Painting the Town Red, Green, & Purple for Charity

The upcoming holiday season often allows food and fun to take on special purpose by also incorporating the spirit of giving. With this in mind, look for Dining in DC posts over the next few months that honor local charities through special events to see not only how readers can and have enjoyed themselves but also how we can help improve the lives of others in our area.

Chevy Spark as modeled by beauties, including Johnna of Johnna Knows Good Food!

The District recently had several colorful weekends thanks to the Color Run, sponsored by the Chevy Spark. Lucky guests started the weekend with cocktails and a 4 course masterpiece meal at 701 (701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW). Hints of summer still lingered as a warm evening and cool cocktails, including watermelon pisco sours, prosecco, and wine, accented a beautifully prepared meal by Ed Witt and staff. In keeping with the colorful theme, each course provided an abundance of colors and flavors, starting with a pink and yellow watermelon salad, garnished with feta, dried black olive, and mustard caviar (incredibly refreshing and excellent transition from the watermelon cocktail).

Chef Witt’s halibut work of art.

After a few bites of moist cornbread muffins, halibut enhanced by swipes of zucchini-jalapeno and squash-marigold puree, squash blossom, lavender crumble, and lime gelée were presented, showing flashes of bright greens, yellow, oranges, and purples. Pulled pork pierogies and pork shoulder followed, with a hidden splash of orange, sprits of green, and mellow yellow via an apple puree continued the meal and brought a taste of the coming Fall season to the table. (Who isn’t starting to look forward to warm comfort food and everything apple, especially when prepared by the brilliant Chef Witt?).

Finally, the aesthetically pleasing meal closed with chocolate covered ice cream and cake pops spotted with guava and raspberry and a sweet Port wine. As someone who has yet to formally dine at 701 Restaurant, the meal gave more than enough reason to come back to tastes and sips to fuel up for many runs in the very near future.

A burst of color begins the race!

Friday night’s meal and the friendliness of staff from Chevy & The Color Run helped this blogger gain momentum in preparing for an early Sunday morning race. Staged at The National Harbor (Oxon Hill, MD), the largest and self-proclaimed happiest 5k set off at 9am on Sunday morning. Thousands of runners released in waves of 500 runners walked, skipped, and run through blasts of color all in an effort to raise funds for the Children’s National Medical Center, which provides a healthcare experience focused on quality care in an environment that “feels like home.”

While food wasn’t the focus of this event, thousands of participants flocked to work up an appetite and celebrate the mission of Children’s National Medical Center, the release of Chevy’s newest motorized masterpiece, and enjoy a beautiful morning outdoors before shacking up for Sunday football. While the race wasn’t timed, everyone who participated proved to be winners, as purple, pink, red, blue, green, and orange smiles of children and adults alike showed the event to be successful event for all.

If you missed last week’s run but would still like to participate, the Color Run is set to return to the DC area next year and continue its national tour. For your chance to support a good cause, visit The Color Run on Facebook, Twitter, and at

Spotted: Dining in DC Contributor, Sean O’Brien and friends showing that it’s not easy being green.

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