It’s no secret that getting a table at one of DC’s hottest restaurants on a Saturday night can be a challenge. We here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com have teamed up with the area’s top-toques to let you know who is able to offer a Table for Two. Check here Friday after 3:00pm for available reservations on Saturday, October 22, 2016: 

1226 36th Street, NW
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All Purpose
1250 9th Street, NW
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Fully Committed
606 N Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA
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Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street, NW
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Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
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1001 Pennsylvania Avenue
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974 Palmer Alley
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465 K Street, NW
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801 O Street, NW
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China Chilcano
418 7th Street, NW
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Del Campo
777 I Street, NW
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818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
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601 Pennsylvania Avenue
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Fiola Mare
3050 K Street, NW
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808 V Street, NW
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Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle Street, Washington, VA
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Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
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2201 14th Street, NW
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1015 7th Street, NW
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1924 8th Street, NW
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Le Diplomate
1601 14th Street, NW
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2401 Pennsylvania Avenue
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1340 4th Street, NE
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Osteria Morini
301 Water Street, SE
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Rasika West End
1177 22nd Street, NW
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Rasika Penn Quarter
633 D Street, NW
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Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
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8296 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA
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The Dabney
122 Blagden Alley NW
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The Red Hen
1822 1st Street, NW
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The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue
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228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
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MICHELIN Guide Washington 2017: WHO’S IN

The first Michelin Guide Washington “reveals the revival and great potential of the local culinary scene,” say Michelin inspectors. Three restaurants have been awarded two stars: Mini Bar (“whimsical and fun dishes”), Pineapple & Pearls (“perfectly flavored dishes”), and The Inn at Little Washington (“classic, eclectic, stunning.”) Nine restaurants were awarded one star: Rose’s Luxury, The Dabney, Blue Duck Tavern, Kinship, Plume, Tail Up Goat, Masseria, Fiola, and finally, Sushi Taro.


The Washington Post 2016 Fall Dining Guide

The Washington Post 2016 Fall Dining Guide is here, with food critic Tom Sietsema naming All-Purpose, where “pizza is the star,” as No. 1 on his top 10 favorite restaurants list. The guide features 52 new and updated reviews highlighting the “diverse and exploding” Washington, D.C. food scene, along with a list of Tim Carman’s top cheap eats, plus go-to bars. Baan Thai earned the designation of “top cheap eat” and Columbia Room is considered the “favorite of the Washington bar scene.” (click here)



Sweet Things and Wings — Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has added fall doughnut flavors to its menu, including chocolate crunch bar, lemon matcha, roasted banana malt, spiced pear almond, coffee chai latte, candy apple, and pumpkin spice. Available every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at both store locations, Astro will also offer Korean BBQ or honey sriracha buffalo wings. Six wings are $8.95; a $45 party pack of 24 wings, kimchi coleslaw, and four cheddar biscuits is also available for preorder. (1308 G St NW; 202.809.5565; astrodoughnuts.com)

Truffle Specials – Truffle lovers take note–Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca has debuted new seasonal specials showcasing black truffles and the gem-like white truffle. The regional authentic Italian fare features innovative yet traditional antipasti, house made pastas, and entrees ranging from $45 to $65 for black truffles and $85 to $100 for white truffles. Try truffled potato bombolini, duck egg yolk ravioli, chestnut and porcini stuffed local beef cheek, chocolate air cake with truffled almond gelato, and other rare delights. (1100 New York Avenue NW; 202.216.9550; bibianadc.com)

Sweet Potato Season – Centrolina’s Amy Brandwein showcases the savory side of sweet potatoes–from a sauce to accompany fresh cheese to a filling for ravioli. Expect to see diverse presentations of sweet potato and other favorite fall ingredients this season in dishes like burrata with sweet potato, grilled onion agrodolce and saba ($16), zucca with roasted delicata squash, warmed figs, robiola and gaglioppa pear syrup ($13), and carrota with kabocha squash, baby carrots, anchovy, garlic and capers ($10). (974 Palmer Alley NW; 202.898.2426; centrolinadc.com)

Grown Up Halloween Treats – Upgrade your Halloween candy with gourmet delights from Dean & Deluca. From silver gianduja skulls (silver-dusted dark chocolate filled with gianduja, $12) to a flying bats cake (four layers of moist buttermilk-chocolate filled with chocolate cream cheese frosting, $75) order online or in-store. (deandeluca.com)

