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It’s no secret that getting a table at one of DC’s hottest restaurants on a Saturday night can be a challenge. Every Friday, we here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com check in with a select group of the area’s top-toques to let you know who is able to offer a Table for Two. Check back here every Friday at 4:30pm for a list of all open reservations at the area’s best restaurants. Here are available reservations for Saturday July 19th:

Aggio
5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
202.803.8020
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:00pm

Bastille
1201 N. Royal Street Alexandria, VA
703.519.3776
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
8:30pm

Bibiana
100 New York Avenue, NW
202.216.9550
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
9:30pm

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW
202.567.2576
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
5:00pm

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street, NW
202.419.6755
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:30pm

Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
202.944.2026
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
8:00pm

Casa Luca
1099 New York Avenue
202.628.1099
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:45pm

Central
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
202.626.0015
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
5:30pm

CityZen
1330 Maryland Avenue, SW
202.787.6006
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Del Campo
777 I Street, NW
202.289.7377
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
7:30m

Equinox
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
202.331.8118
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
8:30pm

Fiola
601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
202.628.2888
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:00pm

Fiola Mare
3050 K Street, NW
202.628.0065
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Graffiato
707 6th Street, NW
202.289.3600
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle Street
Washington, VA
540.675.3800
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available@
5:30pm

Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
202.524.5202
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
7:00pm

Kapnos
2201 14th Street, NW
202.234.5000
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
8:45pm

Marcels
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
202.296.1166
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
8:30pm

Mintwood
1813 Columbia Road, NW
202.234.6732
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
9:00pm

NoPa Kitchen and Bar
800 F Street, NW
202.347.4667
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:00pm

Osteria Morini
301 Water Street, SE
202.484.0660
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
5:30pm

Proof
775 G Street, NW
202.737.7663
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
7:45pm

Range
5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
202.803.8020
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
8:30pm

Rasika West End
1177 22nd Street, NW
202.466.2500
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:00pm

Rasika Penn Quarter
633 D Street, NW
202.637.1222
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
703.706.0450
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
8:30pm

Table
903 N Street, NW
202.588.5200
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:00pm

The Fainting Goat
1330 U Street, NW
202.735.0344
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

The Red Hen
1822 1st Street, NW
202.525.3021
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
202.637.6100
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
7:30pm

Volt
228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
301.696.8658
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Foodie diehards, we got you covered. At TheListAreYouOnIt.com we keep our ears to the ground to keep you in the know of all the industry-insider info. Who’s serving what, who’s shaking what and where are you going to try it? It’s all here for the eating … reading … in The Buzz:

DELICIOUS DINING IN THE D.C. AREA

Tea Time at Cava Grill — Tea addicts rejoice: Cava Grill has partnered with Whisked!, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, and RunningByrd Tea to bring you summer juice, tea, and gazpacho offerings, as well as new culinary collaborations. Cool off with pineapple coriander juice, watermelon mint juice, raspberry ginger lemonade, and more, or sample special signature RunningByrd teas like the Summer Rain (Indian masala chai tea with a peppery finish.) Finish with a Whisked! salted dark chocolate chip oat cookie, or top your meal with a Gordy’s Pickle Jar pickled banana pepper. (cavagrill.com)

Expanded City Burger Menu – You’ve already tried Bethesda City Burger’s classic cheese burger and BBQ Pit Stop burger, but Chef Michael Harr is rolling out new and unusual variations for your tasting pleasure. Try the Spice Market (green chile lamb burger with red onion, arugula, feta and herby mayo) and the Suburban (seasoned turkey burger topped with Swiss cheese, roasted peppers, alfalfa sprouts, avocado and herby mayo), among others. In addition, all City Dogs now offer a choice of either a hot dog or half smoke, and new options include the Bad Dog (topped with a fried egg, green chile, herby mayo and crispy onions) and the Hub Cap (topped with sauerkraut, grainy mustard and diced onion). (7015 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.652.0010; cityburgeronline.com)

National Ice Cream Month at Dolcezza – July is National Ice Cream month and in celebration, Dolcezza will provide free mini cones to their first 100 customers on July 1. Additionally, those who celebrate a birthday during the month of July can bring a valid ID and receive a complimentary small gelato of their choice at any of the Dolcezza locations. Stop by for their special anniversary flavor: Chocolate Suizo with chocolate pieces and dulce de leche gelato. (dolcezzagelato.com)

Meat-Free Fare at Equinox — Fans of Chef Todd Gray’s vegan brunches will have to enjoy their favorite meat-free fare at a new address. The popular weekend brunch has moved from Muse Café to Equinox. Available every weekend, the $30 brunch features a seasonal menu of dishes such as blueberry stuffed French toast, made-to-order omelettes, grilled avocado and Rhappanock peaches, and sweet corn tamales. (818 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com)

Cuisine to Couture: Food Truck Thursdays — The D.C. Fashion Truck Tour will truck on over to Crystal City for Food Truck Thursdays from 11:00A.M. to 2:00P.M. The successful clothing shop and fashion show will join the area’s best food trucks to provide mobile fashion vending, alongside a diversity of delicacies. The fully functional stores on wheels provide inventory, dressing rooms, and friendly staff. (1900 Crystal Dr, Arlington, VA 22202; crystalcity.org)

