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Your Fast, Broken
For those who celebrate the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur the last thing you want to worry about after 24 hours of fasting and atoning is what you are eating the Break-the-Fast. Fortunately, if you are looking for Break-theFast menus, we have you covered. Click here to area restaurants with their take on fish, bagels, and schmears. ⁠
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Restaurant Week, Reimagined
Some of the cooling comforts of summer are the area annual restaurant weeks. And, if you weren’t sure whether or not they were going to happen, you can breath a sigh of relief — not only are they back, but they are back with a variety of new offerings. DC Beer Week The DC Brewers’ Guild’s 12th Annual DC Beer Week will take place from September 13th to 26th.  This year's DC Beer Week will take on a new look, as the DCBG and the local brewing industry will be working to encourage beer lovers in the community to support local craft breweries, while ensuring that all participants are complying with recommended health guidelines. This year's extended DC Beer Week will feature virtual events and on-site promotions and specials.  In addition, local breweries will be selling a special designated "Solidarity Brew," with a portion of the proceeds donated to the DCBG to support continued operations.  Beer lovers will be able to participate in a fun craft beer themed scavenger hunt and win prizes for visiting sites that feature a "Solidarity Brew." There will still be some friendly competitions for bragging rights among area brewers, though many are virtual this year. The full event schedule, listing of promotions and specials, and details on the scavenger hunt can be found on the DC Beer Week website.  Event listings and other details will be available to users of the TaptIn App. Maryland Restaurant Week The Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM) is leading the effort  for the first-ever Maryland Restaurant Week, September 18th through 27th. In partnership with Visit Maryland, the statewide initiative was created to help support the thousands of restaurants who have been impacted by the economic setbacks presented during the current pandemic. Diners, family restaurants, fine dining, quick service, fast casual and all types of restaurants will be represented and offering some kind of promotion, feature or special. For the list of participating restaurants, visit marylandrestaurantweek.com.    Women’s Food Fest More than 40 women-owned food businesses will celebrate Women’s Food Fest, September 23rd through 30th, with each offering food, drink, and product specials to draw attention to the work done in the DC community by women food entrepreneurs. This group of women will raise funds in order to distribute 100 meals a day to charitable organizations during the weeklong event through the Hook Hall Helps project. A variety of highlighted menu items and specials will be offered. Women's Food Fest grew from a James Beard Foundation program called "Let's Talk" - a local forum that brings women food entrepreneurs together to support one another, take collective action and help each other survive the present economic and health crisis.  Washington DC's Ruth Gresser (Pizza Paradiso), Fiona Lewis  (The District Fishwife, On Toast) and Micheline Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery, We, The Pizza, Santa Rosa Taqueria)  worked together to create Women's Food Fest  joining with  area women who have made their careers in the food industry. A full list of participating women food entrepreneurs can be found at womensfoodfest.com/participants Savor Bethesda Savor Bethesda Restaurant Week will take place from Thursday, October 1 through Sunday, October 11, 2020. Participating downtown Bethesda restaurants will offer lunch, dinner and special treat menus at $10, $20, or $35 for dine-in and take-out customers. Take-out customers may also enjoy their meals at the Bethesda Streetery with locations on Norfolk, Cordell, and Woodmont Avenues. Complete restaurant menus can be found at bethesda.org.
