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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 3:00pm for available reservations on Saturday, September 24, 2016: 

 
1789
1226 36th Street, NW
202.965.1789
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
All Purpose
1250 9th Street, NW
202.849.6174
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Bastille
606 N Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA
703.519.3776
Saturday evening table for two available @
8:00pm
  
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 @
5:30pm
  
Central
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue
202.626.0015
Saturday evening table for two available @
8:30pm
 
Centrolina
974 Palmer Alley
202.898.2426
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
Conosci
465 K Street, NW
202.629.4662
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
Convivial
801 O Street, NW
202.525.2870
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
China Chilcano
418 7th Street, NW
202.783.0941
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:30pm
 
Del Campo
777 I Street, NW
202.289.7377
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:30pm
 
Equinox
818 Connecticut Avenue, NW
202.331.8118
Saturday evening table for two available @
Closed for private event
 
Fiola
601 Pennsylvania Avenue
202.628.2888
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Fiola Mare
3050 K Street, NW
202.628.0065
Saturday evening table for two available @
9:30pm
 
Hazel 
808 V Street, NW
202.847.4980
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 @
5:30pm
 
Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
202.524.5202
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Kapnos
2201 14th Street, NW
202.234.5000
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:30pm
 
Kinship
1015 7th Street, NW
202.737.7700
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Kyirisan
1924 8th Street, NW
202.525.2383
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
Le Diplomate
1601 14th Street, NW
202.332.3333
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 @
5:30pm
 
Rasika West End
1177 22nd Street, NW
202.466.2500
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
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 @
9:15pm
 
Requin
8296 Glass Alley
Fairfax, VA
703.462.8662
Saturday evening table for two available @
7:00pm
 
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 @
7:00pm
 
Volt
228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
301.696.8658
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:30pm

 

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NYCCI NELLIS JOINS MIKE ISABELLA ON FACEBOOK LIVE

In case you missed it, you can still catch Mike Isabella and Nycci Nellis cooking up Italian eats over on Facebook Live. Get the advice on choosing and caramelizing short ribs and chopping mirepoix here.

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OULI APP EXPANDING

Ouli App News – The personal concierge app continues its expansion in Northern Virginia to Mosaic District, Fairfax, and Falls Church. In D.C., the app is now available in several neighborhoods and has partnered with dozens of new restaurants to bring you personalized offers. In addition to new cities and neighborhoods, you can now see open reservations within the app, book a table via OpenTable, and even schedule a ride with Uber to your restaurant. The app is available for free download on iOS and Android. (ouliapp.com)

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CULINARY CRUISING: FIRST EVER D.C. CHEFS CRUISE

Cruise the Caribbean with Celebrity Chefs — Curated by The List Are You On It’s very own Nycci Nellis, Celebrity Cruises’ first ever D.C. Chefs Cruise includes renowned chefs Mike Isabella, Marjorie Meek-Bradley, and David Guas paired perfectly with bartender Derek Brown. The chefs will take you on a culinary journey through the western Caribbean in modern luxury style this winter. The cruise embarks January 28, 2017 from Miami for a week of culinary collaborations with cooking demos, meal pairings, cocktail receptions, private dining, and serious poolside relaxation. Stops in Cozumel for an exclusive private beach BBQ prepared by the celebrity chefs, the Grand Caymans, Jamaica, and Hispaniola punctuate a never-to-be-forgotten, all-inclusive, top-notch premium cruise that only Celebrity Cruises and Nycci could cook up. All-inclusive pricing starts at around $1700 per person; it only requires a $320 per person deposit to reserve your room. *NEW* Through October 2, pay one cruise fare, get a second cruise fare half off. Lower cost, all the same perks! Don’t be left standing on the dock! (dcchefscruise.com)

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Eat for Italy: In the Wake of the Earthquake

In the wake of the recent earthquake that devastated the town of Amarice, restaurants are joining in on the international #eatforitaly campaign to raise money for the relief efforts of the Italian Red Cross.

