Washington DC Area Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Greater Washington D.C. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only DC events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding suburbs. We've also go the latest Washington DC Restaurant News and Wine Events.
The James Beard Foundation presents Taste America, an evening of food and drink tastings and a four-course seated dinner. Vikram Sunderam of Rasika, Jeffrey Buben of Vidalia, and Anthony Chittum of Iron Gate are just a few of the evening's featured chefs. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the James Beard Foundation's Taste America Scholarship Fund, which encourages local culinary students to apply. The cocktail and tasting reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner starts at 8 p.m. For more information and to reserve tickets visit jbftasteamerica.com. Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024, 202-554-8588.
The ninth edition of MetroCooking DC, a culinary and entertainment event in the DC metropolitan region, takes place on November 8-9 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Hundreds of specialty food and entertainment vendors will be in attendance. Highlights include book signings with celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri, a cooking stage, cooking classes hosted by L’Academie de Cuisine and a Grand Tasting Pavilion featuring 50 of the DC region’s best restaurants. Thirty VIP ticketholders will have the chance to meet and take a photo with Guy Fieri or Bobby Flay. Ticket prices vary. For more information and to buy tickets visit their website at metrocookingdc.com
Masa 14, Richard Sandoval's Latin-Asian-inspired neighborhood restaurant, is introducing three nightly specials plus an extended happy hour going through the weekend. The $4 happy hour specials run every day of the week from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the downstairs bar, upstairs bar and lounge, and on the recently opened 50-seat rooftop deck. The happy hour features $4 draft beers of Yuengling, Dos Equis and Amstel Light; $4 house red or white wine; as well as $4 cocktails that include the Strawberry Lemonade and Margarita Tradicional. Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-328-1414.
El Centro D.F. is offering nightly specials that mean Mexican-inspired fun with Sangria Sundays, followed by Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Ladies Latin Night Thursdays, and International Fridays and Saturdays. These nightly specials begin at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday and at 11 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sangria Sundays provides the ideal opportunity to sip on four varieties of El Centro's seasonal sangria. The list changes weekly and may include libations such as Melocoton Blanco, made from a combination of white wine, triple sec, peach schnapps, fresh peaches, orange juice and cinnamon sticks. El Centro D.F., 1819 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-328-3131.
A pre- and post-theater Marquee Menu is now being offered at chef-owner Ris Lacoste's RIS. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Theatre and the soon-to-open West End Cinema are just up the road. The Kennedy Center provides a free shuttle, just steps away from RIS on Washington Circle. The signature three-course seasonal Marquee Menu is $35 per person, available daily 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. or after 10 p.m. RIS, 2275 L St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-730-2500.
Tallula is giving locals a reason to dine out on a weeknight with its "Neighborhood Nosh" menu. The three-course prix-fixe menu ($35 per person) is offered all night on Sundays and Mondays and 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The menu allows patrons to choose any appetizer, an entrée and a dessert from executive chef Barry Koslow's dinner menu. Tallula, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, 703-778-5051.
Nage Bistro executive chef Glenn Babcock has introduced Meatless Monday menus with meat-free cuisine. Chef Babcock's menus have always featured innovative vegetarian selections. The Meatless Monday menus will feature appetizers, entrées and desserts and will be available every Monday for lunch and dinner. Menu selections will rotate based on market availability and seasonality. Nage Bistro, Courtyard Washington Embassy Row, 1600 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-448-8005.
Monday through Saturday
Sports fans and movie-goers no longer have to settle for a dinner of hot dogs and popcorn. The Source by Wolfgang Puck will offer its new pre-event tasting menu for guests seeking an early dinner before catching a game at the Verizon Center, a movie at the Regal Gallery Place Stadium 14 or a show at the theater. The seven-course prix-fixe menu will be offered in the upstairs dining room every Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. and is priced at $135 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Newseum, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-637-6100.
Masa 14 is debuting pre-theatre dining just three blocks from Studio Theatre. Available Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m., the menu includes a choice of any three signature dishes off the Latin-Asian menu (with the exception of the black cod and Wagyu beef brisket) accompanied by a glass of house wine or signature strawberry lemonade for $32 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Masa 14, 1825 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-328-1414.
The "Hour of Power" takes place Monday through Friday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in the lounge at The Source by Wolfgang Puck. This happy hour alternative features a trio of food items paired with a flight of wines. Executive chef Scott Drewno kick-starts his new menu with a trio pairing in which guests can enjoy three types of dumplings, each matched with a specially selected glass of wine. Offerings will change frequently and future specialties will include trios of soups, spring rolls and ribs. The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Newseum, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-637-6100.
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