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I Love Sous Vide, You Love Sous Vide, We All Love Sous Vide
Michelin-Starred chefs including Daniel Boulud, industry experts and sous vide ambassadors come together to commemorate 50 years of sous vide on Tuesday, January 26th in honor of International Sous Vide Day. Cuisine Solutions, the leader in pioneering and perfecting sous vide cooking techniques, hosts their annual extravaganza, virtually. The all-day (virtual) affair will give guests an inside look at the history and artistry of the sous vide cooking process. The experience, which will be emceed by Nycci Nellis, host of the podcast Industry Night and the Foodie & The Beast radio show, will boast an exciting schedule of expert panelists with Michelin-starred chefs and renowned industry professionals, global cooking demonstrations, and a documentary-style film that showcases the premier importance of Dr. Bruno Goussault’s life’s work and the significant impact he has had on the world over the past 50 years. All programs throughout the event are free and open to those who register at internationalsousvideday.com
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Inaugural Toasts, Roasts, and Spreads
In "normal" times, an Inauguration means an incredible amount of money to those in the DC Area hospitality industry. Hotel rooms should be filled, private dining rooms should be booked, and restaurants all over town should be cooking for revelers who travel from near and far to celebrate. The Biden/Harris Inauguration on Wednesday, January 20th will be different like most everything has been. But, you can bet area restaurants are going to roll out incredible food and drink options for your celebrations. The offers are just rolling in now and will be available for multiple days. You know the drill - as more come in we will post them here: Inauguration Edition Beer Special From Atlas Brew Works Cheers to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris with Atlas Brew Works’ special Inauguration edition releases: Amtrak Joe’s Pilsner and Madam Veep’s IPA. Brewed with Saaz and Mt. Hood hops, Amtrak Joe’s Pilsner is a crisp, light, and refreshing 4.7% ABV craft lager. Brewed with Mosaic and Citra hops, Madam Veep’s IPA is a 5.7% ABV juicy pale ale, packed with citrus flavor. These beers have been made in collaboration with OccasionAles. The mixed six pack of beer is $16.99. Orders are available for pickup starting January 16th  at Atlas Half Street Brewery (1201 Half Street SE, Suit 120) and Tap Room (2052 West Virginia Avenue NE #102);  occasionales.com The "46" at BOURBON STEAK DC And Other Inauguration Offerings DMV native Chef Curtis is excited to be back at BOURBON STEAK DC as the recently appointed Executive Chef. Open flame cooking is a passion of Chef Curtis’ and his team is fired up to serve dishes worthy of The White House in celebration of this Inauguration Day. Specials include the “46”, a monumental, open fire grilled, 46 oz bone-in rib-eye in honor of the 46th President. Perfect for sharing & the culinary team slices the steak tableside. The First Lady is a trio of BOURBON STEAK’s signature fries served with a shaken Potomac martini in honor of Dr. Jill Biden’s favorite combo. Kamala’s Cali Burger is a burger not to be messed with. Two Angus beef patties topped with avocado, cheddar cheese, grilled onions, pickles, and a secret special sauce. Joe’s Cone is a classic favorite, with bourbon vanilla ice cream on a sugar cone. And lastly, the Major & Champs, a fun cocktail with a little sparkle to celebrate the return of First Canines to The White House. Major & Champs is made with Russel Reserve, Madeira & champagne, of course. BOURBON STEAK is open for indoor dining (with limited capacity) and extensive outdoor dining during the week of Inauguration, Monday January 18th through Sunday January 24th. Specials sold a la carte. BOURBON STEAK DC is located in Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.944.2026; fourseasons.com. Inauguration Package From Centrolina & Piccolina Inauguration Day will certainly look different this year, but what we know for certain is that Amy Brandwein, Chef and Owner of Centrolina, has created incredibly comforting and celebratory packages, inspired by the President and Vice President-elect. The Dine with Joe package is inspired by President-Elect Joe’s favorite Italian dishes, including menu items like field greens with Caesar vinaigrette, sunny side egg, and parmigiano, spaghetti pomodoro, chicken parmigiana & garlic Bread, and mint stracciatella gelato for dessert. The Dine with Kamala package is inspired by Vice President-Elect Kamala’s favorite Centrolina dishes, with menu items like Giardino, with wood roasted vegetables, basil aioli, sunny side egg, Branzino, a whole Mediterranean sea bass, potato confit, tomato, olive (cooking instructions included), and Inverno with winter citrus, honey, lime, and pomegranate. Select one bottle of sparkling, white or red wine with your Joe or Kamala package, from choices Adami Garbel Prosecco NV, Cembra Sauvignon Blanc 2018, or Le Pupille Morellino di scansano Sangiovese 2018. Cooking and reheating instructions are included for each course. Pre-Order ends Sunday, January 17th and pick-up is from 1:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm on Tuesday, January 19th. The Dine with Joe and Dine with Kamala packages are both priced at $125 each and serve two people. 974 Palmer Alley NW; 202.898.2426; centrolinadc.com. Inauguration Half Dozen Doughnuts By District Doughnut Chef Christine wants to make this year’s Inauguration special with a doughnut box for the occasion. Each box comes with two red, white, and blue sprinkled Funfetti and four doughnuts of your choice, along with a patriotic ribbon wrapped around the box. Pre-orders must be made by 1:30 p.m. on January 19th. Multiple locations; districtdoughnut.com/place-order. Fight Club’s Inauguration Day Sandwiches & Punch Specials To welcome the newest residents of the White House, Capitol Hill’s Fight Club is bringing back The Biden’s Bobbie and rolling out a new Inauguration Day sandwich and punch specials that will be available for patio service, carry out, and delivery. The Biden’s Bobbie ($15) is loaded with turkey, sausage stuffing, potato mayo and cranberry sauce on a hoagie roll. For dessert, indulge in the PED of JOE ($8), a salted peanut butter and chocolate chip ice cream sandwich. Also offered is The VP Melt ($15), featuring tuna salad, spicy chips, American cheese, and a hard boiled egg on country white bread. Pair the Inauguration Day specials with cocktails like the Fix It Juice ($14), whose name doubles as a plea to the new administration, and the Sad Boys Tea ($14), taking a final swipe at the evicted-occupants of the White House. Specials available January 13th through January 20th. