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[ 1 ] May 10, 2011 |


How often do you hear about a fruit juice and Hollywood coming together to make “The Greatest Movie Ever Sold”?  Well, that’s what happened when POM Wonderful decided to underwrite Morgan Spurlock’s movie, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.  From the same director of Super Size Me, this movie explores product placement in advertising. FYI: I love movies like this.  The transparency of what goes on in the food world and advertising world is extremely prevalent to anyone who remotely cares about what they put in their body.  Check out the clip above of Spurlock’s take on “impostor” pomegranate juices.


The 4th Annual National Harbor Wine & Food Festival returns to the National Harbor Waterfront on the Potomac this Saturday (May 14) and Sunday (May 15) from 12 pm-6 pm.  In addition to food, food and more food to look forward to, I’m excited to share that one of my favorite food personalities, Lauren DeSantis, will be on deck to share her expertise.  In addition to seeing Lauren, I’m excited to see The Beef Checkoff Tent which will feature samples of Roseda Black Angus in conjunction with teaching festival guests about the 29 different lean cuts of beef and the various grilling techniques.  Purchase tickets here.

Twitter Party:  Join the convo (*Thursday @ 9 pm) related to all things MiO (*liquid water enhancer) for the chance to win a few good things.  Those good things include MiO samples, VISA gift cards and the grand prize winner will receive a $100 gift card.  To partake in the festivities, use the hashtag #MiOFTS and follow @MakeitMio, @ThirstyDudes and @sassygayfriend on Twitter.  Never thought I would see the day that you would have to RSVP for a Tweetup but yes, you do have to RSVP for this event, check it out here.

A site for sore eyes.  That’s the best way to describe Renoir’s masterpiece, Luncheon of the Boating Party.  In honor of The Philips Collection 90th anniversary, the museum is partnering with Sofitel Washington D.C. to bring Renoirs feast for the eyes to the dining room table.  Throughout the month of September, ici Urban Bistro will offer prix fixe Renoir-inspired menus with highlights on Charcuterie and Escargot, among other French delicacies.  (*Three-course lunch $40, Three-course dinner $60)

The Sustainable Seafood Fare comes to the District on June 9, 2011 marking World Oceans Day at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.  The two-day event includes discussions on how the ocean works, how to preserve it and the impact of the Gulf oil spill on seafood including the long-term effects.  The event will conclude with a wine & dine seafood reception filled with the food industries top names:  Barton Seaver, Mike Isabella and Ris Lacoste, to name a few.  Tickets can be purchased here.


Speaking of Mike Isabella, the Top Chef All-Stars Runner-Up and owner of Graffiato, will publish his first cookbook in fall 2012.  The cookbook, Flavors from a Jersey Italian, will feature recipes inspired by his roots with classic Jersey-Italian fare.  Look forward to roasted potato gnocchi, traditional Italian “gravy” and classic calzones.

SAX opens this Friday (*May 13, 2011).  Perhaps the part I am most intrigued by is the artwork that will grace the walls of the 150-seat restaurant.  The entertainment has me wanting first dibs on the reservations too:  The 20 ft. enclosed stage will showcase everything from illusionists to mimes bordering on burlesque as the night sky falls.

Sixth & I has teamed up with Chef Spike Mendelsohn (*Good Stuff Eatery, We The Pizza) and Chef Malcolm Mitchell to launch the Sixth & Rye food truck.  DC is seriously in need of an old-fashioned deli scene and Sixth & Rye promises that Kosher deli cuisine that’s lacking in the District.  The food truck will begin with operation exclusively during lunchtime on Fridays and you can track them down by following them @sixthandrye on Twitter.

Whisked! made its debut this past weekend at the 14th and U Farmers Market.  The creation of Jenna Huntsberger and Stephanie Willis, two DC food bloggers, Whisked! features American favorites such as chocolate chip cookies and Pop Tarts.  With sell outs in their first weekend, you might want to pre-order any treats you have your mouth set on from checking out the site.  Find them here.

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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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