This Week in Food Events: Embassy Chef Challenge, Delaplane Strawberry Festival

Learn how to make farmers' market-inspired goodies at Mess Hall on Monday. Photo courtesy of Mess Hall.

Cook like a farmer’s marketeer: Always wanted to know how your favorite farmer’s market stall makes its tasty treats? Now’s your chance to learn at the FRESHFARM Maker’s Event at Mess Hall on Monday from 6 to 9 pm. Vegetarian taco aficionado Chaia, Mediterranean fast casual favorite Cava, local distillery Green Hat, and more will teach you how to sling cocktails and create small bites. Tickets are $60, which includes two drink tickets.

Spring dig benefit dinner: DC Greens, a non-profit whose mission is to connect local communities with healthy food, is hosting a benefit dinner on Tuesday at 7 pm. For a $250 ticket, you’ll eat a multi-course, family-style dinner made by top-notch chefs from The Dabney, Woodberry Kitchen, Garrison and more, and try locally-made drinks from Green Hat Gin and Virginia’s Early Mountain Vineyards.

Beer, BBQ, and American tunes: Sit back, relax, and enjoy live chamber music from Capital Reeds while you sip local beer and dig into barbecue on the Beuchert Saloon patio on Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm. It’s the second installment of Gourmet Symphony’s The Saloon Concert Series; a $45 ticket includes beer tastings and complimentary small plates.

Oysters on the patio: Summer’s slow approach means more opportunities to eat fresh seafood outdoors. On Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, head to Bastille in Alexandria for local oysters from Dragon Creek Aqua Farm and beer from Port City Brewery. There’s shrimp, too: a six-piece jumbo shrimp cocktail ($12) and rock shrimp beignets with guacamole (three to $9 and six for $18).

Embassy chef challenge: Take a culinary trip around the world at the Embassy Chef Challenge on Wednesday at 6:30 pm, where you’ll enjoy a night of global food and drink created by more than 15 embassy chefs at the Ronald Reagan Building. Participating embassies include Barbados, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, the Philippines, Poland and more. Tickets are $65; sales end on Wednesday.

Strawberry festival: Celebrate summer’s abundant fruit at the Delaplane Strawberry Festival Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Strawberry pies, ice creams and other treats are accompanied by live music, corn hole, and kid-friendly hayrides and pony rides. There’s also a 5K trail run for the fit. 

Sharpen your knife skills: Joe Raffa from José Andrés’s ThinkFoodGroup is teaching a knife skills class at La Cuisine on Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm. The class is limited to six people so Raffa can work individually with each person. Tickets are $85, which includes a coupon for six free knife sharpenings. Knives will be provided.

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