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BRINE OYSTER AND SEAFOOD HOUSE

PROJECTED OPENING: February 3rd, 2023 1800 Connecticut Avenue NW Co-owners Aaron McGovern and Arturas Vorobjovas will be opening the expansion of their Brine Oyster and Seafood House in Dupont Circle early next month. The menu and specials will differ slightly from its H Street predecessor, but the quality of food and service will remain the same at the new Dupont location. Brine Dupont will feature weeknight food and drink specials, whole Maine lobsters available daily, a fresh catch of the day, and plenty of oysters. The menu focuses heavily on surf, but there will also be turf options for guests. Brine Dupont boasts 47 seats inside its two dining rooms, a bar and high top area, and a street-facing patio that has seats 7 guests; For more information, visit their website here.
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MONEY MUSCLE BBQ AT LEFANTOME FOOD HALL

4501 Woodberry Street, Riverdale Park, MD Money Muscle BBQ is the newest vendor to open in Riverdale Park's Lefantome Food Hall. Owned by Chef Edward Reavis and Jennifer Meltzer, Money Muscle BBQ serves regional American barbeque inspired by Chef Reavis' Southern upbringing. Originally operating as a food truck, this stall at Lefantome Food Hall is Money Muscle BBQ's first brick and mortar location and is one of three dine-in options at the food hall. Some menu highlights guests can look forward to enjoying include Chapel Hill Pulled Beef Sandwich, Loaded Mac & Cheese, Jerk-Rubbed BBQ Salmon Skewers, and more. Money Muscle BBQ is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.; For more information, visit their website here.
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Getting That Loving Feeling

Where is the love? We will tell you. Look up, down, and all around. Love is in the air, can you feel it? So all you naysayers go find something else to be naysaying. All love should be celebrated, whether with your significant other, your best friend, your mom, your child, or your neighbor across the street. So many delish ways to let those you love know it. And, with this Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14th, you really can use the whole week to make plans. We at TheList are making it easy for you. As we receive the info, we will continue to update here: Alma Cocina Latina Valentine’s Day Chef’s Choice Dinner Alma Cocina Latina will be celebrating Valentine’s Day all week long with elongated hours, special music appearances and a chef curated tasting menu for couples and more; 667.212.4273. 1701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. For more information, click here. Ambar’s Balkan Valentine’s Day Feast Ambar is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a feast of the best traditional dishes from the Balkan Peninsula, prepared with a modern twist. Couples will dine on unlimited small plates from Ambar's extensive menu including mezze, soups & salads, vegetables, baked items, slow-cooked food, from charcoal grill, seafood, chef delicacies, a shared dessert and unlimited drinks priced at $99.99 per person. Ambar’s Valentine's Day menu will be available exclusively on Tuesday, February 14th, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Ambar DC and Ambar Clarendon.  There is a two-hour time limit for all parties; 703.875.963; 523 8th Street SE; For more information, click here. Ultra-Exclusive Valentine’s Day Dinner at Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique The Wine Room at Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique is transforming into an exclusive venue for lovers on Valentine’s Day. Beauty presents dinner reservations for just two couples who will be wined and dined from either 5:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. (one couple per seating). Guests transition from their workday to a romantic evening with their signature cocktail and a bottle of VerJuicy from Old Westminster Winery, served with baked whole brie topped with local honey, figs and rosemary alongside prosciutto and pear crostinis. The main course features a bottle of Blanc de Noirs, Brut Champagne, Premier Cru, Gonet-Medeville served with coq au vin, savory bread pudding, honey glazed carrots and French baguette. The evening winds down with Southeastern Roastery French press coffee served with mini versions of Beauty’s signature desserts, including guilty pleasure cookies, knock you naked bars, chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, and, of course, chocolate dipped strawberries. This dinner also includes a complimentary $100 credit for Alto Rideshare. The dinner is priced at $250 per couple; 576 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA; For more information, click here. Birch & Barley Valentine's Day Menu Birch & Barley is offering a four-course menu priced at $80 per person this Valentine’s Day. Some menu highlights from the dinner include Oysters, Roasted Duck, Kir Royale Panna Cotta, and much more. An optional beer pairing is available for an additional $30 and an additional wine pairing is available for an additional $40. Reservations are required; 202.567. 