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Oompah-Oktoberfest
The Oktoberfest is a very important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. Now, people around the world celebrate Oktoberfest and DC is no exception. Even with a pandemic you can count on the Oompah bands to play on:  NEW:  Dacha Kits While festivities at Dacha Shaw and Dacha Navy Yard beer gardens have kicked off, this year’s celebrations are coming to your home. Dacha Oktoberfest Home Kits have three options, the Dachnik, Hon, and Premier. The Dachnik ($149) includes the Standard growler filled with fresh Fest Bier, an exclusive Dacha Oktoberfest t-shirt, Das Boot, and Dacha Oktoberfest Feast: sausages, pretzels, obatzda. The Premier ($599) includes a limited edition porcelain Weihenstephaner mug, two Dacha boots, 1-year private locker membership, and more. The Hone ($899) includes a complimentary flight of visiting beers at any Dacha Beer Club Wednesdays, four Dacha boots, a private locker for your beer stein, wine or liquor bottle or glass, and more. 79 Potomac Avenue SE; 202.350.9888; dachadc.com NEW:  DC Brau Oktoberfest DC Brau is teaming up with Meats & Foods to turn this Oktoberfest into a Haus Party. On Saturday, September 19th guests can have their own private festival delivered to their door or picked up curbside. The Oktober-feast features a 4 pack of Meats & Foods (2 bratwursts and 2 half-smokes) paired with a 6-pack of DC Brau’s Oktoberfest Lager, authentic German mustard, and a classic DC Brau Logo bier stein. Each package costs $26.50. 3178 Bladensburg Road NE suite b; 202.621.8890; biermi.com NEW:  Guinness The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore County is hosting its second annual Oktoberfest celebration. Authentic to the historic German festivities, the celebration will begin in September during back-to-back weekends from Friday, September 25th- 27th, and October 2nd-4th. The brewing team will tap two Oktoberfest-themed beers to share with visitors, which were among the top sellers of more than 100 beer recipes created last year. Festbier is a modern take on a traditional German Festival Beer, returning on draft and as a special small-batched can release. Packed with malty flavors and paired with noble hops for a clean finish, the 5.5% ABV beer pairs with salty Oktoberfest classics like Bratwurst, roasted nuts, and sharp cheddars. Dunkel Lager will return as a draft-only release, made with all German malts and hops at a 5% ABV. The light caramel nuttiness and dry finish pairs with deep spicy and sweet seasonal dishes such as pumpernickel and pastrami. Both beers are available exclusively at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery on tap and in cans for purchase on-site or curbside pickup. 5001 Washington Blvd, Halethorpe, MD; 443.575.6893; guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com NEW:  Joe Thiesmann’s Restaurant  Joe Theismann’s Restaurant is celebrating the season with $18 growlers of four seasonal beers for Oktoberfest. Guests can choose from either Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Left Hand Brewing Oktoberfest, Port City Oktoberfest, and Devil’s Backbone Brewing O’Fest. The promotion is for to-go orders only and runs from October 1st-October 31st while supplies last. 1800 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA; 703.739.0777; theismanns.com NEW:  Lena’s Beer Garden  Lena’s Beer Garden is starting Oktoberfest celebrations on October 1st. The first 200 guests will receive a complimentary beer stein with their first beer. Guests can choose from four seasonal beers from local breweries, including Port City’s Oktoberfest brew. Lena’s will also offer traditional German fare throughout the month. Seating is first-come, first-served. 401 E Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA; 703.683.5330; lenaswoodfire.com NEW:  Oktoberfest NRG For Oktoberfest, NRG is featuring German wines in their 4-bottle bundle. The Oktoberfest Wine Pack ($70) includes Hansen-Lauer Bernkasteler Badstube QbA, Hans Wirsching Iphöfer Kalb Erste Lage Trocken, Weingut Pfeffingen Spätburgunder, and Schäfer Pinot Noir Mettenheimer. 2000 Mt Vernon Avenue; 703.549.5051; nrgprovisions.com NEW:  Stable Stable co-owners Silvan Kraemer and David Fritsche have introduced seasonal to-go packages. New to-go packages include Landjäger (semi-dried sausage) with mustard, cornichons and pearl onions, fondue bread, homemade pretzels, and more. Guests can complement their meals with seasonal Swiss drinks including Apples and Pears made with Schladerer Pear Williams, Berentzen apple liqueur, Goldschlager, Stable’s rosemary cordial, and house-made apple bitters. 1324 H Street NE; 202.733.4604; stabledc.com  
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Bakers Against Racism Want You to Bake the Vote
Bakers Against Racism is activating once again to Stand Up for what is right: BAKE THE VOTE!  This virtual bake sale is encouraging partners across the nation to participate in their local communities under the “Bakers Against Racism” banner to ensure a fair election, preserving everyone's right to vote and creating pathways for true equality. Everyone who wants to see radical change against systemic and structural racism, should bake and support. Pre-sale is on September 21, and pick-up on September 28.
