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New Night Out – All summer long, 701 Restaurant welcomes neighbors for a Love Thy Neighbor special every Sunday, 5:00-9:30 p.m. Enjoy $7 cocktails, beer and wine or a $35, prix fixe menu, including twice-baked beets, smoked sunchoke soup, Atlantic salmon with clams, sangria poached pear with walnut granola and ginger ice cream and more. (701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.393.0701; 701restaurant.com) April In Paris -- For the entire month of April, Bastille presents April in Paris, a menu that celebrates the diverse peoples and cultures of France. A large selection of a la carte dishes are available, as well as Bastille's signature three-course or four-course bistrot menu ($39 and $49 respectively). The menu includes everything from mafe ginaar; bacalhau a Portuguesa; falafel with harissa aioli; ssso buco de lotte; magret de canard à l’orange; paella and more, each inspired by the melting pot of cultures that make up the country of France. (606 N Fayette Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.519.3776; bastillerestaurant.com) Cooking Classes -- Voted DC's best Thai restaurant in the Washington City Paper's Best of DC Readers poll for four consecutive years (and counting!), Beau Thai now offers private group cooking classes at its BKK Thai Cookshop. Choose from Thai Classics (papaya salad, larb gai and green curry) and Everyday Thai (garden rolls, mango salad and fried rice). The restaurant leads classes on Saturdays and Sunday afternoons ($800 for a group of up to 10) and on Monday evenings ($850 for a group of up to 10). (1700 New Jersey Avenue NW; 202.791.0594; facebook.com/bkkcookshop) BLT Steak Embraces Plants – Recognizing DC’s new love of plant-based diets, BLT Steak’s first Vegetarian Blackboard menu will include several delicious and hearty options for the remainder of the winter season. Try seared and braised cabbage steak, creamy Kabocha squash risotto, and spaghetti squash with sage and brown butter as part of the restaurant’s rotating, seasonal vegetarian menu. (202.689.8989; bltrestaurants.com) Distiller Dinners -- For the month of March, Brookland’s Finest partners with local rum distillery Cotton & Reed for the restaurant’s monthly distiller dinner series. Every Tuesday of the month, Brookland’s Finest will feature a three-course prix fixe menu, complete with cocktail pairings featuring Cotton & Reed spirits. Each week’s $35 dinner features a variety of dishes such as Caribbean coconut stew, seafood paella and fried chicken paired with drinks like peppercorn punch and a ginger daiquiri. (3126 12 Street NE; 202.636.0050; brooklandsfinest.com) Chef’s Pick Menu -- Cafe Saint-Ex offers a new Chef’s Pick three-course menu option available Thursday through Sunday night. For $45, you’ll receive glass of sparkling wine to start and choice of a shaved apple & bacon salad or butternut squash soup starter, New York strip steak frites or pork chop with whipped potatoes, and dessert. (1847 14 Street NW; 202.265.7839; saint-ex.com) Three-Course Tasting Menu – Alexandria’s Captain Gregory’s has introduced a nightly three-course tasting menu of chef-selected small plates paired with hand-crafted cocktails. A sample menu might include Hamachi crudo (lemon puree, candied kumquats, eureka lemon-shoyu vinaigrette,  purple shiso) and singani (pink guava puree, avocado espuma); braised pork belly and 100 proof rye, scotch, 10-year-old white port; and petite white chocolate cheesecake with plantation white rum (young coconut water, Thai basil, candied beet juice). (804 N Henry Street, Alexandria, VA; captaingregorys.com) Spice Things Up -- At chef Amy Brandwein's Centrolina, locally grown mustard greens from DC Urban Greens are springing up on the menu in dishes like Neri with squid ink, cuttlefish, mustard greens and nonnata di pesce ($26) and Ventresca with tuna belly, saffron aioli, mustard greens and mustard seed ($14). (974 Palmer Alley NW; 202.898.2426; centrolinadc.com) Chef’s Tasting -- Charlie Palmer Steak now offers a Friday-only chef’s tasting menu, each showcasing a hyper-seasonal or luxury ingredient in a menu of five or more courses focused on a specific theme each week. Upcoming themes include black winter truffles, Wagyu Bbef and Calvisius caviar, with future themes highlighting pigs & pinot, Chesapeake’s fabled blue crabs and eastern shore duck. The menus are priced