• 26Mar

    calling-all-talented-junior-chefsI know many of my readers have kids, so am passing this along.


    “Teach kids to cook and eat healthy and you might be rewarded with a VIP trip to DC to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner.” The 3rd Healthy Lunchtime Challenge hosted by the First Lady Michelle Obama and Epicurious will select one winner from each state and the territories to be flown by Delta Airlines to Washington, D.C. for a once in a lifetime trip. Create a healthy recipe, submit it by April 5 and you could win.

    Read Epicurious’ latest bog post about it here. Find the guidelines and enter by April 5th here.”

  • 02Sep
    the food-restaurant

    Pics Courtesy of The Food restaurant.

    The Contest to rename “The Food” restaurant is from September 1st – 15th, 2013.

    The winner will receive $500 worth of free meals for the year. Two runner-ups will receive $50 gift certificates, and each contestant will receive a 10% off coupon towards any meal.

    The three options are:

    Potomac’s:  Pizza, Burgers & Kabobs
    Georgee’s : Pizza Burgers & Kabobs
    The Sauce Spot – Dressing Up Pizza, Burgers & Kabobs Your Way


  • 13Apr

    psy-chef“With the release of Psy’s new single ‘Gentleman’ and a World Tour ahead, Psy will also need a Chef to accompany him. Enter now at www.psygobibigo.com for your chance to win $40,000 (not bad for a month) and be pampered like a celebrity!”

    Cooking skills not needed. A video is worth 2000 words, so click below:




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  • 04Apr

    For the third straight year, DCFüd is giving away tickets to Sound Bites at the 9:30 Club. One winner will win a pair of tickets. This is a great event that I have attended in the past.

    So, who wants to win a pair of tickets to this May 19th event?  One lucky DCFüd reader will randomly win a pair of tickets.  All you have to do is email contest@dcfud.com with the subject “Sound Bites Entry” and include your first and last name and cell number in the body of the email before 11:59 pm on Sunday 5/12.  Only one entry per person (regardless of how many email addresses you have).  You will need to show ID to the venue to pick the ticket up.  The above email address is only for contest entry and is not for questions or comments.  When the winner is chosen (give me a few days from when the contest closes), I’ll contact the winner and comment on this post.  If you have questions, email me at jay@dcfud.com. Good luck!



    soundbites 2013 email flyer


  • 04Mar

    DCFüd is giving away 4 pairs of tickets for one day (Saturday or Sunday) at the Travel & Adventure Show (details below). So, who wants to win a pair of tickets to the event? All you have to do is email contest@dcfud.com with the subject “Travel Show Entry” and include your first and last name in the body of the email before 5:00 pm on 3/7 (Thursday).  Only one entry per person (regardless of how many email addresses you have). You will need to show ID to the venue to pick the ticket up. When the winners are chosen, I’ll email them, hopefully sometime that evening.  Good luck!




    Travel & Adventure Show Returns to Washington, DC

    March 9 – 10

    SeaWorld Penguins and Travel Experts

    Rick Steves and Andrew Zimmern Among Highlights


    WHAT:            The metropolitan area’s Favorite Travel Show returns to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown, Washington, DC on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10, with an extensive array of destination vendors, free giveaways, and action-packed activities.  Travel Experts, including travel icon Arthur Frommer, best-selling travel writer, publisher and creator of the Frommer’s series of travel guides; Andrew Zimmern, co-creator, host and contributing producer of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre World; and Public broadcasting stalwart Rick Steves, host of Rick Steves Europe, are among the industry luminaries who will host exclusive seminars for show attendees on various topics to help one plan an ideal vacation.

    New this year, both SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and Busch Gardens will play a role in the show, with exhibitions that are both entertaining and educational. SeaWorld Orlando will offer visitors a voyage to the icy world of Antarctica, providing a virtual sneak peek of the continent’s thrills and chills. Walk side by side with a penguin colony, go beneath the surface, become an Arctic explorer and enjoy a unique family experience. There will even be live Magellanic penguins making scheduled appearances.

    Busch Gardens will bring a group of animal ambassadors, and share information regarding the conservation movement for these animals. Guests will have the opportunity to take pictures as well.

    Chef Rahman “Rock” Harper – 3rd Season winner of Hell’s Kitchen – will host the Culinary Stage both Saturday and Sunday, leading attendees through a combination of discussions and cooking demos, celebrating local, regional and global gastronomy.  Among the stage highlights, on Saturday, American’s only female swordfishing captain, Linda Greenlaw, will offer a presentation entitled “Life on the Seas with Captain Linda Greenlaw,” accompanied by a cooking demo that features Swordfish with Blood Orange and Ginger.

    Additionally, guests of all ages will have the opportunity take scuba lessons in a heated pool, or check their dexterity on a rock climbing while they plan the vacation of their lives.

