Category Archives: Food & Drink

Roti Bethesda Pumpkin Contest Has Started!

This could be fun folks:

Pumpkin Carving Contest

Put your pumpkin carving skills to the test!

Here’s how it goes:

– Get a pumpkin or visit our Roti Pumpkin Patch at our Bethesda location (10321 Westlake Drive)*.

– Carve the Roti O into the pumpkin or let your creative carving skills go wild and create your own Roti inspired design.

– Take a picture of your pumpkin design.

– Submit your photo one of three ways:

• Via Instagram by tagging @rotiusa with the hashtag #rotipumpkin • Via Twitter by tagging @rotiusa with the hashtag #rotipumpkin • Via email by emailing

The first 31 people to submit their Roti pumpkin carving will win FREE Roti for a week!

The contest begins on Monday, October 21 and ends on Thursday, October 31. We will not accept submissions before Monday. The pumpkin patch will be available the day the contest begins.

*While supplies last.

Wonderful Looking Hard Times Event: Fall Beer Tasting

“North Bethesda” Central Market Event: Caribbean Festival: A day of tropical food & fun!

Friends this looks like fun! Take a look at the link for more info – LINK!

Sad to See RiRa Closing…..

Mentioned this before but wanted to flag their note here – thanks for a lot of good memories:

Bethesda Closing Down

Dear Friends of Rí Rá,

After 10 great years in Bethesda, it is with sadness that we announce Rí Rá will be closing its doors in September due to the expiration of our lease. Over the decade, we have immensely enjoyed getting to know you and the local community, earning your friendship, watching your families grow, hearing your great stories, and of course, sharing with you, the perfect pint or two!

Thank you for your support over the years and for sharing your lives with us. We will continue to excitedly welcome you through our doors – there is still a summer full of fun times to be had!

We also want to share with you the news that Rí Rá will be opening in Georgetown this fall. Familiar faces will be eagerly awaiting your arrival to show you around our newest location with céad míle fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes)!

We look forward to spending the coming months in your company and together, seeing out our lease in style!

Sláinte, The Rí Rá Bethesda Team

More info on the Central Farm Markets 4th Annual Bake Bethesda a Pie Contest

This does sound like a lot of fun. The big bonus seems to be that slices of pie will be served to the crowd at the end of the event — sounds simply delightful!!

Full details here and here is a summary of the event:

To enter the pie contest, contestants must be amateur bakers.  There are two divisions: adult and children. Registrations are free, but a $5 donation per pie is required and all proceeds go to Manna.  Please register each individual adult/child separately.  Registration is open through August 28.  Please understand that we cannot accept walk in registrants or accept any registrations once the regsitrations have closed. Click here for complete details and contest rules.
The contest will run from 9am-1pm.  Contestants will drop off their pies from 9-10, and judging will take place from 11-12.  Our fabulous judges, who are some of Washington’s top food professionals include Aviva Goldfarb – founder of The CEO of The Six O’Clock Scramble; David Hagedorn, who had a 25-year career as a chef and restaurateur before becoming a writer, and whose columns in The Washington Post have included Chef on Call, Real Entertaining, Sourced and The Process; and pastry chef extrodinaire Ed Lichorat. Prizes from area merchants and restaurants will be awarded for both sweet and savory pies in both the adult and children’s categories at 12. At the conclusion of announcing the winners, we will be serving slices of pie to the crowd!

So get your recipes, your rolling pin and get going! See you on September 1!

A Fun Offer From Bethesda Caltort!

Just passing this along:

Want a free taco from the Bethesda Cal Tort? Text the word CALTORT to 84700 and we’ll send you a free taco. Plus, we’ll send you ice cream scoop, other free stuff and discounts for the Bethesda Cal Tort. What we won’t do is send you a lot of texts — but you’ll like the ones we do send!

Farmers Market Update: 4th Annual Bake Bethesda A Pie Contest

Just passing this one along:

ONE WEEK LEFT TO REGISTER for our 4th Annual Bake Bethesda A Pie Contest!

Registration for Bake Bethesda A Pie Contest is open NOW  through August 28. So get your aprons on, get your pie tins ready and GET ROLLING! Bake Bethesda A Pie Contest is now proudly  sponsored by Yelp.

Cornicopia Bethesda (NIH lunch option!)


However, if you do work on that side of Bethesda you have some super options close by including Cornicopia – run by our good friend and food expert Ibo. Cornicopia is a wonderful place, Ibo sells a range of gourmet foods and he also serves up wonderful sandwiches and bits and bobs that are perfect for lunch. So, check it out and tell him that his friends from Bethesda Actually sent you his way.


Reviews from Restaurant Week


Guessing that a lot of you made it out to different restaurants this week due to “restaurant week” – please drop us an email or leave a comment with your review. It would be super to hear what was good and what was just ok in and around Bethesda.




We had a wonderful time at Yamas yesterday – terrific service and good food. We ended up getting lots of small plates and sharing them….it worked rather well!


PS a Greek definition for Yamas can be found here