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Foodie To-Do List: Pop Tarts, Beach Blankets and Summer Solstice

TodoAs part of an ongoing effort to alert you, the readers of DC Foodies, to all of the really cool food-related events, classes and opportunities throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, we give you this week's edition of the Foodie To-Do List.

Each Wednesday, we give you a heads-up on a few of the upcoming events that we think look particularly interesting.  This week, we've got:

Free Pop Tart Day at California Tortilla:

What:
You know you grew up loving those delicious (if not especially nutritious) fruit-filled pastries.  Maybe it was fresh from the toaster before school.  Maybe it was cold (still good!) at school.  Either way, your annual chance to relive those memories for free will take place today at your local California Tortilla.

When:
TODAY - Wednesday, May 20th

Where:
All California Tortilla locations - find your closest option here.

Why:
Being a DC Foodie doesn't have to mean foie gras and caviar at every meal...sometimes it can be fun to enjoy guilty pleasures like darn tasty burritos and free Pop-Tarts!  Besides - one winner at every location will find a golden ticket that earns them free burritos for a year (gym membership not included).

Cost: 
One free Pop-Tart per customer. 

Big Beach Blanket Wine Bash at EatBar:

What:
Sip your way through 25 summer-appropriate wines while enjoying snack foods and beach-themed movies...all for $25 per person!  If you haven't tasted Albarino, Verdejo, Gruner Veltliner or other refreshingly light varietals (or if you have and you know you like them), this is the tasting for you.

When:
Saturday, May 30th, 1-4 PM

Where:
EatBar
2761 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA

Why:
Surf's up!  There are far worse ways to spend the weekend after Memorial Day than by working your way through the Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Top 25 summer sippers.  Throw in the flicks and some of EatBar's notoriously tempting snacks (served up from the "Snack Shack" in keeping with the theme), and you've got a great way to pass the afternoon.  What you do after that is up to you!

Cost:
$25 per person including wine tastings, snacks and discount pricing on all wines purchased on site.  Call (703) 778-5051 for reservations or additional details.


Summer Solstice Farm Dinner with Chef Cathal Armstrong:

What:
Gourmet Rappahannock is putting together a dinner en plein air, (which we think is French for "al fresco") to show off the bounty that is Rappahannock County produce.  Chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, Eamonn's and the Majestic in Old Town will be on hand to serve up this culinary masterpiece, with the net proceeds of the dinner going to benefit the Rappahannock County Farmland Preservation Fund.

When:
Saturday, June 20th
Cocktails @ 5:30 PM
Dinner @ 6:30 PM

Where:
Mount Vernon Farm
206 Mount Vernon Lane
Sperryville, VA

Why:
Cathal Armstrong's Restaurant Eve is consistently one of the top-rated restaurants in the Washington area, due in no small part to his ability to bring out the best in a wide range of local and seasonal ingredients.  He's that much closer to the ingredients in this setting...care to wager on what that means for the quality and the flavor of what he serves up?

Cost: 
$180 per person.  Seating is limited.  
For more information, call (540) 987-8682, ext. 2 or buy your tickets online at the website.

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Comments

Sylvie Rowand

Thank you so much for posting the announcement about Rappahannock Solstice Farm Dinner on June 20. It's going to be quite a treat, combining the skills of Chef Armstrong and the bounty of Rappahannock and the Piedmont's agricultural bounty!

Jason M

Great article! I am a big fan of Pop-Tarts too! Too bad I missed the event. I've put together a Pop Tart tribute blog here:

http://pop-tartsblog.blogspot.com/

Erin

FYI, EatBar is in Arlington, not Alexandria. That event sounds really cool.

Sylvie Rowand

and... if anybody body cares for pictures of the Rappahannock Summer Solstice farm dinner - which really turned out great - they are here:
http://www.laughingduckgardens.com/ldblog.php/2009/06/22/summer-solstice-on-turkey-mountain-the-pictures/

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