Foodie Itinerary: Delicious To-Do Events May 15-31

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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.

Tuesday, May 15:

Anchor Steam Beer Dinner (Meet the Maker) at the Light Horse restaurant (715 King Street) in Old Town, Alexandria: Enjoy 5 delicious courses prepared by the talented executive chef, Adam Stein and wash it down with 5 perfectly paired Anchor Steam beers. Menu includes: Anchor Summer Beer with Softshell Crab, Local Vegetable Slaw and Spicy Remoulade; Liberty Ale with House Sausage Arancini; Anchor Steam Beer with Pork & Clam Hot Pot; Brekle’s Brown Ale and Smoked Beef Short Ribs & Fingerling Potato Salad; Old Foghorn Barleywine Style Ale and Fresh Fruit Summer Pudding and Blackberry Sorbet. Just $50 per person! Their beer dinners usually sell out, so if you like these beers, get on the train early. E-mail Dave P. at to reserve your seats, now! Ride the free trolley from the King Street metro (yellow line) to get there with ease. 7 p.m.

Taco Tuesday: Every Tuesday, in the Taqueria & Tequileria at El Centro D.F. (1819 14th St., NW), where Richard Sandoval offers authentic Mexican comfort food and fine Tequilas in three vibrant spaces, including an open rooftop! Enjoy Taco Tuesday, but these are not your ordinary flavors, such as Beef Heart & Stomach, Lamb Birria, Guajillo Cauliflower, Blood Sausage and more… Taste the wild, weird, and always wonderful taco creations for only $2 each All Night Long! Try new exotic tacos every Tuesday at El Centro D.F. in Logan Circle. Make sure you tell em’ Dining in DC sent ya!

Saturday, May 19:

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.

2ND ANNUAL CRAFT BEER TASTING & FESTIVAL: Clyde’s of Columbia: (10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia, MD 21044) will host their 2nd Annual Craft Beer fest outdoors by the Lake, Saturday, May 19. 3-8 p.m. Sample more than 50 brews, including many limited-release or hard-to-find varieties. Live music all day from Subtle Hustle, The Bumpin Uglies, and 8 Ohms Band. $2.50 per ticket or $30 for 15 tickets; 4 oz tasting cup=1 ticket.

8th Annual Testicle Festival: The Montana State Society will sponsor the Eighth Annual Testicle Festival of Washington, D.C. – “Legends of the Ball”, held from 6-10 PM on Saturday May 19 at the Arlington American Legion (3445 N. Washington Blvd.). They invite you to try this unique Montana tradition, and enjoy live music, Rocky Mountain Oysters, beer and Crown Royal. Straight from the original Rocky Mountain Testy Fest at Rock Creek Lodge outside of Missoula, this year’s celebrity chef Frank Mcgraw will be serving up tasty testes with an authentic zest. Get there early, the first 200 guests will also get an amazing T-Shirt to forever memorialize the event. Tickets cost $25 online or $30 at the door. 6 – 10 pm

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

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.

25th Annual Taste of Arlington: will transform Ballston into a lively street festival, complete with local entertainment, children’s activities, and FOOD from OVER 40 RESTAURANTS! Sunday, May 20th from Noon-5 p.m. While there is no admission fee, tickets are needed to sample the food and beverages at the event. Be sure to take advantage of the online pre-sale ticket promotion. Ticket price is $20, February 15 through March 15. After March 15, online ticket price will be $25. Day of event ticket price is $30. Click here to purchase tickets. This year, three community non-profit organizations will receive a donation from the proceeds of the event – Arlington Community Foundation, the Virginia Hospital Center, and Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic.

A Gastronomic Adventure at DC’s Premiere Spanish Restaurant: Taberna del Alabardero. To celebrate 23 years in the Capital, DC’s famed Spanish spot, Taberna del Alabardero (1776 I St., NW) is offering an exclusive five-course gastronomic tasting with wine pairings presented by executive chef Javier Romero and sommelier Gustavo Iniesta. Your evening will begin with cocktails served in Taberna’s sumptuous surroundings before you head to the private La Granja room where you’ll observe the kitchen at work and gaze at the 300-plus varietal wine cellar. Iniesta will be sure to provide insight on each wine pairing, and both he and chef Romero will gladly answer all of your questions and allow you to channel your inner gastronome. $145 for five courses with paired wine and cocktail reception; tax and gratuity included. Begins at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary parking at the garage located next door to the restaurant’s entrance on 18th Street. To Reserve: Please e-mail or or call 202- 429-2200 and mention that you saw it on Dining in DC!

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. 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! ;)

Friday, May 25:

Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar Annual Memorial Day wine dinner: Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar (1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA) is kicking off Memorial Day Weekend with a celebration of food and wine, including a four-course wine dinner menu from Chef Jackie Trujillo. At this annual event the wines of Fauquier County’s Three Fox Vineyards will be showcased. Friday, May 25, 6:30 pm. Cost is $85 per guest includes wine (tax & gratuity not included). For reservations: 703.442.8384

Saturday, May 26:

Photo by Michael Palmer Photography

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 Pasta and Pasta Sauces on Saturday, May 26th, from 10am-2pm. Learn how to make and sample dishes such as Risotto Asparagus Saffron and Reggiano, Cavatelli and Shellfish Ragu, with Roasted shrimp, clams, bay scallops, green olives, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and Fettuccine Tomato and Basil. Learn how to make a delicious tomato sauce in just 15 minutes and more! Cost is $129 per person and includes lunch, wine, and beverages. To make a reservation please call (202) 546-0088.

Sunday, May 27:

Adult Swim Pool Party Series Official Grand Opening Memorial Day Weekend:
Adult Swim is a weekly summer pool party held every Sunday at the Capitol Skyline Hotel (10 I Street, SW, DC), hosted by Liquid Lifestyle. These Vegas-style pool parties feature the best local DJs, celebrity appearances, fashion shows, live musicians, costumed dancers and surprise entertainment.

The series Grand Opener on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May 27th, is open to the public and will kick-off DC’s most anticipated pool party series. And if a massive pool, dance music and bottle popping isn’t enough, the party also features an all-day barbecue with burgers and hot dogs, blow-up pool toys and 6 bars throughout the venue. The party runs from 12-6pm, with free admission until 1pm with a text RSVP. To RSVP, patrons must text their full names to 202-RESERVE, and will in-turn receive a confirmation text to show at the door. After 1PM or without a text RSVP, cover charge is $20 at the door. Bottles service is available by reservation only and tables usually sell out about a week in advance. For additional information, upcoming special events and pool party photos, visit

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:



Sip Your Way to The RAMMYS with RAMW’s Month-long Cocktail Promotion: From May 18 to June 18, “Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year” RAMMY nominees will host a month-long cocktail promotion where consumers can come into nominated restaurants and order their signature RAMMY cocktail for a chance to win two tickets to the annual gala on June 24. The five nominees for “Beverage/Mixology Program of the Year” are Bourbon Steak, ChurchKey, EatGoodFood Group, Estadio and Room 11. The nominees will be serving up the following creative cocktails at their restaurants. Diners who purchase a RAMMY cocktail at any of the five restaurants until June 18 will be eligible to win two tickets to the RAMMY gala on June 24. Consumers will fill out an information card for each RAMMY drink purchase and a winner will be chosen at random on June 18 at the end of the promotion. Good Luck! Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events: Save the Date!

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

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