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.com. Gerrard Street Kitchen Inaugural Cocktail & Mocktail As DC makes preparations for U.S. Presidential Inauguration, Gerrard Street Kitchen is rolling out the red carpet for its newly introduced We the People and The All-American inaugural cocktail and mocktail libations that pay tribute to President-Elect Joe Biden and his Swearing-In Ceremony on January 20th. The sapphire blue We the People martini and the royal blue The All-American concoctions complement Executive Chef Jaime Velasquez’s globally-inspired menu and robust collection of craft signature and seasonal cocktails. The We the People martini cocktail and The All- American mocktail are available as takeout only through the end of January at $14 for the cocktail and $8 for the mocktail. Gerrard Street Kitchen is located in The Darcy hotel at 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW; 202.521.7171; thedarcyhotel.com.  Inaugural Ice Cream from Ice Cream Jubilee President-elect Joe Biden famously loves ice cream, so celebrate the new year and new White House with Ice Cream Jubilee. They want to get kids and families excited about elections, Government, and the country as they watch the swearing in from home…with ice cream of course. Some flavors will be Vanilla Chocolate Chip, Cuppa Joe, Cardamom Amaretto, and Rose’ Mimosa. Available January 9th-10th, and January 15th-January 24th. 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day. The Tasting Flight and Take-Home Pint start at $22 each. Multiple Locations: Yards Park (201 Water Street SE), T Street (1407 T Street NW), Ballston Quarter (4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA); eventbrite.com  “A Boozy New Deal” Inauguration Kit From Jack Rose Dining Saloon Renowned whiskey and cocktail bar Jack Rose Dining Saloon is cheers-ing to a new beginning for the country with a special Inauguration cocktail kit-for-two. These “progressive” cocktails start with a bubbly, bitter aperitif, and finish with a rich classic. Each cocktail (some of which are Presidential favorites) features American-made spirits. This four-course cocktail tasting is available now through January 20th from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Each kit is $75. Jack Rose Dining Saloon (2007 18th Street NW); exploretock.com/jackrosediningsaloon Inauguration Week At Le Diplomate Le Diplomate is happy to offer their Inauguration Boxes available for pre-order. The celebration box ($160) serves two and includes twin 8 ounce Filet Mignon, braised winter greens, Crème Brulee, and more. The brunch box ($120) serves two and includes a whole quiche, granola and yogurt, 2 collector’s ‘Cup of Joe’ mugs, and more. Orders can be made until Monday, January 18th for pick up on January 19th and January 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dinner will also be served on January 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. with Inauguration Day specials. 1601 14th Street NW; lediplomatedc.com Inauguration Day Menu From Money Muscle BBQ To celebrate the upcoming presidential inauguration, Money Muscle BBQ is offering a special menu of celebratory cocktails and a customizable barbeque menu for two. You can build your own barbeque dinner by selecting two mains as well as a bread, three sides, and of course dessert. Highlights include the best-selling Texas-style Brisket, Carolina Pulled Pork, and Chef Ed Reavis’ popular Skillet Cornbread. Drink options include a selection of Champagne and sparkling wine, batched cocktails by the gallon, as well as cocktail kits and hangover cures for at-home celebrations. This menu is being offered for $55. Pre-orders will be accepted through Wednesday, January 20th at 10 a.m. for pick-up between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 8630 Fenton Street Plaza 5, Silver Spring, MD; moneymusclebbq.com Inauguration Day With Neighborhood Provisions Stay put and watch the Inauguration from your couch, and Neighborhood Provisions will bring everything you need to have your own watch party: food, beverages, and extras galore. Order by 9:00 p.m. on January 18th for delivery or pick up on January 19th. 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA; nrgprovisions.com/inauguration Nobu DC Celebrates The Inauguration of The 46th President Regardless of whether you have to watch the whole spectacle while quarantined, the inauguration of a new president and vice president is an auspicious occasion that calls for real celebration, with a memorable meal and libations to toast the new, Biden - Harris Administration.  Nobu DC has all of that and more waiting for you to pick up or have delivered. The sumptuous, Inauguration Package, serves four diners for $600 and includes yellow tail jalapeno; baby spinach salad with grilled shrimp; black cod with miso; a taco box with lobster and tuna; a tempting selection of sushi and tenderloin Beef. Pre-mixed selections of signature cocktails, plus world-class, Hokusetsu Sakes, Champagnes, wines, and beers will also be available. Available January 20th, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 2525 M Street NW; postmates.com or ubereats.com Pizzeria Paradiso’s “Inaugural Parade” In honor of one of President Elect Biden’s favorite foods, Pizzeria Paradiso will serve ice cream and soda floats from a special menu dubbed the “Inaugural Parade.” Menu options include Biden’s Back to Basics Root Beer Float ($7), Harris’ Spicing It Up Ginger Ale Float ($7), Cuppa Joe Beer Float ($10) and Banana Bourbon Ka(ra)mala Beer Float ($10). Fit for both adults and kids with non-alcoholic options, the menu will be available at all locations from January 19th to January 21st. In addition, on January 20th, you will receive a complimentary serving