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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. 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 noon for available reservations on Saturday, April 30, 2016: 

 
 
1789
1226 36th Street, NW
202.965.1789
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
  
Bastille
606 N Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA
703.519.3776
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:30pm
 
Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW
202.567.2576
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street, NW
202.419.6755
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
202.944.2026
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
Casa Luca
1099 New York Avenue
202.628.1099
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Central
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue
202.626.0015
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Centrolina
974 Palmer Alley
202.898.2426
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Convivial
801 O Street, NW
202.525.2870
Saturday evening table for two available @
9:00pm
 
Chez Billy Sud
1039 31st Street, NW
202.965.2606
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
China Chilcano
418 7th Street, NW
202.783.0941
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Del Campo
777 I Street, NW
202.289.7377
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Equinox
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
202.331.8118
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:30pm
 
Fiola
601 Pennsylvania Avenue
202.628.2888
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:00pm
 
Fiola Mare
3050 K Street, NW
202.628.0065
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle Street, Washington, VA
540.675.3800
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
202.524.5202
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Kapnos
2201 14th Street, NW
202.234.5000
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
Kinship
1015 7th Street, NW
202.737.7700
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Marcels
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue
202.296.1166
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Masseria
1340 4th Street, NE
202.608.1330
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Osteria Morini
301 Water Street, SE
202.484.0660
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
Rasika West End
1177 22nd Street, NW
202.466.2500
Saturday evening table for two available @
8:30pm
 
Rasika Penn Quarter
633 D Street, NW
202.637.1222
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
703.706.0450
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Requin
8296 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA
703.462.8662
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:30pm
 
The Dabney
122 Blagden Alley NW
202.450.1015
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
The Red Hen
1822 1st Street, NW
202.525.3021
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue
202.637.6100
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
Volt
228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
301.696.8658
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Yona
4000 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
703.465.1100
Saturday evening table for two available @
7:00pm

 

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PASSOVER FESTIVITIES

There are plenty of places to reflect and munch matzoh across the D.C. area–click here and here to see who’s offering up kosher delights for Passover 2016.

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CINCO DE DRINKO: MARGS AND MORE

Celebrate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over the French. (Yep, that’s what all the May 5 margs are about–September 16 is Mexico’s Independence Day). Where will the tequila be flowing in the D.C. area? Click here for all the brews, booze, and Mexican food.

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THIRTY-FOURTH ANNUAL DERBY DAY

On May 7, pick a horse, break out the enormous hat, and load up on the pearls–it’s Derby Day! Here’s where you’ll find your mint juleps.

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MOTHER’S DAY 2016: LAUGHTER AND LOVE

Restaurants across the D.C. area are celebrating Moms–with flowers, brunch, wine, pampering and more. Click here for all the family fun.

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MUNCHING THROUGH MAY: PATIO DINING AND BRUNCH, BRUNCH EVERYWHERE

Hands On Italian Culinary Class Series — This spring, Alphonse Italian Market & Osteria offers Washingtonians a chance to learn the expert techniques behind Italian staples. Alphonse now offers Corsi di Cucina, a monthly educational cooking series in which owner Aaron McGovern will offer 2-hour, hands-on, interactive cooking classes. The $45 courses will run on Saturdays from noon to 2:00P.M. and include ingredients, an apron, recipe cards, lunch, notes, and refreshments and snacks upon arrival. At the close of each course, you’ll feast on your creations, enjoy a glass of wine, and celebrate your new Italian cooking skills. (1212 U St NW; 202.735.0525; alphonsedc.com)

The People’s Brunch — Black’s Bar & Kitchen has launched its new Sunday brunch menu just in time for spring. The new menu will offer a build-your-own-brunch option, aptly titled The People’s Brunch, and will also feature new items like the oyster benedict (cornmeal fried oysters, over-easy eggs, horseradish-choron hollandaise, English muffin, haricot verts, arugula salad). A selection of cocktails and mocktails has also been added to the Black’s brunch menu, including a unique selection of Bloody Marys. (7750 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.652.5525; blacksbarandkitchen.com)

Spring-Summer Menu – Overlooking the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria’s Blackwall Hitch offers up new American spring-summer classics. New items include lemongrass shrimp noodle salad; a French fly flight ($12, rosemary, parmesan garlic, Old Bay); a crispy soft shell crab sandwich; and, most dramatically, the Flaming Sagnaki ($16, Kefalograviera cheese flambéed tableside with brandy and lemon, served with pita bread). (5 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA; 571.982.3577; theblackwallhitch.com)

