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Getting That Loving Feeling
Where is the love? We will tell you. Look up, down, and all around. Love is in the air, can you feel it? So all you naysayers go find something else to be naysaying. All love should be celebrated, whether with your significant other, your best friend, your mom, your child, or your neighbor across the street. So many delish ways to let those you love know it. And, with this Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14th, you really can use the whole week to make plans. We at TheList are making it easy for you. As we receive the info, we will continue to update here: Alma Cocina Latina Valentine’s Day Chef’s Choice Dinner Alma Cocina Latina will be celebrating Valentine’s Day all week long with elongated hours, special music appearances and a chef curated tasting menu for couples and more; 667.212.4273. 1701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. For more information, click here. Ambar’s Balkan Valentine’s Day Feast Ambar is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a feast of the best traditional dishes from the Balkan Peninsula, prepared with a modern twist. Couples will dine on unlimited small plates from Ambar's extensive menu including mezze, soups & salads, vegetables, baked items, slow-cooked food, from charcoal grill, seafood, chef delicacies, a shared dessert and unlimited drinks priced at $99.99 per person. Ambar’s Valentine's Day menu will be available exclusively on Tuesday, February 14th, from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Ambar DC and Ambar Clarendon.  There is a two-hour time limit for all parties; 703.875.963; 523 8th Street SE; For more information, click here. Ultra-Exclusive Valentine’s Day Dinner at Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique The Wine Room at Beauty Champagne & Sugar Boutique is transforming into an exclusive venue for lovers on Valentine’s Day. Beauty presents dinner reservations for just two couples who will be wined and dined from either 5:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. (one couple per seating). Guests transition from their workday to a romantic evening with their signature cocktail and a bottle of VerJuicy from Old Westminster Winery, served with baked whole brie topped with local honey, figs and rosemary alongside prosciutto and pear crostinis. The main course features a bottle of Blanc de Noirs, Brut Champagne, Premier Cru, Gonet-Medeville served with coq au vin, savory bread pudding, honey glazed carrots and French baguette. The evening winds down with Southeastern Roastery French press coffee served with mini versions of Beauty’s signature desserts, including guilty pleasure cookies, knock you naked bars, chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, and, of course, chocolate dipped strawberries. This dinner also includes a complimentary $100 credit for Alto Rideshare. The dinner is priced at $250 per couple; 576 23rd Street South, Arlington, VA; For more information, click here. Birch & Barley Valentine's Day Menu Birch & Barley is offering a four-course menu priced at $80 per person this Valentine’s Day. Some menu highlights from the dinner include Oysters, Roasted Duck, Kir Royale Panna Cotta, and much more. An optional beer pairing is available for an additional $30 and an additional wine pairing is available for an additional $40. Reservations are required; 202.567. 2576. 1337 14th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Bistro du Jour’s French Valentine’s Day Join Bistro Du Jour on The Wharf for a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner from Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th. The special menu will include a “Påté de Champignons” dish to start, followed by scallops with cognac cream for the main course and a “Devil in Ganache” chocolate dessert from Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery; 202.984.7400; 99 District Square SW; For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Specials at Blue Duck Tavern Blue Duck Tavern will present couples with delicious ways to celebrate Cupid’s special day. On Tuesday, February 14th, Chef de Cuisine Andrew Cleverdon will present guests with Blue Duck Tavern’s seasonal a la carte dinner menu, along with a variety of romantic specials.  Entrée standouts include the Local Black Bass en Papillote and the Wagyu Strip Loin. Lovebirds will conclude the meal with a Sicilian Pistachio Olive Oil Cake; 202.419.6755. 1201 24th Street NW. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Blue Rock Inn On Friday, February 10th, Saturday, February 11th, and Tuesday, February 14th, guests are invited to enjoy Blue Rock’s special Valentine’s Day Dinner. Curated by Chef Bin Lu, the menu showcases a variety of seasonal dishes and features an optional wine pairing. The dinner is priced at $150 per person; 540.987.3388. 12567 Lee Highway, Washington, VA. To book a reservation, click here. French-Inspired Valentine’s Day Dinner from Bresca From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th, guests can enjoy a six-course French-inspired dinner from Chef Ryan Ratino. The menu costs $195 per person from the 10th until the 13th and $245 per person on the 14th. Guests will also be given caviar and champagne in addition to their meal. 1906 14th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at The Bygone Restaurant Enjoy a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day at The Bygone, located at the top of the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. Guests can step into the glamor of the 1920’s and enjoy the views of Baltimore, while enjoying seasonally inspired dishes from Executive Chef Alejandro Reiley; 443.343.8200. 400 International Drive 29th Floor, Baltimore, MD. For more information, click here. Pre-Fixe Valentine’s Day Menu at Caruso’s Grocery To celebrate Valentine's Day, Caruso’s Grocery in DC will be offering a 3-course pre-fixe menu for $95 per person.  An optional $40 per person beverage pairing will also be available. The new location of Caruso’s Grocery at Pike and Rose will be offering a 3-course pre-fixe menu for $70 per person; 202.661.0148. 914 14th Street SE. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Catoctin Creek with Chef Erik Foxx On Friday, February 17th from 7:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. guests are invited to join Catoctin Creek for a Valentine’s Day Dinner with special guest Chef Erik Foxx at the distillery. Catoctin Creek staff will also personally craft cocktails expertly paired with your dinner. The dinner is priced at $125, and includes all four courses and cocktails; 540.751.8404. 120 W Main Street, Purcellville, VA. To make a reservation, click here. Early Valentine’s Day Caviar & Bubbles Class at Cheesetique Join Cheesetique for an educational exploration of caviar and sparkling wine, set it in the beautiful private dining room at Cheesetique Del Ray on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. The featured speaker is Sarah Mayo of Black River Caviar. Sarah will teach you about the art (and science) of caviar production while you sample multiple styles and pair them with a spectrum of sparkling wines! Traditional—and not so traditional—caviar accompaniments included. Perfect for an early Valentine's Day experience. Limited Seating. Early bird sale of $49.99 per person through Wednesday January 25th, then full price $59.99 per person; 703.706.5300. 2411 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA. To purchase a ticket, click here. 5-Course Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at China Chilcano China Chilcano will have a 5-course tasting menu on Valentine’s Day, priced at $65 per person. Featured dishes include Dancing Yucca, Aeropuerto, and more; 202.783.0941. 418 7th Street NW. For more information, click here. Colada Shop Valentine’s Specials Colada Shop will be offering a special Valentine's Day Brunch on the weekend leading up to Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th at their Potomac location. On Tuesday, February 14th, the Potomac location will offer a 3 course pre-fixe dinner priced at $38 per person. They will also have their iconic heart-shaped pastelitos available in-store and for local delivery via Toast from Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14th; 240.332.8870. 7993 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac, MD. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day at Convivial Let Chef Cedric Maupillier and the team at Convivial take care of your every desire this Valentine's Day. Their full a la carte menu will be available on Valentine's Day for pickup, delivery, indoor dining; 202.525.2870. 801 O Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Offerings from Crooked Run & Pizza Serata For those looking for a more low-key Valentine’s Day, the newly opened Crooked Run & Pizza Serata invites guests to enjoy their natural, low intervention wines, and Chef Chris Morgan’s selection of pan pizzas. Guests can also take their pizzas to go, and pick-up wine bottles (all under $30) or a pack of beers from the fully stocked to-go fridge; 585.269.4955. 550 Morse Street NE Suite #120. For more information, visit their website here. Valentine’s Day Menu at D’Lena Treat a loved one to something special this Valentine’s Day at d’Lena with a four-course menu designed by Chef Richard Sandavol and Executive Chef Carlos Camacho. The menu costs $150 per person, with an optional beverage pairing available for an additional $75 per person. Some menu highlights include Crab Cake Tostada, Short Rib, Halibut Veracruz, and more; 202.560.5999. 476 K Street NW. For more information, click here. Mediterranean Valentine’s Day Dinner at Dolce Vita Celebrate Valentine’s Day from Saturday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th with Dolce Vita’s $50 per person 4-course meal. For starters, options include Beet Salad, Spanakopita, Hummus, or Grilled Baby Eggplant. For seconds, try Artichoke and Tomato Flatbread, Crab Stuffed Piquillo, Koftes, or Moussaka. For the main, options include a Dorada Filet, Lobster Ravioli, or Grilled Ribeye. For dessert, Caramel Flan, or Churros & Hot Chocolate; 202.506.4872; 1610 14th Street NW; To view the full menu, click here. Donahue’s “Passage to Eros” 4-Course Valentine's Day Tasting Menu The luxurious Georgetown lounge is offering a $95, four-course tasting menu from Chef Binyam Alemayehu called the “Passage to Eros.” The 4-course tasting experience includes options like the “Euphoria” course and the “Devotion”. There are optional Wine pairings for $95.00, featuring Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon; 202.450.4904. 1338 Wisconsin Ave NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Estuary On Tuesday, February 14th, guests can celebrate Valentine’s Day at Estuary with a three-course meal curated by Chef Ria Montes. Some menu highlights include Bone Marrow Onion Jam & Grilled Bread, Frisee Poached Apples, Cheese Custard, and more. A specialty dessert will also be offered. The dinner costs $125 per person; 202.844.5895. 