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LA COLLINA

PROJECTED OPENING: Spring 2021 731 C Street SE A new restaurant is opening in Capitol Hill, La Collina, will bring a modern take on the classic Italian osteria to D.C. Guests can get excited for a walk-up antipasti and panini window at lunch, that can be enjoyed on the patio. In the evening, La Collina will serve up a variety of homemade pastas, antipasti, salumi, cocktails, and carafes of wine. Prepared meals will also be available to be enjoyed from the comfort of guest's home. Currently, they are serving a take away menu that guests can enjoy and can be ordered via online ordering and picked up at the Duck and The Peach. For more information, visit their website here.
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MONARQUE

1010 Fleet Street Baltimore has just recieved a brand new French bistro: Monarque. Spearheaded by Atlas Restaurant Group, the brasserie doubles as a dinner theater, and was inspired by the team's trip to France. In terms of the menu, guests are able to enjoy a plethora of dishes; highlights include the truffled roasted chicken, maine lobster, and onion soup. In terms of steak, Monarque is also serving up different cuts ranging from filet mignon, new york strip, bone-in ribeye, and more. www.monarquebaltimore.com ; 443-384-1480.  
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The Power of 10 Multiplies

The Power of 10, the restaurant industry's non-profit initiative, has partnered with The Robert I. Schattner Foundation to expand into Montgomery County Maryland, assisting restaurants struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic while providing meals for underserved communities. The partnership will help restaurant owners re-employ restaurant workers, sustain their business operations, and provide nutritious meals to community members and frontline workers.   The partnership will now include a matching donation campaign with The Robert I. Schattner Foundation’s individual donations up to $150,000 from now to the end of February 2022. The Robert I. Schattner Foundation supports outreach that addresses both the physical and emotional needs of people in local communities from the basic necessities of food, clothing, shelter and dental care for adults and children. The brainchild of Chef Erik Bruner-Yang, The Power of 10 initiative has served over 300,000 meals and raised over $1.2 million to help sustain restaurant operations in major cities such as Washington DC, Los Angeles, and New York City. The Power of 10 continues to look to assist local aid groups and restaurants in the Montgomery County area. To participate or donate visit powerof10initiative.com.
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Ghost Kitchens on The Debrief with Major Garrett

Ghost Kitchens - what are they, do they really "exist", and how are they keeping brick-and-mortar restaurants afloat? Major Garrett takes on the topic of ghost kitchens, pop-ups, and other food industry innovations brough on by the pandemic. Join him, with Nycci Nellis, for a delicious "ghost story" here.
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Valentine's, Even in a Pandemic

Every major holiday and event has had its turn... now it's time for Valentines Day during this pandemic. Traditional large dinner crowds and romantic trips aren't in the cards this year. But Nycci Nellis of TheListAreYouOnIt.com says that doesn't mean that you can't have a unique celebration OR that you can't share gifts with those who are close to you. Listen to a few of her suggestions~
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Industry Night on Real.Fun.DC: March 2, 2021

We all talk about local — buying local, shopping local — but in these pandemic days, it is pretty easy to just order online. It is up to us, the consumer to do our homework, stay educated, and support those that greatly enrich our communities and our bellies! Dawson's Market, one of the few independently owned grocery stores in the DC Metro Area that is committed to filling its shelves with local producers, joins Nycci along with local purveyors Christelle Szymkowicz, founder and CEO of Kreyol Kitchen, Roya Shadravan & Kristy Lam with Mulan Dumpling and Berni & Helene Gallent of Little Austria. All on this week's Industry Night at 7PM on Real Fun DC. Listen to the full episode here.
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