of Ice Cream Jubilee’s Vanilla Chocolate Chip with every pizza purchased. Multiple locations; eatyourpizza.com/events Inauguration Day Brunch And Dinner Menus By Relish Catering Celebrate democracy during next week's Presidential Inauguration. Whether you are craving a parade brunch or a more formal affair, Relish Catering has the food to satisfy your all-American cravings. The Inauguration Brunch ($120) feeds four people and includes quiche, apple cider bread pudding, winter citrus salad with Relish honey and more. The Inauguration Dinner ($200) feeds four people and includes hors d’oeuvres such as beef tenderloin crostini and eggplant parmesan bites, as well as Eastern Shore crab cakes, root vegetable gratin, spinach salad with apples and candied walnuts, and double chocolate mousse pie with bourbon soaked cherries, among other items. Order by January 15th. Delivery scheduled for Tuesday, January 20th. To order contact Alison Bates at [email protected] or call 202.294.5327. RPM Italian Inauguration Dinners RPM Italian is creating special Inauguration dinners in honor of the incoming President and Vice President, based on food they both enjoy the most. “The Joe” dinner includes a green salad, rigatoni with Sunday gravy, chicken parmesan, and a pint of pistachio & chocolate gelato for dessert. “The Kamala” dinner includes chickpea grilled pizza, whole chicken, whipped mashed potato & broccolini, and RPM chocolate chip & oats cookies for dessert. The dinners are available Friday, January 15th through Wednesday, January 20th. Available through carryout and delivery with delivery partners ChowNow, UberEats, Caviar, DoorDash, and Postmates. $65 per dinner and serves two people. 650 K Street NW; 202.204.4480; rpmrestaurants.com. Women Entrepreneurs Inaugural Swag Bag A collection of women-owned food businesses in Washington, D.C., that hosted Women's Food Fest and a Holiday Market in 2020 to help boost small business during COVID-19, is putting together a Women’s Entrepreneur Inaugural Swag Bag. This year, the inauguration of the 46th President Biden and Vice President Harris will look very different, in fact 80% of festivities will be virtual. Watch at home with one of these Inauguration baskets to keep things festive. Items include  guava BBQ sauce and plantain chips by Daniella Senior, Colada Shop, infused organic olive oil & awaze dip by Yamrot Ezineh, Letena Ethiopian Restaurant, walnut biscotti by Ruth Gresser, Pizzeria Paradiso, red & white & blue fish salts by Fiona Lewis, DC Fishwife, and much more. Order by January 15th. Delivery options or pickup from Cork Wine Bar January 19th & 20th. $140 per bag to support women-owned businesses. Cork Wine Bar & Market 805 14th Street NW; 202.265.2675; exploretock.com/letstalkdc.  
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Diets Still Be Damned: Restaurant Week Menus Roll Out with New Dates in January
Don't even think of starting your diet! It's January and that means area Winter Restaurant Weeks are coming -- soon! New offers will be available for every diner of any Covid comfort level. Supporting the DC Area hospitality industry is more important than ever and is always delicious: Alexandria Restaurant Week  Alexandria Restaurant Week can be enjoyed at home this year for a two-week period to support the city’s large community of locally-owned restaurants. From January 22 to February 7, diners can enjoy more than 60 restaurants offering a $49 takeout dinner for two or a $25 dinner for one. visitalexandriava.com New dates: RAMW Winter Restaurant Week Winter Restaurant Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns as the biannual celebration of the region’s resilient restaurants that continue to serve as the cornerstones of our communities. Winter Restaurant Week includes a robust to-go and delivery program, to-go cocktail and wine pairings. Participating restaurants offer multi-course dinner menus for $35 or $55 per person. Optional cocktail or wine pairings are available a la carte for on-premise where allowed, outdoor, or take-out enjoyment. Multi-course lunch and brunch menus will also be available for $22 per person. Restaurant Week is from January, 25th to February 7th. www.rwdmv.com
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Erik Bruner-Yang Sponsors Area Up-and-Comers Through TheListAreYouOnIt.com: Woks for Washington
In Yiddish there's a term - mensch - it means a person of integrity or honor. Erik Bruner-Yang is a total mensch both in pre- and current-Covid times. From his ever-expanding restaurant empire to his creation and execution of the Power of 10 Initiative, Erik is always looking for ways to contribute and raise awareness to this Industry. Erik has partnered with TheListAreYouOnIt.com for all of 2021, and is sharing his platform by highlighting different artisans, restaurants, or groups each month who will benefit from having thing their profile raised. We are grateful for Erik’s generosity and are excited to bring new up and comers to your attention each month. January’s featured profile:  Woks for Washington Woks for Washington is a grassroots initiative based in the DC metro area, focused on preserving Asian American culture, primarily through sharing Asian cuisine. Their focus was chosen due to the increased phobia of Asian spaces and food following the COVID-19 pandemic, and because Asian cuisine is an essential part of global and American culture. Woks for Washington’s  first project is to raise funds to purchase meals from local mom-and-pop Asian restaurants and donate to local hospitals and homeless and emergency shelters. This two-prong approach is meant to fight the increased xenophobia and food insecurity in the community brought by the pandemic, and support front-line heroes. Preserving Asian cuisine serves as a major way for the Asian community to continue to share what makes them so diverse with the rest of the world, since it’s often one of the easiest and most accessible ways in which people can experience Asian culture. Through preserving Asian cuisine, the hope is to also help to maintain and grow the diversity unique to the DC area, and continue to play a part in making the capital a place that welcomes all races, cultures, and nationalities. For more information on the Woks for Washington mission, click here.  
