Giveaway: Win Brunch for 2 at Todd Gray’s Muse at the Corcoran Art Gallery

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

It’s no secret in this town that Chef Todd Gray from Equinox Restaurant is one DC’s most well respected chefs. Chef Gray has forever changed the landscape of the DC dining scene with his culinary talent, mission to sustainability, and dedication to philanthropy. Shortly after taking home the coveted Chef of the Year RAMMY award in June 2011, Chef Gray launched Todd Gray’s Muse at the Corcoran Art Gallery (500 17th St., NW). Almost a year later, to the very date, Muse is doing better than ever, especially their Vegan Brunch offered the 4th Sunday every month.

The expertly curated menu was designed exclusively for the Corcoran. Gray designed the menu with a focus on seasonal ingredients and sustainability — not too much of a surprise, given that it’s the same approach that he’s taken to Equinox and Watershed. 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. Open daily (closed Monday/Tuesday) now offers a Sunday Brunch (11:00 am – 2:00 pm).

To celebrate Dining in DC’s 5 year Blogiversary, The Gray’s have generously donated Brunch for 2 people to Todd Gray’s Muse. Comment below about why you think DC is becoming a Brunch town for your chance to win! One Winner will be chosen Friday, June 22, 2012 at Noon.  Must be a Dining in DC Subscriber to be eligible to win. 

Thank you to everyone who entered Dining in DC’s 5-YEAR Blogiversary giveaways! There were 29 entries! Out of the 29 entries, using random.org, Cindy Chau. was chosen at random.
Congratulations, Cindy!

This is the first of an entire week of celebratory giveaways! Stay tuned for more 5 year Blogiversary Giveaways all week long! You Must be a Dining in DC Subscriber to be eligible to win. Please subscribe! Thank you!

Photo by Renee Comet

Chef Gray and his wife Ellen Kassoff Gray, the restaurateur duo who continues to surprise the nation’s capital with their ambitious schedule of projects has stayed as busy as ever. Chef Gray and his wife Ellen Kassoff Gray, the restaurateur duo who continues to surprise the nation’s capital with their ambitious schedule of projects is getting ready to launch their new cookbook, The New Jewish Table. Written with author David Hagedorn, in their upcoming book, set to hit the stands in April 2013. the Grays share some of their favorite recipes, which marry traditions of their respective families: Jewish and mid-Atlantic American. Congrats!

31 Responses to “Giveaway: Win Brunch for 2 at Todd Gray’s Muse at the Corcoran Art Gallery”

  1. Samantha

    Jun 17. 2012

    In DC people work hard and therefore truly embrace the weekends to relax and refresh themselves before Monday arrives once again. What better way to unwind than sharing a delicious brunch with friends or a loved one, or both! No surprise that brunch is booked for weeks in advance at DC’s most coveted spots.

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  2. Roy Heintzelman

    Jun 17. 2012

    I’m hearing more and more about the great brunches offered in DC, from the amazing buffet at the Four Seasons to the great Southern food at the brunch at Georgia Brown’s. DC has embraced brunch with a passion!

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  3. Laura Fulcher

    Jun 17. 2012

    DC is becoming a brunch town because it is loaded with amazing chefs, an impressive variety of brunch options, and has a customer base that likes to socialize and enjoy a cocktail (or two).

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  4. B @ Desigrub

    Jun 18. 2012

    DC is becoming a brunch town because it’s a great excuse to drink on weekend morning!

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  5. Melinda

    Jun 18. 2012

    Are there places that aren’t brunch towns? Who doesn’t love brunch?

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  6. Danielle J

    Jun 18. 2012

    DC is becoming a brunch town because with the insanity of everyone’s work week, people like to take it easy on the weekend with good friends and good food.

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  7. Rachel

    Jun 18. 2012

    We’re a work hard/play hard kind of place, and brunch fits right in. We aren’t content with just doing breakfast; we have to go all out with boozy brunches. Luckily, I love good food and plenty of booze all before noon :)

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  8. Julia Burgos

    Jun 18. 2012

    Brunch is a now a buzz word in DC. Restaurants have quickly embraced the brunch demand by launching brunch menus or revamping the old. Many establishments have even added quirky new brunch cocktails to the menu to compliment the classic mimosa. Hey, could you think of a better way to kick off a Sunday morning than to Dine in DC for brunch??

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  9. Cindy C.

    Jun 18. 2012

    DC has a dizzying array of brunch options that it’s hard not to become a Brunch Town! What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday eating fabulous food in the most beautiful and historic city in the nation :)

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  10. Nycole K

    Jun 18. 2012

    DC chef’s have realized that brunch is no longer an afterthought, but a destination to many. As a New Yorker, brunch was BIG, restaurants went all out with fantastic menu’s and specials and we looked forward to that meal all week. Whether it was catching up with girlfirends, curing a hangover, a romantic date, a blind date with easy exit, or a family gathering, brunch was always important. I’m so glad to see that DC is begining to understand this and create wonderful, tasty menus.