at $85-$100 with optional beverage pairings priced at $40. Each weekly menu will be announced one week in advance on charliepalmer.com, with reservations opening that same day for the following Friday’s 20 available tasting menus. (101 Constitution Avenue NW; 202.547.8100; charliepalmer.com) Fish Taco Brunch -- Fish Taco, Bethesda's neighborhood taqueria, now offers weekend brunch at its three locations. Huevos Racheros or breakfast tacos (chorizo, eggs, pickled onion and Cotija cheese, $6.95) are available Saturdays and Sundays until noon. At Wildwood and Cabin John, add in a Cerveza (Mexican beer, $11). (10305 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD; 301.564.6000; fishtacoonline.com The Grill Room Pop Up -- Eric Minnich, chef de cuisine at the Michelin-starred Madera at the Rosewood Sand Hill, will host a pop-up at The Grill Room through the end of March.  Rooted in both the culinary arts and gastronomic sciences, Minnich will bring a fresh and balanced perspective to the menu at The Grill Room during his month-long stay. Anticipate seasonal, creative dishes at The Grill Room including black truffle, burrata & beet salad with fines herbs and sherry vinaigrette; lamb merguez “crepinette” with smoked date and jalapeño chutney and cilantro; as well as a whole roasted trout with sherry, brown butter, romesco and fennel. (1050 31 Street NW; 202.617.2424; rosewoodhotels.com/en/washington-dc/dining/the-grill-room) Loyalty Rewards -- Download The TAVERN at Ivy City Smokehouse app from the App Store to take advantage of specials and deals at Ivy City Smokehouse, as well as discounted ticket prices for various events, plus catering and food delivery. Right now, click on the “loyalty” tab to scan a QR code and receive a free chicken wing appetizer after three visits. (1356 Okie Street NE; 202.529.3300; ivycitysmokehouse.com) Hank’s Donates To ACLU, Planned Parenthood, NAACP & HRC – Through the end of April, JL Restaurant Group pledges to donate at least $20,000 or 1 percent of all sales from all properties to American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Planned Parenthood, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). “As a proud citizen of this country and this district, I have been inspired by the communities that have recently stood up for religious rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights--human rights. As a community restaurant group, I want each and every one of our guests to know that we are doing our part to stand up for these human rights,” says chef/owner Jamie Leeds. JL Restaurant Group venues include Hank’s Oyster Bar locations in Dupont Circle (1624 Q Street NW), Capitol Hill (633 Pennsylvania Avenue SE) and Old Town Alexandria (1026 King Street, Alexandria, VA), as well as Hank’s Pasta Bar (600 Montgomery Street, Alexandria, VA) and Hank’s Cocktail Bar (819 Upshur Street, NW). (hanksoysterbar.com) Joselito's Menú del Día – New Spanish restaurant Joselito offers up new daily specials and a fixed priced, three-course lunch menu for $25. Specials include arroz caldoso de mariscos, Spain's fisherman rice; lentejas con Ibéricos, lentil stew with Iberian meats; and fabes con mejillones, large white beans and mussel stew. Lunch includes your choice of starter, main course, dessert and drink. (660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.930.6955; joselitodc.com) Iron Gate Goes Greek -- Iron Gate has an entirely new menu that draws on the cuisines of Greece, Sicily, Sardinia and Southern Italy. Executive chef Anthony Chittum offers up dishes like Wild Ass Pony oysters with clementine granite and house hot sauce and duck yourvarlakia with Anson Mills Carolina Gold, lots of dill and hollandaise. Chittum has also added a rotating selection of platters designed for two or more guests, including an Iron Gate mixed grill with crispy potatoes, golden beet tzatziki and koulouri. A family-style tasting option offers a custom menu of four shared courses that begin with traditional antipasti. Iron Gate will continue to offer the nightly chef’s tasting menu, but it will now be fixed at six courses, culminating with petit fours and house made take-home treats, and priced at $95 per person. (1734 N Street NW; 202.524.5202; irongaterestaurantdc.com) Spring Sandwich – ​Jetties, DC’s favorite local sandwich shop, is proud to announce their partnership with ‘Chups, the innovative DC-based condiment company. Their