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La Fête Nationale
Call it La Fête Nationale or Le Quatorze Juillet, Bastille Day celebrations are a big deal throughout France, and even here stateside. Celebrated on July 14th, the most important French holiday marks the birth of the French Republic. While the usual parades, waiter races, and can-can girls may be sidelined this year, you can still dine on French specialties around  town that will make you sigh "Vive La France!" Click here, here, here, and here for area celebrations. 
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Bikini Busting Offerings
Area restaurants are upping their delivery and to-go offerings, still, and for those who are ready, you can dine on their patios and socially distance indoors: Bammy’s  Bammy's is doubling its patio space (with permission) to accommodate more people while still practicing safe social distancing. Bammy’s has added a new namesake dish, The Bammy, to their menu as well some other new dishes such as conch fritters, shrimp curry, and more. 301 Water Street SE; 202.123.4567; bammysdc.com Bourbon Steak  Bourbon Steak has re-opened in the Four Seasons Hotel DC, and has double the patio seating. Menu offerings include lobster salad, truffle caesar salad, and more. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.924.2026; fourseasons.com Butter Me Up  Butter Me Up, the virtual breakfast sandwich pop-up, has launched another location in Mess Hall. Butter Me Up at Mess Hall will offer the same a la carte selection of breakfast sandwiches, coffee, tea, and boozy cocktails currently available at the HalfSmoke location. Additionally, each sandwich will come with a pay-it-forward action card to encourage individuals to spread love throughout the community. Patrons who collect five loyalty cards will receive a complimentary sandwich. 703 Edgewood Street, NE; 202.986.2127; halfsmoke.com Chaia Tacos  Chaia Taco’s “enchilada supperclub” is back on their website as a dinner option for guests on Tuesdays and Thursdays with some changes. The supperclub will be exclusive to Chinatown. Enchiladas will continue to be the main course while fillings may change with the seasons and new offerings. 615 I Street NW; 202.290.1019; chaiatacos.com Colada Shop Colada Shop is open at a new location in the District Wharf. Seating 45 guests indoors and 40 guests outdoors, guests are offered a Cuban menu by Executive Chef Mario Monte. Menu offerings include rice bowls, empanadas, sandwiches, and more. 10 Pearl Street SW; 1405 T Street NW; 202.332.8800; coladashop.com Columbia Room  The Columbia Room has extended its “Get a Hero Be a Hero” concept through summer and is now called “Your Only Friend”. Your Only Friend has seating in the Columbia Room’s patio and out front. The cocktail and sandwich concept includes offerings like a fast-food style chicken sandwich and frozen Spanish cocktails. 124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com Dawson’s Market Dawson's Market in Rockville Town Square is now offering family meals. Each meal serves four and includes a choice of entree, two sides, and a baguette. Offerings include meat lasagna, citrus grilled salmon, and more. One can request dinner hot and ready to eat or in reheatable containers. Dawson's offers all-natural ingredients and all meats are free of antibiotics and growth hormones, and they also have several vegan and vegetarian options. Place your order two full days in advance via email or call it in. Family meals are available for pick up seven days a week, via curbside pickup as well as local delivery.  225 N Washington Street, Rockville; 240.428.1386; [email protected]  Espita  Espita is open for indoor dining with an updated menu in an anteojos/platos fuertes format. The new menu includes Botanas: Guac salsa selection, Antojos: ensalada verde, alitas, ceviche, and more. Espita is transitioning back to a la minute cocktails and adding an abbreviated wine by the glass menu. 1250 9th St NW; 202.621.9695; espitadc.com La Famosa  Puerto Rican restaurant, La Famosa, is hosting a pop-up and menu takeover at Right Proper’s Brookland Production House on Saturday, July 11th ( 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.). Chef Joancarlo Parkhurst and team will preview seafood dishes from the restaurant’s opening menu, crispy fish sandwich, mixed seafood salad, and more. 920 Girard Street; eatlafamosa.com Lulu's Winegarden Lulu’s Winegarden, the bottle-driven wine bar from the team behind Michelin-honored Royal, is opening two outdoor patios for safe dine-in service. The U Street eatery has taken innovative and secure precautions to offer safely-distanced seating for 64 guests. Guests can enjoy Lulu’s dinner party fare with hints of the southwest, such as white queso with freshly-fried tostadas for dipping, and more. 1940 11th Street NW; 202. 332.9463; luluswinegarden.com Officina Popup at Via Umbria Chef Nicholas Stefanelli has opened an Officina Popup in Via Umbria space in Georgetown, DC. The pop-up includes fine wines, artisanal pastas, specialty snacks and preserves. In addition, neighbors and guests will be able to enjoy the daily breads, hot prepared food from the Trattoria menu, fresh pastas, handcrafted butcher products, and specialty meats and cheeses that make the Officina experience truly unique. Curbside pickup and delivery will both be available from this new location along with a private shopping experience with scheduled time slots to ensure safety and sanitation. 1525 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.747.5222; officinadc.com Owens Ordinary Owens Ordinary beer garden is open Tuesdays-Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Masks are required to enter, to leave, and at all times when you are not seated at a table. Groups that arrive together may sit together, but groups or individuals that arrive separately may not join one another once on site. Offerings include a roasted beet salad, burger sliders, and more.  11820 Trade Street, North Bethesda, MD; 301.245.1226; owensordinarymd.com  Red Apron Butcher  Summer is here and so is the Red Apron Grill Menu, your be-all-and-end-all barbeque resource. Each week introduces new menu items. This week Chef Nate Anda is introducing carne asada grill packs ($36), with his marinated skirt steak, handmade tortillas, pickled onions, lime crema, and fresh cilantro. The burger night grill pack ($36) includes four 6oz patties, cheese, pickles, and more. The day drinking pack ($55) includes 4 wines. 2000 Mt. Vernon Avenue; neighborhoodrestaurantgroup.com Rose’s  Luxury  Rose’s has launched an at-home delivery service that has three night's meals, garnishes, heating instructions, and a playlist. Each night’s dinner requires no prep and takes less than 15 minutes to assemble. The July menu features include a Mexican feast, summer splendor, and a backyard picnic. 