Food and Drink, The Daily Feed

13th Annual Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival

Photo courtesy of bhrome
courtesy of bhrome

If the thought of winding your way through stands of artisanal food purveyors and more than 100 wineries doesn’t get your heart pumping and your stomach grumbling, then I don’t know what will. The Washington DC International Food & Wine Festival is returning for the 13th year.

Everything from olive oil producers to chocolatiers, along with local restaurants, will be taking over the Ronald Reagan Building from February 11-12, 2012. Plus, there will be tastings for more than 600 wines from across the globe, along with a beer garden complete with craft beers, mixology lessons, and cooking demonstrations.

Tickets are $85 for Saturday, $80 for Sunday or $145 for both days. The IWFF runs from 2 – 6 PM on both days. As a We Love DC reader, you can get $10 off of grand tasting tickets by using the code WEDC10 now until February 9th. Happy wining and dining!

Penn Quarter, The Daily Feed

DCCK’s 2011 Capital Food Fight

‘DCCK Capital Food Fight 2010′
courtesy of ‘bonappetitfoodie’

It’s that time of year again: Capital Food Fight. On November 10th, four local chefs will battle it out on stage while raising money for DC Central Kitchen.

This year’s competing chefs include Todd Gray from Equinox/Watershed, Haidar Karoum from Proof/Estadio, Jeff Black from BlackSalt Restaurant Group/Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern. Each chef will compete in a cook-off battle featuring a secret ingredient. Chefs will be judged by a panel including Ted Allen of Food Network’s Chopped, award-winning cookbook author Joan Nathan and host of Simply Ming, Ming Tsai. Last year’s Food Fight included a bonus battle between team Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert and team Tom Colicchio and Jose Andres, which I’m betting they might do something like this again at this year’s competition. Bourdain will be returning as the host and Jose Andres will be serving as the chair of the event. In addition to the friendly chef competition, more than 60 local restaurants will be serving a variety of small bites.

The 2011 Capital Food Fight is at 6 PM on Thursday, November 10th at the Ronald Reagan Building in Penn Quarter. Tickets are $200 and all proceeds go to DCCK. You can follow the conversation about the 2011 Capital Food Fight with @DCCK’s hashtag, #FoodFight.