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Nycci is "Dishing It" at this Year's Embassy Chefs Challenge
 . The 2022 Events DC International City Food Festival is a new celebration of food, culture, and entertainment highlighting the diverse communities in the nation’s capital. Look for three delicious days of events in partnership with the city’s diplomatic corps. Built on the idea that food brings us all together, the iconic Embassy Chef Challenge event is back and is now complemented by a full weekend of celebrations. Taking place on the heels of the United Nations General Assembly meetings and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings, International City looks to showcase worldwide diplomacy through the universal lenses of food, drink, performance, fashion, culture and music.  Get a sneak peek of the action HERE! Mark Your Calendar:  Embassy Chef Challenge, Thursday, October 13 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum - The Embassy Chef Challenge returns with forty embassy chefs, the most in the event’s 14-year history.  This is a friendly competition between embassy chefs from around the world, during which embassies showcase the unique flavors of their home countries in a delicious, diplomatic culinary contest. internationalcityfesttickets.com Taste of Oktoberfest, Friday, October 14 at Franklin Park - In this iconic Oktoberfest, Events DC is collaborating with the German-American Heritage Foundation and the German Embassy to bring a truly authentic taste of the legendary German festivities to DC, through a unique presentation of Taste of Oktoberfest. internationalcityfesttickets.com Día de los Muertos, Food & Film in the Park on Saturday, October 15 at Franklin Park - In advance of Día de los Muertos, celebrate and learn about the holiday and its traditions through a family-friendly day of food, film, and lively entertainment curated with the Embassy of Mexico. The day’s festivities will wrap up with an interactive showing of the Disney hit, Coco, in celebration of the film’s upcoming fifth anniversary, bringing a bit of the rich culture of Mexico to the streets of DC. This event is open to all ages and free to attend, but registration is required and can be completed at internationalcityfesttickets.com. International City Food Festival supports World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises around the globe. In 2022, World Central Kitchen has already responded to disasters in 29 countries on six continents. You can join Events DC in supporting their mission by adding a donation to your ticket purchase. For more information, visit gatherbyeventsdc.com 
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National Taco (Tues)Day
Every day is a "National" something day. And sometimes we here at TheListAreYouOnIt pay attention and sometimes we are like fugeddahboutit. But not for National Taco Day, which happens to be on Taco Tuesday, October 4th. How could we not celebrate all those fillings piled generously into a (corn or flour - we like both!) tortilla and topped with salsas and/or sour cream and or guacamole and/or...you get the idea right? Now get your Taco here.  
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Making the Fast Easy
Photo: Nycci Nellis   The High Holidays: They’re either early or late, but this year they are right on time! Rosh Hashanah has passed and now we have thrown our sins (via crumbs of bread) into the water and are preparing for the Yom Kippur fast that starts the night of October 4th. For the uninitiated: A big meal on Tuesday night, followed by a full day of fasting on Wednesday (no food or water) and then followed by another huge meal to "break" the fast. For those who celebrate, the last thing you need to worry about is what you and the fam are eating! Fortunately, if you are looking for help, we have suggestions for all the fish, bagels, and schmears (AND with the accessibility of really good kosher wines, we have some suggestions there too). Have an Easy Fast ~ Yom Kippur: Baked by Yael’s High Holiday Challah & Break Fast Looking for amazing challah? Look no further! You can find it at your local bakery, Baked by Yael. Order now and take advantage of their complimentary curbside pickup. They are currently accepting orders for Thursdays and for the High Holidays - you’re strongly encouraged to order your challah for Break Fast now. Or, if you'd like a more complete breakfast, start the day off right with delicious and easy-to-serve bagel platters. The Premium Breakfast Platter includes assorted sliced bagels, cream cheese, lox, tomato, onion, and capers on a platter. Don't stop with the bagels, they also have fruit salad, yogurt parfait, egg sandwiches, and more to choose from! Order by October 2 for Yom Kippur availability. 202.234.9235; 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW; Click here and here for more info. High Holiday Offerings from Dawson’s Market Celebrate with delicious healthy traditional entrees and sides from Dawson’s Market. The menu is available for pickup from September 24th through October 5th only. Orders need to be placed at least 48 hours in advance. Curbside pickup is available. 225 North Washington Street, Rockville, MD; 2001 S Street NW; 240.428.1386 (Rockville); 202.588.5698 (Dupont Circle); To order from the Rockville location, click here; To place an order at the Dupont Circle location, click here. Royal Wine Corp High Holy Days Wine Offerings With the Jewish High Holy Days approaching, Royal Wine Corp will be offering wines from regions that until now have been hard to come by in the Kosher Market. Wines from regions like Israel, California, Italy, and France will be available. Some wines recommended by Wine Expert Gabriel Geller, Director of PR for Royal Wine Corp, are Herzog Lineage Momentus ($19.99), Herzog Variations Be-leaf Cabernet Sauvignon ($24.99), Magnificus ($60.00), and many more. For more information, visit their website here. Pre- and Post-Fast Specials at SABABA SABABA is celebrating Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, before sundown Tuesday October 4th (pre-fast) and Wednesday October 5th (post-fast). Decadent specials like Israeli couscous ($15), heirloom carrots cooked al'Heash ($15), sumac & preserved lemon crusted salmon with fennel and citrus salad ($28), and lamb tagine with carrots, sweet potato and spiced couscous ($30). Dishes will be available from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. 3311 Connecticut Avenue NW; sababauptown.com  
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An Autumnal Appetite
