Ramen World — One day every year, Mess Hall allows guests to enter beyond its 2,000sf of event space and venture into its 10,000sf facility of private kitchens. That day is Ramen World. February 29th marks the sixth incarnation of this historically sold-out event. Attendees immerse themselves in the action as dishes are made-to-order and fired hot and fresh in front of them. The unique format and venue make for a highly interactive – and boozy – experience, enabling eventgoers to slurp noodle dishes prepared by DC’s favorite Asian food concepts. Ramen World showcases a breadth of unique Ramen dishes by bringing together chefs who choose to feature traditional iterations and others who combine otherworldly influences to innovate the craft. Each chef selects his or her preferred noodle style to complement the design of each dish several weeks in advance. Sun Noodle then produces the noodles fresh for each respective chef and delivers the truckload of carbs before the event begins. A vintage phone booth filled with instant ramen packages gives guests the chance to raise money for Capital Area Food Bank. Whoever comes closest to “gumball guessing” the actual number of bowls contained, wins a Ramen-tastic prize pack. The highly anticipated event will take place on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Two-time slots will be offered for the event, with the first round beginning at Noon and ending at 2:00 PM. There will be a break for chefs to reset and restock, before resuming Round 2, which will begin promptly at 3:00 PM and will end at 5:00 PM. 

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Pink Tie Party — It’s all happening at the Pink Tie Party, where you can celebrate the blossoms in style and experience an evening filled with delicious bites and cocktails from local restaurants, a silent auction, engaging experiences, live performances, music, and dancing.Enjoy delicious fare from the Ronald Reagan Building’s Executive Chef Xavier Deshayes and fifteen area restaurants (participants to be revealed at a later date). Fri, March 20, 2020, 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004

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Twelfth  Salute to Women in Gastronomy Symposium — Les Dames d’Escoffier DC chapter’s Celebrating Food:  Twelfth  Salute to Women in Gastronomy Symposium, a one-day culinary celebration of all things food, will be keynoted by three local award-winning chefs giving their take on “Interpreting Italian Cuisine in Washington, DC”.  Veteran restaurateurs Amy Brandwein, Centrolina and Piccolina, Ruth Gresser, Pizza Paradiso and Christina Ricci, I Ricci, will start the event with their insight and interpretation of this popular cuisine. To be held March 28, 2020, from 8:30 AM to 5:45 PM at The Universities at Shady Grove the event will offer workshops and hands-on sessions with more than 50 speakers participating in 16 different sessions that comprise food demonstrations and tastings, panel presentations and cooking classes.