Thursday, January 10, 2013

Upcoming Events: Dish Crawl and More!

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

Gear Up for the Big Game at Union Market:  Start your preparations for the SuperBowl at Union Market on Sunday, January 27 from 11-3pm.  All day long Union Market will be hosting a variety of events for guests to learn easy, Do-It-Yourself recipes for Game Day.   Nycci Nellis, from Foodie & the Beast will kick off the event by broadcasting her radio show live from Union Market and interviewing vendors about the best items to cook, drink, prepare and style for a Super Bowl party.  After the broadcast, shoppers can enjoy a lesson from Salt & Sundry’s Amanda McClements on how to style your Super Bowl Sunday buffet table, How-To’s for burgers and hot dogs from Harvey’s Market, “Take and Bake” appetizers and cooking demonstrations from Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Mixology tips from Buffalo and Bergen’s Gina Chersevani on Game Day beer cocktails and a showcase of beer & cheese pairings and a cheese dip from Righteous Cheese.  In addition to the above events, Union Market shoppers can look for flash giveaways and sweepstakes surrounding the DIY Game Day event by following us on Facebook at, Twitter:  #DIYUM and online at   Join us at Union Market to get your Game Day ready!

Sugar and Champagne:  Come celebrate all things sugary and sweet on January 31st at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. For the 12thconsecutive year, Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray of Equinox Restaurant and Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Salamander Resort are our gracious hosts, and will be honoring our local crusaders against animal cruelty. All proceeds will directly benefit the animals and programs of the Washington Humane Society.

2013 Winter Restaurant Week Dates Announced: The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced the dates for its upcoming winter Restaurant Week promotion. From Monday, February 4 to Sunday, February 10, area eaters will be able to enjoy the best that the region has to offer at affordable rates; three-course, prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus are priced at $20.13 and $35.13, respectively. 
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. 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.

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