Buttercream Bakeshop Partnership — Buttercream Bakeshop has been named the exclusive wedding cake provider for Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C. The new partnership offers three customizable packages to Mandarin Oriental clients. Several months before the wedding, couples will discuss their vision with Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac and partner Alexandra Mudry-Till over a selection of petit fours, chocolates, and bonbons,  before being left alone to sample an assortment of the bakery’s nine signature treats, including cakes like almond cake with chambord buttercream and raspberry jam, coconut cake with coconut milk buttercream and passion fruit curd, and Funfetti cake with vanilla buttercream and sprinkles, plus the bakery’s popular Oreo Gems and hand-painted cookies. (1330 Maryland Ave SW; 202.554.8588; mandarinoriental.com/washington)

New at Cava Mezze – Cava Mezze offers up new spring menu items, including the Lamb Jam Half Smoke, a dish that swept Washington, D.C.’s Lamb Jam competition. With a sausage created in tandem with Logan Sausage in Alexandria, VA, the half smoke is topped with a greek bolognese, mustard, tzatziki, and Cava’s renowned Crazy Feta. Other new dishes include asparagus (lemon yogurt, pomegranate demi-glaze, brown butter breadcrumbs), “street” corn (spicy aioli, feta, and micro cilantro), romaine salad (purple cabbage, feta, dill), and Cava’s watermelon salad (feta, mint, watermelon radish, olive tapenade, black sesame seeds). (cavamezze.com)

Kid’s Menu Fit for Foodies – D.C. Harvest offers pint-size guests more than your average fish sticks. Priced at $10, current seasonal brunch and dinner offerings designed to expand kids’ palates include housemade espellete pepper spaghetti with English peas & EVOO; petite grilled steak with roasted fingerling sweet potatoes; turkey breast with vegetables; and silver dollar spelt buttermilk pancakes with apple butter and sorghum syrup. Finally, D.C. Harvest’s famous S’mores chocolate pot du crème made with toasted vanilla marshmallow and graham cracker cookie is always a big hit with guests of all ages. (517 H St NE; 202.629.3296; dc-harvest.com)

New Menu Concept — L’Enfant Café’s new menu takes the guess work out of share plates and features eight appetizer items for $8 each, 15 entrees for $15 each, and four desserts for $4 each. In addition to the simple new pricing, longtime fans of L’Enfant will be happy to hear the café has brought back the beloved crêpes. A new menu calls for a new happy hour with equally simplistic pricing. Every weekday, including Friday, L’Enfant Café will offer happy hour from 5:30 to 7:30P.M. featuring four items for $4: Belgian draft beers, wines and bubbly, rail drinks, and the bar snack trio. (2000 18 St NW; 202.792.4334; lenfantcafe.com)

Garrison Updates — Rob Weland’s Garrison has launched a new spring patio and bar menu featuring a selection of specially priced food, wine, beer, and cocktails. Available Tuesday through Friday on the patio and at the bar between 5:00 and 7:00P.M., the bar and patio menu includes poppyseed gougères ($7); chicken liver parfait with seasonal mostarda ($10); smoked potatoes with ramp and spring onion aioli ($10); Virginia bison tartare with grilled house-made brioche and quail egg ($15); and local radishes with house-made kefir butter and sea salt ($5). Drink offerings include Grüner Veltliner, Leth, Steinagrund, 2014, Austria ($8); Grenache/Syrah/Mourvèdre, Domaine Paul Autard, Côtes du Rhone, France ($10); Ghost White IPA, 3 Stars Brewing Co, Washington, D.C. ($5); and Punch of the Moment, a daily spring punch offering for $5.(524 8 St SE; 202.506.2445; garrisondc.com)

Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar Crawfish Boil — Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar’s ever-popular, annually sold out crawfish boils begin their sixth season in the nation’s capital. Crawfish are flown up fresh from Louisiana the morning of each boil and every event is paired with a different microbrewery. Only 50 spots are available for each boil in order to ensure the best possible experience. Each event is an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink affair in the tradition of its backyard-party origins, starting at 2:30P.M. and running until all food and drink are finished. This year’s boils will sell out—choose from April 30, May 21, and June 4. (lmw.ticketspice.com/crawfish-boil-w-dc-brau-2016 // littlemisswhiskeys.com)

Mulebone Kicks it up a Notch – Busboys and Poets’ baby sis Mulebone brings you Afro-American inspired brunch. Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00A.M. to 3:00P.M., enjoy new dishes like buttermilk fried chicken and skillet pancake and crafted brunch cocktails like the green tomato Bloody Mary and peach mint mimosa. (2121 14th street NW; 202.332.9672; mulebonedc.com)

Ballston Brunch – Ballson’s Mussel Bar & Grille muscles (or mussels) its way onto the brunch scene with a new weekend brunch buffet from 11:00A.M. to 3:00P.M. The expansive $32 all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet includes a carving station with a choice of soy & ginger glazed roasted salmon, ale-brined turkey breast, and smoked beef brisket. The menu veers into lunch territory with a selection of entrées and accompaniments from buttermilk fried chicken to creamy garlic polenta, along with salads like the Mediterranean-style quinoa tabbouleh. (800 N Glebe Rd; 703.841.2337; musselbar.com)

