Every now and then you splurge with food, usually it being something with a lot of butter and a high calorie count. After the jump you’ll find a little roundup of some food events that are not only worthy of the extra calories but also of breaking the bank a little.
First up is a panel discussion and wine and seafood reception at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. The discussion, called “The Gulf and its Seafood–One Year Later,” is tonight, June 9th at 6:30 PM. The panel will feature Ted Danson, the actor and founding member of Oceana, Jane Lubchenco, undersecretary of commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others. Following the discussion, there is a reception with seafood dishes from local restaurants and wines from more than 20 wineries. Tickets are $95 for non-members.
If you prefer a more intimate gathering, Vermilion is hosting their first farm dinner on June 19th at 4 PM on the Historic Woodlawn. At the dinner, you and other guests will sit at a long table in a field next to the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Arcadia farms. You’ll feast on fresh ingredients from the farm, including baby squash, spring peas and early tomatoes, all prepared by Vermilion’s executive chef, Anthony Chittum. Tickets are $150 and proceeds from the dinner will go to the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture.
Lastly, another one of the glamorous charity events in town is Food & Friends’ 21st Annual Best Chef Dinner & Auction on June 27th at 6:30 PM. The event will feature food from more than 50 DC-area chefs such as RJ Cooper of Rogue 24, Eric Ziebold of Cityzen and Sou’Wester and Massimo Fabbri of Ristorante Tosca. Plus, the event will feature a silent and live auctions for a variety of items such as vacation getaways. Tickets are $250 and proceeds from the event will benefit Food & Friends’ mission to provide meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. In 2011, Food & Friends will serve more than one million meals to more than 2,800 individuals in the DC Metro region.