Weekly Food News Round-Up
Brittany | Dec 5, 2012 | 12:00PM |


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Love a traditional holiday meal, but hate all that chewing and not-being-drunk? Come to Jack Rose on Sunday for our Holiday Liquid Diet party. 

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Saturday 04/22
Paul Rodriguez LIVE from Original Latin Kings of Comedy @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
$25 / $25
Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique brand of humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his undeniable universal appeal. As an actor and comedian, Paul Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Voted one of the most influential Hispanics in America and awarded the Ruben Salazar Award by The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, Rodriguez has remained a constant force in his community and the world of comedy throughout his career. Rodriguez's film credits include "Without Men" with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater; "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore;" "The Deported," "I’m Not Like That No More"with comedian Felipe Esparza (2010 "Last Comic Standing" winner), Disney’s blockbuster hit "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "The World’s Fastest Indian," "A Cinderella Story," "How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass," "Ali," "Tortilla Soup," "Crocodile Dundee in LA," "Rat Race," "Bloodwork," "Chasing Papi"and "D.C. Cab," among others. The multifaceted entertainer recently wrote and performed his first-ever one-man show "Just for the Record," which is now available on DVD. In this tell-all theatrical piece, Rodriguez takes audiences on a journey through his remarkable life, including his childhood in Mexico, to his family's move to Compton, California (where he grew up), his illustrious career and the significant relationships and moments that helped shape his life along the way. Rodriguez has hosted several hit series, including the entertainment talk show "El Show de Paul Rodriguez," an entertainment talk show for Univision which reached over 50 markets throughout the United States and an international audience in over 17 countries in Central and South America. His additional hosting credits include the The NCLR ALMA Awards, The Tejano Music Awards, Showtime’s Latino Laugh Festival and his own television specials "Back to School" and "Behind Bars." He recently hosted "Mis Videos Locos with Paul Rodriguez” on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. As an accomplished writer, director and producer for television, motion pictures and feature shows, Rodriguez has several hit projects to his credit including the comedy concert film "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy," which he executive produced and starred in along with Cheech Marin, George Lopez and Carlos Mencia; the feature film "A Million to Juan,"which he also wrote, directed and starred in; six comedy specials for HBO including "Loco Slam, " "Live in San Quentin" and "Idiots and Armadillos." As executive producer, he recently struck comedy again with his Comedy Central stand-up concert DVD, “Comedy Rehab.” In addition to his many hit comedy specials in English, Rodriguez has the distinguished credit of performing the first-ever one-hour standup comedy special in Spanish, "Dime Con Quien Andas,"for Telemundo. Among his many credits, Rodriguez has also made guest appearances on several Late Night shows including "The Wanda Sykes Show,""The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Last Call with Carson Daly,"and "Politically Incorrect." Additionally, he has guest starred in several television series including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Shaken Not Stirred," DIRECTV’s"S upreme Court of Comedy,"Showtime's original series "Resurrection Boulevard"and"American Family." He has also lent his voice to popular animated series including "King of the Hill,""Dora the Explorer" and "The Proud Family." Rodriguez’s first big break came while doing comedy warm-ups for Norman Lear's show "Gloria."Lear ultimately wrote and developed a weekly series for Rodriguez entitled "a.k.a. Pablo," which is enshrined at the Smithsonian and holds the distinct honor for being the first television show about a Mexican American family on mainstream American television.
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A newly-married couple start a life together – by hitting the streets with their globally-influenced meatball truck. 

Celeb chef Bryan Voltaggio expands his empire with his first restaurant within the District, RANGE, and it is quite something. (Seven distinct kitchens! Chartreuse on tap!)


BLT Steak is doing Popover stopovers every Friday afternoon! Next time you visit BLT Steak, be sure to drop in your business card and you could be the weekly winner getting a free delivery of their signature Gruyere popovers! (Trust us, you’ll want to win.)



On Monday, December 10 starting at 4PM, ChurchKey will be hosting their Annual Holiday Ale Total Tap Takeover & Canned Food Drive benefiting Martha’s Table featuring 50 different holiday draft ales. In the holiday spirit, guests that bring in a canned good or make a cash donation to Martha’s Table will receive 10% off of all food and beer that evening.

New local start-up Grape Crate delivers wine, let’s you rate it by phone app, and then brings you even better stuff next time.

The Taylor Gourmet team are set to open their H St NE cheesesteak  spot on December 12th  (menu here) – and have announced plans to take over the former Mid-City Deli space on 14th St NW (concept TBA).

Chef-slash-biker gang The District Hogs (aka David Guas, R.J. Cooper, and Robert Wiedmaier) are hosting a toy drive for kids affected by Sandy. On December 12, drop off an unwrapped toy at Bayou Bakery, Rouge 24, or Mussel Bar and be rewarded for your good deed with a free desert.

Granville Moore’s hosts a beer dinner on the 10th with Maine’s excellent Oxbow brewery.

H&Pizza will open a second shop this spring. Will they call it U&Pizza? (And while it joins the now-open Matchbox, another previously-planned pizza joint won’t be coming to the neighborhood after all.)

Well I give his attitude 1 star! Andrew Zimmern calls Yelp a ‘Forum For Uninformed Morons’

The future, according to Alton Brown (Good Eats, Iron Chef America), sounds like an exciting place. In the latest episode of the Chewing the Fat video series, TV personality and food science whiz Alton Brown talks about the future of recipe writing:

Weird, wacky vending machine cuisine

Weird, wacky vending machine cuisine

Decoding The Restaurant Dress Code

Bacon Jell-O Is Now A Thing

Bacon Jello

The Year In Celebrity Booze Launches

Celebrity Wine

10 Things The Fast Food Industry Doesn’t Want You To Know

From Kitchen to Table, Gifts to Tempt – From pans to panettone, staff members and contributors of the NYT Dining section share a variety of their favorite holiday gifts for food lovers.

For Every Holiday Party, the Right Drink – Cocktails that will match the food, match the company, match the feeling in the air.