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Posted at 4:38 PM ET, 10/30/2007

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By Erin

With the end of the year approaching, it's time to start thinking about charitable contributions. Two prime celebrations offer up events for fantastic causes on consecutive nights next week. If you still have money to burn, head to a new restaurant and lounge in Silver Spring or grab a steak by Tysons Corner.

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
If you're feeling charitable, there are a few food-related events worth the splurge next week.

Next Monday, Nov. 5, the Farmland Feast at the Ritz-Carlton raises money for FreshFarm Markets and the farmers who participate. If you've been to the Sunday Dupont Circle market or Penn Quarter on Thursday, it should be evident that this is one cause worth supporting.

Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve chairs the committee of participating chefs. Though the group of chefs is huge, a few standouts include Heather Chittum and Barton Seaver of Hook, Todd Gray from Equinox, Komi's highly acclaimed Johnny Monis, Morou Quattara of Farrah Olivia and Josh Short from Buzz Bakery. The chefs will prepare a five-course meal with seasonal bounty. Courses include braised short ribs, mascarpone-stuffed dates, pumpkin and crawfish fritters and a poached pear with blue cheese ice cream. Beyond the food, there will be live and silent auctions with lavish food-related items.

The following night attracts an equally impressive roster of stars. This time, they won't be working together. Rather, several fantastic chefs will get their fighting gloves on for the Capital Food Fight. The event, which is hosted by Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andres, benefits D.C. Central Kitchen, which provides meals and trains underserved people in kitchen skills. Last year's champions, Roberto Donna of Bebo and Anthony Chittum of Vermilion, return to defend their honor against Bryan Voltaggio of Charlie Palmer Steak, Vidalia's James Beard Award-winner RJ Cooper, Barton Seaver of Hook and Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve. Beyond the competition, dozens of restaurants will be cooking up dishes to try. Tickets cost $175.

New Around Town
Though there's no shortage of steak in the Tysons Corner area, Ruth's Chris opens its newest location in the area this week. With its Southern portions -- think a 22-ounce cowboy ribeye -- of prime steaks served on sizzling butter-drenched plates, sides that include generous ladles of cream and butter and New Orleans-style bread pudding, the 111th location of the steaky chain shouldn't have any trouble standing up to neighboring Morton's, Capital Grille, Fleming's or the Palm.

Nicaro, a resto-lounge is now serving nouveau American food right in the heart of Silver Spring. Stop in for a dinner of local, seasonal fare (including signature terrines) or settle in for brunch. The kitchen is manned by Pedro Matamoros, a former Tabard Inn chef.

--Erin

By Erin  | October 30, 2007; 4:38 PM ET
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