950 New York Avenue NW. To book a reservation, click here. Gatsby’s Valentine’s Day Seafood Feast Celebrate Valentine's Day with Gatbsy’s special three-course seafood feast for two. Start off with a half dozen or a dozen of their specialty oysters topped with pink guava and chile granita. Then, for the main event, try their butter-poached lobster with shrimp, mussels and linguine. Skip the trip to neighboring Mah-Ze-Dahr and finish the night with the bakery’s special “Devil in Ganache'' dessert delivered right to your table; 202.817.3005. 1201 Half Street, Suite #205. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Gerrard Street Kitchen Gerrard Street Kitchen will be offering a three-course Valentine’ Day Dinner for two. Some menu highlights include Fennel Orange Pomegranate Salad, Amuse Bouche or Green Apple, Miso Glazed Seabags Robot, and more. The menu costs $99 per person; 202.521.7171. 1515 Rhode Island Avenue NW. For more information, visit here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Gravitas Join Gravitas in celebrating Valentine’s Day with a four-course dinner menu from Chef Matt Baker. Guests can sit indoors or in the atrium. A champagne and caviar supplement add-on is also available for guests to add on to their meals. The dinner menu costs $165 per person; 202.763.7942. 1401 Okie Street NE. To make a reservation, click here. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with The Henri The Henri will be offering a three-course menu for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14th. The menu is priced at $90 per person. Some menu highlights include King Crab with a Celery Root Duo, Poached Egg with Salmon Caviar, Oxtail with Potato-Cabbage Cake, and more. Guests can pair their meal with The Henri’s extensive wine and cocktail lists; 202.989.5881. 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. To make a reservation, click here. Galentine’s Wine Flights & Valentine’s Day Romantic Diner with Immigrant Food+ Immigrant Food+ at Planet Word will be kicking off their Valentine’s Day celebrations with a week-long “Galentine’s'' wine flight featuring all female produced wines starting on Friday, January 13th. For those looking for a more romantic evening, Chef Mike Montezuma will be featuring a prix-fixe menu on Tuesday, February 14th with highlights like fondue; 202.888.0760. 925 13th Street NW. For more information, click here. Love & Luxury at JÔNT From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th experience Love & Luxury at JÔNT this Valentine’s Day with a menu designed for the holiday with the most luxurious ingredients in the world. The menu is priced at $495 per person; 1904 14th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day at L’Auberge Chez Francois & Jacques’ Brasserie Amour is in the air for the festive Valentine’s Day Musical Celebration Experience. Jarrett Laskey, romantic guitar extraordinaire will be strolling throughout the dining rooms performing to the delight of all. Chef Jacques and team have curated a fabulous Valentine’s Day seven-course menu including favorites Lobster Martini with Osetra Caviar, Classic Chateaubriand for Two, and other delicious cuisine. Additionally, they have added an option of a bottle of Cremant d’Alsace Rose and half pound of housemade boxed chocolate truffles infused with Grand Marnier so you can continue your romance at home. Jacques' Brasserie will also be open downstairs this Valentine's Day serving a special romantic à la carte menu; 703.759.3800. 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Menu at Matchbox From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th, guests are invited to stop into Matchbox and enjoy a choice of three appetizers, three entrees, and three desserts. Some menu highlights include Lump Crab Cakes, Crispy Half Chicken, Shrimp Linguini, and more. Those who dine-in and order the special pre-fixe menu will receive a complimentary glass of champagne; Multiple Locations. For more information, visit their website here. Valentine’s Day Date at Mi Casa Join Mi Casa in Dupont for a Valentine’s Day date that will transport you to a romantic Tulum vacation. The shrimp salad with smoked chile vinaigrette is the perfect seafood starter to try before diving into their pistachio-crusted short rib. Finish the night off with a classic strawberry flan topped with candied pumpkin seeds; 202.450.4595. 1647 20th Street NW. For more information, click here. Michele’s Valentine’s Dinner Frigid winter temps got you down? Elect to travel to warmer weather and dine at Chef Matt Baker’s New Orleans and Houston-inspired restaurant featuring French culinary techniques. Lovers of all backgrounds and designations can feel welcome at this Eaton Hotel hotspot with dishes like Crawfish Bisque, Vegetable Etouffee and desserts like a Passion Fruit Tart. Menu offered from Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th; 202.758.0895. 1201 K Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Mi Vida From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th, guests can enjoy a special three-course Valentine’s Day meal offered at both of their locations. Some menu highlights include Oysters Rockefeller and Corazon De Chocolate; 202.516.4656 (The Wharf). 98 District Square SW. 202.597.5445 (14th Street). 1901 14th Street NW. For more information, visit their website here. Valentine’s Day Dinner from Moon Rabbit Celebrate Valentine’s Day on the Southwest Waterfront with a Vietnamese Feast by Chef Kevin Tien and his team at Moon Rabbit. The dinner is available from Saturday, February 11th until Tuesday, February 14th and costs $90 per person. Some menu highlights include Oysters with Ensaymada Brioche & Prosciutto, Garlic Miso cacao y Pepe, Thai Basil Buttered Grilled Lobster, and more; 202.878.8566. 801 Wharf Street SW. To make a reservation, click here. Mr. Bake Sweets Valentine’s Day Char-Cutie Boards The unapologetic Black, Queer baker behind Mr. Bake Sweets, Kareem Queeman, is partnering with 2TopFoods to bring two Valentine’s Day Charcuterie board offerings ($50 each). The boards include fruit, two meats, two cheeses, brownie bites, Lindsor cookies, Shortbread cookies, hazelnut spread, and macaroons; 240.817.7729. To order, click here. Valentine’s Day Offerings from Nobu Executive Sushi Chef Chico Datur and Executive Chef Eudy Camilo Cruz are bringing back Nobu’s to-go boxes for Valentine’s Day. To-go boxes include signature dishes, Sashimi and Sushi packaged in two sleek wooden boxes. Nobu will also have a special Omakase menu available for dine-in only on Valentine’s Day. That menu includes Toro Tartare with Caviar, Uni Sushi Cups, Roasted Lobster Soy Shiso Mushrooms, and more. Only a few tables remain for the Valentine’s Day Omakase Menu; 202.871.6565. 2525 M Street NW. To order the to-go option, click here. To make a reservation, click here. Diner de la Saint-Valentin at Opaline Bar & Brasserie Opaline Bar & Brasserie will be offering a tres romantique Dine de la Saint Valentin on Tuesday, February 14th from 4:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli will prepare a three-course French dinner while French DJ David Dupree will play French love songs throughout the evening. The meal will begin with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Some menu highlights include Himachi Crudo, Butternut Squash Agnolotti, Steak au Poivre, and more. The meal costs $95 per person; 202.730.8800. 806 15th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Oyamel’s Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu Oyamel is offering a 5-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day, priced at $95 per person with an optional beverage pairing for $45 per person. Featured dishes include Cotel de Langosta, Taco de Carne Asada, and more; 202.628.1005. 401 7th Street NW. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Packages at Picnic & Peonies Picnic & Peonies has created the ultimate Valentine’s Day romance package complete with flowers, sweets, and more. Picnic & Peonies has teamed up with local florist Tang Austin Floral to provide floral arrangements and Cakes by LaLa for those who prefer something sweet. The picnic company will then provide all the romance items needed for the tablescape (flatware, candles, glassware, and more). Packages start at $495; For more information, click here. Pisco y Nazca Valentine’s Day Menu In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Pisco y Nazca is offering 4-course prix-fixe menu for two on Tuesday, February 14th! The culinary experience will feature Peruvian staples including Lomo Saltado, Ceviche, Chaufa and much more. Additionally, the meal will be accompanied by a delicious Pisco Sour Flight for two. Priced at $140 per couple; 202.559.3726. 1823 L Street NW. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Cocktail Experience at Quadrant Designed by Chef Enrique Limardo and Beverage Director Carlos Boada, Seven Reason’s famous “Cocktail Experience” is back. The experience will consist of a cocktail tasting menu along with a series of bites specifically designed for Valentine’s Day; 202.503.4628. 1150 22nd Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at Rasika The four-star Rasika Penn Quarter and its sister restaurant, Rasika West End, will both be offering a 4-course, prix-fixe menus for in-house dining this Valentine’s Day. The menu is priced at $90 per person, $140 with wine pairings or $165 with sparkling wine pairings and will be served exclusively on Tuesday, February 14th. Rasika Penn Quarter and Rasika West End will be serving from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; 202.637.1222. 633 D Street NW. For more information, click here. Elegant Waterfront Valentine’s Day Dinner at Sequoia Sequoia is offering a special 4-course prix-fixe menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, February 14th. The extensive menu ($90 per person) will be available for one-day-only and features a variety of unique flavors, fresh ingredients, and decadent pairings to share with your sweetheart. Sequoia’s extensive full bar menu will be available a la carte featuring a variety of signature cocktails including the famous Scarlet Fog with vodka infused with strawberry and hibiscus, fine wines, beers, and bubbly. Sequoia will serve the special Valentine’s menu from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Reservations are encouraged; 202.944.4200. 3000 K Street NW. For more information, click here. “Cupid & Friends” Singles Dinner at Seven Reasons, JOY by Seven Reasons, and Imperfecto On Tuesday, February 14th, join Chef Enrique Limardo and Seven Restaurant Group for their “Cupid & Friends” Singles Dinner at Seven Reasons ($160 per person), JOY by Seven Reasons ($145 per person), and Imperfecto ($220 per person). This Valentine’s Day dining experience is intended for single people (and friends) who want to celebrate love and friendship by sharing one communal table; 202.417.8563 (Seven Reasons). 2208 14th Street NW. 202.417.8969 (JOY). 5471 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. 202.964.1012 (Imperfecto). 