Photo: Nycci Nellis @ Albi There is a buzz in the air and that’s not the bumble bees reemerging, it’s us! 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 spring 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: NEW:  Alma Cocina Latina After a long hiatus, Alma Cocina Latina’s fan-favorite arepas are back (at the bar only). This time they are back with two unique variations that inspire you to explore Venezuela in more than just the traditional arepa and get to know the more complex flavors the country offers. Try The Mariscada (grilled octopus, grilled Argentinian shrimp, sesame seeds) or The Black and White (stewed black beans, spring mix, tomato, cotija cheese) at their bar.  1701 N Charles Street; 667.212.4273; almacocinalatina.com NEW:  Astro Doughnuts (Trick or Treat) This Halloween season, Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken is offering a special half-dozen boxes of Stranger Things-themed doughnuts. Inspired by the supernatural events of the popular TV show’s four seasons, Astro Pastry Chef Chris Kujala has created four unique flavors. Flavors include the “Upside-Down” Doughnut (chocolate cake doughnut with a grey cinnamon-honey glaze, Oreo cookie crumbles and black sugar, served upside-down), the “Breakfast for Eleven” Doughnut (yeasted circle doughnut topped with a maple glaze, chopped bacon, and a mini Eggo waffle), and more. 1308 G Street NW; 202.809.5565; astrodoughnuts.com Bammy’s (Brunch)  Bammy’s Chef Peter Prime has curated its latest brunch menu for you to enjoy new brunch bites. Indulge in dishes like breakfast doubles (fried dough, chana, pepper jelly, cucumber), a Breakfast Sammy (fry bake, pork belly, scrambled eggs and cheddar), and wash it down with a rum-inspired cocktail. 301 Water Street SE Suite 115; 202.599.4400; bammysdc.com  NEW:  Bar Ivy (Brunch Alert) Bar Ivy has now added their first brunch service to their menu featuring creative West Coast-inspired, and seasonal dishes and drinks. The menu includes Hawaiian Bread rolls with miso honey butter and apple butter, an avocado BLT, traditional irish coffee, and mimosas. 3033 Wilson Boulevard Suite 115R; 703.544.8730; eatbarivy.com Bollywood Bistro Bollywood Bistro is celebrating 13 years in business and unveiling the chic expansion of their flagship restaurant in Fairfax City. To celebrate, Bollywood Bistro is offering of a 13-course dining experience, unveiling new dishes offered each Thursday of October from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., starting October 6. Items offered on the 13-course menu include Masala Crab Ravioli, Koliwada Shrimp, Malai Duck Tikka, Crispy Lamb (Julienne cut of lamb tossed in cilantro pesto), and more. 3955 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA; 703.273.0031; bollywoodbistro.com Buena Vida Gastrolounge (Brunch Alert) Buena Vida Gastroglounge has curated a new weekend brunch menu. Enjoy unlimited small plates and bottomless brunch drinks (priced at 25 cents and 99-cent margaritas). DIshes include bacon, egg and cheese tacos, salmon toast (Jocoque spread, watercress, rajas and pink peppercorn on sliced bolillo), and more. 2900 Wilson Boulevard; 703.888.1528; buenavidagastrolounge.com Centrolina & Piccolina (GM Update) Chef Owner Amy Brandwein has named Camilla Battoni the General Manager of Centrolina and Piccolina. Hailing from Italy’s Umbria region, Camilla established a strong connection to the region's unique food, culture, and hospitality from a young age. She started her career in hospitality as an Event Planner and Wine Shop Manager at Arnaldo Caprai, a winery in the small hillside town of Montefalco, where she developed a love for planning events of all sizes, interacting with patrons over wine and food, and creating one-of-a-kind experiences. She is particularly inspired by Centrolina and Piccolina’s authentic mixture of northern and southern-inspired Italian dishes and the emphasis on professionalism and quality service. 74 Palmer Alley NW; 202.898.2426; centrolinadc.com NEW:  CHIKO Crab Week  From October 3 - October 9, all Chiko locations are hosting Crab Week as it’s reached peak crab harvest season. Chefs Danny Lee and Scott Drewno are cooking up a week full of crab-inspired dishes. You can try dishes like crab rangoons with sweet chili sauce, spam musubi (served over crab salad and bonito), Singapore chili Maryland crab cake (served over griddled ciabatta bread), and many more dishes. 423 8th Street SE; 202.558.9934; mychiko.com NEW:  Crane’s  Crane’s Chef Pepe has released his latest Omakase menu which features fall ingredients like seasonal King Oyster mushrooms from local foragers. Menu items include smoked duck breast with foie gras, and vegetable options like sunchoke dumplings. 24 9th Street NW; 202.525.4900; cranes-dc.com Dauphine’s (Lunch)  Dauphine’s is serving weekday lunch with a menu including both a la carte offerings as well as a “Midtown Lunch” menu with options of two courses or three courses. Highlights include the catfish parmesan po-boy (provolone, marinara, broccoli rabe), gulf shrimp bánh mi (chicken liver, pickled radish, mint, cilantro), and more. 1100 15th Street NW; 202.758.3785; dauphinesdc.com NEW:  dLeña (Dia de los Muertos) dLeña has returned with their Día de los Muertos dining celebration this fall (October 4 - November 6). Chef Richard Sandoval has developed menus that showcase the four elements found in a traditional ofrenda: earth, water, air, and fire. Menu highlights include Mole coloradito enchiladas (chorizo, cotija and mole and the Palo Santo Pan de Muerto (smoked palo santo butter and a marigold-infused sugar). 476 K Street NW Suite; 202.560.5999; dlenadc.com Fairmont (Oktoberfest) Fairmont is hosting Oktoberfest every Wednesday in October. In their Biergarten, you’ll find a live grilling station and Samuel Adams draft beer. Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo is serving Bauernwurst, and Weisswurst (a traditional Bavarian sausage served with warm Bavarian Potato Salad). Other dishes available include smoked pork loin and smoked boneless chicken thighs. ALSO, their Paella Nights have returned every Wednesday in the courtyard bar. Using a family recipe from his hometown of Barcelona, Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo is preparing and serving authentic Paella with shrimp, chicken, mussels and secret ingredients from his giant pan. An array of gazpacho, pan con tomate, manchego cheese, serrano ham, tortilla de patatas, olives, anchovies and flan de caramelo accompany chef’s Paella. 