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Sandwich Madness Finals

We’ve seen Scott Drewno, Will Morris, Nycci Nellis, Bryan Voltaggio, Jonah Kim, and Victor Albisu go sandwich to sandwich; now, we’re headed for the FINAL ROUND of G’s March Madness-style sandwich bracket. Barring a dramatic reversal of fortunes, Jonah Kim (the Juicy Korean) will best Victor Albisu (the Juicy Cuban), moving on to face Nycci Nellis. Kim will bring back his popular Kim Fil-A, a fried chicken sandwich with fermented Korean chili slaw, Muenster cheese, and bacon. Nellis is sticking with her trusty Banh Mi and the Beast, featuring spit-roasted brisket, Sriracha mayonnaise, and pickled vegetables. The competition features two guest chefs a month, who go head to head to benefit a charity of their choice. At the end of each month, the winning chef earns a dollar from each sandwich sold for a charity of his choice. Nellis’s sandwich has raised over $1,100 for Food & Friends over the first two rounds. (2201 14 St NW; 202.234.5015;


Food News You Should Use: August Edition

Sensational Summer Special – 1789 Restaurant offers the flavors of summer at a sensational price—now through September 11, dine on a showcase three-course menu for $48. Menu selections change daily to reflect the freshest ingredients and flavors of the season—with the exception of Saturday evenings, you’ll taste items like summer melon salad (housemade ricotta, cherry tomato confit, prosciutto, baby arugula and basil oil); chilled English pea soup (jumbo crab, crème fraîche and pea shoots); squid ink tagliarini (squid, jumbo lump crab, jalapeño, Thai basil, Meyer lemon confit and panko breadcrumbs); summer squash gâteau (golden lentils, ratatouille, goat cheese, mango-tomato compote and pea shoots); and desserts like the Rhubarb & Vanilla and the Campfire Sundae. (1226 36th Street NW; 202.965.1789;

Silver Spring Sundays – All Set adds a new brunch option for Silver Spring dwellers with gourmet breakfasts and twists on the usual drinks. The menu includes decadent-sounding dishes like blueberry pancakes with lemon mascarpone cream; bacon leek frittata; edamame burger with mint dill yogurt; and classic Eggs Benedict with variations like crab cake, salmon cake, and fried oysters. Cocktails include Breakfast Time (spiced rum, lemon, maple syrup, Greek yogurt) and Block Island Sound (vodka, lemon, olive brine, cherry tomatoes). (8530 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD; 301.495.8800;

First D.C. Hotel Farmer’s Market – August through September, Capella, Washington D.C., Georgetown becomes the first D.C. hotel to introduce its very own farmer’s market. In partnership with historic Northern Neck Farm, the hotel will offer produce ranging from strawberries to heirloom tomatoes to purple carrots, as well as warm pastries and hand-filled jars of honey.  Experienced farmers will be available to share their farming tips, culinary advice, and more. Peruse the second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. (1050 31 St NW; 202.617.2400;

Italian Brunch – Centrolina throws its hat into the D.C. brunch ring with a Sunday-only brunch. It’s destined to be a crowd-pleaser, with inspired breakfast dishes like buckwheat ricotta pancakes, eggs baked in San Marzano tomatoes, ricotta gnocchi, a shiitake and oyster mushroom quiche, brioche French toast with raspberries, cinnamon sugar bombolini, sticky buns, and much more. (974 Palmer Alley NW; 202.898.2426;

Ten DBGB Chefs, Endless Possibilities – DBGB lets guests in on a restaurant industry ritual with its “family meal,” a rotating weekly bar bites menu by 10 chefs. Created collaboratively in the DBGB kitchen, expect bits and bobs like Berkshire pork pierogies, beef brisket tater tots, Maryland fluke ceviche, Vandouvan chickpeas, and more alongside half price wines by the glass. Bites are available daily from 3:00P.M. to 6:00P.M. (931 H St NW; 202.695.7660;

