Friday, June 29, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Tuscan Lemon Drop

cocktail lemon drop vodka
We recently filmed a new episode of Capital Cooking called, "Under the Tuscan Stars."  I came up with a delicious recipe to go with the food.  This Tuscan Lemon Drop has the perfect herbal-lemon flavor. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Uncorked: 2015 Guigal Wines Released

Guigal Wine Cotes du Rhone
Guigal has done it again with the recently released 2015 vintage.  These wines are boasting of a harmony of fruit and the perfect tannins.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Perfect Pair: Summer Cucumbers and Capture Sauvignon Blanc

Tuesdays are all about pairing food and wine. Sauvignon Blanc has herbaceous notes so pairs well with green herbs, like dill. The name Sauvignon Blanc means "wild white." I absolutely love it for summer.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Uncorked: Winemakers' Dinner with the Rhone Rangers

The 6th Annual Winemakers Dinner put on by the National Museum of American History was outstanding. Incredible wines, inspiring individuals, and delicious eats! Chef Cedric Maupillier of Convivial prepared an incredible meal to pair with the American Rhone wines.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Just a Few of My Favorite Things: Hot Sauce

I am obsessed with all things spicy, but I am frequently unimpressed with everything I buy that markets themselves as "hot." Either it’s too mild, hot but flavorless, not appetizing, or filled with strange ingredients. However, last week I got to sample Poor Devil Pepper Co.’s Hot Sauce to get ready for the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City, North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event that displays a wide variety of innovative and new products, and I fell in love. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Uncorked: Margerum Wine Company and the Rhone Rangers

Doug Margerum California Wine
California Wine Pioneer Doug Margerum is in the District this week, promoting his incredible Santa Barbara wines to D.C. chefs, educating D.C. foodies and tourists on Rhone wine varieties, and meeting with winemakers from across America to sip and savor around the table.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Perfect Pair: Chicken Souvlaki

Have you started summer menu planning?  Add this dish to your grilling line up.  Not only is it delicious, but it is healthy.  Serve with grilled vegetable ratatouille or an heirloom tomato salad.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Events: National Geographic Explorers Festival Wrap Up

National Geographic put on an amazing Festival to celebrate the Changemakers of the Year. The National Geographic Explorers Festival brought together some of the world’s most innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers so they could share their discoveries and insights to the public as well as be honored for the incredible impact they have made in creating a more sustainable future.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Safeway: Your One-Stop-Shop for June Celebrations

June, the time of the year for graduation festivities, prom planning, celebrating dads, weddings, and summertime cook-outs. I never think of June as a holiday month, but I have come to realize I am either hosting or attending an event every weekend in June. With a busy work schedule, the idea of running to multiple shops to buy gifts, food platters, desserts, decorations, cards, florals, fresh meats, and alcohol….. sounds like a nightmare. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Events: The National Museum of American History's 6th Annual Winemakers' Dinner

On Tuesday, June 19th an incredible group of Rhone Winemakers are coming together to celebrate Rhone grapes at the National Museum of American History’s 6th Annual Winemakers’ Dinner.

Thinking of Drinking: Superfruit Lemonade

Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse has a fun cocktail menu.  This Superfruit Lemonade is packed with antioxidants from the berries.  Try one in the restaurant or at home with the recipe below.  We had a blast stuffing ourselves with meat and cocktails.  The staff and service are excellent!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Top 5 Beers at SAVOR

Recently, 90 small and independent craft brewers came together in Washington D.C. to serve up their best beers. On it’s 11th year put on by The Brewers Association, the event served over 180 beers alongside incredible food pairings prepared by some of D.C.’s finest chefs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Uncorked: Gran Moraine Yamhill-Carlton Rosé

Gran Moraine Winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon has the perfect picnic necessity.  Get your hands on a limited-release magnum of the 2017 Gran Moraine Yamhill-Carlton Rosé of Pinot Noir. They partnered with the Napa retailer Olive and Poppy to to make the best kit to rosé the day away!  Look for me in Forest Park, the Botanical Gardens or the zoo and I'll be sipping a glass.   

Monday, June 11, 2018

The 36th Annual RAMMY Award Winners Are...

We had an incredible night at the 36th Annual RAMMY Awards Gala! Guests in ballgowns and black ties gathered to celebrate the ever-evolving local food community of Washington D.C.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Thinking of Drinking: Peruvian Sangria

At a past Lamb and Fig dinner, I made this Peruvian Sangria with figs and La Diablada to go with our meal.  Special thank you to the California Fig Association for contributing the delicious fruit.  

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Top 7 Wines for Dad

Father's Day is right around the corner.  That means it is time to grill.  Think steaks, hamburgers, lamb chops...  Dad needs wine to wash down all of that delicious red meat.  What are you doing for Father's Day?  Have you got a gift?

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Events: National Geographic Explorers Festival

Each year, Nat Geo celebrates incredible scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers that have helped in creating change for the better at their Explorers Festival. This year, 140 Changemakers from around the globe will come together to share their experiences and discoveries.