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Feast Your Eyes
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: Del Mar At Del Mar, Chef Fabio Trabocchi and executive Chef Alex Rosser will be offering Pintxos, a traditional presentation in the Basque region of Spain. They are small morsels fastened with skewers, giving the food its name Pintxos, meaning “to spike.” Offerings include chilled prawn with tomato and caviar; lobster salad with paprika aioli and hard-boiled egg, and more. 791 Wharf Street SW; 202.525.1402; fabiotrabocchi.com Fiola  Fiola has introduced a new menu where Chef Fabio has partnered with Chancellors Rock Farm in Rappahannock County, Virginia. The 3-course Italian menu ($85 per person) will change according to the day’s peak flavors, and guests will customize their journey when they arrive at the restaurant by selecting 2 savory courses and dessert from the daily-changing selection. Guests may also allow Chef Fabio to design the experience. Menu offerings include Calvisius Italian caviar, artisan Italian cured pork Culatello, and more. 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.525.1402; fioladc.com Ghost Kitchen The Oval Room’s Executive Chef Bryan Moscatello created “On A Roll by The Oval Room”, which offers a rotating selection of sandwiches, sides & sweets, and zero-proof cocktails. Current sandwich offerings include the vegetable dagwood with mushroom & goat cheese stuffed zucchini, grilled romaine, preserved tomato soubise, eggplant char, and herb salad, served on a sesame seed brioche bun; the stingray Sandwich with fried skate wing, oil & vinegar steamed potato, butterhead lettuce, and sauce gribiche, served on a salt & pepper brioche bun, and more. 800 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.463.8700; ovalroom.com Han Palace Han Palace, which features a daily extensive menu of made to order authentic Cantonese Dim Sum, as well as other traditional dishes, has recently opened on Tysons Corner. All Dim Sum will be made to order and the menu will be overseen by Dim Sum Executive Chef Kenny Lei. Offerings include steamed shrimp dumplings, baked bbq pork buns, and more. 7900 Westpark Drive; 571.378.0162; hanpalacedimsum.com Jaleo Paella Fest Beginning on September 20th Jaleo is celebrating their 18th Paella Festival by offering specialty paellas including “the mother of all paellas,” the Valenciana with chicken, rabbit and green beans for $55, as well as the Fideuà Negra or paella made with pasta, squid, mussels, shrimp and squid ink for $75. 2250 Crystal Drive A, Arlington, VA; 703.413.8181; jaleo.com NEW:  La Bodega at Compass Rose  La Bodega at Compass Rose is a bakery and store front with freshly-made grab and go goods ranging from Paola's sweet treats and cakes to the restaurant’s khachapuri and Chef Marcelle’s new Tigris kebab menu, as well as pantry staples and wines from around the world. Sweets offerings include NY cheesecake, Biscocho Dominicano, and more. 1346 T Street NW; 202.506.4765; compassrosedc.com NEW:  La Famosa La Famosa has recently opened and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while offering an extensive coffee program and a full bar of tropical-inspired drinks. The menu features a wide selection of “picadera”, Puerto Rican finger foods, including a variety of savory and sweet fried turnovers called Pastelillos, Bacalaito a salt cod fritter served with salsa verde, and sandwiches such as the Tripleta made with roast pork, beef and ham, and more. 1300 4th Street, SE; 202.921.9882; eatlafamosa.com Money Muscle BBQ Money Muscle BBQ, a new food truck from the husband and wife team behind Silver Spring’s All Set Restaurant & Bar, is now serving regional American barbeque. Money Muscle BBQ combines classic styles of BBQ like Carolina pulled pork, a ½ pound of pulled shoulder and meat slow smoked for seven hours and baby back ribs, served by the 1/3, 2/3 or whole rack. 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5 Silver Spring, MD; 301.646.7006; moneymusclebbq.com Mozzeria Local design studio CORE architecture + design collaborated with Mozzeria, a San Francisco-based Neapolitan-style pizzeria, to create a prototype for an inclusive and unique pizzeria concept, which is owned, managed, and staffed by Deaf and hard of hearing people. This new, much-anticipated DC location is open for carryout service and delivery. Menu offerings include Margherita pizza, mushroom pizza, and more. 1300 H St NE Sreet; 202.866.4424;mozzeria.com/ NEW:  North Italia North Italia has created a new date night bundle for two, available October 14th through November 1st in celebration of National Pasta Month. For $50, couples will be able to enjoy their choice of any two signature pastas, along with a side of parmesan garlic bread and either a to-go margarita or red sangria. Favorites include the house-made chicken pesto, burrata Tortelloni, short rib radiatori, and more. 2112 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.803.8051; northitalia.com NEW:  Oyster Oyster Oyster Oyster has launched an outdoor dining experience, featuring private pizza, pinball and oyster parties in its “Oyster Garage” space. $400 gets a group (up to 6 people) the private space for two hours, plus a boozy oyster + pizza feast curated by Chef Rob Rubba and Beverage Director Sarah Horvitz, which includes 4 dozen raw oysters, 4 Cowabunga pizzas, 4 bottles of wine/pitchers of beer or cider, and unlimited pinball. 