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  11. Virak Kchao

    Jun 18. 2012

    DC is becoming a brunch town because it is filled with great culinary chefs in a very dynamic city that is very unique than any other in the country. The diverse group of residents in DC with many different backgrounds and cultures who come to live here have fueled a greater passion into continually cultivating the areas dining atmosphere. It is a place to enjoy good food, loved ones, and all the sights the city has to offer to build lasting memories.

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  12. Kerri

    Jun 18. 2012

    Affordable, great food, abundant drinks specials, and lazy Sundays! It’s one of the best ways to bond with friends and people watch. I’ve had some of my best DC experiences at brunch.

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  13. Brenna

    Jun 18. 2012

    DC is a brunch town because it’s the ultimate meal to slow down and catch up with old friends or get to know new ones in a relaxed setting. You can have brunch with any group – before the farmer’s market with your hubby, before a day at the pool with the kids, with your girlfriends before a day of shopping in Georgetown, or even as the main event, with nothing on the schedule afterward at all! It’s a time to slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the company.

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  14. Bethany

    Jun 19. 2012

    Brunch is a wonderful communal meal, and during the week it is often difficult to see down together with group and have a meal. Brunch on the weekends is perfect to bond with each other and enjoy food that you would not normally eat.

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  15. Bober

    Jun 19. 2012

    BECOMING a brunch town? DC has been a brunch town for at least the past decade. Good cocktails, solid food options, and definitely schedule-friendly in a city that considers 9 to 5 a quaint concept.

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  16. Heather

    Jun 19. 2012

    Brunch is always GREAT! D.C is a hard working city. Everyone is always on the move, the weekends are our time to slow down and relax, which to me means catching up on some much needed sleep. We still want to see family and friends though, so we make it Brunch!!! Brunch to me is that fresh, relax mid-morning meal with friends at a nice cafe. Just relaxing and having a good time, D.C is becoming so focused on working hard and the business of everyday life, I think brunch is being popularized because of the need for relaxation and friends

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  17. MeganG

    Jun 20. 2012

    Brunch = cocktails. DC is a brunch town because it gives hard-working people in a high-stress environment an excuse to start drinking early! Seriously, I love food, but I love mimosas and bloody marys (if done well) just as much!

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  18. Amy

    Jun 20. 2012

    I think DC IS a brunch town. People don’t leave on weekends like they do in other cities, and with a lot of 20-30 year olds living in the city, it’s the best way to catch up with everyone after a hectic work week/fun night out!

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  19. DC is the best brunch town because it offers the perfect weekend compliments–a run through the monuments, kayaking on the potomac, wandering around the cobblestones of Gtown, etc. Restaurants including Founding Farmers and Kafe Leopold do a great brunch. In fact, some brunches are arguably better than dinner!

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  20. Christina

    Jun 20. 2012

    I love breakfast food! Brunch makes me happy because I don’t want to get up any earlier than 9:00am (and that isn’t necessarily going to happen) to make it somewhere.

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  21. Jessica G

    Jun 20. 2012

    Happy Blogiversary!

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  22. Vanessa C

    Jun 20. 2012

    Everyone loves brunch, but DC is a particularly great brunch town because of all the amazing brunch choices paired with all the super smart movers and shakers in this city that would never waste a Sunday sleeping in ;)

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  23. Lisa

    Jun 20. 2012

    Brunch is the more low key version of going out at night to bars. It’s trendy, and DC is definitely a city the chases trends. It’s a great way to socialize, have alcohol that acceptable before noon and enjoy delicious food. What more could people want? Plus, it’s not too early, yet you’re up early enough to enjoy the rest of the day!

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  24. Bill

    Jun 21. 2012

    I’ve been doing brunch in DC for 10 years. I thought it was already a brunch town!

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  25. Brenna

    Jun 21. 2012

    DC is a brunch town because it’s the ultimate meal to slow down and catch up with old friends or get to know new ones in a relaxed setting. You can have brunch with any group – before the farmer’s market with your hubby, before a day at the pool with the kids, with your girlfriends before a day of shopping in Georgetown, or even as the main event, with nothing on the schedule afterward at all! It’s a time to slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the company.

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  26. Marcia C

    Jun 22. 2012

    Brunch is one of the few times that unplugging, unwinding and uncorking (a bottle of Champagne for mimosas) is socially acceptable and celebrated. After battling the crowds on the Metro, the interns at the bar and (now) the haze of a D.C. work week, brunch at an art museum reminds us of the beauty of slowing down…

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  27. Paul

    Jun 22. 2012

    DC is great to brunch because of all the history of the city, and its a great excuse to people watch! I would love to win this for my Dad!

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  28. kathy

    Jun 22. 2012

    DC is becoming a brunch town…absolutely! work hard….play hard! even if its on sunday mornings with mimosas :)

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  29. Jill Grozalsky

    Jun 22. 2012

    DC is such a party town and there is no better way than to catch up and debrief with friends about your weekend than having brunch. DC has also seen an influx of great chefs and restaurants over the past few years, and brunch is a great way for restaurants to shine and separate themselves from others by putting together an innovative and tasty brunch menu.

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  30. EmGusk

    Jun 22. 2012

    I think DC has always been a brunch town, but only now are we getting better brunch options. No more boring buffets, but full menus with creative mimosas, savory and sweet dishes, and enough to share with friends!

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