It’s getting to be that time again.  The monthly DC Food Blogger Happy Hour is set to take place next Wednesday, November 3rd.  It’s the day after the elections, so you’re going to have a reason to come out for a drink regardless of which party you support.  And we’re here to support that.

So is Northside Social.  The neighborhood coffee house / wine bar / all-around enjoyable place to hang out is this month’s location, and we’ll have the back room reserved to give us room to get the party started.  If I know this group, we’ll be spilling out into the rest of the space before too long.

Why Northside Social?  Well, it IS our November Happy Hour.  We wanted to pick a place that offered some cozy warm beverages in case next week is more seasonably cold.  But we also wanted a spot with some solid beverage options as well.  General Manager and Sommelier Alison Christ has certainly seen to that, compiling a wine list that should offer something for everyone (and some choice beers for those who just don’t like wine).

And because the holidays are rapidly approaching, we wanted to try something new and (we hope) fun for this month’s happy hour: a cookbook swap!  Have a favorite cookbook you’ve worked your way through backwards and forwards?  Got a book you’ve been meaning to cook from but you just haven’t gotten around to it?  Bring it with you to Northside Social and trade it for another.  We’ll have a table full of cookbooks for everyone to pick and choose from.  Bring one book, take another home.  Bring two, take two.  It’s a great way to refresh your cookbook collection and see what your fellow foodies have been cooking at home.

We’ll kick off at 6 PM, as usual.  Northside Social is located in Clarendon, just a short walk from the Orange Line’s Clarendon Metro stop.  Head in the opposite direction from Hard Times Cafe along Wilson Boulevard, and you’ll pass a couple of additional foodie destinations: Eventide, Spider Kelly’s and Liberty Tavern (owned by the same folks who bring us Northside Social and Lyon Hall).

If you’re planning to come by, take a second and let us know on the event page over at Facebook.  And if you still haven’t joined the group, sign up to become a member of the DC Food Bloggers Facebook group.  It’s a great way to hear about each month’s happy hour as well as other fun events that come up from time to time.

Any questions?  Drop us a comment or ask on the event page.  We can’t wait to see you there…and Baby Spice may even make an appearance to sweeten the deal.

In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, characters indulge in all kinds of merry making and festive behavior against a backdrop of mistaken identity and comic miscommunication.  We can’t guarantee anything quite that out there, but we CAN guarantee a good time with lots of tasty food and creative cocktails for the twelfth monthly DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour.  This time we’re taking over the bar at TenPenh on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The party gets started at 6 PM and our happy hour specials will run until 8.  If you’ve joined us for one of these evenings before, you know it’s a great chance to put faces and names to some of your favorite local food bloggers.  If you haven’t joined us yet…take our word for it.  The happy hour is open to food bloggers, friends and anyone else who enjoys sharing their opinions about food and drink.

TenPenh is celebrating their tenth anniversary this year, and we’ll be joining in the celebration with half-priced cocktails and a tempting menu of Asian-inspired small plates.  Check in to the DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour event page on Facebook to let us know if you can be there.

See you on Wednesday!

So you’re in the mood for a drink but you’re sick of your usual and the last time you mixed something creative for yourself was at that party junior year (and that didn’t go so well).  You’re in luck, as that’s pretty much exactly the kind of problem that Tom and Derek Brown created the Passenger to address.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, next week is your chance to do so with thirty of your closest food blogger friends.  The eleventh installment in our monthly DC Food Blogger Happy Hour series will take place on Wednesday, July 7th at the Passenger.  From 6 to 8 PM you’ll be able to belly up to the bar and try some of their creative (or ultra-traditional) cocktail offerings, or tap into their vast knowledge of spirits to find your next personal favorite.

This month Thrifty DC Cook has taken the lead on organizing the Happy Hour, and she promises plenty of delicious surprises for anyone who comes out to join us.  We are DC food bloggers, after all.  For more information on what’s in store, make sure you check out the event on Facebook.  While you’re there, take a second to respond and let us know if you’ll be coming so we can give the folks at the Passenger fair warning.

The Passenger is located at 1021 7th Street, across from the Convention Center just north of Mount Vernon Square.  Not coincidentally, you can get to the Passenger by taking the Metro to the Mount Vernon Square / 7th Street – Convention Center stop on the Yellow and Green Lines.  Street parking is available – but limited – in the nearby area.

Hope to see you there!

Have you been watching Top Chef Masters?  Even though Susur Lee is credited as representing Toronto, the highest-scoring chef in the show’s history has a connection to Washington in the form of his newest restaurant.  Zentan at the Donovan House features Lee’s take on refined (and redefined) Asian cuisine.

To celebrate Lee’s performance – and to enjoy another new hot spot with friends – the DC Food Blogger Happy Hour will take place at Zentan next Wednesday, June 2nd.  We’ll get started at 6 PM and run until at least 8, and we’re going to be in the restaurant’s private dining room.  Happy hour specials will include $7 beers, $7 glasses of wine and $7 specialty cocktails.

