Food Network Star Keeps Bumping Into Politics in Eat Tour of D.C.

Ducote (middle) and McCoy (right) on Food Network Star. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

With Mardi Gras quickly approaching, celebrity chef Jay Ducote, the self-proclaimed "food ambassador for South Louisiana," spent a week eating his way through Washington and shared his thoughts on how hard it is to get away from politics in D.C., even when you try.  

His main event was dinner at Acadiana on Feb. 2, which he hosted with the National Beer Wholesalers Association. He led the 20-person event through a Louisiana-themed beer-pairing dinner. “For the record, I feel like Acadiana did a remarkable job with the food,” he said. “Several of those dishes could have served at any restaurant in Louisiana without anyone blinking and eye.” Ducote studied economics and political science at Louisiana State University. “[College] taught me that I didn't want to be a politician or even involved in politics for the rest of my life,” he said. “So of course we did a Mardi Gras-themed beer dinner in D.C. the day after the Iowa Caucus. I can't go anywhere in this town without politics coming up.”  

A Sprinkling of Snowmageddon Specials

What else are you doing this weekend? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Snowmageddon 2016 is coming, and the Metro is going off line, people are hunkering down and it's going to be cold. For those looking for a friendly watering hole to wait out the storm, here's an HOH list of area establishments celebrating the snow weekend — as should you! Enjoy! H Street Special Special : $1 off all drinks for every 6 inches of snow. Locations : Little Miss Whiskey’s, Jimmy Valentine’s, the Pug, the Argonaut.  

Bar : Bayou Bakery Special : $2 cups of gumbo, $18 Abita beer buckets, all specialty cocktails for $6, $3 cups of chili, $5 bowls of chili and $3 beers. Location : Capitol Hill, Courthouse. (Note: Specials subject to change by location) Bar : Slate Wine Bar Special : 1 Snack and 1 Drink for $10 from 12-7 p.m., 1 Snack and 1 Drink for $15 from 7-10 p.m. Location : Glover Park. (Note: Deal does not extend to Sunday) Bar : Due South Special : $6 food and drink deals. Location: Yards Park. (Note: Ice Yards 2016 is postponed from Saturday to Sunday )  

Firing Up a Memorable Fourth

(Courtesy W Hotel)

Independence Day doesn’t just commemorate the birth of our nation.  

It’s the one time of the year we are mandated — by law (it’s enshrined in the Constitution; look it up) — to go out and have as much freakin’ fun as humanly possible.