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Lamb Jam – On June 5 at Eastern Market, Lamb Jam is baaaaa—ck. The annual tasting event and competition to find the best lamb dish in DC includes seven DC chefs (Kyle Bailey of Sixth Engine, Justin Bittner of District Distilling Co., Jonatan Bohr of Right Proper Brewing Company, Dimitri Moshovitis of Cava, Joe Neuman of Sloppy Mama’s BBQ, George Rodrigues of Tico and Conoci, and Rob Sonderman of Federalist Pig) competing for the title of Lamb Jam Pitmaster. Desserts will be provided by Meredith Tomason, pastry chef and owner of RareSweets. Matt Levere of Urban Butcher will be doing giveaways. Joining the chefs will be local breweries, winemakers and a local distillery serving drink pairings. Between nibbles, attendees can watch butcher demos, meet local shepherds and enjoy live music by Johnny Grave. The MC for the evening is founder and editor of TheListAreYouOnIt.com and co-host of “Foodie and the Beast,” Nycci Nellis. Tickets are $75. (americanlamb.com/lamb-jam/washington-dc-lamb-jam)

Great Grapes! Wine & Food Festival – On June 3 and 4 at Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley, MD. For two days Great Grapes! wine festival will have over 200 wines from 25 participating wineries (Basignani Winery, Bodegas Gonzalez Ruggiero, Boordy Vineyards, Cove Point Winery, Crossroad Company, Dragonfly, Elk Run, Far Eastern Shore Winery, Great Shoals, Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, Linganore Winecellars, Olney Winery, Port of Leonardtown Winery, Royal Rabbit Vineyards, Solomons Island, The Urban Winery, and Bodegas Gonzalez Ruggiero), live music, festival bites, arts and crafts, and a kids area. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Get your souvenir tasting glass as you enter the festival and walk from tent to tent tasting and sampling the Maryland vines. Festival goers can take the Light Rail to the Hunt Valley Mall stop and then board the free special shuttle bus to Oregon Ridge Park. VIP admission is $56, adult admission is $29, and 2-day VIP admission is $79. Kids 12 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, click on link. (uncorkthefun.com)

Sunday Supper – On June 4 at Union Market, the annual Sunday Supper will highlight an all-star chef line up to celebrate “Flavors of the Americas”. The chefs join the James Beard Foundation and EDENS for a Latin-inspired meal to benefit the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. The program, initiated by EDENS’ CEO Jodie McLean, is designed to identify, cultivate and advance the next generation of women business leaders. Sunday Supper will feature some of the nation’s best chefs, like Traci Des Jardins (Jardinière, Mijita, The Commissary, Public House, San Francisco), Jose Garces (Amada, Distrito, Village Whiskey, Tinto, Buena Onda, Volver, Rural Society, Philadelphia, NY, DC, NJ), Douglas Rodriguez (Amada de Cuba, Philadelphia, Miami), Kelly Fields (Willa Jean, New Orleans), Amy Brandwein (Centrolina, DC), Alex Raij and Eder Montero (El Quinto Pino, Txikito, La Vara, Tekoá, NY) and Carolina Santos-Neves (Comódo, Comparti Catering, NY). Showcasing DC’s culinary and cocktail talent will include Victor Albisu (Del Campo), Camila Arango and Tom Wellings (Bluebird Bakery, Pluma), Anna Bran-Leis (Taqueria Del Barrio, DC Empanada), Giana Cavaliere (Volt), Gina Chersevani (Buffalo & Bergen), Violeta Edelman & Robb Duncan (Dolcezza), Gabriela Febres (Arepa Zone), Mario Monte, Daniella Senior and Juan Coronado (Colada Shop), Omar Rodriguez (Oyamel) and the team from Latin wine shop Grand Cata. Tickets are $250 ($200 for JBF members). (unionmarketdc.com/sundaysupper)

Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction  – On June 19 at the Marriott Marquis, 40 of the area’s best chefs and mixologists will serve up special tastings of their signature dishes. Chef’s Best will benefit Food & Friends, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that provides life-sustaining meals to those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses. Guests will enjoy tastings prepared by some of the region’s most talented chefs including, Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto & Paper Horse; Tony Chittum of Iron Gate; Amy Brandwein of Centrolina; and Matt Adler of Schlow Restaurant Group (Tico, The Riggsby, Alta Strada and more), among other notables from the DC dining scene. Also, attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of exciting silent and live auction items featuring fantastic trips, one-of-a-kind experiences and private dining opportunities. Proceeds from Chef’s Best will ensure medically-specialized meals are delivered and personalized nutrition counseling to Food & Friends’ clients in the DMV. This year, Food & Friends will provide nearly 1 million meals to more than 2,600 seriously ill individuals. This year’s honorees are Fleur Bresler and her family. Tickets are $350 and sponsorships start at $1,000. For more information or to purchase tickets and see a current list of chefs and sponsors, click on link. (foodandfriends.org/events/chefsbest)

 

 

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