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TacoArepa + Frida Beer Garden To Host Charitable Event for Humanitarian Efforts in Venezuela this Weekend

TacoArepa and Frida Beer Garden will host an awareness and fundraising event to help with humanitarian efforts in Venezuela. All proceeds will go to Acción Humanitaria por Venezuela.
Attendees will support humanitarian efforts in Venezuela as they enjoy Caribbean and Latin American tacos, arepas, bowls salads, Latin beers and tropical cocktails and learn more about how to help the dire situation in Venezuela.

Speakers will include:

Carla Bustillos – Cofounder and board member of Vision Democrática
Marisela Castillo – Cofounder of Acción Humanitaria para Venezuela
Francisco Marquez – Executive Director of Vision Democrática

Saturday, April 20, 4:00 to 6:00 pm,  TacoArepa + Frida Beer Garden, 4905 Fairmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20910


May 5: Around the World Embassy Tour 40+ Embassies Open to the Public!

In its 11th year, Cultural Tourism DC will produce the hugely popular Around the World Embassy Tour, part of Passport DC, a month-long celebration of worldwide cultures.  Both visitors and local residents can travel the world in one day, visiting more than 40 embassies to learn about culture, food, fashion and more during the Around the World Embassy Tour open houses. In the past, embassies have treated visitors to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, police dog training, henna art and more.

 WHEN:            Saturday, May 5, All participating embassies will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Admission is free, but some embassies may ask to see a government-issued ID. There is also a smart phone app and web-based phone app available to help visitors better plan their day. More information: https://www.culturaltourismdc.org/portal/signature-events

WHERE:           Embassies will celebrate their cultures’ food, fashion, arts and artisans, music, and dance by hosting DC residents and visitors inside their embassies. Embassies participating to date include Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Thailand, and Uganda.

HOW:              “So far, we received commitments from more than 40 embassies to open their gates and doors to participate in this year’s Around the World Embassy Tour,” says Steve Shulman, Executive Director, Cultural Tourism DC. “Now in its 11th year, we expect nearly 30,000 people to visit embassies during a single day to learn about countries from across the globe. It is a wonderful, uniquely Washington experience for families, individuals and groups.”

 ABOUT PASSPORT DC

Cultural Tourism DC produces Passport DC annually. Events DC is the Presenting Sponsor of Passport DC. Additional sponsors as of March 30 include Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, The Washington Diplomat, DuPlain Global Enterprises Inc., Washington DC Economic Partnership, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and Lyft. The producers and presenters are grateful to the more than 500 volunteers who provide services throughout the month in support of the educational mission of Passport DC as well as the donors who financially support these endeavors.  For more information visitwww.culturaltourismdc.org or follow on social media using @DCCulture, #PassportDC, or #EmbassyChef.

 ABOUT CULTURAL TOURISM DC (CTDC)

Cultural Tourism DC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that develops and delivers authentic, memorable experiences for people to enjoy and learn about Washington, DC, beyond its monuments. Residents and visitors in the District of Columbia can see its neighborhoods by walking along 17 Neighborhood Heritage Trails and participating in WalkingTown DC, a 10-day festival of intriguing guided tours of DC sites; gain insight into our international diplomatic community via Passport DC and theAround the World Embassy Tour; and engage in arts and culture during PorchFest DC, a showcase for local performing artists in neighborhood settings.  Affiliate member organizations provide authentic cultural experiences using the extraordinary talents of local and visiting artists from across the globe, many of whom are the guests of their embassies, another unique DC resource.


Oath Pizza Debuts in Washington D.C.’s Navy Yard on April 9th

Nantucket-born Oath Pizza — the pizza brand known for its grilled and seared in avocado oil thin crust pizzas and the only Certified Humane pizzeria in the country — debuts in Washington DC’s Navy Yard [110 M Street SE] on Monday, April 9th. Located steps away from the Navy Yard metro stop and across the street from Nationals Park, Oath Pizza opens just in time for the start of baseball season, offering a new food and drink option near the ballpark.  The new restaurant is Oath Pizza’s first in the city and second in the metro area — they opened in Fairfax, VA in the Mosaic District last fall.