Falling for Melted Cheese — ENO Wine Bar is transforming into a chalet straight from the Swiss Alps on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings this fall with hearty melted cheese and savory bites. ENO Wine Bar will fire up its Swiss raclette machine to warm local Georgetown diners with raclette dishes starting at $18. Scrape cheese over a selection of traditional crusty bread, baby golden potatoes, pearl onions, Cornichon pickles, and charcuterie. (2810 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.295.2826; enowinerooms.com)

Foie Gras Festival – Formerly known as Foie La La, join over 40 top D.C. restaurants in celebrating one of their favorite culinary delicacies–foie gras. As part of the week-long Foie Gras Festival, participating restaurants will be serving foie gras-centric dishes, all featuring conscionably-raised domestic foie gras. From October 26–November 2, vote on your favorite foie gras dish. The winner of the popular vote will receive the coveted Golden Duck trophy. (boundaryrd.com/foiethewin)

Eat the Vote – Trump and Clinton burgers are now available at Good Stuff Eatery. Each burger ordered counts as one vote for the respective candidate; restaurant signs will keep a daily tally of votes in the burger election. The Trump burger, topped with Swiss cheese, mushrooms cooked in champagne vinaigrette, fried onion straws, and a lemon truffle mayo, “serves as an ode to the candidate’s extravagant lifestyle.” The Hillary burger, topped with Muenster cheese, arugula, habanero caramelized onions, and balsamic ketchup is “a tribute to the feisty candidate who eats one hot pepper every day.” Your burger votes will cost you $7.85 each. (303 Pennsylvania Ave SE; 202.543.8222; goodstuffeatery.com)

Holiday Tea Time – The Hay-Adams returns with its traditional holiday tea time, including tea and a tiered tray of savories and sweets for $50-$65. Flavorful tastes include tea sandwiches like English cucumber with tomato and mint, farmhouse egg salad with wild watercress, and smoked salmon with dill cream cheese. Confectionaries include French fruit tartlets, warm cranberry scones, macarons, and more. Kids eat for less. (800 16 St NW; 202.638.6600; hayadams.com)

Tour de José – Book a Tour de José for $195—an exclusive, ticketed dine-around experience touring the Penn Quarter neighborhood José Andrés’s Way. Stamp your culinary passport at four of his restaurants, beginning with Mediterranean mezze at Zaytinya, followed by Spanish tapas at Jaleo, continuing with Mexican small plates at Oyamel, and finishing with contemporary Peruvian fare at China Chilcano. Each tour features 15 to 20 courses—a curated menu of three to five small plates paired with a round of cocktails or wine at each restaurant. (josesway.com)

Defending Wildlife – Through the end of the year, Lupo Verde lends its support to nonprofit Defenders of Wildlife. Visit Lupo Verde for dinner or weekend brunch and order the new, featured Pizza Capitano (tomatoes, eggplant, red peppers, smoked scamorza, nostralina, olives, oregano, $16) or new cocktail Lupo Alberto (Don Ciccio e figli fennel liquor, rye, fennel bitters, strong tonic), and $2 from the sale of each will be donated to help defend plants and animals native to North America. (1401 T St NW; 202.827.4726; lupoverdedc.com)

Occidental October — Occidental Grill & Seafood continues reinventing historic dishes & drinks during its 110 anniversary year, adding beef bourguignon (beef, red wine, beef broth, garlic, onions, mushrooms), scallops Saint-Jacques (sweet Bay scallops, olive oil toasted breadcrumbs), and a pumpkin shrub cocktail (dark rum, fresh ginger syrup, lemon) to the menu this October. (1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.783.1475; occidentaldc.com)

Three-Course Tea Menu — Park Hyatt Washington celebrates the return of fall with a new three-course, tableside tea service in the Tea Cellar. The tea menu offers savory bites, pastries, scones with house made jams, and unique teas and is available exclusively on Sunday afternoons, from 3 to 4:30P.M. Enjoy macarons, opera cake, croissants, muffins, and more for $55 per adult and $30 per child. Reservations are recommended. (1201 24 St NW; 202.419.6755; parkhyattwashington.com)

Kolache, Kolache, Kolache – Republic Kolache has released the latest in its guest chef series: the barbacoa kolache. A collaboration with Chef Quinten Frye, the kolache is filled with traditional beef cheek, “smoked and beer braised until it reaches a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth level of tenderness,” paired with pickled red onion and a cilantro-lime chimichurri. Pre-order now to lock in your order and skip the lines, or order on weekends at the Republic Kolache @ Hill Country popup, Friday-Sunday, 8:00-11:00A.M. (410 7 St NW; 202.888.2813; hill-country.republic-kolache.com)

