Thursday, March 8, 2012

Upcoming Events: Embassy Chef Challenge

Embassy Chef Challenge: Join Cultural Tourism DC for the 4th Annual Embassy Chef Challenge: DC’s premier international culinary competition on Thursday, March 8 from 7:30 – 10 pm, VIP Reception 6:30 pm. Co-hosted by Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center: 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20004.

Eatrip (subtitled) will screen at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 14th at the Japan Information and Culture Center, located inside the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC (1150 18th St., N.W.). Tickets are free; please RSVP to or call 202-238-6948. More details on the Environmental Film Festival are available at:

Jeff and Barbara Black, Chef/Owners of Black Restaurant Group and the newly opened Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack restaurants, are pleased to host a pre-release party for Port City Brewing Company’s Revival Stout.  On Saturday, March 17th from 2 PM to 4 PM, Bill Butcher, Owner of Port City Brewing Company, and Brad Blymier, Co-Owner of War Shore Oyster Company, will be at Black Jack to debut their special edition beer that was specially created to have an affinity for oysters and seafood.  Crafted by Head Brewer Jonathan Reeves, this beer was made by steeping War Shore’s Chesapeake Bay oyster shells in the brewing water to enhance mineral content, and then adding the oysters and their liquor to the brew during the boil.  The oysters add a subtle briny character, and a smooth textural element to the beer. 

The Spring 2012 Wine Dinner at the Jefferson. March 29: The Dynamic Duo with Favia Wines – Wine Cellar [$200 per person]  Annie Favia and Andy Erickson are a husband and wife team whose partnership brings a great depth of creativity to their highly select range of California wines.  They unite art, science, and nature to produce vintages each with a distinct soul and character, expressing the true nature of its vineyards of origin.  At this dedicated 5-course dinner, their acclaimed Favia Viognier, “Suize,” Amador County 2006 is paired with Butter-poached Lobster with Carrot & Vanilla Purée and Ginger Cardamom Emulsion.  Their Plenty of Room, Pinot Noir, Marin County 2010 accompanies a Roasted Guinea HenRagout of Confit Leg, Savoy Cabbage, and Lardons with Natural Jus; and a double pairing of Favia, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Syrah, Rompecabezas, Amador 2009 makes a triumphal match for the grand finale of Blueberry CrêpeswithBlueberry Marmalade and Vermont Maple Syrup Ice Cream.

On April 3, Think Local First DC will host a workshop at Busboys and Poets on 5th and K designed to help local entrepreneurs, foodies, and aspiring restaurant owners become equipped with the tools and knowledge to open their own establishments. The event, Ingredients for Success: How to Launch and Operate a Restaurant in DC, will connect local leaders in a unique and collaborative learning forum and will explore everything from licensing, leases, concepts, HR best practices, and doing businesses in DC. The workshop ranges in cost from $125-$199. For more information and to register visit

Trade Grand Tasting and Seminar: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Members of the trade can explore the rapidly-growing wine region with two exclusive events taking place at Hotel Palomar: a wine seminar (1:30 - 2:30 p.m.) and a trade-only tasting (2:30 - 5:30 p.m.). Guests will learn about the expanding new wine destination during a classroom-style wine seminar featuring regional trends from several Paso Robles winemaker personalities. Immediately following is a walk-around tasting featuring varietals ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhône style wines, to Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo. RSVP requested (

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