2401 M Street NW; fairmont.com Grazie Nonna Grazie Nonna, created by Casey Patten (Grazie Grazie, Little Chicken) and Chef Gerald Addison (Bammy’s, Little Chicken), has recently opened. It is their unique interpretation of what American Pizza is and is inspired by those iconic Italian-American restaurants in neighborhoods that might surprise you. Enjoy pizzas like the Drunken Love (a pizza with a vodka sauce, pepperoni, and both fresh and aged mozzarella topped with pecorino romano and fresh basil), and more. 1100 15th Street NW; 202.989.0307; grazienonnaxoxo.com Hi-Lawn (Oktoberfest) Hi-Lawn is celebrating Oktoberfest and all-things-fall with a two-week “Lawntoberfest” celebration through October 3. Festivities include an Oktoberfest beer-and-brat party, live music, themed trivia, and more. Guests can enjoy bratwurst (with sauerkraut and German mustard) hot off the grill, and homemade pretzels with German mustard and beer cheese. Beer-lovers can expect Oktoberfest and fall beers, including DC Brau Oktoberfest, DC Brau Pilsner, Union Brewing Festbier, and more. 1309 5th Street NE; hilawndc.com Ice Cream Jubilee (Hispanic Heritage Month + Trick or Treat)  Ice Cream Jubilee is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with an ice cream tasting flight of 5 flavors inspired by the countries and cultures of Latin America. They are donating a portion of sales to support the local DC-area health care non-profit La Clinica Del Pueblo. Flavors include strawberry tres leches (fresh strawberries blended into ice cream, with pieces of tres leches cake), and more.  They have also added a flight of five ice cream flavors to ring in the fall season. New flavors include apple cider sorbet, maple rye pecan, and pumpkin honeycomb. They’ve also created a fun #onescoopchallenge contest where they dare you to try a scoop of pineapple pumpkin ice cream made with spicy Ghost Peppers and Carolina Reaper peppers. Participants may enter the contest by posting an Instagram video (tag @icecreamjubilee and #onescoopchallenge) of themselves eating a 4oz portion of the flavor. The winning entry will be judged on the biggest / best reaction and video quality. 1407 T Street NW; 202.299.9042; icecreamjubilee.com 1407 T Street NW; 202.299.9042; icecreamjubilee.com Junction Bakery & Bistro Noe Landini, the owner of Junction brands has opened a new Junction Bakery and Bistro. The design behind the bakery is centered on a previous iconic “drive-in” theater of Mosaic. Service includes lunch, dinner, and a bar program. Plan to indulge in all-day selections such as Thai Street Noodles (shredded chicken, vermicelli, coconut, kaffir lime, red curry, and scallions), the Falafel Bowl (house-made falafels, mixed lentils, grains, herbs, sumac pickled beets, harissa labneh and spiced fried chickpeas), and more. 2985 District Avenue, #115; junctionbakery.com Kingsmill Resort (Chef Update) Kingsmill Resort, an AAA Four Diamond Condominium Golf Resort, has brought on Mark Florimonte as executive chef. Mark is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and his career has spanned 32 years from beginning on the “chef circuit” in Manhattan to Atlanta and Virginia. In his role at Kingsmill, Mark is working to incorporate local and seasonal ingredients into the menus of the resort’s 5 restaurants. 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA; 800.832.5665; kingsmill.com The Lonely Taco: Underground Food Court The Lonely Taco, from the Underground Food Court, fuses global flavors to create its menu. One of their menu items, The Cali taco, is comprised of wild-caught grilled mahi-mahi, smashed avocado, and hand-cut tomato. Another option called the KFC taco is filled with double-fried chicken thigh tossed in gochujang and topped with garlic aioli and pickled cucumbers. 1506 19th Street; undergroundfoodcourt.com NEW:  Minibar Popup After the devastating fire at Reverie, José Andres reached out to help minibar alum Chef Johnny Spero. Together, they hatched a plan to support the rebuilding of the restaurant and provide an opportunity to temporarily employ Reverie’s entire kitchen team. Starting October 7, Minibar welcomes the Reverie kitchen team as they collaborate to offer a special multi-course, tasting menu for the month of October. A portion of the proceeds will go directly to rebuilding Minibar. 855 E Street NW; 202.393.0812; minibarbyjoseandres.com NEW:  MushDC MushDC, a plant-based sandwich and salad shop highlighting the health benefits of mushrooms, has opened at miXt Food Hall. Veggie lovers can enjoy mushroom sandwiches in a slew of styles mimicking meat such as Izzit Chik’n, Bahn Mi Izzit, Jerk BBQ, and their nod to steak and cheese, the Mush N' Cheese. Salads include a Peruvian and Caribbean bowl. 3809 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD; 240.681.0976; mixtfoodhall.com Nobu DC (Brunch Alert) Chef Chico and his partner Chef Eudy Camilo Cruz have launched Nobu DC’s first brunch menu which is available every Sunday from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Nobu Brunch Set is $65 per person and starts with a bento box of sushi and shrimp & avocado salad followed by a choice of mains that includes snow crab eggs benedict, steak ‘n egg with honey anticucho & crispy onions, avocado toast with dry miso and scrambled eggs, among others, and concludes with housemade gelato or sorbet. 2525 M Street NW; 202.871.6565; noburestaurants.com The Salt Line  The Salt Line’s Ballston location has relaunched the TSL To-Go program, offering to-go menus for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Pick up items like clam chowder, baked pimento crab dip, banana bread pudding, and more. 4040 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203; 703.566.2075; thesaltline.com NEW:  Silver Diner Silver Diner is opening its first restaurant in DC in Navy Yard on October 5th. Co-owner and Executive Chef Ype Von Hengst works with local farms to source fresh ingredients to offer an array of plates that include vegan, plant-based, and gluten-free options. Dishes include a lemony hummus greek salad and cauliflower pita bowl, a western omelet, and more. 1250 Half Street, SE; www.silverdiner.com Tacotopia: Underground Food Court Tacotopia has quickly become a favorite in the  Underground Food Court. Tacotopia skips the animal products by offering plant-based proteins with options like the Pina Pastor taco and “Carne” Asada-Impossible taco and sides like the Mexican fried cauliflower and dirty rice. 1506 19th Street; undergroundfoodcourt.com Wundergarten Oktoberfest (Oktoberfest) Wundergarten is hosting Oktoberfest featuring four weekends chock-full of German cuisine, live bands, Bavarian games, DJ parties, and of course lots of beer. Revelers can sip on beers in the Märzen-style hailing from Bavaria's oldest breweries like Spaten Franziskaner, and Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan, as well as Oktoberfest brews from local and regional breweries like Devils Backbone, Port City Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Co., and Red Bear Brewing. 1101 First Street NE; wundergartendc.com
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Football Season is Back: What Are You Eating?
