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May 22, 2015

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May 21, 2015

Find Your Flavor of Philanthropy

In the mood to put your money where your mouth is? A number of non-profits would love to help you do just that in the coming weeks.

All that’s left to decide is how you’d like to throw down.

Chefs Behind Bars

(Courtesy Kiley Fischer)

(Courtesy Kiley Fischer)

Local toques will, on May 28, once again try their hands at fashioning can’t-miss libations during the latest installment of the ongoing “Chefs Behind Bars” series.

In the year since the role-reversing fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign debuted here in the District, dozens of chefs and mixologists have rallied to the cause — facing off in a number of competitions that have borne bragging rights for a growing roster of self-styled cocktail shakers.

Art and Soul vet Douglas Alexander nabbed the People’s Choice Award in July 2014. Beuchert’s Executive Chef Andrew Markert became the People’s Choice winner in September 2014. And restaurateur and “Top Chef “ alumnus Bryan Voltaggio snagged the People’s Choice prize just last month.

Those hoping to partake in the upcoming festivities, which are scheduled to take place at Capitol Hill newcomer Stanton & Greene, can secure tickets (join.nokidhungry.org/ChefsBehindBars) ahead of time for $45. (It’ll be $50 at the door.)

The tasting is scheduled to run from 6 to 8 p.m. and will feature small bites supplied by Stanton & Greene (think: canapés, fritters, sliders and skewered items) as well as specialty drinks created by:

  • Birch & Barley Chef Kyle Bailey (his “Rain When I Die” is expected to include dark rum, smoked cherries and blood orange).
  • Vidalia Chef Hamilton Johnson.
  • Mango Tree Chef Adrian Salazar.
  • Rural Society Chef Louis Goral.
  • Sticky Fingers Eats & Sweets/FareWell Founder Doron Petersan.
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon Chef Russell Jones.
  • Juniper Chef Mariah Tysz (her “French Twist” should feature St. Germaine, vodka, cucumber water, lime and a lemongrass-ginger reduction).

An event organizer noted that Buttercream Bakeshop Founder Tiffany MacIsaac is also hard at work on a batch of “boozy desserts!”

K Street Farm Dinner

DC Greens Advisory Board Member Maggie Gyllenhaal is bringing along younger brother and fellow film star Jake to the food advocacy group’s inaugural K Street Farm Dinner.

The family-style feast, scheduled to take place June 2 at the non-profit’s urban garden (located on the corner of New Jersey Avenue and K Street Northwest), is expected to feature locally sourced dishes tag-teamed by some of the area’s gustatory heavies.

Participating chefs, include:

  • Ruben Garcia of MiniBar.
  • Sunnyside Restaurant Group Founder and DC Food Policy Council Chairman Spike Mendelsohn.
  • Mike Friedman of The Red Hen.
  • Jeremiah Langhorne of The Dabney.
  • Voltaggio.
  • Restaurateur Mike Isabella.
  • MacIsaac.

Per organizers, celebrating fresh, wholesome ingredients is what it’s all about.

“Some elements will be harvested from The K Street Farm and from school gardens across the District,” an event coordinator told CQ Roll Call. Cocktail guru Owen Thomson has been tasked with providing adult refreshments, while Charlottesville, Va.-based winery Early Mountain Vineyards will supply pours.

Instead of arranging a separate auction, party planners constructed perks — including “Hot Tables” (dinner for four at China Chilcano or Kapnos), “Cool Experiences” (gelato making class at Dolcezza) and “Unforgettable Events” (rooftop dinner for 10 at Rose’s Luxury, VIP passes to the 2016 sweetlife festival) — built-in to varying ticket packages. General admission starts at $250 per person, while a VIP pass (which includes a welcome reception and gift bag assembled by Salt & Sundry) will set you back $600.

Reserve your seat at: dcgreens.org/farmdinner.

Third Annual Dine-N-Dash

(Courtesy ThinkFoodGroup)

(Courtesy ThinkFoodGroup)

Seasoned coalition builder José Andrés aims to again turn the streets of DC into a playground for the epicurious courtesy of his homegrown Dine-N-Dash on June 9 .

Now in its third year, the Penn Quarter-based taste-around boasts unfettered access to a dozen established eateries and participating food trucks, as well as an after party at the neighboring Carnegie Library, all in the name of providing much needed resources to Andrés’ global relief arm, World Central Kitchen.

