Thursday, January 3, 2013

Upcoming Events: Dishcrawl, Chef Takeovers and More!

CHEF TAKEOVERS AND NEW TASTING MENUS AT GRAFFIATO: Chef Mike Isabella is opening his kitchens at Graffiato for both his team and guest chefs to showcase their menus. Beginning in January, Graffiato will offer a series of new menus and events on Sundays and Mondays, including a unique 12-course tasting menu from sous chef, Adam Brick; seasonal wine dinners with chef de cuisine, Marjorie Meek-Bradley; and monthly Industry Takeover nights with guest chefs and mixologists. Brick’s Gem Tasting Menu will be offered for $85 at the six-seat ham bar on Graffiato’s second floor at 8 p.m. every Sunday and Monday. The menu includes food “gems” made of often scare ingredients like lamb neck, pig snout and tuna marrow. Reservations are taken one month in advance by e-mailing requests to The five-course Seasonal Wine Dinners will take place one Monday per season. The next wine dinner is set for Monday, March 11, 2013, and will be co-hosted by Italian winemaker, Cesare Benvenuto, from Pio Cesare. Industry Takeover Nights will occur on the first Monday of every month from 10 p.m. - 1 p.m., starting on January 7, 2013 with Chef Bryan Voltaggio. Visit for more information and future Industry Takeover guests.

Winter Cocktail Classes:  Prepare for the snowy winter season by learning how to make winter cocktails in the comfort of your own home!  Ripple is offering winter cocktail classes hosted by Josh Berner:
·         January 12th – Champagne Cocktails
·         February 16th – Date Night Cocktails

During class (3:30-5pm), students will enjoy three cocktails and bar snacks and afterwards, can experience the grilled cheese bar until 6:30pm.  Classes are $45 a person and reservations can be made by calling Ripple at 202.244.7995 or emailing Josh at
In a city known for its political marches and the Marine Marathon, a little crawling is in order. Dishcrawl is pleased to announce its Columbia Heights Food Tour!  Join them on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 for this foodie adventure as they taste their way through four eateries in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. Tickets are $45.00 each and the Dishcrawl begins at 7:00 pm. The meeting location will be disclosed to ticket holders via email 48 hours prior to the event. The restaurants' names are being kept secret, but if you follow Twitter @DishcrawlDC you might glean a hint or two.  Vegetarian options are available, but they may not be able to accommodate other dietary restrictions. Cancellations are taken only if given 48 hours advance notice. All Dishcrawl events are held rain or shine. For any questions, you may contact Kerri, your D.C. Dishcrawl Ambassador at or visit Dishcrawl DC.

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