Foodie Itinerary: Delicious To-Do Events July 10-15

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, July 10:

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!

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DC Chefs Celebrate FRESHFARM Markets 15 Year AnniversaryTo celebrate their 15 Year Anniversary FRESHFARM Market will host a series of events throughout the month of July. Celebrations will take place throughout DC area restaurants and bars the entire month of July, at all 11 FRESHFARM Markets the week of July 10 – 15, and will culminate with a 15th Anniversary Birthday Bash at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m on Sunday, July 15, which has been proclaimed FRESHFARM Markets Day by Mayor Vincent Gray. Click here to enter the Dining in DC Giveaway to win a basket!

Wednesday, July 11:

Annual ‘BEST OF’: Thousands of food enthusiasts will flock to the AT&T Best Of Washington party held annually at the National Building Museum. Enjoy samples from more than 60 of Washington’s best restaurants where they will be serving up their tastiest bites as you sip craft beer and wine. All the restaurants try to outdo each other, so come hungry. Tickets ($125) are available online. 6 PM.

Photo by Moshe Zusman Photography

Wednesday Crab Boils at Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave., NW), has turned their gorgeous patio into the District’s newest crab boil destination. Every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Chef Wes Morton will serve Louisiana-style jumbo crabs, traditional sides, and cold, seasonal beer from Flying Dog Brewery. Enjoy beer and happy hour specials from 4-7pm, with the Crab Boil starting at 5:30 p.m. Get three crabs for $21, six crabs for $40 or twelve crabs for $72. Assorted sides like corn on the cob, potatoes and sausage are $3 — so get as many as you want! Flying Dog seasonal brews: $4/glass and $16/pitcher. Make your reservations today by calling 202.393.7777 or go online here: Walk-ins are welcome.

Bourbon Tasting: If you miss out on Best Of Washington, Smith Commons will be hosting Tom Bulleit, founder of Bulleit Bourbon, for a night of bourbon tasting and discussion. Free. 7 PM. Must RVSP to attend.

Thursday, July 12:

The National Zoo’s annual Brew at the Zoo features more than 40 craft beers to try. General admission tickets are sold out, but VIP tickets—which include tastings from 11 top restaurants, full beer pours, and Olympic-style beer games—are still available. Buy tickets ($100) online. 6 PM.

Saturday, July 14:

Oaxaca Cheese Waffle. Photo by Lisa Shapiro

*NEW* Rooftop Brunch at Masa 14: Escape the bustle of DC to the ultimate urban oasis with panoramic views and chic ambiance at the Rooftop at Masa 14 (1825 14th St., NW). Masa14 is now offering every Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) a special Banchan Prix-Fixe brunch menufor $20 which includes: delicious Bread for the table, including chocolate chip and sweet corn cake, assortetd “Banchan” (Korean “gifts for the table,” samples of items like potato salad, macaroni salad, spinach with sesame, plantains, sweet & sour pickles, One entree with highlights from the menu including, Torta Espanola with chorizo, leeks, roasted peppers, potatoes, and baby greens salad; or the Rice Cracker Crusted Monte Cristo with ham, turkey, swiss cheese, and a tart cherry compote; or Oaxaca Cheese Herbed Waffle with scrambled egg, sausage gravy and one dessert, such as their Soppapillas (little pillowly pastry) served with honey caramel sauce or the amazing Banana and Nutella Spring Rolls with peanuts and hot caramel.

Also, guests will have the option of a $35 Prix Fixe brunch which includes all of the above, plus bottomless selection of brunch drinks (Mimosa Tradicional, Masa Mimosa, Lychee Bellini, Bloody Mary and Bacon Bloody Mary).

Sunday, July 15:

Relleno Tamal

*NEW* La Sandia Brunch: Every Sunday | 11 AM-3 PM. Everyone knows Mexican Food is the Spice of Life! Start off your one funday right with a deliciously spicy, meal. You’ll find a tempting a la carte menu with highlights such as traditional Mexican Huevos Rancheros made with skillet fried eggs / refried beans / salsa al arbol /panela / chilaquiles; Breakfast Tacos, Mexican Chocolate Waffles with cajeta / fried plantains / whipped crema / strawberry sauce; Enfrijoladas with scrambled egg enchiladas / bean puree / chorizo /potatoes / charros / crema / queso  and delicious Carnitas Sopes Eggs Benedict served with corn cakes / mole poblano / potatoes / plantains and more … VIEW MENU.

Enjoy brunch cocktails such as a Mimosa: classic or sandia / sparkling wine; Bloody Maria tequila blanco / sangrita; or TROPICAL FRUIT MARGARITA tequila / sour / frozen or on the rocks, lime, mango, or strawberry.

Birthday Bash at Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market: An old-fashioned birthday party at the site of the very first market marks the final tribute to the 15th Anniversary of FRESHFARM Markets. The party will be held in the original market location in the PNC Bank parking lot at Massachusetts Avenue and P Street, N.W. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The party is free, but donations are happily accepted. The party includes: Live music curated by Sweetgreen including John and Paul Thornley Brothers of U.S. Royalty and Modern Man, Local, fresh food and beverages from FRESHFARM Market producers and supporters will be available for purchase. Participants include Capital Kettle Corn, Chipotle, Eco-Friendly Foods, Honest Tea, Executive Chef Tony Breeze and celebrity crab picker Georgia Cephas from the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Jaleo with their giant paella, Red Apron Butchery, Sweetgreen and Pleasant Pops. Face painting and balloon twisting. The chance to win great raffle prizes including one of Sweetgreen’s coveted bikes, gift certificates from area restaurants and more. Ceremonial birthday cake cutting with invited dignitaries.

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:
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

Upcoming Events: Save the Date!

Hank’s Oyster Bar & Lounge will host its 1st Annual Hula Hank’s Luau on Saturday, August 4th from 11 am – 3 pm.  Priced at $75 per person, guests will enjoy unlimited grilled oysters, shrimp, three whole roasted suckling pigs (each weighing twenty-five pounds), and a variety of sides.  Additionally, Mikala Brennan from the Hula Girl Truck ( will be serving chicken skewers and a pineapple upside-down cake from the truck parked directly outside the restaurant on Q Street, NW.  Guests will receive an honorary tiki mug to take home, as well as six drink tickets, which can be redeemed for tiki-themed libations.
Standouts include the Maitai, a blend of several deferent rums, Orange Curacao, house made orgeat syrup, and fresh lime juice; the Hawaii to Martinique, a blend of Rhum Agricole, passion fruit syrup and fresh lime juice; the Hank’s Reef, a blend of rums, Averell Damson Gin, house made grenadine, and fresh citrus juices, and the Scorpion Bowl, made with a blend of citrus juices, house made orgeat syrup, rum, and brandy.  The Hank’s Reef and the Scorpion Bowl can serve up to four people.  A selection of beer will also be available.  Tickets are available at


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