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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, May 21, 2016: 

 
1789
1226 36th Street, NW
202.965.1789
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:00pm
  
Bastille
606 N Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA
703.519.3776
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:15pm
 
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 @
Fully Committed
 
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 @
6:15pm
 
Centrolina
974 Palmer Alley
202.898.2426
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:00pm
 
Convivial
801 O Street, NW
202.525.2870
Saturday evening table for two available @
Fully Committed
 
Chez Billy Sud
1039 31st Street, NW
202.965.2606
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:00pm
 
China Chilcano
418 7th Street, NW
202.783.0941
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
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 @
9d:00pm
 
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 @
5:00pm
 
Iron Gate
1734 N Street, NW
202.524.5202
Saturday evening table for two available @
9:00pm
 
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
 
Marcels
2401 Pennsylvania Avenue
202.296.1166
Saturday evening table for two available @
5:00pm
 
Masseria
1340 4th Street, NE
202.608.1330
Saturday evening table for two available @
9:00pm
 
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 @
8:15pm
 
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 @
9:00pm
 
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 @
6:30pm
 
Volt
228 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland
301.696.8658
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:00pm
 
Yona
4000 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA
703.465.1100
Saturday evening table for two available @
6:30pm

Foodie diehards, we got you covered. At TheListAreYouOnIt.com we keep our ears to the ground to keep you in the know of all the industry-insider info. Who’s serving what, who’s shaking what and where are you going to try it? It’s all here for the eating … reading … in The Buzz:

MUNCHING THROUGH MAY: PATIO DINING AND BRUNCH, BRUNCH EVERYWHERE

Lunch on the Patio — Michael Schlow’s recently opened Italian restaurant in City Vista, Alta Strada, has debuted lunch plus a 29-seat outdoor patio. The lunch menu features the Kitchen Sink (chopped salad with gorgonzola, chicken, salumi, radish, tomato, cucumber) and a selection of sandwiches including the Sicilian tuna (spicy cauliflower, pine nuts and caper aioli) and a crunchy eggplant parm. Lunch-sized portions of the restaurant’s signature pastas and a selection of pizzas are also available. (475 K St NW; 202.629.4662; altastradarestaurant.com)

Ankara Celebrates One Year – Stop by Turkish indoor/outdoor restaurant Ankara Restaurant for its one year anniversary—during May, the restaurant will donate 10% of its May sales to Refugees International. Refugees International is a global, independent advocacy organization that successfully challenges governments, policy makers, and administrations to improve the lives of displaced people around the world. (1320 19 St NW; 202.293.6301; ankaradc.net)

Seven Days a Week – Popular French dining spot Bastille is now open seven days a week. Offering all-day dining and a French quickie menu, small plates include fresh oysters, kefta filet mignon tartare, pommes frites, and mussels. A $29, three-course prix fixe lunch menu is also available, including terrine de foie gras, beignets de crevettes and frisé aux lardons, salmon, mussels, steak frites, Croque Monsieur, and more. (606 N Fayette St, Alexandria, VA; 703.519.3776; bastillerestaurant.com)

The People’s Brunch — Black’s Bar & Kitchen has launched its new Sunday brunch menu. 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)

Brasserie Beck Gets Cheesy – Robert Wiedmaier’s Brasserie Beck now melts and scrapes complimentary raclette onto your plate every night from 5:00-6:00P.M. and 9:00-10:00P.M. at the bar. Wiedmaier’s chef de cuisine, Dean Dupuis, will be using an authentic raclette melter and shaving pieces of this delectable fromage onto guests’ plates to enjoy with traditional accoutrements of boiled pee wee potatoes and briny gherkin pickles. The humble snack is best enjoyed with crisp white wines such as Riesling or Pinot Gris, both of which are offered at the special price of $4 during happy hour. (1101 K St NW; 202.408.1717; brasseriebeck.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)

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 May 21 and June 4. (lmw.ticketspice.com/crawfish-boil-w-dc-brau-2016 // littlemisswhiskeys.com)

Masa 14 Chef’s Table – Masa 14 offers a 12-seat chef’s table twice an evening on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. During each two-hour tasting, sample between nine and thirteen exclusive, off-menu dishes. Newcomer executive chef Ryan Ratino will chat with guests as they dine, presenting dishes and answering questions. The price for this one-of- a-kind experience is $80 per person or $125 with five boutique wine pairings. (1825 14 St NW; 202.328.1414; masa14.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)

Prime Rib Sundays – The Riggsby now offers a prix fixe prime rib supper on Sunday evenings. The three-course menu is available for $49 and includes a choice of soup or salad from the dinner menu (think endive salad with pickled strawberries and goat cheese or chilled asparagus soup), a 16oz prime rib served with a loaded baked potato and seasonal vegetable, and a seasonal fruit pie or cobbler for dessert. (1731 New Hampshire Ave; 202.787.1500; theriggsby.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)

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)