1124 23rd Street NW. To make a reservation at Seven Reasons, click here. To make a reservation at JOY, click here. To make a reservation at Imperfecto, click here. Valentine’s Day Menu at Succotash National Harbor From Friday, February 10th until Tuesday, February 14th guests can enjoy Succotash’s Valentine’s Day menu filled with Southern favorites. Some menu options include Maryland Crab Cake, Roasted Duck Breast, CHocolate Brownie with Raspberry Ice Cream, and more; 301.367.8900. 186 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Menu at Succotash Prime Succotash Prime in Penn Quarter will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu. Some menu highlights include Spicy Tuna Tartare, Roasted Duck Breast, Valrhona Chocolate Brownie, and more. Guests can also add on their Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktail the “Red Royal” to pair with their meals. 202.849.6933. 915 F Street NW. For more information, visit their website here. Valentine’s Day Menu at Urbano For Valentine’s Day, both Urbano locations will be offering a three-course menu for two people priced at $65. Some menu highlights include Seafood Molcajete, Classic Molcajete, Mar y Tierra, and more; 571.970.5148 (Alexandria). 116 King Street, Alexandria, VA. 571.282.3358 (Mosaic District). 2985 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA.For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Menu from Vermillion Vermillion is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day menu priced at $80 per person. Some menu highlights include Sun Dried Tomato Bisque, Gougeres and/or Oysters, Braised Short Rib, and more. An optional wine pairing is also available for $40 per person for guests to add-on to their meals; 703.684.9669. 1120 King Street, Alexandria, VA. To make a reservation, click here. Valentine’s Day Offerings from The Watergate Hotel The Watergate Hotel has a variety of offerings for guests to celebrate the month of love. They are offering a Hotel Package: Couples Package “More Love”, where guests can enjoy a stay on the Potomac. Guests will receive 15% off the available rate, a bottle of sparkling rose upon arrival, chocolates to share, and breakfast can be added for $5 per person when this package is selected. Guests can also opt for “His & Hers” Cocktail Night at The Next Whiskey Bar and Kingbird for $35 per person, or enjoy dinner at Kingbird for $145 per person (includes a glass of sparkling and red rose). Also available on the weekend of Saturday, February 11th until Tuesday, February 14th is “Valentine’s Day in an Igloo” at The Next Whiskey Bar. Guests can round up their friends or cozy up in a Valentine’s Day igloo; 844.6171972. 2650 Virginia Avenue NW. For more information, visit their website here. Romantic Valentine's Day Getaway at the Wildset Hotel Enjoy a romantic getaway at The Wildset Hotel this Valentine's Day. From freestanding tubs, in-room gas fireplaces, private balconies, and a top-tier on site restaurant Ruse. The team will have unique surprises for both guests and diners throughout the weekend. Guests can expect decedent Valentine's Day specials at Ruse, a sweet treat upon arrival, and more; 410.745.8004. 209 N Talbot Street, St Michaels, MD. For more information, click here. Valentine’s Day Dinner at Yardbird D.C. Join Yardbird for Valentine's Day this year and enjoy their three-course prix-fixe menu. Some menu highlights include Maine Lobster Bisque,, Pan Seared Chilean Bass, Chocolate Eclair Cake, and more. For those who would prefer to spend the holiday at home, Yardbird is offering their classic dinner menu, available for pick-up and delivery; 202.333.2450. 901 New York Avenue NW. To book a reservation, click here. To order the takeout menu, click here. Valentine’s Day “Perfect Pair” Dinner at YOTEL D.C. From Friday, February 10th until Wednesday, February 15th, guests can enjoy the “Perfect Pair” Dinner at YOTEL D.C. The dinner is a four-course prix-fixe menu that costs $200 per couple. Menu highlights include Butternut Squash Agnolotti, Chicken Roulade, Potato Foam and Swiss Chard, and more. The dinner includes a bottle of house sparkling, red, or white wine; 202.393.7777. 415 New Jersey Avenue NW. For more information, click here.  Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Xiquet Join Xiquet for their Valentine’s Day Celebration that will take place on Friday, February 10th, Saturday, February 11th, and Tuesday, February 14th. Xiquet will be offering a special tasting menu of modern Spanish cuisine, with options such as Truffles and Red Prawns of Denia. A wine pairing will also be available for guests to enjoy. The Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu costs $350 per person and the Wine Pairing costs $250 per person; 202.913.4671. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue NW. To book a reservation, click here. Valentine's Day Tasting Menu at Zaytinya For Valentine’s Day, Zaytinya is offering a 6-course tasting menu, priced at $95 per person. Featured dishes include Caviar Prassopita, Sea Scallops, and more; 202.638.0800. 701 9th Street NW. For more information, click here.
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Are You Ready For Some Football??
Just because you don’t know who will play in Superbowl LVII on February 12th doesn’t mean you don’t know what you are serving for that game-day feast. Whether you want to go out to watch it on a big screen or invite over your team to watch at home  The DC restaurant and bar community is ready to laden your table with all the goods from wings and nachos, to sushi and donuts (football shaped of course!) and all the beers, cocktails and zero-proof mixes. Order up:  Super Bowl Specials at Augies Mussel House and Beer Garden Celebrate this year’s Super Bowl at Augies of Alexandria with a variety of specials. Some highlights include the Augie’s Sampler ($45) which includes buffalo chicken wings, steak and cheese rolls, fried mozzarella, Nashville chicken tenders, and more; 703.721.3970. 1106 King Street, Alexandria, VA. For more information, click here. Watch The Big Game at Brickstones Kitchen & Bar Join Brickstone’s Kitchen & Bar for game day specials on Sunday, February 12th. Anyone who is wearing the winning team’s apparel at the end of the game will receive a coupon for a complimentary dish to use on another visit. There are 12 televisions for guests to view the game. Some menu highlights include Sticky Finger Ribs, BKB Sliders, Wings Your Way, and more. The specials are available from 5:00 p.m. until the end of the game; 202.739.2001. 900 10th Street NW. To make a reservation, click here. Sip & Taste from Chef Matt Baker at Home The team at Chef Matt Baker at Home are cooking up a fantastic Super Bowl Feast for each phase of the game with a delicious array of housemade wings, Pimento Cheese, Southern Biscuits and Vegetarian Chili; 1201 K Street NW. To order, click here. Super Bowl Specials at Colada Shop For the Super Bowl, Colada Shop will offer Buffalo Chicken Empanadas from Friday, February 10th until Sunday, February 12th in-stores and for local delivery via Toast. Catering is also available at all five locations; 240.332.8870. 7993 Tuckerman Lane, Potomac. For more information, click here. Super Bowl Offerings from Crooked Run & Pizza Serata  Watch the Super Bowl at the newly opened Crooked Run & Pizza Serata at Union Market, or bring the party home with their takeout and delivery options. Guests can enjoy Crooked Run’s craft beers, ciders, and wines alongside Chef Chris Morgan’s artisanal pan pizzas. Double fudge brownies are available as a dessert; 585.269.4955. 550 Morse Street NE Suite #120. To place an order, click here. Super Bowl Specials at Junction Bar & Bistro To celebrate the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 12th, Junction Bar & Bistro will be offering an all-day Happy Hour, as well as ‘Take-out Specials’. Some additional specials to get excited for include the Junction Sampler ($22) and half-price hamburgers and hot chicken sandwiches; 202.800.5222. 238 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information, click here. Las Gemelas Super Bowl Catering Las Gemelas will be offering catering for the Super Bowl from their catering menu, and will be adding a special tray of nachos and borrowing Ghostburger’s Fresno Wings to spice up your party for the game; 202.866.0550. 1280 4th Street NE. For more information, click here. Super Bowl Specials at Mason Social Join the Super Bowl festivities at Mason Social with a variety of specials. Some highlights include the Social Platter ($45) and the Super Bowl Punch ($30; serves up to four people). For those who would rather watch the game at home, Mason Social is offering a selection of platters that serve six to eight people to-go; 703.548.8800. 728 North Henry Street, Alexandria, VA. For more information, click here. Unlimited Beer & Food Party at Owen’s Tavern & Garden Join Owen’s Tavern & Garden on Sunday, February 12th from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. for the big game. With the sound on and nine televisions featuring the game, they’re starting right before kickoff with unlimited draft beer and tasty food from the tavern menu. For just $54 per guest, guests can enjoy access to any and all of the 50 drafts as well as garlic bread pizza, wings, and sliders all game long. Expect outstanding brews from the likes of Sapwood Cellars, Other Half, Cushwa, Triple Crossing, Bluejacket and more. This promotion will be available from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm on Super Bowl Sunday; 301.245.1226. 1180 Trade Street North; To purchase tickets, click here. Silver and Sons BBQ Super Bowl Specials S&S BBQ have put together a menu with a la carte and party box options for the big game. Pre-ordering will open Wednesday, January 25th and close on Wednesday February 8th. Orders can be picked up Friday, February 10th and Sunday, February 11th. All items will be served cold with reheating instructions; 301.329.4460. For more information, click here. Super Bowl Specials at Urbano Starting at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12th, Urbano will be offering a variety of Super Bowl specials at its Alexandria and Mosaic District locations. Some specials guests can look forward to include $6 on all beers, the Super Bowl XLVII Plate ($21), the Dipping Plate ($21), and much more. There are also Taquito, Fajita, Enchilada, and Taco Kits that serve six to eight people; 571.970.5148 (Alexandria). 116 King Street, Alexandria, VA. 571.282.3358 (Mosaic District). 2985 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA. For more information, visit their website here. Brunch All-Day at Wilson Hardware for Super Bowl Sunday Wilson Hardware will be hosting an all-day brunch party for Super Bowl XLVII. In addition to their regular lunch and dinner menus, guests can order from an extended brunch menu from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. ahead of the big game. Some brunch specials include .50 cent mimosas as well as dishes such as Monsieur Hardware and Chicken & Waffles; 703.527.4200. 2915 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA. For more information, click here.
