Looking for some tasty things to do this weekend? Read–and eat–on.
Today is National Donut Day!
Today, Friday, June 6, is National Doughnut Day, which is a holiday I can fully support. I knew that Krispy Kreme was hooking customers up with a free doughnut to celebrate, because my mom keeps reminding me. Dunkin’ Donuts will also hook you up if you buy a drink, and so will a few other fried dough purveyors across the continent. And if you feel like going doughnut DIY? Stacie Billis from One Hungry Mama did a roundup on Cool Mom Picks of eight easy doughnut recipes that–she swears–you can make at home. She even throws in some pan recommendations so you’ll have the perfect doughnut-making gear.
It’s a big weekend for barbecue in the Mid-Atlantic region. The 12th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party comes to New York City, with several pitmasters from NYC joined by competitors from as far away as Texas and Mississippi. Meanwhile, the Beltway BBQ Showdown hits the Prince George’s County suburbs of Washington, D.C. This one is serious business, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, with $10,000 in prize money up for grabs. The KCBS lists 16 events total across the country for this weekend alone, from Smokin’ on the Summit in Lee’s Summit, MO to Bardstown, KY’s Bourbon City BBQ Festival. So if it’s meat you’re after? You can find it pretty much anywhere, and these events almost always include music, games and other fun stuff for kids, and a generally family-friendly good time, with great food. Win.
The Cultivate Festival
All things considered, I’d usually rather be in San Francisco. So much stuff to do, such great weather, such great food. But I’m not. If you are, Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival kicks off there in Golden Gate Park on Saturday. Heard a little song called “Fancy” lately? Iggy Azalea’s partner in addictive pop, Charli XCX performs, along with Neon Trees and Andrew McMahon, and there are five exhibits on issues related to food and farming, plus a bunch of kids’ activities. Food options include dishes created by Chipotle with ingredients from local farms, an Artisan’s Hall featuring regional, artisanal food, and a Tasting Hall featuring craft brews and regional wines. Cultivate heads to Minneapolis in August and Dallas in October, with different performers and purveyors.
Book to Devour
A meal with dear old friends at the charming Delancey was a highlight of my trip to Seattle a couple of years ago. Now Molly Wizenberg’s new book Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, and a Marriage takes us into the relationship behind the restaurant. (Amazon, $18.63, Kindle, $12.99) Molly is a master at weaving food and story together–which she’s been doing since 2004 on her blog, Orangette, and in the lovely book A Homemade Life–and she’s got a podcast with food writer Matthew Amster-Burton called Spilled Milk, too.
Get Thee to a Food Truck
I’m not immune to their charms of a Food Truck, trust me. I stalked a lobster roll on wheels once (I really did. Good thing they were updating their coordinates on Twitter.) Chicagoans can check out the Chicago Food Truck Fest at U.S. Cellular Field this weekend, with nearly 20 trucks serving up sandwiches, tacos (mmmm….tacos), pizza, and local favorites like pierogis. Plus cupcakes. Always cupcakes lately–not that I’m complaining.
Itching to eat out of a vehicle near you? Eater just released an updated “heatmap” of the 22 hottest food trucks in the U.S. right now. The closest to me is Arepa Zone, which claims to be the only truck in the country that serves authentic Venezuelan cuisine. Arepas are grilled corn patties stuffed with goodies like chicken and avocado salad or tomato, ham, and queso de mano cheese, so I’m just wondering which of my friends will join me in trolling the streets of Arlington, Va., looking for them.
Chef, the Movie
Speaking of food trucks, reviews are in, and they are four stars, for the most part, for Chef: The Movie, with power cast of Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, Amy Sedaris–should I go on? As Chef Carl, Favreau got back to his roots to follow his culinary passions, and results are apparently delicious. I’m skipping the lines for big releases to check this one out this weekend.
Find a Farmer’s Market
Man I love the farmers market–any farmers market, I’m really not picky. A trip to the market can set me up with (usually) reasonably priced produce for the week that puts my local grocery store’s selection to shame, plus other goodies like fresh meat, cheese, herbs, flowers, and fun things like chef demos and craft goods. I thought I was connected with the bounty of market options in my area (mostly in the form of the D.C. area’s awesome Freshfarm Markets) but this USDA Farmers Markets database showed me some I was missing. Just plug in your zip code and you’re there.