Where to eat in June, Redux
Last week, we took a quick look at June's first food events. If you missed out on those, have no fear -- the June food calendar is a fat one. Here are some more events happening later in the month.
If you want to eat and drink well and also do some good, The Patrón Tequila Epicurean Express will stop at Union Station, bringing Louisiana chefs to work alongside some of D.C.'s most accomplished chefs to raise money for a worthy cause: the St. Bernard Project, an organization started after Hurricane Katrina and now helping fisherman get back to work after the oil spill. Tuesday night's $50 event offers cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; Wednesday's $350 dinner includes a five-course dinner with cocktail pairings. All proceeds will be donated (June 8-9).
For $75, you can also support Brainfood's grill-off. Brainfood is an organization that offers cooking classes to teenagers as a way to teach life skills and healthy living. The entry fee covers food and an open bar, as well as access to the grilling competition. Sales from auction items, including dinner for two with our own Tom Sietsema, and tickets will all benefit Brainfood (June 10).
By the time all these events roll by, you'll be begging us to get you away from all the food for a weekend. Stop by the Bullpen outside of Nationals Park for a happy hour with the Going Out Gurus. Enjoy a cold beer before the baseball game, and come ready with questions and pointers on going out in the District (June 10).
June seems to be the month of wine. For the third Food and Wine Festival at the National Harbor, chefs, TV personalities and cookbook authors will join demonstrations, discussions and activities highlighting the Chesapeake region's diverse food and drink culture. Entry is $73 at the gate on Saturday and $65 on Sunday for ages 21+ (June 12-13).
Nothing highlights the Chesapeake, however, like its crab dishes. Enjoy steamed crabs, crab soups, crab cakes and all things crab -- including craft and gift items with crab themes -- at the 25th St. Mary's County Crab Festival. For $5, you have access to crabby craft vendors, as well as entertainment from country band Southband and local dance teams. All proceeds go to support Lions Club community service programs (June 13).
For oyster lovers, DC Coast is offering a dozen oysters on the half-shell for $12 to celebrate its 12-year anniversary. To thank its patrons for their support, the "Cheaper by the Dozen" oysters, served with fresh ginger, herbs and cucumber, will be offered all of June during the restaurant's happy hour, Monday-Friday from 3 to 6, and daily after 9:30.
If you're looking for an adults-only party, the Ebbitt Block Party welcomes a 21+ crowd to enjoy live music and fresh food. Tickets cost $35, for seven hours of live music provided by 10 bands on three stages. Dishes include crabcake and beef brisket sandwiches, costing anywhere from one to three food tickets ($3 each). Drinks will also be on sale for $5, with non-alcoholic beverages costing a food ticket (June 19).
If you're more family-oriented, Destination D.C. is offering a kid-friendly week of eats with its Restaurant Week for Kids. It happens at several locations, such as Bistro 525 and Palette, where kids under 11 can pay their age for special menus. Reservations can be made at www.restaurantweekforkids.org (June 20-27).
Closing out the month are two events to look forward to: Northern Virginia's Summer BrewFest and the National Capital Barbecue Battle. Now in its third year, the BrewFest will bring more than 50 breweries to offer a sampling of their favorite beers, as well as a selection of food to complement them. Admission ($25 at the door, $20 in advance) includes a commemorative sampling glass and four sampling tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased for $1 (June 26-27). The barbecue battle has been around for a bit longer and, in its 18th year, expects tens of thousands to buy the best ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken and anything else barbecue. Entry costs $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12. (June 26-27).--Kristen Boghosian
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