It’s no secret that getting a table at one of DC’s hottest restaurants on a Saturday night can be a challenge. Every Friday, we here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com check in with a select group of the area’s top-toques to let you know who is able to offer a Table for Two. Check back here every Friday at 4:30pm for a list of all open reservations at the area’s best restaurants. Here are available reservations for Saturday, August 29th:

1226 36th Street NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
5:45pm & 9:00pm

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
5:45pm & 9:15pm

Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

Bourbon Steak
2800 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Casa Luca
1099 New York Avenue
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Chez Billy Sud
1039 31st Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

China Chilcano
418 7th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

DBGB Kitchen and Bar
931 H Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Del Campo
777 I Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

601 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

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

707 6th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:45pm & 8:15pm

Inn at Little Washington
309 Middle Street
Washington, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available@
5:15pm & 9:00pm

Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

2201 14th Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
6:30pm & 8:30pm

Kapnos Taverna
4000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
5:30pm & 9:00pm

1813 Columbia Road, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
5:45pm & 9:00pm

Osteria Morini
301 Water Street, SE
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

775 G Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

Rasika West End
1177 22nd Street, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

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

Restaurant Eve
110 South Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Fully Committed

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

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

The Source by Wolfgang Puck
575 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @
Closed For Renovation

228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
Saturday Evening Table for 2 Available @

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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; gbymikeisabella.com/sandwich-madness-2015/)


Food News You Should Use

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; 1789restaurant.com)

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; allsetrestaurant.com)

Brainfood Homegrown –  Pick up your “awesome box of fresh, seasonal, chemical-free vegetables” starting September 5 at Union Market. The fall season of Brainfood’s fresh produce CSA supports Brainfood programming, which teaches youth life skills through food, cooking, games, activities, and restaurant visits. A six-week CSA season costs $255 for a standard box and $128 for a small box, with pause and flexible season options. Boxes include fruits and veggies like tomatoes, corn, zucchini, and more! Email sara@brain-food.org to sign up. (Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE; brain-food.org/fresh-produce-csa)

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; facebook.com/CapellaWashingtonDC.Georgetown)

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; centrolinadc.com)

Peruvian Brunch – Penn Quarter Peruvian restaurant China Chilcano by Chef Jose Andres now offers–what else?–Peruvian-inspired brunch. Celebrating Peru’s heritage through its native Criollo, Chinese Chifa and Japanese Nikkei cuisines, the new dishes “will explore the crossover of indigenous ingredients through the scope of the beloved weekend tradition of brunch.” Menu highlights include  picante de huevos (poached eggs, ají panca, pork belly, potato, tomato, red onion, toast), jook (congee of rice, pork belly, crisp shallots, tea egg, sweet soy), and chicharron de costillas de cerdo (crisp pork spare ribs, sweet potato, ‘cancha,’ and salsa criolla). Brunch cocktails—including grapefruit, cucumber, prickly pear, and blood orange concoctions—are available by the carafe or half carafe. (418 7 St NW; 202.628.1005; chinachilcano.com)

Monday Means Picnics at the Goat — Look to The Fainting Goat for summer-in-Maryland-inspired, family-style feasts. Offering rotating feasts of Maryland blue crabs, lobster boils, and fried chicken picnics, The Goat goes all nostalgic every Monday now through September. Picnics range from $25 to $40 per person; reservations are required. (1330 U St NW; 202.735.0344; faintinggoatdc.com)

Third Annual Hula at Hank’s Luau – On September 26, Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle serves up all-you-can-eat roasted pig, BBQ oysters, Kalua pork sliders, shrimp skewers, Huli Huli chicken, Hawaiian macaroni salad, and more. After feasting, fill up your souvenir Tiki mug with Mai Tais while watching Hank’s Tiki Competition—a competition challenging bartenders to mix up an array of tropical concoctions. Tickets are $75. (1624 Q St NW; 202.462.4265; click here)

Blow Off Some Steam – Enjoy the dog days of summer with a $15 lobster deal at Pizzeria Orso through September 20. They’re offering three delicious dishes: lobster panino (Maine lobster and shrimp, lettuce, tomato, truffle aioli, bacon), lobster pizza (Maine lobster and shrimp, cream sauce, summer squash, basil), and lobster gnocchi (summer peas and butternut squash). (400 South Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA; 703.226.3460; pizzeriaorso.com)

The Riggsby Serves Up More –The Riggsby of The Carlyle Hotel now offers “approachable American” throwback favorites for breakfast and lunch. The lunch menu offers some signature items–like the All American Tavern Burger and Jimmy’s Special Chopped Salad–alongside new items like crunchy eggplant parm and a truffled egg salad sandwich. On the breakfast menu, guests can expect a smoothie of the day, a breakfast sandwich (eggs, prosciutto cotto, pecorino), and buttermilk pancakes (caramelized bananas, orange zest, crushed hazelnuts). (1731 New Hampshire Ave; theriggsby.com)