modern twist on traditional, tomato-based ketchup “blend[s] vinegar, spices, and savory elements with fruits like cherries and pineapple, creating unique yet familiar flavors perfect for dipping, dressing, and marinating.” The culinary minds behind these two local businesses have created the Pineapple Pele, a combo of rosemary braised pork lion, caramelized onions, watercress, goat cheese and ‘Chups spicy pineapple ketchup. The sandwich is available at every Jetties location until June 1. (jettiesdc.com) Make It Colorful -- The Mediterranean leafy green rainbow chard can be found throughout the menu this spring at Kapnos. Executive chef/partner George Pagonis highlights the ingredient's earthy, bitter flavor in dishes like the Whole Bronzino with heirloom tomato, rainbow chard, artichoke, and garbanzo ($42) and Gigandes with rainbow chard, kale, and slow roasted tomato ($12). (2201 14th St. NW; 202.234.5000; kapnosdc.com) The Mediterranean Treatment -- At coastal Greek restaurant Kapnos Taverna, executive chef/partner George Pagonis gives sunchoke the Mediterranean treatment throughout the menu in dishes like Ora King Salmon with buttermilk squash, sunchoke and pickled mushrooms ($15) and Aleppo Marinated Beef Souvlaki with red chile, roasted sunchokes, and garlic toum ($16).(4000 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; 703.243.4400; kapnostaverna.com) Burger Of The Month -- Red Apron Burger Bar has launched a burger of the month program. The bar’s first special is an homage to St. Patrick’s Day: a triple decker concoction with a double beef patty, as well as a corned beef patty, topped with white American cheese and garnished with bacon braised cabbage and hot mustard. Look out for a lamb burger special for April and a Chivito burger in May. (1323 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.524.5210; redapronburgerbar.com) Inside The Mind Of A (Cheese)Monger -- Cheese and beer have been produced side by side for centuries, and when paired together, they can truly make each other sing! In a perfect pairings class on April 20, spend an evening with Righteous Cheese tasting seasonal, artisanal chees and craft beer pairings. Journey through the fundamentals of pairing cheese & beer--and the funky stories behind our favorites--so you can go confidently on your own pairing adventure. Tickets are $49. (1309 5 Street NE; 202.716.3320; click here) Seasonal Morning & All-Day Menus -- The Royal has introduced new morning and all-day menus for the winter season. Find comforting new soups and hearty vegetarian dishes, Colombian-inspired snacks, wood-grilled proteins and nourishing breakfast fare during the cold weather months. Start your day with a brioche egg sandwich or lox tartine—then warm up at lunch with rotating house soups including porter beer & cheese and mushroom & black garlic and lobster bisque; vegetarian dishes including charred vegetable chorreadas, veggies with creamy tomato sauce and cotija cheese; and meat dishes like fried pork belly or fried chicken sandwich. (501 Florida Avenue NW; 202.332.7777; theroyaldc.com) Sustainable Eats When You Want ‘Em -- Thanks to a new freezer system, Spring House Farm in Loudoun County now offers à la carte ordering and delivery. Order sustainably-raised meats, eggs and honey through the farm’s website and pick up at multiple locations in VA and DC. Prices include a pound of bacon for $10, whole chicken for $6 per pound, beef brisket for $8.25 per pound, and one dozen eggs for $4.50. (37864 Long Lane, Lovettsville, VA; 703.728.6623; springhouse.farm) Cookie Cupcake – Through May 31, Sprinkles serves a new cookie cupcake inspired by The Sprinkles Baking Book. The chocolate chip studded yellow cake is lined with cookie crust and topped with brown sugar frosting and dusted with crunchy cookie pieces. (sprinkles.com/order) Mediterranean Lunch – Go Greek for lunch at the new Tredici Enoteca at The St. Gregory Hotel. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the restaurant will offer small plates, veggies, salads, a raw bar, pastas, sandwiches and flatbreads ranging from $11 to $22. Standouts include squid ink tonarelli with cockles, Shishito pepper and white wine garlic cream sauce; fettuccine with pork ragu and Grana Padano; falafel sandwich with lettuce, tomato, hummus and tzatziki; Moroccan spice ribs; bacon-wrapped dates; and mushroom toast. (2033 M Street NW; 202.888.2899; tredicidc.com)