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Dining in DC’s Foodie Itinerary: Sept. 29-Oct.3

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.

All Weekend (Friday-Sunday)

Oktoberfest on H Street: Biergarten Haus celebrates Oktoberfest German style with eleven new festival drafts in addition to the twelve already on tap. 1355 H St. NE, b/t 13th & 14 Sts. (202-388-4085).

Greek Fest: St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church: There is something for everyone, whether you’re looking to wine, dine, shop or hop. This “Taste of Greece” has home-made traditional Greek food and desserts, arts and crafts, and live Greek music with dancing (Opa!). Open to the public with Free admission and parking. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. All weekend: Friday-Sunday. 3149 Glen Carlyn Rd. Falls Church, VA

Friday, October 1st

French Wine Fest: Ooh La La! Wine?! Mais, Oui! The Willard  InterContinental and Cafe du Parc host their annual celebration, “Les Vendanges” an Autumnal French wine harvest festival on Friday, October 1st, 5:30- 9:00pm featuring authentic dishes, different styles of regional French wine and beers. Enjoy dancing, grape-stomping, good food and wine!  Tickets for the event start at $20 for four items to be redeemed at food and wine stations set up throughout the courtyard. The restaurant and terrace will also be open for service. It will feature a 3 Course Pre-Fixe Menu priced at $35! This menu will include the choice among 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 3 dessert dishes, all selected and prepared by our Chef de Cuisine, Angelo Galang. Cafe du Parc @ The Willard InterContinental is located at: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW DC

Saturday, October 2nd

Art on the Avenue, Del Ray’s 15th Annual multicultural arts festival, takes place this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. The event is free & open to all. Art on the Avenue features over 350 area artists & craftspeople, international food, three stages of live music, & free children’s crafts & entertainment. Artist demonstrations, a pie-baking contest & a community mural painting complete the day’s program. Pie judging begins at 12:15 p.m. Slices are $3. Free DASH transportation will be provided from the Braddock Road Metro. For more information visit www.artontheavenue.org.

Taste of Bethesda: The 21st annual Taste of Bethesda will be held this Saturday, October 2, 2010 with more than 55 participating restaurants including the new Bistro Provence by Yannick Cam, Georgetown Cupcake, Morton’s, Olazzo, and Jaleo.  Enjoy four stages of entertainment featuring a variety of music. Don’t miss the chance to sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid’s corner for face painting and arts & crafts. Admission is free and Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5. Food servings cost one to four tickets.

An evening with Chef Michel Richard: Enjoy an evening of food and wine at Bloomingdale’s Tysons Corner (Level 3) at 6:00 p.m.  with World-renown Chef Michel Richard and St. Francis Winery & Vineyards.  Bloomie’s is hosting this special event Legendary Pairings – a three course tasting with special guest and winner of the 2008 James Beard Best New Restaurant Central Michel Richard, Chef, Michel Richard with Chef, Levi Mezick.  Experience culinary cuisine at its finest, as each course will be paired with a selected St. Francis wine.  Demonstrations and courses will be prepared using All-Clad cookware.  Tix $50.00 and include a $25.00 Bloomingdale’s Gift Card.  To reserve contact:  Kit 703.556.4519 or 703.556.4500.

Sunday, October 3rd

Willow Chefs Kate Jansen and Susan O'Grady

World Fare: A Street Food-Style Festival: The local exchange of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) with over 30 participating chefs, including Nora Pouillon, Jamie Leeds, Ris Lacoste, and Carla Hall, presents a culinary extravaganza on Sunday at Willow Restaurant. This indoor “street food festival” will feature regional specialties from Europe (including crêpes made to order), Asia, Near Asia, North America, and Central/South America. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased in advance at the WCR website (womenchefs.org) or at the door. Proceeds support WCR scholarships and intern programs for women in the culinary arts. Willow restaurant: 4301 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington. Closest Metro: Ballston (Orange line) 5-8 p.m.

“Take Back Food” Ladies’ Luncheon will feature Amy Senger, adviser for A Clean Life who will discuss ways to improve health through living a fresh, local food, zero-waste lifestyle. Special guest, Chef Barton Seaver who is credited with bringing the concept of sustainable seafood to the nation’s capitol and last year he earned Esquire magazine’s ‘Chef of the Year’. Sparkling wine provided by local Virginia winery Thibaut-Janisson and a seasonal, locally-sourced meal prepared by Stir Food Group Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello of Zola Wine Kitchen. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online.

Mark Your Calendars Now!

Saturday, October 9

Bodega Spanish Tapas & Lounge Paella, 2009.

Food lovers will flock to Taste of Georgetown, the “must eat” event showcasing the spectacular cuisine of 30 of Georgetown’s finest restaurants, featuring more than 60 delectable dishes to sample, as well as beverage pairings and the jazz talents of Blues Alley, on Saturday, October 9th from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. From live paella demonstrations, exquisite fare from a Top Chef contestant, an exciting lineup of judges and creative new categories, Taste of Georgetown 2010 will satisfy more appetites and taste buds of all ages in the DC metro area this year. Tickets are $5 for one tasting and $20 for five tastings. TOG is presented and sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) to benefit the Georgetown Ministry Center. The event is located at Wisconsin Avenue, NW, between M & K Streets. Attendees of the Taste of Georgetown have a number of transportation options, including taking either the Circulator line from Union Station/Georgetown or the Circulator line from Rosslyn/Dupont, which runs along M Street. For more information and advanced ticket purchases, visit http://www.TasteOfGeorgetown.com. Online ticket purchases will be available through Wednesday, October 6.

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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.