• There's been plenty of uncertainty around Wagamama's entry into the DC market after signage went up back in 2009 in Penn Quarter at 418 7th St. NW, followed by rumors that they'd pulled out. It's looking like the UK-based noodle shop is a go — the signs have been updated with an "early 2012" date.
• An exciting farewell to chef Dan Giusti of 1789 who is leaving his DC post at the end of August and heading to Copenhagen to cook at the renowned Noma restaurant.
• In Metrocurean's Great Urban Gardens series, lots of resourceful gardeners have been growing herbs for cocktails. An upcoming cocktail seminar led by PS 7's Gina Chersevani and Chef Geoff's Elli Benchimol will teach participants to use summer's bounty of produce and herbs in drinks. Full details here.
• Chef John Critchley of Urbana has been baking up seasonal market pizzas topped with ingredients from the Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market each week. For a great afternoon deal, every day from 2 to 5 p.m., order one of Critchley’s signature pizzas and get a pitcher of housemade sangria or a housemade shandy.
• Cool off this Saturday at DC Scoop, an ice cream tasting event and competition featuring some of the area's best ice cream and gelato shops. Full details here.
More dining news:
• Hank's Oyster Bar Expands Size And Hours
• DC Chefs Take Over The James Beard House
• Round-up: Bobby's Burger Palace Opens Aug. 16, Daikaya Gets a Chef
• Food Truck Q & A: Basil Thyme