According to Webster, tailgating is a social gathering in which food and drinks are served at or near the back end of a parked vehicle that occurs in a parking lot before a football game (or concert). Or you could pretend, and “tailgate” anywhere you want: B Live B Live just launched their Game Day specials for college and NFL games which include wings, tenders, the “B” burger,  and a rotating selection of beers. During weekend games, the DIY Bloody Mary Bar is $11 for your first drink and only $6 per drink after that. 2854 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; 571.312.7094; bliveva.com Cheesetique Cheesetique is offering a special game day menu with deals on beers and wine while you enjoy the game. The menu includes fried cheese curds, pimento cheese nachos, mango Moscato, O’hara Irish Red Ale, and more. Plus, for the month of September, Cheesetique is hosting Charcuterie Fest. Enjoy curated meats, beverages, and of course cheese. Menu items include prosciutto smash burger (caramelized onions, gruyere, mixed greens, and rosemary chips), charcuterie wine flight, old fashioned cocktail, and more. 4024 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; 703.933.8787; cheesetique.com  Fight Club Fight Club is gearing up to be Capitol Hill's NFL football-watching headquarters with a menu of football food and drink specials. Enjoy pork nachos, loaded fries, burgers, and more while you watch the game. 633 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.885.9714; fightclubdc.com Jack Rose Dining Saloon Jack Rose Dining Saloon has restarted the Jack Rose Wing Club just in time for football season. Jack Rose has since expanded on the popularity of their bourbon-glazed wings with nine new creative varieties from Chef Gillian Chimblo, featuring seasonal sauces, crunchy toppings, and classic styles but most importantly, high-quality poultry, ensuring great flavor all the time. Among the new additions are root beer BBQ, honey sriracha, mezcal lime, and more. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; jackrosediningsaloon.com  Little Chicken Chefs Chris Morgan and Gerald Addison are now serving up wings for game day. They have also cooked up an entirely new fall menu featuring chicken wings, tenders, or fried cauliflower tossed in your choice of one sauce (new bay spice, buffalo (medium), buffalo (hot), Nashville hot, honey BBQ, chile garlic, or dirty lemon pepper). Their new menu also features fried pickles and waffle fry nachos with chicken, stewed beans, guacamole, cheese, pickled jalapeno, and sour cream. 1100 15th Street NW; 202.989.0292; justlittlechicken.com  MGM National Harbor MGM National Harbour is hosting game day with locations like the BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge (which features a 360-degree jumbotron projecting games in all directions and a 110-foot wraparound screen), and TAP Sports Bar offering game day deals on Sundays. Guests can enjoy domestic beer buckets for $30, $9 cocktail specials, and packages for parties of 6 or more. 101 MGM National Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD; mgmnationalharbor.mgmresorts.com  Pink Taco Pink Taco is celebrating football season with a taco and dips menu. Enjoy tailgate tacos such as The Great Wentz (Smash burger, secret sauce, iceberg, caramelized onion, chipotle cheese, crispy onions), and hearty dips such as The Hail Mary (roasted jalapeño, cheddar & scallion). Pair your game day eats with a bucket of beer or Pink Taco’s Margaritas for the perfect football viewing experience. 100 M Street SE; 202.970.7724; pinktaco.com
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Sips for Fall
Photo: Spanish Diner as seen on Foodie & The Beast No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants:   Atlas Brew Works Atlas Brew Works has released its popular Festbier seasonal beer. With a 6.1% ABV, Atlas’ Festbier is both lighter in color and body than a traditional Oktoberfest beer. With an increased hop profile and sweet bread notes imparted from a blend of Munich, Vienna, and Pilsner malts, Festbier results in a more drinkable lager. 2052 West Virginia Avenue NE #102; 202.832.0420; atlasbrewworks.com NEW:  Bottleneck and Boston Beer Co. (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)  For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bottleneck and Boston Beer Co. have teamed up to support the Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Foundation by donating $1 from every Angry Orchard Crisp and Boston Lager sold in the month of October. This donation goes towards helping to raise funds for research and education to prevent breast cancer and improve outcomes for individuals with breast cancer. bostonbeer.com NEW:  DC Craft Beer Map The DC Brewers’ Guild has created the DC Craft Beer Map, a map of over 40 of the best breweries, brewpubs, taprooms, restaurants, bars, distilleries, and cideries in the DC metro area that the community can explore through 6 regional trails. There’s a printed map available at featured stops on the map as well as for print-at-home and a digital interactive map. Find out more info here. .dcbg.org NEW:  District Made District Made is now offering their first 100% wheat whisky that is aged over 6 years and bottled at cask strength, 136.8 proof, the barrel yielded 122 bottles. The whisky features sweeter notes of rock candy and dark fruit-filled baked goods, such as cherry pie and blueberry scones. You can pre-order the whisky here. 1135 Okie Street NE; 202.636.ONE8; oneeightdistilling.com NEW:  Imperfecto Imperfecto has introduced its newest line of fall cocktails from Bar Manager Enea Diotaiuti. Find your favorite from highlights like “The Beeten Path” (Mezcal Illegal, Aperol, Creme de Gingembre, lime juice, agave syrup, Angostura bitters, beet powder), the “Double ‘O’ Seven” (dry London gin, Grey Goose, Mastiha Liqueur, greek olives), and the “Imperfecto Old Fashioned” (VSOP Cognac, Maker’s Mark, True Honey, Cocchi Dopo Teatro, Angostura and chocolate bitters). 1124 23rd Street NW; 202.964.1012; imperfectodc.com NEW:  Maxwell Park Maxwell Park is celebrating Australian winemakers and producers and wines from the Land Down Under this fall. The wine list features a new wave of producers who are turning out wines that demonstrate the wide range of different grape varieties, growing conditions, styles and terroirs. Sign up for the wine club here. Opaline (Happy Hour) Monday through Friday guests of Opaline can enjoy happy hour from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on their outdoor patio or inside the cozy French-style bar. Notable drinks include the chocolate old-fashioned, a turmeric spritz, a smoky tajine Paloma, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; opalinedc.com Rustico Rustico has a wide array of rare bourbons, including Russel's Reserve 13 Year. Other notable bourbons include Wild Turkey Master's Keep One ( 14 year aged straight bourbon, 101 proof), Little Book Chapter Six (blend of whiskies, 117.4 proof), and more. 