At press time, general admission tickets ($129) remained available for those content to get underway at Cuba Libre, Del Campo, Jaleo, Oya, Oyamel, The Partisan, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Poste Brasserie, Proof, SEI and Zaytinya. VIP passes ($299) — which entitle guests to complimentary pedicab service between the participating restaurants, exclusive access to specialty drinks/food at the ThinkFoodGroup properties and after-party — were still available for those looking to launch from Jaleo, Oyamel or Zaytinya.

Per organizers, the after party will be larded up with extra special goodies, including:

  • Signature cocktails created by mirth makers at 2 Birds 1 Stone, El Camino (think: “instant” ginger beer spiked with jalapeno, and mezcal-fueled Old Fashions) and Mockingbird Hill.
  • Custom sweets whipped up by Dog Tag Bakery, Buzz Bakery and Pitango Gelato.
  • Craft beer service.
  • Performances by City of the Sun, the indie rockers staff Andrés apparently fell in love with at South by Southwest.

The culinary trek is slated to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. The after party is projected to rage on from 9 to 11 p.m.

Moving forward, Andrés said he’d love to invite the rest of the world to the party.

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May 8, 2015

Passport DC Brings Europe to Washington

If you can’t arrange a quick trip to Europe this weekend, how about the next best thing: Passport DC’s Shortcut to Europe: European Union Embassies’ Open House.

On Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., 28 embassies will open their doors with tons of events planned, particularly centered on food, music and cultural immersion. There is a scavenger hunt, Latvian folk dancing, Maltese sweets, Spanish wine, a drawing for a six-day trip to Estonia, German and French language lessons, and a trip to Hungary. If nothing else, consider the Belgian embassy, with its world-famous beers, chocolate, and waffles.

Last weekend, the “Around the World Embassy Tour” kicked things off.

There are two Passport DC events yet to come this month. On May 15, the National Asian Heritage Festival’s Fiesta Asian Street Fair will take place downtown. The series wraps up with the “Embassy Chef Challenge” at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on May 20

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May 5, 2015

At Tortilla Coast, Strasburg or Strasburger?

High cinco! (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

High cinco! (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

What’s more American than margaritas on Cinco de Mayo? How about a margarita on Cinco de Mayo at the capital of political Tex-Mex pubs, Tortilla Coast?

The Capitol Hill watering hole, renowned as the former employer of GOP stars like Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and the secret meeting place of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his followers, is ramping up for a two-fer: The busiest day of the year for them (Cinco de Mayo) and a Washington Nationals home game, where the Nats will take on the loathed Marlins of Miami. Full story

May 4, 2015

Have a Ball With DC Vote

Disenfranchised District denizens who dare to dream of one day having a say in how Congress handles its business can once again raise their voices in unison during DC Vote’s 3 Star Ball.

The fledgling fundraiser is scheduled to bring together advocates for home rule on the rooftop of the National Association of Realtors Building (500 New Jersey Ave. NW) Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Newly minted host committee member Spike Mendelsohn is slated to handle the refreshments; organizers indicated his catering arm, Spike’d, has been tasked with plying partygoers with passed hors d’oeuvres. An open bar is expected to tend to the needs of the absolutely parched. Full story

May 1, 2015

NoVa Invades Atlas District for Tag Team Beer Dinner

Granville Moore’s (1238 H St. NE) on May 4 is hosting fellow “Beer Program of the Year” nominee Mad Fox Brewing Company for a collaborative four-course dinner.

The intimate affair, scheduled to kick off with a “happy half-hour” at 6:30 p.m., is expected to feature complementary food and drink pairings arranged by the barley-and-hops loving establishments.

Per organizers, the projected carte includes:

  • Spice-rubbed duck breast with Reynard foie gras spread, charred peach and celery salad, spiced pecans and white balsamic paired with Reynard Black Saison.
  • Smoked corn & mustard mussels and frites with tomatoes and tarragon paired with Mad Fox’s new seasonal saison.
  • Orange Whip-brined roasted chicken with butter-braised radishes, artichoke puree and spring vegetables paired with Orange Whip IPA.
  • Homboldt Fog cheese, assorted jams, beer mustard and toast points paired with Mad Fox’s Oaked Diabolik.

Tickets for the boozy love fest are $58.50 per person (tax and tip included).

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Republic Kolache to Prime the Pumps at Bardo

Lone Star Staters jonesing for homespun pastries Saturday can feed that need — for free! — during Republic Kolache’s preview party.

Republic Kolache's five-spice cherry creation. (Screenshot)

Republic Kolache’s five-spice cherry creation. (Screenshot)

The startup bakery is hosting a sneak peek event at Bardo Brewpub (1200 Bladensburg Road NE) from 2 to 5 p.m.