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; stantonandgreene.com)

Devilishly Fast, Heavenly Food – Bethesda live music venue and restaurant Villain & Saint hits the road in its new food trailer, serving favorites to-go from 11:00A.M. to 8:00P.M., seven days a week. Favorites from the regular menu will be served fast—including burritos with pulled pork, chicken, or beef, the Black Angus cheeseburger, and the Saint Louis slow smoked pork ribs. (7141 Wisconsin Ave, Bethesda, MD; facebook.com/villainandsaint)


Slugs and Swigs

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; archivesfoundation.org/event/founding-drinkers/)

All-New Steak and Wine Month – Smith & Wollensky’s Steak and Wine Month  features two new steak presentations, premium flights of red and white wines (rated 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator), and Cellar Steals from their award-winning wine library throughout September. During National Wine Week—September 14-18—Smith & Wollensky will also pour 8 super-premium wines rated for $25 with the purchase of a lunch entree. Proceeds from National Wine Week will benefit Keep Memory Alive and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. (1112 19th St NW; 202.466.1100; smithandwollensky.com/liquid-assets)

Get Royally Sloshed – New LeDroit Park bar and eatery and sister restaurant to Vinoteca goes big (so you don’t go home) with a seven-day-a-week happy hour and a late night weekday happy hour. Running from 3:00P.M.-6:00P.M.. daily and 10:00P.M. to 1:00A.M. on weekdays, The Royal will offer specials on classic cocktails, housemade vermouth on draft, wine by the glass, and tallboy cans. Enjoy $5 housemade vermouth, $5 Narragansett tallboys, and $7 classic cocktails and wine by the glass. (501 Florida Ave NW; 202.332.7777; theroyaldc.com)

Sunday (and Saturday) Funday -- TICO adds a splash of fun to your weekend with a Saturday and Sunday Funday drinks menu. Featuring draft cocktails, brunch cocktails, and beer from 10:00A.M. to 3:00P.M., the line up includes a hibiscus margarita (Blanco tequila, Patron Citronage), rosé sangria (dry rosé,  citrus, pisco, passion tea), a Bromosa (Wit beer, orange juice, orange bitters), a shot and a beer, and more for just $5 to $8. (1926 14th St NW; 202.319.1400; ticodc.com)


Events You Just Can’t Miss

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; tudorpalace.org)

Epicurience Virginia – September 3-5, experience Virginia’s finest food and wine at this culinary adventure in the heart of D.C.’s “Wine Country.” This year, watch Top Chef contestant Chef Bryan Voltaggio cook in the chef’s pavilion, try your hand at blending wine, and sample the finest food, wine, beer, and spirits from 40 vendors. This year’s chefs also include Chris Edwards, (Salamander Resort & Spa), Jason Lage (Market Table Bistro) and Bonnie Moore (Willowsford). Tickets for Epicurience Virginia are $85 for general admission and $145 for the VIP experience. (Morven Park, Leesburg, Virginia; epicvirginia.com)

Taste Your Music Benefit Concert – Benefiting Bread for the City, Miriam’s Kitchen, and So Others Might Eat, Gourmet Symphony and Capital City Symphony offer a Taste Your Music Benefit Concert on September 3 (Taste Your Music is a community outreach project that sponsored chamber concerts and educational programs at local food and service providers over the summer of 2015). The Benefit Concert showcases curated cocktails, cuisine, and a full orchestra concert in a four-course dinner that highlights the cultural and historical connections between food and music. Tickets start at $99. (The Hamilton Live, 600 14 St NW; gourmetsymphony.org/tymbenefitconcert)

Women Chefs: Artists in the Kitchen — – “Painter’s palette meets chef’s palate” in Strathmore’s Women Chefs: Artists in the Kitchen. The exhibition pairs 21 fine artists with an impressive roster of 22 accomplished regional female chefs and tastemakers to create a body of new, original works on view in the Mansion at Strathmore from September 5 through November 8. Artists include Carla Hall (Top Chef, The Chew), Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora), Ruth Gresser (Pizza Paradiso), and a bevy of wood sculptors, photographers, painters, and more. (10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, MD; 301.581.5100; Strathmore.org)

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. Other cook-offs include I Heart Beef, featuring Gloria Saylor and Mounir Elhilali; Beltway Battle, featuring Curley (Curley’s Q), Jacob Hunter, and Andy Smiedala; and a Curbside Bakeoff featuring spent grain and Jacque Pitts, Aaron McNeil , and Kristi Whitfield. 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. Tickets are $8; admission for children under 5 is free. (DMVFTA.org/Curbside-Cookoff)

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. (rosslynva.org/jazz)

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, musical acts Rare Essence, Kokayi, White Ford Bronco, and Brothers Brau, 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; snallygasterdc.com)

