Blue Duck Tavern
We haven’t quite hit the doldrums of summer yet and there are plenty of things to eat, drink, attend, and celebrate, so get your calendars ready. For those nostalgic for the late 90s you can head to a Chef’s Table dinner that celebrates signatures from four chefs, there are cooking classes for the kids, and we can’t think of a better snack or treat during summer than a delicious gelato made with premium ingredients. So, go ahead and indulge before you know it the summer will be over.
Blue Duck Tavern
If you are a Blue Duck devotee, this Friday, June 17 there will be a once in a lifetime dinner that’s a must for foodies. In honor of the Blue Duck Tavern’s tenth anniversary, the Park Hyatt is hosting a one-time only four-course Chef’s Table featuring the restaurant’s past and current executive chefs including opening chef Brian McBride, chef Sebastien Archambault, current chef, Franck Loquet, and current chef de cuisine Brad Deboy. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception in the tea cellar, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m., which for $195 per person (plus tax and gratuity) includes an incredible lineup of wines. Each course will be one of the four chef’s signature dishes and service is family style to encourage camaraderie among the limited seating of 18 people. Be sure to reserve a spot at this small but exclusive dinner and bon appétit!
Get the kids in the kitchen this summer…sign them up for one of Cookology’s cooking classes. This recreational cooking school in Dulles Town Center has something for every palate and interest. The schedule starts Monday, June 13, and runs through the week of August 15 and includes classes on knife skills, culinary boot camps, basic baking, world cuisine, gluten-free meals, and much more. The age ranges are from eight to 17 years old and most of the classes are five days long with each class lasting three hours. You can view the full schedule here www.cookologyonline.com.
Hands down, our favorite, most authentic gelato place in the DMV is found at Dolci Gelati (they have a location in Shaw in D.C. and in Takoma Park, Maryland), the café that serves acclaimed gelatos made by the Dolci Gelati Company. Now a panel of culinary experts has confirmed what we already know: Dolci Gelati is world class.
Over Memorial weekend, the 2016 Gelato World Tour was held in Chicago and Gianluigi Dellaccio, pastry chef and owner of Dolci Gelati, won the title of “Judges Choice” for the Technical Jury Award category. His winning entry was a saffron pistachio with candied lemon peel gelato that wowed everyone with its intense flavors. As a representative from the Americas region, he will next head to Rimini, Italy in 2017 to compete in the Grand Finale of the Gelato World Tour. Be sure to visit his café and sample his divine gelatos and show your support.
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Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor and a food, drink and travel writer at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva and on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva.