Table to Table: The Week in Food Events

Vote for your favorite restaurant, celebrate Cinco de Mayo, and meet Eric Ripert.

By: Kate Nerenberg

Monday, May 2
Through Thursday, polls are open for the three customer-voted Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Rammy awards: hottest restaurant bar scene, neighborhood gathering place, and power spot. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony June 26. Click here to vote.

DC’s Ceiba is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with $5 margaritas and $5 Mexican street snacks (think tacos al pastor, Mexican-style fish and chips, and chicken enchiladas) today through Thursday. The special starts at 3 PM Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday and at 2:30 Thursday.

Tuesday, May 3
More than a dozen chefs—including Morou Ouattara of Farrah Olivia and Kora and Chris Edwards of Patowmack Farm—are competing in the Main Dish Event at the Washington Post Conference Center (1150 15th St., NW). Hosted by NBC 4 anchor Barbara Harrison, the event is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Kidsave, which helps orphans and foster children find permanent homes. To purchase tickets ($95 per person or $180 per couple), contact Terry Baugh at terry@kidsave.org or 202-503-3111 or Jessica Outer at jessica@kidsave.org or 202-253-3838.

Wednesday, May 4
Washington Post Live is hosting a conference, The Future of Food, with such experts as Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser, author and environmentalist Wendell Berry, White House chef Sam Kass, and England’s Prince Charles. While seats are full, you can watch the conference in real time at washingtonpostlive.com starting at 9 AM.

Thursday, May 5

Eric Ripert, the New York-based chef behind DC’s Westend Bistro, is signing copies of Avec Eric: A Culinary Adventure With Eric Ripert, at Hill’s Kitchen on Capitol Hill. The book is an extension of his PBS show of the same name. 6 PM.

Michael and Audrey Levatino, who own a 23-acre farm near Gordonsville, Virginia, are speaking at Politics and Prose at 7 PM. The husband-and-wife team are the authors of The Joy of Hobby Farming: Grow Food, Raise Animals, and Enjoy a Sustainable Life. At the event, you can enter to win products from the Levatinos’ farm, including eggs, honey, and homemade jam. Copies of the book will be available for $14.95.

Friday, May 6

Today and tomorrow, All Hallows Guild is hosting its 72nd annual Flower Mart festival at the National Cathedral. In addition to horticultural displays, musical performances, and an antique carousel, the event includes a number of food vendors and an Austrian tea. Entrance is free. For more information, click here.

Saturday, May 7
Casa Nonna chef Amy Brandwein is hosting a cooking class—held the first Saturday of each month—about the regional foods of Rome. After 90 minutes of cooking and samples, participants will sit down to a four-course lunch. The session, which runs from noon to 3, is $100. For reservations, contact Erica Frank at 202-689-8989 or erica@bltrestaurants.com.

Sunday, May 8
Happy Mother’s Day! Check out our list of restaurants that are serving special brunches.

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