Brunch Bunch – PassionFish in Bethesda promises trendy brunch favorites and generous measures of alcohol in its new Saturday and Sunday brunch. Offering a skinny omelet, fried chicken & waffles, huevos rancheros, smoked Great Lakes whitefish hash, seafood crepe, and more, chefs Tunks and Clime get creative with eggs. Finish off with a Ruby Slipper (strawberry liqueur, Gosling ginger beer, strawberry purée, Prosecco) or a breakfast martini. (7187 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.358.6116; passionfishbethesda.com)

Dive into New Brunch Dishes – Pearl Dive Oyster Palace offers up a $20 bottomless mimosa alongside new dishes from chef Austin Ginsberg and pastry chef Brittney Gress. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday brunch includes Cajun sausage skillet ($23 housemade Boudin Blanc sausage, peppers, Cabot cheddar, cayenne grits, crispy fingerling potatoes, two eggs), chocolate-filled beignets ($10, dark chocolate, powdered sugar, crème Anglaise, coffee foam), and a rotating daily donut ($7 for three). (1612 14 St NW; 202.319.1612; PearlDiveDC.com)

Pinstripes Bottomless Brunch — Available every Sunday for $28 per person, head over to Pinstripes for bottomless mimosas, made-to-order omelet and waffle stations, and fresh-carved prime rib. The endless options continue at Pinstripes’ Bloody Mary bar, where you can decorate your drink with a range of toppings from blue cheese-stuffed olives, meat and cheese skewers, veggies, and shrimp. Polish off your afternoon with a game of bowling or bocce on Pinstripes’ lanes and courts. (1064 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.625.6500; pinstripes.com/georgetown)

Chicks ‘n’ Sips – Ripple now offers a weekly Chicks n’ Sips special at the bar. For $15, get a glass of Champagne and basket of fried chicken with rotating dipping sauces, a fried chicken sandwich on a homemade biscuit, or your own creative combo from the la carte menu. (3417 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.244.7995; rippledc.com)

Just Around the River Bend – River Bend Bistro & Wine Bar keeps guests guessing with its new lunch and dinner menus, featuring signature snacks like grilled flatbreads, New Point oysters, roasted red pepper and almond dip, and crispy duck confit. Pair with mains like salmon over warm lentil salad, chicken cacciatore with mashed potatoes, and the Cotswold mac and cheese with crispy onions. End on a positive note with mascarpone cheesecake or chocolate cherry chess pie. (7966 Fort Hunt Rd, Arlington, VA; 703.347.7545; riverbendbistro.com)

Shaking Up Mother’s Day — This Mother’s Day switch out the flowers for something sweet and bring Mom to Shake Shack!  On May 8, all moms who stop by any D.C., Maryland, and Virginia Shake Shacks will receive a free custard. (shakeshack.com)

The Sovereign Launches Brunch — The Sovereign, Georgetown’s new Belgian bistro and bar, has launched Saturday and Sunday brunch. The menu combines both classic and playful interpretations of Belgian brunch fare–standout items include the Liege Waffle (caraway-juniper sauerkraut, braadworst, bacon lardon, poached egg, and mustard beer cream); Choucroute Benedict (pan roasted pork belly atop a toasted English muffin with brown beer onions, poached egg and hollandaise); and the Croque Madam (pressed Black Forrest Ham and gruyere, mustard fondue, fried egg). On the beverage side, beer pairings selected from Greg Engert’s list of over 350 Belgian-style beers will be at the ready, alongside mimosas and Bloody Marys, including the Mussel Mary (classic Bloody Mary, genever, and mussel liquor). (1206 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.774.5875; thesovereigndc.com)

Tequila Cupcakes – Throughout May, Sprinkles teams up with George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila to reinvent their classic Margarita cupcake! The key lime cake is loaded with Casamigos Blanco Tequila and topped with key lime frosting. George Clooney and Rande Gerber’s award-winning Casamigos Tequila is a small batch ultra-premium tequila made from the finest, hand selected 100% blue weber agaves. (3015 M St NW; 202.450.1610; sprinkles.com)

Trummer’s on Main Brings the Heat —  Through May 26, Washingtonians can experience a big, bold, and spicy taste of the South at Trummer’s Jailbird pop-up, which will dish up DC’s most authentic Tennessee hot chicken. For Nashvillians, hot chicken isn’t just chicken, it is an embodiment of Tennessee culture and a source of deep-rooted local pride. While this fiercely fiery bird will be the main attraction with spice levels ranging from “Southern” (aka no spice at all), to “East Nasty” (aka hell-fire hot), a number of other Tennessee-Virginia mash-ups will be available as well, like hot-fried quail sliders, Tennessee & Virginia hams with buttermilk biscuits, and Meat & Three (BBQ pork, turnip greens, jicama slaw). (7134 Main St, Clifton, VA; 703.266.1623; trummersonmain.com)