More Guest Chef Sandwiches at G — Foodie and the Beast’s the “Beast Banh Mi” bested every other sandwich! Stop by G to see if July’s sandwich measures up—the Bull Shot sandwich by Chef Will Morris of Vermillion. The Bull Shot, $13, features rare roast beef served on a baguette with fried green tomato, spicy tomato mayo, bacon and a celery/horseradish slaw.  The June sandwich was Dylan Fultineer’s Hangtown Sandwich. (707 6 St NW; 202.289.3600; graffiatodc.com)

Old Fashioned Sunday Suppers — Feel the glow of a Sunday family supper at The Jefferson DC, where they’ll welcome you for an informal dining experience with a three course prix fixe menu and a glass of wine every Sunday. Dishes include Heirloom tomato salad with grilled ciabatta, cucumber, and red onion; quiche Lorraine; crispy soft shell crab with spicy avocado mousse, cucumber, and cherry salad; and, a sentimental favorite, crispy funnel cake with strawberries and whipped cream. (1200 16 St NW; 202.448.2300; jeffersondc.com)

A Roaring Dinner — Your cub will be King for a night while enjoying a $36 pre-theater menu at Marcel’s. Prep the kids for a roaring good time at The Kennedy Center with cub-friendly dishes like house made grilled cheese sliders, petite filet mignon, and “Cubtail” tropical fruit punch. (2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.296.1166; marcelsdc.com)

Safari-Inspired Menu Stampedes Roof Terrace Restaurant – Taking your little one to see Disney’s The Lion King? Bring the kiddo to Roof Terrace Restaurant for a menu worthy of the lion classic. The $20 kid’s menu includes a choice of pan seared chicken breast, ratatouille vegetables, and mashed potatoes, or campanelle pasta topped with marinara sauce or butter and parmesan cheese. Choose from an assortment of chocolate, coconut, and banana sorbet with a lion cookie or the zebra brownie with white chocolate, dark chocolate cookie crust, and caramel cream sorbet! (2700 F St NW; 202.416.8555; roofterracerestaurant.com)

Get Hungry and Get Ready — Join six local celebrity chefs as they celebrate their creative partnerships with Taberna del Alabardero on its 25th anniversary. Month to month, throughout the year, a small and selected group of talented chefs will bring fusion cuisine and special wine tasting dinners to Taberna. Chefs include Executive Chef Xavier Deshayes from the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade; Executive Chef Abdellah Aguenaou from the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel; Executive Chef Rock Harper from the DC Central Kitchen; Executive Chef Victor Albisu from Del Campo Restaurant; Executive Chef Patricia Jinich from TV Show Pati’s Mexican Table; and, Executive Chef Scott Drewno from the Source Restaurant. Head over to the Events page for specific event dates. (1776 St NW; 202.429.2200; alabardero.com) 

Vermilion Goes to 11 with a New Look – On July 17, Vermilion will host its very own birthday party to show off its new and improved look after a week of renovations. In the downstairs bar and dining room, the party will include live music, featured drinks from special guest bartenders, a celebratory lounge menu from Chef Will Morris, and a birthday toast at 11:00P.M. All are welcome to attend with no admission required. (1120 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314; 703.684.9669; vermilionrestaurant.com)

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SERIOUS SIPS

City Tap House Honors Teach For America – City Tap House is hosting a month long promotion benefiting Teach for America and sponsored by New Belgium Brewery! Teach For America is a non-profit organization that aims to help kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education.  Throughout the month of July, Belgium Brewery will be raffling off a stylish Fat Tire beach cruiser bike, on display at City Tap House. Then, on July 31, City Tap House will draw the first, second, and third place winners of the raffle.  All night, guests can enjoy any of the eight beers New Belgium Brewery will showcase for its tap takeover, along with City Tap House’s contemporary American cuisine.  As an added bonus, City Tap House will offer select New Belgium beers for just $5 exclusively on Thursday evenings throughout the month of July, from 5:00P.M. to close. (909 9 St NW; 202.733.5333; citytaphousedc.com)

A Team Effort: Daikaya House Beer —Three Stars Brewing Company joined talents with Katsuya Fukushima of Daikaya to create a brand new craft beer. The Sansho Panza is brewed with fresh yuzu and sansho pepper, both of which lend a bright citrus character to the light earthy saison. Debuting at Daikaya on July 10, the Sansho Panza will be priced at $9 and celebrated alongside other brewery craft offerings and special menu items. (705 6 St NW; 202.589.1600; daikaya.com)


Beer and Cigar Pairing Pack — Ever the ingénue, Flying Dog has partnered with CAO Cigars on “The Art of Craft,” a pack that pairs four artisan cigars with four of their most iconic beers — Gonzo Imperial Porter, Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, and Snake Dog IPA. The CAO “Art of Craft” cigar pack will be available alongside each corresponding beer exclusively at 36 Total Wine stores throughout Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and California beginning July 1. (flyingdogbrewery.com)

