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This nonexistent Spring Summer has quite the agenda.  From pool parties to tasting foods from all around the world under one roof, your schedule should be booked and full of Vitamin D.  Check it out:




New Kids on the Block Returns on June 3

New Kitchens On The Block returns to Mess Hall on Sunday, June 3 with two sessions (12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.).  NKOTB allows guests to taste 10 of DC’s most hyped new restaurants before they open.  Guests will have the chance to try signature dishes and drinks from each concept, alongside unlimited beer from Flying Dog Brewery.

The participants are:

Call Your Mother from the team behind Timber Pizza

The Imperial from the team behind Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Mama Chang from Peter Chang (Q by Peter Chang)

Shilling Canning Company from Reid Shilling, a veteran of the Dabney

Amparo Fondita from Christian Irabien

Agni Restaurant and Bar from Srividhya Ganesan

Three Blacksmiths from John MacPherson (Foster Harris House)

Chop Shop Taco from Ed McIntosh (Tortilladora)

Bandoola Bowl from the team behind Mandalay

Cielo Rojo from David Perez

Cocktails will be provided by Green Hat Gin and El Silencio Tequila, while Flying Dog Brewery will be pouring two brews.

Date and time: Sunday, June 3, 2018 for two separate two-hour sessions; 12-2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Location: Mess Hall; 703 Edgewood St NE, Washington, DC 20017;

Tickets: Available on EventBrite ( General admission is $65 and there are a limited number of VIP tickets available for $115, which include swag-not-schwag bags.




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DNV Rooftop Brunches Return May 12

DNV Rooftop kicks off its 2018 weekend brunch service on Saturday, May 12, Executive Chef Yo Matsuzaki will offer a new seasonal brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.  Brunch options include a breakfast sandwich with grilled bacon, egg, and cheese, avocado toast with lemon zest and ricotta crumbles on grilled ciabatta bread, and superfood nachos with grilled chicken, chili sauce, avocado, nori, black beans, fried eggs, and melted cheese.

Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., weather permitting. For brunch reservations, call 202.379.4366.

2018 Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge

The 2018 Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA will showcase flavors and culture from around the world on Thursday, May 17 in the Atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

This year the event will showcase chefs from around the world, including:


The Republic of Iraq
Sri Lanka


The Republic of Cameroon
The Republic of Kenya
The Kingdom of Morocco
Côte d’Ivoire


The Republic of Moldova
The Slovak Republic
The Principality of Liechtenstein

The Americas

The Plurinational State of Bolivia
Dominican Republic

El Salvador
The Republic of Haiti

TICKETS:  General admission tickets are $90 and includes all global sips and bites.  For $175, VIP guests can enjoy a one-hour early entry to meet all the chefs, network with diplomatic community, and stay late with entry to the after party. After Party tickets featuring open bar and a DJ are also available for $50.  For ticket purchases and more information about the event, please visit 

DNV Rooftop Pool Parties Return on May 27

Now in its second year, the DNV Rooftop Sunday Pool Parties will again give pool access to both Kimpton Donovan Hotel guests and locals not staying at the hotel every Sunday throughout the summer.  Beginning Memorial Day weekend, the DNV Rooftop pool will be open for swimming and sunning from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The first party in the DNV Rooftop Sunday Pool Parties series will take place on Sunday, May 27. A $10 entry fee is charged at the door for pool party participants. Guests must be 21+ to attend. No reservations are required.

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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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