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Summer Restaurant Week 2018

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) will host Summer Restaurant Week, August 13-19, inviting participating restaurants to offer three-course lunches for $22 and three-course dinners for $35, excluding tax and gratuity at each location. Select restaurants including 701 Restaurant, All Set Restaurant & Bar, Ambar, Ambar Clarendon, BABA, Bibiana, Bindaas Cleveland Park, Bindaas Foggy Bottom, Bombay Club, Buena Vida, The Oval Room and SABABA will be extending their offerings through August 26, allowing more time to enjoy the summer savings.

Ben’s Chili Bowl Turns 60

“A Tribute To Virginia Ali”

Date: Wednesday, August 22nd

Time: 11 am-3 pm, Ben’s Block Party

Place: Ben’s Chili Bowl, 1213 U St, NW

At 7:30PM the celebration continues at the Lincoln Theater with Ben’s Chili Bowl’s 60th Anniversary Celebration Gala, “A Tribute To Virginia Ali” benefitting the Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation ( All proceeds from all Ben’s Chili Bowl’s on Wednesday, August 22nd will go to the Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation.

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Taste of Blue Ridge 2nd Annual Root to Table Summer Dinner

The Taste of Blue Ridge 2nd Annual Root to Table Summer dinner is a fine dining open air feast to celebrate life & food with chefs from leading restaurants in Virginia and West Virginia.

WELCOME HOUR: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hors d oeuvres will be served to start your culinary experience while the chefs cook outside.

DINNER: 7:00 pm
Chefs, growers and friends come together preparing the “Root to Table Dinner” for the guests using locally sourced products.

Date: August 24, 2018
Time: 6 pm
Location: Hillbrook Inn and Spa,
4490 Summit Point Rd, Charles Town, WV 25414,
Phone: 540-338-9800

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All Things Gelato Comes to the District!

Gelato Festival America is back and it is headed to D.C. The Gelato Festival America in association with Toscana Promozione Turistica Agency will spread awareness of real Italian artisanal gelato through a contest in which gelato artisans and chefs will compete with original gelato flavors they have created for the event.

The ticket is an all-access pass to all of the activities and reserved events of Gelato Festival America 2018, listed below.

? Attend the Gelato School, where award-winning gelato artisans and experts will share what it takes to be a gelato chef and professional

? Participate in the Gelato Eating Contest, where the five people to eat five cups of gelato the fastest will win a gallon of gelato.

? Serve on the Kid’s Jury, where children have the opportunity to question the chefs and vote for their favorite flavor.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for seniors (65+), $25 for kids (3 to 12 years old), and free for children under two years old. Those who purchase tickets for Gelato Festival America online in advance receive a discounted price: $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and kids (must show ID at the gate.). Presale tickets can be found online at and on Eventbrite. Tickets will be sold at each venue as well.

Date: September 8-9 — Washington DC*

Where: City Market at O

800 P St NW, Washington, DC 20001

*Chefs who wish to compete — don’t wait! Submit an application at, or write to for a chance to be selected.

DC VegFest Returns

Compassion Over Killing is proud to present the 10th annual DC VegFest on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The event will feature over 120 vendors and exhibitors.

This year’s DC VegFest keynote speakers include:

? Carol Adams (Author & Activist) and Ginny Messina (Registered Dietician & Author)
? Joe Yonan (Food and Dining Editor, The Washington Post)
? Tracye McQuirter (30-Year Vegan, Author, Public Health Nutritionist)
? Dr. Neal Barnard (President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)
? Jerri Evans (Owner, Turning Natural)
? Beverly Kumari (Cookbook Author and Chef)
? Mike Wolf (Director of Investigations, Compassion Over Killing)
? Chef Nikki (Chef, Activist, and Fitness Competitor)

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3rd Annual MetroCooking Show

The 3rd Annual MetroCooking Show returns this winter. “At the James Beard Foundation Cooking Stage will be an all-star lineup, including Lagasse, and Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington RAMMY award-winners and local DC area chefs including Scott Drewno, co-owner of RAMMY “Best New Restaurant of the Year, CHIKO; Amy Brandwein, RAMMY “Chef of the Year”, from Centrolina; Erik Bruner-Yang, of Maketto; Vikram Sunderam of Rasika and Bindaas and Michael Schlow of The Riggsby and Alta Strada along with other regional Beard honored winners and nominees. In addition, chefs from Sur la Table will lead hands on cooking classes.”

Events to look forward to during the Annual Show include a two-day Beer, Wine & Spirits Garden, with craft beer, specialty wines and spirits. At the BBQ Bash on Saturday, December 1 attendees will find the area’s top barbecue restaurants and pitmasters offering food samples and giving grilling tips and trends. On Sunday, December 2, more than 50 restaurants will serve up signature sweet and savory bites at the 6th annual Grand Tasting Pavilion benefiting SOME (So Others Might Eat). A Made in DC pavilion will showcase local specialty food manufacturers. A new event this year will be a Holiday Gingerbread House Competition at which local professional and amateur bakers will showcase their creations and vie for prizes including “People’s Choice”.

When: Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 2, 2018

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center – Washington, DC

Hours: Saturday Dec 1: 10 am – 5:30 pm; Sunday Dec 2: 10 am – 5 pm

Tickets: General Admission – $21.50 in advance; Children 4-12 – $10 in advance

Children under 4 free with paid adult

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Category: Announcements, Food.Fun.Stuff., Washington D.C.

About the Author ()

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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