Shacktoberfest – Raise a stein to Shake Shack’s Shaketoberfest, an Oktoberfest-inspired menu plus a special Shake Shack beer stein. Items include Brat Burger (hamburger topped with a flat-top griddled Usinger’s cheddar-stuffed bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots, Shack Sauce, $7.59) and ShackMeister Brat (flat-top griddled Usinger’s cheddar-stuffed bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots, cheese sauce, $5.29). (4 D.C. locations; 1216 18 St NW; 202.683.9921; shakeshack.com)

Winning Paella -- Paella chefs gathered from across the globe at this year’s Paella Wine & Beer Festival in Los Angeles, California—and the winner was D.C.’s own Danny Lledó, chef/sommelier of Slate Wine Bar + Bistro. In celebration of his culinary victory, Slate Wine Bar + Bistro in Glover Park will offer the award-winning paella, chock full of prawns, mussels, clams, and more, for $26 all month long. (2404 Wisconsin Ave; 202.333.4304; slatewinebar.com)

Slice of Life Pie Sales Are Open — It’s October, which means one thing at Food & Friends…PIE! When you purchase your Thanksgiving pies from Food & Friends through Slice of Life, you’ll provide healthy, life-sustaining meals for a child or adult battling HIV/AIDS, cancer, or another critical illness. Choose from apple, spiced pumpkin, potato, pecan, and American Airlines Sky Pie (chocolate amaretto brownie, almonds, powdered sugar). You can also buy a pie for a Food & Friends client to be delivered on Thanksgiving day, along with a full, festive meal. Pick up your pie on November 22 at one of several convenient locations! (219 Riggs Rd NE; 202.269.2277; click here)



Foraged Ciders — ANXO Cidery & Pintxos bar has debuted Foraged Ciders #1 and #2–made from apples foraged entirely by the ANXO team in New Jersey, New York, and D.C. Thirteen different batches of apples totaling 30 gallons of juice were fermented individually—of the initial 30 gallons fermented for this trial, only 12 gallons were good enough to make it into a blend. Each Foraged Cider is limited to one keg–one 5-gallon keg of #1, and one 7-gallon keg of #2. Foraged Cider #1 is made from GoldRush apples from Glaize Orchards Virginia, as well as wild apples foraged from a 100 year old tree in Southern New Jersey. Foraged Cider #2 is made from Black Twig and Arkansas Black, well known Southern apples. Buy to-go bottles or by-the-glass cider at ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar. (300 Florida Ave NW; 202.986.3795; anxodc.com)

Ushering in Autumn – Sip libations to live music four nights a week at Blackwall Hitch—Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. New seasonal cocktails include Grapefruit Wine Crush (grapefruit vodka, Lillet Blanc, fresh grapefruit, and agave nectar); the Thyme is of the Effervescence (floral gin, seasonal cranberries, thyme); and the Pear and Prosecco Smash (pear, prosecco) among many others. (5 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA; 703.739.6090; theblackwallhitch.com)

Spiced Cocktails — Blue Duck Tavern and Lounge has 10 new cocktails highlighting shaken or stirred spirits and a new Untitled Cocktail Series featuring One Eight Distilling spirits. Cocktails include apple-infused Ocho Reposado tequila stirred with cinnamon infused mezcal, yellow chartreuse, and jalapeno bitters; roasted apple-infused Ocho Reposado tequila shaken with yuzu, jalapeno bitters, rosemary shrub, and honey simple syrup; plus, rum, vodka, gin, and rye cocktails. (24 and M St NW; 202.419.6755; blueducktavern.com)

Seasonal libations – Burton’s Bar & Grill in Sterling, VA has introduced a new, seasonally-inspired beverage program, including an eclectic wine list, a diverse draft and bottled beer list, craft brews, craft cocktails, and a Monday-Friday, 3 – 7:00P.M. happy hour. Sixteen stirred, muddled, and pressed specialty cocktails include Sour Cherry Manhattan (Maker’s Mark, Grand Marnier, house- blended vermouth, cherry-vanilla bitters) and Tangerine Drop (Stolichnaya Ohranj, all-natural tangerine syrup, fresh lemon, white cranberry juice). (21434 Epicerie Plaza, Sterling, VA; 571.665.5700; burtonsgrill.com)

