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.

This Weekend

Shoppers at the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market will get a helping of celebrity eye candy with their bags of produce this Sunday morning.

Giada De Laurentiis, Food Network Italian darling and cookbook author will be strolling through the market, with a film crew and entourage in tow.

FTV star Giada De Laurentiis. (Food Network file photo)

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!

Next Week

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.

The topic in question is organic farming, tackled by guest speakers Samuel Fromartz, author of Organic, Inc., and farmer Jim Crawford, who owns New Morning Farm, an organic farm in Hustontown, Pa.

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.

Next Month

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...

By Kim ODonnel |  May 18, 2007; 10:33 AM ET Events , Food Movie News
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Kim, I'll see you at the theater! The trailer for Ratatouille looks great! Of course I don't know if I can eat any popcorn -- have to go back to your earlier entry and check on my dosha!
I love your blog - thank you for bringing a bright spot to my day!

Posted by: fredellen | May 18, 2007 8:29 PM


My kids can't wait for the movie. Several my fellow classmates want to see it, but are waiting for the DVD release - no kids, and young enough to be embarressed about being seen at a kids movie with no kids.

Posted by: Culinary Student Honolulu, HI | May 19, 2007 4:07 PM

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