APPETITE: 3 Dates to Circle in November

APPETITE: 3 Dates to Circle in November

With the departure of Halloween, the holiday season is just around the corner (or, to see some shops touting it, right here in the room). From shopping to cheese boards to wine pairings over five courses, here are three ways to celebrate all month long. 

Fall Wine Dinner at Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza and Tap, Nov. 8

Looking to kick off the season in style? This five-course food and wine pairing awaits. Using the Loft at Lena’s wine list and special dishes prepared just for this evening, the Fall Wine Dinner celebrates the arrival of the winter-themed Loft with plenty of treats. Partake in the limited-time holiday wine offerings and take a taste of some new offerings before they arrive at the Loft. Vegetarian option available – call for more information. $79 per person. 6-8 p.m. 401 E. Braddock Road.

Intro to Cheese and Charcuterie Boards at Lost Boy Cider, Nov. 14

Just in time for the holiday entertaining season, Lost Boy Cider and Casa Onofre are joining forces to walk you through how to make your very best board for noshing and toasting the season. Begin the session with a demo and then dive right in to apply your skills to your own board. Learn all about cutting techniques and basic pairings – and then feast on your creation after class (maybe with a cider in hand). $63. 1-3 p.m. 317 Hooffs Run Drive.

Hometown Holidays at Port City Brewing, Nov. 27

Small Business Saturday arrives again at the end of the month, and Port City Brewing is hosting 30 Alexandria-based crafters and “makers” in the brewery’s parking lot. Come cross some of your holiday shopping off your list and then hang around for some craft beers to celebrate the season. 3950 Wheeler Ave.

Hope Nelson is the author of “Classic Restaurants of Alexandria” and owns the Kitchen Recessionista blog, located at Email her any time at