Food To-Do List: Giada at Dupont Market
Sometimes I don't feel like cooking, yet still like to stoke the culinary fire with activities outside the kitchen. Below, a few items of interest which have piqued my curiosity and will surely get me out of the house. And if you've got something to add to this food to-do, by all means share in the comments area.
Shoppers at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market will get a helping of celebrity eye candy with their bags of produce this Sunday morning.
The babe sighting will commence at 10:30 a.m., when De Laurentiis will begin tasting her way through the market, as part of a segment for her show, "Giada's Weekend Getaways," which airs Friday nights.
It's anyone's guess if she'll stop for fan-crazed autographs or photo ops, but we've been told that she'll likely stick around for a cooking demo led by Morrison Clark Inn chef Janis McLean, who's whipping up an asparagus frittata.
See you there!
The Science, Technology and Business Division at the Library of Congress, which is also home to an impressive collection of rare and historical cookbooks, is hosting one of its periodic food-centric lectures, next Wednesday, May 23, at 11:30 a.m.
One of the themes undoubtedly will be the explosion of the organic movement, which has become an 11 billion-dollar industry. Fromartz will sign copies of his book, which will be on sale.
The conversation will take place in the LOC's James Madison Building, on the sixth floor. (101 Independence Ave. S.E.). Admission is free. For details, call 202-707-5664.
I can not wait for June 29, the opening day for "Ratatouille," the Disney/Pixar animated tale of a rat who wants to be a chef. Written and directed by Brad Bird, of "The Incredibles" fame, "Ratatouille" is set in Paris, where we meet Remy the rodent (voice of Patton Oswalt, from "King of Queens"), who has a higher culinary calling than his garbage-loving father, Django (voice of Brian Dennehy). He is obsessed with the epicurean stylings of chef Auguste Gusteau (voice of Brad Garrett from "Everybody Loves Raymond") and befriends Linguini (voice of Lou Romano, a "Cars" alum), the plongeur, or garbage boy.
The star-studded cast of voices includes Janeane Garofalo as Colette, the lone woman chef and Peter O'Toole as Anton Ego, the feared food critic.
The trailer is a delightful taste of what looks to be perfect summer fare. I'll race ya to the front of the line...
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