• 04May

    In my inbox.  BTW, Todd Kliman also has an event May 8th  at Politics and Prose.



    As part of its free Folger Fridays lecture series, Folger Shakespeare Library is excited to present Washingtonian columnist Todd Kliman, as he explores the history and mysteries of American wine. Kliman will discuss his recently published book The Wild Vine, which chronicles the history and characters of the oft-forgotten Norton grape.


    Todd Kliman, author of The Wild Vine

    Friday, May 20



    Folger Shakespeare Library

    201 E. Capitol Street, SE

    Washington, DC


  • 16Dec

    In My Inbox.


    On Saturday, December 18, Brightest Young Things & Flying Dog Ales are hosting a Christmas Lights Art Car Parade in Washington, DC.

    The mission of Christmas Lights is for a band of merry revelers in Art Cars to descend upon Georgetown, grand marshaled by the Flying Dog Winnebago. (Willie’s Bus ain’t got nothing on this Gonzo land yacht.) The parade is open to the public, so Flying Dog and Brightest Young Things encourage everyone to decorate their vehicles and join in for what is guaranteed to be a night for the history books.


    * Parade participants will assemble at Jack’s Boathouse at 7 pm for a welcome reception featuring CakeLove Gonzo Cupcakes (made with Flying Dog’s Gonzo Imperial Porter) and hot cider. From there, the plan of attack is as follows. Please note that times are approximate.
    * 8 pm: Head down K St to Rock Creek Parkway, up to Politics and Prose
    * 8:30 pm: Politics and Prose – Celebrity Guests’ LIVE Reading of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! with complimentary Flying Dog beers.
    * 9:30 pm: Comet Ping Pong culmination party with Flying Dog draft specials, LIVE music from Sherell Rowe (DC) and Sidewalk Driver (Boston), and all sorts of kick ass awards for a variety of superlatives relevant to the night’s festivities.

    In addition to Flying Dog and Brightest Young Things, the Kirk and Mike Show on 105.9 The Edge will be spreading the Christmas Lights gospel in a lead up to the culminating parade on Saturday evening.

    In keeping with the holiday spirit, this entire event is FREE. All car entries will need a designated driver on hand at the start of the Christmas Lights parade. In addition to art cars, DC’s hardcore cyclists are also welcome to participate with art bicycles.


  • 19Mar

    Can’t wait until tomato season for Cherokee purples, Mr. Stripeys, and green zebras.    Here’s a books signing for for all you tomato-loving food readers.   Nice of him (ok, his “people”) to send us the below info.



    D.C.-based Arthur Allen, author of RIPE: The Search for the Perfect Tomato, is coming to the city to talk about his new book, which was written for the millions of food lovers who are tomato-obsessed, revealing the fascinating story behind the fruit, its farmers, and its fans around the world.


    April 10, 2010, 6:00 p.m., Politics and Prose

    5015 Connecticut Ave, Washington, D.C. 20008

    Free and open to the public, all ages

    Contact: Tiffany Lee, Counterpoint Press, 510.704.0230

    More about Arthur Allen and RIPE: The Search for the Perfect Tomato:

    The tomato. Savory as a bell pepper, sweet as a mango, and tart as a lemon, this strange fruit inspires a cultlike devotion from food lovers on all continents. The people of Ohio love the tomato so much they made tomato juice the official state beverage. An annual food festival in Spain draws thousands of participants to a 100-ton tomato fight. The inimitable, versatile tomato has conquered the cuisines of Spain and Italy, and in America it is our most popular garden vegetable.

    Journalist and former AP foreign correspondent Arthur Allen understands the spell of the tomato and is your guide in telling its dramatic story. He begins by describing in mouthwatering detail the wonder of a truly delicious tomato, then introduces the man who prospected for wild tomato genes in South America and made them available to tomato breeders. He tells the baleful story of enslaved Mexican Indians in the Florida tomato fields, the conquest of the canning tomato by the Chinese army, and the struggle of Italian tomato producers to maintain a way of life. Allen combines reportage, archival research, and innumerable anecdotes in a lively narrative that, through the lens of today’s global market, tells a story that will resonate from the greenhouse to the dinner table.

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