Acqua al 2 on Capitol Hill, as well as Ghibellina and Sotto on 14th St, will all be featuring Bucatini Amatraciana with 50 percent of sales going to the Italian Red Cross to support their efforts in Amarice and other surrounding affected areas. Pasta Amatraciana is one of the most iconic and traditional Italian pasta dishes originating from the town of Amarice. (Acqua al 2; 2 212 7 St SE; 202.525.4375; acquaal2dc.com // Ghibellina; 1610 14th St NW; 202.803.2389; ghibellina.com // Sotto; 202.545.3459; 1610 14th St NW; sottodc.com)

Ashok Bajaj of Knightsbridge Restaurant Group is holding a month-long fundraiser at Bibiana Osteria Enoteca.  Through September 30, when guests order the spaghetti all’amatriciana with tomato, guanciale, red onion, pepperoncini, frascati wine, and pecorino, priced at $24, $4 from the sale of this dish will be donated to the Italian Red Cross. (1100 New York Ave NW; 202.216.9550; bibianadc.com)

For the month of September, Spaghetti all’Amatriciana ($18) will be featured on the menus at both Alta Strada City Vista and Casolare with proceeds going to Italian American Relief. The Riggsby’s lunch pasta is available for $19 with proceeds also going to Italian American Relief. (Alta Strada; 465 K St NW; 202.629.4662; altastradarestaurant.com // Casolare; 2505 Wisconsin Ave NW; 202.625.5400; casolaredc.com // The Riggsby; 1731 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.787.1500;theriggsby.com)

Nycci Nellis shares more details on where you can dine and contribute here.

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MAKE AMERICA DRINK AGAIN: PRESIDENTIAL COCKTAILS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FALL FEASTING: EVERYTHING SWEET AND SPICY

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

Spicy Miso Ramen – Bantam King chefs are all hot and bothered about their new spicy miso ramen. Priced at $13.75 per bowl, the team has been hard at work developing the recipe for their spicy miso ramen and specifically created it to compliment Bantam King’s chicken paitan stock and custom-made noodles. “Rather than opting to serve a regular spicy ramen option, it was important that the team behind Bantam King create a complete dish that was well balanced,” says the restaurant. “The umami from the miso is also very prominent in Bantam King’s Spicy Miso Ramen.” (501 G St NW; 202.733.2612; bantamking.com)

Raising the Bar – New Brickside Food & Drink highlights include local Maryland crab and artichoke dip served with a crispy grilled baguette, roasted wild mushroom crostini with creamy brie and caramelized onions, and coconut green curry mussels. The in-house smoker for meats, poultry, and seafood puts Brickside “on a new level,” says new chef Matthew Smith, especially for Thursday smoked specials. (4866 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD; 301.312.6160; bricksidebethesda.com)

Distiller Dinners — Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen’s chef Shannan Troncoso is serving up a collaboration menu with Republic Restoratives Distillery every Tuesday in September. The 3-course prix fixe Distiller Dinner will change weekly and includes chef’s choice of an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $35. Each course is complemented by a specialty cocktail, created by bartender Jolm Adams, featuring Republic Restoratives’ CIVIC vodka. (3126 12 St NE; 202.636.0050; brooklandsfinest.com)

Swing States Cut of the Week — As the election season draws near, Charlie Palmer Steak is taking it to the heart of the battle, drawing inspiration from the 10 swing states where candidates are going head to head. Each week, a three-course, prix-fixe Cut of the Week menu features the regional dishes of one of these elusive electoral states, bringing a taste of the campaign trail back home to D.C. The menu is offered with bottomless wine pairings for $58; sample courses include cider-brined pork rib chop, Spanish paprika-roasted fingerling potatoes, North Neck broccoli rabe, and key lime meringue tart. (101 Constitution Ave NW; 202.547.8100; charliepalmer.com)

Sunday Supper Series – Equinox Restaurant has announced a Sunday Supper Series highlighting “hyperlocal regional delicacies.” September takes us on a culinary journey through Tuscany, with Heirloom tomato panzanella, spinach and Yukon potato gnocchi, beef steak Florentine, tiramisu, gelato, and more. October goes rustic with house made burrata and anchovy toast, creamy porcini and chestnut soup, rabbit bolognaise, and more. Suppers are $45 per person and include antipasti, pasta, main, and dolce. (818 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com)