To celebrate the new restaurant, Oath Pizza will be hosting a grand opening celebration on Thursday, April 19th from 11am to 10pm, where they will offer half of every pizza on the house. They will also have live music, complimentary tote bag giveaways and snacks.

Oath Pizza’s Navy Yard restaurant will feature an exclusive new seasonal pizza special: Crabby Old Baystard with Old Bay-seasoned lump crab meat, creme fraiche ricotta sauce, crust bread crumbs, Old Bay aioli, scallions and lemon. A percentage of all sales of Crabby Old Bastard (and all seasonal pizzas at the Navy Yard restaurant moving forward) will benefit the nearby DC Central Kitchen, the nation’s first and leading community kitchen that develops and operates social ventures targeting the cycle of hunger and poverty.

Oath Pizza is open in Navy Yard from 11am to 10pm daily starting Monday, April 9th. For more information, visit oathpizza.com or follow them on Instagram at @oathpizza.


WHERE TO CELEBRATE CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON IN DC

Washington hotels and restaurants are eager to celebrate the return of Cherry Blossom Season through April with themed dishes and events.

Jug & Table, 2446 18th Street, Washington, DC 20009

Spring blossoms bring spring ciders at Adams Morgan wine bar Jug & Table, starting with a special Spring Blossom Launch presented with Distillery Lane Ciderworks on Thursday, March 22. Jug & Table will be the first bar in DC to pour the cidery’s 2018 batch of Spring Blossom, a 7.5% ABV cider blended and fermented with regionally sourced sour cherry juice, from 6pm to close for $7 per glass. Distillery Lane Ciderworks’ Owner and Cidermaker Rob Miller will also make a special appearance during the event to chat with guests about this season’s Spring Blossom and showcase three other ciders, featured in a la carte cocktails at Jug & Table and upstairs at sister bar Roofers Union. Visit Jug & Table and Roofers Union at 2446 18th St NW, and make reservations at Roofers Union at www.roofersuniondc.com or by calling 202-232-7663.

Pennsylvania 6, 1350 Eye Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

From March 20 through April 15, enjoy a delightful bowl of Cherry Blossom Bliss at Pennsylvania 6 – the sweetest way to say hello to springtime in DC. For $6, guest can enjoy Dolci Gelati’s Cherry Blossom Gelato, a seasonal gelato made with berry compote, red wine meringue and toasted almonds.

RARE Tavern, 1595 I (EYE) Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Celebrate DC in bloom at the tavern level of RARE Steakhouse and Tavern with Executive Chef Marc Hennessy’s Japanese inspired tasting menu. The three-course menu, offered for $40, will be available March 20 – April 15. To start, guests can choose from a Japanese noodle pot with bone broth, Chincoteague clams, and spiced pork belly; grilled octopus with Takoyaki, radishes, and green garlic aioli; or a Chesapeake greenhouse salad with yuzu pickled cherries and fresh hearts of palm served with a miso honey vinaigrette. Main course offerings include a Japanese Wagyu & Virginia Beef dry-aged burger, black bass steamed with shiso and lemon, or Karagge-fried Hudson Valley Chicken. To finish with something sweet, guests will love Pastry Chef Jacqueline Suter’s matcha cake with coconut and white chocolate or her castella cake with coffee buttercream. For $25 guests can add on cocktail pairings that include unique creations like the Pretty in Pear made with Wheatley Vodka, Sake, cranberry juice, and Asian pear. Reservations can be made at www.raredc.com/the-tavern or by calling 202-800-9994.

The St. Regis, Washington D.C., 923 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

The St. Regis is offering guests unique cherry blossom inspired experiences to enjoy during the most beautiful season in the nation’s capital. Choose from cherry-themed overnight packages, special afternoon tea, dessert menu items in Alhambra restaurant, and signature cocktails at The Bar at The St. Regis.

The Cherry Blossom Getaway Package, available March 20 through April 15 with rates starting from $310, includes daily breakfast for two each morning, complimentary valet parking, cherry blossom dessert amenity upon check-in, and a morning tour of the cherry blossoms, using the St. Regis Shinola bikes.

The Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea, available March 20 through April 15 at $55 per person, celebrates the hotel’s storied lobby with a unique cherry blossom twist on their legendary afternoon tea. Guests can enjoy a broad selection of delectable cherry blossom inspired bites, as well as a custom cherry blossom tea blend created exclusively for the hotel and blended in house.

Taqueria del Barrio821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

Petworth Mexican eatery Taqueria del Barrio offers a delicious cherry food and drink pairing during the run of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Running March 20 through April 15, guests can stop by to try a special cherry ancho pork taco ($3 per taco) as well as a new Chapulin Colorado margarita with Don Julio tequila, house-made ancho cherry syrup, triple sec, and fresh lime ($9). Contact Taqueria del Barrio at 202-723-0200 for reservations or stop by at 821 Upshur St NW.


Bresca Launches Chef’s Seasonal Dinner Series and Kicks Off with Spring Dinner Table

Chef Ryan Ratino and his team at Bresca, announced their Chef’s Seasonal Dinner Series featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients from the best farms and producers, packed into a five-course meal and wine pairing option.  These four annual dinners will be held at Bresca which will be morphed into a vivid garden, fully dressed up for these very special occasions. Tickets for the spring dinner will be available for sale on their website starting on Friday, March 2nd at $165 per person with wine pairing (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and $140 per person(exclusive of tax and gratuity) without the beverage pairing.

“This will be a new and fun undertaking for our team as we create something quite unique, almost like a pop-up concept within the restaurant,” says Chef Ratino.  “These Chef Seasonal Dinner Series are a great complement to everything else we are doing here at Bresca. I want to use these annual opportunities to highlight the beauty of ingredients each season has to offer us and present it in an unimaginable way where guests can appreciate the richness, colors and flavors of each of these elements. We are very excited about this program!”

The first dinner of this series will be the Spring Forward Dinner taking place on Sunday, March 25. Guests will be welcomed to a cocktail reception with crafted concoctions and small bites and then enjoy a communal-style dinner.

The Spring Forward Dinner includes snacks such as Spring RadishBeef Tartelette, Chive Meringue followed by  Burrata & Spring GreensCharred Avocado; and Spring Truffle Linguini   For the main dish, guests can anticipate Family-Style Lamb Roast . The grand finale will consist of Strawberries and Cream, a simple yet rich dessert made with double cream, tonka beans and lemon balm.  

Bresca’s Chef Seasonal Dinner Series will be a great way to kick off the four seasons of the year and have an amusing night of fun and unique food, wine, and cocktails with friends.  As a token of our appreciation, for this first dinner, guests will take home a beautiful watercolor print made by local artist Caroline Prince.

Located at 1906 14th St, NW, Bresca is open for dinner Tuesday – Thursday and Sundays from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Friday to Saturday from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. Reservations for Bresca can be made by visiting www.brescadc.com  or through Resy.


Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. Showcases A Masters of Food & Wine Event with A Kyoto-Style Tea Ceremony & Chano-yu Workshop 

photo credit: Sobin Koizumi

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. will host a spring 2018 Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine, a seasonal culinary & beverage experience on Saturday, April 14, focused on Japanese treasures.  Spring is cherry blossom season, merging two cultures, as these magnificent trees were a gift from Japan to the nation’s capital.  Guests will have the unique opportunity to savor a “Washoku” inspired food menu prepared by Executive Chef Troy Knapp featuring American rice, Chesapeake seafood, and locally sourced vegetables, followed by a traditional tea ceremony, also known as Chano-yu, conducted by Sobin Koizumi, a Urasenke professor from Japan.  The Urasenke tea school teaches the history, importance, and practical knowledge behind this centuries-old tradition.

As a tenured senior professor of the Urasenke tea school, Koizumi has traveled the world teaching non-Japanese people about the heart and soul of Chano-yu.  Learning about Matcha and the tea ceremony with Sobin Koizumi is a unique and rare opportunity, both here and in Japan.

