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National Soup Month
Locals chefs must know its National Soup Month because there are all kinds of delicious bowls of soup available around the city right now.
American Son: Located inside the Eaton Hotel, American Son is currently offering a fragrant tomato bisque (which happens to be vegan!) with brioche croutons. It is savory, fresh and comforting.
Bibiana: This Italian restaurant has a sweet butternut squash soup on the menu, which comes infused with wintery spices like nutmeg and cumin. It is adorned with croutons and gruyere cheese for added coziness.
Equinox Restaurant: For a rich, creamy winter soup, try Equinox’s truffled white bean soup. It comes topped with poached cannellini beans and caramelized brussel sprouts.
Blue Duck Tavern: This classic American restaurant is serving up a kabocha squash soup, which comes bejeweled with pomegranate seeds. It is silky smooth and will warm your soul.
DC Harvest: Head to H street to try their celery root and leek soup, which has just the right amount of sweetness from roasted apples.
National Hot Toddy Day is January 11
Who doesn’t love an excuse to have a hot toddy? Here are a few restaurants that currently have hot toddies on their menu.
- Bar Deco is serving “That’s a Hot Hot Toddy” for $14. The beverage is made with with Lyon Distilling Curacao, citrus, agave, and chamomile tea.
- For a hot toddy in a thermos, visit The Salt Line. Sit outside on their patio by a fire pit with a blanket and enjoy a hot toddy made with proprietary Woodford Reserve, rainwater madeira and house-infused lapsang honey, garnished with thyme and clove-studded orange peel.
- All Set has an All American Hot Toddy this season, made with with lemon, mint basil syrup, ginger syrup, a splash of Falernum, cinnamon whiskey and Angostura Bitters for $8.
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Onesie crawls are a thing now
On January 12, D.C. is having a onesie crawl. This means for $20 you can put on your onesie and from 2-10 p.m. visit about a dozen U Street bars, which will be hosting food and drink specials including onesie shots and $2 beers. Get your tickets here.
Pizza Paradiso introduces pizza & beer making classes
Pizza Paradiso will host a series of beer and pizza making classes over the next two months, starting on January 13. The hands-on workshops will cover everything from pizza dough making, beer pairings, beer styles and trends, food pairing and how to make the best pizza at home. Each class ticket is $30, or guests have the option of purchasing all four for $100. All classes are 1.5 hours, and include a take home gift. Tickets for each class are available here.
Dinner with Carla Hall
Carla Hall is serving up a five course wine dinner on January 17, at The Fourth Estate restaurant which is located on the 13th floor of the National Press Building, showcasing recipes from her new cookbook Carla Hall’s Soul Food. The dinner costs $95 per person and includes a copy of the cookbook. Tickets are sold here.
A beer pairing dinner
On Saturday, January 26, Red’s Table will host a beer dinner featuring local craft brewery,Solace Brewing Company. Five courses of food will be served with beer pairings for $85. The first course is beer queso dip, so what else do you need to know? Call the restaurant for reservations.
Cuisine Solutions is hosting a sou-vide dinner
Cuisine Solutions is celebrating International Sous Vide Day (yes apparently that is a real thing) with a sous-vide dinner on January 26 at the French Embassy. All-inclusive tickets are priced at $100 per person. Sous-vide, for those who don’t know, is a cooking technique in which food is vacuum-sealed and slow-cooked in hot water. Proceeds will benefit the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, a national nonprofit program that educates and guides underserved high school students. Tickets can be purchased here.
Eat and drink for a good cause
The annual Sips and Suppers event will be taking place on from January 26 – 28 this year. Events include “The Private Residence Experience” where individuals host dinners by renowned chefs from the D.C. region and across the country. “The DC Night-Out Experience” will take place in some of D.C.’s restaurants and will feature chef-curated menus, signature craft cocktails and drink pairings. The proceeds from the ticket sales of all the events benefit Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen.
New Menus, New Venues
There are 19 new restaurants opening in DC this year that we are really, really excited about.
A winter pop-up at El Techo
This winter, the team behind El Techo give you Selva, a winter pop-up inspired by all things Amazonia. The pop-up will be serving all day tacos and a bottomless brunch. A portion of the proceeds from Selva will be donated to the Amazon Conservation Team and other worldwide organizations dedicated to preserving and protecting the rain forest. Tacos and booze, all for a good cause.
“Friends of the House” menu debuts at Reverie
Friends of the House sets aside two seats at Reverie’s counter each night at 6:00 p.m. for a special six-course tasting menu based on what’s in season. The dishes will be different from those on Reverie’s regular menu. At the end of the meal, guests will be presented with a check showing the suggested cost of the tasting menu. Below this total will be a space for guests to write in what they are able to pay. There is no minimum amount required.
Astro Doughnuts introduces its first ever vegan donut
For the new year, Astro Doughnuts is debuting a vegan donut featuring lemon and poppyseeds.
Potomac Distilling Company opens on the Wharf
Nearly two years in the making, Potomac Distilling Company is finally open. Housing a three-story Polynesian-style Tiki bar, Tiki TNT, as well as an urban rum distillery, it will produce four varieties of Thrasher’s Rum.
Piccolina is coming to City Center this spring
Amy Brandwein is expanding her presence in City Center by moving Centrolina’s mercato to a spot across the walkway. Piccolina, the new mercato will feature coffee, pastries, breads, as well as some retail and prepared food items. They will also serve omelets, breakfast crepes, crostatas and vegetables, all cooked in a wood-fired oven. If the food is even half as good as it is at Centrolina, it will be amazing!
Sugar Fox is opening to satisfy your sweet tooth
The team behind Little Red Fox will open Sugar Fox, a neighborhood ice cream shop and bakery, close to their current café. The shop will offer ice cream, milkshakes, cakes, and cupcakes.