Sunday Family Table – Fiola Sunday nights are back from their summer hiatus! Join the restaurant for dinner between 5:00 and 9:00P.M. on Sundays for live jazz and drink specials. Before 7:00P.M., Fiola offers a Sunday Family Table menu featuring salads, pasta, a whole roasted Amish chicken and a side, tiramisu, and a bottle of wine for only $85 for two. (601 Pennsylvania Ave; 202.628.2888; fioladc.com)

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

Little Washington’s First Farmer’s Market — The Inn at Little Washington has announced The Village Market, a Sunday farmers market continuing through October 30 in the garden of the Parsonage directly across the street from the Inn. Each week, a rotating roster of local vendors and artisans will be offering meats, cheeses, soups, produce, tea, jewelry, pottery and more; plus, The Inn’s kitchen will provide a selection of breads, pastries, jams and pickles, and pulled pork BBQ. The Inn’s creative in-house Floral Designer Andrew Gromek will have a selection of bouquets and floral arrangements for sale, and there will be live bluegrass music by the Plank Stompers. (309 Middle St, Washington, VA; 540.675.3800; theinnatlittlewashington.com/market)

Legal Sea Foods’ Oyster Festival – Through October 12, three of Legal Sea Foods’ Washington-area restaurants will celebrate all things oyster. Select oyster stew or fried, baked, and raw oysters from the special menu, including buffalo oyster (blue cheese, celery hearts, radish); BBQ oyster (coleslaw, BBQ mayo); sriracha lime oyster (roasted corn salsa, crispy shallots); as well as the oyster BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato, chipotle mayo). The menu will also feature an abundance of baked oysters, including the lobster spinach oyster (cheese, herbed crumbs); oyster scampi; crab & cheese oyster (Jonah crab, horseradish, cheddar, cream cheese); and roasted oyster (smoked chorizo butter, fresh herbs). Pair with a Deadrise cocktail (Square One cucumber vodka, muddled cucumber, lime and grapefruit bitters, $11). (704 7 St NW; 202.347.0007; legalseafoods.com)

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

Rosh Hashanah Pastries -- To celebrate the Jewish New Year, Osteria Morini offers honey-raisin challah, apple butter-honey cake, apple pie, chocolates and more. The restaurant is offering inside the beltway delivery for October 2, or pick up on October 1 and 2. Place orders online by September 29. (301 Water St SE; 202.484.0660; click here)

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

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

Serving Up Warm Bowls – Sweetgreen prides itself on its ever-evolving menu—this fall, the fast-casual salad restaurant is serving up warm bowls, a natural extension of its grain bowls. The hearty, healthy meals made with a rice or quinoa base include curry cauliflower with hot chickpeas; apples, pears + cheddar; and chicken + Brussels. (multiple locations in D.C., MD and VA; sweetgreen.com)

New Orleans in D.C. – Vieux Carre, a New Orleans-style cocktail bar, now offers dinner—a big taste of The Big Easy. Enjoy authentic chicken, shrimp, and oyster po’ boys; Cajun fries served with remoulade, garlic aioli, and Cajun ketchup; BBQ shrimp; and more. Dinner prices range from $5 for fried pickles to $12 for classic po’ boys. (1413 K St NW; vieuxcarredc.com)

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BRING OUT THE PUMPKIN: AUTUMNAL LIBATIONS

Stuzzichini Happy Hour — Alta Strada has unveiled a new menu of Stuzzicini (Southern Italian antipasti) for happy hour. Small plates include a variety of bruschetta, including broccoli rabe bruschetta with spicy sausage and pecorino and tuna bruschetta with black olives and capers, as well as other antipasti, including house made ricotta with sage and chile flakes and a Tuscan salad with tomatoes, cucumber, basil, and red onion. In addition, a selection of cocktails will be available at happy hour pricing, including Aperol Spritz ($8), Negroni ($8) and Americano ($6), $6 glasses of select wines, and $3 Natty Boh’s—all available Monday-Friday from 3:00-7:00P.M. at the bar and on the patio. (465 K St NW; 202.629.4662; altastrada-cityvista.com)