2576. 1337 14th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Bistro du Jour’s French Valentine’s Day Join Bistro Du Jour on The Wharf for a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner from Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th. The special menu will include a “Påté de Champignons” dish to start, followed by scallops with cognac cream for the main course and a “Devil in Ganache” chocolate dessert from Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery; 202.984.7400; 99 District Square SW; For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Specials at Blue Duck Tavern Blue Duck Tavern will present couples with delicious ways to celebrate Cupid’s special day. On Tuesday, February 14th, Chef de Cuisine Andrew Cleverdon will present guests with Blue Duck Tavern’s seasonal a la carte dinner menu, along with a variety of romantic specials.  Entrée standouts include the Local Black Bass en Papillote and the Wagyu Strip Loin. Lovebirds will conclude the meal with a Sicilian Pistachio Olive Oil Cake; 202.419.6755. 1201 24th Street NW. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Blue Rock Inn On Friday, February 10th, Saturday, February 11th, and Tuesday, February 14th, guests are invited to enjoy Blue Rock’s special Valentine’s Day Dinner. Curated by Chef Bin Lu, the menu showcases a variety of seasonal dishes and features an optional wine pairing. The dinner is priced at $150 per person; 540.987.3388. 12567 Lee Highway, Washington, VA. To book a reservation, click here. French-Inspired Valentine’s Day Dinner from Bresca From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th, guests can enjoy a six-course French-inspired dinner from Chef Ryan Ratino. The menu costs $195 per person from the 10th until the 13th and $245 per person on the 14th. Guests will also be given caviar and champagne in addition to their meal. 1906 14th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Bygone Restaurant Enjoy a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day at The Bygone, located at the top of the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. Guests can step into the glamor of the 1920’s and enjoy the views of Baltimore, while enjoying seasonally inspired dishes from Executive Chef Alejandro Reiley; 443.343.8200. 400 International Drive 29th Floor, Baltimore, MD. For more information, click here. Pre-Fixe Valentine’s Day Menu at Caruso’s Grocery To celebrate Valentine's Day, Caruso’s Grocery in DC will be offering a 3-course pre-fixe menu for $95 per person.  An optional $40 per person beverage pairing will also be available. The new location of Caruso’s Grocery at Pike and Rose will be offering a 3-course pre-fixe menu for $70 per person; 202.661.0148. 914 14th Street SE. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Catoctin Creek with Chef Erik Foxx On Friday, February 17th from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. guests are invited to join Catoctin Creek for a Valentine’s Day Dinner with special guest Chef Erik Foxx at the distillery. Catoctin Creek staff will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner. The dinner is priced at $125, and includes all four courses and cocktails; 540.751.8404. 120 W Main Street, Purcellville, VA. To make a reservation, click here. Early Valentine’s Day Caviar & Bubbles Class at Cheesetique Join Cheesetique for an educational exploration of caviar and sparkling wine, set it in the beautiful private dining room at Cheesetique Del Ray on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. The featured speaker is Sarah Mayo of Black River Caviar. Sarah will teach you about the art (and science) of caviar production while you sample multiple styles and pair them with a spectrum of sparkling wines! Traditional—and not so traditional—caviar accompaniments included. Perfect for an early Valentine's Day experience. Limited Seating. Early bird sale of $49.99 per person through Wednesday January 25th, then full price $59.99 per person; 703.706.5300. 2411 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA. To purchase a ticket, click here. 5-Course Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at China Chilcano China Chilcano will have a 5-course tasting menu on Valentine’s Day, priced at $65 per person. Featured dishes include Dancing Yucca, Aeropuerto, and more; 202.783.0941. 418 7th Street NW. For more information, click here. Colada Shop Valentine’s Specials Colada Shop will be offering a special Valentine's Day Brunch on the weekend leading up to Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th at their Potomac location. On Tuesday, February 14th, the Potomac location will offer a 3 course pre-fixe dinner priced at $38 per person. They will also have their iconic heart-shaped pastelitos available in-store and for local delivery via Toast from Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14th; 240.332.8870. 7993 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, MD. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day at Convivial Let Chef Cedric Maupillier and the team at Convivial take care of your every desire this Valentine's Day. Their full a la carte menu will be available on Valentine's Day for pickup, delivery, indoor dining; 202.525.2870. 801 O Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Offerings from Crooked Run & Pizza Serata For those looking for a more low-key Valentine’s Day, the newly opened Crooked Run & Pizza Serata invites guests to enjoy their natural, low intervention wines, and Chef Chris Morgan’s selection of pan pizzas. Guests can also take their pizzas to go, and pick-up wine bottles (all under $30) or a pack of beers from the fully stocked to-go fridge; 585.269.4955. 550 Morse Street NE Suite #120. For more information, visit their website here. Valentine’s Day Menu at D’Lena Treat a loved one to something special this Valentine’s Day at d’Lena with a four-course menu designed by Chef Richard Sandavol and Executive Chef Carlos Camacho. The menu costs $150 per person, with an optional beverage pairing available for an additional $75 per person. Some menu highlights include Crab Cake Tostada, Short Rib, Halibut Veracruz, and more; 202.560.5999. 476 K Street NW. For more information, click here. Mediterranean Valentine’s Day Dinner at Dolce Vita Celebrate Valentine’s Day from Saturday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th with Dolce Vita’s $50 per person 4-course meal. For starters, options include Beet Salad, Spanakopita, Hummus, or Grilled Baby Eggplant. For seconds, try Artichoke and Tomato Flatbread, Crab Stuffed Piquillo, Koftes, or Moussaka. For the main, options include a Dorada Filet, Lobster Ravioli, or Grilled Ribeye. For dessert, Caramel Flan, or Churros & Hot Chocolate; 202.506.4872; 1610 14th Street NW; To view the full menu, click here. Donahue’s “Passage to Eros” 4-Course Valentine's Day Tasting Menu The luxurious Georgetown lounge is offering a $95, four-course tasting menu from Chef Binyam Alemayehu called the “Passage to Eros.” The 4-course tasting experience includes options like the “Euphoria” course and the “Devotion”. There are optional Wine pairings for $95.00, featuring Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon; 202.450.4904. 1338 Wisconsin Ave NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Estuary On Tuesday, February 14th, guests can celebrate Valentine’s Day at Estuary with a three-course meal curated by Chef Ria Montes. Some menu highlights include Bone Marrow Onion Jam & Grilled Bread, Frisee Poached Apples, Cheese Custard, and more. A specialty dessert will also be offered. The dinner costs $125 per person; 202.844.5895. 950 New York Avenue NW. To book a reservation, click here. Gatsby’s Valentine’s Day Seafood Feast Celebrate Valentine's Day with Gatbsy’s special three-course seafood feast for two. Start off with a half dozen or a dozen of their specialty oysters topped with pink guava and chile granita. Then, for the main event, try their butter-poached lobster with shrimp, mussels and linguine. Skip the trip to neighboring Mah-Ze-Dahr and finish the night with the bakery’s special “Devil in Ganache'' dessert delivered right to your table; 202.817.3005. 1201 Half Street, Suite #205. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Gerrard Street Kitchen Gerrard Street Kitchen will be offering a three-course Valentine’ Day Dinner for two. Some menu highlights include Fennel Orange Pomegranate Salad, Amuse Bouche or Green Apple, Miso Glazed Seabags Robot, and more. The menu costs $99 per person; 202.521.7171. 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW. For more information, visit here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Gravitas Join Gravitas in celebrating Valentine’s Day with a four-course dinner menu from Chef Matt Baker. Guests can sit indoors or in the atrium. A champagne and caviar supplement add-on is also available for guests to add on to their meals. The dinner menu costs $165 per person; 202.763.7942. 1401 Okie Street NE. To make a reservation, click here. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Henri The Henri will be offering a three-course menu for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14th. The menu is priced at $90 per person. Some menu highlights include King Crab with a Celery Root Duo, Poached Egg with Salmon Caviar, Oxtail with Potato-Cabbage Cake, and more. Guests can pair their meal with The Henri’s extensive wine and cocktail lists; 202.989.5881. 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. To make a reservation, click here. Galentine’s Wine Flights & Valentine’s Day Romantic Diner with Immigrant Food+ Immigrant Food+ at Planet Word will be kicking off their Valentine’s Day celebrations with a week-long “Galentine’s'' wine flight featuring all female produced wines starting on Friday, January 13th. For those looking for a more romantic evening, Chef Mike Montezuma will be featuring a prix-fixe menu on Tuesday, February 14th with highlights like fondue; 202.888.0760. 