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Foodie To-Do List: Zapps at Potbelly, Discover Del Ray, Brainfood Grill-Off

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:

Meet Your Sandwich Soulmate at Potbelly:

What:
Zapp's potato chips, those Louisiana staples that come with the po' boys at Johnny's Half Shell, are known for their crunch and their flavor.  Potbelly has decided that they are the perfect match to their sandwiches, and they're inviting you to judge for yourself with a free bag of chips at lunch today.

When:
Wednesday, June 3rd, 11 AM to 2 PM

Where:
All Potbelly Sandwich Works locations (check the website to find the one closest to you)

Why:
Apparently the folks at Potbelly take their sandwich combos seriously.  They've been searching for the ideal chip to complement their hot Wrecks (not to mention their other offerings), and they choo-choo-choose the Cajun kettle chips from Zapp's.  Change your lunch plans and see why for free.

Cost: 
One free bag of chips with every sandwich purchase.
 

Discover Del Ray Dining with Special Deals this Week and Next:

What:
Seventeen restaurants - ranging from Evening Star Cafe and Del Merei Grille to Cheesetique and ACKC - are offering a wide range of specials as a way to entice diners to visit their charming little slice of northern Virginia.  As if we needed an excuse to visit Del Ray!

When:
Friday, June 5th, through Sunday, June 14th

Where:
Participating Del Ray restaurants - see website for list of participants and their specials
Alexandria, VA

Why:
The restaurants and shops that line Mount Vernon Avenue are plenty tempting on their own.  Throw in an incentive to dine, and you've got a ready made date night.  If you haven't checked out some of Del Ray's best, this is a great opportunity to do so.  And if you visit four or more participating restaurants and get a sticker from each (no purchase necessary), you can enter to win a one night stay for two at the new Kimpton Lorien Hotel on King Street complete with a choice of massage or spa facial!

Cost: 
Deals vary from participant to participant.  Higher profile restaurants are generally offering Restaurant Week-style deals on multi-course meals, while others are offering free items or fixed discounts on purchases.

Third Annual Brainfood Grill-Off:

What:
Teams of grillers are paired with a local chef and a Brainfood graduate to compete for the Golden Skillet award.  This annual event is a high-profile fundraiser for a non-profit youth development organization that provides afterschool and summer programs with a culinary theme.

When:
Thursday, June 11th, from 6:30-9:30 PM

Where:
Stephen Decatur House
1610 H Street, NW
Washington, DC

Why:
Indulge your inner Iron Chef, or come out and watch some other folks do it.  Dinner, an open bar, and the chance to grill with the likes of Teddy Folkman, Shannon Overmiller, and Bryan Moscatello - my idea of a great late-spring evening! 

Cost:
Individual tickets are $75 each, with proceeds going to Brainfood's youth services programs.  Teams (up to five adults) can enter the competition for a fee of $3000, and other sponsorship opportunities are available.  For more information, contact Paul Dahm at (202) 667-5515.  To purchase tickets, click here.

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Comments

WestIndianArchie

Yes, Dumping Utz for Zapps!

Adam

How exactly does Mango Mike's fit into the Del Ray dining scene?

Mike Bober

I'm with you, Archie. Zapp's are definitely a great chip.

Adam - not exactly sure about that one. A quick check of the Del Ray Business Association's membership list indicates that it's not because they're a member, so I've got no idea how they tie in.

Ramona

Oh no! As if I need another reason to be in the vicinity of The Dary Godmother! Frank and I have been enjoying the soft serve waaaay too much. If that's even possible! Thanks for the Del Ray update.

Colleen

Mango Mike's owners are opening a new place (reportedly a BBQ joint) on that corner next to the Dairy Godmother. (Formerly the gas station, now a construction site.) So they're participating in anticipation of their move to the neighborhood.


jajangman

I went to my local Potbelly in Herndon, and was disappointed that they didn't stock the best Zapp's flavor, Cajun Crawtator, so I got the regular flavor. Still, regular Zapp's is a whole lot better than no Zapp's...

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