What’s New at Yona — Jonah Kim’s Japanese and Korean noodle and small plates bar offers up warm-weather dishes like chilled soba noodles with ahi tuna poke, a pork belly and kimchi donburi bowl, and the Kim-fil-a sandwich (Korean fried chicken, fermented chili slaw, muenster cheese, bacon). Plus, a brand-new Flights & Bites menu offers three sake tastings and paired plates from the kitchen for $18 (think veal heart tartare, chilled chawanmushi with uni and inura) and Sushi Wednesdays serves up a weekly rotating selection of a la carte nigiri. (4000 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA; 703.465.1100; yonava.com)

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PARTY LIKE A PRINCESS: AFTERNOON TEA

Full Afternoon Tea Service – On Thursday afternoons from 2:00 – 3:30P.M., Black Market Bistro offers an afternoon tea service, complete with assorted sandwiches and pastries by executive chef Jacqueline Castaldo. For $25 per person, daintily sip and munch finger sandwiches (prosciutto with fig jam on baguette, deviled ham on white bread, cured salmon & cucumber on rye bread, and more); pastries (currant scone with whipped honey butter, sally white fruit cake, chocolate butter loaf cake, and more); and assorted tea (Harney & Sons herbal, green, and caffeinated teas). Call the restaurant to make reservations or to book a private event such as a baby or wedding shower. (4600 Waverly Avenue, Garrett Park, MD; 301.933.3000; blackmarketrestaurant.com)

Petite Socialite Tea Party — The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City has a new afternoon tea offering, and they’re calling it the Petite Socialite. Add extra sparkle to any occasion with edible glitter dipped fruit, delicate French macaroons, assorted miniature cupcakes, sparkling cider served in a champagne flute, a $20 Simon Gift Card and tiara for each guest, and complimentary parking. Starting May 1, purchase the package for $65 per guest under 12 and $75 per guest over age 12. (ritzcarlton.com/pentagoncity)

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GEORGETOWN GOES FOOT TRAFFIC FRIENDLY

Sidewalk Widenings, Free Circulator Rides — The Georgetown BID has implemented a weekend sidewalk widening of M Street NW (from Wisconsin Avenue to 33 St) every weekend through the fall, following a successful series of six pilots with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) from 2014-2015. From 6:00A.M. to 6:00P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays, the flexible sidewalks will offer an extra eight feet of space for an improved pedestrian experience for residents and visitors alike. PMI’s 3307 M St parking garage will offer a reduced parking rate when the sidewalk widening is in effect. To complement the sidewalk widening, the Georgetown BID will also offer free, northbound DC Circulator rides on the Union Station-Georgetown route along Wisconsin Avenue NW from K Street stops in Georgetown to the top of Book Hill (30/K, Wisconsin/K, Wisconsin/M, Wisconsin/N, Wisconsin/Q, and Wisconsin/R Street stops). (georgetowndc.com)

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SUMMER SPIRITS: REFRESHING SIPS AND SWIGS

New Happy Hour Alert — Chef Michael Schlow’s newly opened Alta Strada in Mt. Vernon Triangle’s City Vista has just launched happy hour. Available Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00P.M., the Italian restaurant will serve a selection of antipasti, pizza, cocktails, wine, and beer with prices ranging from $5 to $14. The line up includes Alta Strada’s Americano and Negroni, available on tap, along with a Boulevardier, Spritz Bianco, prosecco and lambrusco. Food options include the daily bruschetta, crunchy meatballs with spicy tomato basil sauce, crispy calamari with olives, Calabrian chiles and parsley, as well as a Sicilian pizza. (475 K St NW; 202.629.4662; facebook.com/AltaStradaCityVista/)

Columbia Room Opens Punch Garden – Newly reopened Columbia Room has a new, Japanese-inspired tasting menu and an outdoor punch garden. The new menu features an all new roster of seasonal cocktails and food pairings for Columbia Room’s signature three- and five-course tasting experience, including unique flavors and ingredients like pickled cherry blossoms, toasted rice orgeat, matcha salt, and red sandalwood powder. In the punch garden, Columbia Room offers a selection of 10 punches and bottled cocktail blends against the panoramic backdrop of the Washington skyline. Libations include An Early Morning Swim in Puerto Vallarta (silver tequila, jugo verde, supercharged OJ and jalapeño, rhum agricole, and rhubarb basil tonic). (124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com)