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Good Thing Bathing Suit Season is a Couple of Months Away
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:   NEW:  Ambar Popular Balkan restaurant Ambar has announced a new hearty Balkan street food menu at both Washington area locations. The street food menu sandwiches range in price from $12.99 to $16.99.  Each one is so generous in size that they are ideal for splitting. Choices include Balkan Kebab, ‘ćevapčići’, house-ground Wells Family Farm beef kebabs with kajmak, marinated onions & smashed paprika; Meatball Parmesan, house-ground Wells Family Farm meatballs, house-made tomato sauce parmesan cheese, micro basil, and more. 2901 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia; 703.875.9663; ambarrestaurant.com NEW:  Baked by Yael Baked by Yael is offering challah for curbside pickup. Fresh challah is available for purchase every Thursday. Bagels and pastries are also available. 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.234.9235; bakedbyyael.com NEW:  Bammy’s Every weekend of the NFL playoff season (including the Super Bowl), Bammy's is offering to-go party packages for parties of four ($100 per package). The four-person playoff party package includes 20 jerk chicken wings, jerk pork belly, jerk BBQ, four Jerk chicken sausages, martin's potato hot dog buns, coleslaw, and macaroni pie. Plus, all of the condiments (pepper jelly, jerk bbq, bajan pepper sauce, allspice mayo, pickle). Drinks include Red Stripe Lager and Hamm's ale. Two-person cocktails and large format cocktails for five are also available for purchase. 301 Water Street SE; 202.599.2400; bammysdc.com Brasserie Liberte  Brasserie Liberté is offering Friday lunch with French classics such as a croque monsieur, escargots, burgers, moules frites, and more. Brasserie Liberté serves lunch on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com NEW:  Fainting Goat/No soup for you The Fainting Goat has introduced a new pop-up called “No Soup for You” a takeout-only ghost kitchen pop-up. “No Soup For You” focuses on hearty soups, stews, and creative dips, accompanied by an assortment of breads, biscuits and sandwiches. Menu offerings of soups include chicken pot pie, roasted tomato, and french onion soup. 1330 U Street NW; 202.735.0344; faintinggoatdc.com NEW:  Georgetown Pizza Georgetown Pizza is a ghost kitchen featuring a menu of pizza, hot wings, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and desserts. Georgetown Pizza is open for delivery & pickup 7 days a week from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The menu features "The Hamilton" pizza with shredded short rib, ricotta, truffle honey, fresh herbs, "The American" double bacon cheeseburger deluxe, and "The Works" which includes everything but the kitchen sink. 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; gtownpizza.com Hook Hall Helps As restaurants close again this week and restaurant workers are faced with being furloughed, Hook Hall Helps, the hospitality industry workers relief program started in March for the first pandemic shutdown, is being revived. Free meals and supply kits will be distributed every Monday from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Hook Hall. There is also a Christmas Eve distribution from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Hospitality industry recipients will receive a variety of family meals to last three to four days. Industry workers may pre-register for meal distribution [email protected] Pre-registration is not required but it allows chefs to know how meals are anticipated. Hook Hall Helps provided more than 500 meals a week from March until June and raised more than $575,000 in donations to keep the program going. Hook Hall has recently added a Northern Virginia site and family meals from a rotating list of restaurants and supplies will be distributed from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. every Thursday from The Freshman, at 2011 Crystal Drive in Arlington’s Amazon’s HQ2 development in  National Landing. 3400 Georgia Avenue NW; hookhall.com Napoli Pasta Bar  Napoli Pasta Bar in Columbia Heights is offering the Napoli Salumeria lunch menu for guests looking for a more casual to-go option.  Guests can expect to see gourmet Italian sandwiches, appetizers, and to-go pastas that have been exclusively at the Arlington location. 2737 Sherman Avenue  NW; 202.588.8752; napolipastabar.com NEW:  Pinsa Pinsa Love launched end of December 2020, part of Union Kitchens Accelerator program. The Classic Pinsa has San Marzano tomatoes, imported Parmesan, mozzarella and ricotta.  It is also made with Carbone (activated charcoal) pinsa crust.  The second most popular Pinsa is the Foresta- with truffle mushrooms and house made fennel sausage.  The most unique Pinsa is the Sicilian Pistachio Pesto, with imported mortadella, pistachio pesto, and Fontina & Asiago cheeses. pinsa.love NEW:  PLNT Burger In celebration of Veganuary, PLNT Burger is offering half-price cheeseburgers ($3.95) while supplies last, $5 off all orders when you download the PLNT Burger app, and new menu items. Chef Spike is offering a one-day-only breakfast sandwich pop-up using Beyond Meat breakfast sausages, Follow Your Heart cheese and the plant-based egg substitute, Just Egg. The pop-up will be at all 7 PLNT Burger locations, starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 14th. In addition to the pop-up breakfast, PLNT Burger will be launching its meatiest and juiciest burger yet, The Steakhouse Burger, on January 25. 101 H Street Southeast; 202.996.3337; plntburger.com NEW:  Red Apron Butcher  Red Apron Butcher uses only the finest all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free, humanely and sustainably-raised beef, pork, lamb, and poultry. They are offering a butcher box with cut, curated, and crated so that you can receive packages of fresh, pasture-raised, and grass-fed meats every month. Neighborhood Provisions also provides butcher cuts from Red Apron Butcher. 