Foodie Itinerary: Delicious To-Do Events April 16-22

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 Foodie Event Calendar, the newest Dining in DC feature (on the right side bar) for local delicious events to add to your foodie calendar.

Monday, April 16:

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.

Tuesday, April 17:

Free grub! April 17

TAX DAY: As you know April 15th is normally the day that income taxes are due to the IRS; however, in 2012 tax day falls on a Sunday. Monday April 16th is a federal holiday – Emancipation Day. So Tuesday, April 17th is TAX DAY! Many DC area restaurants, bars, and services are offering a little relief to us all. Check out my roundup of Tax Day Dining Freebies, Deals, and Discounts here!

Thursday, April 19:

Summer Patio Pig Roast: Clarendon’s Restaurant 3 (2950 Clarendon Blvd.) Kicks Off Summer Patio Pig Roast Series with a Whole Smoked Pig Roast & Southern Foodways Alliance Fundraiser from 4-8 p.m. On the third Thursday of every month through September 20th, 3 will roast a whole smoked Tamworth or Berkshire pig and serve up a menu of homemade sides and drink specials on its expansive, lively outdoor terrace. The monthly roasts will feature several specials including $5 fresh-off-the-pig pulled pork sandwiches, $3 beer drafts and Porkslap, $5 Bacon Bloody Marys, $5 featured wines and a variety of sides including handcut fries and housemade slaw to accompany the juicy pork.

Saturday, April 21:

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! Checkout my dining review here.

Sunday, April 22:

Earth Day Oysterstock: This year, Poste (555 8th Street, NW) and Chef Dennis Marron are celebrating the 42nd Annual Earth Day on Sunday April 22nd from 2:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a brand new courtyard event – ’Oysterstock.’ The all-day celebration will feature Rappahannock and War Shore oysters, a collaborative lamb and clams dish with Rappahannock Oysters and Border Springs Lamb, and picnic fare from the Poste kitchen including house-made grilled sausages, coleslaw, and mac’ and cheese. Local beers from DC Brau and Port City Brewery will be served, alongside local Virginia wines from Breaux Vineyards and Catoctin Creek Distillery. Live entertainment from three local bands will also be provided. The cost of the all-inclusive event is $75, with proceeds going to the Oyster Recovery Partnership. A Silent Auction benefitting the Oyster Recovery Partnership will take place during the event. Items available include dinners from local restaurants; overnight stays in local Kimpton properties and donations from local Penn Quarter businesses! Tickets can be purchased at:

Gospel Sunday Brunch at The Hamilton (600 14th Street, NW), a landmark building that was originally constructed in 1929 and operated as the flagship store for Garfinckel’s department store until 1990, is now offering a Southern-inspired buffet guaranteed to lift one’s spirits, while enjoying a live gospel show to feed the soul. Available every Sunday, priced all inclusively at $25 per person, two ticketed shows are offered, with doors opening at 10 AM for the first one-hour performance which begins at 10:30 AM. The second seating is from 12:30- 2 PM, which also includes an hour-long gospel performance from 1 -2PM.

Guests begin their brunch with a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary, plus coffee, tea and juice are also included, as are tempting pastries created by The Hamilton’s Pastry Chef Lauren Petri. The brunch buffet features the following items every Sunday: Hand-Carved Smoked Beef Brisket and Glazed Ham, Fried Chicken, Chicken & Andouille Gumbo with Dirty Rice, Shrimp & Grits, Macaroni & Cheese, Buttermilk Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, Molasses Collards, BBQ Pork & Sweet Potato Hash, House-Made Breakfast Pastries and Sweets, Waffle Station, Omelette Station,Home Fries, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Breakfast Sausage, Smoked Salmon, Fruit Salad and Green Salad.

This Sunday, April 22nd Y’Anna Crawley, the 2009 (Season II Winner) of BET’s Sunday Best will perform at The Hamilton Live for Gospel Brunch. Crawley is a native Washingtonian, product of DC Public Schools, and proud alum of Eastern High School. While she was a student at Eastern, Y’Anna was a member of its Award Winning Choir. She also recently won Y’Anna the 2012 Stellar Award for New Artist of the Year.

Ongoing Events:

Cherry Blossom Inspired Menu: Thru April 27: 100 years in the making, Don’t miss the special Cherry Blossom 3-course menu at Equinox Restaurant (818 Connecticut Ave., NW) available now through April 27th! Equinox will celebrate the centennial of the national cherry blossom festival with festive dishes complete with wine pairings.

Start with a Cherry Lime Collins Cocktail upon arrival served with Toasted Brioche and Kiln Dried Cherry Tapenade. For the first course, enjoy Ravioli of Lobster and Gulf Prawns with Sumo Citrus Butter, Radish Sprouts, and Fried Nori paired with Momo Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2010. For the main course, enjoy a Slow Cooked Breast of Pennsylvania Pekin Duck with Soba Noodle, Shiso, Nameko Mushrooms, and Black Tea Broth paired with Carmel Roast Pinot Noir, Monterey 2010.

To conclude, enjoy a Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with Yuzu Curd Geltao and Coaco Coulis paired with Elio Perone Biagro, Italy 2010. The 3-course menu is just $75 and includes beverages, tax & gratuity. Call (202) 331-8118 to make reservations!

Greek Easter: Now through April 22nd, Jose Andres ThinkFoodGroup and the culinary team at Zaytinya (701 9th St., NW) invite Washingtonians to celebrate the Greek Easter festival featuring delectable Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Throughout the two-week festival, guests can enjoy a Chef’s Experience menu featuring a variety of spring lamb dishes, as well as the return of the popular lamb sandwich cart and Easter cookies. Guests can also toast the holiday and the return of spring with two cocktails created especially for the festival.

The ten-course meal is priced at $99 for two. It includes items such as Arni me Sparangia, spit-roasted lamb shoulder with asparagus, ladolemono and dill; Mayiritsa, traditional Easter soup with lamb’s liver, caramelized onions, short grain rice, egg and lemon broth;and Asparagus Salata, white asparagus tzatziki, pistachios, green asparagus, and lemon zest; Spanakorizo, rice pilaf with wilted spinach and tomatoes, spinach puree, preserved cherry tomatoes and feta. A complete menu available online. The Greek Easter Chef’s Experience menu is available during both lunch and dinner service. A selection of dishes will also be offered for a la carte dining, and are priced from $8 to $14.

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.

Upcoming Events: Save the Date!

April 28: Taste of Vienna

The Vienna Volunteer Fire Department (VVFD) will host the Annual Taste of Vienna. The focus of the event will be to showcase the many excellent restaurants that the Vienna area has to offer. The VVFD parking lot will be lined with more than 30 local favorite restaurants offering samples. 11AM – 8PM (rain or shine). Admission is free and guests will be able to purchase restaurant food and beverages. (400 Center St. South, Vienna, VA 22180)

May 8: 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 1805 14th St. NW, (202) 265-2674

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