1440 8th Street NW; oysteroysterdc.com NEW:  Pisco y Nazca Pisco y Nazca has a colorful lunch menu full of Peruvian favorites to discover.Menu options include the Causa Crocante, empanadas, chocolate dome, and more. 1823 L Street NW; 202.559.3726; piscoynazca.com Reverie Reverie has reopened with an evolved tasting menu experience with a heavy focus on vegetables and seafood. Highlights of the new menu include the Madai with spruce, kumquat and smoked olive oil - prepared in the Japanese omakase style; lobster with walnut ajo blanco, walnut miso/seaweed vinegar; and more. 201 Cherry Hill Lane, NW; 202.808.2952; reveriedc.com Smoke Craft Arlington’s Smokecraft Modern Barbecue is offering game-day packages for fans to choose from. Guests can order take-out barbecue favorites to enjoy at home while watching football this season. Build your own options include nachos with pulled pork, pulled chicken, or brisket, and sliders with two pounds of pulled pork, sausage, pulled chicken, or brisket. Enjoy shareables like a wing platter, smoked buffalo dip, or smoked avocado deviled eggs platter. 1051 N. Highland Street; 571.312.8791; smokecraftbbq.com
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From Their Kitchens To Yours
It has been amazing how people in the Industry have “pivoted” and come up with new and interesting ways to engage with their patrons. Truly 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 interesting ways in order to create unique offerings.  We are the lucky ones ~   ANXO Membership Clubs ANXO is now offering a variety of cider and food membership clubs. Sign up to receive cider on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis for pick-up or delivery, including three options, called Economy, Provisional, and New Release. There are also five different curated food-related memberships to keep your fridge and pantry stocked at home. These include the CSA Membership, plentiful enough for a vegan or great as a base box, this box features produce, fruit, and fungi from the region based on what is available during the current growing season. Some featured farms include Little Wild Things and Three Part Harmony Farm, as well as Earth Spring Farms out of PA and Madison Mushrooms from VA. The Seafood Box Membership includes a total of 3-4lb of three to four seafood items selected each week for their freshness and abundance or a larger box great for families and includes a total of 6-8lbs of four items. The Meat Box Membership features meat from Huntsman Specialty Game & More, who sources animals from local farms and performs much of the butchery in-house. The Shroomhead Membership offers freshly picked mushrooms from Madison Mushrooms every Saturday morning. The mix varies each week but is a full pound and usually features oyster, shitake, maitake, pioppino and lion’s mane mushrooms. Finally, the War Shore Oyster Membership, with the best local oysters every Tuesday right from the water. Members will always get the freshest local oysters, complete with ANXO Cider Mignonette. Baker's Daughter CSA Boxes Chef Matt Baker and the Baker’s Daughter team work with local farmers and suppliers to put together a one-of-a-kind CSA box for you to create meals at home. Each box includes a bountiful assortment of local, seasonal produce and meat, along with a handful of homemade sauces, condiments, pickles, and breads, as well as a thoughtful recipe that can be used with that week’s set of ingredients and products. Available for pick-up at Baker's Daughter on Thursdays. bakersdaughterdc.com/csa-program 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. Fabio at Home  Fall into the ease of at home dining, but with all the bells and whistles of an epicurean experience from Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants. Fabio at Home is direct from Del Mar at the District Wharf, and from Fiola Mare at the Georgetown Waterfront to backyards and kitchen tables. With 24-hours advance notice: place your order, sit back, and the respective kitchens will prepare for you the ultimate feast. Packages include the Sea Bucket, with snow crab, shrimp, lobster, mussels, clams, spicy sausage, and fresh corn packed in a bucket and ready to boil with a special spice blend, aioli, cocktail sauce, and lemons; the Grill Master, with seasoned Beef, Branzino, Sausages, and more, differing by location and served with seasonal sides; the Crab Feast, at Del Mar, a snow crab & shrimp Feast and at Fiola Mare, a classic summer crab feast; the Salad Night, with an array of seasonal fresh greens, roasted vegetables, seasoned grain