709 D St NW; 202.524.5244; redapronbutchery.com NEW:  Red Hen The Red Hen has launched a new pop-up menu, "Under the Tuscan Sun." The menu includes Panzanella salad featuring vine ripe tomatoes, cucumber, and caper vinaigrette, Spinach & ricotta gnudi served with porcini crema, fried sage, and parm, or enjoy housemade Garganelli pasta with Tuscan duck ragu, prosciutto, red wine, rosemary, tomato, and breadcrumbs. 1822 1st Street NW; 202.525.3021; theredhendc.com NEW:  Stingray Stingray Kitchen is the ghost Kitchen concept that will roll out of the Declaration Shaw space from January 20 until March 31, 2021. Offerings include hot and sour matza ball soup, steamed chicken dumplings, and more. 804 V Street NW; declarationrestaurant.com NEW:  Tabla Tabla has added new winter dishes to their menu. Dishes include Beef Chashushuli Ajaruli, inspired by a traditional Georgian dish called Chashushuli, which is beef in a rich and flavorful tomato sauce, breakfast Ajaruli taking an ajaruli khachapuri and adding roasted root vegetables and cheese topped with a fried egg. 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; tabladc.com NEW:  Tres by Taco Bamba Taco Bamba team has expanded their delivery of Tres, their upscale dinner kits, to the Rockville area. The menu changes frequently and usually includes either three-course or family-style options. tacobamba.com Xiquet Xiquet is now offering their signature Spanish dish for takeout and delivery. The Valencian Paella Feast includes a selection of cheese and charcuterie to start, a choice of chef Lledós paella, dessert, and a bottle of wine specially selected by Xiquet DL’s sommeliers to pair with the meal. Paella options include a vegetarian paella (asparagus, runner and lima beans, and seasonal mushrooms), a premium seafood paella (lobster, Mediterranean red prawn, scallops, and cuttlefish), and more. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue B; 202.913.4671; xiquetdl.com Photo Credit: Sarah Matista
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Making the Great Outdoors Your Dining Room
As the great late Tom Petty said, Into the great wide open … or not actually wide … but definitely open. Area restaurants and bars are once again going to put on their thinking caps and offer warm, fun, and safe ways to drink and dine outside during the cooler months. #BundleUp Winter at Caboose Brewery Caboose Brewery in Vienna is launching a grassroots #BundleUp Winter Campaign to encourage individuals to creatively bundle up in their winter garb, fun hockey gear, or ski fashion flair and still support restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops during the tough Jan/Feb winter months. As eateries and breweries continue to be hit by COVID, now more than ever it is critical for folks to get creative and still dine, drink and support their local businesses. The goal is to see this movement scale to other locales in the region, such as Lake Anne Brewhouse in Reston, Va. For more information, visit  caboosebrewing.com/bundleup. Conrad Après Ski The third floor Conrad Lounge and North Terrace exterior space are offering a unique wintertime offering inspired by the traditional flavors of French and Italian alpine cuisine from December 4-31, 2020. Offered as part of the full dinner service, the Après Ski experience takes guests on a journey to the Alps with both its indoor space in The Lounge and outdoor terrace space decked out in Alpine décor. The Après Ski menu features a contemporary take on time-honored dishes such as tartiflette, fromage et charcuterie, croque madame, and pipee d’oignon francais & caviar, offering guests a true taste of peak mountain fare. As guests enjoy bites and the impeccable décor of a chic mountain chalet, they will also be invited to sip on classic winter cocktails with a modern spin such as Haute Toddy and a daily punch. Menu items are available for purchase a la carte. The Conrad Lounge and North Terrace also offers a daily lunch and dinner menu. Winter Lodge Pop Up at Dacha Navy Yard   Chef Jerome Grant, executive chef of Jackie - American Bistro and veteran of the Sweet Home Cafe at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and his culinary team bring the unique flavors of his cooking outdoors with the launch of the Winter Lodge pop up at Dacha’s Navy Yard location. With ongoing precautions about indoor dining, the team at Jackie and Dacha made the decision to add a new dimension to Dacha’s famous beer garden as a cozy, family-friendly beer winter oasis that’s tented, full of heat lamps, and offering fleece blankets for sale. The brand new menu focuses on hearty soups, hand-helds, and snacks along with Jackie’s signature fried chicken. For dessert, chef Stephanie Milne has created a warm apple hand pie, the quintessential winter sweet. Start your experience with one of the specialty cocktails such as spiked hot chocolate or apple cider featuring house-made whipped cream, settle in by the fire, and enjoy the views of the Anacostia River and Nats Park just steps away. For more information, visit dachadc.com. Del Mar Winter Igloos Enjoy fine food and drink from Del Mar’s full a la carte menu in the private retreat of their cozy winter igloos. Igloos are located on the 2nd floor Terraza overlooking the Wharf and accommodate up to 6 guests each for a two-hour experience. Igloos require a $150 rental fee and a food and beverage minimum of $75 per person. For more information, visit exploretock.com/delmardc. Igloo at Farmers & Distillers Farmers & Distillers now has an Igloo on the patio. With seating for up to 6 people, you can reserve the igloo in 90-minute increments for a $50 rental fee Sunday through Thursday and $100 Friday & Saturday. The igloo reservation includes a special tasting from their on-site distillery, Founding Spirits. All menus are available in the igloo. For more information, visit farmersanddistillers.com. Fiola Yurts Eleven custom-designed Yurts have risen from the Fiola patio, amidst a fleet of seasonal trees, transforming 601 Pennsylvania Avenue into a festive winter village. The tents each seat from four to six patrons of immediate family or friends, offering a one-of-a-kind dining experience at a safe distance from others. The restaurant has partnered with American Express – there is no fee to reserve the yurts – all diners must reserve through Resy and pay with an American Express card. The five-course