Wine & Cheese - The French Ministry of Agriculture is joining with Whole Foods Market to present “Wines and Cheeses from France”, a culinary celebration at 320+ Whole Foods locations across 42 states, from now until October 31, 2017. Whole Foods Market’s global specialty team, Cathy Strange, Doug Bell and Devon Broglie, MS, have curated pairings of delectable French cheeses and Bonne Maman preserves designed to enhance and complement the flavors of 12 very special French wines that are newly available at Whole Foods Market stores. All locations that offer wine will highlight these select French products on retail shelves and with significant case displays in their wine and cheese departments. In addition, nearly 200 Whole Foods Market locations will offer in-store tastings, allowing customers to sample the French wines, accompanied by the handpicked selection of French cheeses and preserves. The featured wines represent a range of French wine regions, from Champagne and Chablis to Côtes du Rhône and Bordeaux. The paired cheeses are sourced from throughout France, from the fertile grasslands of Normandy to the deep valleys and steep mountains of the Basque region. The preserves are from Bonne Maman, the beloved French brand made from natural ingredients, following traditional recipes. The promotion will also include a contest giveaway – the “Made in France, Made with Love” sweepstakes, with a Grand Prize of a trip to Paris for a 5-day river cruise along the Seine. To enter and for more details, visit tinyurl.com. Dates and times of tastings and products to be tasted determined by each individual store. For a listing of stores by state, please visit wholefoodsmarket.com.SNALLYGASTER 2017 – DC’s biggest & beastliest beer jamboree is back! Named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the DC region at the turn of the century, Snallygaster returns to DC for its sixth installment as a rollicking celebration of craft beer, fine food, music and more. For one day and one day only, they’ll simultaneously unleash no fewer than 350 incomparable craft beers and ciders, and feature the best of the best in food trucks, music, entertainment, and family fun. If you have been to Snallygaster in years past, then you should know they plan to go bigger and better for this year’s party at The Yards. Specifics will be unveiled along the way (join the Mailing List, and be sure to check out Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for all the latest, but you can expect an enormous array of seasonal selections such as Oktoberfests, fresh-hop harvest brews, pumpkin ales, plus authentic cask ales, an ever-growing list of crazy scarce drafts from across the USA and abroad (so many of which will make their DC debut right here, and only here), locally brewed beers from renowned breweries in our region and much more. And new to the line-up this year: Planet Pink, and enchanted island of 21+ of the globe’s most gulpable Rosés for all of their vinously inclined friends! Saturday September 23rd, 2017 from 12:00 – 6:00pm. War of the Oysters - On September 23rd join The Salt Line for its first annual “Oyster Wars” co-hosted by Other Half Brewing Co. Harkening back to the days of oyster pirates in the Chesapeake and Potomac, The Salt Line’s “Oyster Wars” will be a showcase of the finest seafood and brews from New England to the Mid-Atlantic. The Capitol Riverfront oyster and ale house will open its doors to the Northeast’s best oyster farms, breweries, and chefs to come together in celebration of first-rate seafood and beer in the Mid-Atlantic. The $45 ticket will give guests access to an all-you-can-eat sampling from the participating chefs as well as passed hors d’oeuvres from The Salt Line, live music, and scenic views of the Anacostia River. Guests will also taste beers from a curated selection of Mid-Atlantic breweries including Brooklyn’s Other Half Brewing Co., Baltimore’s Stillwater Artisinal, Boston’s Trillium Brewing Co., and The Veil Brewing Co. of Richmond. Participating chefs include Chef Kyle Bailey of The Salt Line, Chef Mike Friedman of All Purpose and Red Hen, Chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, Chef Jeremy Sewall of Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar, Chef Matt Rudofker of Momofuku, and Chef Victor Albisu of Del Campo and Taco Bamba. The oysters for the event will be sourced from two New England farms, Glidden Point Oyster Farms and Otter Cove Oyster Farm, and three Mid-Atlantic farms, Harris Creek Oyster Co., Tangier Island Oyster Co., and War Shore Oyster Co. Dessert will be provided by Tiffany MacIsaac of Buttercream Bakeshop. The event will feature live music from the reggae band See-I and DJ sets from DJ Stylus Chris with friends Harry Hotter and Smudge. Beginning at 7pm, The Salt Line will offer their limited bar menu for guests that are looking for extra bites to keep the evening going. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Anacostia Riverkeeper, an advocacy group aimed towards protecting and restoring the Anacostia River for all, and the Oyster Recovery Partnership, striving to create a self-sustaining oyster population through ecological restoration that expands economic opportunities in the Chesapeake and Costal Bays. Saturday, September 23 frm 3:00pm – 11:00pm. The Salt Line will be closed to the public on this day. For more information on The Salt Line’s “Oyster Wars” or to purchase tickets, visitoysterwars.eventbrite.com. Tickets will be available day of for purchase. The Salt Line is located at 79 Potomac Avenue SE. Save The Date – Osteria Morini DC and Executive Chef Benjamin Pflaumer are firing up the coals for the fourth annual Maialata, a festive Italian pig roast and pie-toss to benefit DC-based charity, Brainfood. “Maialata” takes its name from the traditional festival of the pig held in the mountain towns of northern Italy. Spreads of wood-fired pig, pastas and summer sides by Chef Benjamin Pflaumer are presented with desserts by Pastry Chef Tova Hillman and cocktails, wine/beer and spirits tastings. Guests are given the unique opportunity to throw one of Morini Pastry Chef Tova Hillman’s signature pies in the face of one of the DMV’s most celebrated chefs or journalists, at the Pie-Toss, one of the year’s most anticipated events. The Morini Maialata starts at 2pm on September 24th, and also features family-friendly activities including a pig cookie decorating station, live music & a silent auction. 2017 Pie-Toss Chefs & Journalists to be released in late-August All proceeds from the event will benefit Brainfood, a non-profit youth development organization in Washington, DC. $65 for adults, food and drink; $20 for Children; and free for children 5 years of age and younger. (The Yards Park Waterfront in front of Osteria Morini, 301 Water Street SE #109; 202.484.0660; osteriamorini.com/washington-dc) Fight for Children Week – To bring heightened awareness to the importance of early childhood education, Fight For Children introduces the first Fight For Children Week in Washington, D.C. To be held Monday, September 25 through Friday, September 29, it will feature a variety of delicious, educational and informative ways residents, educators, business leaders and policy makers can be involved. Fight For Children is the D.C.-based nonprofit whose mission is to ensure that all kids in Washington, D.C., especially those in the highest need areas, receive a quality early education and a solid foundation for future success. Residents can: VISIT D.C. restaurants and a portion of their purchase will be donated to Fight For Children; VOLUNTEER at a Fight For Children school partner; ENCOURAGE their employers to relax the dress code and allow them to wear jeans to work to show their support and share the message about the importance of quality early childhood education. Educators, business leaders and policy makers can: ATTEND the “Engaging Children in Authentic Project-Based Learning Conference” or the new Coffee, Conversation & Controversy Series; or ENCOURAGE employees to wear jeans to work and spread the message about the importance of quality early childhood education. A full schedule of updated activities can be found here. Brainfood Best Chef Dinner – A one-time collaboration of D.C.’s best chefs preparing a multi-course dinner with premium wine and cocktail pairings. Funds raised will support the expansion of Brainfood Homegrown, our job training and youth entrepreneurship program helping local teens and young adults access jobs and opportunities in the food and beverage sector and beyond. They have an incredible lineup of chefs that promises to deliver an amazing meal to thank you for supporting their young entrepreneurs: Chef Mike Isabella – Owner, Mike Isabella Concepts – Arroz, Kapnos, Graffiato; Chef Amy Brandwein – Chef/Owner, Centrolina; Chef Haidar Karoum – Chef/Owner, Chloe (fmr. Exec Chef – Proof, Doi Moi, Estadio); Chef Matt Baker – Chef/Owner, Gravitas; Chef Matt Adler – Executive