Foodie Itinerary: To Do Events Now thru August 5

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!

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Baltimore’s Restaurant Week July 27-Aug. 5: Can’t wait until DC’s Restaurant Week (August 13th – 19th)? Take a road trip to Baltimore for Baltimore’s Restaurant Week from July 27th to August 5th and pre-game for the local main event. With three-course dinners at $30.12 or $20.12 and two-course lunches at only $15.12, spending a little extra gas money to get there still won’t break your bank. With nearly 100 restaurants to choose from, veteran restaurants like Pazo and Mr. Rain’s Fun House, as well as newcomers The Food Market in Hampden, choices for even the most finicky eater are sure to be found.

Looking to stay local but still escape the city? Check out the 2nd Annual Farm to Fork Loudoun, held July 26th – August 5th. Many area restaurants are aiming to use more local ingredients and the nearly two dozen participating in Farm to Fork Loudoun are bringing you a little bit closer to the source. Selected chefs have created menus using at least 70% local ingredients, pairing them with local Loudon wines and spirits. To learn more about the inspiration for this event and a few of the participants, watch their video.

Tuesday, July 31:

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, August 1:

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.

Thursday, August 2:

Screwtop Wine Bar’s Winemaker Sit-N-Sip: If you’re looking for a taste of the West Coast without leaving DC, look no further than Screwtop Wine Bar’s Winemaker Sit-N-Sip featuring Valdez Winery of Sonoma, CA. On Thursday, August 2 at 8pm, Ulises Valdez, owner and operator of the Valdez Winery will discuss the history of the winery and the production of its premium wines. The seating is limited to just 15 participants and will include cheese and chacutery during the tasting. To RSVP, email with a phone number.

Friday, August 3:

If music be the food of love, play on. Jazz in the Garden is back for the twelfth year in a row, and you don’t want to miss a single beat of it. The free concert series that features an array of jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles—including salsa, blusion, vibraphone, and Afrofunk, can be heard in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden every Friday evening from 5-8:00 p.m., through August 31. Top local and regional artists perform in front of the Pavilion Café, next to the grand fountain and reflecting pool.

If you’re looking to make a night of it out on the town, Dining in DC wants to provide you with some options for a post-Jazz dinner.

Saturday, August 4:

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

Harmony Arts Jam: If you’ve got a little gas money, head up to Frederick on August 4th & 5th for the Harmony Arts Jam. This event isn’t just about feeding your stomach; it will also help feed your mind and spirit. For $35 for 2 day tickets at $20 for 1 day, the whole family can attend workshops on yoga, acupuncture, belly dancing, hula hooping, and more. After jamming at the family drum circle or learning how to make a didgeridoo, walk with Michael Judd as he explains the Food Forest, where you’ll learn how the ecology of a forest is used to grow spices, herbs, gourmet foods, and natural medicines.

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, August 5:

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*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.

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!

 DC Restaurant Week: August 13-19:  Some of the hottest new restaurants such as Mike Isabella’s Bandolero, Pulpo, Rasika West End,Station 4, and Fujimar will participate this summer for the first time, so be sure to make your reservations early! See the official DC Restaurant Week page for dates, participating restaurants, menus, and to make reservations. In the event that various restaurants choose to participate in the promotion, but do not use, I will post their menus here.

Prices are as follows for 2012: Lunch (3 courses $20.12); Dinner (3 courses $35.12) both not including tip and gratuity. For more information: RW Tips and how to get the most bang for your buck and Summer 2012 Top 20 RW Picks.

Remember: Restaurants that offer their full menus are considered the best deal. The restaurants that already offer prix fixe menus or pre-theatre menus all year-long, you can take advantage of anytime. In addition, restaurants that offers any small-plates/tapas/mezze, are all great, but already generally offer good deals year-round. Some restaurants offer only limited selections, or include various surcharges (sometimes called supplemental fees) for some of their better dishes – these should be avoided.

Click here for Dining in DC’s exclusive page for DC Restaurant Week and Menu Notes.

Old Ebbitt Grill‘s Annual Oyster Riot:  November 16th and 17th. What’s better than eating delicious seafood with 1,000 of your closest friends? Doing it for a good cause! Gilt City DC and Old Ebbitt Grill (675 15th St. NW) have joined forces to offer early ticket sales for Oyster Riot on November 16th and 17th. The 2 day celebration includes numerous varieties of the delicious bivalves, tastings from award-winning wines, and live music to shake things up. $10 from the sale of each ticket will benefit Oyster Aid, which works to restore oysters within the Chesapeake Bay. Heed this pearl of wisdom: this event has sold out in years past, so sign up for Gilt City and pick up your tickets today!

**Lindsay Hovermale contributed to this post.

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