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July 2016

  • On July 19th No Kid Hungry will be hosting their second Chefs Behind Bars event.  Six DC chefs will be battling head to head to see who makes the best cocktail on the DNV Rooftop at the Donovan Hotel while raising funds to end childhood hunger. Tickets are available at:
  • NKOTB (New Kitchens On The Block) is coming to Mess Hall on Sunday, July 31, 2016.  The event is designed to give diners an exclusive chance to try seven new restaurants before they open (703 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017; The line-up features:

Smoked & Stacked by Marjorie Meek-Bradley

A to-be-named new concept by Jeff Black

New Kitchens on the Block

New Kitchens on the Block

Tiki T.N.T./Potomac Distilling Company by Todd Thrasher and Cathal Armstrong

Gravitas by Matt Baker

Shadowlawn by Stefano Frigerio

Colada Shop by Juan Coronado and Daniella Senior

Rooster & Owl by Yuan Tang

Each establishment will offer up a signature dish and drink for guests to enjoy.

Tickets are available for two separate two-hour sessions: 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. General admission tickets are $65 each and there are a limited number of V.I.P. tickets available for $95 each. Both may be purchased online at

August 2016

  • The 71st Annual Rotary Club of Annapolis Crab Feast will be held on Friday, August 5, rain or shine, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis.  Crustacean lovers feast on the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty at this all-you-can-eat and drink event that is arguably the largest crab feast in the world. Nearly 2,500 individuals are expected to finish off 345 bushels of #1 crabs (that’s nearly 40,000 of the big ones), 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of beer and soft drinks.

Tickets: Adult, $60; Child, $20

  • Mason Dixie Biscuit Company presents DixieFest this fall, a family- and dog-friendly music, food and arts festival that boasts the charming warmth of the south, much like the Mason Dixie Biscuit brand experience.  DixieFest takes over 19,000 square feet with concerts, food, product and art showcasing, shopping, and entertainment on August 6, 2016 from noon-8 pm.  Tickets are on sale now and vary from general admission to VIP and multiple festival experiences.  Details can be found at  DixieFest is also proud to support the DC Arts and Humanities Collaborative with a portion of the proceeds.
  • The DNV Rooftop is currently hosting roasts on select Sunday evenings this season. Ticket holders get to  enjoy the rooftop pool (access is normally restricted to hotel guests staying at The Donovan ), music by DJ J-$crilla and sunsets over Thomas Circle Park.  There are only a couple more remaining, so carpe diem!

Schedule of dates and roast details:

Sunday, August 7, 5-10 pm – Shrimp and Oysters

Sunday, September 4, 5-10 pm – Duck

Where:  DNV Rooftop. 1155 14th Street, NW. Washington, D.C. 20005.

Tickets:  Tickets are $40 and available at the following Eventbrite link:

  • The RAMW DC Summer Restaurant Week returns from August 15-21, 2016.  You know what that means:  discounted lunch and dinners at a huge range of restaurants in the area.  Get a look at the line up here:

September 2016

  • Take a trip around the country at the inaugural Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival on Saturday, September 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a day of cocktails and culture at Rosecroft Raceway.  Although wine and spirits will be the centerpiece of the Black Owned Wine & Spirits Festival, it will also include numerous pairings, tastings, and educational events by top-tier mixologists from around the globe.  Tickets can be purchased at
  • On September 26, 2016, “An Evening of Culinary Excellence: Celebrating African Americans in Culinary: Past, Present and Future” will be held.  The event is a special food and wine reception to celebrate African Americans’ contributions to cuisines in America and beyond.  The event will also celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on National Mall which will open September 24.   The reception will feature gourmet dishes and desserts by celebrity chefs Rock Harper, Timothy Dean, Jumoke Jackson and Padua Player, wines by black-owned wine labels Mouton Noir WinesFlo Wines and P. Harrell Wines and premium chocolates by SPAGnVOLA.  Guests attending will receive a signed copy of the 2014 Fall print issue by Chef Joe Randall, a wine glass and gift bag. Early-bird tickets are $125 and $150 after August 26 and available on

When:  6 – 9:30 pm

Where:  Toolbox Pilates Art Studio located at 1627 Connecticut Ave. NW, 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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