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Chef’s Best

Foodies, brace yourselves for the ultimate culinary event. On Monday, Food and Friends brings its annual Chef’s Best Dinner and Auction to the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW.


The 21st annual event brings together tastings from 60 of the area’s top “celebrity chefs” with the goal of raising money to support children and adults facing HIV, AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Expect to taste the culinary creations of chefs including Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington, Geoff Tracy of Chef Geoff’s, and mixologist Ari Wilder of Bar-Code.

In addition to the stomach-satisfying fare, the event will feature an auction and raffle featuring items like a seven-night stay in Sydney, Australia, airline tickets, exclusive artwork, and a case of rare wines.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP reception, followed by the main event at 6:30. Tickets start at $250 and are available online. For more information, visit, or contact Brooke Darlington at (202) 269-6837.


Interns Only

As interns flock to the Hill this summer, they’ll find that they simply aren’t invited to many events. This isn’t the case for two events this week, however, which are in fact designed especially for interns.

On Tuesday, Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College presents an intern special public policy discussion and networking event. The topic of the evening will be “Legalizing Marijuana in California: Prospects and Likely Consequences.”

Undergraduates and recent graduates are invited to the informal conversation with Kevin Sabet, special adviser to the White House drug czar, and Jon Caulkins, professor and drug policy expert at Heinz College. The event runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Heinz College, 444 N. Capitol St., NW and is free with preregistration for interns or students with a valid ID. Attendees can register online at

Looking for something to do without set talking points? On Wednesday, IMPACT hosts the 3rd Annual Summer Interns of Color Networking Reception at the Jin Lounge, 2017 14th St., NW. The event allows interns to connect and mingle in a more laid-back atmosphere. The reception runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. To RSVP, visit


Celebrating Ukraine

Varenyky, holubtsi, pampushky—is your mouth watering yet? Indulge yourself with these Ukrainian delicacies and others on Thursday evening at “A Taste of Ukraine,” presented by the International Club of DC.

The event dubs itself as an Embassy of Ukraine reception, dinner feast, and concert in commemoration of the anniversary of the Ukrainian constitution. The concert will feature Ukrainian violinist Solomia Gorokhivska. There will also be a movie presentation about Ukraine and a display of Ukrainian art.

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Embassy of Ukraine, 3350 M St., NW. Tickets start at $55 for International Club of DC members and $59 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

Uncle Sam Jam

It’s time to get out your best red, white, and blue attire; Independence Day is almost upon us. Kick off your holiday weekend in style on Saturday at the 2nd Annual Uncle Sam Jam at National Harbor.

The event, running from 2 to 10 p.m., will feature live music from The Wailers, Blind Melon, and Pat McGee. There will also be food by Famous Dave’s and some of D.C.’s favorite food trucks will be on hand to satisfy the masses. And you won’t go thirsty with the many beer and drink stations scattered around the area. There will also be a lumberjack roll sponsored by Dos Equis. The evening will be capped off with a fireworks show over the pier.

Tickets for the event start at $40 for general admission and $75 for VIP access. You must be 21 or over to attend. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  

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This article appears in the June 27, 2011 edition of NJ Daily.

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