Summer Sizzles – Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse offers a prix fixe menu centered on a perfectly prepared, 8oz, center cut filet mignon. The $55 Prime Pair is a surf and turf style meal, pairing steak with crab cake, bbq-spiced shrimp, or lemon garlic scallops and your choice of three salads. (950 I St NW;

Eat ‘Em to Beat ‘Em – Another restaurant lends a helping hand in reducing the invasive wild blue catfish population. Eamonn’s A Dublin Chipper, Alexandria’s favorite fish ‘n’ chip shop, is offering locally sourced, battered and fried Maryland blue catfish for $12–with complimentary hand cut chips on Mondays. (728 King St, Alexandria, VA; 703.299.8384;

Summer Agriturismo Menu – On Sunday and Monday evenings, take a trip to the Mediterranean via Iron Gate, where Executive Chef Anthony Chittum is introducing the Agriturismo Menu. A seasonal four-course menu priced at $50 per couple, the rotating menu will include seasonal antipasti, pasta, seafood or meat, and dessert. Sample dishes like frittata with English pea pesto, rustic ricotta ravioli with basil and pomodoro, and slow roasted pork, along with a bottle of house red or white wine from Greece for an additional $25. (1734 N St NW; 202.524.5202;

Met Minion Menu –Met Bethesda offers a delightfully themed Met Minion Menu in celebration of the Minions movie (showing just steps away). Before or after the villainous movie, they’re serving a Mini Minion Cheese Bugah, a Bob’s Peanutbutter-N-Banana Sammy, Spaaagetti-n-meatballs, chocolate covered frozen banana and more. (7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD; 301.767.1900;

Creative Treats at RareSweets – In a genius move, RareSweets now offers customizable, $7 ice cream sandwiches. Peruse the bakery case for the cookies of your choice—chocolate chip, sugar, oatmeal raisin, ginger snaps, or cocoa crinkles—then add ice cream or sorbet. Flavors include mint cocoa nib, vanilla bean, caramel, blueberries and cream, sour cream and sorghum, red plum, mint julep, and more! (963 Palmer Alley NW; 202.499.0077;

Buzzing with News – Salamander Resort & Spa has partnered with beekeeper Britt Thomas (owner of Britt’s Bees) to develop the Salamander Honeybee Program. Bringing in 20 hives with roughly 50,000 bees each—for a total of roughly one million bees!—Salamander will begin to produce its own honey. In keeping with a Salamander value, the bees will benefit the surrounding culinary gardens–since its opening in August 2013, the resort has made every attempt to leave the land as natural and abundant as possible with indigenous trees, flowers, birds, and wildlife. (500 N. Pendleton St, Middleburg, VA; 855.938.7370;

Coffee and Beer-tails – Start your engines: Stanton & Greene is launching an all-day Sunday brunch and it sounds divine: red velvet pancakes, homemade chorizo breakfast sandwiches, pigs in a blanket, Wagyu steak and eggs, smoked trout benedict, tasso-spiked pork belly hash and more. Stanton’s brunch drinks don’t disappoint either, with offerings such as the Pamplous Gingerum (El Dorado 8-year rum, Pamplemousse, Domaine de Canton, fresh lime, cardamom and Angostura bitters) and the Cheeky Hugo (St. Germain, fresh lemon, Budweiser and Angostura bitters). (319 Pennsylvania Ave SE; 202.525.3325;


Renos & Redos

A Bourbon Steak Reboot – Bourbon Steak has added refinished floors, new artwork, additional booth seating, designer couches, and more for a “fresh and captivating” facelift. That’s not all they’ve added—Bourbon Steak welcomes a new Head Bartender in Torrence Swain, who will add seasonal ingredients and a personal touch to cocktails. (2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.944.2026;