Yum Yum Rum — Centrolina’s new hot buttered rum “affogato” offers an Italian twist on a classic fall cocktail with Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, Zaya 12yr rum, hot water, brown sugar simple syrup, and one scoop of brown butter gelato ($14). The cocktail is a perfect transitional cocktail, mixing warming elements with the cool hit of ice cream. (974 Palmer Alley NW; 202.898.2426; centrolinadc.com)

Leaves-Inspired Cocktail Pairings — Columbia Room welcomes the fall season with a new cocktail and food menu in the Tasting Room, Spirits Library, and Punch Garden. Leaves are the centerpiece of the three- and five-course Tasting Room menu, with a diverse array of foliage incorporated into the cocktail-and-small-plate pairings, including buchu leaf, sheep sorrel leaf, shiso leaf, fig leaf, blackberry leaf and sage. Standout cocktail pairings include The Sugaring Season (Canadian rye whisky, dry vermouth, fenugreek leaf, fresh apple juice, acorn and maple syrup, served with eucalyptus-smoked trout, smoked egg and pine oil) and Almond Milk Cloud (Sercial Madeira, fig leaf almond milk, orgeat, dried rose petals and fennel seeds, served with flower ice cream, candied Thai basil and balsam fir gastrique). (124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com)

Bottled Cocktails – Distillery Don Cicco & Figli has launched the BAR SIRENIS COCKTAIL LAB, a line of pre-batched cocktails using its award-winning amari, aperitifs, and Italian liqueurs. Available for sale in the tasting room on Saturdays, the bottled cocktails are $20 to $32 and available in two sizes. Try Alberto (Catoctin Creek Rye, Finocchietto, true tonic, D.C. bitters) and D.C. Negroni (Green Hat gin, Cinque aperitivo, Capitoline vermouth). (6031 Kansas Ave NW; 202.957.7792; donciccioefigli.com)

L’heure de L’apéro – Le Diplomate has introduced L’apero, a new menu of aperitifs and a daily presentation of savory gougères. L’apero is “a crucial and lovely part of daily life in France … an opportunity to slow down and transition between the hectic workday and evening.” From Monday-Friday, 4:00-5:00P.M., enjoy Maillot Jaune (Lillet Rose, Suze d’Autrefois Beefeater gin, esprit d’June), and Absinthe spritz (Kubler Absinthe, rosemary sparkling wine), and more with soft, eggy, and cheesy complimentary gougères. (1601 14 St NW; 202.332.3333; lediplomatedc.com)

District Distilling Co. Launches Spirits — District Distilling joins the city’s distillery scene with its Corridor vodka, Checkerbark gin, Buzzard Point rum (believed to be the first locally-made white rum since prohibition), and Backroom bourbon. Head distiller Matt Strickland uses his signature distilling process–historical methods of distilling combined with his background in spirit research and design. Enjoy craft cocktails using the spirits in-house. (1414 U St NW; district-distilling.com)

A Very Jersey Fall — A liquid match for Graffiato’s creative Jersey-American influenced food, its Jersey cocktail mixes Applejack, Angostura bitters, simple syrup, and pear or apple hot cider ($12). The shore isn’t just a summertime destination, after all. (707 6th St. NW; 202.289.3600; graffiatodc.com)

Fall Pick-Me-Ups — Through winter, Doron Petersan’s vegan bakery Sticky Fingers and plant-based diner Fare Well offer peppermint hot chocolate made with Kahlua and topped with marshmallows and peppermint candy ($10). The cocktail is a boozy, dairy-free version of your favorite childhood winter warmer. (406 H St. NE; 202.367.9600; eatfarewell.com)

Great’er Pumpkin is Back — The “Uncharted Waters” Series by Heavy Seas Beer will soon welcome the 2016 edition of The Great’er Pumpkin. This limited release will be available from September through October in all 17 states where Heavy Seas beer is distributed. Aromas of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove give this 10 percent ABV brew a great aromatic complexity, says the brewery, while British crystal malt, brown sugar, and pumpkin add a sense of weight and body. Bourbon barrel aging rounds out its flavors with notes of oak, vanilla, and bourbon. (hsbeer.com)

Chai and Wifi – Indique offers remote workers free chai, ample outlets, and strong wifi Monday through Friday from 10:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. For $15 a month, the restaurant allows use of its cosy co-working space right on top of the Cleveland Park metro station. Try the space—and the unlimited chai—for free on your first day. (3512 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.244.6600; indique.com)

