On Monday, May 13th, Food & Friends at the Washington Hilton held a fundraiser to stand up for individuals in our community facing life-challenging illnesses at Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction Celebrating Food & Friends’ 25th Anniversary, presented by the NACDS Foundation . Food & Friends’ supports our neighbors battling HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction is Food & Friends’ signature fundraiser. The event raised $960,000 which is a record breaking success for Food & Friends. The funds raised will help Food & Friends deliver 1 million meals this year to more than 2,900 children and adults facing life’s most challenging illnesses.
Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant, owned by Serbian born Ivan Iricanin, announces the introduction of Bottomless Brunch featuring unlimited small plates and free-flowing brunch cocktails available Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Priced at $35 per person, guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat selection mezze, soups, salads, sandwiches, egg dishes, pastry & crepes and sweets along with seven distinctive brunch cocktails beginning Saturday, May 18th. Bottomless Brunch must be ordered by the entire table and the menu is offered exclusively for the prix-fixe service.
MI COCINA TO OPEN AT THE COLLECTION AT CHEVY CHASE Mi Cocina, considered a local Tex-Mex favorite by residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, plans to open in early May at The Collection (5471 Wisconsin Avenue; 301-652-1195). Mi Cocina prepares its diverse menu fresh daily with authentic Mexican cooking techniques and the finest ingredients. The new neighborhood restaurant will serve Tex-Mex favorites and Mi Cocina classics like the Tacos “De Brisket”, Sunset Fajitas, and Rico Salad. At The Collection, a stylish and relaxed interior will accommodate 155 in an open dining room. Mi Cocina, translated as “My Kitchen,” now has 21 locations throughout Texas, Tulsa, and, most recently, in Midtown Atlanta. “We consider Mi Cocina a big, extended family, from our staff to our customers and are happy to grow that family to a new community in Chevy Chase,” said Co-Owner Ray Washburne. “Our team is excited to meet new regulars and provide a neighborhood spot for Texas transplants and fans that have anxiously awaited our arrival.”
GREAT MENTION FOR Been There, Eaten That on LostGirlsWorld. Here’s what they had to say:
Now I’ll jump down off my soapbox and bring you a couple great travel blogs to start the weekend off right! Been There, Eaten That: If you know me you know about my love for the Food Network and anything yummy. Been There, Eaten That plays to everything I like best: food, travel, and accompanying delicious photos. Blogger Lori Gardner writes about her dining experiences in the DC area and beyond and I can’t seem to stop scrolling through the many pages of her blog (especially when she starts posting about the 11 days she and her husband spent in Italy). Washington Flyer deemed BTET one of the best travel blogs of 2011 and I’d have to agree! Follow Lori on Facebook or on Twitter @Foodobsessed6.