Pienza Marketplace Relaunch – With a focus on fresh, local ingredients, Gaylord National Resort restaurant Pienza Marketplace is introducing a new design and food concept. Located in the resort’s atrium, the restaurant offers new, double-sided islands featuring a variety of made-from-scratch dishes, as well as a new open-concept show kitchen where guests can watch food being prepared. The new menu features a variety of fresh, locally grown and raised products from farmers and artisanal producers in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Pienza Marketplace is open for breakfast and lunch and will feature a new Bellini Brunch on Sundays, including an omelet station, seafood bar, salads, waffle station, carving station, hot food station, dessert display, live entertainment, a Bloody Mary Bar, Muddling Station, and complimentary Bellini. (201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD; 301.965.4000;

The Source by Wolfgang Puck Revamps – After closing for two weeks, The Source will reopen at the end of August with a new look and menu. Executive Chef Scott Drewno will be offering a completely new lounge concept and dining room menu–The Source’s first floor bar and lounge will be completely renovated and will focus on offering guests a new menu of innovative takes on classic Chinese cuisine. Additions to the space include an open wok station and new seating throughout. Beginning in September, the upstairs dining room will become home to a hot pot table designed by Art Drauglis, offering guests a traditional Chinese hot pot experience in a tasting menu format. A roving tableside soup cart will also join the redesign. (575 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.637.6100;


Summer Slugs and Swigs

100 D.C. Corners @ Black Whiskey – Through August 10, join Black Whiskey for a showcase of D.C. corners, an Instagram project featuring color and black and white prints of D.C. street corners. Says Black Whiskey, “As the District changes, some areas are ahead of their time, while others remain as they were a generation or two ago.” All photos are taken on an Apple iPhone 6; look for photos on Instagram account @DC.Corners. (1410 14 St NW;

Channeling the Deli Spirit into Happy Hour – At its newly opened Mosaic District store, DGS Delicatessen offers up playful happy hour bar bites like whitefish croquettes paired with old bay aioli, latke poutine smothered in sweet onion gravy and farmers cheese, and Reuben egg rolls served with spicy Russian dipping sauce, all for $5. Beverage Director Brian Zipin also offers a select list of beers, wines by the glass, and cocktails like the Schmoozer (ginger beer, mint and lime). Happy hour is daily from 3:00P.M. to 7:00P.M.; as always, ingredients are responsibly sourced, and the meat, seafood, and pickles are all brined, cured, and smoked in-house. (2985 District Avenue Suite 115; 202.293.4400;

Spirits of Summer – Le Diplomate’s cocktail menu features five seasonal libations to take the edge off summer heat. Drinks include Caraibes (rhum agricole, Punt e Mes, cherry liqueur, Fernet Branca, lime, and pineapple); Coup de Soleil (rye-based version of a grown-up Limeade with Aperol and bitters); and Le Papillon (lime, cardamom bitters, and basil), among others. (1601 14 St NW; 202.332.3333;

Summer Sessions Happy Hour – matchbox food group now offers a summer sessions happy hour from 3:00P.M. to 6:00P.M., Monday through Friday, at all 5 D.C.-area locations. Nab food and drink favorites at special prices, many of which are previews of dishes soon to be on the regular menu. Offerings include $6 wines by the glass including the brand’s proprietary matchbox red blend and $5 draft beers from the restaurants’ wide selection of local and craft brews. Cocktail lovers will rejoice at the $7 “quittin’ time cocktails” like the summer sangria and Southern Charmer (bourbon, peach nectar, black-pepper-ginger syrup). Select bites include lobster rolls, mini meatballs with mozzarella, and pork belly. (

History of the Cocktail Series with Derek Brown – In conjunction with new exhibit Spirited Republic: Alcohol in American History, the National Archives has hired its first-ever Chief Spirits Advisor, Derek Brown. Brown will curate a History of the Cocktail series, inviting writers, bartenders, and thinkers in spirits and cocktails to discuss the history of the cocktail. The series will coincide with a Bar Trail—participating bars include 2 Birds 1 Stone, Ambar, barmini, Bourbon Steak, Eat the Rich, El Camino, Tryst, and many more. The exhibit runs through January 2016. (National Archives Museum;