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

Blue Duck Uncorked — Every Tuesday evening, Blue Duck Tavern pours a specially selected rare magnum not found on the restaurant’s featured wine list as part of the Blue Duck Uncorked series. Exclusively available on Tuesday, the selection is a rare opportunity to taste these vintages by glass, with each four-ounce pour priced at $30. Now through October, the magnums start with Arietta Winery, Cab Red Blend, “Hudson Vineyard H block,” Napa Valley 2006, and end with BV Cabernet, “Georges de la Tour Private Reserve,” Napa Valley 1986. (24 and M St NW; 202.419.6755; blueducktavern.com)

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

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

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

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

Dram & Grain Goes Global – Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s “underground drinking den,” Dram & Grain, has an all-new, internationally-inspired cocktail menu for the fall season. “After months of research, experimentation, and even immersive travel,” the bar presents 25 new cocktails (ranging $13-$16), including The Root Beer Barrel (Wild Turkey Rare Breed, Palo Cortado Sherry, Sasparilla Amaro, simple syrup, $15), Candy Coated Raindrops (corrected Midori, Nigori Saké, Birch Essential, sour gumdrops, $13), Mosquito Hour (Lost Spirits Cuban inspired 151 rum, D&G Falernum, grenadine, lime, Tropical Mist, $16), and more. (2007 18 St NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com)

Mezcal Mondays – Start your week off right with Oyamel’s Mezcal Mondays, recurring on the second Monday of each month. Each Mezcal Monday will feature tastings from one of Oyamel’s purveyors from 4:00P.M.-7:00P.M. After sampling, order a custom cocktail made with the featured mezcal alongside $1 – $3 paired bites. (401 7 St NW; 202.628.1005; oyamel.com)

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

Drinking at the Office – STK D.C. is inviting guests to let loose, pull up a seat at the bar or on its outdoor patio, and indulge in a new menu of drink and bar bite specials during its office hours happy hour from 5:00-8:00P.M. on weekdays. Perk up any work day with nonstop tunes from the resident DJ and buy 1/get 1 deals on select beer, wine, and creative cocktails like The Secret Affair (Purity vodka, lime, red chili pepper, watermelon, tajin rim) and Cucumber Stiletto (Ketel One Citroen, St. Germain, muddled cucumber, mint). Bar bites include braised octopus, grilled watermelon salad, crispy rock shrimp, and STK’s signature Lil’ BRGs. (1250 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.296.1880; click here)

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IN THE KNOW: EVENTS YOU JUST CAN’T MISS

Barley and Music Festival — Join the Carlyle Community on September 17 for a new music festival event at John Carlyle Square Park. The event will include craft brews from artisanal breweries, live entertainment, and food vendors. The event is free to attend. (300 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA; barleymusicfest.com)

Farm Aid 2016 — Farm Aid’s annual food and music festival–Farm Aid 2016–is on September 17 at Jiffy Lube Live. The festival will feature performances by Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews—with Tim Reynolds—as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Carlene Carter, and Insects vs Robots. Experience family farm-centered agriculture firsthand and enjoy family farm-identified, local, and organic foods, plus hands-on activities about soil, water, food, and farming. Farm Aid 2016 will feature composting, including compostable serviceware, throughout the venue, with a goal of zero waste. Ticket prices range from $49.50 to $189.50. (7800 Cellar Door Dr, Bristow, VA; 800.745.3000; livenation.com)

Snallygaster Returns – From the team behind ChurchKey, Birch & Barley, Bluejacket, Rustico, The Sovereign, and more, Snallygaster is D.C.’s largest beer festival. On September 17, no fewer than 350 unique craft beers from around the globe will be offered against a backdrop of food, live music, and entertainment at the Capital Riverfront. Food includes Big Cheese, Cajunator, Captain Cookie, DC Empanada, DC Slices, Dolcezza, Killer Tomato Pizza, Lemongrass, Mess Hall, Pork Barrel BBQ, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Red Apron, Tasty Kabob, and Westray’s Finest Ice Cream. Tickets range from $35 to $60 and proceeds benefit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. (Lot H/I on First St SE & N St SE; snallygasterdc.com)

