Foodie Itinerary: Delicious To-Do Events May 22-27

Good Eats + Fun = Foodie Dream

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 22:

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!

Wednesday, May 23:

Launch and Open House Sweet n’ Savory: Sweet n’ Savory, a full-service catering company is hosting an open house. (14502-I Lee Rd., Chantilly,VA 20151). Enjoy free samplings of their luscious treats and a glass of champagne to celebrate their re-launch. 12- 7:00 pm; for more info call: 703-378-3535 or email

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

Sunset Celebration at Mount Vernon: This family-friendly event (May 25-27) celebrates the beginning of summer on the plantation as historic Mount Vernon invites visitors to experience a rare opportunity to linger after the daytime crowds have departed. Tour the Mansion, relax and enjoy wine and desserts available for purchase and delight in 18th-century music, dancing, games, and wagon rides. Stroll the lantern-lit grounds as the sun sets. 6pm-9pm, rain or shine. Adults: $18; Children 6-11: $12; 5-years and under: Free. Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria, VA

Saturday, May 26:

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.

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.

Grilling & Wine Tasting at The Butcher’s Block: Join Danielle Vogel from 1-4 p.m. for a special tasting to kick off the grilling season. Stop by to taste a selection of wines that pair well with grilled meats, to complement your Memorial Day feast. The tasting is complimentary, and all of the wines poured will be offered at a 10% discount the day of the tasting. The Butcher’s Block is located at 1600 King Street, Alexandria VA.

Sunday, May 27:

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

Market Fresh 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. 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.

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

Memorial Day Oystravaganza at 3: The grills (and a whole lot of oysters) are coming out on Clarendon’s best outdoor patio at 3′s Oystravaganza from 5-9 p.m this Sunday. Kicking off summer by offering the best of the Chesapeake Bay and Rappahannock River with specials on local Maryland and Virginia oysters in 14 different forms including shooters, on the half shell, sliders, Rockefeller and stews. Known as the “house that bacon built”, Executive Chef Brian Robinson is using his favorite meaty ingredient in dishes like the Oysters Rockefeller with House Cured Bacon and Spinach, and even the fresh Oysters on the Half Shell with house made Bacon Jam. Reoccurring every Sunday this summer. For more information, please call 703.524.4440.

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

Safeway Barbecue Battle 20th Anniversary “A Celebration for the Nation”

The Safeway Barbecue Battle: June 23-24, 2012 This year will mark the 20th Anniversary of Safeway bringing great food, live music, and fun to the streets and people of the Nation’s Capital. The two-day festival (Saturday: 11 AM to 9:00 PM; Sunday: 11 AM to 7:30 PM) includes delicious barbecue and tasty treats of all kinds from top vendors, plenty of delicious free food samples and live entertainment including 30 bands on multiple stages all surrounding one of the nation’s top barbecue cooking competitions. The ever-popular Safeway Sampling Pavilion showcases a line-up of delicious and tempting free food samples while celebrity chefs and cookbook authors entertain with cooking demonstrations on the Safeway Demonstration Stage. $12 for Adults; $5 for Kids (under 12); Weekend pass $20; Get your tickets to one of US’s top BBQ competitions in the country here!

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