Six “Foodie” Events You Should Be At This Spring.

[ 1 ] May 3, 2016 |


On Sunday, May 15, the capitol’s finest chefs will gather at Union Market in Washington, D.C., for the American Lamb Jam Global Flavors Tour, a multi-city culinary cook-off that showcases locally-raised lamb. This year marks the tour’s sixth year in D.C., and the second year participating chefs will prepare local lamb fare infused with Mediterranean, Asian, Latin or Middle Eastern flavors.

Johnna's Lamb with Black Beans for the 2012 Lamb Jam.

Johnna’s Lamb with Black Beans for the 2012 Lamb Jam Competition.



Union Market
5th Street Northeast
Washington, DC 20002


VIP Event: Sunday, May 15, 2016
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Lamb Jam: Sunday, May 15, 2016

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


Chef Brian McPherson – Jackson 20

Chef Dylan Fultineer – Rappahannock

Chef Michael Costa – Zaytinya

Chef Matt Baker – Gravitas

Chef Angel Franco – Compass Rose Bar & Kitchen

Chef Dimitri Moshovitis – Cava Mezze

Chef Rodney Scruggs – Occidental Grill & Seafood

Chef Adam Howard – Kapnos

Chef Scott Kroener – Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

Chef Kyle Bailey – Sixth Engine

Chef Austin Fausett – Trummer’s on Main

Chef Matteo Venini – Tosca

Chef Michael Zentner – Alta Strada

Chef Greg Sharpe – Michael Scott Events

Chef Will Artley – Nonna’s Kitchen

Chef Victor Albisu – Del Campo

Chef K.N. Vinod – Indique

$$$:  VIP tickets are $100 per person and general admission tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online here. For more information, visit or follow the American Lamb Board on Facebook or Twitter and Instagram.  Organized by the American Lamb Board, a portion of the proceeds will go to DC Central Kitchen, a leader in reducing hunger with recycled food, training unemployed adults for culinary careers, serving healthy school meals, and rebuilding urban food systems through social enterprise.

P.S.  Because we loouuuvvveeesss you, JKGF readers can use coupon code “DCJAM16” for $10 OFF General Admission tickets! 


SerbFest is DC’s upcoming Spring 2016 festival, bringing Serbian food, culture, crafts and entertainment to the greater Washington, DC area.  Presented by Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, MD—the epicenter for Serbian culture in and around Washington, DC—the three-day festival spans an entire weekend, taking place from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 15. The first annual SerbFest DC was held last October and this year’s event once again aims to educate the community on and bring attention to authentic Serbian cuisine, customs and culture.
Serbian Folk Dancers, Photo Credit Aleksandra Radic

Serbian Folk Dancers, Photo Credit Aleksandra Radic

Admission and parking are FREE, an indoor setup has been arranged in case of inclement weather and all a la carte food item proceeds benefit Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church.  Additional deets regarding the event below with updates at

SerbFest DC Spring 2016
Friday, May 13th (5:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, May 14th (11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
Sunday, May 15th (12:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
Location: Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church, 10660 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854
Parking: Located in rear of St. Luke property and next door at Sts. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church
Friday evening, May 13th: DC Acoustic Band
Saturday afternoon, May 14th: Biseri Folklore Dance Group (From Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Elizabeth, NJ)
Saturday evening, May 14th: Zlatne Uste (Balkan Brass Band from NYC)
Traditional Serbian dishes: 
Burek (baked meat pie in phyllo dough)
Zeljanica (baked spinach & cheese in phyllo dough)
Gibanica (baked cheese in phyllo dough)
Kupus salata (cabbage salad)
Šopska salata (tomato, cucumber & onion salad with feta cheese)
Krompir salata (potato salad)
From the Grill: 
Jagnjetina (spit-roasted lamb)
Svinjetina (spit-roasted pig)
Raznjuci (grilled meat on skewers)
Krofna (deep-fried donut)
Serbian nut rolls
Poppy seed rolls
Serbian beers: Jelen, LAV and BiP beers from Serbia & the former Yugoslavia
Serbian liquor: Rakija, which is Serbian brandy made from fruit—the most famous is Slivovitz, which is made from plums