Original Sin Seeks Pin Ups – Critically acclaimed hard cider Original Sin is seeking “iconic, sexy and empowered women” from across the country to participate in the Original Sin Pin-Up Poster Model Contest, taking place in popular bars in five cities. The search gets underway at the 16-Bit Bar in Columbus, Ohio on August 21. Other stops include Sheffield’s (Chicago, IL August 26), Rock & Roll Hotel (Washington, D.C. September 2), Beauty Bar (New York, NY September 9) and ending at Whip-in (Austin, TX September 16). Each city’s contest winner will be immortalized in the distinctive pin-up style of celebrated underground artist R. Black in a one-of-a-kind Original Sin Cider poster. R.Black will participate as a judge at all 5 venues, along with local nightlife personalities. (origsin.com)

Experiments on the Cocktail Front — Republic’s new, experimental house-made bitter lemon syrup is the cornerstone of its latest summer cocktails. The syrup, made using flash cooked lemon peels and boiling hot simple syrup, is a main ingredient in the Bitter Presbyterian (George T. Dickel Sour Mash Whiskey, Domaine de Canton, bitter lemon syrup, a Peychaud’s float, lime juice, and mint); the NY/DC G&T (Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin from NY, Jack Rudy Tonic, bitter lemon syrup, and lemon, orange and lime wheels); and, the Virgo (Catoctin Creek 1757 Brandy, Bitter Lemon Syrup, Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura Bitters and lemon peel). (6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 301.270.3000; republictakoma.com)

The Breakfast (Cereal) Club — Have your breakfast and drink it too during Saturday and Sunday brunch at the Satellite Room. Boozy $10 breakfast cereal milkshakes include the Bamm-Bamm (Fruity Pebbles, flavored Bacardi rum), the Cinnamon Toast Punch (Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Old Overholt rye whiskey), the Frankie Manning (Apple Jacks, vanilla vodka), the Buzzy Bee (Honey Nut Cheerios, honey whiskey), the Count Creamy (Count Chocula, Baileys), and the Drunken Leprechaun (Lucky Charms, Paddy’s Irish whiskey). (2047 9 St NW; 202.506.2496; satellitedc.com)

TICO Your Fancy – Recently opened TICO now offers a variety of happy hour wines, cocktails, beers, tacos, and small plates. Standout $3 tacos include two texture beef with morita chiles; spicy fish with cabbage and chipotle; and, fried chicken with fennel slaw and spicy buttermilk. Or, sample a small plate for $5, including spicy olives, crispy calamari, tico fries, and shredded cabbage salad. Specialty cocktails are $6 each, including the 14th Street Shuffle, an aged rum and lime concoction. (1926 14 St NW; 202.319.1400; ticodc.com)

The Jefferson, 2014: The Year of the Author – The Jefferson has declared 2014 The Year of the Author, with a Quill bar book club and cocktails celebrating classic authors and reads. In July, Ernest Hemingway inspires a cocktail created to honor The Old Man and the Sea; August brings a Herman Melville-inspired cocktail featuring gin, sweet vermouth, aperol, and blood orange; September honors F. Scott Fitzgerald. The cocktail napkins at Quill will bear lines from the featured books, like “It is not down on any map; true places never are,” (name that book!) (1200 16 St NW; 202.448.2300; jeffersondc.com)

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DMV Food Truck Bike Tours

Pedal and munch your way past D.C. landmarks and historic sites on a culinary trip organized by Capitol City Bike Tours and the DMV Food Truck Association. The lunchtime tour makes tasting stops at food trucks at four different downtown D.C. locations, for dishes ranging from Peruvian, to Korean, to Ethiopian, to Mexican, to BBQ, to cupcakes, and everything in between.  Tour guides also share the stories behind the food and the people that make DC’s Food Truck scene so unique. (dc.capitalcitybiketours.com/tours/food-truck-bike-tour)

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Break Out the Grass Skirt, Here Are Your D.C. Tiki Bars

Tiki Thursdays – Transport yourself to the tropics at Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s hidden rooftop bar. The rooftop Tiki bar, located just off the rooftop terrace, will be open Thursdays through Saturdays with refreshing cocktails, island-inspired fare, and a Tiki Thursdays Happy Hour. Enjoy boozy coconut, pineapple, and passion fruit in ceramic Tiki mugs and juicy pork and fresh shrimp hot off the grill. Cocktails include the Break Fluid (coconut rum, gold rum, blye curacao, orgeat, passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple, ginger ale), and more. (2007 18 St NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com)

Doi Moi Presents… — Scorpion bowls, pina coladas, and banan daiquiris cement their positions on doi moi’s summer cocktail list, which has taken a decidedly Tiki turn for the season. A new menu includes a pina colada served in a coconut mug; popular classics such as the Mai Tai and the Suffering Bastard; and under-the-radar drinks like the sherry and bourbon Bizzy Izzy and the Scotch and Pisco Straw Hat #2. (1800 14 St NW; 202.733.5131; doimoidc.com)

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This Summer, Take a Staycation

Be a Fan in the City — With Mandarin Hotel’s Fan in the City package, treat yourself and three fellow staycationers to a two-night stay in the opulent Jefferson Suite, with 1,900 square feet of space, spectacular views of D.C., a private six course dinner by award-winning Chef Eric Ziebold and CityZen restaurant, four Oriental Harmony Spa Treatments, champagne and cheese served poolside…and more. For reservations, contact the hotel directly. (1330 Maryland Ave SW; 202.554.8588; mandarinoriental.com/DC)

