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[ 0 ] September 22, 2016 |

Fall in the D.C. area has no shortage of events.  Here’s a quick roundup of what Washingtonians will be doing as the leaves change colors…

  • An Evening of Culinary Excellence is a food and wine reception to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.  The reception will feature tribute dishes and desserts by celebrity chefs Rock Harper (Winner, Hell’s Kitchen Season 3), Timothy Dean (Contestant, Top Chef Season 7), Jumoke Jackson (Contestant, Food Network Beat Bobby Flay) and Padua Player (Contestant, 2015 Food Network Holiday Baking Championship) paired with wines by Mouton Noir Wines, Flo Wine and Shoe Crazy Wine and P. Harrell Wines, all black-owned and cocktails by Ciroc ™ Ultra-Premium Vodka and Deleon Tequila.  Live entertainment will include the Marcus Johnson Trio.  Guests attending will receive a signed copy of the 2014 Fall print issue by Chef Joe Randall, a wine glass and gift bag. Tickets are $125 and available on

Toolbox Pilates Art Studio
1627 Connecticut Ave Rear NW
Washington, DC  20009


Monday, September 26, 6 – 9:30 pm

  • The 8th annual DC Beer Week (DCBW) will take over next week.  The official calendar of events is live on the website now.
  • Carluccio’s Hosts Yoga Eats, Beats and Brews at Pike and Rose on October 1.  Carluccio’s, an Italian restaurant located at Pike and Rose in North Bethesda, will host Yoga Eats, Beats and Brews on October 1.  Join Carlucico’s for an hour of power yoga, presented by YogaLOVE, choreographed to the beats of live music by DJ M Dot.  Following yoga, you are welcome to nama-stay for a full brunch and enjoy 7 Locks Brewing pints and Carluccio’s coffee.

WHEN:                       Saturday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:                     Carluccio’s Pike and Rose – 11826 Trade Street – North Bethesda, MD, 20852

COST:                        Yoga: $21.20

Brunch, sans gratuity: $15.90

  • Taste of Bethesda returns on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 11am-4pm and will bring 50 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.  Taste of Bethesda is located on Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in the heart of Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.  Five stages showcase musical and cultural performances, and a children’s area featuring art and craft activities, balloons and face painting will provide additional entertainment for young visitors.
Image via Taste of Bethesda

Image via Taste of Bethesda

Participating Restaurants

4935 Bar and Kitchen

American Tap Room


Bethesda Curry Kitchen

BGR The Burger Joint

Bistro LaZeez

Café Deluxe

Chef Tony’s

Duck Duck Goose

Fish Taco

Flanagan’s Harp & Fiddle

Fresh Baguette

Georgetown Cupcake

Gold Leaf Bakery

Gringos & Mariachis

Gusto Italian Grill


Hanaro Restaurant & Lounge

Heckman’s Delicatessen & Bar


Kadhai Boutique Indian Cuisine

Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar

Mamma Lucia

Modern Market

MoMo Chicken + Grill

Morton’s, The Steakhouse

Mussel Bar & Grille


The Original Pancake House

Passage to India

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Penang Malaysian Cuisine

Quartermaine Coffee Roasters

Quincy’s Bethesda

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Share Bistro & Lounge


Smoke BBQ

Smoothie King

Spring Mill Bread Co.

Suma Restaurant + Bar

Tandoori Nights

Tapp’d Bethesda

Tommy Joe’s

Tout de Sweet Pastry Shop

Tropical Smoothie Café

Tyber Bierhaus

Vino Volo

Entertainment Schedule

St. Elmo Stage

11:15am – Justin Jones (Rock)

1:15pm – Elikeh (Afro-pop)

Cordell Avenue Stage

11:15am – Black Masala (Funk/Soul)

1:45pm – Oasis Island Sounds (Reggae)

Norfolk Avenue Stage

11am – 8 Ohms Band (Funk)

1:30pm – Verny Varela (Latin)

Auburn Stage

11am – Furia Flamenca (Flamenco)