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And The Long List is Out!
The James Beard Foundation announced its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists. The final nominees will be announced on Wednesday, March 29, and winners will be celebrated at the James Beard Restaurant and Chef Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 5, 2023, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The James Beard Awards, considered to be among the nation’s most prestigious honors, recognize exceptional talent in the culinary and food media industries, as well as a demonstrated commitment to racial and gender equity, community, sustainability, and a culture where all can thrive. Many in the DC Region made the first cut -  The 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists are: Outstanding Restaurateur  · Michael Reginbogin and Jason Berry, KNEAD Hospitality + Design (MI VIDA, Lil’ SUCCOTASH, and GATSBY), Washington, D.C. Outstanding Chef · Rob Rubba, Oyster Oyster, Washington, D.C. Outstanding Restaurant  · RIS, Washington, D.C. Emerging Chef  · Elias Taddesse, Mélange, Washington, D.C. Best New Restaurant · Bar Spero, Washington, D.C. Outstanding Pastry Chef or Baker · Kareem Queeman, Mr. Bake, Riverdale, MD Outstanding Hospitality  · Charleston, Baltimore, MD Outstanding Wine and Other Beverages Program · Flight Wine Bar, Washington, D.C. Outstanding Bar · Allegory, Washington, D.C. Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA) · Chris Amendola, foraged., Baltimore, MD · Steve Chu, Ekiben, Baltimore, MD · Joy Crump, FOODE, Fredericksburg, VA · David Deshaies, L'Ardente, Washington, D.C. · Nik Forsberg, Fet-Fisk, Pittsburgh, PA · Rahman "Rock" Harper, Queen Mother's Fried Chicken, Arlington, VA · Andrew Henshaw, Laser Wolf, Philadelphia, PA · Jesse Ito, Royal ushi, Philadelphia, PA · Dionicio Jiménez, Cantina La Martina, Philadelphia, PA · Kate Lasky and Tomasz Skowronski, Apteka, Pittsburgh, PA · Enrique Limardo, Seven Reasons, Washington, D.C. · Philip Manganaro, Park Place Café & Restaurant, Merchantville, NJ · Melissa McGrath, Sweet Amalia Market & Kitchen, Newfield, NJ · Thanh Nguyen, Gabriella's Vietnam, Philadelphia, PA · Peter Prime, Bammy's, Washington, D.C. · Michael Rafidi, Albi, Washington, D.C. · Ryan Ratino, Bresca, Washington, D.C. · Omar Rodriguez, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, Washington, D.C. · Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon, Kalaya, Philadelphia, PA · Kevin Tien, Moon Rabbit, Washington, D.C.  Upcoming Awards Announcements (*Dates may be subject to change): ●     February 22, 2023: Restaurant and Chef America’s Classics Awards announced ●     March 29, 2023: Restaurant and Chef Award nominees, Leadership Award winners, and honorees for the Achievement Awards (Lifetime and Humanitarian of the Year recipients) announced live in Nashville, TN ●     April 26, 2023: Nominees for the James Beard Foundation Media Awards announced live in New York City The 2023 Awards ceremonies will be held in our proud host city of Chicago on the following dates: ● Media Awards: Saturday, June 3, 2023 ● Leadership Awards: Sunday, June 4, 2023 ● Restaurant and Chef Awards: Monday, June 5, 2023 In advance of the James Beard Awards, The full list of 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards Semifinalists can be found below and on the James Beard Foundation website. 
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The Last Days Of Dry January
After all that excess of the holidays, taking a little break isn’t such a terrible idea. But here’s the thing whether you are looking to lower your alcohol intake in January or any time of year the good news is that DC Area Bars & Restaurants have a “drink” just for you: All-Purpose The bar teams at All-Purpose and The Red Hen have a bevvy of zero-proof cocktails available this month for Dry January. Try the NA Negroni Sbagliato, and NA plays on Dark 'n Stormy and Whiskey & Cola. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.849.6174; allpurposedc.com Bresca  Michelin-starred Bresca is serving three zero-proof drinks for Dry January courtesy of Beverage Director Will Patton and Lead Bartender Sara Chaudhuri. The cocktails include  the "Citronnade à la Menthe" made with (cardamom and lemon cordial, mint and lees), the "Pear Collins" (Bare Zero Proof, pear, lemon and ginger beer,and more 1906 14th Street NW; brescadc.com Brickstone’s Kitchen  In honor of Dry or Damp January, Brickstone’s Kitchen is offering a specialty mocktail and a few low-proof cocktails. Their low-proof drinks include Lyre's Rosa Negroni (featuring Lyre's non-alcoholic Italian spritz and pictured below) and a St.-Germain Spritz. The zero-proof specificality cocktail, Lyre's Amalfi Spritz, features Italian spritz with alcohol-free prosecco, club soda, served with an orange wheel. 922 10th Street NW; brickstones.hiltonfoodandbeverageportfolio.com Bourbon Steak Engidawork Alebachew, Bourbon Steak’s lead bartender is now offering a selection of delicious zero-proof cocktails, like the West Indian Limeade, with lime, ginger and bitters, or the Tiki Tiki, with grapefruit, lemon and cinnamon. The zero-proof cocktails are available for lunch and dinner in the bar or dining room. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.944.2026; bourbonsteakdc.com Estuary  Estuary is serving three zero-proof cocktails in January. The “Amareti Sour” (Amareti lyre’s simple syrup, lemon juice), the “Montreal” 75 (Seedlip garden, lemon juice, maple syrup, non-alcoholic Freixenet), and the “Passion Fruit Fizz” (passion fruit purée, grenadine, lemon juice, ginger ale). 950 New York Avenue NW; 202.215.1068; estuarydc.com Fight Club  Fight Club Dry has released a January menu of zero-proof cocktails for all those who are going alcohol-free this month. The menu includes Ginger Pear Lemonade (pear puree, ginger syrup, and lemonade), Rusty Garden Tools (Seedlip Citrus Grove, celery water, dill, mint, lime, and crushed pepper), and more. 633 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.885.9714; fightclubdc.com The Grill The Grill is showcasing their nonalcoholic beverages this January with items like Without The Punch ( mango, ginger, pineapple, mint,  bubbles), Lazy Grapefruit  (fresh & charred grapefruit,  grapefruit tonic,  topo chico) and I’ve Been Bitter (ceder’s classic, tart cherry, gentian, lemon).99 Market Square SW; 202.916.5996; thegrilldc.com Imperfecto Imperfecto’s Bar Manager Enea Diotaiuti will be offering a special no-alcohol Patron Tequila Anejo cocktail that will be a take of a margarita. The drink is spicy with cayenne peppers and a passion puree. 1124 23rd Street NW; 202.964.1012; imperfectodc.com L'Ardente L'Ardente offers several cocktails that can be made spirit-free this January. Indulge in the Espresso Torino, (Lyre’s non-alcoholic coffee liqueur), the Glam Spritz, Martini and Rossi's Vibrante (a non-alcoholic aperitivo),  and the No-groni (a spirit-free version of the classic that uses Lyre’s London Dry non-alcoholic gin and Lyre’s non-alcoholic Rosso aperitivo). In addition, since the bar is stocked with several versions of non-alcoholic spirits, staff can whip up such non-alcoholic cocktails as Mojitos or low-ABV Negronis upon request.  200 Massachusetts NW; lardente.com NEW: Matchbox  Matchbox is featuring mocktails for the dry January season. Enjoy a Strawberry Cosmopolitan (non-alcoholic cosmopolitan mocktail, strawberries, and lemon), a Lemon Honey Mule (non-alcoholic lemonade mule mocktail, honey and nutmeg), and a Strawberry Lemonade. Available at all locations found here.  Michele’s  For Dry January, Beverage Director Judy Elahi is featuring the “Muleing Around” which includes Ceder's Wild, Beet, Ginger Honey, Pink Salt, Fever Tree Sparkling Water, and Candied Ginger. The “Storm's Brewing” includes Ceder's Wild, Lime, Pink Salt, Fassionola Syrup, and a Chili Salt Rim. 1201 K Street NW; 202.758.0895; michelesdc.com Moon Rabbit  Moon Rabbit is getting into the Dry January spirit with the “VIGILANTE SHH” (Inspired by T-Swift herself) from Bar Director Ashley Mac includes Bare Zero Proof Bourbon, “Hot Kid” milk drink ‘horchata’ with glutinous rice, bengal spiced tea- served cold over crushed ice in a “Hot Kid” milk drink can w/ rice krispy treat garnish.  801 Wharf Street; 202.878.8566; moonrabbitdc.com Port City Brewing Company Port City Brewing Company released their non-alcoholic, hop-infused sparkling water Hopwell offering. It has a tropical hop aroma and a refreshing pop of floral hop flavor as well as zero alcohol and zero calories. 3950 Wheeler Avenue; 703.797.2739; portcitybrewing.com Unconventional Diner Unconventional Diner has non-alcoholic cocktails to keep you dry this January. Try their Hibiscus Citrus (lemonade brightened by housemade hibiscus syrup), the Inka Boost (chamomile, matcha, lemongrass and pineapple), and the Hawaiian Punch (mix of guava, pineapple, mango, and lime).1207 9th Street NW; 202.847.0122; unconventionaldiner.com Wilson’s Hardware Wilson’s Hardware has your Dry January libations. Indulge in their "Frostbite"  mocktail (made with non-alcoholic gin, Blue Curacao, white cranberry juice, Sprite & lime). 2915 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; 703.527.4200; wilsonhardwareva.com
