Where: Ritz Carlton Hotel
When: Sunday, May 22nd at 2-5 pm
What: You've done Cochon. You love a good steak. You are a red-blooded carnivore and you like it that way. So Lamb Jam has probably been on your radar for months now. The first annual Lamb Jam in DC will feature 19 chefs from local restaurants, including 1789, Bibiana, Bourbon Steak, BLT Steak and more. And in a moment of "oh-my-god-I'm-really-on-the-map-now" I will be on the panel of judges. It's the first food event that I get to judge and I'm so excited I'm probably going to start fasting on Saturday. Perhaps there will be a blog post to follow. Tickets are unfortunately sold out, but it might not hurt to give them a ring just to see if there's a waitlist.
DCCK's 2nd Annual Sound Bites
Where: 9:30 Club
When: Sunday, May 22nd at 5 pm
What: Music + food + a good cause = one helluva party. And if here is a gig in town that knows how to throw a good party while raising money for a good cause (and keeping costs low), it's DC Central Kitchen. The 2nd Annual Sound Bites event benefits the organization that feeds 4,500 people in the city each and every day. The five band lineup includes Ra Ra Rasputin, The Pie Tasters, Trouble Funk, DJ lil'e and the Joe Herrera Trio. Plus there will be food from 25 local eateries, including DC Empanadas, Dolcezza, Pete's Apizza, Kushi, Jaleo and PORC Mobile. Tickets are $40.
The Gulf and Its Seafood—One Year Later
Where: Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
When: Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 6:45 p.m.
What: One of the biggest concerns following the BP oil spill was how the wildlife, and particularly seafood, in the region would recover. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will host a panel discussion about the Gulf, the state of seafood and the impact of the spill, as well as what issues still lie ahead for the region. The panel will include Ted Danson (yes, the actor, who knew he was an environmental activist and founding member of Oceana), Mike Voisin of Motivatit Seafood, Inc. and Patrick Riley of Western Seafood Company.
Following the panel discussion, there is a sustainable seafood reception with bites from local chefs including Kyle Bailey of Birch and Barley, Michael Costa of Zaytinya, Scott Drewno of The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Carla Hall and Mike Isabella of Top Chef fame, Barton Seaver and more. Add to the mix 25 wineries and desserts from more local chefs such as Mallory Staley of 1789. Tickets are $80 for members and $95 for general admission.
Take a bite: www.bonappetitfoodie.com.