715 8th Street SE; rosesrestaurantgroupdc.com The Pig  The Pig has reopened featuring a new menu with a higher-end focus to moderately priced BBQ. Additions include Texas-style BBQ brisket, cherrywood smoked baby back pork ribs, a 12-hour smoked pulled pork shoulder, and more. The Pig has also introduced a BBQ to-go program in which all meats are available by the pound plus sides. 1320 14th Street NW; thepigdc.com The Salt Line  The Salt Line now offers comforting classics with a menu inspired by the traditional New England fish houses, Chef Kyle Bailey and the team are also making it easier than ever to “DIY” with culinary experiences for the home. One of the menu features is the fresh catch plate with your fish of choice, sauce, side, and preparation. Available for to-go Monday-Friday from 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and 12:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 79 Potomac Avenue SE; 202.506.2368; thesaltline.com Tiger Fork  Tiger Fork has opened an outdoor patio that offers 48 seats for dining. Reservations, available via Resy, are required. Tables are available for 2-6 guests per party, with 1.5-hour time limits per reservation. Offerings on the menu include pork ribs, smashed cucumber salad, bubble waffles, and more. 922 N Street NW; 202.733.1152; tigerforkdc.com Xiquet Xiquet is open for indoor dining and has added lunch service to their menu, available Friday through Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Additionally, Chef Danny Lledo is hosting another Zoom Master Cooking Class - Fideua de Gandia - on July 29th on Zoom at 6:00 p.m. Xiquet is also offering a series of Zoom Portuguese wine tasting classes - called #SommNights - from July 14th - 18th at 6:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW; xiquetdl.com Yellow  Chef Michael Rafidi opened Yellow, a Levantine-inspired cafe for carryout. Yellow's all-day offerings include pastries from Chef Gregory Baumgartner that merge French technique with Middle Eastern influence, as well as beverages spanning from coffeehouse classics to specialty iced coffees and cold drinks. Lunch features an assortment of mezze and sandwiches on homemade potato pita bread. Yellow will be open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. for carryout. 1346 4th Street SE; 202.921.9592; yellowthecafe.com
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Refreshers That Beat The Heat
No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants Anxo  ANXO has released Ornamental, their own take on natural wine using apples. Made from three different types of crabapples, Ornamental is a bold cider with a light and refreshing taste. Ornamental cans are now available for delivery to over 40 states through ANXO’s website, and coast-to-coast in markets where ANXO is sold. Washington, D.C. locals can also pick up these cans from ANXO’s brick and mortar stores or order for same-day delivery. 300 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986.3795; anxodc.com Beau Thai  Beau Thai is opened for seating in Shaw and Mount Pleasant with new offerings. Offerings include strawberry-honeysuckle Frozé, Margarita, French rosé on tap, and more. Beau Thai offers this rosé by the to-go cup for $8 and by the refillable bottle for $18. 1550 7th Street, NW; 202.536.5636; beauthaidc.com ChurchKey Beer Shop Neighborhood Provisions launched ChurchKey Beer Shop to deliver the very best craft beers to your door, from the latest hop bombs and sours to gems from coveted cult breweries. In the coming weeks there will be a rotating list of growlers. ChurchKey Beer Shop is open 7 days a week and is deliverable within 24 hours. 2000 Mt Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA; www.nrgprovisions.com City Winery  City Winery has introduced a new wine club ( $24.99/month) where one can receive monthly wine tastings, a birthday gift, a monthly bottle of wine, access to culinary demonstrations, and more. 1350 Okie Street NE; citywinery.com Colada Shop  Colada Shop is open at a new location in the District Wharf. The beverage program is conceived by Daniella Senior & Juan Coronado. The beverage program will feature rum focused classic and original cocktails priced between $10 and $12. Guests can anticipate a selection of drinks such as piña coladas, mojitos, cascara Cuba libres, and more. 1405 T Street NW; 202.332.8800;coladashop.com Fabio Trabocchi Fiola houses Washington, D.C.'s only Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning wine cellar, with 2,875 unique label selections and 10,200 bottles in inventory.  Fiola's cellar is now available for online purchase and contactless pickup through third-party platform Somm.ai. Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants' wine and spirits director Casper Rice can assist guests with picking the perfect bottle from among the cellar’s regional focuses, including Italy's Piedmont, Tuscany, and Sicily, and France's Burgundy and Bordeaux. Wine orders may be picked up in person at the restaurant on Wednesdays between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  3100 K Street NW; 202.525.1402; fabiotrabocchi.com Heavy Seas  Heavy Seas Beer has announced the next release from its 15 Barrel Brewhouse, Bmore Snoball Egg Custard & Bmore Snoball Skylite. The Bmore Snoball label artwork was designed by local Baltimore artist, Chris Gipple. The two will be available in 4-packs of 16oz cans during a curbside can release from July 24th- July 26th. 4615 Hollins Ferry Road Baltimore, MD; 410.247.7822; hsbeer.com Hook Hall’s The Oasis  Hook Hall’s 7,000 square-foot backyard has been seasonally transformed into The Oasis, a “tropical paradise” in the middle of the city. Socially distanced tables are set on the astroturfed lawn with seven cabanas in the yard. Each tropical-themed cabana includes sectional lounges, a table, a swing, and more. Cabanas (seats 6) may be reserved for $100 for 2.5 hours with the larger Captain’s Quarters cabana available for $125 for 2.5 hours. Cabana rentals include table service, a welcome bottle of champagne, contactless ordering from a cocktail and food menu, USB power ports, and a menu created by Chef Ryan Gordon. Menu offerings include frozen cocktails, summer-themed drinks, and more. 3400 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.629.4339; hookhall.com Napoli Pasta Bar  Napoli Pasta Bar is introducing Aperativo, the Italian take on happy hour that runs Sunday - Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. They are offering $6 wines, $7 cocktails, $5 beers as well as appetizers, pasta, paninis and desserts at a reduced rate. Their patio is open as well as limited indoor seating, table time will be limited to one hour during Aperitivo. 