Foodie Itinerary: Delicious To-Do Events May 29 – June 9

Dining in DC’s Foodie Itinerary or To-Do List: Looking for some food-related events for this week or upcoming weeks? Summer is officially here and these next few months are 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.

Everyday! Dine Al Fresco in DC!

This Fabulous al Fresco Dining roundup is designed to serve as a source of information for DC area diners looking for Washington, DC area restaurants with outdoor or patio seating. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 29:

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, June 2:

Summer’s hottest foodie fest is here this Saturday: the 19thannual Taste of Georgetown will bring creative cuisine, refreshing libations, live entertainment and even a “Top Chef” sighting to Georgetown on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 11am-4pm. The only opportunity to taste one’s way through Georgetown in an afternoon, Taste of Georgetown will offer tastes from 30 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants,refreshments from the lively Wine & Ale Tasting Pavilion, live music and more foodie fun. A full list of participants can be found online at www.tasteofgeorgetown.com.

Tuesday, June 5:

Unibroue Beer Dinner at The Light Horse Restaurant (715 King St. Alexandria, VA): Enjoy a delicious 5-course beer dinner featuring pairings with the French Canadian brewery Unibroue, known for their outstanding, elegant Belgians and abbeys. You won’t start of with their flagship, Fin du Monde, (French for The End of the World), the full bodied brew which has earned more medals and awards, including some of the world’s highest honors, than any other Canadian beer, but you’ll get there. For just $55 per person (not including tax and gratuity), enjoy a 5-course dinner prepared by Light Horse executive chef, Adam Stein, each course expertly paired with a fine Unibroue brew. For full menu see here.

Saturday, June 9:

Belmont Celebration at the Light Horse: Stop by The Light Horse Restaurant (715 King St. Alexandria, VA) Saturday, June 9, and the race for the Triple Crown! They will have live music starting right after the race, $5 Belmont Breezes all day long, $4 for any of our Belgian Trippels and $4 Crown Royal drinks. Order a “Triple Crown” and get any Trippel and a shot of Crown for $6. If you can’t be there, this is the next best thing! Don’t miss it!

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, June 10:

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 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.

Adult Swim Pool Party Series:
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. For additional information, upcoming special events and pool party photos, visit www.DCPOOLPARTY.com.

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

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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!

From June 13th -17th 2012, Et Voila! will celebrate the legendary beer culture of Belgium with beer-infused food, tasting flights and brew samplings at the 2nd Annual Belgian Beer Festival. The five-day festival will offer beer lovers a multitude of ways to sip, taste, explore and enjoy the rich, unique flavors of Belgian brews including happy hours, daily beer flights and special dishes. Additional information is available online at www.etvoiladc.com or by calling 202.237.2300.

The 22nd Annual Taste of Reston, Northern Virginia’s largest outdoor food festival, produced by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, will take place Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 on Market Street at the Reston Town Center. This year’s event marking their 22nd year celebration, will feature more than 30 area restaurants, a full line-up of musical entertainment, a kid’s activity tent, and for the first time this year, a chef’s demonstration stage. Best of all, admission to Taste of Reston is FREE, but Taste Tickets and Carnival Tickets are necessary to sample food or take a spin on your favorite ride. Taste Tickets are $1 per ticket or $20 for a sheet of 24 tickets! Each sample ranges from 1-5 tickets. Avoid the lines and buy taste tickets online here.

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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