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA; 703.224.5051; rusticorestaurant.com Saved by the Barrel Pop Up  After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus Barrel has reopened its basement bar to the public as “Saved by the Barrel”, a ‘90s-themed pop-up bar. Guests can expect all things ‘90s – from the music playlist to plenty of nostalgic décor to bartenders donning their favorite 90s outfits -- at “Saved by the Barrel”. Cocktails include the “Master of Your Domain” (reen apple jolly rancher-soaked Vodka, lemon juice, Luxardo maraschino mist), the “We Were on a Break” (Barr Hill gin, El Dorado 5 year rum, Old Forester bourbon, lemon bitters, orange Curaçao), and more. 13 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.543.3623; barreldc.com Snallygaster (Mark Your Calendar) The beast is back on October 8th! Named after the mythical Mid-Atlantic dragon, this event has been monumental in attracting a curious scope of drinkers, savvy brewers and food vendors from across the Mid-Atlantic. For one day and one day only, they’ll simultaneously unleash an unparalleled beer, cider, wine and cocktail selection alongside the best of the best in food trucks, live music on two stages, entertainment and family fun. This year they are bringing nearly 350 beers from over 150 breweries. Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between Third and Sixth Streets, NW); snallygasterdc.com NEW:  Sofitel Join in on Sofitel’s Wine Days program with curated French wine flights on Thursdays this October. As you sip, Sofitel’s Sommelier Christopher Wilson will discuss the origins, bouquets, and geography of the wines and French DJ David Dupree will provide musical entertainment. Featured wine days include La Petite Robe Blanche (iconic white wines of France), Fruits et Fleurs des Forêts Françaises (wines inspired by forest flowers and wild orchid fruit). 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; sofitel-washington-dc.com NEW:  J. Lohr Wines at Truluck’s (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) Truluck's is pouring with purpose this October to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For every bottle of J. Lohr Carol's Vineyard sold, they will donate $20 to the NBCF when dining in and a $10 donation per bottle when purchased to take home. 700 K Street NW; 202.898.0680; trulucks.co
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Behind the Counter: A Spirited Conversation with KO Distilling
KO Distilling is located in Virginia, which happens to be the birthplace of American Spirits, in case you didn't know. KO Distilling is a state-of-the-art craft distillery that creates award-winning spirits with local ingredients. Longtime friends Bill Karlson and John O’Mara (the “K” and “O” in KO Distilling- haha - get it?) met as classmates and cadet midshipmen at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. After successful careers and retiring early, Bill and John set off to create craft spirits with local ingredients, high-quality production methods, and a passion for involving their local community. KO Distilling has handcrafted three award-winning lines of spirits, including: Bare Knuckle Whiskeys, Distiller’s Reserve Whiskeys, and Battle Standard 142 Gin.   TheListAreYouOnIt.com learned about KO Distilling and needed to know more. Bill and John have a passion for the history of distilling which provides the foundation for their products. Here's what we found out: You both have such an interesting background. How did you go from midshipmen to distillers?   John and I had similar career paths.  After graduating from the Academy, we both sailed briefly in the U.S. Merchant Marine.  In the mid-80's, we both came ashore and began working for government contractors in the DC area.  I ended up working for the same company for 26 years.  John worked for a few companies, the last of which he was an owner.  We formed our company in 2013, thus starting our 3rd careers. What is it about the history of spirits in the United States that fuels your passion for the products you produce?   Everything!  In 1620, the first documented American whiskey was made in Virginia.  Four hundred plus years later, we are honored to help continue that tradition.  Also, in 2000, there were about 24 operating craft distilleries in the U.S.  Twenty-two years later, there are now over 3,000 American craft distilleries.  That kind of entrepreneurial growth helps fuel our passion to make and sell the spirits we produce.  And of course, there is Prohibition.  Next year will mark 90 years since Prohibition was repealed.  Believe it or not - to this day, we are still dealing with the remnants of Prohibition.  Findings way to deal with those kinds of issues definitely fuels our passion for change.   Let's talk Whiskey! How did you come up with your process? Why copper? What barrel do you prefer and how do you decide on the char for the barrel? (All these questions, we know! But we really want to know!) Early on in our startup, we received a U.S. trademark for "KO", but not for our legal name of Karlson & O'Mara Distilleries.  So we took "KO Distilling" as our trade name.  As a sideways play on KO for "knockout", we came up with a brand name of "Bare Knuckle" for our whiskeys.  Our wheat bourbon, rye whiskey, and wheat whiskey bottles all feature American boxers from the early 1900's.  For us, the image of a champion boxer fighting with his/her hands conveys strength and skill, which plays right into the hand-crafted theme of what we do every day to make high-quality spirits.  Honestly, we did not come up with the process.  We still use the same age-old process of milling, mash/cooking, fermenting, and distilling mash bills (i.e., spirit recipes) to create our spirits.  What we did do though is enhance that process with state-of-the-art technologies to improve the process and hence the quality of our spirits. Copper is used for stills for two reasons.  First, spirits made in a copper still taste and smell better than those made out of a stainless steel or other metal still.  The reason is the copper "cancels-out" the sulfur put out by fermenting yeasts (think - the smell of rotten eggs).  Second, copper is a fantastic conductor of heat, which helps make the distillation process better. We actually have 2 copper stills at KO, both of which were made by Vendome Copper & Brassworks out of Louisville, Kentucky.  The first is a 550-gallon copper pot/hybrid still which we used for our whiskey and gin production from 2015-2017.  In late 2017, we added a 30-foot, 12-inch diameter continuous column still which allowed us to quadruple our whiskey production.  We now put up over 1,000 bourbon, rye and wheat whiskey barrels a year.  To do that, we use over 325 tons of Virginia grains a year.  BTW, our first still is named "Ginny" b/c it is still used to make gin and it was our first still in VirGINia.  Our tall second still is "Skinny".  Both are workhorses. When we were getting ready to open to the public in 2015, there was a barrel shortage across the nation. We were on everyone's waiting list for barrels.  One day John and I decided to fly to Louisville and knock on the door of Kelvin Cooperage.  Even though we had no appointment, Kelvin's President, Kevin McLaughlin, welcomed us.  Thankfully, we got our first order of barrels.  We have been sourcing barrels from Kelvin ever since.  All of the 53-gallon new charred American oak barrels we purchase from Kelvin are medium char (Char 3).  We also have some Independent Stave Company (ISC) heavy char (Char 4) barrels we use for our High Rye Bourbon.  As to which char is better, well that depends.  Different char levels can provide different flavors, and may require different aging duration, depending on the spirit.  For instance, we love Char 3, but have considered if Char 4 might be better for column still-produced spirits.  Char 4 barrels may provide more complex flavors, but may require a little more time in the barrel to mature.   