2737 Sherman Avenue NW; 202.588.8752; napolipastabar.com NRG Provisions  Spirits Manager Nick Farrell didn’t let a pandemic stop the opening of his new bar, Show of Hands. He’s bottling upwards of 20 different full-strength, low ABV, and non-alcoholic cocktails and mixers, all available in the pantry section of Neighborhood Provisions. Cocktails include the dirty quarantini, Manhattan, pina margherita, and more. 200 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria; nrgprovisions.com Pizza Paradiso  Pizzeria Paradiso is offering a modified version of their annual July promo, celebrating the IPA style beer. This year, they’ll be offering several promotions featuring canned IPAs to-go all of July at all locations. Offerings include tallboy packs featuring four rotating limited release IPAs ($25)⁠, six-packs of a variety of local IPAs selected by each location’s staff ($20), and more. On July 4th only, anyone that buys two 12'' pizzas will get a complimentary six-pack of Oskar Blues’ Dale’s Pale Ale IPA with mention of the promotion while supplies last. 4850 Massachusetts Avenue NW; 202.885.9101; eatyourpizza.com Rako  RAKO Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee collective focused on sustainably sourced single origin coffees, environmentally friendly roasting practices, and advanced brewing methods has launched a new online store featuring freshly roasted specialty coffee from sumatra, guatemala, burundi, and more. All coffees are available via free shipping in the DMV. Rako will be donating 10% of every sale to Erik Bruner-Yang’s Power of 10 crowdfunding initiative, which provides employment to laid off restaurant workers and meals to first responders and community members affected by COVID-19. rakocoffee.com Stable  Stable is whipping up their house made liqueurs, and schnapsicles for carry out and delivery. New spirit selections include Stable's signature r-amaro, limoncello, atlas röteli, strawberry rhubarb cordial, and rhubarbcello. Offerings are available in 250 ml bottles to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks. Schnapsicles are available in apricot, raspberry and pear flavors. Guests may order single schnapsicles ($7) or a schnapsicles spritz combo ($62) featuring 6 schnapsicles and a bottle of sparkling rosé. Stable offers carry out and delivery ($5 delivery fee within a 2 mile delivery radius) on Thursday and Friday from 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. 1324 H Street NE; 202. 733.4604; stabledc.com. Thrashers  Todd Thrasher, the barman turned distiller has recently released his newest creation, Thrashers Coconut Rum. The rum stands out as one of the only rums made without extract and is made instead with 60 pounds of raw thai coconut. 1130 Maine Avenue SW; thrashersrum.com 3 Stars Brewing Company  3 Stars Brewing Company has started a CSB program, also known as a beer share, between people and breweries. As a CSB member you become a shareholder on a week to week basis, or enjoy even more offerings if you sign up for four weeks at a time. With your membership you will receive a set number of beers per week on Tuesday. Beers available change on a weekly basis. 3 Stars Brewing is featuring Logan McGear as one of next week's additions, which will include a pasta kit, both a vegetarian and meat option to add to the box for the week. They have also partnered with Qualia Coffee and Number. 6400 Chillum Place NW; 202.847.3755; 3starsbrewing.com  
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Heat-Beating Brunches
As restaurants and businesses adjust to this new normal, more varied offerings are appearing for takeout and delivery, including breakfast and weekend brunches:   Albi  Chef Michael Rafidi will begin serving Sunday brunch to-go. The menu features wood-baked bagels, man'oushe flatbread, shawarma hash, harissa bloodies, and other Levantine-inspired dishes. 1346 4th Street SE; 202.921.9592; (albidc.com) Anju  Anju has partnered with O Bread and is accepting orders for brunch.  Enjoy breakfast sandwiches and drinks along with an assortment of Korean baked goods like milk cream bread, green tea soboro, and more. Orders are accepted until Friday, and they’ll be available for pickup on Sunday from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. 1805 18th Street NW; 202.845.8935; (anjurestaurant.com) Best Buns Bread Company + Great American Restaurant Group Great American Restaurant Group has expanded the Best Buns Bakery & Cafe into its existing restaurant establishments, with a walk-up counter service offering daily baked artisan pastries, sweets, savory breakfast sandwiches like sausage and egg, and drinks like Screwdrivers. 4010 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; 703.578.1500; (bestbunsbreadco.com ) Espita Mezcaleria Espita is offering brunch on the weekends, including brunch tacos and tlayudas with tequila-and-grapefruit Palomas ($36, serves six) or bottomless mimosas ($14, includes a bottle of cava and choice of juice). There are also liter margaritas available ($40). Brunch items are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar Saturday and Sunday only. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; (espitadc.com) La Vie  La Vie is offering a Mediterranean Sunday Brunch (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The extensive menu includes some of La Vie’s favorites such as savory appetizers like Greek lamb meatballs, grape leaves, and smoked salmon tartine.  Main course dishes include tiramisu French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and merguez muffin. Prices range from $7.00 - $22.00.  88 District Square SW 5th floor; 202.560.5501; (laviedc.xyz)   Lincoln  Lincoln restaurant has Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings on the menu include French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and more. Lincoln offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary option for $45 a person. In addition to indoor dining, Lincoln has patio seating for 45 guests. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.386.9200; (lincolnrestaurant-dc.com) Nina May Nina May’s sidewalk and rooftop patios are now open for socially distant outdoor dining, featuring a new, seasonal weekend brunch menu. Dishes include spring herb and cornmeal waffle, cornmeal biscuit with strawberry rhubarb jam, and more. The cocktail menu includes both regular and strawberry mimosas, as well as the mandarin delight, and more.  1337 11th Street NW; 202.518.3609; (feast-dc.com) Shilling Canning Company Shilling Canning Company is adding a brunch menu online that will be available for pre-ordering. Some favorites on the menu  include the pastry board, egg mcmaggie, french toast, and to-gosa kits. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; (shillingcanning.com) Stellina  Stellina offers a prix fixe weekend brunch menu ($35 per person) that is available for takeout and delivery from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The meal features a bottle of prosecco with fresh-squeezed orange juice, a choice of one entre like italian toast, and a choice of two dishes such as pizza carbonara and pizza bismark. 