Made in the USA — Book Park Hyatt Washington’s Made in the USA suite this Independence Day weekend for enhanced amenities and patriotic treats. The suite is decorated with renowned works of American art and American artisal items, and comes with two tickets to The Phillips Collection Made in the USA exhibit. For the art skeptics, the suite will provide a copy of Why Your Five-Year-Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained and a subscription to The Phillips Collection Magazine. Treats include breakfast for two at Blue Duck Tavern; two complimentary Washington Apple cocktails, made from a combination of house made apple spiced vodka, fresh lemon juice and sugar; and, Blue Duck Tavern’s signature apple pie, presented in-room upon arrival. (24 & M NW; 800.778.7477; parkhyattwashington.com)

Crab Week at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay — Summer on the Eastern Shore wouldn’t be complete without Maryland crabs, and the Hyatt Regency’s annual Crab Week pays homage to the time-honored tradition. For two full weeks, August 15 through August 29, enjoy crab happy festivities and special staycation deals. Overnight guests can savor crab specialties whipped up by food truck sensation, Feelin’ Crabby, and enjoy an exclusive tour and feast at J.M Clayton Company, the world’s oldest crab house. Watch (or participate) in the resort’s annual crab cake eating contest.  Learn to catch, crack, and cook up your own crabs during daily demos by the pros and savor daily crab specials, as well as crab pairings.  For more details and a full schedule of activities, click over to the site. (100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge, MD; 800.633.7313; chesapeakebay.hyatt.com)

Salamander Tree Top Zip Tour – Sign up for an adventure! Get a bird’s eye view of the Virginia countryside while gliding across a canopy course of zip lines. The canopy course, beginning and ending on the resort’s Grand Lawn, is comprised of a series of rope bridges and zip lines–zip from one tree top platform to another on five different zip lines and two suspension sky bridges. The Salamander Tree Top Zip Tour also offers special team building programs that provide adventures that bond, motivate, and inspire teams. (500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA 20117; 866.938.7370; salamanderresort.com)

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CHEF & MANAGEMENT UPDATES: THE LOCAL RESTAURANT SCENE CONTINUES TO ROCK WITH CHEF AND MANAGEMENT MOVES AND CHANGES. HERE IS THE LATEST INFO ON WHO HAS MOVED WHERE.

Nathan Beauchamp – The Fainting Goat has hired familiar D.C. face Nathan Beauchamp as its Executive Chef. A Culinary Institute of America graduate and a former RAMMY award-winning Rising Star Chef, Beauchamp became loved in D.C. while serving as Executive Chef at Georgetown dining institution 1789. Following six years of organic farming in Minnesota, teaching culinary school and opening up a craft beer bar in Minneapolis, Beauchamp is returning to D.C. to helm the kitchen at The Fainting Goat. (1330 U St NW; 202.735.0344; faintinggoatdc.com)

Samuel Kim — Clyde’s Restaurant Group has hired Samuel Kim as its new Executive Chef. Kim most recently served as the Executive Sous Chef at Colicchio and Sons, which earned the 2013 Trip Advisor award for “Top Restaurant in the USA” and “Number Two in the World” during his tenure. However, Kim began his culinary career at 1789 Restaurant as Chef de Partie Rotisseur, where his talents in the kitchen earned him a promotion to work on the opening culinary team as a sous chef at Clyde’s Restaurant Group’s Gallery Place in November 2005. Welcome back, Chef! (1226 26 ST NW; 202.965.1789; 1789restaurant.com)

Ryan Ross — New Executive Chef Ryan Ross has joined recently opened Pinstripes! Hawaiian-born Ross boasts 20 years in the hospitality industry, having cooked at several acclaimed restaurants across the nation, from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery in Las Vegas, where Ross served as Chef de Partie, to Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, where Ross was Executive Chef and partner in the restaurant’s Las Vegas food operations. Ross most recently served as Chef de Partie at the award-winning Majestic Café in Alexandria, VA. New Pinstripes dishes will include flavors from Ross’ new Patio Chef’s Garden, including chicken and goat cheese with fusilli and rosemary cream sauce; and, pasta primavera with tarragon and veggies. (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.625.6500; pinstripes.com)

 

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EVENTS WORTH A SECOND LOOK: DO.NOT.MISS.

Hill Country Backyard Barbeque Returns — Here’s a welcome sign of summer—Hill Country Barbeque Market has confirmed the return of Hill Country Backyard Barbeque! The unique branded outdoor experience features Hill Country’s award-winning Texas-style barbecue, ice-cold Shiner beers, and live music on the spacious and picturesque West Lawn of the National Building Museum. Featuring cornhole toss boards and giant Jenga, Hill Country Backyard Barbeque will begin May 1 and run through Labor Day weekend. Play lawn games, drink beer, and listen to music while you dig into a plateful of dry-rub, pit-smoked barbeque and Southern sides and desserts. The picnic-friendly menu will include a barbecue chicken sandwich and barbecue beef sandwich, plus a nightly Pitmaster’s Pick featuring some of Hill Country Barbecue Market’s signature meats straight from the smokers. The menu will also include sides like confetti coleslaw, potato salad, mini skillet cornbread, and a chocolate chunk cookie for dessert. In addition, HCBB partner Zipcar will be holding an ongoing raffle for guests. Each month throughout the season, Zipcar will showcase a different theme tied to the various reasons to use the service – May’s theme is “Beach/Roadtrip,” June is “Shopping,” July is “Travel,” and August will be “Moving.” Existing Zipcar members will receive a prize tied to that month’s theme, in addition to receiving a raffle ticket to enter into a monthly grand prize drawing. New members will get a $55 gift card to Hill Country Barbecue Market and two tickets to enter into the monthly grand prize raffle. (401 F St NW; 202.556.2050; hillcountrywdc.com)