Piggy Falls Footballer Sundays — Fall Sundays at Jack Rose Dining Saloon now mean eight hours of football, pit-grilled pig roasts, beer specials, whiskey and cigar specials, and seasonal cocktails during the new weekly Piggy Falls Footballer Sundays happy hour. The Biggie Smalls-inspired day party will run every Sunday from 12:30P.M. to 8:30P.M., featuring the Notorious P.I.G. roast and wood-fire pit grill fare and specialty fall cocktails showcasing spirits from local MurLarkey Distillery in Virginia. Of course, the bar will also air Sunday NFL games on its four flat-screen TVs. (2007 18 St NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com)

Hauntingly Fun – Macon Bistro & Larder has two fun drink specials throughout October—first up, the French- and Southern-inspired bistro hosts a tap takeover featuring Baltimore’s RavenBeer brewery inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. Drafts are $9 and featured beers include The Raven Special Lager; Pendulum Pils; The Cask; Dark Usher Kölsch; Annabel Lee White; and Tell Tale Heart IPA. Plus, the restaurant offers three Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey products from its single barrel select line available as a tasting or flight throughout the month of October. Offerings include the Single Barrel Select; Single Barrel Select Barrel Proof; and the Single Barrel Rye. Order a one-ounce shot for $8, a two-ounce shot for $15, or a flight of all three for $24. (5520 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.248.7807; maconbistro.com)

Vermouth Hour – At Nido, the second Monday of every month is Vermouth Hour. From 6:00-9:00P.M., the Spanish-inspired tradition of La Hora del Vermut includes vermouth tastings, one full pour of vermouth on tap, and unlimited tapas for $15 pre-purchase and $22 at the door. (2214 Rhode Island Ave NW; 202.627.2815; picatic.com/nidovermutHH)

OktoberForest — The Nature Conservancy and Hellbender Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Brewery, Damascus Brewery, South Street Brewery, and Wolf Hills Brewing Company have launched a month-long OktoberForest awareness campaign. The campaign aims to make beer drinkers aware of the critical link between the health of America’s forests and beer’s main ingredient—water. “The relevance of America’s forests to breweries is transparent: more than 90 percent of beer is water, and more than 50 percent of America’s water comes from our forests,” says the Conservancy. Visit Oktoberforest.org to learn more.

Hot Toddys – Rosewood Washington, D.C.’s The Rye Bar has debuted a seasonal cocktail list, just in time for fall, paired with a light fare menu of oysters, cheeses, and more. Priced at $18 each, cocktails include Hot Toddy (hot siphon infusion made with cloves, cinnamon stick, lemon peel, water, honey, lemon juice, bourbon); Fortified Maple (barrel-aged maple syrup, port, rye); Smoked Apple (rye whiskey, PX sherry, smoked apple syrup, lemon juice, orange bitters, Angostura bitters); Bitter Sweet (Amaro Lucano, Redemption rye, house made ginger syrup, lemon juice, simple syrup); and more. (1050 31 St NW; 202.617.2425; rosewoodhotels.com)

Western Libations – Arlington’s Texas Jack’s Barbeque offers up Western libations for autumn, including In The Lime Light (Dewars White Label, Velvet Falernum, fresh lime, ginger); Ghost of Jack (Four Roses bourbon, Creme de Violette, fresh basil, ginger); and Pure Smoke Old Fashioned (pellet wood-smoked Four Roses bourbon, Hellfire bitters, lemon twist). Craft cocktails range from $10 – $13. (2761 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA; 703.875.0477; txjacks.com)



A Spirited Election – Sip two politically-themed libations throughout the election season at 701 Restaurant. Opt for the Make America Great Again (Moon Drop grape purée, spiced sorghum syrup, sherry vinegar, soda, grapes) or the I’m with Her (George Dickel Rye whiskey, Flor de Caña four-year old rum, Rocky Mountain peach liqueur, apple cider vinegar, peach wedge) for $12. (701 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.393.0701; 701restaurant.com)

Swing State Cocktails — Art & Soul offers up a whole menu of election-inspired cocktails, starting with Madame President (Few Breakfast Gin, Chartreuse Green, Leopold Maraschino, fresh lime, sugar topped with Paul Louie Crèmant) and The Donald (Stoli Orange, Chambord, pear puree, fresh lemon, sugar) and ending with cocktails representing Virginia, Florida, Iowa, and more. (415 New Jersey Ave NW; 202.393.7777; artandsouldc.com)