salads and flavorful dressings and bread rolls; the Paella Pack from Del Mar, featuring seafood paella, cogollos con cerezas, gazpacho Andaluz, tortilla Española, and flan con duraznos; the Lobster Roll pack from Fiola Mare, and the Chef’s Weekend Sweets pack. Add wine or cocktails to any order from either location. Fiolamaredc.com; delmardc.com 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 La Bodega at Compass Rose La Bodega, a dedicated bakery and store front with freshly-made grab and go goods ranging from Paola Velez's sweet treats and show-stopping cakes to the restaurant’s famed khachapuri and Chef Marcelle Afram’s new Tigris kebab menu, as well as pantry staples and wines from around the world. La Bodega at Compass Rose is named for and pays tribute to the staple of chef Paola’s hometown of New York City, the go-to spot in every neighborhood. La Bodega at Compass Rose will be open Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with the Tigris menu available for lunch Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Compass Rose open for dinner for takeout and delivery from Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 1346 T Street NW; 202.506.4765; compassrosedc.com. Near Country Provisions As we all try to get our households organized for the fall, Near Country Provisions wants to help with their meat delivery program. By subscribing to receive pasture-raised proteins from local farms, you can set up a no-hassle regular delivery schedule. Set it and forget it, with the flexibility to modify, skip a month, or cancel your subscription at any time. The meat Near Provisions sources and delivers is flavorful, nutrient-dense and ethically-raised on partner farms that are local to the District (you can read about them here). The beef is 100% grass-fed; the pork is pasture- and woodlot-raised. For more information, visit nearcountry.com. Stable Seasonal To-Go Packages Fixings for an at-home fondue night, Oktoberfest feasts, and cocktails featuring fall produce and Swiss spirits are among the autumn offerings at Stable. New to-go packages are perfect for fall- loaded with all you need for a cozy fondue night at home, a picnic for an autumn day spent at a local winery, or an Oktoberfest celebration. Packages include the Vineyard Picnic Package, the Fondue Package (with or without wine and kirsch), and the Oktoberfest Package (with or without German beer), along with seasonal cocktails available to-go. Order online or by calling 202.733.4604. Tea Drunk On the tails of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tea Drunk has started an online Educational Tea Club with a monthly subscription opportunity that offers the chance to meet and connect with team members, brew tea samples while following video, and receive special discounts on pre-sale teas. Live and recorded classes are available in brewing, tea crash courses, and even for the tea connoisseur wanting to gain higher experience in tea making. Tea Drunk provides tea service to corporations and institutes as well. Shunan Teng, founder of Tea Drunk, is the educator for the TED-Ed lesson – The History of Tea and has collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to execute a temporary Chinese tea house in the museum. She is an avid educator on tea and has spoken on the subject matter at many institutions including Yale University, World Tea Expo, and Stony Brook University. For more information, visit tea-drunk.com/tea-club.
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Area Breakfasts & Brunches: Start Your Day Right
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 is now offering brunch every Saturday and Sunday on their patio. The menu features creative cocktails and pastries brought to you by O'Bread. Brunch will include savory dishes like our breakfast Juk, kimchi baked eggs, spicy chicken sandwiches, and more. 1805 18th Street NW; 202.845.8935; (anjurestaurant.com) Barrel & Bushel  Barrel & Bushel serves classic American cuisine handcrafted from the region’s freshest seasonal ingredients. On warm days, enjoy a breezy dining experience in the dining space when the glass garage doors are opened on to the patio. Breakfast offerings include steak and eggs, double chocolate French toast, and more. Their breakfast also includes a full-service coffee bar and other breakfast cocktails. 7901 Tysons One Pl; 703.848.6340; (barrelandbushel.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 ) Commissary  Logan Circles Commissary has launched a Summer daily bottomless brunch. The seven-day brunch menu includes bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary’s, Southern fried chicken sandwich, avocado Bowl with poached eggs, and more. 1443 P Street NW; 202.299.0018; (commissarydc.com) El Techo  El Techo is expanding its limited menu to include an all-new weekend brunch menu. Food offerings include ritos, tacos, nachos, and can be paired with bottomless drinks on Sundays. Drink offerings include unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, El Techo Margaritas, or Tecates. 