Toast the Tunes — Through September 27, 6:00P.M. – 9:30P.M., grab your friends, a chair or a blanket, and your will to party like it’s 1999 (for the 16th time)!  Join Tarara Winery every Saturday night at Shadow Lake to groove to some tunes under the stars with your favorite partners in wine. Gates open at 5:00P.M.; tickets are $15. Cheers! (13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg VA 20176; 703.771.7100; tarara.com/scripts/eventPg.cfm/_/651/2014-Summer-Concert-Series/)

Sixth Annual D.C. Beer Week Returns — Craft beer fans rejoice! The 6th annual D.C. Beer Week returns to the National Capital Region this summer with a variety of beer-related educational and tasting events planned throughout the week of August 17 – 24. Local distributor Jeff Wells and chef/beer aficionado Teddy Folkman started DC Beer Week in 2008 to celebrate the small, but enthusiastic craft beer community in the Nation’s Capital. Since then, the event has grown each year attracting thousands. As in past years, hundreds of venues in the District, Virginia and Maryland will host a variety of beer-related events, including beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers, and more. (dcbeerweek.net)

Snallygaster III at the Yards — The third annual Snallygaster beer festival will be held at Nats Stadium on Sept 13!  The beer festival unleashes the most sought after selection of beers and benefits Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. This year, Snallygaster is once again tapping no fewer than 250 unique craft beers against a backdrop of fine foods, music, entertainment, games, and more. Guests can expect a sea of the scarcest and most delicious ales and lagers on draft, including a growing number of breweries and brews rarely available in D.C., and even an artisanal cider garden. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance. (showclix.com/event/SnallygasterDC)

Spring 2014 Wine Immersion Study Trips in France — The French Wine Society (FWS), a non-profit organization dedicated to French wine education, has announced its spring 2014 schedule of week-long wine immersion study trips to some of the top wine regions in France. Each trip offers an intensive, professional-level education program coupled with certification through the FWS’s industry-endorsed Masters-level program on successful completion of the final exam. The trips are led by internationally-renowned experts, such as Andrew Jefford for Bordeaux, Kelly McAuliffe for the Rhône Valley, and Elizabeth Gabay MW for Provence. The trips are nearly all-inclusive, including the FWS Masters-level course, hotels, gourmet meals with great wines, all winery tours and tastings, and transportation. Prices range from $3,495 to $3,895 per person. Each trip is limited to 18 guests. (202.640.5466; frenchwinesociety.org)

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You’ll Never Want for Brunch in the D.C. Area

Alba Osteria Launches Bottomless Brunch — Alba Osteria’s answer to the ubiquitous DC bottomless brunch launches on February 1. Priced at $29.95, the brunch includes breakfast pizzas, egg dishes, pancakes, and meatballs along with four bottomless brunch cocktails and live music, to boot. Look forward to plates like friend eggs and meatballs, buckwheat ricotta pancakes, and the Monte Cristo, and sides like smoked pancetta, house-made lamb sausage, and fried potatoes. Cocktails include mimosas, white peach bellinis, infused prosciutto vodka Bloody Marys, and house-made beer-mosas. Order a la carte, as well, or if just bottomless drinks are more your style, they’re $18 a person.Yum! (425 I St NW; 202.733.4454; albaosteriadc.com)

Belgian-Flair Breakfast at B Too —Get ready for an unconventional take on contemporary Belgian breakfast cuisine with surprising new choices available at B Too. Dishes abound, including fried apple waffle donuts, hash browns with duck confit, a banana Nutella granola waffle, and a chicken waffle with chicken schnitzel and sweet onion syrup. Available to stay or to go from 7:00A.M. to 11:00A.M., these not-to-miss twists on breakfast favorites are from Chef Bart Vandaele, a recognized leader in contemporary Belgian cuisine. (1324 14 St NW; 202.627.2800; btoo.com)

Brunch and Express Lunch at Black’s Bar and Kitchen — Executive Chef Dane Sewlall has accommodated time-sensitive lunchers with a diverse lunch menu priced from $18 to $24, including beverages (wines and draft beers), starters (a soup of the day or wood-grilled bruschetta), entrees (a risotto, a hardwood grilled chicken sandwich, or Addie’s Mussels), and desserts (a cookie plate, chocolate chip bread pudding, or house-made ice cream). Newly revamped brunch offerings include a $43 buffet including oysters, charcuterie, and an egg station among other items, and a la carte items such as Black’s Benedict, a house take on Eggs Benedict that includes Virginia ham and brandy-pepper hollandaise. (7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301.652.5525; blacksbarandkitchen.com)

