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Weekly Food News Round-Up
February 17, 2011 | 10:30AM
  • Food & Wine has announced a nationwide competition for the title of The People’s Best New Chef. Nominees include four chefs from the DC area: Kyle Bailey of Birch & Barley, Dan Giusti of 1789, David Guas of Bayou Bakery and Nicholas Stefanelli of Bibiana. You can vote for your favorite here until March 1st. (Metrocurean)

  • During a live chat, Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema revealed that he spends around $70,000 a year eating out. Oof, puts me to shame. Hey Tom, if you ever need any help spending that money holla atcha girl. This girl. Right here. (Eater)
  • Constantine Stavropoulos (of Tryst, the Diner & Open City) plans to combine the best features of his three restaurants in a new venture at 11th & Monroe, NW in Columbia Heights. The 7,000-sq-ft space will be open 24/7 and have a 30-seat bar, a coffeehouse vibe, and diner-like comfort food. In other words, I’ve found a new place to live. (PoPville, Best Bites Blog)

  • Gonna have to find a new spot for Bud Light beer towers and cheesesteak platters – Adams Mill Bar & Grill in Adams Morgan has closed, much to the dismay of DC’s college students and kickballers. Who took the news harder than anyone? Hitler, obviously. Somebody’s got a lot of time on their hands and I like it.

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  • Fart without Fear: the cookbook for what’s left of your dignity. Featuring 70 comfort food recipes that result in the less offensive kind of farting “bad flatulence (a. k .a. silent but deadlies, air biscuits, backdoor trumpets, poots, etc.)” Even though smelly farts are HILARIOUS and everything, I’m gonna go ahead and buy this for every man in my life. (Endless Simmer)

  • Get McMarried at a McWedding in Hong Kong – That’s right, for a mere $1300, you can have the McDonald’s nuptials of your dreams: Pink invitations with golden arches! Decorations featuring Ronald McDonald and the Hamburglar! McDonald’s food! If that’s not enough for you, there are also add-ons like a balloon wedding cake, whatever that means, and “a large pink McDonald’s backdrop.” (Eater)

  • Crudo for days! Flashcards for Foodspeak expand your culinary vocabulary to “help you to pass as a foodie at your next farmers-market-themed potluck.” Oh god, now I really have no excuse.

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