399 Morse Street NE; 202.851.3995; (stellinapizzeria.com) Summer House Santa Monica Grab a Rise & Shine breakfast special of an egg sandwich & coffee at Summer House’s Market. Call to place an order in advance or stop by the restaurant. In addition, Summer House offers regular breakfast staples like pancakes, yogurt parfaits and more, available all day. Every day, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. View the complete menu here. Regular menu is also available for pick up or delivery. Click here to order. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.881.2381; ([email protected]) Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is holding Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings include a brunch burger with egg, buttermilk pancakes, crab benedict, and more. Teddy & The Bully Bar offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody Mary option for $40 a person. 1200 19th Street NW; 202.872.8700; (teddyandthebullybar.com) Thamee  Thamee has launched a Sunday Service brunch offering. This offering includes breakfast tacos by La Tejana, coffee by Nguyen Coffee Supply, brunch beverages by Thamee, and more. Available for pre-order online here.  1320 H Street NE; 202.750.6529; (thamee.com) The Game Sports Pub  The Game Sports Pub will be offering a pop-up brunch in collaboration with Hawaiian food truck, Eat Mana. The menu rotates by week, and guests are encouraged to follow social media and the website for updates. Available Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 2411 18th Street NW; 202.846.1952; (thegamedc.com) TTT TTT Clarendon is debuting a new $33.99 unlimited brunch menu, now available throughout the three-level building. The unlimited brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Guests can choose from a variety of egg dishes, breakfast burritos, quesadillas, and more. 2900 Wilson Boulevard. Arlington, Virginia; 703.888.1528; (tttrestaurant.com )
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Chef Quality Products To Your Door
How much do we love people thinking outside the box? Or in this case -- maybe it’s in the box! Area chefs, purveyors, farmers, brewers and artisans have banded together in unique ways in order to get boxes filled with the very best product to your door. D'Artagnan Home Delivery If you have been anywhere near the food industry for the last 35 years, then you have heard of D’Artagnan. Known as the preferred brand for the highest quality meat, poultry and game with the best chefs, butchers, and retailers nationwide, D’Artagnan is still run by Ariane Daguin, daughter of a Michelin-starred French chef. The  company has been fully committed to free-range, natural production and sustainable farming since its inception. And now, it delivers to you. DMV residents sheltering in place to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases, the D’Artagnan team has created a unique Home Delivery Program that not only offers D’Artagnan’s specialty products but products from other renowned retailers such as Samuel & Sons Seafood, Katsiroubas Brother Produce and White Toque. The collaboration between these companies offers customers an array of free-range, sustainable, and humanely farmed products. Partner products are ONLY available to truck home delivery customers and are not available to regular D'Artagnan web consumers via FedEx. To order for your specific DMV town, simply go to homedelivery.dartagnan.com and select your community.  The home delivery minimum is $150.  The promo code to use at the end is the name of your city/town. JL Seafood Group Current Catch Hank’s Oyster Bar and War Shore Oyster Company have joined forces to deliver the freshest, responsibly sourced domestic seafood alongside chef crafted sauces, allowing you to cook up restaurant quality seafood meals in your home. Choose from four seafoods and three sauces. Order before Sundays at 12:00 p.m. and your food will be delivered by Thursday the same week. 1624 Q Street NW; 202.733.1971; hanksoysterbar.com Neighborhood Provisions Neighborhood Provisions is an online destination offering a selection of comfort meals, ready-to-cook foods, pantry items, wine and beer (and, in DC, liquor) all delivered to your door. Neighborhood Provisions is a joint effort of the chefs, managers and beverage specialists of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Count on a broad range of chef-driven options in all their delivery regions - from Tony Chittum’s chicken soup to Jarrad Silver’s mushroom fricassee, from Nate Anda’s meatball sub to Stephen McRae’s Sgt. Pepperoni pizza. nrgprovisions.com 3 Stars Brewing Company CSB 3 Stars Brewing Company has started a CSB program, also known as a beer share, between people and breweries. As a CSB member you become a shareholder on a week to week basis, or enjoy even more offerings if you sign up for four weeks at a time. With your membership you will receive a set number of beers per week on Tuesday. Beers available change on a weekly basis. This week's featured beer is Time Well Spent is a 7.5% abv double IPA that has been dry hopped with Motueka & Simcoe lupulin powder.  3 Stars Brewing is featuring Logan McGear as one of next week's additions, which will include a pasta kit, both a vegetarian and meat option to add to the box for the week. They have also partnered with Qualia Coffee and Number. 6400 Chillum Place NW; 202.847.3755; 3starsbrewing.com
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Local Restaurants Get Into The DIY Biz
No reason to be intimidated, these restaurant quality do-it-yourself kits give you a step by step guide to creating your own deliciousness at home. CHIKO CHIKO is offering ChiKo-At-Home Pantry Kits on Capitol Hill's online marketplace. They have a variety of bundles available: Two Chinese Kits and two Korean Kits. Get the standard for $28  or splurge on deluxe for $38 for additional goodies. They all come with special recipe cards, and find more recipe cards online. Looking to whip up some delish dishes at home? Let their curated boxes help you channel your inner Masterchef. Pick-up and delivery are both available. 423 8th Street SE; chikodc.com Cook Kitz With camp cancelled and the novelty of being home having worn off, Cook Kitz aims to provide kids and parents a moment of culinary escape. From now through mid-August, Cook Kitz will deliver a weekly cooking project to your doorstep. Each kit focuses on a main recipe with “choose-your-own-adventure” elements to encourage culinary imagination and recipe versatility. The Kitz provide a fun activity that is already curated, scripted and measured out.  So while parents may have varying levels of involvement, the work of pre-planning, shopping and measuring and the investment is contained and there isn’t a lot of waste sitting on the pantry shelves. Developed by Becca Katz, recent culinary school grad, with help from Prescription Chicken (Val Zweig, owner of  Prescription Chicken, is Becca’s sister), Becca and the team are ready to help you and your family get in the kitchen and create.  