606 Florida Avenue NW; (ritoloco.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) Fight Club  Fight Club is offering a new “Not Brunch” with offerings including chicken and waffles, pecan waffles, a Bodega egg & cheese, and more. Drinks include iced or hot Vietnamese coffee, available spiked with whiskey, or deconstructed Mimosas, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; (fightclubdc.com ) Jack and Rose Dining Saloon Jack and Rose Dining Saloon has introduced a brunch service running every Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Hosted on its safely-distanced open-air terrace, guests can enjoy morning cocktails, brunch fares like mornay-smothered Kentucky hot browns, veggie-packed frittatas, and more. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; (jackrosediningsaloon.com ) NEW:  I Egg You The Fried Rice Collective is hosting an event called “I Egg You” at Chiko Capital Hill every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The menu features egg sandwiches, open-faced griddles, and more. Local partners include Rako coffee, Logan Sausage, and more. 423 8th Street SE; (ieggyou.com).  Jaleo  Jaleo Penn Quarter and Jaleo Crystal City have introduced weekend brunch.  Available for dine-in only, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dish highlights include torrijas (Spanish french toast); huevos estrellados with jamon, and more. 480 7th Street NW; 202.628.7949; (jaleo.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) Logan Tavern  Logan Tavern has launched a bottomless daily brunch menu. The new brunch twist has new items like flour tortillas, roasted turkey and sunny side eggs breakfast enchilada, and more. 1423 P Street NW; 202.332.3710; (logantavern.com) Mission Dupont Mission Dupont has added a bottomless brunch to its menu. Offerings include tinga brunch bowl, apple French toast, jumbo steak and egg tacos, and a chicken breakfast burrito. Available Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m. Mission Dupont’s $29.99 bottomless brunch include pitchers of mimosas, margaritas, and Bloody Marys or Shocktop beer. 1606 20th Street NW; (missiondupont.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) Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is offering breakfast-to-go beginning August 26th. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli is preparing a menu of traditional French and American breakfast fare, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and, on Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Menu offerings include smoked salmon bagel, yogurt parfait, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; (opalinedc.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]) Tabla  Tabla is now offerings breakfast items to their menu. Offerings include Matsoni: Yogurt & Granola with seasonal fruit ($6), Guruli khachapuri: a breakfast khachapuri with boiled egg, cheese and fresh herbs ($8), and Nazuki: a Georgian spiced bread with dried cherries and currants, served with honey butter ($3). 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; (tabladc.com) 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) 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) Tiki TNT  Tiki TNT is bringing back brunch with a new menu with a variety of options from small snacks to larger plates. Menu offerings include the “Feel Good Bowl” featuring a tropical blend of fresh banana, mango, and pineapple over Greek yogurt, granola, “The Spam Musubi” with grilled slabs of the canned meat, layered between sushi rice wrapped in nori, and more. Drink options include bottomless mimosas, tomato cocktail, and more. 1130 Maine Avenue SW; 202.900.4786; (www.tikitnt.com ) TTT TTT introduces a new $33.99 unlimited brunch menu for summer 2020 with 25 cent cocktails. The unlimited brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Guests can indulge in a variety of egg dishes, breakfast burritos & quesadillas like chorizo hash taco, breakfast quesadilla, and more. 2900 Wilson Boulevard. Arlington, Virginia; 703.888.1528; (tttrestaurant.com )
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Alcohol Won’t Fix It, But It’s Worth A Try
No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants Atlas Brew Atlas Brew Works has introduced Sunny Honey Saison, a collaborative beer made using honey harvested from solar farms that use pollinator-friendly plants as ground cover under and around the panels to help save the bees. Sunny Honey Saison, 7.3% ABV, 28 IBU, 3.0 SRM, 15.3*P OG, is available in limited edition 750 ml bottles at Atlas Brew Works taprooms in the District. Atlas Brew Works partnered with nonprofit Fresh Energy to provide the honey, which was harvested from hives on pollinator-friendly solar farms managed by Minnesota-based Bare Honey (BareHoney.com). 