Category Archives: Dining Out for a Cause

Flash Sale: $50 Off Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction Tickets Through Thursday


Today and tomorrow you can get $50 off tickets to next week’s Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction! The auction includes cooking classes with some of DC’s best chefs, trips to spas and islands, and more.

Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction is Food & Friends’ annual fundraiser, where they will raise more than $900,000 through the generosity of sponsors, table hosts, auction bidders, ticket purchasers, friends and guests. This year, 60 of the region’s most talented chefs will generously donate their time and talent to provide tastings of their specialties in order to support the more than 3,000 individuals who will receive more than 1.2 million specialized meals from Food & Friends this year.
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A Heart Walk

heart beat medicalA couple of years ago a dear friend and cousin found out she was born with a congenital heart defect known as bicuspid aortic valve disease (BAVD). This meant she would have to undergo heart surgery. Being a scientist, she decided to document everything about her condition and the surgery in a blog, Defective Heart Girl Problems, which Boing Boing picked up when her post about the actual surgery — with pictures — started to make its rounds.

Summer is fully recovered and joining the American Heart Association Heart Walk/Run for the second time this year. And this time I’m joining her!

We’re hitting the streets of New York City on June 18 to help raise money and awareness for AHA as they work to reduce death and disability from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20% by 2020. If you would like to help support us, please consider a small donation to our team

Dining Out for Life Returns on April 24

unnamedWhat’s better than an afternoon or evening out at one of your favorite restaurants? Knowing that your money is supporting a good cause. On Thursday, April 24th, more than 100 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 100% of that day’s proceeds to benefit Food & Friends’ clients living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses throughout the National Capital Region. Continue reading

Embassy Chef Challenge 2013


One of my favorite things about DC is that, with fairly minimal effort, you can be exposed to one of the widest range of cultures you can imagine in just one place.  That’s because, in being the political center of the U.S., we have more than 175 embassies, ambassadors’ residences and foreign cultural centers.  And thanks to Cultural Tourism DC, it’s pretty easy to find ways to get a taste and feel for the many countries represented.

That’s where the Embassy Chef Challenge comes in.  The event, which is in its fifth year, brings together chefs from different embassies to participate in an Iron Chef style competition.  While the main event is at a gala on March 14 (get your tickets here), it starts a month earlier in a closed-door competition which I was invited to attend. The chefs were given the same ingredients and two hours to prepare a main dish.  And, of course, each chef added a twist that represented their home country’s flavor. Continue reading

Pie! Free pie today at Farragut Square…and buy some extra for a good cause

Food and Friends is bringing back their annual Slice of Life pie sale, and TODAY, November 8, 2012, you can get free samples of those delicious pies at Farragut Square from 11:30am – 1:30pm.  There will be raffles, games, and of course a chance to order those pies for Thanksgiving dinner.

Each pie purchased provides one full day of meals to our neighbors facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses.  So add a few minutes to your lunch break and stop through Farragut Square today to get involved.  It’s as easy as pie!

Join me on October 10 to Take a Bite out of Breast Cancer!

An estimated three million woman are living with breast cancer, and one million don’t know it yet. This year, nearly 2,000 men will also be diagnosed. With early detection, lives can be saved.  For that reason, organizations around the country use the month of October to raise awareness about breast cancer and early detection.  Here in DC, which has one of the highest breast cancer mortality rates in the country, The Hill is Home and I are teaming up with Pink Jams! to Take a Bite Ot of Breast Cancer.

Please join us on Wednesday, October 10, from 6-10 pm for a happy hour at Lavagna, located at 539 8th Street, SE. to help us raise money for this great cause.  All night Lavagna will donate 25% of their proceeds to Pink Jams!  In addition, if you join our happy hour in the upstairs bar, you will be treated to special discounts on wine, cocktails and appetizers.  It’s a great chance to enjoy good food and drinks while giving to a good cause.

Please RSVP on our event page and share with your friends and neighbors.  We hope to see you there!

PINK JAMS! is an outreach and fundraising campaign focusing on educating Washington, DC area residents about the importance of early detection and breast cancer awareness. For the entire month of October, chefs and restaurateurs commit their establishments to helping us in its mission – reaching tens of thousands of men and women in our area.

A Jubilee Celebration

Happy Jubilee!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me that has not included much brunching but did include an impromptu trip across the pond to visit my sister and her family for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The patriotic outfits and costumes were fabulous but the crowds made it hard to get many good pictures.  So this might not be my most artistic set ever but I wanted to share! Continue reading

Taste of the Nation Kicks Off With Brunch on March 3

Taste of the Nation has always been one of my favorite events in DC.  It brings together great restaurants and chefs, and supports a great cause: Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which includes support for our local beneficiaries Capitol Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions and Mary’s Center.  The one thing that has always been missing is brunch.  Well, until this year.

On Saturday, March 3, Taste of The Nation will hold a Pre-Event Brunch at Jack Rose (2007 18th St., NW) from 12:30 until 3:00pm.  A group of chefs, mixologists and baristas will come together to create everything on the brunch table, all with the united goal to raise additional funds and awareness towards ending childhood hunger in America. Continue reading

Eat for a Cause

On Monday, November 15, buy your breakfast, lunch or afternoon snack from a participating food truck and support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign.

Bada Bing, CapMac, Choupi Crepes, DC Empanadas, DC Love Bites, Eat Wonky, Red Hook Lobster and Takorean will donate a percentage of the day’s proceeds to Taste of the Nation DC, the annual culinary event that raises money and awareness to help end childhood hunger in our community and in America.  All proceeds will directly benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which includes support for our local beneficiaries Capitol Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions and Mary’s Center. Continue reading

Restaurants "Unleashed" Week – The Brunch Specials

The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington is holding a week of restaurant specials March 1-7, many of which include brunch specials!  I’ve got your brunch round up right here, and if you’re looking for recommendations for the best deals on lunch or dinner, check out the top picks from Amanda at Metrocurean and Katie at We Love DC.  The full list of specials can be found in this PDF.  A lot of these are out in Virginia but if I hear of any more in the city during the week I will be sure to add them.

  • Darlington House
  • Extra Virgin Modern Italian Restaurant
  • Gordon Biersch
  • The Grille at Morrison House
  • Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Hudson Restaurant and Lounge
  • Mie N Yu
  • PassionFish
  • Urbana Restaurant
  • Vinifera