Dog-Friendly Patio – Copperwood Tavern’s patio is open, and it’s 100% dog friendly. That’s right–dogs don’t have to sit on the outside of the fence, they can sit right beside their owners! The restaurant also offers up enticing spring cocktails like the Copper Pot Rickey (Virginia corn whisky, unoaked aperol, fresh lime juice), the Southern Sparkler (Firefly peach moonshine, fresh squeezed pear juice, sparkling wine,  fresh lemon) and the Dogwood (Sunset Hills Virginia Gin, Campari, cointreau, fresh lemon, fresh lemon juice). (4021 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA; 703.552.8010; copperwoodtavern.com)

The Cumberland Pop Up —  The Vendetta upstairs bar becomes The Cumberland cocktail lounge on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. Drinks include a selection of draught cocktails ($12), boiler makers ($10), and a Nashville Michelada beer cocktail ($9). Vendetta’s kitchen offers selection of complementary bar food until 1:00A.M., including snackable items like boiled peanuts, pimento cheese dip, shrimp and grits, brisket hash with tater tots and whiskey gravy, and more. (1212 H St NE; 202.399.3201; vendettadc.com)

Picklebacks at Home — D.C.-based pickle company Gordy’s Pickle Jar has launched Gordy’s Fine Brine—the first-ever pickle brine for cocktails to be served in a can. Starting with the Pickleback, a whiskey/pickle brine shot, pickle brine has been a crowd-pleasing bartender secret for years—and people were pouring pickle brine from their refrigerator jars to make cocktails at home. Now, the exact same brine you find in Gordy’s pickle jars is available in an easily transportable can and is perfect to bring to a party or for entertaining at home. (gordyspicklejar.com)

Tropical Cocktails and Tiki Thursdays — Jack Rose has opened its rooftop Tiki Bar early this year, offering refreshing tropical cocktails and beers, island-inspired fare, and a special, half-price Tiki Thursdays happy hour. Jack Rose’s craft bartenders offer up coconut, pineapple, and guava with quality rums and spirits in a special menu of exotic Tiki cocktails, such as the Coco Face (Hamilton Demerara rum, Ancho Reyes, almond-coco cream, cinnamon-chili honey syrup, and pineapple) and the Ryghty Tyghty (Dickel Rye, tropical tea-infused dry vermouth, housemade orgeat, lime, and tiki bitters), plus fruit-infused and tart beers (all $6). The Tiki Bar is open Thursdays from 5:00P.M. to close and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:00P.M. to last call. (2007 18th St NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com)

Occidental Specials — Occidental’s bar presents a frozen mint julep throughout May. Now the official cocktail of the Kentucky Derby, guests can enjoy Occidental’s frozen julep leading up to, during, and after the Kentucky Derby on May 7.  During Thursday dinner services in May, Occidental also offers a take on a Crab Louie salad (smoked tomato vinaigrette, avocado lime puree, crumbled egg and crispy artichoke), and a take on trout amandine that stuffs the traditional dish’s components inside the trout. (1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.783.1475; occidentaldc.com)

Bottomless French Press Brunch Cocktails — Provision no. 14 has upped the ante on D.C.’s brunch game with a new menu of bottomless French press cocktails—the longer the flavors seep in the press, the more they intensify. The new cocktails are joined by revived takes on brunch favorites like fried chicken and funnel cake. The bottomless brunch presses feature new recipes, including the basil lavender mimosa where hand muddled basil, fragrant French lavender, and lemon juice meet the effervesce of sparkling wine. (2100 14 St NW; 202.827.4530; provisiondc.com)

Bocce and Rosé – Vinoteca has opened its outdoor PLAZA bar for the spring season, along with an extensive rosé menu, spring cocktails, and outdoor bocce games. Vinoteca’s wine director has hand-picked 12 new rosés for the wine list. Offering a range of sparkling and still rosés hailing from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and the U.S., new rosés include happy hour steals like the Bodegas Fontana “Mesta”, a tempranillo rosé, by-the-glass options like the food-friendly 2015 Château Vignol Bordeaux Rosé, the 100% sustainable 2015 Anne de Joyeuse “Camas,” and funky bottles like the 2015 “r” from Domaine Serene, a Pinot Noir blend with notes of guava, citrus, and a hint of watermelon. Enjoy a rosé wine flight for $16. (1940 11th St NW; 202.332.9463; vinotecadc.com)

Tiki Summer – At William Jeffrey’s Tavern, Tiki bars are about three things: exotic drinks, delicious food, and warm hospitality. With a Tiki cocktail menu created by Justin Guthrie (especially for William Jeffrey’s) and authentic Polynesian food by chef Jonathan Till (a native Hawaiian) you’ll be on William Jeffrey’s Island time all summer long. ( 2301 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA; 703.746.6334; williamjeffreystavern.com)

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IN THE KNOW: EVENTS YOU JUST CAN’T MISS

