Stylish restaurants, celebrity chefs and fresh local fare are all on the menu in Washington, DC, a city whose dining scene is no longer known primarily for power lunches and elegant State dinners.
You'll find restaurants with noteworthy chefs at the helm, including José Andrés, host of PBS' "Made in Spain," (and founder of acclaimed DC restaurants such as Zaytinya, Oyamel, Jaleo, minibar by José Andrés and the new barmini by José Andrés). You'll also see on the scene fresh faces like "Top Chef" finalists Carla Hall as well as Mike Isabella at his popular DC outpost, Graffiato. With DC chefs finding celebrity on national TV, restaurants placing focus on all things green and a First Family sampling all that DC’s culinary scene has to offer, there’s no more appetizing time to visit the nation’s capital.
Moveable Feast: DC by Foot showcases the diversity of the nation's capital with three culinary tours that take participants through three, distinct District neighborhoods. The U Street Food & History Tour covers the rich history of what was once known as "Black Broadway" and gets flavorful with Ethiopian and soul food cuisine. Throw a dash of sugar in your exploration with an Eastern Market History & Dessert Tour, which intersperses tasty treats with factoids on one of DC's oldest neighborhoods. Want to cut out the history altogether and indulge the sweet tooth? Try a Georgetown Cupcakes & Dessert Tour.
DC Metro Food Tours: This tour company specializes in foodie-focused tours, featuring Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle in the District and Old Town Alexandria just outside the city. Explore Eastern Market, a grand and historic food market on the Hill in the Foods of Eastern Market Tour. You can also celebrate the end of a long day of sightseeing with a pub crawl.
The popular blog, book and subsequent hit summer movie "Julie & Julia" all ended with the same reward – a trip to Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to see Julia Child’s kitchen, now the centerpiece of its ongoing exhibit, FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000. Savor a tour of her legendary Cambridge, Mass., kitchen that was donated to the Smithsonian and explore videos, cookbooks, gadgets and utensils to gain insight into Julia’s great passion for food and for life.
Head out of town for the afternoon to sip around DC’s Wine Country. Just 25 miles outside of Washington, Loudoun County boasts more than 20 boutique wineries, rolling hills, meandering stone walls, horse country and historic towns. Sit back and enjoy the ride: Contact Reston Limousine to experience one of their tours visiting several wineries, or have them build one to your liking.
DC has been home to pioneers in the organic and sustainable movements for years. Nora Pouillon of Restaurant Nora was the first certified organic restaurant in the United States right here in 1999, and Ann Yonkers has been spreading the "gospel" of FRESHFARM food at markets that have sprouted up in neighborhoods across the city. Recently, First Lady Michelle Obama worked with her White House staff to create the first edible garden at the White House since the Victory Gardens in the 1940s, marking a special milestone in this movement.
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