Arcadia’s 2015 Fall Harvest Dinner – Hosted by Chef William Morris (Vermilion), this year’s fall harvest dinner features seven chefs and five courses. Benefiting the Veteran Farmer Program, join Chef Will Morris, Chef Kyle Bailey, Chef Haidar Karoum, Chef Danny Lee, Chef Harper McClure, Chef Jesse Miller, and Chef Peter Smith on September 20 at Woodlawn Mansion. Tickets are $175; Arcadia has set aside a number of seats for veterans for those who would like to “Buy Dinner for a Veteran.” (9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA; click here)

Twelfth Annual Crafty Bastards – Join Washington City Paper and Union Market on September 26 and 27 for the exhibition and sale of (very) alternative arts and crafts. Featuring 140 vendors selling crafts from jewelry to illustration to cheese, pottery, woodwork, and more, Crafty Bastards tickets are $5 each day or $8 for both days. (Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE; washingtoncitypaper.com/events/craftybastards)

Twenty Second Annual Taste of Georgetown – D.C.’s epicurean festival celebrates 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. (tasteofgeorgetown.com)

Second Annual Cochon 555: The Global BBQ Exhibition – On October 4, Cochon 555’s five-city culinary tour comes to D.C. The competition and tasting event challenges five chefs to cook one whole, family farm-raised, heritage pig for a group of 20 notable judges. Chefs have seven days to prepare one whole pig and present a Judge’s Plate. The winner in D.C. will be crowned the BBQ King or Queen and take home more than $3,000 in prizes. All-inclusive tickets include endless tastings and “pop up culinary experiences,” like artisan cheeses and sustainable seafood. This year’s competing chefs include Nicholas Stefanelli of Masseria, Will Morris of Vermillion, Jose Adorno of Graffiato, Sam Molavi of Compass Rose, and RJ Cooper of Rouge24 (after being the first chef to win Cochon555 in D.C.) V.I.P. admission is $200; regular tickets are $100. (Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St NE; cochon555.com/2015-tour/washington-dc-bbq/)

Fifteenth Annual Wines for Canines and Felines – Paul’s Wines and Spirits will support the Montgomery County Humane Society for a fifteenth year on October 14 from 6:30P.M. to 9:00P.M. Featuring a benefit tasting and a silent auction at Little Maggiano’s Little Italy, the event will include 20+ wineries will pour 100+ wines, showcasing everything from Amarone to Zinfandel. Tickets are $75. (5333 Wisconsin Ave; click here)

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; chefsforequality.org)

2015 Metro Cooking Show — Giada De Laurentiis and Michael Symon return to headline this year’s October 24-25 Metro Cooking Show. Held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the tenth anniversary show features James Beard Foundation nominated chefs and The James Beard House guest chefs cooking on a Beard Foundation Stage. On both days, chefs from L’Academie de Cuisine will lead cooking classes, and on October 25, 50 restaurants will offer tastes at the RAMW Grand Tasting Pavilion. There will also be a BBQ Bash, a Celebrity Theater stage, and countless activities all focused on food and drink. General tickets are $18; tickets to specific events are sold separately. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW; metrocookingdc.com)

FRESHFARM Markets Farmland Feast 2015 – Raise a glass to Bernadine Prince and Ann Harvey Yonkers: FRESHFARM Markets presents the Farmland Feast. On November 2, celebrated chefs, bartenders, and wine and spirit makers will offer inspired small plates, Bay oysters, a three-course dinner, and farm-centric auctions at the Ritz-Carlton. Chefs include Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve), Amy Brandwein  (Centrolina), Katsuya Fukushima (Daikaya), Ryan LaRoche (Blue Duck Tavern), and many more; tickets start at $150. (1150 22 St NW; farmlandfeast2015.squarespace.com)

Nineteenth Annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala of D.C. – This year’s November 17 Signature Chefs Gala highlights, as always, area-celebrated chefs, bartenders, mixologists, and vintners in the name of stronger, healthier babies. Twenty-five chefs will offer tasting samples, eight top wineries will provide their best wines, four mixologists and bartenders will provide drinks, and four pastry chefs will whip up outstanding desserts. Victor Albisu (Del Campo, Taco Bamba) serves as the 2015 Honorary Chef. (Ritz-Carlton, 1150 22nd Street, NW; click here)



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; chezbilly.com)

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; capellahotels.com)

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; lenfantcafe.com)

Matt Ryan – Mad Fox Brewing Company has welcomed Matt Ryan into the fold—formerly Lead Brewer at Capitol City Brewing Company, Ryan now holds the title at Mad Fox. Originally from southern California, Ryan spent his youth in Hawaii before relocating to Seattle—home of a strong craft brew scene—after high school. He has honed his brewing skills at both Capitol City and Rock Bottom. (2218 Wisconsin Ave NW; madfoxbrewing.com)


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; bourbonsteakdc.com)

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; gaylordnational.com)

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; wolfgangpuck.com)