Celebrate Earth Day April 22, 2010 in Washington, DC area restaurants.

On Thursday, April 22, 2010 we celebrate Earth Day.On Thursday, April 22, 2010 we celebrate Earth Day. The one day out of the year that many establishments around the globe try to be more Earth conscious. Every year more and more local restaurants participate in Earth Day by offering special events geared towards protecting the environment and helping to save the planet. Being a part of this green conscience movement, we are all tasked with the responsibility of stewardship, especially if we want to keep eating well into the next decade. See below for a listing of Earth DC events happening at local DC area restaurants.

In the District of Columbia (DC):

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle at Firefly Restaurant. Starting on Earth Day, and valid through the end of April, diners at Firefly can bring old wine corks that will be recycled by the restaurant.  For each wine cork presented, guests will receive $1 per cork off their check.  The limit is 22 corks (up to $22), signifying the day of the month on which Earth Day falls.  All corks collected by Firefly will be sent to Wente Vineyards for a recycling program in collaboration with ReCork America.  

In addition to the cork program ecouraging Washingtonians to recycle, on Earth Day, April 22, 2010, Firefly Executive Chef Danny Bortnick will serve a $50 five-course dinner menu featuring ingredients sourced exclusively from local farmers.  To start, all guests will enjoy a “Giving Nature Farm” deviled egg with smoked paprika, dried capers and garlic chips. The second course is a Tuscarora Mountain salt roasted baby beets salad with “Cherry Glen Farm” goat cheese, Sicilian pistachio, micro arugula and fig vinegar.  Third course options include either an “Eberly Poultry” roasted organic chicken with pickled wild mushrooms, potato-leek bread pudding and porcini gravy or “Elysian Fields” braised lamb shoulder with fresh pappardelle pasta, crispy artichoke, ramps and mascarpone. The cheese course features “Cowgirl Creamery” red hawk cheese, red currant jam and buttered toast, and the final course is a “Northern Neck Farm” strawberry sorbet served with a salty oat cookie.

Poste Modern Brasserie

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Poste Moderne Brasserie (555 8th St., NW) will re-open their “Garden” courtyard with a backyard bash! For the big bash, or feast, is more like it, Bev Eggleston of Eco Friendly Foods will provide a 400 pound pig, which Chef Robert Weland and his team will smoke and roast for the celebration. From 5:30 to 8pm, a $15 entry free (cash only) will score a taste of the roasted pig from Eco Friendly Foods and one of Mixologist Rico Wisner’s new garden punches, such as the “Lucy in the Skyy with Drambuie” with Skyy Infusions Ginger Vodka, Drambuie, lime juice, and mango nectar which are back for the season by popular demand.

At the event, all “Garden Menu” food and select drink items will be available for $4 each, including Items from Chef Robert Weland’s new “Garden Menu” (only available in the courtyard) such as Crispy Little Fish with lemon, parsley, and aioli; Sheep’s Milk Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms; a -Selection of Farmstead Cheeses; Crispy Pig’s Tail; Garden Crudité; wood Grilled Fresh Sardines; Crispy Ipswich Clams; House-Made Charcuterie Board; Pretzels, and their signature Pommes Frites or Truffle Frites.

The JW Marriott Washington, DC, is supporting Earth Day 2010 by creating a special menu of refreshing eco-cocktails and organic summer white wines by the glass, to help raise awareness for  rainforest preservation.  The special beverage menu will be available at JW Marriott’s Bar 1331, April 19 throughout the summer months.  Cocktails are $12.00 and the organic wines by the glass start at $9.00.  Thirty percent of the proceeds from sales of each beverage on the new menu will be donated toward the protection and preservation  of 1.4 million acres of endangered rainforest in the Amazon, called the Juma Sustainable Development Reserve. 

For MORE DC Events and Earth Day events in Northern Virginia Click here.

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