Bastille Straw Poll —  In homage to the candidates, Bastille is conducting its own campaign in liquid form.  The restaurant has designed a cocktail for each candidate—Bastille will keep a tally of the cocktail choices, and the “winner” will be announced by election day.  The “Straw Poll” will take place from October 4 through November 8.  Ballots will be distributed for guests to vote on their favorite candidate. Choices include the #Crooked and the Deluded Little Manhattan; for Libertarians, the Live Free or Die Johnson; and for the Green Party, the Paging Dr. Stein. For those wishing to opt out of any of the choices presented, of course the restaurant will offer the I Vote Canada (can you say “Hello Prime Minister Trudeau?”). Cocktails are $10 each. (606 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA; 703.519.3776; bastillerestaurant.com)

Bipartisan Libations -- Blackwall Hitch is offering up The Righteous (Deep Eddy Cranberry, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, cranberry juice, Sauvignon Blanc) or The Laudable (Cruzan light rum, Lillet Blanc, Blue Curacao). Both cocktails are $11 each and available through Election Night during both lunch and dinner service. (5 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA; 703.739.6090; theblackwallhitch.com)

Every Vote Counts –  ENO Wine Bar is giving DMV wine enthusiasts an opportunity to cast their votes early with Clinton vs. Trump wine flights. The Clinton “I’m With Her” flight incorporates wines from New York, where Clinton served as senator for 8 years. Wines include Element Winery Riesling, 2011 Finger Lakes, New York; Influence Wines Riesling, 2015 Finger Lakes, New York; Bedell Cellars Chardonnay, 2014 North Fork of Long Island. Alternatively, the Trump “Make America Great Again” flight features wines from New York and Pennsylvania, where Trump grew up and attended college. Wines include Galen Glen Winery Gruner Veltliner, 2014 Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania; Galen Glen Winery Zweigelt, 2014 Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania; Brooklyn Oenology 2015 ‘Social Club’ Red, Long Island, New York. Each flight is $20 and includes an entry to win an ENO gift card. The winning presidential nominee’s flight will be available through January 21, 2017. (2810 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.295.2826; enowinerooms.com)

Lively Competition — Espita Mezcaleria in Shaw offers up two political cocktails. Opt for The Wall (mezcal, Campari, orange juice, soda) or Madam Presidenta (mezcal, Blue Curaçao, El Dorado 8yr rum, lime, Orgeat syrup). Both cocktails are $11 each and available through November 8. The restaurant will conduct informal polling weekly to see which cocktail is outselling its lively competitor. (1250 9 St NW; 202.621.9695; espitadc.com)

Presidential Cocktail Poll — Fairmont Washington, D.C. Georgetown is hosting a presidential cocktail poll. The hotel’s lobby bar is offering a choice of two cocktails to predict the results of the 2016 presidential election. The “votes” (number of blue and red cocktails sold) will be tallied weekly and posted in the lobby and on social media. Both cocktails–The Democrat (Blue Curacao, St. Germain, Prosecco) and The Republican (Chambord, St. Germain, Prosecco)– are priced at $14 each and come with party-affiliated swizzle sticks. (2401 M St NW; 202.429.2400; Fairmont.com)

Collectable Coasters — Through Election Night, show your support of the 2016 presidential and vice presidential candidates by ordering one of The Hay-Adams Off The Record’s signature cocktails. Opt for the Hillary’s Last Word (Bombay Sapphire, lime juice, green chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino, grenadine) or the Kainenhattan (Plantation Rum, Antica Formula red vermouth, angostura bitters). For Republicans, there is the Trumpy Sour (Knob Creek bourbon whiskey, whiskey barrel-aged bitters, lemon, honey) and the Pence’s Tea Party (Laphroaig 10- year whiskey, Oban 14-year whiskey, Amaretto Disaronno, Bénédictine, orange juice, ginger syrup, vanilla extract). All four cocktails are $16 each. The Hay-Adams has also commissioned notable political cartoonists Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher and Matt Wuerker to create collectable drink coasters of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence, and Tim Kaine. You’re welcome to take your coaster home. (800 16 St NW; 202.638.6600; hayadams.com)

Polling the Future President – During this election season, we all need a drink. Ottoman Taverna taps into that need with two new election-themed cocktails: The Pantsuit (vodka, lime juice, house-made fresh peppermint shrub, sparkling wine) and The Side Sweep (gin, fresh muddled basil, strawberry, raspberry, lime-honey water, blue raki). Both are $14 and available through November 8. (428 I St NW; 202.847.0395; ottomantaverna.com)