    Exhibitors from a wide array of exotic and exciting destinations across the world and adventures practically in our own backyard will display thousands of thrilling travel opportunities, ideal for every budget.  From discovering the beauty of Maine to a magnificent sunset on the beautiful beaches of Aruba, to a tour of the Egyptian Pyramids on camelback or exploring a pulsating African wilderness, no destination is out of reach. The show is just right for anyone looking to create the vacation of a life time.  Exclusive “show deals” on select travel packages will help turn this long-lasting dream into a reality.

    The Events Supporting Sponsors include:  SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door.  Maine Office of Tourism is our Official Culinary Stage Sponsor and Ethiopian Airlines is the official airline sponsor.   NBC4 and The Washington Examiner are Media Sponsors.

    DATE/TIME:        Saturday, March 9th – 10:00am – 5:00pm

      Sunday, March 10th – 11:00am – 4:00pm

    TICKETS:               Each ticket is valid for one day only.

    Adults (17-and-over):  $10 Online with Promo Code:  DCPR

    (www.adventureexpo.com) or $15 at the Door

    Children:  Children 16and-under are free with a paid adult.


    LOCATION:         Washington Convention Center

                                    801 Mount Vernon Place NW Washington, DC 20001

      Metro Stop: Mount Vernon Square-Convention Center Station (Green and Yellow Line)


  • 14Dec

    In my inbox.



    Be a Winner with this Easy Holiday Recipe;
    then Win $1 Million with a Recipe of Your Own

    Short on time for laying out a party spread that’ll wow your holiday guests?

    “The secret to creating something memorable is often as simple as pairing unexpected flavors that really hit it off,” says Dave Hirschkop, owner of Dave’s Gourmet (www.davesgourmet.com), maker of award-winning sauces.

    “It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated,” he says. “If you mate ingredients that have chemistry, you’ll blow your guests away.”

    If you’ve already created that blow-em-away recipe – the sauce that’s the hit at every gathering – it could win you up to $1million in royalties in Dave’s Gourmet Recipe Challenge.

    And if you haven’t, Hirschkop has a gift for you: His Easy Holiday Dip will make short work of party-pleasing.

    Easy Holiday Dip

    1 ½ cups roasted red peppers (from jar or canned)

    1 8-ounce package of cream cheese

    ¼ cup pumpkin seeds

    1 Tablespoon olive oil

    ½ teaspoon paprika (I like smoked but any will do)

    Salt and pepper to taste

    Put everything into a food processor and pulse until smooth, creamy and delicious.

    Serve with fresh-cut veggies (carrot sticks, celery, you know the drill folks) pretzels or pita chips.

    For you chile heads, add a couple drops of your favorite Dave’s Gourmet hot sauce and make that dip rip!

    Dave’s Gourmet Recipe Challenge

    And now about that recipe contest. Dave’s Gourmet is looking for a winner to add to its product line, and guess who’ll get the royalties for six years? That’s right – you. Up to $1 million. Hey, it’s only fair if your name’s on the label.

    Payday starts immediately with a $2,000 advance.

    Just submit for your original recipe for a sauce, salsa or dip by Dec. 31 at www.davesgourmet.com. Dave’s team will test the recipes and choose semifinalists, who’ll be taste-tested by a Dave’s Gourmet panel. Finalists will be notified Jan. 12-14. The winner (or winners) will be chosen by food professionals attending the Fancy Foods Show in San Francisco. They’ll be notified Jan. 18.

    Isn’t it about time your killer sauce paid off? Dave thinks it is.

  • 07Apr

    In My Inbox.





    East Coast Chain to Give Away Free Chips and Queso with Purchase on Monday, April 18th

    ROCKVILLE, MD –Along with mailboxes and post offices across the country, East Coast quick-casual chain California Tortilla is a Tax Day destination with its offering of free chips and queso to all Caltort customers on Monday, April 18th.

    “Whether you want to celebrate or commiserate your tax return, there is no better way to do it than with free chips and queso.” said Stacey Kane, Director of Marketing for California Tortilla.

    Customers can choose instead to enjoy California Tortilla’s signature salsa, which is made in small batches throughout the day with fresh 100% roma tomatoes.

    California Tortilla has always thrived on enhancing customers’ dining experience with engaging activities in each of their locations.  Every Monday night, customers get to spin the “Mystery Prize Wheel,” for discounts, or if they’re really lucky, free food. Their promotional calendar includes longtime favorites like Pop Tart Day and Free Tacos on Election Day.