The Georgetown French Market Returns — The thirteenth annual Georgetown French Market is a D.C. tradition that marks the arrival of spring. On April 29 and 30, Book Hill boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, salons, and galleries will display their discounted wares in an inviting open-air market, evoking the outdoor markets of Paris. Neighborhood restaurants will also offer specials and French fare, including sweet and savory crepes, grilled merguez sausages, pastries, and macarons.  (Wisconsin Ave between P St & Reservoir Rd; georgetowndc.com/events/signature-event/french-market)

First Annual Olney Farmers & Artists No Frills Market – Until May 1, the Olney Farmer’s Market is a year-round, no-frills market! With market favorites like Cat’s Paw Organics, M & M Plants, Chocolate and Tomatoes, Falcon Ridge, Carl’s Sausage (Stone Feather Farm), as well as Magnet Earth Gourmet, Holy Crepes, Tova’s Falafel, Early Dawn Catering (Jamaican specialties), El Tenedor de Nacho, Fat Frankie’s Pizza, Cupcakes Lounge, Zeke’s Coffee, and Dalat Deli Vietnamese Cuisine, the market is open from 9:00A.M. to 1:00P.M. without demonstrations or music. Just fresh produce, meat, eggs, milk, and crafts! (Prince Phillip Drive & Rte 108, Olney, MD; olneyfarmersmarket.org)

“Ga May” Returns — A month-long celebration of Gamay with a multifaceted purpose, Ga May brings attention to one of the most delicious, yet underrated grape varietals while raising money for pancreatic cancer research throughout the month of May. Ga May proceeds are donated to the Lustgarten Foundation to Cure Pancreatic Cancer, which ensures that 100% of every donation goes directly toward pancreatic cancer research. In 2015, with the help of 25 DMV-based restaurants, bars, wineries, and distributors, Ga May raised over $15,000 for this worthy cause. So far in 2016, more than 15 restaurants, wine retailers, distributors and vintners in the DMV and one in Miami, Florida, are planning to participate in Ga May, including 1789 Restaurant, 2 birds 1 stone, Compass Rose, Cork Wine Bar, doi moi, Estadio, Iron Gate, Momofuku CCDC, Osteria Morini, Proof, The Partisan, The Red Hen, Weygandt Wines, Whisk Gourmet (Miami), and Tail Up Goat. (ga-may.com)

The Virginia Gold Cup Celebrates 91 Years — One of the nation’s largest steeplechase races celebrates its ninety-first anniversary this year on May 7! More than 50,000 people will gather at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia to socialize and watch some of the finest horses in the world compete over the lush green course. Held every year the same day as the Kentucky Derby, the Virginia Gold Cup enjoys a spectacular setting in the heart of Virginia horse country with the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop. Race day features six hurdle and timber horse races, Jack Russell Terrier races, tent, tailgate and hat contests, and over 30 vendor booths for shopping. General admission tickets allow car entry with six occupants for $85. (5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, VA; 540.347.2612; vagoldcup.com)

Blazed and Glazed: The First MJ Food Festival – Marijuana, barbeque, and doughnuts come together on May 15 for Blazed and Glazed at Mess Hall. Featuring Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, PornBurger, Sloppy Mama’s Barbeque, The Fry Brothers, and Westray’s Finest Ice Cream, each ticket holder will receive a complimentary Astro Doughnut sandwich (a savory rosemary doughnut with pimento chicken salad and Gordy’s pickled jalapeños) made exclusively for the event, plus their first beer. Additional local food and beverages will be available for purchase. Each $38-$96 ticket also includes three “pot-tastic” classes. Matthew Doherty, co-creator of East Coast Grow and authoritative consultant to marijuana cultivators, will teach attendees “How to Make Cannabutter” and “The Art of THC Tinctures.” A third class will feature the event’s chefs as they take turns crafting their own perfect munchies in Mess Hall’s demonstration kitchen. (703 Edgewood St NE; click here)

D.C. Lamb Jam — On May 15, the D.C. Lamb Jam is an epic tasting event and competition that brings together talented chefs to compete for the honor of Best Lamb Dish in D.C. While tasting the delicious dishes from the chefs, attendees can sip on scrumptious beverages, watch a butcher demo, and even create their own spice at the DIY spice station. D.C. Lamb Jam supports the local charity D.C. Central Kitchen. Tickets ranging from $60 to $90 are on sale now for the Union Market bash. (Union Market, 5 St NE; americanlamb.com/lamb-jam/washington-dc-lamb-jam)

Twenty-Sixth Annual Chef’s Best — On May 23, more than 1,000 guests will enjoy tastings from the region’s brightest culinary stars while raising $1 million to support Food & Friends, an organization serving children and adults who are living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, severe diabetes, and other life-challenging illnesses. In addition to a menu filled with one-of-a-kind delights, you’ll enjoy live and silent auctions featuring once in a lifetime adventures and local favorites; signature cocktails; and delicious desserts. (National Building Museum, 401 F St NW; click here)

