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Table to Table: The Week in Food Events
A ‘Top Chef’ winner comes to town, speed-dating for foodies, a Greek cooking class, and more. By Kate Nerenberg
Comments () | Published June 1, 2009
Monday, June 1

Chef’s Best dinner and auction
, an annual event to benefit Food & Friends—an organization that delivers food to people with life-threatening illnesses—takes place at the Washington Hilton (1919 Connecticut Ave., NW). Sixty chefs—including Patrick O’Connell of the Inn at Little Washington, Rob Weland of Poste, and Anthony Chittum of Vermilion—will dish out small plates for more than 1,300 guests. There are silent and live auctions for vacations, private dinners, and cooking classes too. Although online sales are closed, tickets are still available at the door for $225. Doors open at 6:30.

In conjunction with its Vietnamese-American Experience series, the Asia Society of Washington hosts Top Chef winner Hung Huynh at Minh’s (2500 Wilson Blvd., Arlington). The event includes a video presentation, tastings of Vietnamese dishes, and a silent auction of Vietnamese art. Tickets, $40 for Asia Society members and $50 for nonmembers, are available here. The event begins at 6:30.

Tuesday, June 2

Chef Bryant Terry hosts a happy hour at Vegetate (1414 Ninth St., NW) to discuss and sign copies of his new book, Vegan Soul Kitchen. Guests will sample dishes from the book while DJ Dredd spins. Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. The event runs from 6 to 8. Tickets, $15 a person, are available by calling 202-232-4585.

Wednesday, June 3

Professionals in the City hosts Four Minute Dating for Foodies at Pentagon City’s Asia Bistro (1301 S. Joyce St., Arlington) from 7 to 9. Tickets are $30 per person. Call 202-686-5990 or click here to order.

Thursday, June 4

Estebe Salgado of Tradewinds Specialty and Bill McKinney of Downey Selections come to the bar at the Ballston restaurant Willow (4301 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington) for a tasting of Spanish wines new to the United States. The tasting runs from 5:30 to 7:30. For tickets, $35 a person, call 703-465-8800.

Friday, June 5

Sweetgreen, a salad-and-frozen-yogurt shop, hosts Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild at its Dupont Circle location (1512 Connecticut Ave., NW). Tickets, $35 a person, include a signed copy of the Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh cookbook as well as samples of salads and appetizers. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 202-387-9338.

Saturday, June 6

Learn to make classic Greek dishes, such as tzatziki, spanakopita, and baklava, during a cooking class at Veranda (1100 P St., NW). The TasteDC class, which runs from noon to 3, includes a demonstration, recipes, and a four-course lunch. Tickets, $60 a person, are available here.

Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7

The second annual Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor focuses on artisanal, organic, and sustainable products. Proceeds benefit the Erikka A. Hayes Foundation, which helps socially disadvantaged people get work in the food-service industry. For tickets ($65 per person), schedules, and more information, call 443-716-2800 or visit foodandwinenh.com.

Sunday, June 7

At DC’s Dupont Circle FreshFarm market (1500 block of 20th St., NW, between Massachusetts Ave. and Q St.), Spanish chef Quim Marqués makes paella in conjunction with Jaleo’s annual paella festival. The demonstration starts at 11, and free samples will be given out. 

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