17th Annual Taste of Georgetown this Saturday, October 9.

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge Paella, 2009.

Fall is the perfect time of year to savor the Taste of Georgetown, DC’s premiere food festival showcasing the spectacular cuisine of 30 of Georgetown’s finest restaurants, featuring more than 60 delectable dishes to sample and all for a important cause. Proceeds from a Taste of Georgetown will benefit the homeless outreach providing psychiatrist care, shelter and meals through the Georgetown Ministry Center.

On Saturday, October 9th from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. attendees will enjoy tasteful cuisine and have a chance to sip with wine, spirits, and ale tastings at the Tasting Pavilion located on the lawn of Grace Church. Tickets for beverage tasting is four tasting tickets for $10.The fall food festival in Georgetown will also include live jazz provided by Blues Alley and children’s activities such as caricature artists, balloon makers and jugglers.

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To Do This Weekend: DC’s Foodie Itinerary

Looking for some foodie fun this weekend? The Dining in DC Foodie Itinerary includes food-related events for this weekend. Below is a compilation of various, food-related events, such as tastings, fall festivals, and workshops or classes throughout the DC Washington Metropolitan area.

This time of year is peak harvest time in the area’s wine-growing regions, but harvest-season bacchanalia — festivals, grape stomps and wine and jazz nights — kicks into full gear beginning Labor Day weekend.

Friday through Sunday (Sept.17-19)

St. Constantine and Helen Greek Festival

Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church offers the largest & oldest Greek festival in the Washington, D.C. area with a world of options for those with exquisite taste. There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking to wine, dine, shop or hop. This “Taste of Greece” has authentic Greek food, authentic Greek coffee, beer, wine, and live Greek music (Hopa!). Their Greek Marketplace offers books, jewelry, trinkets and religious items. Open to the public with Free admission and parking and covered eating areas. Credit cards are accepted.

Saturday (Sept. 18)

H Street Festival

This Saturday, the Atlas District’s rocking out their 7th annual street-extravaganza with sneak peak-eats from two new kids on the block (party) such as Toki Underground offering their “Pho Real Dog” and Smith Commons dishing out delicious combos such as beer n’ tiger prawns, and their 1/4 pound Angus Beef Burger with Tequenos (a fried cheese stick). Attempt your own Man vs. Food at the pie and sandwich eating contests. Rock out to live tunes from the dude behind Bad Brains on an outdoor stage. An estimated 20,000 people attended the 2009 H Street Festival and this year should be just as good. Dig the art sales, parades, fashion shows, outlandishly decorated cars and a boxing ring. A show of art cars featuring 14 (artfully) pimped-out rides, curated by Gallery O on H. (Noon- 7 p.m)

Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 18-19)

The Virginia Wine Festival in Centreville

The Virginia Wine Festival in Centreville is one of the area’s largest and is considered the premiere Virginia wine tasting event. What began in 1975 by the Vinifera Wine Growers Association to educate the masses about the merits of Virginia wine has now become an awesome party with good imbibes. Those looking to get their buzz on will enjoy 400 varieties of wine from over 50 area wineries. Unfortunately, Centreville isn’t metro accessible, so you’ll need a designated driver. Draw straws. If it’s you, sorry about your luck. You can enjoy the festival anyway with gourmet food offerings, a juried arts show, and unbeatable musical entertainment. Designated driver tickets are $15 in advance and $22 at the door. The event is held at Bull Run Regional Park Special Events Center. Tickets are just $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Kids 5 and younger are free.

Sunday (Sept. 19)

Vintage Crystal

Wine festivals near Metro stops are pretty much nonexistent, which might be why this Dionysian street fest in the middle of Crystal City has become so popular in just a few short years. This year, the fest is Latin themed, which means there aren’t just 30 wines, but tequila tastings. Also on tap: food from plenty of area restaurants and performances of Latin jazz. Sept. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. 220 20th St., Arlington. $20, designated drivers $10, children free.

Stock and Sauce Cooking Class at 1789

Executive Chef Daniel Giusti and Pastry Chef Travis Olson are sharing their secrets for making great stocks and sauces. Learn how to make fish, poultry and veal stocks and the art of a fine demi-glace and beurre blanc, as well as mastering pureed sauces. The class will be held on Sunday, September 19 at 11:00 AM, and is priced at $100 per person, which includes a family style lunch, showcasing the dishes and sauces prepared in the cooking class, paired with wine from 1789’s award-winning list. Space is limited for this hands-on cooking experience and reservations are required by calling 202-965-1789.

