Table to Table: The Week in Food Events

Have dinner on a train, watch an Iron Chef-like competition, and learn about sustainable seafood.

Monday, June 7
Spike Mendelsohn, former Top Chef contestant and owner of Good Stuff Eatery, is at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant for a five-course dinner featuring dishes from his newest project, The Good Stuff Cookbook: Burgers, Fries, Shakes, Wedges, and More. Tickets ($70 for National Press Club members, $93 for nonmembers) include a reception and a copy of the book. For reservations and information, call 202-662-7638.

Tuesday June 8
The Patrón Tequila Epicurean Express train rolls into Union Station for a two-day fundraiser for the St. Bernard Project, an organization that’s helping fisherman affected by the Gulf oil spill. Today’s event is a reception with complimentary Patrón tequila, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres from chefs such as Ann Cashion of Johnny’s Half Shell and R.J. Cooper of Vidalia. It’s $50 per person and goes from 6 to 9. Tomorrow, chefs including Jeff Tunks of Acadiana, David Guas—author of Dam Good Sweet: Desserts to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth, New Orleans Style—and Robert Wiedmaier of Brasserie Beck and Marcel’s will cook a multi-course dinner on the train for up to 20 guests. The event, which runs from 7 to 10, is $250. For more information or to reserve a spot, e-mail

Wednesday, June 9
Columbia Firehouse is hosting a dinner featuring the South Australian winery d’Arenberg. The four-course menu features crispy soft-shell crab with compressed watermelon, arugula, and harissa butter; porchetta with fava beans and baby-fennel confit; and pineapple upside-down cake. The dinner, which starts at 7, is $70 per person. Call Planet Wine (703-549-3444) for reservations.

Thursday, June 10
If you love Top Chef or Iron Chef, check out the fourth annual Brainfood Grill-Off at the Stephen Decatur House Museum. The event is a fundraiser for Brainfood, a nonprofit that teaches teenagers about cooking and jobs in the restaurant industry. To learn about participating chefs, live-auction items, and ticket information, click here for our event preview. 6:30 to 9:30.

Friday, June 11

WineEnthusiast hosts Toast of the Town at the National Building Museum. The event includes tastes of dishes from 30 Washington restaurants, including 1789, Old Ebbitt Grill, PS 7’s, Punk’s Backyard Grill, and Sei. Wineries include J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Morgan Winery, and Villa Cafaggio. For a full list of restaurants and vineyards and to purchase tickets ($89 for grandtasting, $169 for VIP), go here. The VIP tasting is from 5 to 7, the grand tasting from 7 to 10.

Saturday, June 12

Friday and Saturday, the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program is hosting Savoring Sustainable Seafood, multiple events that bring attention to making eco-friendly eating choices. For more information on today’s events—which include a seafood breakfast buffet and panel discussions on such topics as sustainability at home and in restaurants—and to purchase tickets, click here. All events take place at the National Museum of Natural History.

Sunday, June 13

The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor, which runs Saturday and today, features talks by local chefs and bloggers, cooking demonstrations, a clambake, and a beef cook-off.  For a full schedule of events, ticket information, and to see a list of participating chefs, click here.

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