In addition to the gratis samples (while supplies last), co-founders Chris Svetlik and Brian Stanford are offering up live folk music; Bardo is on the hook for liquid refreshments (long live the Chuck Brown Ale!), although that’s slated to be a cash bar situation.

That same day, Team RK is projected to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help ramp up the official rollout.

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By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:21 p.m.
Drink, Eat

April 16, 2015

Versatile Toques Aim to Tantalize Seafood Fans

Profish has reeled in a who’s who of award-winning local chefs for its fourth annual “Charity Off the Hook” event, a gourmet dine-around designed to net much needed funds for food- and education-related charitable organizations.

This year’s tasting bonanza is scheduled to take place on April 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place (3000 K St. NW). Tickets for the all-inclusive event are $125 per person; as a courtesy, the organizers have offered readers a discount for the dinner. Entering “ROLLCALL” in the promo code spot will shave $25 off the price of admission. (Roll Call has no business relationship with the event.)

According to Profish Director of Sustainability John Rorapaugh, the evening is all about sensational nosh, good fun and supporting the patchwork of charities that strive to assist those most in need across the region. Full story

April 8, 2015

The Power Lunch: Kosher for Passover Version

Italian matzo balls, also known as "Canederli in Brodo," served as part of Fiola's Passover menu. (Photo Credit: Rebecca Gale)

Italian matzo balls, also known as “Canederli in Brodo,” served as part of Fiola’s Passover menu. (Rebecca Gale/CQ Roll Call)

Whether it’s the Longworth Cafeteria or BLT Steak, the power lunch continues during recess just as it does when Congress is in session. But for those for whom an in-session day requires more time in the office, recess periods can be better time for the power lunch of the white tablecloth variety.

But what happens when recess falls during Passover, eight days in which all bread products must be eschewed? We found one D.C. restaurant that may have a solution for this gap in the marketplace. Full story

March 5, 2015

Rolling With the DC Brew Crew

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

“By the end of the day, we’ll all be drinking buddies,” DC Brew Tour Guide Max Moline pledged as he pulled away from the curb and began inundating those of us who’d signed on for a mid-day swing through the various beer-making operations that have bubbled up across the area with trivia about barley- and hops-related beverages.

Moline’s curious career was made possible by visionary Chad Brodsky, the founder and CEO of a budding tourism experience that caters to folks who never balk at a chance to bend the elbow.

“D.C. has incredible breweries and we love to showcase them in different ways,” the entrepreneur said. Brodsky began shuttling beer fans around Burlington, Vt., in 2008, and later expanded to Boston. He set up shop in the nation’s capital last fall.

At the heart of each five-plus hour pleasure cruise is beer — a dozen (or so) tastings, to be exact — plus a custom designed meal pairing conducted at a participating location. Full story

February 27, 2015

What to See and Do in Selma

The city of Selma prepares for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The city of Selma prepares for the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

SELMA, Ala., — Every year, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., makes a pilgrimage here to walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge, tracing the fateful steps he took on March 7, 1965, when he and others marching in favor of voting rights were savagely beaten by state troopers and thugs.

Friends, activists and fellow members of Congress have frequently joined him over the years, but not in the numbers expected for the upcoming 50th anniversary, when about 100 of his colleagues and President Barack Obama are expected to help him mark the half-century mark since “Bloody Sunday.” If you’re heading there yourself, here are a few things to check out, including places where the Selma to Montgomery March was planned, as well as a great spot for a proper Southern breakfast. Full story

February 25, 2015

Touring Tastemaker Wants D.C. in His Regular Rotation

While dazzling patrons with mind-blowingly fresh ingredients is certainly part of his master plan, dining impresario Michael Stember is currently most obsessed with making his traveling food show self-sustainable.

The world-class athlete (a record-setting track and field star, Stember represented the United States at multiple Pan American Games and the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney) hasn’t given up running around since founding Upstream Foods. If anything, he’s more on the move than ever. Full story

By Warren Rojas Posted at 12:52 p.m.
Drink, Eat

February 24, 2015

The Democrats’ Lost Opportunity in Birmingham

Wallace and Bentley adorn booth B-4 at Carlile's BBQ. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

Wallace and Bentley adorn booth B-4 at Carlile’s BBQ. (Jason Dick/CQ Roll Call)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Walk into any barbecue place in the South and you’re pretty certain to find walls of fame and photos of the area’s local sports heroes. Dine at Carlile’s BBQ here in Magic City and you’ll see prominent politicians, mostly rock-ribbed Republicans, interspersed among the likes of Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Bear Bryant.