Image via The Midnite BBQ

Image via The Midnite BBQ

On Friday, May 27, 2016, from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m., MLK2Madison will present a “No Burgers, No Hotdogs” twist on the traditional barbecue at Union Market’s Dock 5, in support of Healthy Living, Inc., a nonprofit whose mission is to educate people of all backgrounds about planning and preparing simple, healthy meals.  Following a sold-out event on September 25, 2015 at the Seafarer’s Yacht Club–the first Black-owned yacht club on the East Coast–the second installment of The Midnite BBQ aims to attract food lovers, people with restricted diets and discerning tastes.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale NOW for $40 online at Ticket prices will increase to $50 for general admission and $60 for VIP access, sold exclusively through The Midnite BBQ website. The Midnite BBQ ticket includes unlimited food and beverage until 12:00 a.m. for general admission, and the first wave of early adopters will receive the same deal for a $10 discount.


The 3rd Annual Best Buddies Prom, a night of music and friendship for young people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, will be held Friday, May 13 in the Carnegie Library, Washington DC.  The Best Buddies evening will be hosted by Prom Committee Chairman Tommy McFly of FRESH 94.7 FM’s The Tommy Show.  Music will be programmed by popular local disc jockey DJ Neekola. A video of last year’s Prom can be found at:

2015 Best Buddies Prom. Photo credit: Best Buddies Capital Region

2015 Best Buddies Prom. Photo credit: Best Buddies Capital Region


WHERECarnegie Library, 801 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

WHEN Friday, May 13 from 6:3011 pm

6:30 – 8 pm: VIP Reception for adults
7:30 pm – 11 pm: Doors open for students and general ticket holders

TICKETS now on sale at

$20/student. (With complimentary food and beverages)

$150/adult. (With complimentary open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres)

$175/VIP adult (Includes access to VIP Reception featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared by  area top chefs and buddy chefs, as well as a complimentary open bar)

Although students are the stars of the evening, adults will enjoy their own celebration including a complimentary open bar, an assortment of passed hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. VIPs will have the opportunity to sample sweet and savory bites prepared by DC’s chefs alongside student “sous chefs” from local Best Buddies programs during an exclusive VIP reception prior to the event.


Art and Soul restaurant is hosting an event this Spring where chefs throw-down to make the best biscuit—and you, the public, get to  judge.

2016 Contenders battling it out are:

Cocktails will be created via award-winning mixologists Derek Brown of Drink Company and Buffalo & Bergen’s Gina Chersevani. Sweets lover? Ice Cream Jubilee’s Victoria Lai will be there scooping on mini cones.

A share of proceeds from the face-off will go to DC Central Kitchen, an organization that reduces hunger with recycled food, trains unemployed adults for culinary careers, and rebuilds urban food systems through local social enterprise.

WHEN:  Thursday, June 16 from 6-8 PM

WHERE:  Art and Soul Restaurant

$$$:  Early bird tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance.  Get tix here.


Spring Fest presented by Cathedral Commons, a new mixed-use development on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington, D.C., will be in full bloom on Saturday, May 14 from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.  The FREE event, curated by Art Soiree, will combine art, music, family-friendly fun and food throughout the day.  Stroll the streets and listen to live musical performances, peruse local art vendors, taste delicious food and beverage offerings from many neighborhood businesses and restaurants, and enter in for a chance to win prizes and giveaways from area retailers.    Festivities take place rain or shine.

On stage:

-12:00pm Open Air Workout (Bring your mat and join in)

12:45pm Miguelito Flamenco Band & Dancers (Flamenco)

– 2:00pm   Kiss & Ride Band (Blues/Jazz/Soul)

3:00pm   Tara Hendricks Band (Brit Pop/Soul/R&B)

4:00pm   Joi Carter (Alternative, Rock and So Much More!)

WHEN:       Saturday, May 14, 2016

12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:     Cathedral Commons

3401 Idaho Avenue, Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

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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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