(Mike Coppola)

Rachael Ray dining at Rasika Tuesday night in a party of 10 that included D.C. chef Spike Mendelsohn. Palak chaat, cauliflower, chicken masala — though Ray lavished specific praise on the restaurant’s cucumber Vesper (it’s a gin drink) in a tweet. The foodie TV host was in town for a healthy-eating promotion Wednesday with Michelle Obama at Parklawn Elementary in Fairfax County.