Here at Spotlight, we couldn't be more excited about this warm weather and getting the seeds we started indoors into the ground. Now that spring has finally arrived, it's time to get you and your kids outdoors and working the soil. Cindy Brown, representative of the White House vegetable garden and the first lady's Let's Move program, will be moderating a community forum about students' engagement with what they eat. She and a number of others will also be talking about their understanding of the origins of their food and equal access to healthy food. Some of the panelists include Anita Adalja of Common Good City Farm and Sarah Bernardi of DC Greens. The free panel discussion will be held at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum (901 Fort Place SE) starting at 7 p.m.
Nothing is better than a good food pairing: grilled cheese and tomato soup, milk and cookies and, of course, the good ol' fashion pb&j. But what do you get when you pair foods from two different cultures? A fusion of flavorful goodness. Chef Richard Sandoval of the Latin/Asian-inspired restaurant Zengo (781 Seventh St. NW) is debuting the third installment of its Test Kitchen series this month, fusing Singapore and San Salvador's flavors into specialty small plates and cocktails that showcase each region. These limited-time recipes include dishes such as crispy chicken wings with Singapore prawn glaze and "curtido" cabbage slaw, or yuca con chicharron, which is yucca fries with a Singapore-style beef stir-fry. Thanks to Zengo's mixologists, you can pair your meal with the perfect cocktail, including a tasty tamarind daiquiri. The Test Kitchen menu is available through June 30. Each of the new recipes is marked with a "TK" symbol on the menu and will be available for dinner.
Author Kay Podem faced the unthinkable when her husband of 30 years vanished overnight without so much as a word. He was a leader in a small town in Dothan, Ala., leaving the community in utter shock and a wife with deep emotional and financial hardship. After six years of searching, his whereabouts are finally discovered, and the two high school sweethearts meet again where she finally learns about the man she really married. What's fascinating about this unthinkable tale is that it's completely true. Podem documents her story in her memoir, "Don't I Know You," a must read if you ask us! She'll be discussing her book and signing copies from 7 to 9 p.m. at One More Pages Books (2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington). This event is free.