On to Gin! We'd love know about the botanicals and again the history the memories that you are saluting.   From the get-go, John (a gin lover) wanted us to make our own gin.  So, we experimented until we got one that John was satisfied with.  That was Gin Recipe #4.  We used (and still use) 8 botanicals for that recipe:  Juniper Berries, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Coriander, Angelica, Orris Root, Grains of Paradise, and Bitter Orange Peel.  We use less of a juniper load than a typical London Dry gin.  The result is a New Western, or “American Dry,” style gin that not only has the piney taste of any good gin, but also other flavors that help make the spirit complex.  With ours you get a juniper pop upfront, followed by citrus notes, then a little bit of a peppery, cinnamon finish.   We make our gin with our pot still.  We place 7 of our botanicals in the still with some Neutral Grains Spirits.  We also place the Bitter Orange Peel in the stainless steel gin basket on the side of the pot still's hybrid column.  We then distill that mix.  When done, we cut the gin distillate with pure water to get it down to 114 Proof for our Battle Standard 142 "Navy Strength" Gin or 90 Proof for our Battle Standard 142 "Standard Strength" Gin.  We then filter and bottle our spirits.  Occasionally, we also make Battle Standard 142 “Barrel Finished" Gin, where we "rest" some of our new-make gin into a used KO bourbon barrel for 4-6 months. All three of our gins have a brand name of "Battle Standard 142".  At John's and my alma mater, 142 cadet/midshipmen were killed at sea on merchant ships during World War II.  The United States Merchant Marine Academy flies a Battle Standard (flag) in honor of those men.  At KO, we try to honor them as well with our gin labels.   All your products are kosher. With the Jewish Holidays right around the corner, we are curious about what is involved in order to hold that distinction.   All of our KO distilled spirits were Kosher-certified by the Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of the Ohev Sholom - National Synagogue in Washington, DC.  Generally, distilled spirits can only be certified as Kosher if they do not contain any grape elements or certain animal ingredients (pork, rabbit, birds of prey, catfish, sturgeon, most insects and any shellfish or reptile).  Our spirit cases have a "DC Kosher" icon to show that the spirits are Kosher.  Our new Bare Knuckle High Rye Bourbon, however, is not Kosher, as we sourced that spirit from another distillery in Indiana that did not try to get a Kosher certification for that spirit.  
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Activated Autumn
. As summer does the slow fade, the trees begin to turn and autumn makes its grand entrance. The DC Area’s summer activations are too packing it up and now preparing for the seasonal shift. So. Much. To. See. And. Do: Artechouse: Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies ARTECHOUSE kicks off the celebration of its 5th anniversary with the debut of a groundbreaking cultural exhibition, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies, in the nation’s capital. Created by ARTECHOUSE Studio featuring designs by Vince Fraser, a London-based Afro-surrealist visual artist, the sensory-filled, immersive exhibition takes visitors on a journey that celebrates historical and social aspects of the African diaspora and Black culture through the artist’s lens. Open to all ages, Aṣẹ: Afro Frequencies will be on display through fall 2022. The main audiovisual installation in the Immersion Gallery, Visions of the Black Experience, employs 18-channel, 270° floor-to-wall surround projection array, and a 22.5-channel hyperreal spatialized audio system to shed light on the cultural and diasporic triumphs and social justice issues facing the Black community. The word itself Aṣẹ (ah-shay), a philosophical belief held by the Yoruba people of West Africa, is drawn on to invoke power to produce change. Multi-sensory installations throughout the art space depict the journeys of African kings and queens reimagined in a new digital context. Furthermore, visitors can virtually “try on” African masks, which are assembled around the viewer’s computerized reflection like an Instagram filter. Aṣẹ’s visuals are echoed by pulsating rhythmic drums and stirring spoken words from Philadelphia-based poet and musician Ursula Rucker. A Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award winner, Rucker’s words intricately narrate the exhibition, connecting the dots of Fraser’s imagery and speak to similar themes of empowerment, ancestry, and social justice. ARTECHOUSE DC is open 10:00 am-10:00 pm daily at 1238 Maryland Avenue SW. ARTECHOUSE DC’s XR Bar is open Monday–Thursday 4:00 pm-close and Friday–Sunday 11:00 am-close. Tickets are $17-25 with special pricing for families Monday–Friday. To purchase tickets online, visit:  artechouse.com/location/dc. NEW: District Hunt, A Giant Treasure Hunt Game Genius hosts its 4th annual District Hunt, a thematic outdoor adventure challenge through DC, from October 1-10. This year's edition, The Wordsmith’s Wriddle, revolves around different forms of literacy and celebrates local changemakers. Everyone is welcome to play, and teams of 2-5 are encouraged to sign up together. Once registered, players can participate in two ways: join opening day and race against other teams, or start after opening day and finish the game at their own pace. For 2022, Game Genius has partnered with over 30 organizations that improve the region’s literacy, from language and culture to finance and tech. Before, during, and after the event, players will build awareness and learn various ways to get involved. Visit their event website www.gamegenius.org/districthunt to learn more and get started. Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience Theis immersive exhibition, which first came to life in London earlier this year, is dedicated to the legacy of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and will showcase the passion, beauty, and emotional relationship that left a profound impact on the art world and beyond. With over 300 projections of bold and vibrant colors, this highly innovative digital experience immerses Washingtonians in the work of two of the most prolific artists of the 20th Century. Curated by a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of art historians and specialists, creative writers, stage designers, and multimedia producers, the life and art of Frida and Diego is explored and embraced in a unique exhibition of light, color, and sound. The iconic artwork of Frida and Diego will come to life with the latest video-mapping technology in a strategic layout that is designed with an all-digital, hands-free experience in mind. The immersive exhibition is structured in four galleries that tour through Frida and Diego’s individual and shared spaces, with the projection of paintings, photographs and animations, in a multisensory experience that will be captivating to audiences of all ages. Tickets are on sale now through Fever’s website, with adult tickets available for $36 and children for $19.90, children under 2 are free. This experience has been co-produced by Brain Hunter who have brought Mexican art and culture to the world in all its forms and expressions, and Fever, who have revolutionized the world of entertainment through immersive experiences. 