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July’s DC Food Blogger Happy Hour at the Passenger: July 7 with cameo food trucks.

It’s that time again … for our DC Food Blogger Happy Hour. The next one will be July 7th at the Passenger. Here’s the skinny on the venue.

The Passenger, the most recent project of Mixologist brothers Tom and Derek Brown, with a combined 40 years experience have shaken and stirred at the best places in D.C., including Komi, Citronelle, Palena, Cordorouy and of course, the Gibson. The Passenger that opened in November of last year has become a cool watering hole while remaining true to D.C.’s history. The space that is now the Passenger was once “the Warehouse” co-owned by Paul Ruppert, (also a partner in the Passenger), dates back to 1890 and once was home to Ruppert Hardware, a fixture in D.C. for nearly 100 years.  With the opening of the Columbia Room, they are providing a cocktail experience that you might only get in New York Japanese style. The Going out Gurus reported that Derek  said that the Columbia Room will be a “cocktail club and laboratory bar,” where he’ll lead small classes and offer a couple of seatings a night for customers who want “a different level” of interaction with a bartender as he makes their drinks. “I was really inspired by Japanese bars,” he says. “I like that level of service for people who are really into their cocktails.”

Sound like a good time? Good! Now join the best and brightest of DC Food Bloggers on Wednesday, July 7th at the Passenger. In addition, DC’s hippest food trucks will be making a cameo appearance so we can experience some street food.

Thrifty DC Cook is the “hostess with the mostess” this month, so make sure to say hello to Sylvie when you arrive.  She’s one of the coolest, nicest bloggers I’ve met in DC .  RSVP on the food blogger facebook site and don’t forget to become a fan.

See you there.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Passenger
1021 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC

Discount tickets to 2010’s hottest foodie event!

With New Year’s Eve approaching fast, I’m sure all of us have heard about the year’s hottest party – blah blah blah. I know its hard to think about an event happening next year, but if you can recall everyone and their brother talked about this event! It’s a perfect time to get a jump on next year’s biggest foodie event! In 2009, Taste of the Nation Washington, DC raised $124,000 to help fight childhood hunger. Local beneficiaries include Capital Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions and Mary’s Center.  At a crucial time, this year’s event will help meet the staggering demand to feed the nearly 1 in 4 children that go hungry in the U.S.  

In the spirit of giving back this holiday season, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® Washington, DC will offer a special holiday ticket sale.  As Washington, DC’s premier epicurean celebration, the 2010 affair will feature the area’s culinary stars working together to end childhood hunger in Washington, DC. I have volunteered to be a part of this upcoming fabulous event and have attended meetings and gatherings for the last several months in preparation. I wish that I would have remembered to put this on my Gift Wish List.  

As a thank you for purchasing your ticket now, Taste of the Nation Washington, DC will offer a limited time holiday discount until December 31, 2009, both General Admission (originally $85) and VIP tickets (originally $125) will be offered at a special 10% discounted price. Tickets can be purchased by visiting TasteOfTheNation.org/holiday.  Please follow the instructions for the DC event and enter JINGLE in the promotional code field.

Each ticket purchased helps Share Our Strength’s ambitious campaign to help end childhood hunger in America by 2015.  In the wake of staggering reports that nearly half of all children in the U.S. will be on food stamps at some point in their life, there is no time to waste.  The time to act is now.

On Monday, April 12th at the National Building Museum from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., with an exclusive preview hour for VIP guests beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Guests can look forward to a showcase of more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants, wine bars and mixoligists for an evening of exquisite dining and imbibing. Leading DC’s event are Chef Chair RJ Cooper of Vidalia, Mixologist Chair Derek Brown of The Passenger, and Wine Chair Nadine Brown of Charlie Palmer Steak.  Live DJ entertainment, interactive mixology lessons and the chance to win luxury auction items are just a sampling of what to expect at the fabulous event.

Tickets for Taste of the Nation Washington, DC are available for purchase at TasteOfTheNation.org/washington.