Raise a Glass to Your Candidate – The Oval Room will also be pouring two election-themed cocktails. The Build That Wall (Muscat Grape purée, spiced honey syrup, Champagne vinegar, soda, grapes) and the Madam President (Cynar, lemon juice, Giffard Abricot, Angostura Rum, sparkling wine, orange twist) are both $12. (800 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.463.8700; OvalRoom.com)



Shuck It! Beer & Oyster Festival — Tony and Joe’s is at it again with its 2016 Beer & Oyster Festival on October 22. Enjoy grilled and freshly shucked oysters by local suppliers, whole roast porqueta, steamship of beef, locally brewed beers, local wines, oyster shooters, and live music entertainment by rockabilly band Jumpin’ Jupiter and The Yachtsmen for $75 per person. (3000 K St NW; 202.944.4545; giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=545e941c)

Blue Point Brewing Shucktoberfest — Blue Point Brewing Company holds its first ever Shucktoberfest bash at The Courtyard at Maurice Electric at Union Market on October 23. The $75, four-hour festival will feature bottomless Blue Point Brewing Company beer, spiked beer cocktails, unlimited oysters, and seafood bites from Rappahannock Oyster Company, including stuffn’ muffns’, clam chowder, and fries. Plus, enjoy live bluegrass music and a beer gaming area with cornhole, bocce ball, and giant Jenga. (530 Penn Street NE; eventnation.co/event/SHUCKTOBERFEST2016)

Chefs for Equality — For the fifth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and prominent food writer David Hagedorn bring together the capital region’s top chefs, pastry chefs, and mixologists for Chefs for Equality. On October 26 at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C., enjoy an evening of food, cocktails, fashion, and music. The jewels of the Chefs for Equality crown are eight personal chef tables–an opportunity to dine with celebrity chefs for a lavish five-course meal right in the middle of the action during the event. Celebrity chef groupings for these tables include: Jen Carroll, David Guas, and Ris Lacoste; Ian Boden, Bryan Voltaggio, and Jeremiah Langhorne; Victor Albisu, Amy Brandwein, and Nick Stefanelli; Cathal Armstrong, Erik Bruner-Yang, Scott Drewno, Danny Lee, and Yesoon Lee; Todd Gray, Vikram Sunderam, and Alex Levin; Tarver King, Marjorie Meek-Bradley, and Johnny Spero; Mike Friedman, Jamie Leeds, and Michael Schlow; Bill Smith, Joy Crump, and David Shannon. Tickets are $200. (1150 22 St NW; chefsforequality.org)

Second Annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend – From October 27-29, culinary leaders, researchers, practitioners, and more explore the history of food in America. The Smithsonian Food History Weekend includes five distinct events over the course of three days. From a black-tie gala, to a free symposium, to a free family festival with live cooking demonstrations and hands-on learning, to a night of beer history, and more, there’s something for everyone. Visit the website for details. (click here)

Fire, Flour & Fork  — Celebrate the culinary wonders of Richmond this November 17 through 20 for the third year of Fire, Flour & Fork! State fair-inspired events include Heirloom tomato tasting, a culinary spelling bee, a human chicken impression contest, food and drink by Rappahannock River Oysters, Boka Tako, Mama J’s, and many more, and stories and recipes from expert speakers and chefs. Tickets go on sale August 15. (Richmond, VA; fireflourandfork.com)

MetroCooking D.C. – The region’s largest two-day culinary showcase returns on December 3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Celebrate the holiday season and shop specialty food products, including a wide variety of holiday gift options, while experiencing live demos from James Beard-honored celebrity chefs. Partake in interactive and informative workshops and enjoy book signings from some of the most celebrated culinary authors in our country. Participating D.C. area-based chefs include Erik Bruner-Yang of Maketto, Scott Drewno of The Source, Caitlin Dysart of 2941 Restaurant, and Peter Chang. Admission is $21.50 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12. (801 Mount Vernon Place NW; metrocookingdc.com)

Ninth Annual Sips & Suppers – Nonprofits D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table will hold a two-day fundraising event—Sips & Suppers—on January 28 and 29. On January 28 (“Sips”), gather at the NEWSEUM to sample some of the finest local foods, cocktails, and wines from the area’s leading chefs and mixologists. On January 29 (“Suppers”), dine in the homes of more than 35 generous hosts throughout the D.C. area, feasting on gourmet meals made by many of the nation’s most acclaimed chefs. Visit sipsandsuppers.org to learn more. (555 Pennsylvania Ave NW; sipsandsuppers.org)