Spicing Up the Upwich – Uprising Muffin Company in Shaw has released the El Diablo Upwich–Trickling Springs organic vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between two spicy Mexican chocolate muffin tops. Uprising has revamped its sandwich menu, too, including the Laurie Blue (house made tarragon chicken salad, celery, arugula, tomato, red onion) and the Junior (grilled triple cheese blend with the optional bacon and caramelized onions). (1817 7 St NW; 202.290.1196; uprisingmuffins.com)

Whole Foods and Erik Bruner-Yang — Whole Foods Market has announced an exclusive partnership with Erik Bruner-Yang. The ongoing collaboration launches with Bruner-Yang’s newest venue, Paper Horse, at the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods Market location. The initial menu includes two noodle dishes: All Business (light pork and chicken broth, roasted pork belly, poached egg, spinach, potato, pickled ginger, scallion) and Keeping it Light (gluten free vegan broth, fried Brussels sprouts, braised daikon, sautéed shitake mushrooms, scallions, pickled ginger). (2201 I St NW; 202.296.1660; wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/foggybottom)

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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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

#ultrafresh – D.C. brewery 3 Stars Brewing has released its newest beer. #ultrafresh is a brand new Double IPA brewed with Columbus, Topaz, and Galaxy hops and built on a backbone of Pilsen and a touch of wheat, resulting in a bright, juicy, and bitter DIPA perfect for summertime sipping at the brewery or wherever 3 Stars is sold. (6400 Chillum Pl NW; 202.670.0333; 3starsbrewing.com)

Tiki Season Returns – Get ‘em while they’re cold–barmini offers up 14 Tiki-inspired cocktails through June 11. In addition to the eight returning tiki favorites, including Mohan Travels to Peru and gets a Haircut ($16) and the Ticket to Phuket ($16), the cocktail lab will offer six new beverages. Menu highlights include Wait For It ($18, coconut oil washed aged rum, vanilla, lime, cilantro, cinnamon); Tears from a Thousand Swords ($16, aged rum, ginger, lemon, allspice dram, Benedictine, cinnamon, gold); and Stolen Cask ($16, amontillado sherry, falernum, dark rum, spanish brandy, pineapple, clove). (501 9 St NW; 202.393.4451; minibarbyjoseandres.com)

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)

New Rosé for Spring — Early Mountain Vineyards kicks off the spring season with the debut of their 2015 Rosé. The Merlot-based blend results in a lightly hued, fresh wine with floral notes and flavors of strawberries, white peaches, wet stone, and sea salt. The majority of the rosé grapes were whole-cluster pressed and then fermented at a cool temperature for a long, even fermentation that preserved the freshness and fruit character of the varietals. Enjoy in the vineyard’s tasting room, at D.C. restaurants like DGS Delicatessen and Flight Wine Bar, at area retailers such as Glen’s Garden Market and Barrel Thief, or directly through the vineyards’ online store. (6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison, VA; earlymountain.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, 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)

7 Locks Brewing Tap Takeover – Through May 31, French/Southern-inspired Macon Bistro & Larder hosts a tap takeover featuring 7 Locks Brewing, dedicating six taps to five beers. 7 Locks Brewing offers guests local micro brews with no frills ranging from pale ales to rich coffee stouts. Drafts are priced at $7 per pint; order a flight featuring three five-ounce pours of any 7 Locks brews for $15. Featured beers include: Snakeden Saison; Surrender Dorothy RYE Pale Ale; Farmhouse Strong Ale; Sligo Creek Lager; and a house IPA, a rotating East Coast Style India Pale Ale. (5520 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.248.7807; maconbistro.com)

Spring Blooms at McClellan’s —  McClellan’s Retreat offers up a spring blooms themed cocktail menu this month. The six cocktails prominently feature floral ingredients and will be available nightly at the Northern Dupont bar through the end of the month. Try the Tangerine Trip (rujero, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, house made cacao mint syrup, corrected OJ), the Sanguine Experience (Old Overholt rye, Amaro nonino, hibiscus, lemon), the Translucent Occurrence (Royal Seal vodka, Bertina elderflower liqueur, green tea, lime, club soda), and more. (2031 Florida Ave NW; 202.265.6270; mcclellansretreat.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

Ninth Annual Passport D.C. — Events D.C. presents a Cultural Tourism D.C. signature event, Passport D.C. A month-long celebration in May comprising international programs and events around D.C., visitors and residents have the opportunity to travel around the world without ever leaving the city. Events include the National Cathedral Flower Mart, the Around the World Embassy Tour, a European Union Embassy Open House, the National Asian Heritage Festival, and much more. Visit culturaltourismdc.com for details. (culturaltourismdc.com)

“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)

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)

Feeding the 5000 — Feedback, D.C. Central Kitchen, and Chef Spike Mendelsohn will host a Feeding the 5000 event on May 18, 11:00A.M. to 4:00P.M. at Woodrow Wilson Plaza. The event will provide a free feast to 5000 strangers. Made entirely from fresh, top-quality ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted, the meal will be prepared by D.C. Central Kitchen, with the Chairman of DC’s Food Policy Council, Chef Spike Mendelsohn; Chairman Emeritus and Culinary Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Chef José Andrés; and other acclaimed foodies and food policy experts. The event is designed to educate people on how they can redefine their relationship with food waste and create change in the American food system to take food waste #OffTheMenu. (1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW; feedbackglobal.org)

