Foodie Itinerary: Delicious To-Do Events May 9-21

Dining in DC’s Foodie Itinerary or To-Do List: Looking for some food-related events for this week or upcoming weeks? Summer is almost here and May 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.

Thursday, May 10:

Cuisine Des Artistes: Where chefs and artists create culinary masterpieces: Cuisine Des Artistes is an exciting and popular event that pairs well-known DC area chefs with artists who collaborate to create culinary masterpieces for your dining delight. The evening features appetizers; a main course made up of samplings of over a dozen chef and artist creations, desserts with artistic flair, coffee, tea, beer, and wine. Laced throughout the evening, there will be poetry, music, and performance artists providing eclectic entertainment for your enjoyment. The Cuisine des Artistes is a phenomenon and always fun event. This is your opportunity to get gussied up, join the fun, and hobnob with artists, chefs, and art lovers! $100; 6:30-10 p.m. Purchase Tickets

Saturday, May 12:

Avoid the Mother’s Day Brunch madness and take her early on Saturday to 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, May 13:

Mother’s Day Brunch at Equinox: Treat your Mom to Brunch at one of DC’s best restaurants. From 12-3 p.m., Equinox will offer a special 3-course Brunch Menu for $45 per person or $30 for kids under 12. Enjoy choices such as Brioche French Toast with Strawberry Yuzu Jam, Spiced Pecan Streusel, and Pennsylvania Maple Syrup or opt for the Equinox Eggs Benedict with smokey Shaved Serrrano Ham, Tomato Marmalade, topped with creamy traditional Hollandaise Sauce. 818 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202.331.8118

Sunday, May 20:

Photo courtesy of Todd Gray’s Muse. Credit: Emily Clack

Market Fresh Vegan Brunch at Todd Gray’s Muse at the Corcoran Art Gallery: Local Chef Todd Gray’s expertly curated menu has been designed exclusively for the Corcoran. Taking inspiration from the Corcoran Collection and the Gallery’s special exhibitions, and distinguished by seasonal, local ingredients–many sourced from the nearby FreshFarm Market, by the White House–Muse is a unique culinary experience. On Sunday, May 20th, enjoy their special Vegan Brunch. Adults $25, children 12 and under $12. Brunch libations will be also be available for $8. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm; Reservations are recommended. Please e-mail your request to reservations@toddgraysmuse.com.

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.

Monday, May 21:

The American Lamb Board presents: The 2nd Annual American Lamb Jam. Where else can you go with hundreds of people around and shout, Hey! Nice rack! and get away with it? Join me on Monday, May 21, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. when twenty of DC’s most talented chefs will ewe-night for the 2nd Annual American Lamb Jam produced by

This ultimate taste-off held at the Eastern Market in will feature top chefs and their creative preparations of lusty lamb dishes accompanied by several wineries, breweries and more. Enjoy delicious samples of dishes featuring American Lamb, demos, and more!

Media judging, including yours truly as a judge, will include awards for Best of Show, 1st Place Awards for Shoulder, Leg of Lamb, Shank and Loin tastes. Guests vote and determine the People’s Choice winner. People’s Choice Award for 2011 went to Executive Chef John Critchley from Urbana Restaurant in Dupont Circle.

Chefs Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana, Dennis Marron from Poste, Ed Witt from 701, John Critchley from Urbana, Adam Sobel from Bourbon Steak, Peter Smith from PS7?s, Rodney Scruggs from Occidental Grill, Carl Dooley from Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, Franck Loquet from iCi Urban Bistro, Brian McPherson from Jackson 20 and the Grille at Morrison House, Hamilton Johnson from Vidalia, Zach Dunphy from Againn, Omar Rodriquez from Oyamel, Dimitri Moshovitis from Cava ¦ and more!

Tickets are just $50 per person. Use this Promo code: DCJAM25 and Buy 1 ticket get 2nd ticket half off! Order your Tickets online. See EWE there! ;)

Ongoing Events:

Test Kitchen: Hanoi-Havana at ZENGO: How many times have you wished that you could be in two places at once? Well now thanks to Richard Sandoval’s ZENGO (781 7th St., NW), you can! From now until June 30th, diners can enjoy Test Kitchen: Hanoi-Havana, a special menu that was created to blend two incredibly diverse countries (and cultures) Vietnam and Cuba – allowing diners to embark on a journey of taste to enjoy the flavors of two places at once. Every few months, the Chefs at ZENGO research and develop new recipes featuring the cuisine and spirits of one Latin and one Asian country; the result is a menu of specialty small plates and cocktails that showcase flavors and techniques from each region. Review Here: http://ow.ly/aOf19

Upcoming Events: Save the Date!

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.

June 5: 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

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