Weekly Food News Round Up
[email protected] | May 25, 2011 | 12:05PM |

Pretty much all the DC food news that you can stomach.

Save the Date and Save Room:

  • Soundbites, the annual fundraiser for D.C. Central Kitchen held at 9:30 Club, was a big success this weekend. Good food was had, good music was heard, and general good times were had all around. Check out our preview of the event, with photos from this year coming later this week.
  • The second-ever DC Grey Market was also held this past weekend at Local 16. The event featured 25 local food vendors selling homemade treats in an unofficial, but legal, market setting. Highlights? Cakeballs, cupcakes, crunkcakes, cookies, croissants, macaroons, seafood gumbo, pulled pork barbeque sandwiches, grilled cheese, pickles, yogurt and more. Check out Borderstan’s coverage and pictures of the event–we’re also keeping close tabs on Grey DC for info about the next market.

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Friday 11/10
FotoWeekDC 2017 Opening Party @ FotoWeek Central
$45.00 / $60.00
To celebrate the 10th annual FotoWeekDC festival, FotoDC has partnered with Spain Arts & Culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute as the 2017 FotoWeekCentral Campus. FotoDC & BYT Present: FotoWeekDC 2017 Opening Party! https://fotoweekopening2017.eventbrite.com/ Join us for an exciting evening of photography exhibitions, open bars, small bites, photobooths, music, and more spread across our two-campus FotoWeekCentral as we launch the 10th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival! The FotoWeekDC 2017 Opening Party is made possible with support from The Reva & David Logan Foundation Be among the first to view this year's exhibitions at our two-campus FotoWeekCentral: Magnum Photos Present: Magnum 70 at 70 An exhibition of 70 photographic icons celebrating the diversity of the Magnum Photos agency and how its photographers have born witness to major events of the last 70 years. Including seminal works by Susan Meiselas, Paolo Pellegrin, Martin Parr, and Christopher Anderson, the exhibition spans the globe and covers regional events such as Arab Spring, South Africa under apartheid, and the recent migration crisis. SPAIN arts & culture presents: Cislancerus A project by Thenesoya Martín De la Nuez and Aníbal Martel Cislanderus is cultural project that gives a face to the Canarian descendants in the US. The exhibition shows the faces, and also the voices, of the so called “isleños” from Delacroix Island, the descendants from Baton Rouge, Reggio and San Antonio, Texas. The visitor will delve deep into their work as fishermen and hunters, and discover the ways in which they fight on a daily basis to preserve an unprecedented historical and cultural legacy. FotoDC Presents: FotoWeekDC 2017 Contest Winners See all the winners from the FotoWeekDC 2015 photography contest, featuring both single and series winners in the Fine Art, Photojournalism, and Photographer's Choice categories. View the gallery of 2016 winners here. Also featuring the winners of our 2017 FotoDC:STYLE spring photo competition. Featuring hot jamz from: Ayes Cold & and more TBA! Croosh Deets: Friday, November 10th, 2017, 7:30pm-11pm @ FotoWeekCentral Since FotoWeekDC is celebrating our 10th anniversary bigger and better than ever, FotoWeekCentral will be spread across two campuses this year, @ SPAIN arts & culture and the Mexican Cultural Institute! SPAIN arts & culture 2801 16th St NW Washington, DC 20009 Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th St NW Washington DC 20009 Special $45 early bird tickets on sale now! Price goes up soon! This is a 21+ event There is no dress code! Support from SKYY Vodka Stay informed http://www.fotodc.org/ https://www.facebook.com/FotoWeekDC https://twitter.com/FotoWeekDC https://instagram.com/fotoweekdc http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/ https://www.facebook.com/brightestyoungthings https://twitter.com/BYT
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  • Shake Shack DC has officially been open for one week today, and the lines are still epically long. Check out Eater DC’s great pictures of opening day; this is pretty much what it looked like when I went for lunch one day last week, but at least now I can check Shake Shack off of my burger bucket list.
  • Speaking of BILBs, the food rumor that made us happiest this week: Z-Burger, of Glover Park and Tenleytown, may have plans to open a Georgetown location at 1424 Wisconsin Avenue. *cries happy tears* This could really add a wrench to the heated Shake Shack vs. In-n-Out vs. Five Guys debate.