D.C. Walk for the Animals PLUS Barktoberfest — An annual tradition continues as the D.C. Walk for the Animals takes place on September 18 at the Capitol Riverfront. The fundraising event includes a one mile walk around the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood by Nationals Park, and those who register for the walk will also gain admission to Pet-A-Palooza and, for the first time, admission to Barktoberfest—including beer, bites, and doggies—all to raise money to benefit the 60,000 animals cared for by the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League (WHS-WARL). Register for $35 or form a walk team. (Corner of M St SE & First St SE; click here)

Third Annual Maialata/Osteria Morini Pig Roast – On September 18, join Osteria Morini for the third annual Maialata, a classic Italian pig roast hosted along the Southeast riverfront. The food-focused event will feature family friendly activities, including a cupcake and cookie decorating station, live music, a silent auction, and a pie-toss fundraiser. The event will feature some of the DMV’s most celebrated chefs and journalists, including Kyle Bailey (executive chef of Sixth Engine, Town Hall, The Dubliner, The Salt Line), Patrick Curran (executive chef of Momofuku CCDC), Paul Dahm (founder of Brainfood), Missy Frederick (Eater DC editor), and Ari Shapiro (host of NPR’s All Things Considered). Tickets are $40-$65; all proceeds benefit Brainfood. (301 Water Street SE Suite 109; click here)

Glorious Bites Competition — Gloria Ferrer’s Glorious Bites Semi-Finalists—an appetizer competition—will compete in a live cook-off on September 22 for a spot in the Glorious Bites Final Event! Held at Union Kitchen, The List founder and Glorious Bites judge Nycci Nellis and Jennifer Luttrell of The Fork at Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company will be in attendance. Luttrell will demo the apple-onion chutney, Point Reyes original blue crostini, which pairs perfectly with Gloria Ferrer wines. Tickets are $25. (1110 Congress St NE; click here)

Uncorked Wine Festival Debut – A decidedly D.C. festival makes its debut in Washington on September 24, 5:00P.M. to 9:00P.M. at the D.C. Armory. Featuring more than 75 wineries with 200 grape varieties, gourmet food trucks, a champagne bar, an international wine market, artisanal food vendors, a video DJ, and a photo booth, tickets cost $65 to $75 per person and cocktail attire is recommended. (2001 E Capitol St SE; uncorkedwinefestivals.com/uncorked-dc)

D.C. VegFest — Whether you’re looking to improve your health, protect animals, save the planet, or you just want to eat some really good food, head over to the annual D.C. VegFest on September 24 at Yards Park. More than 20,000 Washingtonians and visitors will gather for this free outdoor festival featuring dynamic speakers, cooking demos, a kids zone with a moonbounce, a barking lot for dogs, a beer garden, and live music. Speakers include Leilani Münter (professional race car driver and environmental activist), Elizabeth Kucinich (policy consultant at the Plant-Based Foods Association), Marco Antonio Regil (actor and television host), Jonathan Balcombe (animal behavior expert and author of What a Fish Knows), and Torre Washington (award-winning vegan bodybuilder). (N & 1st Sts SE; DCVegFest.com)

UNCENSORED: The Cocktail Party 2016 – On September 30, join the D.C. Public Library Foundation and Event Chairs Jennifer Barger, Holly Bass, D.C. Brau, Derek Brown, Anna Fuhrman, Mess Hall D.C., Sveltana Legetic, and Morgan H. West for provocative art, live music, and exclusive cocktails in support of D.C. public libraries. Held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for the annual Banned Books Week fundraiser, the event celebrates the freedom to read, create, and express. Tickets are $50. (901 G ST NW; click here)

Taste of Bethesda — Taste of Bethesda returns on October 1 from 11:00A.M.–4:00P.M. and will bring 50 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle.  Produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, downtown Bethesda’s famous food and music festival celebrates 27 years of diverse and delectable cuisine offered by Bethesda’s local restaurant community. As downtown Bethesda continues to grow, several new restaurants will debut at Taste of Bethesda this year: Duck Duck Goose, Fish Taco, Gold Leaf Bakery, Modern Market, Quincy’s Bethesda, and Tropical Smoothie Café. Returning favorites such as Georgetown Cupcake, Jaleo, Louisiana Kitchen & Bayou Bar, Mussel Bar, Olazzo, Ruth’s Chris, and many more will also be in attendance. Munch to the sounds of 8 Ohms Band, Black Masala, Elikeh, Justin Jones (2016 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Winner), Margot MacDonald, Oasis Island Sounds, Olivia Mancini, and Verny Varela. Admission to Taste of Bethesda is free. Tickets will be sold on-site to “taste” different foods; tickets are $5 for four tickets and a serving costs one to four tickets. (Woodmont Triangle, Bethesda, MD; 301.215.6660; Bethesda.org)

