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Smithsonian Folklife Festival - Update

I just wanted to give everyone an update on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Food Culture USA...

I told you all I'd post again when I knew what events would be happening after the festival and here you have it. Go here for all of the information you need. There is even a full calendar of the festival and what chefs will be "performing" and where. Events include:

June 13 - July 4
A rice tasting at Bankok Joe's

June 23
Honey dinner tasting manu at Zola. Executive Chef Frank Morales of the award-winning Zola welcomes guests to come experience a special tasting menu featuring five courses, each with a different honey from Beeraw honey. $120 per person.

Wine Dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak House. The event will be a multi-course wine dinner featuring Chef Charlie Palmer's private label, personally blended wines - International Sommelier Conspiracy. Artisanal cheeses from around the country will also be featured. Call 202-547-8100 for pricing and reservations.

June 24
Chef Janos Wilder will join Chef Brian Kenny as guest chef for the evening at Red Sage. Chef Janos Wilder was the James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southwest. Price for the dinner will be $120 all-inclusive.

June 26th
Fresh from the Family Farm - A Family Picnic to Benefit Farm Aid at Equinox. A family picnic dinner will feature farm-fresh dishes prepared by celebrated DC chefs including Gray, Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, Cesare Lanfranconi of Tosca, Fabio Trabocchi of Maestro, Roberto Donna of Galileo and more. Adults $75. Children $25.

June 27th
Fresh! Local! Sustainable! Dinner at Poste Moderne Brasserie. The dinner will be a five-course menu paired with wines featuring locally grown, raised, and harvested ingredients. $70 per person.

Dinner with José & Friends: Guest Chef Dinner. Executive Chef José Andrés and Chef de Cuisine Katsuya Fukushima will be joined by guest chefs include Douglas Rodriguez from Ola in Miami and Guillermo Pernot from ¡Pasion! in Philadelphia. $150 per person includes tax, tip and wine.

June 30
Slow Food at the Smithsonian Dinner at Restaurant Nora. $75 a person, tax, tip, and three course dinner included. $65 a person for Slow Food members.

July 2
Suvir Saran of Devi and Ashok Bajaj of the Bombay Club. Suvir Saran, from the critically-acclaimed 75-seat Dévi restaurant in New York City, will join the Bombay Club’s chefs to prepare a tasting menu showcasing his regional Indian cooking. Guests will meet Saran and be treated to an autographed copy of his cookbook, Indian Home Cooking: A Fresh Introduction to Indian Food, with More Than 150 Recipes. $90 per person including paired wines and his cookbook (gratuity and tax not included).

Go to the web site for full event details.



Big brother is watching me. Some lady from the DC tourism board emailed me saying she understood my senstitivies to the non-tasting that goes on at the Folklife festival and sent me the link.


Hi DC Foodie: there's another Folklife-related special event not on your updated list--Dessert Tapas at David Greggory restaurant. AIWF-hosted (American Institute of Wine & Food) with special guests--El Ceibo organic chocolate growers from Bolivia and Sweet Unity Coffee from Tanzania. Starts at 8 pm--multiple desserts, coffee drinks, chocolate martinis, wines and port. $55 all inclusive. The event is posted at the site. Menu at
Should be interesting and tasty!

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