2052 West Virginia Ave NE #102; 202.832.0420; atlasbrewworks.com Capital Wheel “The Perfect Day” from True Respite Brewing was inspired by a vision of a perfect ride on The Capital Wheel and has been released in follow up to the previous related brew in the series called It’s Too Foggy. The Perfect Day brew is a Hazy DIPA (8.2%). The Capital Wheel is including the new brew in an experience package and is open daily with tickets available online. The elevation celebration package feature includes 2 tickets for The Capital Wheel, 2 The Perfect Day Beers, and 2 souvenir cups. 141 American Way, National Harbor, MD; 301.842.8650; https://tickets.thecapitalwheel.com City Winery City Winery has introduced a new “Signature Series”  with an exclusive collection of City Winery's finest wines with label artwork designed by acclaimed artists. The debut collection is Portraits in Jazz by William Horberg, benefiting the Creative Music Studio. For the inaugural Signature Series bottling, Michael Dorf and Chief Winemaker David Lecomte have selected a Cabernet Sauvignon from the famed Bettinelli Vineyard in the Napa Valley. 1350 Okie Street NE; 202.250.2531; citywinery.com Jack Rose Jack Rose Dining Saloon’s rooftop terrace has been open since mid-June, but now its vast saloon dining room has opened with just five extra-distanced indoor tables. Jack Rose has introduced its completely transformed, rebuilt whisk(e)y collection, featuring thousands of new bottles for tasting and sampling. They have also created several new craft cocktails including the Playa Amarga (Espolon Blanco, Suze, Berto blanco vermouth, JRDS stone fruit bitters, gomme, saline), the Green Pony (vodka, Copper & Kings JRDS port barrel absinthe, Don Ciccio & Figli Limoncello, buzz button, Chareau aloe liqueur, acido, mint), and more. 2007 18th Street, NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com NEW:  La Cosecha La Cosecha, DC’s contemporary Latin American marketplace is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Voces Latinas, a month-long celebration of Latin American culture and voices. Serenata will offer virtual cocktail class + Heritage Month cocktail box with 5 cocktails from 5 different countries. 1280 4th Street NE; lacosechadc.com NEW:  NRG Provisions  NRG Provisions has created new tailgating beer packs with large format Show of Hands bottled cocktails ( Texas-sized Margarita + Bloody Mary), Red Apron meats & more. The pack features three four-packs of beer for varying prices ranging from $39 to $43.. 2000 Mt Vernon Avenue; 703.549.5051; nrgprovisions.com One Eight Distilling  One Eight Distilling is introducing cocktails to go, where they have curated a collection of 12 cocktails. Each bottle contains enough for two cocktails and detailed instructions for serving at home. They provide the spirit, mixers, and garnish, so the only things you need are ice and a glass. Cocktails include gin and tonic, Maryland mule, and more. 1135 Okie Street NE; 202.636.6638; oneeightdistilling.com Rako Pop Up with Oyster Oyster Oyster Oyster is having a daytime coffee shop pop-up with local RĀKO Coffee Roasters. Oyster Oyster’s pop-up with Rako includes espresso carts dispensing made-to-order milk and alt-milk based espresso drinks, baked goods and teas from Chef Rubba, and a retail shop selling brewing essentials and bagged coffee. 1440 8th Street NW; oysteroysterdc.com The Columbia Room  The Columbia Room has introduced a cocktail garden on their patio called “Your Only Friend” helmed by Paul Taylor, Columbia Room partner, and head bartender. The Columbia Room is also offering a special weekend picnic kit, which includes two sandwiches, two cocktails (each of which contains 2 servings), and two sides, along with compostable flatware and napkins, in a reusable tote bag. The picnic kits are available for takeout and delivery on Friday and Saturday only and are priced at $85. They have also introduced zoom cocktail classes, and the next class will be focused on summer cocktails on July 25 at 5:00 p.m. 124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com
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Raising the Roof
All Purpose Riverfront This breezy roof deck is now available for reservations. Open for parties of 4 to 6 people, All Purpose has four socially-distanced seating sections with riverfront views, and TVs for watching Nationals games. Reservations on the roof deck are $100 per person (plus tax and tip) for an all-you-care-to-eat meal with three drinks of your choice. There is no time-limit outside of usual hours so you can hang out all evening. To make a reservation, please email your preferred date, time and party size to [email protected] and they will follow up to complete your booking. There are only four spots available per day. Each spot can accommodate a minimum of four guests and a maximum of six guests. 