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Dishes That Warm You Up
People are out and about. City streets are filling up and people are making their way back into the office. There’s a vibration and restaurants are so ready. New dishes and winter menus are coming out and with that, innovative and delicious ways to serve you. A firm reminder to still be kind. Staff shortages and supply issues still plague our beloved restaurant industry. Patience isn’t just a virtue - it’s a necessity:  Bammy's (Burger Pop-Up) Bammy's has launched the Bam Burger menu. The debut will also align with their first Trivia Night (partnered with Trivia Kings)- and will be featuring in-house trivia night every Wednesday night from there on out. Menu offerings include the bam burger (onion straws, white American, pickles, bbq aioli), Spanish Bombs (mahon, caramelized onions, grilled guindillas, burger sauce), and more. 301 Water Street SE; 202.599.4400; bammysdc.com Bantam King  Bantam King has something special for your Sunday - the Doffle. It’s made by malasada doughnut dough pressed in a waffle maker, and then deep fried. The Doffle is then paired with Bantam King’s fried chicken for a sweet and savory combination. 501 G Street NW; 202.733.2612; bantamking.com NEW: Calico  February 2 is National Tater Tot Day, and Calico is celebrating the food holiday with a one-night-only Build-Your-Own Tater Tot Bar. Enjoy crispy tots and a large assortment of more than 15 toppings like queso, vegetarian chili, homemade gravy and bacon bits. 50 Blagden Alley NW; 202.791.0134; calicodc.com Dauphine’s (King! Cake Alert)  Dauphine’s is offering King Cake to-go orders for the four weeks leading up to Mardi Gras on February 21. Each week, an exclusive flavor will be available for order and pickup, in addition to the classic King Cake. Featured flavors include almond frangipane, chocolate Bavarian, spiced apple, and more. All boxes will include the selected King Cake, Mardi Gras beads, and a commemorative feve made by local artist Material Things. Orders can be placed here. District Line Café & Market   The Washington Hilton has opened up their new District Line Café & Market that serves as a one-stop shop and modern marketplace for Washingtonians and hotel guests. Stop in to enjoy acai bowls, short rib bagels, and egg pitas with tomato and goat cheese, salads, and more. 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW; hilton.com NEW:  Dolcezza (Vday Gift Alert)  To mark Valentine's Day this year, Dolcezza Gelato is rolling out a limited-edition Red Velvet Cake gelato. The limited-edition Valentine's Day flavor features Red velvet cake batter gelato with red velvet cake bites and cream cheese frosting folded throughout. The exclusive flavor will be available by the scoop and pint at Dolcezza's local shops beginning February 10th while supplies last. 1704 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.299.9116; dolcezzagelato.com NEW: Li'l KC at Bayou Bakery (King! Cake Alert)  Li'l KC is featuring king cake donuts for mardi gras. The Carnival Cake-Donut has hints of Vanilla and Cinnamon, and is drizzled with Icing - it is topped with the traditional colored sugars. 1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410; bayoubakeryva.com Money Muscle BBQ at Le Fantome  Le Fantome Food Hall is welcoming their newest vendor, Money Muscle BBQ, the Montgomery County-based barbeque concept. Money Muscle BBQ at Le Fantome offers a selection of meats, sandwiches, sides, and sauces for dine-in, pick-up, and delivery. New menu additions unique to the food hall include a Chapel Hill Pulled Beef Sandwich, Jerk-Rubbed BBQ Salmon Skewers, and more. 4501 Woodberry Street Riverdale, MD; lefantomefoodhall.com Pizzalympics at Fire Works Pizza Fire Works Pizza is offering its special Pizzalympics campaign. You choose the best combination of ingredients from an entry form, submit your combination pizza, and compete against other chosen entries in a bracket for the best pizza. Winners will be crowned "the best pizza" and win a $100 gift card. fireworkspizza.com Shababi Chicken Palestinian Pop-Up  Shababi Chicken is featuring a Palestinian-inspired menu as part of their pop-up at 1320 by Please Bring Chips. The Shababi Chicken Pop-up will begin dinner service on Thursday, January 26 and run through Saturday, February 25. The experience includes a set menu that consists of a family-style set of 9 dishes. While the dishes are sent as a “flow of food” and can all be enjoyed simultaneously, the meal will be structured as 2 large course sets followed by a dessert. Each night, there will be ala-carte specials available. Purchase your tickets here. Taqueria Las Gemelas (Vegan Offering Alert) Taqueria Las Gemelas has launched its new 2023 taco lineup which includes both vegan and non-vegan offerings. Try the “Rajas con Crema,” “Choripapa,” and a vegan “Trumpet Mushroom Tinga Taco”. 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550; lasgemelasdc.com The Oregon Grille  The Oregon Grille is reopening on January 30th with a revamped dining room. The 200-year-old farmhouse will feature contemporary, seasonal American cuisine by Executive Chef Amanda Brennan in a whimsical setting. On their menu, you can find prime dry-aged steaks, large lobsters and seafood, as well as an award-winning wine list. 1201 Shawan Road; 410.771.0505; atlasrestaurantgroup.com Unconventional Diner (Vegan Offering Alert) For those resolved to explore a plant-forward diet in the New Year, Unconventional Diner serves various vegan options that make meatless eating easy to do. Try the Tip-Top Chop (a popular salad of kale, hummus, pomegranate seeds and almonds), the Kale Nachos (a spicy snack of kale chips, cashews, cayenne and jicama), and more. 1207 9th Street NW; 202.847.0122; unconventionaldiner.com Wren (Oh!Makase) Wren has rolled out a one-of-a-kind dining experience for you to enjoy with the addition of Executive Chef Yo Matsuzaki's Omakase menu. The Omakase menu will only be available on Mondays and includes 18-20 courses paired with sake and wine. Indulge in dishes like nigiri, yakimono, wagyu, and more. 1825 Capital One Drive; 703.655.9527; wrentysons.com
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Let The Good Times Rolllll
Fat Tuesday, the last day of the Carnival season, is February 21st and falls - as it always does - the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. And let us be clear, there will be parties and good food and good times. All the masks, beads, king cake, and Hurricane cocktails you want are here: 
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We'll Toast To That
No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants: Atlas Brew Works  Atlas Brew Works is opening a third location, slated for a late-2023 opening in the new Carlyle Crossing mixed-use development in Alexandria, Virginia. The new location features a tap room with 16 draft lines, a patio, and a large kitchen. Atlas Brew Works is soon releasing its seasonal IPA, The Precious One. The popular apricot-infused IPA will be available in both tap rooms and throughout the market on Wednesday, February 1. atlasbrewworks.com NEW:  Churchkey Beer Shop ChurchKey Beer Academy led by NRG Partner & Beverage Director, Greg Engert is officially open for enrollment. Explore the world of rare and classic brews by experiencing four classes throughout the year with a curriculum encompassing a variety of beer topics accompanied by 8 different bottles and cans per class. Register here. NEW:  Crooked Run Fermentation Crooked Run is the first brewery to open in DC’s Union Market District and is a celebration of the art of brewing and fermentation without pretension. A collaborative concept between Crooked Run Fermentation owners Jake Endres and Lee Rogan and Michelin-starred Chef Chris Morgan and The Kitchen Collective team, the light-filled space features an array of craft beers brewed onsite, as well as artisanal, personal pan pizzas created by Chef Chris and award-winning “Pizza Czar” Anthony Falco (formerly of Roberta’s). They have also released Skilletized imperial milk stout made with coffee, hazelnuts, vanilla beans, and maple syrup is a big breakfast stout brimming with flavors of french toast, coffee, and chocolate. If you’re going dry this January you can still enjoy food and FREE entertainment like karaoke and more. And lastly, their Sticky Rice beer is now available at all three locations on tap and by the can. This beer is a Berliner weisse with mangos, coconut, and rice milk. 22455 Davis Drive; crookedrunfermentation.com NEW: Fairmont (Black History Month Celebrations)  Fairmont is celebrating Black History Month by featuring wine and whiskey by Black female entrepreneurs from February 1 through March 1, 2023.  