Your Foodie Itinerary: To Do Events
Dining in DC’s Foodie Itinerary or To-Do List: Looking for some food-related events for this week or upcoming weeks? April is chock full o’ fun and delicious things to do and … eat! Below is a compilation of various, food-related events, such as tastings, festivals, and workshops or classes throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area for the weekend or upcoming weeks. Also, check out the listing of reoccurring events to add to your foodie calendar.
Saturday, April 14:
Chef Bryan Voltaggio will be conducting a book signing this weekend of his cookbook VOLT ink. that he co-wrote with his brother, and Top Chef winner, Michael Voltaggio. The signing will take place at the Costco Warehouse in Frederick, Maryland on Saturday, April 14 at 1 p.m. Copies of VOLT ink. will be available for purchase.
About VOLTink.: In VOLT ink.: Recipes. Stories. Brothers (Olive Press, $40.00/hardcover) Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio of Bravo TV’s Emmy-winning season of Top Chef explore the concept of “families” by crafting stories illustrated by ingredient driven recipes, personal experiences, and modern perspectives on food. The brothers offer a glimpse into the creative process that inspired the book, providing a window into their minds as both chefs and artists. The print version and an enhanced digital version including a bonus recipe and multiple videos (available for download through the iBookstore) were released on October 25, 2011.
Cooking with Enzo! Join Chef EnzoFargione at Elisir Restaurant (427 11th St., NW), recently nominated for Best New Restaurant of the Year, for a Cooking Class showcasing Fish and Shellfish on Saturday, April 14th, from 10am-2pm. Sample dishes such as Anise Incrusted Tuna Carpaccio with Citrus and Shaved Fennel, Cavatelli Pasta with Shrimp Bay Scallops Peas and Cherry Tomatoes Roasted Whole Red Snapper with Artichokes and more! Cost is $129 per person and includes lunch, wine, and beverages. To make a reservation please call (202) 546-0088.
Bethesda Row Restaurant Week is back! Starting Monday, April 16 through Sunday, April 22, the Row’s best restaurants–including Le Pain Quotidien, Mon Ami Gabi, Jaleo, Assaggi Mozzarella Bar, Raku, and Redwood will offer a variety of mouth-watering three-course lunches for $15 and three-course dinners for $30 from 12 of the Row’s best restaurants. And with the warm weather hopefully here to stay, be sure to take advantage of the outdoor seating several of the participating restaurants offer.
All of April: For her 8th bday, Restaurant Eve is actually giving a gift to you: take a date to a five-course dinner in the tasting room, and they’ll give one of you the $120 meal for free … assuming one of you was born in April.
2nd Tuesdays: Cork Market Whole Animal Grill-Out series, which’ll be held in the dining room above the shop on the second Tuesday of every month, and deliciously prepare everything from goat, to lamb, to king salmon. Chef Rob Weland will serve each whole roasted animal family-style with an array of sides, including mac ’n’ cheese, baked local apples, and house-made sauerkraut. Cork’s Whole Animal Grill-Out roasts will range from $50-$75 per person, with an additional $25 per person for optional wine pairings. Guests can reserve a space at the April 10 Pig Roast and all future Grill-Outs by emailing Roasts@CorkDC.com. 1805 14th St. NW, (202) 265-2674
Saturdays: Brunch at Cedar. Located in the heart of Penn Quarter, Cedar (822 E St., NW) is a contemporary, rustic American restaurant specializing in wild game where Executive Chef Aaron McCloud artfully prepares well-executed dishes that will blow you away. After just 4 months at Cedar, McCloud is creating inventive dishes that leave you wondering why you never gave wild boar or bison a chance. Their Brunch menu includes tempting choices such as the Braised Pork Belly BLT with fried egg, smoked tomato, basil aioli, Crab Cake Benedict on brioche with bearnaise, Smoked Salmon Benedict with potato cakes, poached eggs, caper hollandaise, and more! Call (202) 637-0012 for reservations!
Sundays: Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at Sidamo (417 H St NE) Do you appreciate a nice hot cup of Joe? How about a new coffee experience on Sunday — one with a little shot of culture? Bring the whole family and enjoy the oldest Coffee tradition in the world. Ethiopia’s coffee ceremony is an integral part of their social and cultural life. An invitation to attend a coffee ceremony is considered a mark of friendship or respect and is an excellent example of Ethiopian hospitality. At Sidamo, the weekly Ethiopian coffee ceremony lasts only half-hour, but offers a glimpse into the traditions of a culture halfway around the world. Coffee holds a sacred place in their country -just the growing and picking process of coffee involves over 12 million Ethiopians and produces over two-thirds of the country’s earnings. The best Ethiopian coffee may be compared with the finest coffee in the world. Free.