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The 2022 Capital Food Fight by DC Central Kitchen arrives April 7

2022 Capital Food Fight returns in-person chef competition in April

Chefs from Cranes, Leni, Oohh’s & Aahh’s, The Point DC to compete head to head

The 2022 Capital Food Fight by DC Central Kitchen returns the celebratory in-person chef competition to The Anthem in DC in just a few weeks. According to the host, VIP tickets for the April 7th event are sold out, but general admission tickets remain available. The Capital Food Fight dates back to 2004 when DC Central Kitchen Board Chair Emeritus José Andrés hosted it; the event is a popular spring competition between high-profile chefs.

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dLeña by Chef Richard Sandoval will celebrate the Earth and bees with its Viva Abejas campaign starting March 22

dLeña celebrates Earth, bees through Viva Abejas, Pachamama

Bee-centric art, food, drink headline campaign during March, April

dLeña by Chef Richard Sandoval will celebrate the Earth and bees with its Viva Abejas campaign starting March 22. The Mount Vernon Triangle Mexican restaurant in DC will put the importance of bees in the spotlight as it elevates the earth’s harvest through food and drink.

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Chef Kwame Onwuachi will become a contributing executive producer at Food & Wine.

Kwame Onwuachi named contributing executive producer, Food and Wine

Inspiring chef will be involved in projects in Middleburg, Aspen in 2021

The impressive Kwame Onwuachi, a former judge on “Top Chef” and former executive chef of Kith/Kin in the District Wharf, accepted the role of contributing executive producer at Food & Wine. Onwuachi had been writing a travel column for the food, dining, travel and design magazine label, while actively involved in adapting his memoir “Notes from a Young Black Chef” to a feature film.

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The 2020 Capital Food Fight will be held in a virtual format this year, with some packages including the option of food and drink. Tickets to the November 18 event, which is hosted by José Andrés, Spike Mendelsohn, and additional top celebrities, are on sale now

Capital Food Fight slated for November in virtual format

Local chefs face off to benefit DC Central Kitchen

The 2020 Capital Food Fight will be held in a virtual format this year, with some packages including the option of food and drink. Tickets to the November 18 event, which is hosted by José Andrés, Spike Mendelsohn, and additional top celebrities, are on sale now. DC Central Kitchen benefits from the fundraising event in which chefs engage in a culinary battle for top bragging rights.

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Bayou Bakery, David Guas, Dock-5 celebrate Mardi Gras in DC

Fun, frolic take over at Bayou Bakery, Union Market Dock-5 during Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Extravaganza hosted at Dock-5 in 2020

The fun and frolic is building as we approach Mardi Gras 2020. Arlington’s Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar and Eatery and Dock 5 at Union Market are both showing their party scene for a grand celebration. Chef and restaurateur David Guas has a night of traditional Creaole & Cajun food and live music planned, starting at 6 p.m. Bayou Bakery will offer $5 dishes, including dishes like Camellia Red Beans & Rice, Muffalettas, Jambalaya, Crawfish Monica, and Beignets.

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Ramen World 2020 at Mess Hall coming in February

Mess Hall Ramen World 2020 coming in February

Up-and-coming chefs, acclaimed ‘grand masters’ on display

Mess Hall is returning Ramen World to Washington, D.C. in February. A number of restaurants and chefs will present creative ramen-forward dishes in the exhibit space of Mess Hall and also its kitchens. The event typically sells out, according to the organizers. A repeat player, Chef Erik Bruner-Yang represents the upcoming ABC Pony. Bruner-Yang is a local, celebrity chef with a reputation founded on D.C. favorites Maketto, Brothers & Sisters and Toki Underground.

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Emilie's from Kevin Tien gives Swizzle Chill an inside look at preview party, and opening October 10.

A glimpse of what is to come at Emilie’s from Kevin Tien

Modern space, open design creates new canvas for Tien’s talents

Emilie’s, from Chef Kevin Tien, opens to the public October 10. Tien has been busy this year. He also launched Hot Lola’s at the Ballston Quarter Market in March and left Himitsu as plans for Emlie’s opening were announced. This new showcase of his talent will feature large-plate-focused dining, accompanied by Dim-Sum-style small plates, carted around tableside to diners. Tien plans to imprint his vision at this much-anticipated Capitol Hill restaurant.

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