Jon Cropf  – Trummer’s on Main has announced the appointment of Jon Cropf as executive chef. Born and raised in Fallston, Maryland, Cropf honed his culinary skills at Johnson & Wales University. After graduating, Cropf worked as sous chef at Tahoe Mountain Club and the Avocet Hospitality Group’s BLU and the Drawing Room in Tides Folly Beach, South Carolina, where he received a 2015 nomination for Best Chef of Charleston by the Charleston CityPaper. (7134 Main St, Clifton, VA; 703.266.1623; trummersonmain.com)

Jammir Gray – Firefly has welcomed Jammir Gray as executive chef. With a BA in English from University of California–Davis, training from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park in New York City, and a culinary externship at Michelin-starred One Market Restaurant in San Francisco, Gray previously worked at Bistro 33 Davis, Salt House, Sir Francis Drake, Sable Kitchen & Bar, and more. (1310 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.861.1310; firefly-dc.com)

Nora Pouillon – Nora Pouillon will retire from her iconic namesake restaurant. Restaurant Nora, which opened in 1979 in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, became the first certified organic restaurant in the country in 1999. Pouillon will continue to promote her key belief in a healthy, organic lifestyle beyond the kitchen of Restaurant Nora and hopes to pass the restaurant on to a chef who shares her commitment. “At this point in my life, I want to be a leader and an inspiration to share my vision,” she says. “Since none of my four children want to take over Restaurant Nora, it won’t be a fast transition. It might take years to find the right person who is as passionate as I am about organic, healthy food, but I have so much confidence in today’s enthusiastic generation of chefs and restaurateurs.” (2132 Florida Ave NW; 202.462.5143; noras.com)

Angel Roque – Cuban-born Angel Roque is the new executive chef at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Bar. Roque began his culinary career as a courier, delivering mail for the Asociación Culinaria de Cuba to restaurants and cafes across the city. Four months later, Roque began studying in the institution’s school of hospitality and tourism (Escuela de Hoteleria y Turismo Sergio Perez), and soon after graduation, he was offered a job as a professor of pastry. In 2008, Roque received his bachelor of science in tourism from the University of Havana and served as executive chef at Restaurante Café del Oriente; in 2011, Roque opened his own restaurant, Ajiaco, in Havana; in 2015, Roque accepted the position as sous chef at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The rest is history! (801 9 St NW; 202.408.1600; cubalibrerestaurant.com)

Cynthia Ruane – Cynthia Ruane has joined the Equinox Restaurant team as pastry chef. Most recently, Ruane worked as executive pastry chef at PRG Hospitality, designing and executing seasonal menus for three locations. Prior to that, Ruane was a pastry chef with Ridgewell’s Catering; she has also worked at Cork Market and Tasting Room, Chef Geoff’s Restaurant Group, and Clyde’s Restaurant Group. Ruane received her culinary training at the Institute for Culinary Education and the Baltimore International Academy, and in 2010 and 2011, she was awarded Maryland Chef of the Year and Maryland GM of the Year awards. (818 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com)

Johnny Spero – Johnny Spero is Columbia Room’s new executive chef, leading an overhaul of the James Beard Award-nominated craft cocktail bar’s culinary program. Spero is fresh off a stint at the world-renowned Mugaritz located just outside San Sebastian, Spain and currently ranked No. 7 on the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Spero began his culinary career in Baltimore County and has since worked in some of the best kitchens in the world, including D.C.’s Komi and Townhouse in Chilhowie, VA. During his tenure as executive sous chef at Jose Andres’ Minibar, Spero earned a perfect four-star review from The Washington Post; Spero was previously awarded the prestigious StarChefs 2014 “D.C. Rising Star” award and was Eater DC’s 2014 Chef of the Year. (124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com)

Jeremy Waybright – New chef de cuisine Jeremy Waybright, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University, brings over eighteen years of culinary experience to The Riggsby. Before joining chef Michael Schlow’s team, Waybright led the kitchen at Boss Shepherd’s where he earned accolades for his exquisite fried chicken. He has also worked with acclaimed chef Bryan Voltaggio at Range. Waybright is the recipient of the Silver Spoon Award for Best Restaurant by Cleveland Magazine, the Golden Fork Award by Portfolio Magazine, and the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. (1731 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.787.1500; theriggsby.com)