D.C. has a ton of things going on all the time. The challenges I have when faced with limitless activities are to :1) find them, 2) remember them, and 3) afford them. Is a food-oriented bucket list called a trough? Here are some items on my DC list:
- Volt Restaurant – Table 21 is an exclusive chef’s table with 21 courses for $121, alcohol pairings not included. This restaurant gained notoriety through Top Chef a few years ago. You get a take-home menu. Here’s a local suggestion on how to get a reservation.
- Pizzeria Paradiso – One of my favorite good vibe, great beer selections and just-right size food. They do a few beer pairing dinners a year, and damn it, I want to go! Looks like I just missed one for $65 with Troeg’s brews at their Georgetown location. I like Dupont better anyway.
- Cochon 555 – I just learned about this, and the 2012 event was held last weekend. Their motto: ‘5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers.’ All pig parts, prepared every way. Yeahh, but it’s also $125 per ticket for a four-hour event.
- 100 Bowls of Compassion – This is the annual fundraising event for Miriam’s Kitchen, a group I’ve volunteered with off and on for several years. Through volunteering I’ve also gotten to work the event and access the 100 silent auction ‘bowls’ created by local artists, and the 5-star cuisine. Looks like it’s May 10, 2012, and tickets start at $275.
- Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival – I’ve been invited to this at the National Harbor. I love all 3 of these items, and it falls over my birthday weekend, so I might just have to make it a priority. With tickets between $35 – $85, and opportunities to volunteer, this may work out nicely. (Musings: lots of pork on this list. Hmmm…)
- Brew at the Zoo – Yep, pretty much like it sounds. The National Zoo hosts a beer sampling party, alongside the orangutans and prairie dogs. Scheduled for July 12, but no ticket prices listed yet. I like their holiday lights and their Boo at the Zoo activities too.
- PX (Speakeasy) – I’ve heard rumor of this place, but haven’t yet talked with anyone who’s been. Who doesn’t want to get dolled up and sip a specialty from a mixologist under the cover of a secret password? Thursday night I am going to the WW Club, which is supposed to be a speakeasy style club, for a special event. Tickets: $10. Now, what to wear?!
- Cowgirl Creamery – Okay, so I don’t even care what I do there, but I love the concept and the products. Looks like they have tours at least.
I’m also a fan of Free In DC – their website consistently has a good mix of theatre, arts, talks, presentations, popular and off the beaten path ideas for free or almost free activities about town.