A Smooth Team – Professional ball player Quinn Cook and D.C.’s Smoothie King are teaming up for a cause–Quinn Cook will be making appearances at Smoothie King stores throughout August to sign autographs and blend his favorite Peach Papaya Greek Yogurt Smoothie. All 17 area Smoothie Kings will be donating $0.50 of every smoothie purchased to the Rita Bright Family & Youth Center, an organization that provides youth programs to address social, academic, and career needs. (


Events You Just Can’t Miss

Taste of Studio – On August 1, Studio Theatre presents Taste of Studio, a summer benefit event. In conjunction with Midcity Dog Days, the event is a twist on their annual Garage Sale, featuring costumes, props, and even set pieces used throughout the season available for purchase. The event also includes a multi-floor food and beverage experience featuring neighborhood restaurants and bars, a beer garden, and a mixology suite, along with live entertainment and behind-the-scenes views of Studio’s upcoming productions. Tickets range from $15 to $135. (1501 14th Street NW; 202.332.3300;

Georgetown Sunset Cinema – Every Tuesday through August 4, enjoy free outdoor movies inspired by Georgetown at Georgetown Waterfront Park. Bring a picnic and a blanket and enjoy a sunset and a movie—ranging from St. Elmo’s Fire to Burn After Reading. Admission is free; no chairs allowed! (

Third Annual Brewhaha – Old Ebbitt Grill celebrates, food, beer, and music at its Brewhaha, an August 15 event featuring local craft beer and food backed by soul band The Soul Crackers. Nine local craft brewers paired with nine local chefs will celebrate craft beer, offering two beers each alongside dishes that enhance both the beer and the food. Guests will be able to sample unlimited amounts of these creations in the Atrium of the Old Ebbitt Grill. Breweries include DC Brau and Flying Dog, among many others; click over to the site to purchase tickets for $65. (675 15 St NW; //

Second Annual Beer-B-Q – Hank’s Oyster Bar presents its second annual beer-b-q on August 16 at Hank’s on the Hill. Featuring all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink specials, the event partners with Flying Dog Brewery to offer 10 unique craft beers and beer cocktails. The kitchen will serve up summer staples like raw and fried oysters, Chesapeake fried chicken, baby back ribs, sweet corn hush puppies, chicken wings, seasonal salads, mac ‘n’ cheese, key lime pie, AND peach cobbler. Rain or shine, they’re offering two sessions: noon to 4:00P.M. or 5:00P.M. to 9:00P.M. Tickets are $65; purchase here. (633 Pennsylvania Ave SE; 202.462.4265;

Feasts and Fun – Enjoy two weeks of crab-filled fun at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay during their crab “week,” August 7 to 22.  Sip Old Bay beer from Flying Dog Brewery,  indulge in a beachside crab feast, or try out the Feelin’ Crabby food truck. Crab-inspired recreation abounds throughout the resort, including River Marsh Golf Club’s Crabby Cup, a nine-hole golf tournament. Watch (or participate) in a crab-picking contest, join local watermen for a crabbing boat cruise on the Choptank River, or challenge other guests to a crab-inspired Family Iron Chef competition. Children’s activities include Krusty Krab’s Kreative Korner, filled with crab-themed arts and crafts, as well as a crabby tattoo parlor, seaworthy ‘dive-in’ movies, crab walk frenzy, catch-a-crab, and marine animal pool races. The annual Sea Plane Splash-In concludes the two-week long celebration, showcasing an impressive line-up airplanes engineered to taxi and take-off on water. (100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge, MD; 410.901.1234;

Seventh Annual D.C. Beer Week – Craft beer fans, rejoice once more! D.C. Beer Week returns August 9-16 with a range of educational and tasting events. Like past years, dozens of venues in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland will host beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers, and more. This year, DC Beer Week will kick things off with Brewers on the Block, an August 9 event bringing together 20 of the region’s best breweries at Suburbia at Union Market.  Tickets are $30. (