Second Annual “Spring Dig” Benefit Dinner – D.C. Greens will host its second annual “Spring Dig” at Dock 5 at Union Market on May 24. Top chefs will prepare a seasonal, gourmet meal paired with Virginia wine and D.C.-distilled spirits. Participating chefs include Bryan Voltaggio of VOLT and Family Meal, Michael Voltaggio of Ink. (LA), Jeremiah Langhorne of The Dabney, Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, Dan Giusti of Brigaid (formerly Noma), Rob Weland of Garrison, Ruben Garcia and Rick Billings of ThinkFoodGroup, and Robb Duncan of Dolcezza. General admission tickets are $250 per person and include the cocktail reception and dinner. Purchase tickets at dcgreens.org/springdig (1309 5Street NE; dcgreens.org)

Fortieth Anniversary of the Judgment of Paris — Held in Paris May 24, 1976, the “Judgment of Paris,” also known as the “Paris Tasting,” was a formal blind tasting of red and white wines. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the famous wine tasting competition with two special events on May 16 and 17. Key participants of the 1976 event will share stories and celebrate its legacy. Both “American History (After Hours): The Judgment of Paris & American Wine,” May 16 ($40), and “Judgment of Paris: Celebrating America’s Winning Wines,” May 17 ($600), will feature special guests Steven Spurrier, the organizer of the 1976 event; George Taber, the only journalist to cover the tasting; Warren Winiarski, the winemaker of the winning 1973 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon; Violet Grgich, of Grgich Hills Estate and the daughter of Mike Grgich, the winemaker of the winning 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay; Bo Barrett, CEO and master winemaker of Chateau Montelena Winery and son of the late Jim Barrett, owner of the winery at the time; Heidi Barrett, winemaker and owner of La Sirena; and Ted Baseler, the president and CEO of Ste. Michelle Estates and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. (National Museum of American History, 12 &14 St Constitution Ave NW; 202.633.1000; click here// click here )

Thirty-Sixth Annual Vintage Virginia Wine Festival – Summer tradition Vintage Virginia will be bigger and better than ever on June 4 and 5 at Bull Run Regional Park. More than just a wine tasting, the festival brings together award winning celebrity chefs, artisanal craftsmen, culinary pioneers, fantastic music, and wine from the top Virginia wine producers. Tickets are on sale now with special discounted pricing through January 22. Tickets include a VIP admission one day pass for Saturday ($69) or Sunday ($59) and a general admission one day pass for $30 in advance and $40 onsite. Designated driver tickets are also available in advance.  (7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA; 800.830.3976; vintagevirginia.com)

2016 34 Annual RAMMY Awards Tickets Now On Sale – Tickets for the #1 food and restaurant event in D.C. are now available. Sponsored by Events D.C., the awards gala and dinner celebrating the industry’s best and brightest will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on June 12. Click over to the site to purchase tickets. (801 Mt Vernon Pl NW; therammys.squarespace.com/tickets // ramw.org)

Ninth Annual Northern Virginia Summer Brewfest — The biannual Northern Virginia BrewFest returns to the Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, VA, on June 18 and June 19 for its summer installment presented by Mad Fox Brewing Company. The two-day festival will feature seasonal beers, meads, and ciders from more than 45 regional breweries, as well as educational programs, live music, a cornhole tournament, and other activities. Early bird general admission tickets will cost $20; general admission tickets include entry onto festival grounds, a commemorative tasting glass, and six tasting tickets for your choice of craft brews. A $65 VIP ticket includes entry onto the festival grounds an hour early, a souvenir tasting glass with lanyard, reserved parking, 10 tasting tickets, a food voucher, and access to a reserved VIP lounge with a special beer on tap, seating, and shade. Prices will go up to $75 beginning May 25. (7700 Bull Run Dr, Centreville, VA; novabrewfest.com)

History Sizzles at National Museum of History — The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is cooking up history with its free monthly cooking program. Held in a fully functional demonstration kitchen, the first of its kind at the Smithsonian, Cooking Up History connects food programming to the museum’s many research initiatives surrounding food’s place in history. The 45-minute program combines cooking demonstrations with conversations between chefs, culinary experts, and the public. Once a month, the museum showcases a guest chef along with Smithsonian host Jessica Carbone as they prepare a recipe and discuss the history and traditions behind its ingredients and culinary techniques. (14 St and Constitution Ave; americanhistory.si.edu)

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WHO, WHAT, WHERE: CHEF & MANAGEMENT UPDATES