Chef, Alta Strada, Casolare (fmr. Exec Chef – Osteria Morini); Chef Tim Ma – Chef/Owner, Kyirisan; and Chris Schmid – Beverage Chair – Prestige Beverage Group. Tickets range from $500 – $10,000. Payment is tax deductible less the value of food/beverage. This event is being held on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 from 6:30 to 10:00pm at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, located at 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. DC Design House – To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The DC Design House, there will be 23 beautifully designed spaces to tour, four boutiques, a Decade of Design celebration on Thursday, September 28 from 6-9 p.m. at the Design House, as well as special events throughout the month in the home’s ballroom, plus a daily onsite cafe by Relish Catering. Listed at $10.48 million by Fouad Talout and Pascale Karam of Long & Foster Real Estate, the four-story, 27,256 square-foot Potomac home includes nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms, four half baths, lower level ballroom, cinema, two-story library flanked by his and her offices, multiple kitchens, and elevator. Built in 2009, the home sits on two acres and includes a pool and pool house with apartment and covered terrace. This year’s Design House is dedicated to Ann Lambeth, who was an avid supporter of the cause and the design community. Saturday, September 30 through Sunday, October 29, 2017. Tickets are $35 (100% of the money raised from ticket sales as well as a portion of proceeds from boutiques and designer sales, with most items in designers’ spaces available to purchase, are donated to Children’s National) (9004 Congressional Court, Potomac, MD; www.dcdesignhouse.com) Das Best – Looking for hotel deals? The National Harbor VIP Das Best OktoberFest Package has got you covered. Celebrate the Das Best OktoberFest in National Harbor, Maryland with this exclusive VIP Package. Enjoy live music, VIP Access, a one-night stay at Gaylord National Resort and more. Experience Gaylord National’s VIP Das Best OktoberFest package and enjoy traditional German music, food and beer. VIP package includes: one night room accommodations; two one day VIP Saturday only admission tickets to the Das Best OktoberFest Festival on Saturday, September 30th which includes: VIP Access from 11am – 5pm, souvenir tasting glass, VIP tent access, specialty VIP beer samplings, and unlimited all you care to taste beer, wine and schnapps sampling. Be sure that promotional code YQ7 appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, or call 1.800.228.9290 and ask for promotional code YQ7. Valid through September 30, 2017. (Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland; 1.800.228.9290; marriott.com/specials) TOB - Taste of Bethesda returns on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11am-4pm and will bring nearly 50 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. Produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, downtown Bethesda’s famous food and music festival celebrates 28 years of diverse and delectable cuisine offered by Bethesda’s local restaurant community. Five stages showcase musical and cultural performances, and a children’s area featuring art and craft activities, balloons and face painting will provide additional entertainment for young visitors. Several new restaurants will debut at Taste of Bethesda this year: Community, George’s Chophouse, Medium Rare and TapaBar. Returning favorites such as Georgetown Cupcake, Jaleo, Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar, Mussel Bar, Olazzo, Ruth’s Chris and many more will also be in attendance this year. The sounds of bands Albino Rhino, Band of Us, Chopteeth, Hayley Fahey Band, Lea Morris, Lloyd Dobler Effect, Patrick Alban Band and Signature Live will fill Woodmont Triangle during Taste of Bethesda. The cultural music and dance stage will feature Carpathia Folk Dance Ensemble, Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, Nomad Dancers, Soul in Motion and The Wild Zappers and National Deaf Dance Theater. Admission to Taste of Bethesda is free. Tickets will be sold on-site to “taste” different foods; tickets are $5 for four tickets and a serving costs one to four tickets. The event is located three blocks from the Bethesda Metro station. Free parking is also available in downtown Bethesda’s public garages. The free Bethesda Circulator will transport visitors to and from the Bethesda Metro