Foodie Itinerary: Delicious To-Do Events April 23-29

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 23:

How about a glass of wine to help take the edge off after a long day at work? Enjoy ‘Half-Price Wine Nights’ where many DC Area restaurants offer 1/2 price on select or all wine bottles every Monday:

Masa 14, Chef Geoff’s, Cava Mezze, Agora Restaurant, Evo Bistro, Veritas Wine Bar, ZOLA, Dino, Boulevard Woodgrill, Cafe Deluxe, Crème Cafe & Lounge, Clyde’s (see participating locations), Marx Cafe, Coppi’s Organic, and probably even more!

Thursday, April 26:

An Evening With Common Threads – Chefs Celebrating Children in the Kitchen on Thursday, April 26th (6-9 p.m.) at The Liaison Capitol Hill (415 New Jersey Ave., NW). Hosted by CT founder himself Chef Art Smith, with co-chairs Chef Carla Hall and Mary Beth Albright, this special evening benefits Common Threads, Chef Smith’s charity. It will bring together some of the most influential Washington, DC chefs, elected officials, industry professionals, foodies and our own Small Threads students to raise funds to sustain our hands-on after-school programming for low-income children in Washington, DC. Chefs Jamie Leeds, Nora Pouillon, Jeff Tunks, Scott Drewno, Mike Isabella, Michel Richard, and Dean Gold among others, are some of the chefs supporting Common Threads this year. Tickets are $150.

Dining Out For Life: On Thursday, April 26th, diners across the Washington metro region will join hundreds of thousands of others from across North America to stand up against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by sitting down at restaurants participating in this year’s Dining Out for Life fundraiser. Nearly 130 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 110% of that day’s proceeds to benefit Food & Friends’ clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the National Capital Region. Food & Friends is thrilled to have nearly 130 restaurants on board, including those that are donating their entire evening’s proceeds to Food & Friends – Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant (110%), Annie’s Paramount Steak House (100%), Posto (100%) and Ristorante Tosca (100%). New this year, all four Whole Foods stores in the District have pledged 50% of the proceeds from their salad and hot food bars, so even those dining in will be able to Dine Out. Reservations can be made on or through the restaurants directly.

A new Italian restaurant in the heart of NOMA, Zuppa Fresca, offers a weekly “hoppy hour”. They are showcasing the beers of Goose Island Brewery out of Chicago. On April 26, youll get 5 8oz tastings, a coupon for a full glass of your favorite, food pairings from chef Alfio, and explainations from the brew masters, all for $22.

Saturday, April 28:

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.

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).

The Inaugural Ommegang Hop Chef Competition heats up D.C. on April 28th (1-4 pm) at the Atlas Theater (1333 H St., NE). The competition invites innovative DC area chefs to prepare and pair dishes with fine Ommegang ales. Seven hot DC area chefs compete, eight area notables judge, and 200 lucky tasters can buy tickets to watch, taste, sip, and vote for a People’s Choice Winner. Chefs are Jamie Leeds, Hank’s Oyster Bar; Jeff Eng, Clyde’s of Tower Oaks; Bradley Walker, Boundary Road; Mike Bonk, Sonoma; Nicholas Stefanelli, Bibiana; Mark Marrocco, Magnolias at the Mill; and Will Artley, Pizzeria Orso. Each chef creates two dishes showcasing imaginative beer and food pairing skills. The dishes, along with Ommegang ales chosen to go with them, are served to professional judges and a consumer audience. The competition will produce fourteen delectably different dishes, offer at least seven different beers, and promises plenty of culinary surprises for 200 lucky tasters.

Tickets are limited, so please purchase in advance online. Learn more about the Ommegang Hop Chef Competition and our sponsors at

Sunday, April 29:

Sunday Experience at Cedar: Cedar presents the next edition of their popular workshop series, Sunday Experience being held on Sunday, April 29, 2012 (6:30 p.m.) as mixologist Matt Perkins, cocktail maker, creative mind and bar connoisseur conducts an engaging, lively, and informative class. Inspired by pre-Prohibition Era cocktail recipes, local ingredients and whimsical twists, be prepared to be dazzled with crafty concoctions. Cedar’s new executive chef, Aaron McCloud will create five delicious small plates, adding delicate touches with garden-fresh eccentricity and wild meat passions to pair and excite each hand-crafted cocktail. Reserve now! Seats are limited and the class will sell out. Class begins promptly at 6:30 pm. $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For reservations and information, call (202) 637-0012.

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. This Sunday, Howard Gospel Choir will perform at The Hamilton Live for Gospel Brunch.

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.

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!

Upcoming Events: Save the Date!



May 5: Cinco de Mayo (Dining in DC Round-up coming soon) Check out Masa 14′s Rooftop party and El Centro’s Grande Fiesta offering 150 tequilas!

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

May 17: 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.

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