You can enjoy specially priced McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc for $12 a glass and Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch Whiskey for $16 per glass in the hotel’s Lobby Bar, Loggia and Juniper Restaurant. 2401 M Street, NW; fairmont.com Gatsby (Bottomless Dinner Alert)  Gatsby is kicking off a bottomless dinner where you can enjoy 90 minutes of free-flowing drinks along with dinner. From twists on classic cocktails like a chai white russian to Greta’s Punch and NY Sours. Bottomless will be $38.99 per guest and requires the purchase of one entree and the entire table has to participate. 1201 Half Street Suit #205; 202.817.3005; gatsbyrestaurant.com Guinness  The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in collaboration with Diageo's PAN Network has released Yuzu to the Moon in honor of Lunar New Year. The rice lager (4.5% ABV) made with Jasmine rice and yuzu fruit is available on draft and in to-go cans at the brewery while supplies last. Proceeds of the beer sales will be made to the creatives at Baltimore’s Asian Pasifika Arts Collective, a nonprofit organization that uses art to advocate representation of Asian Americans and Pacific Indigenous Americans. 5001 Washington Boulevard; guinness.com NEW:  L'Ardente (Mixer Moves)  L'Ardente has welcomed longtime D.C. beverage expert and restaurateur Micah Wilder to serve as Director of Beverage at Unconventional Diner and L’Ardente. Wilder brought with him two bar leads who worked under him at his beverage consulting company, Boom Daddy Hospitality, installing Ian White to serve as Bar Manager at Unconventional Diner and Hunter Douglas in the same role at L’Ardente. Enjoy cocktails on their new revamped menu like the old fashioned, UD hot cider, and more. 200 Massachusetts Avenue NW; lardente.com Last Call Bar (Happy Hour Alert) Last Call has your Damp January needs met with their new happy hour menu every Saturday and Sunday. Drink to $3 pints and $5 glasses of wine and cocktails like the 169 Bar Old Fashioned On Draft (Jim Beam Bourbon, Angostura Bitters, CO2, and just a touch of Sugar). 1301-A 4th Street NE; 202.543.2051; lastcallbardc.com NEW: Pisco y Nazaca  Pisco y Nazca has launched three new Pisco Sour flavors that you can sample on their limited-time Valentine’s Day flight. Offered throughout the month of February, these new flavors include Strawberry, Raspberry, and Blackberry. For each flight sold, $1 will be donated to the American Heart Association. 1823 L Street NW; 202.559.3726; piscoynazca.com Rebel Taco Rebel Taco in Mount Vernon Triangle recently revamped and officially opened their upstairs bar, where you can get new cocktails like the “Conejo Malo” with jalapeño infused tequila, lime, tamarind, and ancho chile liqueur from Manuel Olivera. They also launched a new menu which includes Carne Asada, Torta de Milanesa, Tamal de Pollo, and Pulpo Veracruz from Chef Juan Olivera. 508 K Street NW; rebeltaco.com The Roost  Get a sneak peek of Show of Hands, DC's newest craft cocktail and wine bar at The Roost. Spirits Director, Nick Ferrell, has created a menu featuring low-alcohol drinks and a selection of wines by the glass. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.661.0142; theroostsedc.com Tiki TNT (Happy Hour Alert)  Tiki TNT is helping you extend your weekend one more day with a Monday Happy Hour. Cocktails begin at just $7 and beers for only $5, and enjoy um-soaked House-Specialties like the Passion Fruit Daiquiri or the classic Thrasher’s Rum Mai Tai. 1120 Maine Avenue SW; 202.900.4786; tikitnt.com
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Afternoon Tea
Tea for Two or Three or Four … Once the leaves fall off the trees, that stinging chill is in the air and darkness descends earlier and earlier what better way to add a little indulgence into your day than an afternoon tea? Many area hotels and some restaurants are bringing out tiered trays of scones and warm pots of the steeped herb. Can’t seem to get out? We have ways to bring that high tea feeling to you anywhere: Aji Tea  Aji Tea is an iced green tea made with jasmine and honey. It’s the only ready-to-drink, authentic Indonesian-style iced tea on the market. The tea is made with no high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, or sweeteners, and only has 4 ingredients. Compared to traditional choices in the beverage market, Aji Tea is a “better for you” drink option. Find it here. Art & Soul  Art & Soul now offers an immersive tea experience featuring Elevated Tea Company, a proudly female-owned company dedicated to bringing wellness and relaxation. Enjoy delicate savory sandwiches, caviar, truffles and pastries paired with elevated tea blends, tea-infused cocktails, champagne and curated live acoustic music. 415 New Jersey Avenue NW; 202.393.7777; artandsouldc.com Duke's Grocery Duke's Grocery is now hosting tea time between brunch and dinner on the weekends. $29 gets you bottomless Hot Toddies, Espresso Martinis, Irish Coffees, and Vanilla Bourbon Iced Tea (90-minute limit). 1513 17th Street NW; 202.733.5623; dukesgrocery.com Flyest Tea Flyest, a black woman-owned, DMV-founded tea brand is on a mission to make herbal medicine more inclusive and more fun. With Flyest, herbalist and founder Shenae Jones, aims to democratize tea culture, creating an authentic brand voice that speaks to a diverse audience, one that is often left out of the wellness conversation. Enjoy black tea, fruity tea, green teas, and more. Shop here. The Hay-Adams Holiday High Tea is now on at The Hay-Adams. The menu includes buttermilk scones, smoked salmon tea sandwiches, fruit lemon tartlet, and more. Enjoy a full tea station with a range of traditional black teas, green and white teas and herbal teas. 800 16th Street NW; 202.638.6600; hayadams.com Mark T. Wendell Tea Co. Throughout its 118-year history, this specialty tea brand has been loved by everyday people and celebrities alike. Even the beloved Julia Child was a loyal customer and bought several teas from Mark T. Wendell Tea Company for several decades. She lived close and was a fan of the exotic blends that only this Boston-based tea importer could provide. Teas include Hu-Kwa Tea (Offers a distinct and smokey flavor), Cheericup Ceylon (sparkling liquor with a sweet and distinct taste). Get yours here. Opaline  Opaline Bar & Brasserie is hosting French afternoon tea (Thé de l'après-midi des Fêtes) each Saturday beginning on November 26 from 2:00 pm– 4:00 pm. Enjoy cranberry scones, pear Frangipane tart, and more as you sip on an assortment of teas like cream earl grey, organic English breakfast, orange pekoe, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; opalinedc.com Steep Echo Tea Steep Echo is a collection of all-natural olive leaf teas that replace traditional tea leaves. Organic olive leaves are the staple for the blends mixed with botanical ingredients to create a unique experience filled with sophisticated flavor and wellness. Try flavors like Ascent (antioxidant-rich organic olive leaf mingled with the spice of cinnamon that finishes with vanilla and monk fruit), Hush (with spicy ginger, calming papaya, and peppermint). Shop here
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Activations Of The Season