cookkitz.com Nicoletta Italian Kitchen Nicoletta Italian Kitchen is offering BYO Pizza Kits that can be ordered through delivery services ($35) and curbside pick-up ($30). The BYO Pizza Kit will include two Caesar salads, 14 ounces of Nicoletta Italian Kitchen’s signature three-day pizza dough, tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella, and basil, as well as instructions on “how to stretch and bake” your pizza. Toppings can be added for an extra cost like: pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, red onion, spinach, and fonduta. 901 4th Street NW; 202.697.6888; nicolettakitchen.com. Prescription Chicken Prescription Chicken is offering DIY challah kits with everything you need to make delicious Rx chicken challah. $12 gets you flour, yeast, eggs, olive oil, salt and sugar, the recipe...and $5 goes to #SoupSupport fund.  In addition to delivering meals to hospitals in the DC area, Rx Chicken has partnered with the amazing Food on the Stove, an organization dedicated to helping Firefighters/EMS workers eat healthy - even harder in these COVID-19 times. 440 L Street NW; prescriptionchicken.com Shouk  Shouk has launched a selection of plant-based, modern Israeli meal kits. Each kit serves four people ($48) and comes with pre-portioned ingredients, recipes and cooking instructions. Kit options include the Fried Shouk’n kit, falafel kit, and mushroom shawarma kit. The kits are available for carryout and delivery. 655 K Street NW; 202.945.4747; shouk.com. South Block  South Block is offering national shipping on their newest offering – Acai Smoothie Bowl Kits. Each kit comes with freeze-able acai in two of South Block's best selling flavors – The Warrior and the PBJ – plus housemade granola, shaved coconut, cacao nibs, and fresh fruit. 3210 Grace Street NW; 703.465.8423; southblockjuice.com St. Anselm  St. Anselm is now offering buttermilk biscuit baking kits that are available for pickup and delivery. The Kit is $18 and includes everything needed to make the biscuits from home, including all wet ingredients, dry ingredients, and a recipe with step-by-step instructions. 1250 5th Street NE; 202.864.2199; stanselmdc.com Stella Barra Pizzeria and Wine Bar  Develop your culinary skills with a build-your-own-pizza kit courtesy of Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria & Wine Bar. This all-in-one box has all you need to create one Margherita Pizza built for two, including tomato sauce plus the freshest mozzarella and basil ($16.95). 11825 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda; 301.770.8609; stellabarra.com Xiquet International award-winning chef, Danny Lledo, announced national shipping on his make-at-home paella kits. The paella kit comes with all the ingredients you need to make paella in your own home with pre measured rice, chicken, spices, and more. Chef Lledo is even offering a Zoom masterclass to guide home cooks, step-by-step in perfecting the art of paella. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW; xiquetdl.com
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The Pleasure of The Patio
Usually this time of year we label this section Patio Pleasures, and given the last few months, nothing could be more accurate. Below is an ever-growing list of patios around the region that are now offering service. Some spots are offering specials, others are offering regular service — click to their websites to stay completely up to date.  REMINDER! Each property has set up their own rules, please abide. These rules are set up to keep you and their employees safe.  Eat, Drink — wear a mask when asked, wash your hands — and Enjoy! 2941 (Falls Church, VA): Monday through Saturday, tasting menu only. 703.270.1500; 2941.com Agua 301 (The Yards): Full menu including weekend brunch. 202.484.0301; Agua301.com Al Dente (Wesley Heights): Open seven days. 202.244.2223; opentable.com/r/al-dente-washington Albi (The Yards): Open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. albidc.com Alta Strada (DC, Mosaic District): Patios open Monday through Sunday for Italian fare. 202.629.4662, 703.280.0000; altastradarestaurant.com Ambar (Capitol Hill): See a new look post-renovations and new Balkan Dining Without Limits menu for patio and rooftop dining. 202.813.3039; new.ambarrestaurant.com Ambar (Clarendon, VA): Open seven days, including weekend brunch. 703.875.9663; ambarrestaurant.com Bammy’s (Navy Yard): Riverside patio open with full menu plus extra items like pina coladas. 202.123.4567; bammysdc.com Bangkok Joe's (Georgetown): Patio and indoor space available for seating. 202.333.4422; bangkokjoesdc.com/reservations/ Belga Cafe & The Betsy (Barracks Row): Belgian menu and cocktails. 202.544.0100; belgacafe.com Bobby Van’s Grill (Metro Center): Open Tuesday through Saturday offering a limited menu as well as cook-at-home raw cuts of steak to-go. 202.589.1504; bobbyvans.com Bobby Van's Steakhouse (Downtown): Open Tuesday through Saturday offering limited menu as well as raw cuts of steak (to go only) and half priced wine bottles on Saturdays. 202.589.0060; bobbyvans.com Bourbon Steak (Georgetown): Front and the back patios of Four Seasons Hotel open featuring new menu items. 202.944.2026; fourseasons.com Brasserie Beck (K Street): Belgian style brasserie. 202.408.1717; brasseriebeck.com  Brasserie Liberté (Georgetown): Open daily. 202.878.8404; opentable.com/r/brasserie-liberte-washington Buena Vida Social Club (Clarendon, VA): Open seven days. 571.312.5306; buenavidaclarendon.com Calico (Blagden Alley): Urban backyard dining available Tuesday through Sunday. 202.791.0134; calicodc.com Catoctin Creek (Purcellville, VA): Open for tours and tastings by reservation; indoor seating and bistro-style sidewalk service available. 540.751.8404; catoctincreekdistilling.com/visit Central Michel Richard (Penn Quarter): Open for lunch and dinner featuring summer themed menus. 202.626.0015; [email protected] Centrolina (City Center): Prix-fixe dinner menu. 202.898.2426; centrolinadc.com  Chloe (Navy Yard): Patio open for dinner. 202.313.7007; restaurantchloe.com  Clyde’s (Chevy Chase): Patio open for dining, other DC area locations still offering carryout and delivery. 301.951.9600; clydes.com/chevy-chase Convivial (Logan Circle): Patio open for limited seating. 202.525.2870; convivialdc.com Cork (Logan Circle): Patio open Wednesday through Saturday evenings. 202.265.2675; corkdc.com/location/cork-wine-bar-market Denizen’s Brewing (Silver Spring, MD): Outdoor seating in beer garden. 301.557.9818; denizensbrewingco.com  District Commons (Foggy Bottom): Open for weekday lunch and dinner every day. 202.587.8277; districtcommonsdc.com Due South (Navy Yard): Waterfront dining available. 