The Week in Food Events: Taste of DC, 2 Nixons Ramen Pop-Up

Over 50 restaurants set up along Pennsylvania Avenue for the Taste of DC. Photograph via Facebook.

Spanish Wine Dinner: Jaleo’s Crystal City location is hosting a night of wine and Spanish cuisine on Wednesday at 7 pm. The dinner will feature unique varietals like priorat and rias baixas, and will be lead by various wine specialist including Nicole Andrus. The $60 meal includes five paired courses, with dishes like raw oysters, seared cod, and stuffed piquillo peppers.

Celebrity chef dinner: A number of big-name chefs including Mike Isabella, Scott Drewno, Erik Bruner-Yang, Amy Brandwein, and more gather at Del Campo on Wednesday as part of the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour dinner series. The collaborative event includes dishes from the various toques, cocktail hour through dessert, plus wine pairings to go with the dim sum-style meal. Tickets ($210 for the general public) are available online.

Armenian Food Festival: St. Mary Armenian Church is throwing its 68th Annual Armenian Fall Food Festival on Thursday. The festival will last through Sunday with music and tastes from local vendors. The celebration will give attendees a chance to try items like homemade lamb and chicken kebabs, Armenian-style green beans, and lentil patties. The event is free, and times for each day vary.

Brooklyn Brewery Mash Tour: It’s coming to DC. The 2016 Mash Tour lands in Washington, Thursday through Sunday, with a full lineup of parties, live music events, food, and of course, lots of beer. Tickets are on sale now.

Ramen pop-up: A Charleston, South Carolina-based ramen pop-up heads to DC on Friday and Saturday. Chef Jeffrey Stoneberger of 2 Nixons teams up with Bryan Voltaggio at Range for a two-night event starring ramen made with local ingredients–think blue crab and brown butter–as well as izakaya-style snacks. Prices vary; reservations can be made through the restaurant for Friday (4 to 10 pm) and Saturday (8 pm to 2 am).

SerbFest:SerbFest DC launches a weekend of authentic Serbian food, culture, crafts, and entertainment. The event will kick off on Friday at the Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church in Potomac, Maryland at 11 am. The three-day festival will highlight traditional Serbian dishes like gibanica, kupus salata cabbage salad and Serbian beers. The family-friendly event is free will include music, dancing and boutique items. Times and events vary during the festival, which runs through Sunday.

Taste of DC: The District’s largest food and drink festival goes down this weekend on Saturday from 1 to 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. Foodies can grab bites from some of DC’s popular restaurants at the festival grounds, which stretch over half a mile along Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwes. More than 60 vendors participate, including Capitol Hill Crab Cakes and District Doughnut. There will also be live entertainment and a Ben’s Chili Bowl’s chili eating contest. Tickets range from $10 to $80.



Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.