Crafty Bastards Returns — D.C.’s favorite art festival returns to Union Market for another year of shopping, noshing, and big, awesome fun on October 1 and October 2! More than 100 incredibly talented artists will be selling their jewelry, fashion, artwork, household goods, toys, prepared foods, furniture, and more. Tickets will be available in advance for $5 (single day) and $8 (weekend pass) via the website at craftybastards.com. Kids 12 and younger are free. (1309 5th Street NE; craftybastards.com)

James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner – Celebrity chefs—including Chef Victor Albisu of Del Campo (Washington, D.C.), Chef Ian Boden of The Shack (Staunton, VA), Chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina (Washington, D.C.), Chef Greg Denton of Ox (Portland, OR), Chef Gabrielle Quiñonez Denton of Ox (Portland, OR), and many more—come together to create a globe-spanning five course spread on October 5 at Del Campo. Tickets are $210; proceeds from the dinner will benefit the James Beard Foundation. (777 I St NW; jamesbeard.org/events/washington-dc-9)

Dine for the World for World Food Day — On October 14, over 100 restaurants will donate 10% of sales for World Food Day to support Chef José Andrés’ nonprofit, World Central Kitchen. Restaurants from Washington, D.C., New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and more have joined World Food Day with World Central Kitchen. Participating chefs include José Andrés, Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Carla Hall, Stephanie Izard, Emeril Lagasse, Ludo Lefebvre, Tim Love, Michael Mina, Aarón Sánchez, Ming Tsai, Bryan Voltaggio, and Alice Waters! (worldcentralkitchen.org)

Annual FRESHFARM Feast – The FRESHFARM feast is an annual fundraiser that “helps FRESHFARM provide vital economic opportunities to local farmers and supports outreach programs to educate the public about food and related environmental issues.” Join the feast on October 18 at Dock5 at Union Market for local libations, inspired small plates, bay oysters, a harvest-grown dinner, and unique, farm- and food-centric auctions. Tickets range from $175 to $350. (1305 5 St NE; freshfarm.org/feast.html)

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

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

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

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WHO, WHAT, WHERE: CHEF & MANAGEMENT UPDATES

Jon Benson — Jon Benson is now general manager at Park Hyatt, Washington, D.C. Benson will oversee the operation of the luxury 216-room hotel, including its landmark restaurant Blue Duck Tavern. A seasoned hospitality executive, Benson comes to Park Hyatt Washington with over 29 years of experience with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, most recently in Florida where he was general manager, Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa. After starting his Hyatt career in culinary, Benson rose through the ranks, becoming executive chef at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino and later promoted to Hyatt resort properties in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Beaver Creek, CO and Florida. In 2010, Benson was named director of culinary operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, based in Chicago. (1201 24 St NW; 202.789.1234; click here)

Jorge Chicas — Jorge Chicas returns to Washington, D.C. as chef de cuisine at BLT Steak D.C. Chicas brings a repertoire of culinary achievements, including winning Esquire Magazine’s “Restaurant of the Year” award and a James Beard nomination for “Best New Restaurant” while leading the kitchen as executive chef at José Andrés’ The Bazaar in Los Angeles. After studying culinary arts at the Culinary Instiute of America and receiving a degree at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, Chicas joined Capital Restaurant Concepts. In 2002, Chicas joined José Andrés at ThinkFoodGroup, where he helped to open nine restaurants starting with Zaytinya, where he was executive chef and restaurant director. In 2007, Chicas helped to develop The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, working towards the title of executive chef. (1625 I St NW; e2hospitality.com/blt-steak-washington-dc)

