I hope that you’re hungry…so lets nicely settle into those elastic waist pants and enjoy the round up of DC food news, gossip and everything in between.
First, a PSA: Make sure to check out our 2012 Winter Food Guide full of all the info you’ll need to guide your gustatory pursuits during the long winter.
- Restaurant Week is in full swing: check out our PRO TIPS for survival, proper planning and recommendations here
- Related: this week in taste tests at BYT, we swung by POSTE to check out Dennis Marron’s new menu and 701, both of which are delicious and participating in Restaurant Week. Can you say, score?
- want a MORE EXCITING dining experience in DC? Well, founder of London’s acclaimed No. 68 Project, Jill Richmond has joined forces with Roadside Food Projects to bring The Coterie to Washington, DC. Like its London predecessor, The Coterie will offer unique culinary experiences to its members – blending bespoke menus with conversation led by some of the area’s most intriguing cultural and political thinkers. A limited number of memberships will be available beginning January 2. Each year, The Coterie will craft a multifaceted program of members-only experiences – ranging from Black-Box Tastings, to Fireside Cocktails, and Salon Dinners. Black Box Tastings will be offered at a select group of Partner Restaurants. Each of our top chefs will create “off the menu” tastings available only for members of The Coterie. Selections will reflect both season and the chef’s interpretation of themes selected by The Coterie. Partner chefs include: Fabio Trabbochi (Fiola), Kyle Bailey (Birch and Barley), Peter Smith (PS7), Nicholas Stefanelli (Bibiana Osteria). Ed Witt (701), Frederik de Pue (42 Degree Catering)
- CURIOUS TO FIND OUT WHERE ALL THE ULTRA-CUTE, ULTRA-HIP GAY KIDS ARE EATING AND DRINKING THESE DAYS? Well, look no further than the 1st Annual BYGays PONY AWARDS round-up here.
- EVERYTHING IS CLOSING: Warren Brown shutters Love Cafe. Roadside Cafe closes in Kingman Park.
- Still- in more upbeat news: Irish Whiskey Public House opened last week. We went, took photos, sampled the seven aged Jamesons, and more. Check out our full report here:
- Add this to your OBAMA DINING SPOTTER LIST: Barack and supporters lunch @ Scion on 21st and P. Eater has the scoop:
- ARLnow brings word that a new food truck named Hot People has hit the streets of Arlington serving “modern Asian food” to all of the hot people of Arlington
SAVE ROOM FOR THESE EVENTS:
- The International Food & Wine Festival is coming up next month. (VIA We Love DC)
- DC Meat Week returns on January 29th and has expanded to 8 NIGHTS. Countering back, just as Meat Week finishes, MEAT-FREE WEEK strikes on February 6th.
- on a sweeter note: Washington Humane Society just announced their annual Sugar & Champagne charity event — set for Feb. 1 at the Ronald Reagan Building. And, once again, Todd and Ellen Gray will be hosting with tastings from their restaurants as well as the Think Food Group, Restaurant Eve, The Source, Brasserie Beck and Kushi. There will also be food for your dogs and contestants from the Next Great Baker on hand. Tickets are $90 for the regular folk and $150 for VIPs, available on the event’s website. Check out our full report from last year here:
POP-UPS! POP-UPS! AND MORE POP-UPS!
- POP UP PALADAR @ CUBA LIBRE! (for only $39) – Join the first Cuban Chef to cook in America since the embargo. On Tuesday, January 17 through Thursday, January 19, Chef Pernot will co-host the first Pop-up Paladar with Chef Luis Alberto Alfonso Perez of El Gijonés, Bar Oviedo, La Terraza and Asturias, his four popular paladares all located in the Asturian Federation of Cuba building on Paseo del Prado in Havana, Cuba. Chef Perez, who is fondly known simply as Chef Lucio, has cooked for many visiting dignitaries and his innovative yet simple cuisine has helped transform the culinary landscape of the city.
- ORANGE ARROW returns this Friday: There won’t be any special requests at Carole Greenwood’s pop-up dinner party this weekend at Artisphere. On picky eaters, she says, “This isn’t a health institution.” The dinner this Friday, in fact, is taking place at an arts center, where the James Beard Award-nominated chef and artist will cook up an evening of food and conversation reminiscent of the salons in early 20th-century Paris. Food Meets Art: Recipes Inspired by Alice B. Toklas seeks to re-create dinners Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas once held in Paris at their home at 27 Rue de Fleurus. Check out our report from one of the previous ones here:
- Kicking off this week: Rogue Sessions at Rogue 24. While chef RJ Cooper is on the mend from open heart surgery in a few weeks, he’s turning his restaurant Rogue 24 over to some very capable friends, in collaboration with Gilt City DC and Metrocurean. An impressive roster of celebrity chefs from around the country, including José Andrés and Bryan Voltaggio, are stepping in to support Rogue during Cooper’s recovery. The guest chef series, dubbed “Rogue Sessions,” will run from Jan. 10 to mid March, with each chef taking over the kitchen for one week. Cooper will donate a portion of the sales from each ticket to Share Our Strength. More info here.
(photo courtesy of: www.alfredofloresphotography.com & gilt city)
- POP UP DINNER CHEZ BILLY’s (details via Prince of Petworth): The folks from Chez Billy’s coming to 3815 Georgia Ave, NW in Petworth are having a pop up meal at the Montserrat House in Shaw on Fri. Jan. 20th. They would like to offer locals a preview of the menu for the coming soon to Petworth spot. And of course they’d like your feedback so they are offering a 3 course meal including wine pairings of French Bordeaux for each course for $55.
BEER LOVERS SPECIALS!
BEER ACADEMY with GREG ENGERT (details via Thrillist): Presumably as an attempt to compensate for all the academic endeavors beer has ruined, Food & Wine‘s “Sommelier of the Year” (and Churchkey beer director) Greg Engert has just announced Rustico’s Beer Academy. A curriculum of monthly, two-hour lessons that’ll each include a lecture from Greg and tastes of (at least!) six beers, the Academy’s individual classes’ll focus on suds-jects like: Farmhouse Ales of the World: Experience the Saison style, debunk some myths on French farmhouse “Bière de Garde” (you know, those myths), and explore the lesser-known farmhouse traditions of Scandinavia and Franconia or Barrels & Beyond: Learn about oak-aging techniques, the spice-giving properties of wood, and all the newest “innovations in craft beer”, with the absolute newest being “you drinking at least six samples of it”.
- SHINER PAIRING DINNER @ HILL COUNTRY BBQ on February 7th: Barbecue and a cold beer go hand-in-hand, but for an authentic Texas pairing, Shiner is the only choice. Seeing as Hill Country is the largest consumer of Shiner Beer east of the Mississippi (we’ve counted – they pour over 11,000 pints in a month!), it was a natural fit to feature the brewery for our inaugural beer dinner on Tuesday, February 7th. Shiner’s brewmaster Jimmy Mauric will be joining them (and you) for a special three-course dinner, plus hors d’oeuvres, paired with five of his brews including one that you’ll rarely see outside the state of Texas. Reservations can be made by calling 202.556.2044.
AND SOME LINKS FOR DESSERT:
- Ex-White House Chef Roland Mesnier Spills 25 years of dining secrets (via the Post)
- Time waster of the day: TBD has a slideshow of the worst restaurant websites, which includes the likes of 2941, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Blue Duck Tavern, CityZen, Equinox, Graffiato and Inn at Little Washington: “One of D.C.’s most storied restaurants, or a horror film from the 1970s?“
- Comforting Dishes for COLD DC WEATHER (via EatMoreDrinkMore)