menu begins at $135 per person and offers an array of courses showcasing the seasonal abundance of Chancellors Rock Farm in Rappahannock County, Virginia. Trabocchi and his team will create a variety of seasonal items from the Fiola Harvest Menu and one signature dish – the Papillote of Wild Foraged Mushrooms with White Truffle –  which will be served exclusively in the Yurts. You may add on enhancements from Calvisius Caviar to imported Culatello, as well as offerings from Fiola’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning cellar. As a special gift, all American Express Platinum Card Members will receive complimentary cider coffee cake to bring home as a morning treat. For reservations, visit resy.com. Friluftsliv at Sloppy Mama’s Catoctin Creek Whiskey Garden  Embrace the Nordic tradition of friluftsliv, or outdoor adventures. No, that's not a weird auto-correct, and yes, eating BBQ in a socially distanced whiskey garden is an adventure. So get some proper winter gear and get ready to have some good times. Bundle up and enjoy a meal outdoors regardless of weather, and enjoy Cotoctin Creek cocktails to pair with the BBQ. No reservations. Whiskey garden is located at 5731 Lee Highway in Arlington. Winter Wonderland & Après Ski Sundays at Glover Park Grill The Winter Wonderland will come alive every Sunday from noon to 9:00 p.m. on the Glover Park Grill outdoor heated terrace. Roast your own s'mores on individual bonfires with homemade marshmallows by chef Alex Levin, while you enjoy an 'Après Ski Tower' featuring pigs in a blanket and mini sandwiches by chef Hamilton Johnson, along with desserts by chef Levin. Sip on spiked homemade hot chocolate for the adults (available non-spiked for the kids) and listen to music, play games, and win prizes as well, all with snow spread all around you. They will also be accepting canned food donations in partnership with DC Central Kitchen. To purchase your tickets, please click here.   Winter Wonderland Patio at HalfSmoke Snowy days will be vibrant this winter as a 2,500 square-foot parking lot, located adjacent to the restaurant, has been transformed into an outdoor oasis ideal for intimate gatherings with family and friends. This new space can accommodate up to 100 socially distant guests and features a variety of picnic tables for those who wish to enjoy the crisp temperatures as well as 12 heated igloos, which range in size from 12 to 15 feet. These igloos are ideal for private bookings of two to six guests and can be reserved online. The Winter Wonderland is open daily, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cozy blankets will be available for purchase and priced at $20 each. Those who reserve one of 12 cozy igloos will be the first to sample dishes from Morning After Next, a new breakfast concept at HalfSmoke. This one-of-a-kind breakfast menu is created by McCain working with his newly appointed executive chef Brian Dunbar and executive sous Chef Ernesto Varona. You can also order from the full menu from HalfSmoke, Butter Me Up, and Get Social, a brand new virtual pizza pop-up which launched earlier this month. To keep spirits warm, savor handcrafted winter cocktails which have just been added to the menu. The Loft at Lena’s Winter Lodge     Building upon the concept of Lena’s Oasis this summer, and the conversion of their patio into the popular Lena’s Beer Garden this fall, the restaurant has now converted a second-story space above the main restaurant into an upscale, Aspen-lodge-inspired winter haven. The 4,500 sq. ft loft has been transformed into a unique and socially distant experience channeling a picturesque winter lodge vibe with spacious ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and expansive views. The Yates family partnered once again with REVOLUTION and Christine Godsey of CG&CO Events to design the space. Deep wood tones mix with serene shades of white, cream, and grey to create a color palette that is chic and modern. Fun use of pattern play combined with lush textures and vintage snow-capped portraits transport you to an elegant winter lodge somewhere out West. In addition to Lena’s favorites, The Loft at Lena’s offerings will feature exclusive appetizers, entrées, and desserts such as slow-cooked pork belly, lobster carbonara, affogato, and holiday sips such as mulled wine, a peppermint bark cocktail, and a honey-lemon toddy. For more information, visit LenasWoodFire.com. Masseria Courtyard Experience Extend your La Cucina experience with Masseria’s Aperitivo or Dolce experiences. The Aperitivo is a small collection of savory bites and antipasti to enjoy in the courtyard. If you like a little bit more luxury, add on a caviar service and foienoli to enhance the experience. The Dolce begins with a composed cheese bite and is followed by a series of sweet bites. This is an excellent way to enjoy some after-dinner drinks and desserts in the courtyard. If you are a cheese lover, add a cheese plate to your experience. If you are a chocolate lover, you can always add an additional chocolate course as well. Each experience can be enjoyed for $90 for two people. You have the option of adding on pairings (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cocktails, or wines from the beverage menu. As the weather gets colder, the courtyard will be tented to allow for outdoor dining into the winter. Reservations required. For more information, visit masseria-dc.com. The Viking Village at Hook Hall  Hook Hall has been transformed into a Viking Village with themed “huts”, rows of firepits, and a Viking-inspired menu and cocktails. The summer’s “cabanas” have turned into cozy spaces with firepits, sectional lounge seating  and blankets. Additional huts have been added to Hook Hall’s backyard along with 16 fire pitted seating areas in the center of the yard. Each themed hut, available with 2.5 hour reservations at $125,  includes a welcome bottle of champagne, heaters, special food and drink menus, a table  and the option to keep the “doors” (curtains)  open or closed. All huts are weatherproof, keeping heat in and the thunder of Thor out. Each comes with  bottle service and a special prefixed food and beverage pairing menu. The Voyages of the Valkyries menu, to be shared by up to six guests, at $24.99 per person, includes winter hummus to share, a rustic beef stew Beef S’kause and a huge macadamia nut cookie. A drink pairing at $19.99 per person includes a welcome glass of mead; Glühwein, the traditional European mulled wine and a Thor’s Hammered, a specialty mulled hot cider. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a Viking experience for six people called the Feast of Valhalla. The $59.99 per person feast comes with a winter salad, a two-pound Bavarian hot pretzel, a shield (or tray) of assorted meats and the massive cookie. The drink pairing, at $29.99 per guest, is mead, Viking beer, dark Scandinavian beer and finished off with Thor’s Hammered hot cider. Those preferring to be seating in  the center yard’s firepit area, with a 2.5 hour $15 reservation, have blanketed benches and a personal firepit. For socially distanced celebrations  Hook Hall’s Viking Village offers lounges both inside its main hall and in the yard: Viking King’s Quarters for up to 18 people across 3 tables; Odin’s Lounge, inside the main hall for 18 people in lounge seating socially distanced in three groupings;  Freya’s Field, socially distanced lounge furniture for up to 18 people  in the outdoor covered space in front of the bar; an d  Thor’s Retreat, outdoor private area for up to 12 people socially distanced at two tables. For more information, call 202.629.4339. Watergate Winter Igloos Stay warm all winter long in cozy winter igloos. These heated igloos are located on the patio of the Next Whisky Bar and can accommodate up to eight guests each. Rental fees start at $150. Food and beverage minimums range from $50 to $75 per person, depending on time and size of party. 90-minute seatings are available seven days a week from 4:30 p.m. Reservations are available by calling 844.617.1972. For more infromation, visit thewatergatehotel.com.
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Raise Your Glass (& Fill It)
No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants   NEW:  Atlas Brew Works The solar-powered craft brewery, Atlas Brew Works has released Amtrak Joe Pilsner and Madam Veep’s IPA ahead of Inauguration, launched its craft beer club subscription for DMV residents, expanded its direct-to-consumer shipping to Marylanders and Ohioans, and added virtual tasting dates. 2052 West Virginia Ave NE #102; 202.832.0420; atlasbrewworks.com Bammy’s  Bammy’s recently added two new hot cocktails to their menu, their “Hot Buttered Rum” made with Hamilton pot still rum and spiced butter and their “Mulled Red Wine” with red wine, Hennessy, earl grey, mixed citrus, and clove. They’re also offering the Mulled Red Wine in large format bottles ($35), which means you can get this wine for five delivered directly to your home. 301 Water Street SE; 202.599.2400; bammysdc.com Brasserie Liberte Brasserie Liberte is offering mimosa kits, which include a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices for $35. For guests who prefer just the sparkling wine, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” is $75 or a bucket mini bottles (4) of Le Grand Courtâge Rosé are available for $40. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com Cameo World Tour Coffee Club NRG Provisions is now offering Cameo World Tour Coffee Club. There are offerings from Parlor (NYC), Luna (British Columbia), Coffee Collective (Copenhagen), Cirque (Tulsa, OK), Tim Wendleboe (Oslo) and more. Each month, members will receive one bundle, including two single-origin coffees. Each bundle will also include a bonus gift like Cameo sundries, exclusive cupping and brewing classes, cocktails and beers from partner restaurants, and more. giftrocker.com NEW:  Churchkey Churchkey Beer Shop has introduced two different magnums and a host of rare lambic packs. Plus  fresh cans including - Drekker (North Dakota), Non Sequitur (NYC), Humble Forager (Wisconsin) and Aslin (Northern Virginia). 300 Tingey Street, SE; nrgprovisions.com DC Brau DC Brau is re-brewing a batch of The Citizen, their Belgian-style Pale, and the popular VOTE Kristallweizen for distribution ahead of the inauguration. Both special brews are available through the brewery’s curbside pick-up or delivery, as well as restaurants and retail outlets throughout the DMV. 3178 Bladensburg Rd NE suite b; 202.621.8890; dcbrau.com NEW:  Guinness The brewers of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery have combined talents with Black beer enthusiasts Jacquelyn Wonsey and Courtney Holden to create a beer inspired by family tradition and increasing the presence and visibility of Black people in the beer community, hence the beer’s name “See Us.” The limited-edition brew is a brown ale with sweet potato, lactose, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and vanilla with a 7% ABV and is available in 16oz cans and on draft. The side of the cans read, From collaborators Jacquelyn and Courtney: “We show up as our whole selves. Beautiful, human, complex, unique; See Us for who we are." The series is part of the Guinness Gives Back Baltimore Community Fund, a million dollar commitment to support three key focus areas in the Baltimore region’s Black community: economic justice, community empowerment, and equal representation. 5001 Washington Blvd, Halethorpe, MD; guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com Santa Lucia  Santa Lucia is now offering beans to the dining public via E-commerce Santa Lucia Estate Coffee. The product is by the pound or a complete commercial package for a restaurant or hotel with freshly roasted coffee, brewing equipment and hands-on coffee education, equipment training and service. Save 10% off your purchase with code (TheList2020). 202 S. Tower Avenue; 360.807.9600; santalucia.coffee Shilling Wine Shilling Canning Company and Möet Hennessy USA are opening a wine shop to bring revelers a variety of bottles. The shop includes a mix of reds, whites and bubbles selected to pair with the restaurant’s seasonally-focused cuisine. The shop will rotate with selections from within the Möet Hennessy portfolio and offer light bites and special pairing suggestions selected by the Shilling Canning Company team. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; shillingcanning.com   Photo: DC Brau