Your winter has been activated. Yes, there are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit but there are so many other seasonal activities. You really don’t want to miss a bite or a light ~ NEW:  Artechouse Artechouse has a new exhibition, Intangible Forms, that is now showing. The exhibition blurs the lines between what is real, what is not, and what it means to be human. Powered by choreographed kinetic lasers, strobes, haze, and moving lights, this multi-sensory exhibition is dramatic, visceral, and operatic in nature. Throughout multiple rooms of installations, intentional minimalism and repetitive, modular rhythms create a hypnotic, entrancing environment where the intangible can become tangible. 1238 Maryland Avenue SW; artechouse.com Bourbon Steak Retreat to the Bourbon Steak patio and dine in one of the chalet suites, each inspired by an iconic Four Seasons Ski resort, offering unique dishes that represent each location, like a Hot Miso buttered Shellfish platter, an 18oz Dry aged Bone-In New York Steak, and more. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.944.2026; bourbonsteakdc.com Fiola Mare Igloos are back at Fiola Mare! Enjoy your meal at one of their waterfront igloos to stay warm. Enjoy caviar, oysters, tuna, and more. 3050 K Street NW; 202.350.4982; fiolamaredc.com HI-Lawn Hi-Lawn gets cozy for the cold season, with fire pits, s’mores baskets, hot cocktails, happy hour, comfort food and more. Their s’mores Baskets are made for two with Hershey’s chocolates, graham crackers and marshmallows, plus retractable steel roasting skewers. Menu items include the easy cheesy beautiful (swiss, cheddar & American cheeses on sliced brioche, with a dipping side of tomato bisque), the meatless edgy veggie (mozzarella, roasted red pepper, arugula, olive oil, salt/pepper on ciabatta), and more. 1309 5th Street NE; hilawndc.com NEW:  The National Building Museum The fifth annual architecture and design film festival has returned to the national building museum from January 26-29. Throughout the course of four days, the festival will showcase a diverse selection of films from more than eleven countries that investigate design’s impact, environmentally and culturally, on the worlds of fashion, real estate, art, architecture, urban planning, and housing. Opening Night kicks off on Thursday, January 26, with Alice Street, a moving documentary about the power of public art and a mural that brought together artists, community leaders and two neighborhoods in the fight to protect history, culture and voice in the face of gentrification. Get the full schedule here.  The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Ice Rink The National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is reopening for the season on November 26th. The ice rink is located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW. Take in national museums as well as large-scale sculptures by modern and contemporary artists as you skate in 45-minute sessions. Enjoy a seasonal menu of freshly made soups, salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, and desserts at the Pavilion Café. nga.gov/visit/ice-rink Winter Lantern Festival Winter Lantern Festival will debut a spectacular holiday light adventure at the Lerner Town Square in Tysons starting December 16 through February 12th. Created by Kaleido Arts & Entertainment Group, Winter Lantern Festival will feature a total of over 10,000 of LED Chinese-inspired artisan lanterns, along with live performances and on-site food vendors. 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons, VA ; winterlanternfestival.com
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Your Private Dining Needs Met: The List's List of Private Dining in DC
Party Planning Made Easy! TheListAreYouOnIt.com & RAMW have partnered up to create a list of EVERY private dining space in the DC Metro Area. This is just the beginning as we learn of new options we will add them here. So, whether you want an intimate dining experience for 12 or a dinner party for 200. The accommodations you want to know about are here .. on our PDR List:  2941 Restaurant -  Private dining rooms can accommodate an intimate gathering of 2 to larger private events of up to 100. The main restaurant and outdoor terrace are also available for events up to 200. Phone: 703-270-1511 Website: 2941.com Alta Strada City Vista - Private event capacity is 50 for a seated dinner and 70 for a reception Semi-private or private dining and reception options for smaller groups available. Phone: 202-629-4662 Website: altastradarestaurant.com Alta Strada Mosaic - Private event capacity is 90 for a seated dinner and 150 for a reception. Semi-private or private dining and reception options for smaller groups. Phone: 703-280-0000 Website: altastradarestaurant.com Birch & Barley - Private dining available for reception or dinner in the Chef’s Room.The Semi-Private Space holds up to 16 guests seated or 20 guests for a standing reception. Phone: 202-567-2576 Website: birchandbarley.com Bistro Cacao - Private dining options include six different spaces and restaurant buy-out options to host between 12 and 100 guests for plated or reception-style occasions. Phone: 202-546-4737 Website: google.com Brasserie Liberté - Two small private rooms that seat 35 guests or a large private room that accommodates 80 seated guests. Phone: 202-878-8404 Website: libertedc.com  Cafe Du Parc at Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. - Private dining capacity of 50 seats and a reception capacity of 110. Phone: 202-942-7000 Website: washington.intercontinental.com Caruso’s Pike & Rose - Multiple private dining options. Room One can fit up to 14 people.  Room 2 is a larger room with a kitchen view that can seat up to 65 people. Pricing varies depending on day of the week and time of year. Phone: 301-245 1226 Website: carusosgrocery.com Cheesetique - Private dining rooms to semi-private seating to full buyouts in two locations. Private dining rooms can accommodate 8 to 36 seated. Three unique options including the Wine Library. Raclette scraping table-side, hands-on mozzarella-making classes, and expert-guided cheese & wine-tasting education. Phone: 703-706-5300 Website: cheesetique.com China Chilcano: Private dining capacity of 150 seats and a reception capacity of 200. Phone: 202-638-1910 Website: chinachilcano.com City Winery - Private dining capacity of 300 seats and a reception capacity of 500. Phone: 215-603-9558 Website: citywinery.com City-State - Private event capacity is 125 for a seated dinner and 250 for a reception. Phone: (202) 525-4410 Website: www.citystatebrewing.com Clyde’s of Chevy Chase - Private dining capacity of 110 seats and a reception capacity of 250. Phone: 301-951-9600 Website: clydes.com Clyde’s of Gallery Place: From the intimate Conservatory for a party of 25 to the Fully Private Piedmont Room for parties of over 100 guests. Several settings available Phone: 202-719-1900 Website: clydes.com Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm - Private dining capacity of 150 seats and a reception capacity of 250. Phone: 571-209-1200 Website: clydes.com Cork Wine Bar & Market - The whole restaurant along with the Cafe, Tasting Bar, and Private Dining Room are available for private events.  Accommodations can be made  between 15-150 people. The Cafe and Tasting Bar can be reserved separately for groups of 35 as well as the Main dining space upstairs and the Private Dining Room. . Phone: 202-265-2675 Website: corkdc.com Cuba Libre - Private dining capacity of 200 seats and a reception capacity of 400. Phone: 202-408-1600 Website: liquor.com District Winery - The Portrait Room, the new private dining room offers guests full waterfront views of Navy Yard and can be booked for family-style dinner service, brunch or private wine-tasting experiences for up to 40 guests. Phone: 202-484-9210 Website: districtwinery.com dLeña - Private dining room, lush outdoor patio, or expansive dining room, dLeña offers a diverse space that can be customized to meet all needs for groups of 10-200. Phone: 703-861-0698 Website: dlenadc.com Dovetail - Private dining capacity of 80 seats and a reception capacity of 150. Phone: N/A Website: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com The Eleanor - 200 guests for buyouts. Phone: 202-525-2126 Website: eleanordc.com Era Wine Bar -Private dining capacity of 20 seats and a reception capacity of 50. Phone: 301-787-0038 Website: erawinebar.com Figleaf Bar & Lounge - Private dining capacity of 80 seats and a reception capacity of 150. Phone: 202-379-3787 Website: viceroyhotelsandresorts.com The Freshman - Semi-private space for cocktail style receptions up to 50 people. Seated dinners for up to 30 people. Full buyouts available; max of 150 people. Phone: 571-257-7250 Website: thefreshmanva.com Hank’s Cocktail Bar - Private dining capacity of 22 seats and a reception capacity of 60. Phone: 240-665-1309 Website: https://hankscocktailbar.com Hank’s Oyster Bar - Old Town - Private dining capacity of 60 seats and a reception capacity of 100. Phone: 240-665-1309 Website: hanksoysterbar.com Harvest Tide Steakhouse - Private dining capacity of 45 seats and a reception capacity of 75. Phone: 302-604-2440 Website: harvesttidecapitolhill.com Immigrant Food - Private dining capacity of 60 seats and a reception capacity of 85. Phone: 301-778-8606 Website: immigrantfood.com Il Piatto - Private dining capacity of 35 seats and a reception capacity of 50. Phone: 202-506-3833 Website: ilpiattodc.com Irregardless - Available for partial and full-sized buyouts. A first-floor buyout includes seating for 25 people with the option of adding 12 additional seats at the