1235 W Street NE. feverup.com/m/105148  Conservatory at MGM National Harbor MGM National Harbor celebrates autumn with the debut of an immersive Conservatory, a 234-pound chocolate display at Bellagio Patisserie, and new seasonal dishes at its marquee restaurants including Osteria Costa, Diablo’s Cantina and TAP Sports Bar. MGM National Harbor’s latest Conservatory display highlights the beauty of the season leading guests on an enchanting journey with vibrant florals, illuminating dragonflies and whimsical fairies. The Conservatory immerses guests in the colors of fall built around a stunning 18-foot-tall cornucopia, a 24-foot crescent-moon, a birch bridge and multiple water features. Guests can walk underneath oversized monarch butterflies, dragonflies and fall leaves suspended overhead. The presentation is complimentary to all guests and will be on display at MGM National Harbor through November 13. For more information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com The Museum for Black Girls The Museum For Black Girls is an immersive pop-up sensory museum featuring over 15+ art installations where guests not only see the art but feel and interact with it. “Black Girl Magic" is more than a buzz-word or trend. It's the essence of Black women. The Museum for Black Girls is a space to celebrate this essence, as well as educate about the journey to this point. Finally and most importantly, the museum serves as a love letter to Black women and their experience. The museum is ultimately a celebration of self love. The aesthetic of the exhibits is vibrant and shows an evolution from the beginning until now...through the lens of Black women. Hours are from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday-Friday, and noon to 8:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Tickets are $32 for adults and $15 for kids 4-13 (kids 3 and under free). themuseumforblackgirls.com Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience at National Geographic Commemorating the discovery of King Tut’s tomb 100 years ago, take the opportunity to enter the tomb at the National Geographic Museum. Experience cinematic projections of King Tut’s treasures, meet the gods of the underworld, and learn more about the Explorers who continue to study the mysteries of the Boy King’s life. Descend into Tut’s tomb and enter a 280-degree projection room where you will come face-to-face with a replica of King Tut's golden burial shrine. You’ll discover more about Egyptian mummification and follow Tutankhamun's journey through the afterlife. End your trip with a photo opportunity featuring the iconic National Geographic golden border. 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 1145 17th Street NW; nationalgeographic.org/tickets INTERSECTIONS at The National Building Museum The National Building Museum will bring leading Black voices in design, art, and architecture to the Museum for INTERSECTIONS: Where Diversity, Equity and Design Meet, dynamic discussions about culture, equity and representation in the built world through the lens of design. The programming is a part of the Museum’s ongoing signature series, Equity in the Built Environment, which focuses on the relationship between equity, social justice and our built environment. Running through December 14, INTERSECTIONS includes a robust program series of nationally recognized Black architects, designers and artists. They will engage program participants in conversations centered on actions to promote social justice in the built environment. The season will also include three workshops and a roundtable discussion.The schedule for the fall INTERSECTIONS series is as follows: INTERSECTIONS programs Friday, October 21, 6:30-8:30 PM (in-person): Amanda Williams…at the Intersection of Art, Architecture and Social Commentary Visual artist Amanda Williams, Founder aw | studio, blurs the lines between art, architecture and social commentary with her investigations of topics such as prejudice, gun violence, and shared cultural experience. $10 Museum Member | Free Student | $20 Non-member; Register here Thursday, November 10, 6-10 PM (in-person): Germane Barnes…at the Intersection of Storytelling, Architecture and Cultural Narrative Germane Barnes, Principal and Founder, Studio Barnes, is a multi-disciplinary designer who uses film, exhibitions, large scale installations and furniture to investigate the connection between architecture and identity. The evening includes a screening of his award-winning short film You Can Always Come Home and includes live music, drinks and light bites. $20 Museum Member | $15 Student | $35 Non-member; Register here. Wednesday, December 14, 6-8 PM (in-person): Cory Henry…at the Intersection of Design, Development and Community Cory Henry, Principal and Founder of Atelier Cory Henry closes out the INTERSECTIONS series with the question of whether design should reflect culture, history and community concerns. Henry challenges traditional partnership dynamics and reframes perceptions about who design truly serves. $10 Museum Member | Free Student | $20 Non-member; Register here. INTERSECTIONS Workshops Saturday, November 19, 2-5 PM (in-person): BlackSpace…at the Intersection of Diversity, Agency and Design The final workshop will help participants reconceptualize the design of an existing interior space using principles of inclusive and culturally affirming design. A reception will follow, providing additional opportunity to network with BlackSpace Collective facilitators. No design experience needed! Open to all professionals, students, and the design curious. $35 Museum Member | $20 Student | $50 Non-member; Register here. INTERSECTIONS Roundtable Discussion Tuesday, November 29, 6:30-8 PM (in-person): Large Firm Roundtable…at the Intersection of Equity, Advocacy and Industry In 2020, the Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) task force of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT) began their work on the responsibility of architectural leaders in increasing diversity and fostering equity within their field. The LFRT, representing 70 of AIA’s largest firms, will discuss their work at this roundtable. A reception to follow the discussion. $10 Museum Member | Free Student | $20 Non-member; Register here Notre Dame de Paris: Augmented Exhibition (EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 9) The National Building Museum brings French heritage back to life with a major new exhibition, Notre-Dame de Paris: The Augmented Exhibition, a 360-degree augmented reality immersion into the 850-year history of the cathedral and its ongoing restoration. To navigate the exhibition, each visitor will use a HistoPad™, an augmented reality touch-screen tablet developed by Histovery. The hand-held device creates immersive and interactive reconstructions, visually transporting visitors back in time. They can choose their own experience to explore the cathedral being built in the Middle Ages, witness the coronation of Emperor Napoleon I, see the iconic Viollet-le-Duc spire being erected, or be guided through the complex operation designed to safeguard the structure since the fire, prior to the start of the restoration. Vinyl replicas of the cathedral’s flooring, stained-glass transfers on the Museum’s historic windows, audio of Notre Dame’s organs and tolling bells, as well as a projection of the cathedral’s famed rose window, that miraculously survived the 2019 fire, complete the multi-sensory experience. For