Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NASFT’s Summer Fancy Food Show: 6/17 - 6/19

Hi Everyone! The bf and I are off to Denver, CO in a few days! We cannot wait to see my bro, the kids and enjoy a new city. Full recap upon our return =)

One thing we will be missing while away is the Summer Fancy Food Show, but you don't have to!

Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington DC

NASFT’s Summer Fancy Food Show is the largest specialty food trade event in North America whose main goal is to connect food producers and businesses. NASFT members (producers) promote hundreds of thousands of unique specialty food and beverage products that are often unavailable at your local grocery store or chain.
In attendance will be chefs, food trade professionals, distributors and retailers from all over the world in order to introduce them to some of the most innovative specialty food products in the marketplace.

Some of the Programs you can expect:
Speaker Chef José Andrés
Educational seminars, tastings, tours and cooking classes
Chef Demo Theater
Celebrity hosts Nadia G and Aarti Sequeira 
Business Builders 1-to-1
...and more!

If you register online, you can enjoy the event for $35 instead of $45. Use Promo Code: SX10. Offer valid until 6/14.

Check out images and info from last year's event. Hope you guys can enjoy the show for me!

District of Pi - Penn Quarter, DC

My younger cousin is pretty much at our place every other weekend. We hang out, eat, watch TV and eat some more! After eating healthy during the week, we justify weekend fattiness by ordering pizza when he's over. Eventually, this habit turned into a new tradition we call Pizza Saturdays (creative, I know). We've tried so many places around our Rockville, and decided to head into DC to try District of Pi.

 Don't drive unless you want to pay a lot for garage parking, waste time looking for a meter, or deal with traffic. It's like 1 block from the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on the green/yellow/red line.
This was the coolest looking pizza joint I've ever seen. The lighting made it look more upscale, while the napkins and tile floors kept it casual.
Look at that chandelier! Fancy stuff I tell you. They also have an upstairs seating area that overlooks the ground floor.
As their front sign suggests, they have pizza and beer! They have an extensive bar with over 20 beers on tap. I ordered the Allegash White, which I've had elsewhere and enjoyed. I'd recommend it if you are a fan of Belgium White beers that are slightly fruity and crisp tasting.

For our appetizer, we ordered the Garlic Bread (warm fresh bread served with a blend of butter & extra virgin olive oil and a bulb of roasted garlic) for $5. I was a bit hesitant when the bf ordered it since I didn't want to fill up on bread, but wow! If you are a garlic fan, you will be jumping for joy. They give you toasted bread along with a roasted bulb of garlic. The garlic has been softened in the roasting process, so you just scoop a clove out with your knife and spread it like butter. 
What originally brought us here was my cousin's recent love of Chicago deep dish. He went to Chicago earlier this year and his pizza experiences just haven't compared since. The only other places we've tried with deep dish are Armand's and Uno's.

We ordered the South Side Classico (mozzarella, sausage, mushrooms, green bell peppers, onion) for $23, which was massive! We ordered the large, though we should have ordered the small for $18. Don't forget to take into consideration the thickness of this pizza, so you are getting a lot of food for the price. 
Doesn't it look amazing? The sauce was chunky, tangy and prevented the toppings from sliding off. The crust had a flaky texture, which I actually ate and didn't pawn off to the bf. I know the new "thing" is brick oven pizzas, but don't forget about deep dish folks! I enjoyed it, the bf was impressed, and the Chicago-loving-cousin was satisfied. 
Our server was friendly and knowledgeable of the menu. Food came out in a timely fashion. I have no complaints! I'd love to come back since it's close to the Metro, fun, trendy, and delicious. If you're not in the mood for deep dish, they also offer thin crust pizzas.

910 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-5484
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