Weekly Food News Round-Up
eleniskoutakis | Feb 5, 2016 | 1:00PM |

All the D.C. news that’s fit to eat (and drink). This week in BYT Food: Taste Tests, First Looks and More.

  • It’s almost Valentine’s Day, make those reservations people!!! We made a guide of all of the D.C. restaurants where you can still find a table.

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  • The Sovereign is a new Belgian style bistro and bar that just opened its doors in Georgetown. Check out our First Look.

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Upcoming Food Events:

  • February 9 – The ANXO Sneak Peek Series at Sally’s Middle Name is still happening. ANXO is going to be DC’s first cidery and pintxos bar. The sneak peek series will give people a chance to experience ANXO dining It will be located in Truxton Circle.
  • February 6 – Calling all foodies – The Park Hyatt Washington will be hosting a Masters of Food and Wine. Deemed a ‘culinary gathering’ the event will celebrate local chefs, artisans and sommeliers.
  • February 8 – 12 – It’s Cider Week at the Prospect, people! The Prospect is hosting a celebration of cider, the beloved drink of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Details of the week long cider fest are on The Prospect’s website.
  • February 9 – There’s more to February than Valentine’s Day. Bayou Bakery wants you to celebrate Mardi Gras with them at their 5th Annual Bayou Gras Block party. Special dishes include Jambalaya, Crawfish Monica, Muff-a-lottas, and Andouille and Shrimp Gumbo.
  • February 9Acadiana is a Louisiana style fish-house so naturally it’s holding its own Mardi Gras celebration. Acadiana is throwing a party in the bar, lounge, and patio areas of the restaurant where guests can snack on Mini Muffalettas and Deviled Eggs. Meanwhile in the main dining room there will be a full a la carte menu available.
  • February 9 – 14 – At Masseria chef Nicholas Stefanelli celebrates Carnevale in Venetian tradition. Enjoy the special five course menu for $95 per person which includes dishes like the Grande Lasagna di Carnevale.
  • February 12 – The Carnevale celebrations at Masseria continue with an after dinner soiree from 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. . There will be plenty of sparkling wine, in case you were concerned.
  • February 12, 13Co Co. Sala is hosting two Valentine’s Chocolate and Champagne tasting classes. Valentine’s will have the chance to try five different kinds of Valrhona couverture in solid, semi-solid, and liquid states. WOW.
  • February 12-14Urbana is serving a five-course tasting menu for $65 per person without wine pairings and $100 with wine pairings. The menu will feature Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio, Maine Lobster Ravioli, and Gianduja Cake.
  • February 12-14Jackson 20 isn’t participating in the typical Valentine’s Day tradition. Their chef Brian McPherson is serving his “save the honey bee dinner.” It’s exactly what you think it is: a dinner of honey-inspired plates.
  • February 13, 14Poste will be offering a three-course menu for $68 per person and you can add an additional pasta course for $15. Opt for the Crab and Shrimp Cannelloni as your appetizer and the Surf and Turf platter as your entree.
  • February 12-14BRABO is serving a five course prixe fixe dinner for $80 per person. Start thinking about the Lightly Poached Wianno Oyster and the Roasted Rohan Duck Breast. The special menu will be offered in addition to the regular menu on the 12th and 13th but will be offered exclusively on the 14th.
  • February 12 – 14 – Keep basking in the Valentine’s Day weekend specials. The folks over at Macon Bistro & Larder created five new cocktails for the V Day weekend. Each drink is priced at $12 and will apparently be sprinkled with natural aphrodisiacs.
  • February 14 – Mercel’s Valentine’s Day tasting menu is (almost) all about the dessert. Think white chocolate mousse with passion fruit gelée and blackberry citrus coulis.

Other Food News:

  • Sea Pearl Restaurant and Lounge’s Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu is going for $65 per person and features dishes like a Lobster Bisque appetizer, a Grilled Red Snapper with Hericot Vert entree, and a Chocolate Mousse Heart for dessert.
  • Derek Brown’s Columbia Room opens on Tuesday. It lives up to the hype. Keep your eyes peeled for our First Look and Taste Test.
  • Bazaar Spices has a new location in Shaw and it’s just as good as its Union Market location.

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  • For anyone who felt like they missed out on the Restaurant Week experience fear not! Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro and Café du Parc are extending their Restaurant Week dinners until February 7th.
  • Black Salt is accepting to go orders for Valentine’s Day dinner from now until February 12.
  • Because February is also coincidentally Superbowl month Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is making a special edition Super Bowl doughnut. The football shaped Boston Cream doughnut will be made with a vanilla pastry cream filling and a chocolate glaze. It’ll be available at the store’s G Street location.

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  • AND on Valentine’s Day Astro Doughnuts will be selling boxes of a dozen mini doughnuts for $20. They’re available for pre-order on February 12, 13, and 14.
  • If you’re an oyster lover or if you love an oyster lover then buy them (or yourself) the Chesapeake Oyster Lover’s Handbook. Its like a travel book, cookbook, and lifestyle book all rolled into one.
  • sweetgreen just launched an app! Apparently this will let you “visually create your salad while calculating nutritional and caloric information” so you don’t have anymore excuses for ANYTHING.
  • Metro Center’s Black Iron Pizza closed after less than a year of business (via Eater).
  • Luciano Italian Pizza just closed its Tysons Corner Center location after 42 years (via Eater).
  • Adams Morgan’s Sweet Science Coffee has just closed as well (via Eater).
  • Wahlburgers is coming to D.C. Will the brothers Wahlburg be making an appearance at the grand opening? (via Eater)

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  • Woodmore Towne Center is going to be home to a 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a Hook and Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant, a Honu Hawaiian BBQ, and Wings 21 (via Eater).
  • Chain Modern Market is opening a location in Bethesda. They’re known for their breakfast and brunch, two out of the three meals that we love here (via Eater).
  • The French wine bar La Jambe is sort of officially coming to Shaw this May (via PoPville).
  • D.C. may or may not be full of beer gardens within the next year (via PoPville).
  • Remember the cronut? Now the croissant mated with the muffin and gave birth to the cruffin. The dessert dish that’s apparently quite popular in Australia is now going to be served at Bayou Bakery on Fridays (via Eater).