    Cal Tort hosts contest to celebrate the anniversary of the largest sales day in history

    ROCKVILLE, MD – To celebrate the anniversary of Cinco de Mayo 2010, California Tortilla’s largest sales day in history, the eatery is rewarding a deserving fan with a free catering party for up to 100 guests.  To enter, fans have to convey to California Tortilla how they will make use of their delicious winnings, and the public will vote to select the lucky winner.  Submissions are due by April 14th, and the top three entries will be posted on California Tortilla’s Website for public voting through April 30th.  The entrant that receives the most votes will be announced on May 1st.

    The contest comes on the heels of California Tortilla’s newly launched catering call center – 855-CALTORT. Customers can get all their catering needs covered in one 5 minute phone call including Taco, Fajita or Burrito Parties.

    Fans are encouraged to use any creative method of their choice to enter, such as making a video, writing a poem, penning a song or even orchestrating a flash mob. To participate, entries can be emailed to spunky@californiatortilla.com or mailed to Cal Tort World HQ, 20 Courthouse Sq. Ste. 206, Rockville, MD 20852 between now and April 14th.

    Just what is California Tortilla? A quick-casual, Mexican restaurant with can’t-find-them-anywhere-else, award-winning, critically-acclaimed, outrageously-popular burritos, bursting quesadillas, fabulous salads, the freshest ingredients, spunky cashiers and so much more.  Check out our website www.californiatortilla.com for the entire scoop.

    Where can I find California Tortilla? We’re EVERYWHERE!  Go to www.californiatortilla.com, for a listing of all our locations.

    For more information, please call 301-545-0035 or visit our website, www.californiatortilla.com. Do you get the feeling that we want you to visit our website?



  • 13Sep

    In my inbox.




    Using ingredients from Dupont Circle’s FRESHFARM Market come up with an empanada that will represent our neighborhood!

    You may develop a recipe or simply list your preferred ingredients; please limit your recipe to four main ingredients per entry. Drop the recipe at Panas, 2029 P St. NW, or email your entry to order@panasgourmet.com, subject Duponada.

    The deadline for entries is September 24th . On Sunday October 3rd , a panel of distinguished food writer/bloggers will select the TOP THREE entries.

    During the week of Oct 4-8, the top three recipes will be served at Panas, Gourmet Empanadas, where customers will vote for their favorite.

    The winning recipe will be announced at Panas Gourmet Empanadas on Sunday, October 10. The Duponada will be added to the menu at Panas and proceeds from its sale will go to benefit the Dupont Circle Citizens Association.






  • 20Aug


    Enter Your Big (or big-ish) Vegetable in the Biggest Vegetable Contest!

    Is that a five pound melon sitting in your garden? What about a foot long zucchini? A football sized pumpkin? Why aren’t you entering your vegetables in the DC State Fair Biggest Vegetable Contest, sponsored by Washington Gardener? More…
    In My Inbox.


    DC Picklers – Show Us Your Best Pickle

    Green beans. Cucumbers. Beets. Is there anything that isn’t improved with a good pickling brine?

    Well it’s time for DC picklers to show us what you’ve got. Do you have a delicious bread and butter pickle recipe that’s wowed your friends? Do you pickle your own onions to serve on sandwiches? Do you make your own kimchi? Enter your sour, salty, and/or sweet pickled creations in the DC State Fair Home-Made Pickle contest. Many thanks to GLiTTARAZZi, a DC-based social and gossip blog, for sponsoring. The winner will win a $50 gift certificate to 19th.

    You can enter the DC State Fair Home Made Pickle Contest here. While we’d love to know if your pickled items were grown in the District, it’s not a requirement of the contest. The deadline for entries is Thursday, August 26, so get your pickles going today!


  • 18Aug

    In My Inbox.


    Come to the DC State Fair Kick-Off Shindig and Homebrew Contest – August 27! (Click there for the active links.)

    dcstatefair | August 18, 2010 at 4:03 am | Categories: dc state fair | URL: http://wp.me/pZQTt-2z

    Thanks to The Black Squirrel for sponsoring the DC State Fair Homebrew Contest!
    What: DC Homebrewers Contest
    When: Friday, Aug. 27, 7:30 – 10 pm
    Where: 1314 Kenyon St. NW

    To Enter: Fill out this entry form by August 23.

    DC’s become a paradise for beer lovers in the past few years, and we had to give DC homebrewers the chance to prove who brews the best brew at the DC State Fair.

    Join us on August 27th from 7:30 to 10:00 pm at 1314 Kenyon St. NW for a kick-off party and homebrew contest, sponsored by The Black Squirrel (the fabulous neighborhood beer bar in Adams Morgan). The judging begins at 8:00 pm sharp – you won’t want to miss it!

    If that’s not enough for you, Fat Man After Dark, another fair sponsor, will be broadcasting live from the Contest.

    Do you have a passion for homebrewing? There’s still time to submit your beer to the contest, so enter now. The deadline for homebrew entries is August 23.

    Good luck to all the homebrewers out there! We know you’ll make the District proud.

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