202.479.4616; duesouthdc.com Espita (Shaw): Wait list at the door for contactless ordering. 202.621.9695; espitadc.com Et Voila! (Palisades): Open daily from 4:30 to 8:40 p.m. 202.237.2300; etvoiladc.com Equinox Restaurant (Downtown): Tuesday to Sunday, including Federal Fritter pop up. 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com Evening Star & Planet Wine (Alexandria, VA): Open Friday through Sunday 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. 703.549.5051; eveningstarcafe.net Farmers, Fishers, Bakers (Georgetown): Waterfront outdoor dining available. 202.298.8783; farmersfishersbakers.com  Fiola Mare (Georgetown): Scattered seating times available for seafood-centric dining. 202.525.1402; fiolamaredc.com Goodstone Inn (Middleburg, VA): Poolside or courtyard dining available. 540.687.3333; goodstone.com Gravitas (Ivy City): Patio and rooftop open, offering six course menu. 202.763.7942; resy.com/cities/dc/gravitas Great American Restaurants (Northern VA): All concepts’ outdoor dining spaces are now open, as well as available indoor dining. Restaurants include Arties, Best Buns, Carlyle, Coastal Flats, Jackson’s, Mike’s American, Ozzie’s, Patsy’s American, Randy’s Prime Seafood & Steaks, Silverado, Sweetwater Tavern, and Taqueria Loca. greatamericanrestaurants.com Guinness Open Gate Brewery (Baltimore, MD): Open Thursday through Sunday for outdoor operation only. 443.575.6893; guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com Hook Hall (Georgia Avenue): Tropical-themed Oasis open, featuring private cabanas. 202.629.339; hookhall.com/oasis Ice Cream Jubilee (14th Street, Ballston Quarter, Yards Park): Open for walk-up scoop and pint sales. icecreamjubilee.com The Imperial (Adams Morgan): Two-tier open air rooftop open. 202.299.0334; imperialdc.com Ivy City Smokehouse (Ivy City): Full menu available featuring fresh seasfoods and more. 202.529.3300; ivycitysmokehouse.com  Jack Rose (Adams Morgan): Main rooftop dining space, Tiki Bar, and balcony overlooking 18th Street are open. Its retractable glass roof and windows will remain open at all times. 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com Jaleo (Crystal City, DC): Patios open daily. 703.413.8181; 202.628.7949; jaleo.com Karma Modern Indian (Chinatown): Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 9:00 p.m. 202.898.0983; karmamodernindian.com Kith & Kin (The Wharf): Patio dining available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 202.878.8566; kithandkindc.com La Piquette (Cathedral Heights): French bistro fare. 202.686.2015; lapiquettedc.com  Lauriol Plaza (Dupont): Open for lunch and dinner, reservations available via telephone. 202.387.0035; lauriolplaza.com Little Pearl (Eastern Market): Prepaid reservations available for patio dining prix fixe menu. 202.618.1868; exploretock.com/littlepearldc Lulu’s Winegarden (Cardozo): Patios open for dinner and drinks Wednesday through Sunday. 202.332.9463; luluswinegarden.com Maxwell Park (Shaw): Tuesday-Saturday from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. 202.792.9522; maxwellparkdc.com Medium Rare (Cleveland Park): Pre set menu. 202.237.1432; mediumrarerestaurant.com  Mia's Italian Kitchen (Alexandria, VA): Walk-in dining only. 703.997.5300; miasitalian.com Mintwood Place (Adams Morgan): 14 seat patio open daily for dinner. 202.234.6732; mintwoodplace.com Nama Sushi (K Street): Open 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. daily. 202.414.7066; namadc.com Napoli Pasta Bar (Columbia Heights): Taking reservations through Resy for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and brunch, Saturday and Sunday. 202.588.8752; napolipastabar.com Nick’s Riverside Grill (Georgetown): Riverfront patio dining available. 202.342.3535; nicksriversidegrill.com Nina May (Shaw): No reservations, featuring new spring menu. 202.518.3609; ninamaydc.com  Nobu (West End): Open Wednesday through Sunday for patio and indoor dining. 202.871.6565; noburestaurants.com/washingtondc/home/ O-Ku Sushi (Union Market): Rooftop dining available Monday through Saturday. 202.888.8790; opentable.com/r/o-ku-dc-washington Oak Steakhouse (Alexandria): Patio open Tuesday-Saturday. 703.840.3395; oakalexandria.com Officina (The Wharf): Terrazza table dining and fire pit lounge seating. 202.747.5222; officinadc.com One Eight Distilling (Ivy City): Cocktail garden open Saturdays and Sundays. 202.636.6638 oneeightdistilling.com/reservations Osteria Morini (Navy Yard): Open Thursday through Sunday for dinner. 202.484.0660; osteriamorini.com Ottoman Taverna (Mount Vernon Triangle): Open daily, including bottomless brunch Saturday and Sunday. 202.847.0389; opentable.com/r/ottoman-taverna-washington Owen’s Ordinary (North Bethesda, MD): Open daily from noon to 9:00 p.m. 301.245.1226; owensordinary.menu Palette 22 (Alexandria, VA): Walk-in dining only. 703.746.9007; palette22.com  Passionfish (Bethesda, MD): Patios open beginning June 4. 301.358.6116; passionfishbethesda.com    Piccolina (City Center): Minimum $25 spend per reservation. 202.804.5713; piccolinadc.com Public Bar Live (Dupont): No reservations, table service only on rooftop patio. 202.223.2200; publicbarlive.com Rasika West End (Foggy Bottom): Modern Indian menu. 202.466.2500; rasikarestaurant.com The Renegade (Arlington, VA): Open daily from noon to 2:00 a.m. for in-restaurant and patio seating. Live music performances. The Renegade will donate 10% of all sales during shows to the performers & Keep the Music Alive Fund. 703.468.4652; renegadeva.com Rustico (Alexandria, VA): Patio open for lunch and dinner seven days. 703.224.5051; rusticorestaurant.com/alexandria Sauf Haus (Dupont): No reservations, table service only on rooftop patio. 202.466.3355; saufhausdc.com Sfoglina (City Center, Van Ness): Scattered seating times available for pasta-centric dining. 202.525.1402; sfoglinapasta.com/van-ness; sfoglinapasta.com/downtown  Shilling Canning Company (Navy Yard): Patio open for three course menu with optional wine pairing. 202.554.7474; shillingcanning.com Table (Park View): Patio open seven days, with a focus on Georgian khinkali and khachapuri. 202.291.3227; tabladc.com El Techo (Shaw): Rooftop open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 202.836.4270; instagram.com/eltechodc Tenth Ward (Frederick, MD): Patio open 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. for cocktails, spirit tastings, flights, and more. Seating is first come, first served. 301.360.5888; tenthwarddistilling.com Tiger Fork (Blagden Alley): Patio open for reservations Wednesday through Sunday. 202.733.1152; resy.com/cities/dc/tiger-fork Tony & Joe’s (Georgetown): Riverfront patio dining available. 202.944.4545; tonyandjoes.com TTT (Clarendon, VA): Open seven days. 703.888.1528; Tttdiner.com Union Market (NOMA): Outdoor seating available for pickup orders from union Market vendors. unionmarketdc.com Vola's Dockside (Alexandria, VA): Walk-in dining only. 703.935.8890; volasdockside.com  The Wharf (Maine Avenue): Parks and piers are open, Wharf Street is pedestrian-only, some restaurants are offering outdoor dining, and The Wharf Boathouse is open for kayak and paddleboard reservations; wharfdc.com  Zaytinya (Penn Quarter): Patio open daily. 202.638.0800; zaytinya.com  