City Tap House Brunch Service — Worry about your diet on Monday—Executive Chef Scott Swiderski’s a la carte brunch dishes, including artisan pizzas, crab cake benedict, chicken & waffles, and foie gras French toast, are now offered on weekends from 11:00AM to 3:00PM.  Wash it all down with a bottomless brunch bar, which includes endless Bloody Marys, mimosas, and beer-mosas for $18 per person. (901 9 St NW; 202.733.5333; citytaphousedc.com)

City Tap House/Terrapin Beer Company Team Up for Beer Brunch — Here’s something new—City Tap House has teamed with Terrapin Beer Company to bring you a la carte brunch dishes paired with Terrapin Beer Company beers. Pairings include biscuits and gravy with Hopsecutioner IPA, chicken and waffles with Moo-Hoo Stout, honey crisp granola with Tree Hugger Ale, and lemon ricotta pancakes with White Chocolate Moo-Hoo Stout, among other unusual and delicious-sounding pairings. As an added bonus, a Terrapin representative will be on hand to introduce a special cask version of Mosaic IPA, made with jalapeno chilies and orange peel. Drink up on Monday, January 20 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM. (901 9 St NW; 202.733.5333; citytaphousedc.com)

Hangover Brunch – Almost every brunch is a hangover brunch, but Dino’s Grotto has it down to a science with a little hair of the dog Grotto Bar style. Instant Breakfast is Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, an egg, Worcestershire sauce, simple syrup, Thai Sriracha, blackstrap bitters, and lemon juice—eye opening whether you’re hurting from the night before or completely sober. Then choose brunch cocktails or tap beer and a main or two starters, all for $25. Standouts include the Italian Nutella and mascarpone stuffed French toast. (1914 9 St NW; 202.686.2966; dinoinshaw.com)

Et Voila! RAMMY Sidekicks — In celebration of his two RAMMY nominations, Executive Chef Claudio Pirollo of Et Voila! has added three new additions to his brunch menu, each with complimentary “sidekicks.” Additions include Eggs Benedict with salmon and Stella Artois beer; buckwheat crepe with ham béchamel, sunny side up eggs, and an Et Voila! cocktail; and, Mikado crepes with vanilla ice cream and a cappuccino. Priced from $8 to $14.50, the new offerings are served alongside Et Voila’s complete brunch menu and extensive list of Belgian beers. (5120 MacArthur Boulevard NW; 202.237.2300; etvoiladc.com)

The Grille Impresses with New Duck Press — Pressed duck has joined the Alexandria brunch scene! A traditional French duck press is the centerpiece of The Grille at Morrison House’s new brunch menu. During the brunch, roasted duck breast remnants are placed in the press, which squeezes additional juices from the duck and, once flambéed, provides an especially flavorful sauce. The brunch also includes a table of seasonal beignets, fruit, breads, and jams, personal egg orders, and a series of brunch stations featuring pressed duck, crepes, and petit fours. Enjoy brunch for $38 per person from 11:00A.M. to 2:00P.M. on Sundays, and partake in a bottomless Bellini bar for an additional $14. (116 S Alfred St, Alexandria, VA; 703.838.8000; thegrillealexandria.com)

Even More Spanish Brunch Creations — Nosh on a reimagined Jaleo brunch menu. Tempting new items include Spanish toast with caramelized bananas and rum whipped cream; smoked salmon on slices of crispy ethereal bread with hardboiled egg, goat cheese, and capers; and, a grilled hanger steak with fried egg, potatoes, and Valdeon cheese sauce. Round out brunch with Spanish churros plus frothy hot chocolate for dipping—all for $8 to $22. (480 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC; 202.628.7949 // 7271 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.913.0003 // 2250 Crystal Drive in Arlington, VA; 703.413.8181 // jaleo.com)

Lupo Verde Launches Brunch — Lupo Verde is the latest 14 St hang out to launch brunch, this time with Italian flair. Chef de Cuisine Domenico Apollaro’s a la carte menu will showcase authentic, rustic, Italian fare featuring a variety of antipasti, breakfast pizzas, house-made pastas, egg dishes, and crepes.  For the perfect pairing, Lupo Verde’s Beverage Director Francesco Amodeo has created five morning libations that are sure to delight any palate. Dishes include Uova in Camici (poached eggs in San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh basil, shallots, and grilled bread), Tagliata di Manzo con Uova a Piacere (grilled sirloin steak and two eggs any style), and many more delicious offerings. (1401 T St NW; 202.827.4726; lupoverdedc.com)

Live La Vida Loca with New Latin Brunch Offerings — Maple pulled pork and chipotle honey chicken are on the menu at Paladar Latin Kitchen, putting the excitement back in brunch with Latin American-inspired brunch food and three bottomless mimosa flavors. The new, seasonal Paladar brunch menu includes signature dishes like scrambled eggs and chorizo tacos and maple pulled pork and fried eggs. Choose from three delicious bottomless mimosas blended with orange juice, strawberries, or peach and basil. (11333 Woodglen Dr, Rockville, MD;301.816.1100; paladarlatinkitchen.com)

Jazzing Up Brunch — Pump it up with a new live jazz brunch at Rialto, starting December 21. Local musicians will play live jazz music during a specialty Italian brunch, including the Georgetown (poached eggs, fried polenta, asparagus), the Pazza (homemade sausage, scrambled eggs, mozzarella, and cherry tomato pizza) and the Rialto omelet (shrimp, tomato, marscarpone). (2915 M St NW; 202.337.1571/1572; RialtoDC.com)