Chef’s Best: A Taste of Compassion – On May 23, 38 of the area’s best chefs and mixologists will serve up special tastings of their signature dishes and cocktails at Chef’s Best: A Taste of Compassion. Hosted at the National Building Museum, Chef’s Best will benefit Food & Friends, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. serving those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. Enjoy cocktails and tastings prepared by Victor Albisu, Del Campo & Taco Bamba; Erik Bruner-Yang, Maketto & Toki Underground; Jeff Black, Black Restaurant Group; Patrick Curran, Momofuku; Haidar Karoum, Doi Moi, Estadio, & Proof; and Robert Wiedmaier, Mussel Bar, among other notables from the D.C. dining scene. In addition, bid on an array of exciting silent and live auction items featuring fantastic trips, one-of-a-kind experiences, and private dining opportunities. Tickets are $350. (401 F St NW; 501auctions.com/chefsbest)

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 )

Pirates Invade Gaylord National Resort – Gaylord National Resort has partnered with Urban Pirates, a pirate ship cruise in the National Harbor, to bring pirate festivities, packages, and other summertime fun on weekends from May 27 through Labor Day. Offerings include a Summerfest Pirates on the Potomac package, a Cap’n Bones buccaneer breakfast, a first mate’s treasure hunt, a pirates pool invasion, swashbuckler’s story time adventures, and more pirate-themed fun. Visit the Gaylord website for details or to purchase tickets. ( 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD; 301.965.4000; GaylordNational.com/SummerFest)

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)

Fifth Annual Sunday Supper — D.C.’s Union Market hosts its Fifth Annual Sunday Supper on June 5. Washington’s culinary stars and special guests will take it to the streets for an exceptional evening of food and music to benefit the James Beard Foundation and the Executive Education Program for Women in Culinary Leadership. Gather outside Dock 5 for a reception of savory bites from Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ members and renowned chefs, followed by a sit-down, family-style meal crafted by a lineup of stellar chefs, featuring Karen Akunowicz of Myers & Chang in Boston; Amy Brandwein of Centrolina; Jennifer Carroll of Requin; and more. Additionally, enjoy dessert, cocktails, wines, and beers from D.C.’s finest and an awesome lineup of live music. Tickets are $250 per person. (1309 5 St NE; unionmarketdc.com/sunday-supper)

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)

Fourth Annual Margarita Wars — It’ll be an all-out battle for ‘rita supremacy at the Washington City Paper’s fourth annual Margarita Wars on June 14, as mixologists from across the DMV shake, squeeze, and salt their way to the top. This year’s battle, sponsored by Events D.C. & benefitting St. John’s Community Services, will take place on the lawn at Carnegie Library in Mt Vernon Square starting at 5:30P.M. Early-bird tickets are $35 and include unlimited margarita tastings from restaurants like Art & Soul, McClellan’s Retreat, Chuy’s Tex-Mex, and El Camino; live music; lawn games; and more. (801 K St NW; 202.249.3000; washingtoncitypaper.com/events/margaritawars)

Fourth Annual Dine-n-Dash – On June 15, Chef José Andrés will host the fourth annual Dine-n-Dash. This year, enjoy specialty plates and craft drinks at thirty of Washington D.C.’s top restaurants and food trucks in one evening. Walk through the city’s Penn Quarter and 14 Street neighborhoods, enjoying food, drink and music at participating restaurants like Birch and Barley, Rocklands, Del Campo, Zaytinya, Pearl Dive, Ghibellina, Estadio, and more. All proceeds from the event will benefit World Central Kitchen, José Andrés’ international non-profit that focuses on smart solutions to hunger and poverty. (dinendash.info)

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

Kelly Bunkers – Formerly of Le Diplomate, Cleveland Park’s Ardeo + Bardeo welcomes Kelly Bunkers as its new executive chef. (3311 Connecticut Ave NW; 202.244.6550; ardeobardeo.com)

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)

Austin Fausett — Wine-centric restaurant Proof has appointed Austin Fausett as its executive chef. Fausett comes to Proof from The Inn at Little Washington and Trummer’s on Main, where he served as executive chef for three years. Fausett has earned numerous accolades, including a 2015 nomination for Rising Culinary Star by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), a 2014 StarChefs Rising Star Chef Award, and a 2016 RAMW nomination for Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year. Fausett was also named to D.C.’s first-ever Zagat 30 Under 30 list of Rock Stars Redefining the Industry. (775 G St NW; 202.737.7663; proofdc.com)

David Strauss – Renowned barman David Strauss has joined brand new Republic Restoratives, an INDIEGOGO-funded craft spirits distillery. Strauss previously held positions with The Sheppard, Le Diplomat, Barmini, and Founding Farmers. Prior to his DC residency, Strauss was mentored by cocktail giant Sasha Petraske, including a stint at Philadelphia’s Ranstead Room. (1369 New York Ave NE; facebook.com/RepublicRestoratives)

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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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