sauternes, XO cognac and coveted California cabernet. Oh, and while you’re at it: oysters with caviar, truffled baked-potato soup, rib eye with beef cracklings and gold-leafed chocolate cake. See, it’s not so bad.

Saturday
Chocolate Nirvana at the Ritz-Carlton
CANDY LAND

Chocolate Nirvana at the Ritz-Carlton

And for your holiday dating needs: a giant buffet of chocolate and candy. Think chocolate truffles, cakes, mousse and a candy-cane bar. In your glass: champagne cocktails from the bar’s resident champagne sommelier. As to which goes well with candy canes: they all do.

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