station and public garages. Taste of Bethesda is located on Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in the heart of Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle. For more information, please call 301.215.6660. or visit their website here. American Grown Field to Vase Dinner – Treat yourself to the experience of a lifetime at the American Grown Field to Vase Dinner at Hope Flower Farm in Waterford, Virginia. Meet floral designer turned American flower farmer Holly Chapple and learn why she decided to pursue her dream and add the title of American flower farmer to her already accomplished resume. Allow yourself to be transported by the historic charm of the grounds at Hope Flower Farm. Holly will grace dining tables with her floral designs and is sure to bring her signature style that’s been called “Hollyish,” in other words, wistful, sophisticated and stylish. Then, you’ll enjoy an artisanal meal alongside flower aficionados like yourself while learning the value of Certified American Grown Flowers. A reception, a brief farm tour, a floral design demonstration and a wonderful farm-to-table dinner awaits you at Hope Flower Farm. The event takes place on Sunday, October 8th, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Tickets are $175. To purchase tickets and for more information, please click here. Annual Gatherings - New Kitchens On The Block is back! NKOTB 3.0 returns on Sunday, October 8 at Mess Hall, featuring a one-time only opportunity taste of 11 of DC’s most hyped new restaurants by the city’s buzziest chefs – before they open. Guests will sample signature dishes and drinks from Erik Bruner-Yang’s Spoken English/Brothers & Sisters, Alex McCoy’s Lucky Buns, Maydan from Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan, Todd Gray’s Manna, Pluma by Bluebird from Tom Welling and Camila Arango, and much more. This is the third edition of the event, which the Washington City Paper called “the Godzilla of pop-ups.” NKOTB 3.0 takes place at Mess Hall on Sunday, October 8, 2017 for two separate two-hour sessions: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. General admission is $65 and VIP tickets, which include gift bags, are available for $105. Cocktails will be powered by spirits provided by our sponsors New Columbia Distillers, Catoctin Creek Distillery, and One Eight Distilling. Event sponsors include Trimark Adams Burch, CohnReznick, Triple Seat, OpenTable, Congressional Seafood, and WDCEP. While eating and drinking the way through the restaurants, guests will have a chance to view and purchase food-focused artworks from DC-based illustrator Samyuktha Krishna. For more information and to purchase tickets click here. (703 Edgewood Street NE; messhalldc.com) Bacon & Bourbon - Who doesn’t love bacon and brown liquid? The Washington City Paper is proud to present its fifth annual Bacon & Bourbon whiskey festival in The Showroom on Thursday, October 12th. Guests are invited to taste their way through more than 30 premium whiskies and mouth-watering bacon dishes from some of the region’s best restaurants. It’s an evening of bacon, bourbon, beer, bites, butchering and bluegrass unlike any other! All guests will enjoy unlimited tastings of whiskey and bacon, have the opportunity to watch a master butcher at work, and be able to take home their glass as a souvenir. VIP ticketholders gain entry an hour early, starting at 6pm, among other perks. Master butcher Marc Pauvert of the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore will take guests through a demonstration on the art of butchering a whole hog from Spring House Farm in Loudoun County, VA. Distilleries from across the globe will be pouring again this year, including Virginia Distillery Company, Jos. A Magnus, Michter’s American Whiskey Co., Reservoir Distillery, District Distilling Co., McCallan, and others. Jack Rose, Old Blue BBQ, and Chouquette have signed on for sweet and savory bacon bites. More restaurants, distilleries, and breweries are being added daily. Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6 – 9:30pm. Price: $55 general admission; $115 for VIP Note: ticket prices will increase on 9/22 (VIP ticket gains early entry at 6pm. The Showroom - 1099 14th Street, NW. Visit the Bacon & Bourbon website here for a full list of participating partners. Tickets can be purchased here. This Is Edible? - Publishers Susan Able and AJ Dronkers are pleased to announce the top three finalists for the inaugural Edible DC Magazine Awards, sponsored by Caviar. The Edible DC Awards panel of judges met on Friday, September 8 and selected the top three finalists in each of the fifteen original categories for this year’s Edible DC Awards. Each award category will have two winners, a Judge’s Choice Award and a Community Choice Award, which will be based on the amount of support a nominee gathers from online community voting. The awards will be given at a ceremony at the new District Winery followed by a gala celebration open to all. Tickets can be purchased at www.edibledc.com. Voting is now open to help select the “people’s choice” in each category at edibledc.com/awards until 10/1/2017. The public is invited to join the celebration at the Edible DC Awards at the newly opened District Winery, located in the heart of The Yards mixed-use community along the Anacostia River. District Winery, located at 385 Water St SE, Washington, DC, will house a 17,000 sq. ft. on-site winery, multipurpose private event space, and full-service restaurant helmed by chefs Michael Gordon and Benjamin Lambert.The event will feature local wine, beer and chef and farmer partnered food stations on Monday, October 16th, 2017 6-9pm. (District Winery; 385 Water Street SE; www.edibledc.com) Knock Out Abuse - The 24th Annual Knock Out Abuse Against Women Dinner Gala & Auctions is upon us! Their presenting sponsor this year is EverFi. Knock-Out Abuse Against Women (KOA), established in 1993, is dedicated to promoting awareness of domestic violence and its impact on women and children of all ages, races and socioeconomic status and to raise critical funds for long-term housing that provides protection, life skills & higher education opportunities, pro bono legal assistance and health services to the survivors of domestic abuse. On Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:30 pm – Silent Auction and Reception; 8:00 pm – Seated Dinner; 9:45 pm – Live Auction; and 10:30 pm – After Party (Performer TBA). There will be over 650 of Washington DC’s most prominent women including co-Founders: Cheryl Masri and Jill Sorensen; event chairs: Elissa Davidson and Sara O’Keefe; break the silence awardee: Rene Denfeld, author, essayist & DV survivor; honoree: The Honorable Debbie Dingell [D-MI]; and the emcee: Andrea Roane, WUSA9. Beneficiaries include Bethany House, Crossway Community, Safe Shores, The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. Cocktail attire is required. Here’s how you can sponsor: Hope Diamond - $50,000; Diamond; $25,000; Ruby - $15,000; Emerald - $10,000; Sapphire - $7,500; Pearl - $5,000; Best Friend: $2500; Friend of Knock Out: $1000; or Individual tickets - $650. (The Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street NW (22nd & M Streets NW); 202-223-1906 knockoutabuse.org) Shop, Social, Sip – Meet, eat, and shop at the fourth annual Emporiyum taking place at Union Market’s Dock5 space on November 10-12, 2017. The Emporiyum offers a unique experience where over 100 vendors from all over the country and the local Mid-Atlantic come together to create a one-of-a-kind marketplace. The event attracts over 7,000 attendees looking to meet the makers, producers, and artisans, eat their foods and products, and shop for gifts and pantry essentials. The curated collection of vendors follows a 50:50 ratio where 50% of vendors hail from the local region, while the other 50% come from all across the country from maker cities like Detroit, Charleston, Brooklyn, Boston, San Francisco, and beyond. Notable newcomers this year include Avocaderia, Dorjee Momo, Gus & Grey Jams, Dough & Co, Calcutta Kitchen, Chick’n Cone, and many more. Not to be missed this year is the Friday Preview Party on November 10th from 6-8pm featuring complimentary curated cocktails stations and first access to The Emporiyum marketplace. The vendor list is updated daily and can be found on The Emporiyum’s website, theemporiyum.com. CB 2017 - Crafty Bastards, an arts and crafts festival, returns on Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12 with another year of shopping, noshing, and big, awesome fun, but at a new location. Now in its 14th year, the outdoor fair will be held on the concourse at Nationals Park from 10am - 5pm daily. More than 100 incredibly talented artists will be selling their jewelry, fashion, artwork, household goods, toys, prepared foods, furniture and more. Single day and weekend passes will be available in advance via the website here. Be sure to follow Crafty Bastards