DC Summer Food Events!

We are now at the point where summer plans and vacations are beginning to ramp-up, and fortunately, so are the food events!

Last night was the Washingtonian event, Best of Washington, which was co-sponsored by Living Social and hosted at the National Building Museum (gorgeous venue). I decided against going this year because of the cost of the ticket, but I really want to hear feedback from anyone who was able to attend. Please let me know if you thought this event was worth the cost!

Yesterday, I received an email from Washingtonian on a new website, DCEats.org. I personally had never heard of the site, but Safeway and American Airlines are sponsoring them to report on events throughout the summer- the website is appropriately titled: DC Eats, Summer of Food. I’m not sure if they will be continuing to report on food events after the summer, but hope that they do! The website is full of helpful information and lists a ton of events.

Tonight, Belgium Restaurant Week kicks off with the Brew at the Zoo event. Tomorrow is the official launch with prix fixe menus at participating Belgium restaurants including Brasserie Beck, Brabo, Marcel’s, Et Voila! and others. There’s also a waffle brunch, mussels throw-down and Belgium Artist’s Exhibit. Happy Belgium National Day!

Beginning this past Wednesday, Art and Soul is featuring a Crab and Beer Wednesday every Friday from 5:30pm-10:30pm on their outdoor patio, weather permitting.

This weekend is also the tail end of Bastille Day celebrations at various participating French restaurants.  There will be a celebration at the French Embassy this Saturday with food from Belga Cafe, Restaurant Ris and Citronelle. Tickets are $100. There will also be a Bastille Day After Party at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Garden and a  L’Enfant Cafe block party.

The DC Eats website also posts tons of deals and discounts for happy hours, presidential eats which describes where the Obamas have been rumored to dine, farmer’s markets and festivals, and more.

One Farmer’s Market they don’t mention is the Grey Market which is a pop-up market so you have to sign-up to get the details of the location emailed to you. The last one is this Sunday and will be at 5th and I NW by the Busboys and Poets. There will be 25 vendors, including Down Home D.C. Baked Goods- a venture started by a friend of mine! She’ll be selling amazing homemade whoopie pies and oatmeal cremes made with lots of butter and love.  Definitely come out and taste if you have a sweet tooth!