Tickets for this special event are priced at $100 per person, and available for purchase on Eventbite.  Guests will enjoy a presentation covering the history and proper manners for Chano-yu, followed by a tasting of two different rare Matcha teas from the same grower that have limited availability in the United States paired with seasonal confections from Kyoto.  Space is limited and reservations are required.

Park Hyatt Washington, D.C.’s Tea Cellar, 1201 24th Street, Washington, DC, 20037         

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Tickets are available for purchase at: https://parkhyattmasters-tea.eventbrite.com. Seating is limited and advance reservations are required.


Tenth Anniversary Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge Presented by TCMA to be Held May 17

 The Tenth Anniversary Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA is a gathering of Embassy chefs from around the world, showcasing the unique flavors of their home countries in a friendly, delicious culinary competition. With more than 45 embassies participating, the 2018 Challenge offers an international and immersive foodie experience.

Attendees will sample bites and beverages from the participating countries while chefs compete to win the coveted People’s Choice Award, chosen by guests’ social media votes, which will be announced alongside the Judges’ Choice, selected by a panel of influential members of the diplomatic, cultural and culinary communities. New this year are additional awards that will include best regional cuisine, best vegetarian, best presentation, and the PepsiCo Best Beverage Award.

The Challenge not only encourages culinary diplomacy but also highlights the global achievements of the area’s awe-inspiring musicians, dancers and singers. In previous years, performances have included traditional Turkish and Chinese dancers, Russian violinists, and Brazilian samba artists. In celebration of the tenth anniversary, this year’s event will feature an afterparty complete with live entertainment.

WHENThursday, May 17, 2018
5:00 p.m. – Early Admission
6:00 p.m. – General Admission
9:00 p.m. – After Party

WHERE: Atrium of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Countries already confirmed include: Barbados, Belgium, The Plurinational State of Bolivia, Colombia, Ghana, The Republic of Haiti, Jamaica, Principality of Liechtenstein, The Republic of Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.

Sponsors of the Tenth Anniversary Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA include Cultural Tourism DC, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks, Social Driver, Teahouse / Pureleaf, Voss and the exclusive presenting sponsor is TCMA (A Drew Company).

  For tickets and more information, visit embassychefchallenge.com.


A Royal Watch Party in Kensington, MD

The Dish & Dram celebrates the Union of England and America

Fifteen cities in the US and one palace in the UK share the name “Kensington.”  Next to that iconic UK address, the best place to celebrate the upcoming royal nuptials on Saturday, May 19th is The Dish & Dram in Kensington, MD.

The restaurant literally rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the revolutionary union between the US and UK with a celebration fit for a king (queen, prince or princess) all day long on Saturday, May 19thbeginning at 7 am.  Not only will the televisions be trained on the Royal Wedding, but along with standard menu items, The Dish & Dram will start the day with a brunch including classic Bangers & Mash. This traditional British breakfast unites sausages and mashed potatoes ($18) for a hearty dish that’s a classic on tables throughout the UK, and scones, because what British day would be complete without scones ($3)?  The celebration will continue all day long with pints of Lowest Lord ESB ($6.50).   What could be higher than The Ultimate ‘High’ Tea—a steaming 20 oz. pot of Gin tea, enough for two—the restaurant’s signature Kensington Grey tea with Elderflower (an ingredient in the royal wedding cake) and orange bitters with dry Beefeater Gin ($25).  Also on the menu is a pairing of a bottle of British Bubbly Fit for a Duchess, Court Garden Sparkling Rose, with two all American hot dogs topped with champagne mustard and crispy onions ($85).

For the little royals, there will be a ‘Prince and Princess Parade’ following the wedding at 9 am.  Younger restaurant guests are invited to dress as royalty.  Best costume will receive a gift certificate for a free kids’ meal.  For the more adult Ladies and Gentlemen in Waiting, Fascinators are recommended.  Whether worn with PJs (let’s face it, it’s early) or with a full-blown cape and scepter ensemble (for the sake of propriety, keep those crown jewels under wraps), The Dish & Dram staff will be scoping the best all day.  The winner will receive a $25 restaurant gift certificate.

The Dish & Dram is located at 10301 Kensington Parkway, Kensington, MD.

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