925 13th Street NW. For more information, click here. Love & Luxury at JÔNT From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th experience Love & Luxury at JÔNT this Valentine’s Day with a menu designed for the holiday with the most luxurious ingredients in the world. The menu is priced at $495 per person; 1904 14th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day at L’Auberge Chez Francois & Jacques’ Brasserie Amour is in the air for the festive Valentine’s Day Musical Celebration Experience. Jarrett Laskey, romantic guitar extraordinaire will be strolling throughout the dining rooms performing to the delight of all. Chef Jacques and team have curated a fabulous Valentine’s Day seven-course menu including favorites Lobster Martini with Osetra Caviar, Classic Chateaubriand for Two, and other delicious cuisine. Additionally, they have added an option of a bottle of Cremant d’Alsace Rose and half pound of housemade boxed chocolate truffles infused with Grand Marnier so you can continue your romance at home. Jacques' Brasserie will also be open downstairs this Valentine's Day serving a special romantic à la carte menu; 703.759.3800. 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Menu at Matchbox From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th, guests are invited to stop into Matchbox and enjoy a choice of three appetizers, three entrees, and three desserts. Some menu highlights include Lump Crab Cakes, Crispy Half Chicken, Shrimp Linguini, and more. Those who dine-in and order the special pre-fixe menu will receive a complimentary glass of champagne; Multiple Locations. For more information, visit their website here. Valentine’s Day Date at Mi Casa Join Mi Casa in Dupont for a Valentine’s Day date that will transport you to a romantic Tulum vacation. The shrimp salad with smoked chile vinaigrette is the perfect seafood starter to try before diving into their pistachio-crusted short rib. Finish the night off with a classic strawberry flan topped with candied pumpkin seeds; 202.450.4595. 1647 20th Street NW. For more information, click here. Michele’s Valentine’s Dinner Frigid winter temps got you down? Elect to travel to warmer weather and dine at Chef Matt Baker’s New Orleans and Houston-inspired restaurant featuring French culinary techniques. Lovers of all backgrounds and designations can feel welcome at this Eaton Hotel hotspot with dishes like Crawfish Bisque, Vegetable Etouffee and desserts like a Passion Fruit Tart. Menu offered from Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th; 202.758.0895. 1201 K Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Mi Vida From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th, guests can enjoy a special three-course Valentine’s Day meal offered at both of their locations. Some menu highlights include Oysters Rockefeller and Corazon De Chocolate; 202.516.4656 (The Wharf). 98 District Square SW. 202.597.5445 (14th Street). 1901 14th Street NW. For more information, visit their website here. Valentine’s Day Dinner from Moon Rabbit Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the Southwest Waterfront with a Vietnamese Feast by Chef Kevin Tien and his team at Moon Rabbit. The dinner is available from Saturday, February 11th until Tuesday, February 14th and costs $90 per person. Some menu highlights include Oysters with Ensaymada Brioche & Prosciutto, Garlic Miso cacao y Pepe, Thai Basil Buttered Grilled Lobster, and more; 202.878.8566. 801 Wharf Street SW. To make a reservation, click here. Mr. Bake Sweets Valentine’s Day Char-Cutie Boards The unapologetic Black, Queer baker behind Mr. Bake Sweets, Kareem Queeman, is partnering with 2TopFoods to bring two Valentine’s Day Charcuterie board offerings ($50 each). The boards include fruit, two meats, two cheeses, brownie bites, Lindsor cookies, Shortbread cookies, hazelnut spread, and macaroons; 240.817.7729. To order, click here. Valentine’s Day Offerings from Nobu Executive Sushi Chef Chico Datur and Executive Chef Eudy Camilo Cruz are bringing back Nobu’s to-go boxes for Valentine’s Day. To-go boxes include signature dishes, Sashimi and Sushi packaged in two sleek wooden boxes. Nobu will also have a special Omakase menu available for dine-in only on Valentine’s Day. That menu includes Toro Tartare with Caviar, Uni Sushi Cups, Roasted Lobster Soy Shiso Mushrooms, and more. Only a few tables remain for the Valentine’s Day Omakase Menu; 202.871.6565. 2525 M Street NW. To order the to-go option, click here. To make a reservation, click here. Diner de la Saint-Valentin at Opaline Bar & Brasserie Opaline Bar & Brasserie will be offering a tres romantique Dine de la Saint Valentin on Tuesday, February 14th from 4:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli will prepare a three-course French dinner while French DJ David Dupree will play French love songs throughout the evening. The meal will begin with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Some menu highlights include Himachi Crudo, Butternut Squash Agnolotti, Steak au Poivre, and more. The meal costs $95 per person; 202.730.8800. 806 15th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Oyamel’s Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu Oyamel is offering a 5-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day, priced at $95 per person with an optional beverage pairing for $45 per person. Featured dishes include Cotel de Langosta, Taco de Carne Asada, and more; 202.628.1005. 401 7th Street NW. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Packages at Picnic & Peonies Picnic & Peonies has created the ultimate Valentine’s Day romance package complete with flowers, sweets, and more. Picnic & Peonies has teamed up with local florist Tang Austin Floral to provide floral arrangements and Cakes by LaLa for those who prefer something sweet. The picnic company will then provide all the romance items needed for the tablescape (flatware, candles, glassware, and more). Packages start at $495; For more information, click here. Pisco y Nazca Valentine’s Day Menu In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Pisco y Nazca is offering 4-course prix-fixe menu for two on Tuesday, February 14th! The culinary experience will feature Peruvian staples including Lomo Saltado, Ceviche, Chaufa and much more. Additionally, the meal will be accompanied by a delicious Pisco Sour Flight for two. Priced at $140 per couple; 202.559.3726. 1823 L Street NW. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Cocktail Experience at Quadrant Designed by Chef Enrique Limardo and Beverage Director Carlos Boada, Seven Reason’s famous “Cocktail Experience” is back. The experience will consist of a cocktail tasting menu along with a series of bites specifically designed for Valentine’s Day; 202.503.4628. 1150 22nd Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at Rasika The four-star Rasika Penn Quarter and its sister restaurant, Rasika West End, will both be offering a 4-course, prix-fixe menus for in-house dining this Valentine’s Day. The menu is priced at $90 per person, $140 with wine pairings or $165 with sparkling wine pairings and will be served exclusively on Tuesday, February 14th. Rasika Penn Quarter and Rasika West End will be serving from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 202.637.1222. 633 D Street NW. For more information, click here. Elegant Waterfront Valentine’s Day Dinner at Sequoia Sequoia is offering a special 4-course prix-fixe menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14th. The extensive menu ($90 per person) will be available for one-day-only and features a variety of unique flavors, fresh ingredients, and decadent pairings to share with your sweetheart. Sequoia’s extensive full bar menu will be available a la carte featuring a variety of signature cocktails including the famous Scarlet Fog with vodka infused with strawberry and hibiscus, fine wines, beers, and bubbly. Sequoia will serve the special Valentine’s menu from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Reservations are encouraged; 202.944.4200. 3000 K Street NW. For more information, click here. “Cupid & Friends” Singles Dinner at Seven Reasons, JOY by Seven Reasons, and Imperfecto On Tuesday, February 14th, join Chef Enrique Limardo and Seven Restaurant Group for their “Cupid & Friends” Singles Dinner at Seven Reasons ($160 per person), JOY by Seven Reasons ($145 per person), and Imperfecto ($220 per person). This Valentine’s Day dining experience is intended for single people (and friends) who want to celebrate love and friendship by sharing one communal table; 202.417.8563 (Seven Reasons). 2208 14th Street NW. 202.417.8969 (JOY). 5471 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. 202.964.1012 (Imperfecto). 1124 23rd Street NW. To make a reservation at Seven Reasons, click here. To make a reservation at JOY, click here. To make a reservation at Imperfecto, click here. Valentine’s Day Menu at Succotash National Harbor From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th guests can enjoy Succotash’s Valentine’s Day menu filled with Southern favorites. Some menu options include Maryland Crab Cake, Roasted Duck Breast, CHocolate Brownie with Raspberry Ice Cream, and more; 301.367.8900. 186 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Menu at Succotash Prime Succotash Prime in Penn Quarter will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. Some menu highlights include Spicy Tuna Tartare, Roasted Duck Breast, Valrhona Chocolate Brownie, and more. Guests can also add on their Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktail the “Red Royal” to pair with their meals. 202.849.6933. 915 F Street NW. For more information, visit their website here. Valentine’s Day Menu at Urbano For Valentine’s Day, both Urbano locations will be offering a three-course menu for two people priced at $65. Some menu highlights include Seafood Molcajete, Classic Molcajete, Mar y Tierra, and more; 571.970.5148 (Alexandria). 116 King Street, Alexandria, VA. 571.282.3358 (Mosaic District). 