There are a ton of great foodie events in DC this weekend. It all starts out today with the Verizon Center Offers A Taste of RAMMY Cuisine with the “Taste of 12” and an evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. After that there are food festivals and Mini Chef classes for the kids. All of that and amazing weather. Who could ask for more.

“Taste of 12”

Another year, another “taste” of area restaurants will take place on Friday, May 21 at Verizon Center with this year’s “Taste of 12” presented by the D.C. Lottery. The two hour luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the main concourse of Verizon Center and will benefit the Capital Area Food Bank as part of the Pollin family’s initiative to provide one million meals to those in need. The “Taste of 12” presented by the D.C. Lottery is the third annual event for the arena. Tickets are $12 to sample up to six of the different restaurant offerings and will be sold the day of the event only.

A night with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert

The host of NO RESERVATIONS, Anthony Bourdain, is coming to the Warner Theatre Friday Evening, May 21nd for one night only. Bourdain is the acclaimed television personality, best-selling author, public speaker, world traveler, gourmand, and punk-rock aficionado. Bourdain will be joined by his special guest and friend, Eric Ripert, chef, author, and host of PBS’ Avec Eric. Ripert has been honing his talents at Le Bernardin, as executive chef and co-owner for the last 18 years. In 2007, Ripert presented his first casual neighborhood American bistro called Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, for the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.

Bourdain, with special guest Ripert, will provide an evening of storytelling and observation providing the audience with a frank and provocative back and forth about what really goes on behind the kitchen doors- from both ends of the spectrum. Through illustrative anecdotes and stories, the night will include highlights from Ripert’s career and lurid lowlights from Bourdain’s career, and will give the audience a real-world understanding of what it takes to survive in the cutthroat culture of fine dining restaurants. The program portion of the evening will include an audience Question and Answer.

Fiesta Asia Street Fair

Fiesta Asia Street Fair is scheduled for May 22nd, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd & 6th Streets. Fiesta Asia Street Fair happenings include outdoor craft exhibits, live performances, food and open market vendors, interactive displays, martial arts demonstration, talent show, cooking demo, flash mob dancing and many more!

Simon Kidgits Mini Chef

11am – 1pm at the Lakeforest Mall – Roll up your sleeves and join us for a free culinary event that shows kids the fun side of food through hands-on learning activities. This food-focused event, at your favorite Simon Kidgits Club mall, offers a menu of exciting activities for kids. Fun Super-Duper Mini Chef activities will include: Food Related Arts & Crafts,  Local Food Drive – Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to a local hunger relief organization,  Free A Kid’s Life! Coloring Sheets, Free Strawberry Shortcake Doll and Coloring Sheet with Recipe, Free Baking Set for Members (while supplies last).

Lake Forest Mall
701 Russell Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Click here for the mall website.

Get your Tickets

The Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor® – June 12-13, a world-class event, will celebrate distinctive cuisine, fine wine, beer and spirits. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the latest culinary and varietal trends.

The festival is located at the extraordinary National Harbor on the Potomac River, the largest multi-use project on the East Coast. A location that is minutes away from Washington, D.C. and a water taxi ride away from historic Alexandria, Virginia. Many world regions will be represented, providing a wide assortment of styles, but all festival participants share one philosophy — a personal dedication to their artistry and a loyalty to local, fresh, in-season, and responsibly sourced ingredients.

Buy your tickets now and save. http://www.foodandwinenh.com/tickets.html

Check out last years festival here.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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