Kick off August with these delicious Beard House events! Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 P.M. Best of D.C. It’s comforting to know that no matter what is happening in the House and the Senate, Washington, D.C.’s dynamic food scene remains as deliciously compelling as ever. Find out for yourself when these Rammy Award–winning chefs and hot mixologists bring us a taste of our nations’s capital. Wednesday, August 3, 7:00 P.M. Francis's Favorites Ever wondered what Francis Ford Coppola eats for dinner? Here’s your chance to find out. Nicholas Petrilli, the chef at RUSTIC at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, will prepare a decadent dinner of dishes that are near and dear to Coppola’s heart, accompanied by outstanding wines selected by winemaker Corey Beck. Thursday, August 4, 7:00 P.M. Haute Miami Breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and the downtown Miami skyline provide a suitably dramatic backdrop for executive chef Joel Huff’s menu at Azul at the five-star Mandarin Oriental. A José Andrés protégé named one of four “Chefs to Watch” by Esquire magazine, Huff serves modern European cuisine with artful American and Asian influences. For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org/events or call 212.627.2308.