on social media for updates @craftybastards. Artists & artisans who wish to participate in this year's festival can submit an application via the website here. through October 4. A complete list of vendors will be posted online in mid-October. (1500 South Capitol Street SE; dc.craftybastards.com) Shop Small Saturday - The DC creative community is coming back together for a fifth year in a row for the popular Made in DC Holiday Market on Saturday, November 25, presented by DC Brau Brewing Company, Think Local First DC, and the Made in DC Program. Taking place throughout the brewery on Shop Small Saturday, November 25th from 1 to 6 pm, the Made in DC Holiday Market features more than 30 stalls with local artists and makers selling their crafts, from jewelry and clothing to candles, stationery and food items. Admission is free to the public, and all ages are welcome! Follow hashtags #MadeInDC and #BrauMarket2017 for the latest on the Made in DC Holiday Market, including new vendors and partners, on social media. When co-founders Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock opened the doors to their brewery in 2011 on Blandensburg Road in NE Washington, DC Brau Brewing Company became the first packaging brewery inside the District of Columbia since 1956. DC Brau’s signature brews include: The Public (Pale Ale), The Corruption (IPA), The Citizen (Belgian-style Ale), Brau Pils (German-style Pilsner), and Penn Quarter Porter (Robust Porter), with seasonal and special brews available throughout the year including the award-winning On the Wings of Armageddon (Double IPA). For more information on DC Brau, visit www.dcbrau.com. The Made in DC Program supports and promotes the city’s makers to spotlight locally-made products that make the District unique. For a full list of participating businesses or to enroll in the program, visit www.thisismadeindc.com.
Get Your Tickets - Headlining MetroCooking DC December 9-10 will be Food Network’s Guy Fieri and local José Andrés. Show-goers may shop from aisles of specialty food products, including holiday gift options, experience live demos from James Beard-honored chefs, participate in interactive workshops and attend book signings from authors from throughout the country. At the James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage will be an all-star lineup, including Fieri, Andrés, and RAMMY award-winners and local DC area chefs including Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto; Vikram Sunderam, Rasika, and Bindaas and Amy Brandwein, Centrolina, along with other regional Beard honored winners and nominees. In addition, chefs from L’Academie de Cuisine will lead hands-on cooking classes. Several interactive events within the event include a two-day Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, with craft beer, specialty wines, and spirits. The BBQ Bash on Saturday, December 9 with Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley, of DC’s Smoked & Stacked and Top Chef, hosting this event which will feature the area’s top barbecue restaurants and pitmasters offering food samples and giving grilling tips and trends. On Sunday, December 10, more than 50 restaurants will serve up signature sweet and savory bites at the 5th annual Grand Tasting Pavilion benefiting SOME (So Others Might Eat). Throughout the two-day event, there will be activities including ongoing tastings, demos and home entertaining and cooking workshops. Known to be a great shopping show, this year 200 specialty food exhibitors will showcase and sell products making the event a place to shop for holiday gifts for gourmands. The Natural Products and Healthy Living Pavilion will feature organic and natural products. General admission tickets are priced at $21.50, which includes admission to the James Beard Cooking Stage and the Exhibitor Marketplace. The L’Academie de Cuisine cooking classes, Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, BBQ Bash and the Grand Tasting are special ticketed events and sold separately. VIP ticket packages are available, which will afford a backstage meet and greet with Guy Fieri and José Andrés, plus access to additional ticketed special events. Hours are Saturday Dec 9: 10 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday Dec 10: 10 am – 5 pm. Ticket Prices: General Admission - $21.50 in advance; Children 4-12 - $10 in advance. Children under 4 free with paid adult. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, www.MetroCookingDC.com)