Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival – Looking for some hotel deals? The VIP Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival Package at Gaylord National has got you covered. This is a crab and beer lovers dream: two tickets to Festival + unlimited tastes of beer & wine + crabs + much more. Get crackin’ and join them for the 7th annual Maryland Tradition, the Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE extravaganza complete with over 60,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, and much more. The package includes: one night room accommodations; two tickets to VIP Crab & Beer Fun Day includes: souvenir mug and mallet; unlimited tastes of the beer and wine on-site; ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE large crabs, corn on the cob, cole slaw and potato chips; and guaranteed communal seating under a tent. Choose either: session 1: Saturday, 8/19, 11am – 3pm (Last call at 2:45pm) -or- session 2: Saturday, 8/19, 5 – 9pm (Last call at 8:45pm). For more event information, please visit mdcrabfest.com. Be sure that promotional code D60 appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, or call 1.800.228.9290 and ask for promotional code D60. Valid through August 20, 2017. (Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland; 1.800.228.9290; marriott.com/specials) Human Rights Campaign - For the sixth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation – the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization – and prominent food writer David Hagedorn are bringing together the capital region’s top culinary talent for Chefs for Equality Washington, D.C.'s premier food event. The evening of food, cocktails, and music to benefit the fight for full LGBTQ equality will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, for the first time at Dock5 at Union Market. In addition to the impressive fare, live and silent auctions benefiting the HRC Foundation will be held. The jewels of the Chefs for Equality crown are nine personal chef tables – an opportunity to dine with celebrity chefs for a lavish five-course meal right in the middle of the action during the event. Some celebrity chef groupings for these tables include: Kevin Tien, Carlie Steiner, Johnny Spero and Katsuya Fukushima; David Guas, Bill Smith and Bryan Voltaggio. In addition to these nine tables is a centerpiece table for 16 guests, matched with Washington’s most celebrated fine dining chefs, including Patrick O’Connell, Frank Ruta, Aggie Chin, Fabio Trabocchi and Cindy Wolf. James Beard Award-winning chef and baker Mark Furstenberg of Bread Furst will provide the bread for all 10 of the personal chef tables. As they have for the previous five years, Christopher Vazquez and Rick Davis of Amaryllis Floral + Event Design will transform Chefs for Equality’s venue into a wonderland and serve as two of the event’s premier sponsors. An exciting new feature at Chefs for Equality this year is the “5/10/15 Speed Diner,” — 5 dishes/10 chefs/15 minutes — curated by chef Erik Bruner-Yang. Chefs for Equality ticket holders can purchase 15-minute time slots at two, diner-style, eight-person counters, created by Amaryllis Floral + Event Design in front of the Dock5 entrance. Once seated, guests will enjoy a specialty cocktail and a mini 5-course tasting menu prepared and served by five pairs of celebrity chefs. The “5/10/15 Speed Diner” is a separate ticket option for Chefs for Equality ticket holders, available as a $50 per person add-on. Seatings are at 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, and 7:30 p.m. Purchase time slots at hrc.im/ChefsTickets and enjoy your 15 minutes of fab. All proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s nationwide educational work for LGBTQ equality. Tickets for Chefs for Equality can be purchased here. The lists of participating chefs, pastry chefs, bakers, and mixologists can be found here. 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. 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) 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) Award Time – Edible DC Magazine is announcing groundbreaking awards celebrating community, sustainability, and economic growth! Chefs, restaurants, farmers, entrepreneurs, distillers, vintners, brewers, gardeners, educators and schools can submit to the Edible DC Awards. Publishers Susan Able and AJ Dronkers are pleased to announce the inaugural Edible DC Magazine Awards designed to focus a spotlight and celebrate our local food culture and community. The award process includes a nomination and selection process, and then will culminate with an awards celebration and reception. The event takes place on Monday, October 16th, 2017 from 6:00 – 9:00pm at District Winery; 385 Water Street SE. The Edible DC Magazine Awards will go beyond the typical “Best Of” categories best restaurant, with fifteen original categories. Nominees for the Edible DC awards should demonstrate leadership in our communities in the following ways: responsible environmental and social practices; high quality products and services; positive economic impact; and commitment to building a robust local food system. The 2017 Edible DC Awards categories are “best”: school garden; chef garden; community garden; home cook garden; leadership award; local farmer; local brewery; local distillery; local winery; food access program; food education program; farmers market; chef x farmer collaboration; use of food waste; and use of local/seasonal ingredients. Online nominations will begin August 1, 2017 for each category and will be accepted at edibledc.com through the month of August. The Edible DC critics/judges panel will narrow nominees to top five finalists in each category. Edible DC will announce the finalists and invite the community to vote in a “People’s Choice” voting round during the month of September. 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) 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. Thrills and Chills – As the scorching summer days continue, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is providing cool thoughts with announcing its new line-up of holiday attractions for the 2017 Christmas season. The resort is guaranteeing even more thrills and chills during its over-the-top Christmas celebration, Christmas on the Potomac with additional icy fun, live holiday entertainment and joyful attractions beginning November 18. No holiday season would be complete without the resort’s famous ice sculpture attraction, ICE!, featuring a brand new theme. ICE! opens daily from November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018. Discounted ticket pricing is available now through October 1 on select days. The resort also is introducing a new Glacier Glide Ice Skating experience. The resort also is bringing back its Build-A-Bear Workshop® experience where guests make their very own furry winter friend – a cuddly, cute polar bear plush, designed exclusively for Gaylord Hotels that can be personalized with cozy winter clothing and accessories. To enjoy multiple experiences at a reduced price, the resort has bundled several attractions in its Play and Save packages. The packages include a gingerbread man decorating kit, scavenger hunt, unlimited rides on the train and carousel and the option to add-on an ICE! New this year is a live entertainment show, JOY – A Holiday Spectacular. A spectacular Tree Lighting Show that includes laser lights, a dancing water fountain, indoor snowfall and holiday music – all centered on the resort’s suspended Starlight Christmas Tree immediately follows the show. Gaylord National also will offer a new family breakfast experience featuring the star of ICE!, Rudolph! Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Breakfast. Children of all ages will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet, play reindeer games and sing-a-long to favorite music from the beloved television special. The resort offers overnight packages that offer unlimited priority entry to ICE! Packages include: ICE! Is Nice Package; one night room accommodations; unlimited, and priority entry tickets to experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Potomac package includes: one-night room accommodations; unlimited, priority entry tickets to experience ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; $100 resort credit per night for hotel dining and Relâche Spa services; and one complimentary souvenir ICE! photo. For more information and to book a package or tickets to ICE!, visit ChristmasOnThePotomac.com or call 301.965.4000.