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Industry Moves & Grooves
Who is moving where, and cooking for whom?  NEW:  Trummer’s Daniel Perron  Trummer’s, in Clifton, Virginia is excited to welcome new executive chef, Daniel Perron, who returns to the restaurant nine years after stepping in to the kitchen as chef de partie. He has since held positions at a host of area restaurants including Blue Duck Tavern, Fiola Mare, The Oval Room, Range by Bryan Voltaggio, and most recently Whaley’s. Perron will draw upon his Korean heritage to integrate a few unique flavors to the New American menu, with additions like a Kimchi marinated monkfish served with shellfish broth, cranberry beans, caraflex cabbage and negi scallion. After the restaurant’s renovation last year, the kitchen added an impressive rotisserie, which Perron looks forward to using along with a new Japanese binchotan grill. For now, guests can enjoy his take on rotisserie chicken made with delicata squash, cipollini onion, braised kale and chicken jus or Koginut Squash Soup served with goat cheese, brioche and hazelnut dukkah. 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA; 703.266.1623; trummersrestaurant.com  
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Say “See Ya!” to 2020
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday ... or not. 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year. The year started out with a bang. So much was supposed to happen in 2020 — so much. But then it didn’t. You know what they say, Best Laid Plans, #BestLaidPlans!. Since March we have been through a lot. The pandemic, the mirror shown to our faces about race in this county, and an insane election. As we say goodbye to 2020 let's look to the sky with gratitude for being safe and healthy, and then peruse the site for all the delicious ways to can ring in 2021. Click here for the latest, and you know the drill, as we get the info we will continue to post it.
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Let There Be Light: Light Shows All Around Town
We can’t gather in large groups, We know. But, don’t be a Scrooge! You can mask-up, socially distance and enjoy all the holiday light shows happening around the city.  Adams Morgan Interactive Holiday Light Display Celebrate the holiday season in Adams Morgan. Enjoy a variety of socially-distanced holiday activities, an interactive light display, plenty of shops for all of your gift-giving needs, and restaurants galore - ideal for dine-in or at-home holiday feasts. In order to help spread joy and bring additional foot traffic to businesses in the neighborhood, The Adams Morgan Partnership BID is launching a month and a half long interactive light display through January 4th in BB&T Bank Plaza located at 1801 Adams Mill Road NW. Enjoy an illuminated plaza full of gift boxes and street light decorations throughout the community.  Guinness Holiday Light Walk Guinness Open Gate Brewery announces its Holiday Light Walk with a number of outdoor installations to view as you enjoy a beer or two responsibly. The installations will feature historic Guinness artwork, such as a toucan, harp, seal and even a Maryland crab. In addition to the lights, the brewery will bring back its Diageo holiday keg tree, constructed from more than 250 kegs. The installations can be enjoyed all December long and are free and open to the general public. Visitors must be 21+ to drink. Holiday Beer specials include Gingerbread Spiced Stout, Imperial Stout, Winter Warmer, and Barrel Aged Coffee & Coconut Porter. Light Yards The Yards is bringing back Light Yards for its fifth year at The Yards Park. While this year has looked very different, Light Yards will continue its tradition as an opportunity to safely celebrate the holidays in a fun and socially-distant way during a time when many holiday traditions and events are not possible. The annual holiday installation will feature the premiere of the installation “Stars” by Australian-based immersive light design sculptors Amigo & Amigo. The larger-than-life stars constructed from metallic mesh feature dancing lights and play festive music, making for a perfect socially-distanced stroll for guests of all ages who want to safely experience some holiday cheer. This free-to-all installation will be illuminated nightly from 6:00-10:00 p.m. through January 10th. The Installation is FREE and open to all. All DC COVID protocols must be followed at Light Yards, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Turn Up the Love at National Landing  As part of National Landing’s mission to activate public spaces, the BID is unveiling “Turn Up the Love,” a winterlong campaign featuring a series of engaging outdoor pop-ups. These festive installations will include a 10 foot tall life-size boombox made from thousands of ornaments which plays holiday music, three shareable standing photo frames, and even more surprises to be announced after the holidays. “Turn Up the Love” spurs from National Landing BID’s #LoveNationalLanding art series, which launched earlier this year with the unveiling of an array of uplifting artwork on storefronts in the area. Building on these efforts, “Turn Up the Love” is designed to engage the community and ignite some extra cheer during this winter season. This activation will be open to the public through mid-January. Click for more details on National Landing winter activations. The Symphony of Lights  This walk-through showcase has been a time-honored Howard County holiday tradition set in historic Merriweather Post Pavilion. Made up of more than 300,000 bulbs, this family-oriented spectacular is a dazzling display of larger-than-life animated and stationary holiday light creations. With the addition of new lights and a refreshed course, your time walking through the twinkling, winding path will surely be a night to remember. Tickets are valid any night through January 2nd except December 7th and 31st for walk through events. A portion of proceeds from this event benefit the Howard County General Hospital. For more information, click here.
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