Sunday (Sept. 19-25)

Great American Dine-Out

Hundreds of DC area restaurants are offering great promotions, featuring special dishes, and donating part of their proceeds to participate in the Great American Dine-Out from September 19th to September 25th. During that week, five percent of participating restaurant’s proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength, a national non-profit working to combat childhood hunger. The time has finally come where gluttony is no longer a sin, but cause for honorable celebration. To find participating restaurants see the Share Our Strength website.

The Food & Wine Festival at the National Harbor and So You Think You Can Grill Contest.

Two contestants, Jason Yaskoir, Editor of food blog, DCFüd and Lincoln Rhoads competed for bragging rights and a brand new Weber grill grand prize on Sunday, June 13th at the So You Think You Can Grill? contest at the Food & Wine Festival at the National Harbor. The Beef Checkoff® Tent, supported by the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (pabeef.org), hosted the two grillers and three judges. Myself, Mike Brannon of Roseda Beef, and Chef Dave Zino.

Both contestants submitted their original non-published recipe several weeks ago and was hand-picked by the PA Beef Advisory Panel of judges. Jason’s Fried, Fried, Fried Veal burger was put to the test against Lincoln’s Flank Steak on Sunday for a grill-off. The two recipes were judged on several categories (on a 100 point scale) including use of main ingredient, taste, presentation, and originality.

Judging the contest was a new experience for me. I think it was fun and both contestants did a great job; however, Lincoln’s Flank Steak received higher marks for taste and presentation that gave him the lead over Jason’s Veal burger. Congrats to both Jason and Lincoln! 🙂

The Beef Checkoff® Tent, supported by the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (pabeef.org),

Dining in DC judges local contest at Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor, June 12-13..

Join me, Lisa Shapiro to cheer on the finalists of the So You Think You Can Grill? Contest in The Beef Checkoff® tent at the 2010 Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor, Sunday, June 13 where I participate as a judge.  The cook-off begins at 4 PM. Other judges include, Chef Zino and Mike Brannon of Maryland’s local Roseda Beef. Also, just before contest don’t miss Chef Dave Zino on the Festival’s Viking Stage at 2:30 PM as he prepares a delectable dish perfect for summer.

The Beef Checkoff, through the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (www.pabeef.org), held a recipe contest, which ended May 21, for amateur grill masters in the National Capital Region in which amateur chefs and grill masters submitted an original unpublished recipe that’s prepared on the grill or in an outdoor kitchen. The top four recipes were selected by the The Beef Checkoff Advisory Panel and were notified recently that they will have the opportunity to go head-to-head in a two-round cook-off under the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.™ tent at the Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor on June 12th and 13th.  Congratulations to all finalists!! I look forward to tasting your sumptious dishes! May the Best Griller Win!

In addition to bragging rights, the grand prize winner will receive a brand new Weber grill, a copy of The Healthy Beef Cookbook, the chance to have their recipe published on www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com and a set of steak knives. 

The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.

Tickets to the Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor can be purchased online at www.foodandwinenh.com.

See You By The Water!!

So You Think You Can Grill contest ends Friday. Enter your recipe now!

Summertime is here! Sunny warm weather signals for many Washingtonians that it is time to break out their grills. Everything is better, grilled. Right? So You Think You Can Grill? Enter your best recipe in the grilloff contest to prove it!  The deadline for submissions is this Friday, May 21st so there’s still time to send in your favorite grilled beef or veal recipes for a chance to go head-to-head in the cook-off at the Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor  next month where I will be a judge! I’d love to see some of my friends there so, hurry and submit your entries!

The Beef Checkoff, through the Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (www.pabeef.org), is looking for the best amateur grill masters in the National Capital Region to turn up the heat in the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.™ tent at this year’s  Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor.  DC area foodies, local gourmands, backyard grillers and wanna-be chefs, if you have a sizzling beef or veal recipe that thrills your friends and family, you should submit recipe, today. Only amateur chefs and grill masters, please, with an original unpublished recipe that’s prepared on the grill or in an outdoor kitchen.

The top four recipes, selected by the The Beef Checkoff Advisory Panel, will go head-to-head in a two-round cook-off under the Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.™ tent at this year’s Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor on June 12th and 13th.  In addition to bragging rights, the grand prize winner will receive a brand new Weber grill, a copy of The Healthy Beef Cookbook, the chance to have their recipe published on www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com and a set of steak knives.  Who couldn’t use a new grill just in time for warmer weather?!

Deadline to enter is May 21st at 3 PM EDT. Join me, I will be a judge for the Cook Off event. Remember: Only amateur chefs and unpublished recipes are eligible.

The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.