Greek Brunch at Kapnos — Man about town, Mike Isabella, is now offering a new brunch menu at 11am to 3pm at the 14th street Restaurant, Kapnos.  The menu features Baklava French Toast and Spit Roasted Chicken and Waffles.  Kapnos has recently opened its patio while also adding over three dozen seats to the restaurant. (2201 14th St NW; 202.234.5000; kapnosdc.com)

Vegans Rejoice! Muse Expands Its Vegan Brunch — Vegetarians and vegans looking for an inventive answer to the age old question—where can I find a decent, meat-free brunch in DC?—should look no further than Todd Gray’s Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The popular dining establishment now offers both traditional and vegan brunches every Sunday from 11:00A.M. to 2:00P.M., with a wide selection of inspired vegan fare, from sweet pea paella with grilled ramps to potato and cheddar croquettes. (Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St NW; toddgraysmuse.com)

NoPA Kitchen + Bar Launches Sunday Brunch — Executive Chef Greg McCarty’s new brunch menu has just recently launched at NoPa Kitchen + Bar. Dishes worthy of your morning indulging include appetizers such as grapefruit and tangerine brûlée with cinnamon mascarpone  or the rutabaga soup with crab, yuzu, endive.  Definitely order a bread basket filled with freshly baked spiced plum coffee cake, roasted corn muffin, and brioche mousseline for the table.  Egg lovers, dig into McCarty’s take on the Eggs Benedict  with Canadian bacon or Smoked Salmon or the Skillet Bacon and Eggs with tomato, horseradish and gruyere.  NoPa Kitchen+Bar’s Pastry Chef, Jemil Gadea provides plenty of sweet endings like the Maple Pecan Sticky Buns with Malaga ice cream and Crepes Normandes.  (800 F Street NW; 202.347.4667)

A Very Southern Brunch — Occidental Grill and Seafood takes on Southern classics with its new brunch menu, serving up the South with drinks like the Pretty Women (strawberry-macerated Blue Ride vodka, lemon verbena, cava) and dishes such as slow-poached farm egg with braised beef short rib. Other highlights include Mascarpone whipped polenta with braised kale, Southern-style biscuits and gravy, a low country-inspired shrimp and grits, Occidental signature crab cake sandwich, and a croissant BLT with sliced avocado, garlic aioli, and American cheese. Naturally, it wouldn’t be a D.C. brunch without bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas, available on the outdoor patio. (1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.783.1475; occidentaldc.com)

Ovvio Osteria’s Italian Brunch –Virginia ‘burb-dwellers, the new Merrifield location now has an Italian brunch hideaway where classic dishes with an Italian twist are now being served. Beginning Sundays from 10:30 to 2:30, Ovvio Osteria offers late morning feasting.  Chef/Partner Chris Watson serves a savory menu of items that incorporate seasonal Italian flavors such as pork milanese benedict served on a house made biscuit with sausage gravy, grilled Portuguese octopus panzanella with cucumber, tomato and balsamic drizzle, and steak and eggs accompanied by a potato cake.  Brunch also offers staple menu items like prosciutto, mozzarella and arugula panino as well as the full pizza menus.  To accompany your brunch, Wine Director Timothy Clune has concocted morning time refreshments using only Italian wines including a classic peach bellini and white and red sangria loaded with market fresh fruit. Dine inside or outside on the spacious, pet-friendly patio that overlooks Halstead Square. (2727 Merrilee Dr  Merrifield VA; 703.573.2161)

Osteria Morini Rolls Out Brunch — Enjoy a brand new brunch service at Osteria Morini, with a menu of classic brunch dishes infused with Italian flavors, such as ricotta pancakes with whipped mascarpone and maple syrup, frittata with mortadella and pecorino, and steak & eggs with prime skirt steak. For those who veer towards lunch offerings, Osteria will serve a variety of housemade pastas, crostini and meatballs, and the restaurant’s generous cheese and charcuterie boards. For sweet start to the weekend, sample a selection of breakfast pastries including house made cinnamon raisin Danishes and spiced pepper muffins. The brunch cocktail menu will feature modern interpretations of classic drinks, such as the Bloody Romagnolo, made with grappa and rosemary and garnished with mortadella-stuffed olives, as well as a DIY Mimosa. (301 Water St SE; 202.484.0660; osteriamorini.com)

Revamped Brunch at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace — Chef de Cuisine James Huff and Pastry Chef Carri-Anne Hamer have revamped Pearl Dive’s brunch menu, adding sweet potato Andouille hash with poached eggs and grillades and grits with braised pork cheeks to its menu. Sweet new highlights include sticky cinnamon rolls with caramel bacon sauce and French toast with cinnamon nutmeg custard. Standby favorites like the CEBLT Po-Boy and the Dive Burger remain. (1612 14 St NW; 202.319.1612; pearldivedc.com)

Ping Pong Dim Sum Party Brunch — The Ping Pong Party Brunch is back! The party continues with two bottomless drink options: a bottomless tableside beer-mosa bar for $15, including a pitcher of beer, lemonade, and three exotic juices for self-made cocktails, and a bottomless tableside mimosa bar for $15, complete with papaya, pomegranate, and watermelon juices and champagne. Ping Pong now offers unlimited dim sum options for $36 per person, along with an a la carte option for $26 per person for five dishes. (900 7 St NW; 202.506.3740; pingpongdimsum.us)