2985 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA.For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Menu from Vermillion Vermillion is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day menu priced at $80 per person. Some menu highlights include Sun Dried Tomato Bisque, Gougeres and/or Oysters, Braised Short Rib, and more. An optional wine pairing is also available for $40 per person for guests to add-on to their meals; 703.684.9669. 1120 King Street, Alexandria, VA. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Offerings from The Watergate Hotel The Watergate Hotel has a variety of offerings for guests to celebrate the month of love. They are offering a Hotel Package: Couples Package “More Love”, where guests can enjoy a stay on the Potomac. Guests will receive 15% off the available rate, a bottle of sparkling rose upon arrival, chocolates to share, and breakfast can be added for $5 per person when this package is selected. Guests can also opt for “His & Hers” Cocktail Night at The Next Whiskey Bar and Kingbird for $35 per person, or enjoy dinner at Kingbird for $145 per person (includes a glass of sparkling and red rose). Also available on the weekend of Saturday, February 11th until Tuesday, February 14th is “Valentine’s Day in an Igloo” at The Next Whiskey Bar. Guests can round up their friends or cozy up in a Valentine’s Day igloo; 844.6171972. 2650 Virginia Avenue NW. For more information, visit their website here. Romantic Valentine's Day Getaway at the Wildset Hotel Enjoy a romantic getaway at The Wildset Hotel this Valentine's Day. From freestanding tubs, in-room gas fireplaces, private balconies, and a top-tier on site restaurant Ruse. The team will have unique surprises for both guests and diners throughout the weekend. Guests can expect decedent Valentine's Day specials at Ruse, a sweet treat upon arrival, and more; 410.745.8004. 209 N Talbot Street, St Michaels, MD. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Yardbird D.C. Join Yardbird for Valentine's Day this year and enjoy their three-course prix-fixe menu. Some menu highlights include Maine Lobster Bisque,, Pan Seared Chilean Bass, Chocolate Eclair Cake, and more. For those who would prefer to spend the holiday at home, Yardbird is offering their classic dinner menu, available for pick-up and delivery; 202.333.2450. 901 New York Avenue NW. To book a reservation, click here. To order the takeout menu, click here. Valentine’s Day “Perfect Pair” Dinner at YOTEL D.C. From Friday, February 10th until Wednesday, February 15th, guests can enjoy the “Perfect Pair” Dinner at YOTEL D.C. The dinner is a four-course prix-fixe menu that costs $200 per couple. Menu highlights include Butternut Squash Agnolotti, Chicken Roulade, Potato Foam and Swiss Chard, and more. The dinner includes a bottle of house sparkling, red, or white wine; 202.393.7777. 415 New Jersey Avenue NW. For more information, click here.  Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Xiquet Join Xiquet for their Valentine’s Day Celebration that will take place on Friday, February 10th, Saturday, February 11th, and Tuesday, February 14th. Xiquet will be offering a special tasting menu of modern Spanish cuisine, with options such as Truffles and Red Prawns of Denia. A wine pairing will also be available for guests to enjoy. The Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu costs $350 per person and the Wine Pairing costs $250 per person; 202.913.4671. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW. To book a reservation, click here. Valentine's Day Tasting Menu at Zaytinya For Valentine’s Day, Zaytinya is offering a 6-course tasting menu, priced at $95 per person. Featured dishes include Caviar Prassopita, Sea Scallops, and more; 202.638.0800. 701 9th Street NW. For more information, click here.
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The Trailblazing Restaurateur & Complicated...

Charlie Trotter — Changed the way we eat in this country today. Chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television star multi multi award winner — but also mercurial, demanding tempermental — maybe he would say I’m just driven to do what I want to do. And let’s be honest Charlie Trotter did just that. Now I never met Charlie or dined in his famous Chicago restaurant but I have heard story upon story over the years from the legions of chefs who worked under him — forget six degrees of kevin bacon —- it’s more like six degrees of Charlie Trotter. In with me today to chat about the man .. the myth ... "I wanted people to at least appreciate what he went through in order to make Charlie Trotter's what it was and to have an impact on American fine dining." - Rebecca "He was really trying to make the best possible product he could for the customer." - Michelle "He was always very generous with me and my family and my career and everything and turned, you know, so grateful." - Michelle Listen to the full episode here. Watch the full episode here. Our Guests: Rebecca Halpern - Director of the new documentary, LOVE, CHARLIE - Instagram Lisa Ehrlich - featured in film; Charlie Trotter’s first wife and partner in opening Trotter’s in Chicago Michelle Gayer - Pastry Chef; served as Executive Pastry Chef at Trotter’s and Trotter’s To Go
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