Summer Restaurant Week Returns – Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washingon (RAMW) presents another summer restaurant week—prix fixe menus, promotions, prizes, and more from August 17 to 23. Over 200 top D.C. restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe dinner for $35 or a three-course prix fixe lunch for $22. The affordable restaurant week includes a diner rewards program, which gives restaurant-goers the opportunity to win prizes like event tickets and getaways when they make reservations via

Silhouettes to Selfies: Slow Art, Fast Change – Through August 30, Tudor Place’s summer installation, Silhouettes to Selfies: Capturing Portraits Over Time examines how likenesses from long ago show not just how people looked, but how they saw themselves – and how they wanted us to see them. On all regular tours at Tudor Place, visitors will get a bonus look at artifacts and images over two centuries showing changes in the technology, custom, and attitudes of portraiture. Snap selfies and portraits using the outdoor photo frames for the duration of the installation. (1644 31 St NW; 202.965.0400;

Food Truck Fans Join Curbside Cookoffs – Returning September 12, the DMV’s original food truck party now features a curbside fan face off: two fans, paired with their own sous chef, will compete against each other in the Curbside Cookoff chef battles. First held in 2010, Curbside Cookoff includes food trucks, fashion trucks, local beer, artisans market, kids zone, FTA All Star Awards, and live secret ingredient chef battles in the East Coast Customs Arena. The Curbside Cookoff benefits No Kid Hungry. To win a spot in the fan face off, share your best street food dish on Instagram with the hashtag #DMVFTA before July 31. Fans with the most likes will compete. Tickets are $8; admission for children under 5 is free. (

Twenty-Fifth Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival – Attracting roughly 8,500 music fans every year, the free Rosslyn Jazz Festival features nationally and internationally acclaimed artists on September 12 in Gateway Park. This year’s feature performers include Funk/Afrobeat ensemble The Funk Ark, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Ethiopian pop music-inspired Debo Band, and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, whose music has been featured on the HBO series Treme. Attendees will enjoy food, drinks, a beer and wine garden, and several on site Fashion Trucks. (

Fourth Annual Snallygaster – D.C.’s monstrous craft beer festival touches down on The Yards on September 12. Named for the fearsome and toothy mythical beast said to terrorize the region at the turn of the century, the festival has cemented itself as the largest, highly curated beer festival in the area. Benefiting the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture, they’ll be tapping no fewer than 300 unique craft beers, featuring D.C.’s finest food trucks and vendors, multiple musical acts, entertainment, games, family fun, and more. Guests can expect to find a number of beers rarely available in the district; an array of autumnal releases; German-inspired beers; a collection of cask ales; Franconian gravity-poured/rubber-clad kegs; brand-new Bluejacket small batch releases, and an artisanal cider garden. Tickets range from $10 to $60. (First St SE & N St SE;

Twelfth Annual Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair – Featuring handmade products and wares from across the country, Crafty Bastards is held in front of Union Market and features over 150 arts and crafters. Over two days–September 26 and 27–peruse wares ranging from bath and body care to fine art to accessories and more. Buy tickets online for $5 to $10. (1309 5th St NE;

Twenty Second Annual Taste of Georgetown – D.C.’s epicurean festival celebrates its 22nd year on October 3 from 11:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. The highly anticipated festival includes tastes from more than 35 of Georgetown’s best restaurants and an expansive craft beer and wine garden. Founded by the creator of D.C. Central Kitchen, it’s free to attend, but tasting tickets range from $5-$20 and beer and wine garden tickets range from $4-$10. (