Amanda Cook-Pilkerton — Centrolina chef and owner Amy Brandwein has announced Amanda Cook-Pilkerton as Centrolina’s new pastry chef of Centrolina. Cook-Pilkerton most recently led the pastry department at the acclaimed Cookshop in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood; she previously worked alongside Eric Ziebold as the pastry chef at CityZen. In this role she was named a 2010 finalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef by the James Beard Foundation and was recognized in the same category by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. Cook-Pilkerton will begin making changes to both menus in late May–expect to see significant additions in the market, including a larger selection of breakfast pastries, breads, and a line of mixes and ready-to-bake products. (974 Palmer Alley; 202.898.2426; centrolinadc.com)

Alex Vallcorba – Soon-to-open ANXO’s new executive chef, Alex Vallcorba, was born and raised in Barcelona, Spain and has been passionate about Basque culture since childhood. Vallcorba isn’t new to D.C.; he has cooked at Obelisk, Black Salt, and 2 Amys and served as Hank’s Oyster Bar’s Chef. In between kitchen jobs in D.C., he lived and worked in Basque Country for six months, cooking at Assador Etxebarri, a Michelin-starred restaurant specializing in wood grilling. (anxodc.com)

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Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington Announces 2016 RAMMY Awards Finalists

Here are your 2016 RAMMY Awards finalists! Winners will be announced at the thirty-fourth Annual RAMMY Awards Gala on June 12 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
 
Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year

Acme Paper & Supply Company
Coastal Sunbelt Produce
Events DC
Republic National Distributing Company
USI Insurance Services

Favorite Gathering Place of the Year

1905
ChurchKey
Martin’s Tavern
Northside Social Coffee & Wine
Room 11

Upscale Casual Brunch

Blue Duck Tavern
Fiola Mare
Kapnos by Mike Isabella
Osteria Morini
The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Everyday Casual Brunch

DGS Delicatessen – DC
Duke’s Grocery
Republic
Tico
Vinoteca

Favorite Fast Bites

Bub and Pop’s
Cava Grill – Chinatown
G by Mike Isabella
Red Apron Butcher – Union Market
Taco Bamba Taqueria – Falls Church

Cocktail Program of the Year

2 Birds 1 Stone
barmini by José Andrés
Del Campo
Kapnos by Mike Isabella
Tico

Beer Program of the Year

The Arsenal at Bluejacket
Granville Moore’s
Jack Rose Dining Saloon
Republic
Right Proper Brewing Company

Wine Program of the Year

2941 Restaurant
Bourbon Steak
Charlie Palmer Steak
Le Diplomate
The Red Hen

Employee of the Year

Jorge Martinez, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Jim Mayo, PassionFish Reston
Aniko Olah, Martin’s Tavern
Yovani Peralta, B Too
Andrea Raiello, Water & Wall

Manager of the Year

Carlos Fernandez, Best Buns Bread Company
Margarita Krivchikova, Belga Cafe
Sudhir Kumar, Indique
Jennifer Lucy, Estadio
Atul Narain, Rasika

Service Program of the Year

Bourbon Steak
Fiola
Iron Gate
Rasika
The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Pastry Chef of the Year

Jemil Gadea, Masseria by Nicholas Stefanelli
Eva Kronenburg, Convivial
Alex Levin, Osteria Morini
Bridie McCulla, Northside Social, The Liberty Tavern, Lyon Hall
Tressa Wiles, Bayou Bakery

Rising Culinary Star of the Year

Erin Clarke, Casa Luca
Brad Deboy, Blue Duck Tavern
Jonah Kim, Yona
Piter and Handry Tjan, Sushiko
James Wozniuk, Maketto

Everyday Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

Bar Pilar
Daikaya
The Fainting Goat
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
Pizzeria Orso

Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year

Le Diplomate
Osteria Morini
Sushiko
The Red Hen
Zaytinya

New Restaurant of the Year

Centrolina
Clarity
Convivial
Maketto
Masseria by Nicholas Stefanelli

Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year

Iron Gate
Marcel’s by Robert Wiedmaier
Rasika
Restaurant Eve
Trummer’s on Main

Chef of the Year

Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
Erik Bruner-Yang, Toki Underground, Maketto
Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Tarver King, The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
Cedric Maupillier, Mintwood Place, Convivial

Regional Food and Beverage Producer of the Year

DC Brau Brewing Company
Port City Brewing Company
Don Ciccio & Figli
Green Hat/New Columbia Distillers
One Eight Distilling

Restaurateur of the Year

Cava Group (Cava Grill, Cava Mezze, Cava Foods, Sugo)
Gruppo FT Restaurants (Fiola, Fiola Mare, Casa Luca)
JL Restaurant Group  (Hank’s Oyster Bar, Hank’s Pasta Bar, The Twisted Horn)
Mike Isabella Concepts (Graffiato, Kapnos, G, Kapnos Taverna, Pepita, Yona, etc)
Paul Ruppert, Warehouse Industries (Room 11, Crane & Turtle, Petworth Citizen, Slim’s Diner)

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