more information, visit nbm.org; or listen to the full 411 with Nycci on the latest Industry Night. The Office Experience This summer, fans of The Office will be transported to the world of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company with The Office Experience. Celebrate your favorite moments and characters from the widely acclaimed television series in the largest-ever official interactive fan experience based on The Office, created by Superfly X and Universal Live Entertainment in consultation with The Office’s U.S. creator Greg Daniels. This interactive two-story experience features 17 areas filled with original props and costumes, set re-creations and more, allowing fans to visit Scranton Business Park and other sites associated with the beloved series. Guests will be able to set foot inside the Dunder Mifflin office including Pam’s desk, Michael’s office and Ryan’s closet, as well as relive iconic moments such as Kevin’s Chili Spill and Beach Day. The Office Experience includes an on-site themed retail store replicating the Warehouse, featuring exclusive products for sale and open to ticketed and non-ticketed guests. Open through January 16, 2023. Timed entry tickets start at $35.50 plus taxes and fees. 1020 G Street NW. www.TheOfficeExperience.com  Snallygaster (Mark Your Calendar: October 8) The beast is back! Named after the mythical Mid-Atlantic dragon, this event has been monumental in attracting a curious scope of drinkers, savvy brewers and food vendors from across the Mid-Atlantic. For one day and one day only, on October 8th, they’ll simultaneously unleash an unparalleled beer, cider, wine and cocktail selection alongside the best of the best in food trucks, live music on two stages, entertainment and family fun. This year they are brining nearly 350 beers from over 150 breweries. Pennsylvania Avenue NW (between Third and Sixth Streets, NW); snallygasterdc.com
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Behind the Counter: Shop Local with Dawson's Market
The mission of Dawson’s Market is to be the heart and soul of the community through great food, drink, and programing. Dawson’s provides healthy, local, and organic food and supports over seventy-five local vendors within one hundred miles of the stores in Rockville and Dupont Circle. The products Dawson’s offers are all hand selected to meet their strict ingredient standard, provide a best of category, meet a community request, or have a compelling story or connection. Each of the departments offers unique products not found in other local markets. The man behind the market is Bart Yablonsky. Bart has many years of experience in food and a passion for the environment, community, and a healthy lifestyle. In 2012 Bart opened Dawson’s Market as the General Manager. In October of 2018, Dawson's Market closed under previous ownership. Just seven short weeks later, on December 15th 2018, Bart reopened Dawson's, bringing all the things Rockville loved back to life. Dawson’s has seen consistent growth since its reopening and most recently, Bart opened a second Dawson’s in Dupont Circle. TheListAre YouOnIt.com has had the good fortune of knowing Bart for quite a while. We can say that his passion for providing space for local artisans and their products and his being an advocate for the independent grocery store is infectious. We had questions …. Independent Markets are few and far between: What is it about Dawson's that makes it so special? Independent markets make more personal connections with customers, we are more nimble and able to accommodate special requests, find alternative options, and make adjustments quicker than large national or regional chains. Having ownership in the store creates an opportunity to capture trends faster and respond to shifting customer demands before larger chains even hear about them. Sourcing locally is a tenet of your markets. Why? There are many benefits to local vs national brands. Local products tend to be fresher, they are mostly small companies that take more care in ingredient sourcing and quality. There is an environmental impact when buying locally -- less packaging is typically needed when you are not shipping across the country, and there is less fuel used in getting the product to the market. Buying local keeps the money in our communities plus local vendors typically source ingredients locally as well, which compounds the positive effect on our local economy. At Dawson's we also connect the actual producers with our customers so you can meet the people that make and grow the food you eat. How do you source locally for all the different departments in the market? We have a set of standards that apply to all departments. We are fortunate to be known in the community as a local focused business so lots of companies source us out. We also visit farmers markets, other area stores, and keep our eyes and ears open within our industry to find the newest and best local products. What are some of the products you carry that you are most excited about & why? We are very happy to be the launch site for many products that have now become regional or national brands. We try to pick unique items that fit customers needs. We really like the stories behind our brands. To name a few - Nomad Dumplings, Elderpine Brewing, A Friendly Bread Frozen Grilled Cheese, Eat Pizza, Moorenkos ice cream, Z&Z Manoushe, Good Molly's Cookies, Eat The Change Vegan Jerky, Meat Crafters Sausages, and many more favorites. You have an incredible wine & beer program. Why is that important to the market and how do you curate the brands? We are the only grocery store in Montgomery County that sells and serves beer & wine. We have an even larger bar setup at our DC store. We focus at both stores on local, craft, and specialty beer and wine. We work with a few select distributors on our wine sections and focus on organic, funky, and small batch producers. There are so many great local options for beer that over 80% of our selection is from the DMV area. We are always changing varieties and adding new breweries to our list of suppliers. Dawson's does so much programming. What can we look forward to in the fall? As we are all getting back to the new "normal", we will see the return of our most popular events including regular FREE beer and wine tastings and our Meet the Locals. You can expect the return of our craft fair and a fall/Oktoberfest event at each store. We look forward to the Winter Holidays for more fun tastings and events. Back to School, back to post-summer fun is here. What do you suggest to pack in those lunchboxes? The best thing we can do for our kids is to start them off with healthy options, no artificial junk. You can shop with confidence at Dawson's. Put in fresh or dried fruits for snacks, water or low sugar juice boxes, and sandwiches or salads made with all natural and hormone free meats and cheese. We also offer many good frozen items that can make a great lunch or after school snack with a few seconds in the microwave.
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The Labors of the Day
Summer went by in an instant - waaaah - and as summer lovers, we console ourselves with its impending end by rocking out our Labor Day weekend. Good thing we are not alone. Parties, picnics, and BBQs are ready for the taking. Per usual, TheList team has your long weekend vibes covered. All... Weekend... Long...  #SummerDaysDriftedAway
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