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Thursday, April 24 - Dine Out for Life: On Thursday, April 24th, more than 100 restaurants throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area will donate 25%-110% of their proceeds to Food & Friends. Simply by dining out, you'll ensure that thousands of children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses, receive the daily, nutritious meals so vital to their care. If you are interested in doing more, you can sign up as a Restaurant Host and invite friends and colleagues to dine out at your assigned restaurant. With over 40 participating restaurants including 1905, BlackSalt, Georgia Brown's, Le Diplomate and Posto to name a few, there are so many options to help out a wonderful cause. For more information visit www.foodandfriends.org/dol. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.com or through the restaurants directly. So, grab your friends and family and dine out for lunch and dinner on Thursday, April 24th!
Scoop Adventures Book Release and Signing Party. Friday April 25, 4 to 7 pm. Scoop Adventures: The Best Ice Cream of the 50 States is author Lindsay Clendaniel's transition from web to print. As the creator of the blog ScoopAdventures.com, Clendaniel shared with readers the best frozen treats from all 50 states, as well as their recipes. DC's featured flavor is Dolcezza's Lemon Ricotta Cardamom Gelato. This gelato, featuring ricotta from Keswick Creamery (PA) will be one of the tasting room's daily flavors for the entire day, with limited pints and push pops available for purchase. Guests will also participate in a Q&A with the author and Dolcezza Co-Owner and Executive Chef, Robb Duncan. This event is free.
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace will kick off crawfish season with a Crawfish Boil on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Guests will enjoy Louisiana crawfish, whole-roasted, sustainably raised suckling pig, peel & eat shrimp, slaw, pulled pork sandwiches on the restaurant’s famous Addie’s rolls, and a selection of Southern inspired sides and desserts from pastry chef Carri-Anne Hamer, including a house-made deep fried “twinkie.” Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company Amber will complement the food for the duration of each two-hour seating. Pearl Dive Chef James Huff, who has cooked in celebrated New Orleans kitchens Delmonico and Stella, will prepare the select grade crawfish from Crawley, Louisiana with potatoes and corn, and season them with the signature Cajun “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning. All dishes will be served family style. Tickets can be purchased for $65 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All ticket purchases include Abita Amber and all the boil you can eat for two hours.
On Sunday, April 27, Menu MBK will host a special six-course dinner celebrating spring in Virginia. Chef de Cuisine Keith Cabot will be joined by Austin Fausett of Trummer's on Main and Scott Muns for Rose's Luxury. The menu will highlight the best that spring in the Old Dominion has to offer: Lindera Farm Vinegars, Polyface Farm chicken, Rappahannock River Oysters Little Neck Clams and Chapel Hill Farm Randall Lineback veal.
Feeling adventurous? Then join The Pig for their first in a series of Head to Toe Supper series. “A 5 course dining experience unlike any other,” the Head will be featured on Monday, April 28 at 7pm. $70pp (exclusive of tax and gratuity), each course provides a beer, cocktail, or wine pairing. You’ll be treated to courses such as Taco de Sesa (lamb’s brain, tongue, corn tortilla, chili, radish, tomato, queso fresco) and Haggis a la Romana Antico (ancient roman style pig haggis, deboned pig face stuffed in stomach, lovage, rue, garum, bran, sweet and sour onions). For more information or to make a reservation, please visit http://www.thepigdc.com/head-toe-menu
DC bacon lovers rejoice! Chef Bart Vandaele is hosting a “Belgian Ale & Bacon” Beer Dinner at Belga Café on Tuesday, April 29 at 6:30pm. Guests will enjoy seven beers served alongside a four-course bacon fueled menu for $59 per person (not including tax and gratuity).