Chefs for Equality – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and food writer David Hagedorn are bringing together a heady mix of chefs, pastry chefs, mixologists, fashion, and music for the fourth consecutive year to benefit the fight for complete LGBT equality. Including 56 savory tasting stations, 15 drink stations, 10 personal chef’s tables, and a centerpiece table, Chefs for Equality will be held on October 20 at the Ritz-Carlton, West End. Chef’s table participants include Mike Friedman and Todd Gray; Victor Albisu and Haidar Karoum; Tarver King and Ris Lacoste; Bryan Voltaggio and Joy Crump; Nick Stefanelli; Marjorie Meek-Bradley; David Guas and Jamie Leeds; Erik Bruner-Yang; Vikram Sunderam; and Jeff Buben and Roberto Donna. This year’s theme is “RFRAin [refrain] from Discrimination!” in response to attempts to pass Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bills. (1150 22 St NW;


Get Out of Town: Unforgettable Foodie Trips

For an unforgettable foodie trip from trusted travel agents, look to Art in Voyage. The travel boutique is offering a range of memorable voyages, such as a trip to Tuscany with Chef Kevin Fonzo; an Italian vacation with Chef Josh Henderson; and a rural France food and wine tour. Trips include airport transfers, seven nights in villas or hotels, wine tastings, cooking classes, and more. Click through to the site to learn more. (Tuscany  // Italy // France)



Chef Mike Isabella Judges New Show – FYI’s new culinary competition series pits the world’s best chefs against child cooking prodigies. Fourteen one-hour episodes are set to premiere on Thursday, July 23 at 9:00P.M. In each episode a team of talented kids–Cloyce (13), Holden (14), Emmalee (12), Dylan (11) and Estie (7)–will challenge a prolific executive-level chef in the kitchen, where they will defend their culinary abilities. Will raw talent and imagination prove to be enough for the prodigies, or will decades of culinary experience win out? D.C.’s very own Mike Isabella, chef and restaurateur, will serve as one of the reoccurring judges and commentators for all fourteen episodes. (



Lawrence DiJoseph – French bistro Chez Billy has announced Lawrence DiJoseph as its new Chef. A fourth generation Washingtonian, DiJoseph heads to Chez Billy after a storied career that includes stints at New York City’s Picholine, Bistro du Vent and, most recently, 8 & ½ in Richmond, VA. His menu of French bistro cuisine includes les moules, paillard de poulet, soupe de poisson, and more. (3815 Georgia Ave NW; 202.506.2080;

Steve Fowler — Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown has appointed Steve Fowler as its new Food & Beverage Director, overseeing a critically acclaimed roster of chefs and sommeliers. A University of Dayton graduate, Fowler worked as the Director of Operations for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, where he oversaw nine restaurants and led the renovation and opening of Iron Gate. Fowler also held managerial roles at Bryan Voltaggio Restaurants and Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup. He holds Wine and Spirits Educational Trust Advanced Level, Court of Master Sommelier Certificate Level, BarSmarts Advanced Certificate, and Cicerone Certification. (1050 31 St NW; 202.617.2400;

Travis Hearne — To assist in rolling out both a new menu and a new restaurant, L’Enfant Café has tapped Chef Travis Hearne. From Hearne’s kitchen come plates like tempura fried soft shell crab BLT, bone-in lamb lollipops, and cheese salad garnished with a balsamic reduction. Hearne was running the kitchen of his grandmother’s boarding house by 10 years old; he went on to settle at the Cajun Queen, a famed Charlotte restaurant. (2000 18 St NW; 202.319.1800;

Kerry Brian Tate – Silo Restaurant has replaced Executive Chef Michael Walters with California-grown Executive Chef Kerry Brian Tate. Born and raised in California wine country, the chef attended Columbia College culinary school and worked with notable California chefs. On moving to D.C. in 2011, Tate joined EatWell D.C. and led in the kitchens of Grillfish and The Heights. He’ll add Southern cuisine with an Asian influence to Silo’s offerings, including urban bar snacks like crispy chickpeas and skillet mac ‘n’ cheese. (919 5 St NW; 202.290.2233;