79 Potomac Avenue SE; 202.629.1894; allpurposedc.com Anchovy Social Kick back with waterfront vibes, spritzes, and seafood towers while taking in 360° views of the city below. The Anchovy Social rooftop and terrace atop Thompson Washington D.C. is now open. The cocktail menu highlights old favorites with inventive twists, like the Averna Spritz and Rickey's Last Word, along with sancking bites and heartier plates. Open every Wednesday through Sunday afternoons, walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended for a guaranteed spot. Fathom Gallery Private Events With over 1,200 square feet of private open-air space decked out with twinkle lights and greenery, rooftop guests have been able to celebrate safely and in style with a beautiful DC backdrop. Fathom Gallery has hosted microweddings and intimate ceremonies over the past few weeks while embracing “the new normal”, hosting intimate, unique celebrations with personal details from puppy ring bearers to a traditional West African wedding ceremony. Use of the rooftop is included in every venue rental, and bookings are being accepted for the remainder of 2020 and all of 2021. Find out more at [email protected] Gravitas/The Conservatory Dine under the stars with Gravitas’ new three-course tasting menu at the Conservatory rooftop. Pick from dishes like classic tuna tartare, braised short rib and pot de crème, alongside a menu of refreshing gin-based cocktails. Don’t forget the pièce de résistance — stunning skyline views of Ivy City. Click here for the full menu. Jack Rose Dining Saloon Jack Rose Dining Saloon now offers Sunday brunch on their open-air terrace from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featuring summery classic and original morning cocktails, brunch fare like mornay-smothered Kentucky Hot Browns and veggie-packed frittatas, and sweeping city views. Chef Russell Jones has created a variety of brunch dishes, from a vegetarian spinach & feta frittata, to sausage & egg breakfast burrito, to hearty shrimp & grits. Sweets lovers can enjoy a tall stack of seasonal buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh fruit and pecan maple syrup. In addition, chef Jones offers sandwiches, salads, soups, and Jack Rose classics such as its honey bourbon-glazed whiskey wings, shrimp hushpuppies with old bay mayo, and the pimento cheese-topped Big Jack burger. There will be equally varied morning cocktails, from staples like mimosas and bloody Marys to the large-format Hawaiian Haymaker serving 3-5 to a seasonal rotating summer punch. Jack Rose offers reservations via Resy, but will also take walk-ins if space is available. Tables are available for 2-6 guests, with time limits of 1.5-2.5 hours per reservation, depending on party size. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com Riggs Washington DC  The new  Rooftop at Riggs is a sophisticated space with panoramic views of the city, offering a bright and breezy menu of Mediterranean inspired aperitifs and seasonal cocktails. Chef Patrick Currans menu will feature ricotta and peaches with crostini, chips, and dips that include white bean and black garlic, roasted French onion, and smoked red pepper and chickpea relish; nostalgic ice cream sandwiches, and a selection of Aperitivo and spritz. In addition to being open to the public Thursday through Sunday, the space is also available to book for private functions, offering floor to ceiling glass walls and flexible sliding wall partitions to accommodate a variety of small-gathering needs. 900 F Street NW; 202.638.1800; sevenrooms.com Top of the Gate Top of the Gate has reopened, serving a new menu of handcrafted cocktails, beer, and wine alongside a fresh selection of gourmet pizzas and small plates. No reservations required, and parties will be seated in the lounge area, which has been arranged for social distancing. The rooftop will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. 2650 Virginia Avenue NW; 844.617.1972; thewatergatehotel.com
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Foodie & The Beast from Home: September 13, 2020
Another Foodie & The Beast episode live … well, not really live, it was recorded … but it sounds like it’s live and it’s from Nycci and David's bedroom. Over the past several months every show has featured a RAMMY nominee and since the RAMMYs are coming up this Sunday, September 20th, this was our very last opportunity so we packed them in! And that’s not it, we also talked franchise speak, got an education on Indo-Chinese cuisine and caught up with old friends who are in it to win it. This show’s guests inlcuded:  * Not one but two RAMMY beer programs nominees: 1) Joe Schineller, Jonathan Blake, & Aaron Emery, — brewers at area Sweet Water Taverns. 2) Dave Delaplane, General Manager & Beer Director at Roofers Union  * Ashok Tamang and his partners have opened the Indo-Chinese concept, Indochen in Cameron Station * Cofounder and CEO of Famous Toastery, Robert Maynard chatted the pros & cons of franchising in the time of Covid * Remember the great movie Fight Club? Well, now there’s s a restaurant with a menu of the same name and food packing a similar punch, Fight Club by Chef/Owner Andrew Markert and punch director, Mackenzie Conway. Listen to the full episode here.
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