Marc Hennessy — BLT Prime in Trump International Hotel has appointed executive chef Marc Hennessy. A celebrated veteran of BLT Steak restaurants and a meticulously detailed culinary artist, Hennessy has led kitchens from Hong Kong to Sonoma, CA, most recently serving as chef de cuisine at BLT Steak in D.C. (1625 I St NW; 202.689.8999; e2hospitality.com)

Peter Laufer – Peter Laufer has been appointed executive chef at the Willard InterContinental, Washington, D.C. Laufer heads the iconic hotel’s diverse culinary programs, which include the award-winning French bistro Café du Parc. Laufer brings over twenty years of global culinary expertise to the Willard, including a decade as executive banquet chef at the InterContinental Miami and executive chef at the InterContinental Houston Galleria. Prior, Laufer served as executive chef at Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica and aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. Most recently, he served as executive chef at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. (1401 Pennsylvania NW; 202.942.7000; cafeduparc.com)

Sarah Ruiz — Dirty Habit welcomes Sarah Ruiz to its talented team as head bartender. With a sommelier certification from The Court Master Sommeliers and nearly a decade of hospitality experience, Ruiz’s hospitality career began at the Michelin-star-awarded Fifth Floor in San Francisco. She honed her spirits expertise further during her most recent post managing an agave-focused spirits division for Baja Wines, a wine-importing company in Mexico. (555 8 St NW; 202.783.6060; dirtyhabitdc.com)

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

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D.C. DINING: BRUNCH, BRUNCH EVERYWHERE

14K Sunday Brunch – The Hamilton Hotel’s 14K Sunday brunch includes both shareable tapas dishes and a la carte items. The menu highlights decadent American eats including salads, soups, sandwiches, and desserts, plus twists on your traditional Benedict—from an Oscar Benedict with Canadian bacon, jumbo lump crab meat, and Old Bay hollandaise to a short rib Benedict with red wine braised short rib. (1001 14 St NW; 202.218.7575; hamiltonhoteldc.com)

All Thai’d Up in Brunch – Asia Nine spices up the traditional brunch menu. Kapow on Rice, Bibimbap with a spicy sauce and a pan-fried egg skillet blend traditional American breakfast ingredients with Asian flavors to create unique and delicious brunch dishes. Mimosas by the glass include lychee, hibiscus, and OJ. (915 E St NW; 202.629.4355; asianine.com)

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

Bigger Boum — La Boum Brunch has outgrown its original digs and has moved to a larger and sexier play palace: Capitale. After five years and countless awards for best brunch, the epic brunch party is getting bigger, better, and boum-ier. The original team of servers, bartenders and performers and DJs will be moving to the new location, along with upgrades like VIP tables for purchase, birthday, bachelor and bachelorette party packages, and LED screens. (1301 K St NW; laboumbrunch.com)

Build Your Own Bloody Mary – On Saturdays and Sundays, build your own version of the salty, spicy brunch classic—the Bloody Mary—at Café Dupont. The café’s custom Bloody Mary bar includes spice mixes from America, Mexico, Thailand, and a special blend from Japan with red yuzu kosho oil. Rims include sea salt and black pepper, BBQ, and old bay seasoning. Top off your creation with garnishes like bacon or classic celery—all starting at $7. (1500 New Hampshire Ave; 202/797.0169; click here)

Three-Course Brunch — French-American bistro Central Michel Richard has launched a $27 three-course prix fixe brunch program. The already James Beard award-winning restaurant’s brunch menu includes new dishes such as yellow tomato gazpacho, cured salmon, and scallion omelet with duck confit in addition to longstanding favorites Eggs Benedict, chocolate and blueberry pancakes, and fried chicken & waffles. Dessert includes macarons, mousse, sorbet, and more, plus, choose from your classic mimosas, bellinis, and Bloodys. (1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.626.0015; centralmichelrichard.com)

Guilty Pleasure Menu – Panamanian-Caribbean restaurant, Esencias Panameñas, invites you to indulge in a guilty pleasure brunch and lunch menu (sábados de fritanga) of sampler platters, mains, desserts, and cocktails. Look forward to cheat-day-worthy dishes such as pa’ pica, a sampler platter with ground corn fritters, white cheese, yuca balls, twice fried green plantains, fried yuca, ground corn patties, fried chicken wingettes, and fried beef; and pa’ picá vegetarian, a vegetarian sampler platter with ground corn fritters, white cheese, yuca balls, twice fried green plantains, fried yuca, ground corn patties, and hickory BBQ riblets. (3322 Georgia Ave NW; 202.688.7250; esenciaspanamenas.com)

