Food News Roundup

[ 0 ] May 2, 2011 |



Tomorrow (May 3) will be a complete meeting of the minds. Media, political, business and artistic minds will meet at the Washington Ireland Program’s second annual event, “An Evening with Celtic Chefs”. The reception will feature food demo’s by professional chefs and samplings with the help of a few celebrity “Sous Chefs”. The reception will benefit the Washington Ireland Program which is a six month program that brings university students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to D.C. for internships, leadership training and public service. Purchase tickets at

Latin Jazz takes over the Dirty Martini tomorrow (May 3) with happy hour beginning @ 4 pm. (*Specials include appetizers, the house Dirty Martini, Miller Lite Draft and House Red/White wine by the glass)

Good Competition

Have an award winning taco recipe under your belt?? Well, this could be your title on May 15, 2011 if you enter the D.C. Taco Experiment. The Food Experiment team and Brooklyn Brewery have teamed up to host this national tour that will be held in the District @ the Rock and Roll Hotel from 12-4 pm on May 15. Stepping outside the box, I’m thinking oysters, blueberries for some taco ingredients…sky’s the limit! More info found here.

Word has definitely spread about the 1st Annual Lamb Jam @ the Ritz Carlton…I heard an ad on the radio yesterday which is quite unusual for many of the food events I attend. Well, now that the word is out, it’s no secret that 19 of the areas top chefs, wineries and two local breweries will round out this day of the lamb. On May 22, 2011, from 2 pm-5 pm, if you’re into lamb then this is where you should roll up your sleeves and dig in… Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

Toast Time

Seen or be seen?? Buddha Bar is co-hosting a private party with Washington Life on May 12, 2011 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. The event will feature a premium open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and professional Henna tattoo artists. The restaurant will remain open to the public but those who wish to schmooze a little closer to the real highlight of the night should make dinner reservations in advance by emailing Those with reservations will receive a comp glass of Prosecco to celebrate the restaurants 1-year anniversary.

Umm, just in case you forgot, yours truly will host this months DC food blogger happy hour @ Smith Commons. More details here…Cheers!


*Discount* Litestars is celebrating National Salad Month (May) by providing a 20% discount on all of their salads throughout the month of May. Awesome. This should help in reducing those excuses for not eating healthier…fast…summer…beach body…ok, I’ll stop, but this is a good deal.

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Category: Announcements, Food.Fun.Stuff., Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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