An Evening in Old Town -- Enjoy the spring weather (while it lasts!) along the Potomac in Alexandria this Thursday evening. Stroll down King St. and window shop in cute boutiques like Why Not and Fibre Space (check out oldtownboutiquedistrict.com for more listings). Then, head over to the Waterfront Market (www.thewaterfrontmarket.com) to pick up some picnic treats like shrimp and avocado salad and watch boats roll by on the water. A great evening to enjoy the outside and view the full moon on a picnic blanket!
On Thursday, May 15, craft beer fanatics will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with DC's 3 Stars Brewing at the first ever 3 Stars Beer Social at Pinstripes. At the complimentary event, guests will enjoy passed Pinstripes fare while the 3 Stars team chats brewing methods, philosophy and pours tastes of different brews. Founded in 2011 by Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey, 3 Stars has become of on DC's most buzzed-about artisanal brewers, currently offering a line-up of over 12 handcrafted beers.. The Beer Social is on 5/15 from 5pm - 7pm. No reservations are required.
Friday, May 16th is National Pizza Party Day and Vapiano will be celebrating at all six DC area locations. Guests who order any of their 18 handcrafted, made-to-order pizzas will receive a single serving of small dolci on the house. The pizzas at Vapiano are made using only the freshest ingredients including yeast, fine flour, pure water, quality rapeseed oil, sugar and sea salt. Standouts not to be missed include the Roasted Tomato and Garlic with roasted garlic, spring herbs, goat cheese, oven roasted tomatoes and mozzarella; Arugula with Grana Padano D.O.P., tomato sauce and mozzarella; Pesto Con Spinachi with fresh spinach, pesto cream sauce, marinated tomatoes and mozzarella; Truffled Wild Mushroom with demi cream sauce, wild mushrooms, radicchio, ricotta, truffle oil and mozzarella; Tropicale with ham, pineapple, tomato sauce and mozzarella, as well as Chicken Barbeque Pizzas with smoked gouda, red onions, mozzarella, tomato relish, cilantro. Pizza prices range from $8.95 to $11.95. The dolci choices include Tiramisu; Crema di Fragola, mascarpone cream with fresh strawberries; Panna Cotta, a blend of vanilla and cream topped with strawberry sauce, or the Chocolate Mousse, whipped semi-sweet chocolate and cream.
Toro Toro, located at 1300 I Street, NW, 20005, will launch Saturday and Sunday weekend brunch service beginning May 17th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval and Chef de Cuisine Stephen Hartzell’s free-flowing brunch is priced at $39 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Guests will enjoy a tantalizing selection of hot and cold savory plates and desserts, plus Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” a selection of hot-off-the-spit meats that are carved and ready for indulging. There is also a cornucopia of side dishes, as well as four mimosa cocktails and a Bloody Mary bar to quench one’s thirst. This free flowing brunch invites repeat trips to try the different offerings showcased and must be ordered by the entire table.
On Sunday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m., Executive Chef Carmen Hibbert and the National Aquarium’s Executive Chef Joe Cotton, will team up for the Aquarium’s Fresh Thoughts Sustainable Dining Series to demonstrate and cook a lionfish dinner. For details on the dinner, go to http://www.aqua.org/visit/baltimore/calendar/fresh-thoughts-may-18.
Can’t get enough lamb? Then be sure not to miss the 2014 Lamb Jam, taking place at the North Hall at Eastern Market on Monday, May 19. From 6-9pm (VIP 5-6pm), some of the most talented and well-known chefs from DC, VA, & MD will compete for your vote and honor of the Best Lamb Dish. In addition, attendees can connect with local food artisans, view butcher demos, meet local shepherds, and concoct their own spice rub. In addition to some of the area’s most famous chefs, attendees will also have the opportunity to sample local breweries and wineries, including Flying Dog, Three Stars, & Port City Breweries, and Boxwood Estate & Philip Carter Winery, among others. As if this isn’t enough, a portion of the proceeds from this event benefit the D.C. Central Kitchen. To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit http://dc.fansoflamb.com/lamb-jam-dc/
5/21: The Jefferson, DC is delighted to welcome a limited number of guests to share in the camaraderie, strategy, and very good taste of Sir Winston at an intimate dinner in the Wine Cellar with the accomplished book author, Cita Stelzer. Four courses paired with fine vintages will be accompanied by commentary and chats with practically Churchill himself, being that Stelzer is a renowned Sir Winston Churchill scholar. As a memento of the evening, what could be better than a freshly-rolled, Churchill size Nicaraguan cigar? Dinner with Churchill at The Jefferson, DC starts at 7:00pm and is $175 per person [exclusive of tax and gratuity]. Please call 202.448.2300 for reservations.