12pm – Lesole’s Dance Project (South African)

1pm – Teelin Irish Dance Company (Irish)

2pm – Jayamangala (Indian)

3pm – Coyaba (West African)

Veterans Park

11am – Margot MacDonald (Indie-Pop)

1:30pm – Olivia Mancini   (Folk-Pop)

For more information, please call 301/215-6660 or visit

  • Barley Mac’s 1st Annual Oyster Festival.  On Saturday October 1, restaurant goers are invited to dine al fresco, and taste a sampling of Barley Mac’s locally caught oysters and favorite drinks from the bar.
Barley Mac

Barley Mac

WHO: Barley Mac & Mike Cordero

WHAT: 1st Annual Oyster Festival

               Oyster Eating Contest
               Oyster Shucking Instruction Station
               Cigar Rolling Station
WHEN: Saturday, October 1
              1p.m. – 4 p.m.
WHERE: Barley Mac
                1600 Wilson Blvd
                Arlington, VA 22209
  • Taste of DC ( will take over Pennsylvania Avenue on Columbus Day weekend Saturday, October 8 and Sunday October 9, 2016.  Attendees will be able to sample from more than 60 of the region’s most popular restaurants, taste over 50 brews in the Bier Garten, try more than 50 wines on the Taste of DC Wine Walk and enjoy nonstop entertainment on three different stages. Among the restaurants:  Todd Gray’s Equinox, Mastro’s, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Carmine’s,  District Doughnut, Sloppy Mama’s, Tortilla Coast,  Texas Jack’s Barbecue, Capital Grill and Barrel & Crow.  


Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW

WHEN:  Saturday, October 8 and Sunday October 9

1 to 8 p.m. Saturday

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Special ticketing packages will be available for every Taste, including Beer Lovers, Wine Lovers and more.  Information on these packages is available at

PRICE: General admission and packages start at $20 per person. Children age 12 and under $10; children under 5 free.

Four ticket options include:

General Admission $20

Drink Lover’s Package $40

VIP Tastemaker $60

VIP Tastemaker Plus $80

Image via All Things Go Fall Classic

Image via All Things Go Fall Classic

  • The All Things Go Fall Classic music festival will host its third annual event on Saturday, October 8 at Yards Park in Washington, D.C. The daylong celebration will feature fare from local vendors presented by The Infatuation, including Shake ShackBuredoTimber PizzaMilk CultTakoreanBeefsteakCompass Coffee and DGS. Music fans will enjoy special All Things Go-themed bites such as Timber Pizza’s “Squash Venesso” pizza, featuring smoked butternut squash and inspired by festival artist Sylvan Esso. Headliner Empire of the Sun gets the foodie treatment, too, with Takorean’s “Empire of the Ssam,” a hard taco shell filled with the food truck’s signature bo ssam pork.
  • Annapolis Oyster Festival
    Sunday, October 16
    12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Captain Avery Museum, 1418 East West Shady Side Road, Shady Side
    Admission: Adults, $6; children 12 and under, $2

Enjoy food, live music by local artists, unique crafts, face painting, and demonstrations showing the vital role oysters play in maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay. Seafood lovers are invited to feast on raw and fried oysters, oyster stew, fried oyster roll sushi, cream of crab soup, Maryland crab soup, and much more. Hamburgers, hotdogs and homemade desserts will also be available.

  • Calling all beer lovers and flannel-wearers! The Great Oktoberfest comes to VA on Saturday, October 22nd at Tysons Biergarten located steps from the Greensboro metro stop.  The event will feature 40+ craft beer samplings, delicious food, live music, game zones, and much more.

Price: $20 (includes 5 tasting tickets). JKGF readers use promo code: “BLOG” and save 20%.

Friends, family and even the dogs are welcome! There will be plenty of space on the Biergarten’s spacious 8,000 square foot patio.

With a purchase of a ticket you get access to:

  • 40+ beer samplings

  • Entertainment zones

  • German food, prizes, and contests

  • Live music

  • Activities and Lawn games

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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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