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Summer Activations
Constantly amazed by the creativity in this city... Bethesda Street Eats  In partnership with Montgomery County, Bethesda Urban Partnership has launched  the “Bethesda Streetery,” a new dining concept that creates additional restaurant seating, outside in downtown Bethesda. To implement this extended, outdoor dining space, temporary street closures will be in place.  The “Streetery” will be set-up as open seating, with all tables placed at least 6’ apart and a limit of four people permitted per table. Restaurant patrons can dine within this open-air area after picking up food and beverages from a local Bethesda restaurant. Tables will be cleaned after each use. For more information on street closures and enjoying the “Streetery”,  visit bethesda.org Camp Anthem The Anthem’s new pop-up waterfront bar and restaurant, Camp Anthem, is open to the public Thursdays through Saturdays beginning Friday, June 19th. Located on District Pier, each table on the pier is covered by a cabana tent, and seats up to six people. Reservations must be made in order to attend, with a two-hour max at each table to allow thorough cleaning in between time slots. The reservation fee is $250 per cabana (approximately 40 dollars each when you attend with a group of 6). This amount is applied toward the cabana’s food and beverage tab. The rotating menu includes light fare, entrees, dessert, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. Guests must be 21 or over but children are welcome when accompanied by an adult, and Camp Anthem is also pet friendly if dogs are leashed. All reservations can be made by clicking here. Cook Kitz Got Your Kids Covered Camp may be closed for the summer, but Cook Kitz is an “almost” de-facto camp activity. The “Kitz” provide a fun activity that is already curated, scripted, and measured out.  So while parents may have varying levels of involvement, the work of pre-planning, shopping, and measuring is contained and there isn’t a lot of waste sitting on the pantry shelves. It’s awesome for the kids too.  Cook Kitz are fun cooking projects that are kicked up a few levels. While making cookies at home may be something that is normal, transforming the cookie dough into something frozen, cooked, customizing it with 5+ mixins, and more makes it a little more appealing than the standard Tollhouse recipe.  AND, there’s education in there as well. Each Kitz has a “Becoming a Chef 101” card with important kitchen reminders, helping to lay the foundation for good kitchen behavior, with an emphasis on cleaning while you work.  These kits can be done as a family project or individually as kids become more comfortable in the kitchen. The legwork, guesswork, and ingredient waste is removed but the creativity and fun is left in. For more information, visit cookkitz.com DC To-GoGo Ivy and Coney’s Josh Saltzman, Adam Fry and Chris Powers have launched a platform called DC To-GoGo that allows bar and restaurant owners to regain control of their food delivery process, especially those forced into delivery by the pandemic.  These business owners are paying up to 30% of their profits to larger food ordering platforms.  DC To-GoGo provides the ability for restaurants and bars to minimize these fees, at a time when sales and profits are down. With the number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. continuing to grow, many state and city officials have ordered the closure of dining rooms and bars across the country and millions of hospitality workers remain without income.  Ivy and Coney/DC To-GoGo  wanted to figure out a way to help restaurants and bars survive while providing as much employment to their furloughed workers as possible.  In addition to paying 10% in fees versus 30% or more, restaurants are strongly encouraged to hire their furloughed staff as couriers. The DC To-GoGo team is also adamant that the platform will not create gig economy-style jobs, and that all restaurant partners must agree to pay their staff a living wage. Unlike larger ordering platforms, DC To-GoGo will not delay payments due to the COVID-19 emergency. As a nonprofit, DC To-GoGo’s 10% fee is strictly for operations.  The service charges paid by the restaurants will be split evenly and go right back into their pockets once the bills are paid. DC To-GoGo will not only save restaurants from predatory fees, but the name is a show of DC pride with a nod to the official music of DC: Go-Go.  Patrons can order at DCToGoGo.com Federal Realty’s The Pick-Up The Pick-Up, Federal Realty’s contactless pick-up program at its shopping center properties in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia, is made available to all tenants and customers looking for comfortable ways to return to shopping at their favorite stores. The program expands on an already popular curbside pick-up program that was rolled out for restaurants at the start of the COVID-19 mandatory closings. Customers will be able to place orders directly with stores by phone or on-line, and arrange for same day pick-up, or a time most convenient to them. Look for The Pick-Up to launch by May 15th at Federal properties throughout the DC-metro region, including Bethesda Row, Congressional Plaza, Mount Vernon Plaza, Old Keene Mill Shopping Center, Pentagon Row, Pike & Rose, The Village at Shirlington, Wildwood Shopping Center, and more. federalrealty.com/  Hook Hall Summer Garden Hook Hall’s Summer Garden has reopened with seven private cabanas and an Astro-turfed lawn with picnic tables. Socially distance in style with each  private  and covered cabana fashioned with sectional lounges, table, large bean bags and ceiling fans.  Cabanas have power with USB ports, bottle service and in-house catering options. Rental for cabanas is $100 for 2.5 hours; the largest cabana, The Captain’s Quarters, is $125 for 2.5 hours. Food may be ordered by servers tableside. In the backyard beer garden, picnic tables  are spaced six-feet apart. Rentals for picnic tables are $35 for a table of six for 2 hours; $10  for two to four people for two hours. The Summer Garden  will meet all DC safety compliances and codes with tables 6-feet apart and curtains separating the cabanas. Reservations are required for tables up to six guests and cabanas which  also seat a maximum of six. Mask protocols will be in effect. Hook Hall is dog-friendly and pets must be on leashes. Open Wednesday through Sunday. 