  • Beyond burgers, DC can expect a new player to join trendy “team lobster roll” this week. Luke’s Lobster is slated to open its first location outside of New York City on Thursday, May 26 in Penn Quarter. The seafood shack will be serving up Maine-sourced lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls at 624 E Street NW. Check out their Twitter for up-to-date news on the opening.
  • After much opening buzz 2 weeks a go, SAX has settled into a new “no minimum charge policy” (reservations still required) and toned down their wall art. Check out our full report (with many, many, many great photos) here.

  • We’ve also gotten wind of another Georgetown newcomer and New York-transplant, Serendipity 3, which will open before Memorial Day at Wisconsin and M Street. These are the folks that put “frrrozen hot chocolate” on the map and also made a cameo appearance in the 2001 icky sweet film bearing the same name. We’ll probably stick with a frozen hot chocolate and skip the re-watch.

(image from City Paper)

  • The second DC location of Tackle Box, featuring fish tacos, lobster rolls, and of course, nautical kitsch, will open on June 2 in Cleveland Park at 3407 Connecticut Ave NW.
  • Speaking of FISH TACOS, PS 7’s launches a new secret outdoor menu item, where diners al fresco have access three, overstuffed, Tilapia Corn Tortilla Tacos with crisp Cilantro Slaw and smoky Chipotle Sauce for just $12. To wash it all down, don’t miss PS 7’s Happy Hour specials every Monday and Tuesday with $3 beers, $4 glasses of wine, and $7 for the daily seasonal punch.

  • Sixth and Rye, DC’s first and only Kosher food truck, launched last Friday to loooooooong lines. They served up over 350 orders of corned beef and veggie sandwiches to great reviews, but there’s already some controversy over whether they’re truly “kickin’ it kash” (that is, meeting the laws of kashrut). While different religious authorities are still debating the final kosher verdict (in my experience, this can go on for a while, and the parties involved will likely ultimately agree to disagree), the truck will be back out for its second DC appearance this week—for now, it’s only out on Fridays—in Farragut Square.

  • Strawberries also hit the local farmers markets this week for the first time this season. If you haven’t already devoured your bounty of this springtime treat, check out Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for strawberry summer cake for some inspiration.

  • Pizzeria da Marco in Bethesda is still offering half price pizzas until May 31 to celebrate their grand opening. Check out our preview and get on over there.
  • Annnnd DC is apparently really into food on sticks. A local round up from The Express…just because.

Memorial Day Weekend Edition:

Memorial Day is basically synonymous with pool parties and barbeques, so plan your eating and drinking accordingly.

  • If you’re trying to party at home this weekend, check out these fun punch recipes from Room 11’s Dan Searing, who’s trying to bring back punch as the ultimate crowd-pleasing “populist” drink.
  • On Monday, check out Café Saint-Ex’s annual Memorial Day Chili Cook Off from 11 am to 5 pm. Metrocurean is judging and has all of the details here.

  • While you’re in the area, stop by Policy’s Local Craft Beer and Crab Festival from noon to 5 pm to kick off DC Beer Week. $18 cover gets you a choice of whole crabs or crab cakes, unlimited sides, and samples of local craft brews.
  • Jack Rose at 2007 18th Street NW will also be soft open this weekend. Check out our early bird preview of the highly-anticipated scotch and meat-heavy establishment. The official open will following in the coming weeks; and the rooftop bar officially opens on June 3.

General News Mezze:

  • This kind of creeps us out, but if you’re into burgers and…matching fingernails, meet your newest internet friend.
  • Non-traditional bloody mary makeovers, just in time for the long weekend. Yes, you can have brunch three days in a row.

Happy eating, everyone. See you next week!