A Pintastic Brunch — A lavish brunch meets bocce and bowling at newly-opened Pinstripes in Georgetown. The weekly brunch, priced at $20 and served buffet-style, features specialties such as made-to-order omelets, carved prime rib, fresh seafood, a salad bar, and desserts. Guests can launch into Sunday funday with a $5 create-your-own Bloody Mary bar or a $3 mimosa before or after a game of bowling or bocce. (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.625.6500; pinstripes.com)

Piola’s “No Limit” Pizza Brunch –  Columbia Heights pizzeria Piola, which specializes in Italian-style thin-crust pizza, now serves it’s  “No Limit” Pizza Brunch. In addition to unlimited wood-fired pies, brunch-goers can also opt to add bottomless sparkling drinks and sangria.  Brunch offerings at the 14th Street restaurant currently include over 10 pies that range from classic Italian combinations like the Capricciosa (tomato sauce, mozzarella, ham, artichoke and mushrooms) to international varieties such as the Breakfast in Beirut (“zaatar” and olive oil, served with “labneh,” olives, tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh mint) and plays on traditional brunch fare like the Cancun (tomato sauce, mozzarella, onions, smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers). Those looking for something stronger than coffee can sip on a unlimited supply of sangria and other sparkling drinks. Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy unlimited pizza for $15.95 ($7.95 for kids) and add bottomless sangria and sparkling drinks for an additional $15.  (2208 14th Street Northwest; 202.986.8729; piola.it)

Table Adds Brunch to Repertoire –  Frederik De Pue’s Shaw restaurant has just launched a revamped Sunday brunch service. A five course degustation menu will offer diners a taste of the neighborhood eatery’s full range of French-inspired fare, including servings of house made yogurt, smoked salmon crepes and skirt steak roulade. The $35 fixed-price meal is offered with bottomless mimosas for $48. (903 N St NW; 202.588.5200; tabledc.com)

Republic Brunch — Cure your ailments with a charred tomato Bloody Mary at Republic’s new weekend brunch service. The unusual Bloody Mary (and its various iterations—including options to add Old Bay or tequila!) is created using wood-grilled tomatoes, house-made arbol, guajillo pepper chili paste, fresh lime and lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and house-made celery salt (phew!) Food highlights include monkey bread, beignets, homemade buttermilk biscuit with scrambled eggs and cheddar, brioche French toast, and slow-braised pork belly. (6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912; 301.270.3001; republictakoma.com)

A New Brunch in Town — Newcomer Toro Toro has launched brunch service, including a tantalizing selection of hot and cold savory plates and desserts, plus Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” a selection of hot-off-the-spit meats carved and ready for indulging. There is also a cornucopia of side dishes, as well as four mimosa cocktails and a Bloody Mary bar. The $39 brunch begins with a choice of Pan-Latin small plates that showcase South and Central American cuisine, including seasonal salads, meats, raw bar, and assorted breads and cheeses, showcased as a lavish buffet.  Next up, diners will enjoy Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” with choices that include picanha steak, chorizo sausage, achiote chicken, or Chef’s Daily Selection. (1300 I St NW; richardsandoval.com/torotorodc)

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A Summer Swan Song at the Oval Room — The Oval Room will close on June 30 for a complete renovation, changing both the menu direction and the design scheme. To celebrate the restaurant’s ongoing success under Executive Chef Tony Conte’s leadership in the kitchen, the Oval Room’s most popular dishes will be featured during the month of June, including signature dishes like truffle pasta, truffle fondue, and shaved summer truffles; pastrami cured kampachi, Chinese mustard, tomato jam, and pumpernickel; crispy snapper, fennel-tarragon, snap peas, and licorice vinaigrette; Kazu marinated duck, turnip kimchee, honey stewed shallots, and confit; cassia butter poached lobster, pearls of peach, and wasabi and lemongrass broth; and veal tenderloin, artichokes, lemon balm, and Parmesan. For dessert lovers, the beet-chocolate cake, buttermilk lime sorbet, and dark chocolate mousse, and the passion fruit curd, frozen coconut yogurt, and dried marshmallow make their return for the final month of June. The Oval Room will reopen in August with a new menu and new décor—guests can anticipate bold art pieces, theatrical lighting, plush fabrics, and rich, deep accent colors of burgundy and blue. (800 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.463.8700; ovalroom.com)

Big Growth at 3 Stars — 3 Stars Brewing Company is putting the finishing touches an expansion project that will allow them to increase production by 300%! Over the past six months, they’ve doubled the brewery’s fermentation capacity, allowing 3 Stars to continue its ongoing growth and further develop local partnerships. The main component of the expansion is the addition of multiple fermentation tanks, affording an increased number of brew days and elevated production volumes. Additionally, there is a new bottling machine, and a huge push towards barrel-aged beers. In 2013, the brewery aged around 600 gallons of beer in a combination of bourbon, red, and white wine barrels. In 2014, the projected volume of barrel-aged beer is in the neighborhood of 2000-3500 gallons. (6400 Chillum Pl NW; 202.670.0333; threestarsbrewing.com)

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