All-New Brunch — On Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00A.M. to 4:00P.M., chefs Ernesto Nuñez and Michael Bonk of Grillfish offer a brand new brunch menu focusing on high end, sustainable seafood and shellfish options. Choose a three-course selection and an original brunch cocktail for $35, including lobster croquettes, fried oysters with poached eggs, and chilled seafood platters; or, choose a la carte selections like hackleback and white caviars and twists on omelets and benedicts, plus Bullfrog Bagels with smoked salmon and whitefish. Pastry chef Audrey Valerio rounds brunch out with lemon meringue tarts, toffee pot de crème, and seasonal sorbets. (1200 New Hampshire Ave NW; 202.331.7310; grillfishdc.com)

Dosas and Mimosas – Indique has launched a spice-infused weekend brunch. The menu features Indian-inspired classics with creative twists, like breakfast kathi roll, chicken kabob eggs Benedict, appam waffle sundae, shreekandh parfait, and masala omelet, plus a mimosa, tamarind margarita, Indique Mary, or a rum lassi, among others. Indique will also offer a street food-inspired dosa station, including a cookie butter dosa, vegetable mini dosa, lamb dosa, and an egg dosa. Brunch is $20 per person; bottomless cocktails are an additional $10-$15 per person. (3512 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.244.6600; indique.com)

Kyirisan Launches Brunch – From 10:00A.M. to 1:30P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays, choose from classic brunch dishes and baked goods like donut holes, cinnamon buns, and vanilla custard bao at Kyirisan. Unique brunch drinks include mimosa sorbet and An Ode to Hemingway (absinthe, lime, simple syrup, bubbles, $11). (1924 8 St NW, Suite 140; 202.525.2383; kyirisandc.com)

A Majestic Brunch – The Majestic recently went under an 8-week renovation, but they’re back in business and serving up Saturday and Sunday brunch. American staples with a Mediterranean influence include brûléed grapefruit with vanilla bean; housemade granola with Greek yogurt, berries, and honey; avocado toast with tomatoes, fresh herbs and poached egg; fried Chicken & waffles with cheddar-chive waffles and red chile-honey butter; Dutch baby with lemon, ricotta, and blueberries; and much more. Beverages include a blackberry herb royale cocktail and Life’s a Peach (Prosecco, mango, peach). (911 King St, Alexandria, VA; 703.837.9117; themajesticva.com)

Popping Bottles — Throughout August, the “King of Pop” sommelier Moez Ben Achour, will arrive with a corkscrew in hand to “pop” open any and as many bottles of wine at half-price during Marcel’s Sunday Brunch. From sparkling sips to delicate bouquets of rosés, clean, crisp whites or elegantly round Pinot Noirs, Marcel’s is opening their cellar. Pair with Belgian waffles, lobster pappardelle, or poached farm egg with duck prosciutto. (2401 Pennsylvania Ave NW; 202.296.1166; marcelsdc.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)

Artful Brunch – Palette 22 in Shirlington serves up an artfully inspired brunch with unusual offerings like breakfast tacos and an apple Dutch Baby, plus sangria, bellinis, mimosas, and a create-your-own Bloody Mary bar featuring bacon-infused vodka and jalapeño-infused tequila. (4053 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA; 703.746.9007; palette22.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)

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)

Rosa Mexicano Does Brunch – Add some Mexican flair to your brunch classics with Rosa Mexicano’s new Saturday and Sunday brunch menu of sopes benedict (poached eggs over corn masa cakes with Canadian bacon and hollandaise, crab cake with chipotle hollandaise, or spinach and mushroom with pasilla de aaxaca crema), tacos de huevos (scrambled eggs a la plancha, rajas, bacon, queso Chihuahua), churros French toast, and more. Drinks include traditional and frozen pomegranate margaritas, Bloody Marias and Marys, mimosas, and red or white sangria. (575 7 St; 202.783.5522; rosamexicano.com)

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