bar, while a second-floor buyout can seat up to 35 people and a full buyout accommodates 60 guests for a seated dining experience. Phone: 202-741-1741 Website: irregardlessdc.com Ivy City Smokehouse - Indoor and outdoor private and semi-private dining options available for groups semi-private to private including up to100 guests seated or 350 guests standing.Phone: 202-529-3300 Website: ivycitysmokehouse.com Jaleo DC - Private dining capacity of 145 seats and a reception capacity of 175. Phone: 202-638-1910 Website: jaleo.com Karma Modern Indian - Private dining capacity of 35 seats and a reception capacity of 60. Phone: 202-898-0393 Website: karmamodernindian.com La Collina - Private dining capacity of 80 seats and a reception capacity of 100. Phone: 202-998-2799 Website: lacollinadc.com L’Ardente - Two private dining rooms are accessible through the Bar and Lounge or via a discrete rear entrance. These spacious, crimson-accented rooms each accommodate 35 seated and 55 standing, or 70 seated and 110 standing when combined. L’Ardente is also available for full restaurant buyouts for lunch, dinner, and everything in between for 170 seated and 300 standing. Phone: 917-617-4722 Website: lardente.com La Sandia - Private dining capacity of 225 seats and a reception capacity of 400. Phone:  703-861-0698 Website: eatlasandia.com Liberty Barbecue - Host up to 40 guests in half the space and can accommodate groups of up to 80 in the full dining room. Phone: 571-265-5010 Website: libertyfallschurch.com Lulu’s Wine Garden - Private dining capacity of 120 seats and a reception capacity of 150. Phone: 302-228-2291 Website: luluswinegarden.com Lyon Hall - Completely private room that can accommodate 36 seated guests for a coursed meal, or up to 40 guests for a standing reception. Phone: 571-265-5010 Website: .lyonhallarlington.com NAMA - Private event capacity is 20 for a seated dinner and 40 for a reception. Phone: 202-414-7066 Website: namadc.com Nama Ko - Private event capacity is 100 for a seated dinner and 300 for a reception. Semi-private or private dining and reception options for smaller groups avaible. Phone: 202-319-1400 Website: nama-ko.com Nick's - Indoor and outdoor private and semi-private dining options available for groups semi-private to private including up to 88 guests seated and 100 guests reception style. Phone: (202) 342-3535 Website: nicksriversidegrill.com Nicoletta Italian Kitchen - Private dining capacity of 18 seats and a reception capacity of 24. Phone: 202-697-6888 Website: nicolettakitchen.com Nobu DC - Private dining of 12 to buy out of 300 guests. Phone: 202-871-6565 Website: noburestaurants.com Northside Social Coffee & Wine - Private reception capacity of 60. Phone: 571-265-5010 Website: northsidesocialva.com Northside Social - Entire Upstairs Wine Bar which includes the  Wine Nook and outdoor patio in the warmer months and host receptions for up to 70 guests.. Phone: 571-265-5010 Website: northsidesocialva.com  Ocean Prime - The Chevy Chase Room accommodates up to 10 guests; The Georgetown Room accommodates up to 12 guests, The Arlington Room 1 accommodates up to 26 guests and The Arlington Room 2 accommodates up to 20 guests. The Arlington Rooms may be combined to accommodate up to 50 guests. The lounge is also available for semi-private events for up to 35 guests. Phone: 202-393-0313 Website: ocean-prime.com Officina - Private dining capacity of 230 seats and a reception capacity of 450. Phone: 301-616-1955 Website: officinadc.com Officina Cafe - Private dining capacity of 68 seats and a reception capacity of 90. Phone: 301-616-1955 Website: officinadc.com  Old Ebbit Grill - Private dining capacity of 250 seats and a reception capacity of 600. Phone: 202-552 5000 Website: ebbitt.com/  Osteria Morini - Private room that can accommodate a maximum of 36 seated guests or up to 45 guests for a reception-style event. This fully enclosed private room comes equipped with a 60" plasma television.  Additionally, guests can reserve the entire restaurant for a full buyout of up to 110 guests comfortably seated or 200 for a full reception-style event. Phone number: 202-484-0660 Website: osteriamorini.com Osteria da Nino - Private dining capacity of 45  seats and a reception capacity of 45. Phone: 703-820-1128 Website: osteriadaninova.com Ottoman Taverna -A  small private room, which seats 32 guests, and 3 large private rooms which seat a maximum of 120 guests. Phone: 202-847-0389 Website: ottomantaverna.com Oyamel - Private dining capacity of 160 seats and a reception capacity of 175. Phone: 202-638-1910 Website: oyamel.com Pennyroyal Station - Indoor capacity is 80 guests seated and 120 standing with flexible arrangements for either option. An expansive, mural-adorned patio seats an additional 60 guests. Phone: 240-770-8579 Website: pennyroyalstation.com The Point - Indoor and outdoor private and semi-private dining options available for groups semi-private to private up to over 200 guests Phone: 202-948-2522 Website: thepointdc.com Provost -Private dining capacity of 88 seats and a reception capacity of 100. Phone: 202-200-9852 Website: provostdc.com Queen’s English: Private dining capacity of 32 seats and a reception capacity of 40. Phone: 480-205-1976 Website: queensenglishdc.com Sequoia - Private dining capacity of 220 seats and a reception capacity of 500. Phone: 202-333-3011 Website: sequoiadc.com Shilling Canning Company - Private dining capacity of 75 seats and a reception capacity of 100. Phone: 202-554-7474 Website: shillingcanning.com Spanish Diner: Private dining capacity of 170 seats and a reception capacity of 200. Phone: 202-638-1910 Website: spanishdiner.com Station 4 - Host up to 50 guests seated and 70 standing. It can be arranged to your event style whether you’re looking for a seated dinner, standing reception, or more. Phone: 202-790-1448 Website: station4dc.com Stellina Pizzeria - Private dining capacity of 50 seats and a reception capacity of 75. Phone: 703-606-7400 Website: stellinapizzeria.com Stop Smackn Restaurant & Lounge: Private dining capacity of 30 seats and a reception capacity of 30. Phone: 202-748-5987 Website: stopsmackndc.com The Duck & The Peach - The space is designed for dinner parties. Accommodate celebrations from 8 to 20 guests in a semi-private space and the bar alcove is ideal for entertaining 10-15 guests. Phone: 202-431-1913 Website: duckandpeachdc.com The Hamilton -  Two spaces with opportunity for live entertainment – from the Loft to the expansive The Hamilton Live concert venue - The Hamilton offers a private dining capacity of 250 seats and a reception capacity of 600. Phone: 202-787-1000 Website: thehamiltondc.com The Henri - Six flexible private dining rooms for up to 80 guests and cocktail receptions from 30 - 250 guests. Phone: 202-993-3936 Website: thehenridc.com The Liberty Tavern - Second-floor Dining Room can accommodate up to 80 guests for a seated meal or reception-style event with seating for up to 60 for a buffet-style meal. Phone: 571-265-5010 Website: thelibertytavern.com Thirsty Crow -The underground sports bar located beneath the restaurant Makan offers a variety of private dining options, ranging from a full, private buyout of 110 guests or more smaller-scale events in its 25-person lounge. Phone: 202-730-2295 Website: makanrestaurantdc.com Tony & Joe's - Indoor and outdoor private and semi-private dining options available for groups semi-private to private including up to 120 seated and 200 standing reception. Phone: (202) 944-4545 Website: tonyandjoes.com Trummer’s - Private dining capacity of 85 seats and a reception capacity of 85. Phone: 703-266-1623 Website: trummersrestaurant.com Urbano of Alexandria - Private dining can accommodate 40 guests for a private sit down dinner or about 50 guests stand up reception buffet style. Phone: 571-970-5148 Website: urbano116.com Wildfire - Six private room options to host any breakfast, lunch, or dinner event. The Stardust Room seats 34, the Avalon Room seats 28, the Buckingham Room seats 36 and Savoy Room seats 28 individually or up to 120 people together and are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment. The Wine Room seats 15 and the Club Room seats 36 individually. Together they can accommodate up to 50 people. Phone: 703-442-9110 Website: wildfirerestaurant.com Zaytinya - Private dining capacity of 220 seats and a reception capacity of 300. Phone: 202-638-1910 Website: zaytinya.com Zenola - Private dining capacity of 250 seats and a reception capacity of 600. Phone: 571-545 -1760 Website: zenolavienna.com ZOCA Mexican Restaurant - Private dining capacity of 100 seats and a reception capacity of 150. Phone: 302-604-2440 Website: zocacapitolhill.com
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