3400 Georgia Avenue NW; For more information, call 202.629.4339 or visit HookHall.com Nat Geo Family Camp This summer millions of children will experience a year without summer camp, as many temporarily close or families struggle to navigate COVID-19 concerns  -- leaving parents scrambling with ideas on how to keep their kids busy and engaged. National Geographic has launched ‘Nat Geo Family Camp,’ an eight-part summer camp series featuring a variety of activities that give children the opportunity to enjoy a camp-like experience in the comfort of their own home. Each week of the Nat Geo Family Camp series, there will be two activities that kids would associate with a traditional camp experience, such as swimming in lakes, sleeping in cabins, participating in talent shows, meeting new friends, doing campfire activities, etc. that will all translate into activities kids can do at home, either with parents or siblings. The series is meant to help foster the same life skills -- confidence, independence, teamwork, communication, leadership - that children typically bring home from camp, with particular activities associated with each theme. NatGeo.com/FamilyCamp Potomac Paddle Club There is only one passenger pedal boat that cruises the Potomac from the Georgetown waterfront, Potomac Paddle Club. Adhering to CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines the boat, which typically holds 16 passengers, will be booked for private groups, known as “Paddle Pods” of no more than 8 guests. There will be no individual tickets available. The boat is  propelled by a 6-foot paddle wheel powered by passengers pedaling in tandem. It also has a motor, a  captain and a deckhand. Passengers may bring their own coolers with beer, wine or soft drinks (no hard alcohol)  andsnacks. The 90-minute cruise departs from the Georgetown Waterfront and travels to Columbia Island Marina for a rest stop before continuing down the Potomac in front of monuments and landmarks.  Passengers sit on bike seats that encircle a mahogany bar as they pedal at their own pace while enjoying monumental views of the city. The tours, available to be booked by reservations only. instagram.com/paddleclub_dc Reservations at Home The Yards has developed a virtual cookbook, Reservations at Home, to feature more than 20 of the most popular recipes from bars and restaurants at The Yards. While DC stays home and stays safe, The Yards’ cookbook gives the community a chance to try their hand at their favorite dishes and drinks, while also educating area residents on delivery and pick-up options available at The Yards’ restaurants. Restaurants include Agua 301, Albi, Anchovy Social, Chloe, District Winery, Due South, Ice Cream Jubilee, Maialino Mare, Maxwell Park, Nando’s Peri Peri, and Shilling Canning Company. The cookbook can be purchased on Eventbrite for $10. All proceeds will benefit The Yards’ virtual tip jar, supporting the restaurant employees impacted by COVID-19. Tiny Chefs Virtual Classes Children can “travel” around the world with Tiny Chefs’ virtual kitchen, and learn how to make ten delicious recipes in this online cooking class. Recipes such as basic crepes with honey sea salt whipped cream & bananas from France, chicken gyros with cucumber salad & tzatziki from Greece, and tortilla fruit cups from Mexico are just a few of the creations that will be made. Your child will be able to follow along with a video instruction of each recipe or print the recipe and shopping list to make at a later date. Students will learn a variety of cooking techniques and terminology, and their knowledge will be tested with a short quiz and fun activities after each video. For $10 off, use discount code Dawsons10 at checkout. (tinychefs.com)    Voraciously “Essential Cookbooks” The Washington Post has launched an email series providing the necessary tools for cooking with advanced culinary techniques and guidance on everyday recipes from a variety of skilled chefs, Voraciously’s “Essential Cookbooks” newsletter. Starting Monday, June 1, the Voraciously staff will feature 10 selected cookbooks that are considered vital for home cooks. Each week, the newsletter will showcase a cookbook, introducing readers to techniques, ingredients and flavor combinations that they can apply. Chefs can also enrich their day-to-day cooking with featured cookbook recipes that they can add to their rotations. For more information, please click here. 
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Your July Fourth With All ‘The Works’
Holidays in the new normal may look different, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate this July Fourth weekend. As new information on local offerings comes in, you can find it here. Remember, most items must be ordered in advance, so be sure to check the deadlines for each.
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Foodie & The Beast from Home: June 21, 2020
Foodie & the Beast is on air, recorded from Nycci and David's bedroom (not as sexy as it sounds), safely talking to people who are making a difference in the food space.  Since we’re not in studio, we don’t have someone shaking up cocktails for us (and our guests) during the show. We now have a cocktail created for each show by a RAMMY Cocktail Program of the Year nominee.  This week, Alonzo Freeman from The Royal virtually made us an Aji cocktail —  a Colombian riff on the classic daiquiri, incorporating Royal’s house aji sauce made with cilantro, scallions, tomato, peppers and vinegar, with white rum, fresh lime and cane sugar — tune in to make your own. While sipping on this week’s cocktail, listen to David and Nycci talk to Chef Michael Rafidi, whose Albi restaurant opened near the Navy Yard just two weeks prior to the lockdown, but managed to  pivot quickly to carryout and delivery and whose  morning and daytime café, Yellow, opened adjacent to the Albi dining room during the pandemic shutdown. This is a real case of Coronovirus survival you’ll want to hear. We chatted with Chef Johanna Hellrigl from the West End’s new Mercy Me. She loves to bake, especially sourdough as an homage to her chef dad, and has been “seeding” friends’ kitchens with giveaways of sourdough starters. Pastry chef & owner of Petite Soeur, Ashleigh Pearson, seemed destined to succeed when she won a $10,000 Les Dames de Escoffier scholarship and headed off to Paris for classes at Le Cordon Blue (without speaking a word of French, mind you!). She’s back, running her operation out of Robert Weidmaier’s Marcels and creating “Wow!” pastries and desserts. Lastly,  an old and good friend of the show, 3 Stars Brewing’s Dave Coleman, joined us to discuss his brewery’s worldwide participation in “Black is Beautiful”, a beer project supporting Black Lives Matter, and 3 Stars’ new CSB – Community Supported Beer” – promotion. So much deliciousness for your ears. Listen to the entire episode here.  
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