If you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out some of their sushi or go all out and order the nineteen-ingredient Singapore slaw.  We’ll also be there during their regular “Lucky 7’s” happy hour, so we’ll be able to enjoy $7 small plates that run the gamut from steamed pork dumplings to fluke sashimi.

As always, we ask that you join us on our Facebook page to let us know if you’ll be able to attend.  We’re already at 45 guests and counting, so this one should be BIG!  While you’re there, take a moment and let us know where you would like to do a future Food Blogger Happy Hour – chances are you’re not alone.

It’s that time again – the first Wednesday of the month, time for the DC Food Bloggers’ Happy Hour!

You’ve joined us in Penn Quarter.  You hit Columbia Heights.  You’ve done U Street, Adams Morgan and 14th.

This time, we’re taking you to a real hot spot.  Capitol Hill.

Wow.  That’s still not exciting, even after all of the great new spots that have opened along Pennsylvania Avenue and near Union Station, is it?

Thankfully, the happy hour location is exciting: Art & Soul, executive chef Art Smith’s homage to down-home Southern cooking.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out their signature items like “put-ups” (pickled vegetables) and cornmeal flatbreads known as hoecakes, you won’t want to miss this.

Additional details – including some happy hour specials in case you’re still not convinced – after the jump. (more…)

Even before the first DC Food Blogger Happy Hour ended last September, there were plans to do it again the following month.  The enthusiasm, the camaraderie and the fun were too good to let it go as a one-and-done thing.  But even the organizers had their doubts about whether the happy hours could last through the winter months.

On March 3rd, we’ll be holding the seventh monthly event.  This time we’ll be at Vinoteca, just off of U Street on 11th.  Come join us for a glass of wine – or a few.  Take advantage of the fact that you’re just a short walk from the Metro – and a slightly longer walk from Ben’s Chili Bowl.

The folks at Vinoteca have graciously offered to extend their normal happy hour specials for an additional hour, so we’ll be able to enjoy discounted menu items and as many as 20 wines by the glass for $5 each throughout the event.

If you haven’t joined us for a Food Blogger Happy Hour yet, you’re missing out.  It’s been truly impressive to see the way the local blogging community has really come together at these events over the past half a year.  And I know there are bloggers out there who can attest to the friendships they’ve solidified and the connections they’ve made as a result of these happy hours.

At the event, take a moment to chat with the organizers and share your thoughts about future venues.  We’re always looking for new ideas and we want to continue to highlight great locations in new neighborhoods throughout the area.

Not sure who the organizers are?  Here’s a handy list:

Arugula Files
Beer Spotter
Biscuits and Such
Capital Cooking
Capital Spice
Common Man Eats
Dining in DC
Gradually Greener
Modern Domestic
Thrifty DC Cook
We Love DC

And this month, they’ve added another way to stay in touch with your fellow food fans and bloggers: a Facebook Fan Page.  With more than 80 fans and counting, it’s a great snapshot of the DC food blogging community and a way to keep up to date on where and when events are happening.

Hope to see you there!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away (you have started brining your turkey already, right?), there’s one thing we’re not thankful for.  The holiday weekend is making it difficult for us to promote the next DC Food Blogger Happy Hour.

Next Wednesday, December 2nd, we’ll be gathering with dozens of our fellow DC food writers for our fourth monthly happy hour.  Last month, we hit the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan.  Before that, we visited CommonWealth in Columbia Heights and Poste in Penn Quarter.  This month, we’re ending the year in style with a visit to the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s newest offering, ChurchKey.

Whether this will be your first visit or you’re well on your way to becoming a regular, ChurchKey (along with its conjoined twin, Birch & Barley) offers plenty of beers and other beverages for you to experience for the first time.  Their food has been earning solid praise as well.

Come out to 1337 14th Street, NW (near the corner of 14th and Rhode Island) next Wednesday from 6 to 8 PM and see what all the fuss is about.  If you’re a food blogger – or even if you’re just thinking about starting your own blog – this is a great opportunity to meet your fellow writers and put faces to names.  Our previous gatherings have averaged close to 50 people each; you can bet on a good crowd.

This month, we’re trying to do ourselves a huge favor and consolidate the responses for the event.  To that end, we’re encouraging everyone who plans to stop by to let us know in one central location: Beerspotter Orr Stuhl’s post announcing the happy hour over at the Washington City Paper’s Young & Hungry blog.  If you haven’t done so already and are planning to attend, please click over there quickly and let us know so we can give the folks at ChurchKey a rough estimate of the number of people we’ll be expecting.

As in the past, this monthly Food Blogger Happy Hour (I’m still calling it a FoBloHaHo until someone suggests something better) is the work of several of our friends and colleagues: Jenna from Modern Domestic, Cathy from We Love DC, Mary from The Arugula Files, Lisa from Dining in DC, Amelia from Gradually Greener, Lauren from Capital Cooking, and Orr.  And a special thanks goes out this month to Amanda at Metrocurean for letting us use her photo for the flyer.

We hope to see you next Wednesday.  And if you’ve got ideas for locations for future FoBloHaHo’s post a note, send us an email or suggest it when you see us at ChurchKey.  We’re always open to good suggestions, and we know most DC food bloggers have plenty of them!