Booth B-4 provides the most vivid illustration of Carlile’s political tone. A contemporary photo of the current governor, Republican Robert Bentley, hangs just below a black and white photo of the late Democratic Gov. George Wallace, the long-time segregationist who recanted his views late in life but was for years a symbol, along with Police Chief Eugene “Bull” Connor, of white resistance to civil rights. (Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” immortalized Wallace’s status for fraternity party singalongs with the lyrics, “In Birmingham they love the governor.”)

By the cashier counter, former GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus gets a place of honor, next to a photo of singer Lyle Lovett, a Texan.

The city once dubbed “Bombingham” because of its Civil Rights Era violence was passed over last year in its bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Alas. And Carlile’s isn’t on the list of many Democrats here — “It’s usually not in my repertoire of where I take my visitors,” Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., told CQ Roll Call recently, rattling off other ‘cue joints such as Dreamland and Jim ‘n Nick’s and Lannie’s in Selma. But imagine a gaggle of Democratic activists descending upon Carlile’s to eat pork butt and lemon ice box pie among the mugs of Wallace, Bentley and Bachus. Bipartisan barbecue!

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By Jason Dick Posted at 4:54 p.m.
Eat, Museums, The Sights

February 13, 2015

Casa Luca to Offer Sunday Brunch

Maria's Light Menu feature at Casa Luca's Sunday brunch.

Maria’s Light Menu feature at Casa Luca’s Sunday brunch. (Rebecca Gale/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. brunch-goers will soon have a new spot to add to the list of upscale restaurants with bottomless mimosas: Fabio Trabocchi’s Casa Luca will be open for Sunday brunch starting on Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Featuring Trabocchi’s signature Italian flare (Fiola, Fiola Mare) in a more casual, family-style setting, Casa Luca is named for the Trabocchi’s 11-year-old son Luca, who helps out in the kitchen sharpening his skills as a budding chef and restaurateur.

Porchetta on Rye, one of Casa Luca's signature brunch items.

Porchetta on Rye, one of Casa Luca’s signature brunch items. (Rebecca Gale/CQ Roll Call)

The Chinatown/City Center restaurant has been open since 2013. The brunch will feature hearty fare such as porchetta on rye, Italian-style vegetarian omelets, homemade stromboli and a plentiful bread basket by Executive Pastry Sous Chef Claudia Bruni.

For $32, guests can order the Casa Luca Signature Brunch: an appetizer, main course, dessert and bottomless libations, a choice between bar manager Robin Miller’s signature “Gazpacho” Bloody Mary, Sicilian Mimosa, or Casa Luca Sangria. For lighter fare, “Maria’s Light Brunch,” $26, comes with a main course of parmacotto ham, stracchino cheese, rye crescia, yogurt, fruit and a mocktail of choice. All items are also available a la carte.

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House made breads include Pane al Cacio di Roma, a fluffy roll with sheep’s milk, and Maritozzo, a sweet bun flavored with honey lemon and orange zest. (Rebecca Gale/CQ Roll Call)

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February 12, 2015

Sonoma, Beuchert’s Team Up to Trick Out Stanton & Greene

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The brains behind Sonoma are hard at work on their next venture. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Artisan spirits and historic accents make up the foundation of the collaborative hospitality project slowly taking shape behind the soon-to-be reopened doors at 319 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Stanton & Greene, the three-story, 180-seat restaurant expected to replace the Pour House/Top of the Hill construct that shuttered last April, is an experiment in upscale boozing. The powers that be behind Sonoma and Beuchert’s Saloon — which is formally reviewed in Roll Call’s inaugural dining guide — have joined forces to carve out something different for the neighborhood: a serious drinking spot.

“We’re trying to be to cocktails what Sonoma is to wine,” partner August Paro told CQ Roll Call. That objective does not, however, include setting the bar so high “that you can’t just roll into happy hour and get a great drink.” Full story

February 5, 2015

Charm City Meadworks Buzzes With New Brews

Mead does not have to be sweet and hangover-inducing, or always served in a goblet. It does not have to be considered a beverage of yore.

It can be served still or sparkling. It can be paired with a soft-ripened Casatica di Bufala cheese or mixed into a high-end cocktail. And it can, according to Baltimore’s Charm City Meadworks, become just as popular as craft beer or wine.

Mead is, in its most basic form, fermented honey, water and yeast. And, despite confusion on its placement on the beer-and-wine spectrum, it is making its way into popular beverage circles, including in Washington, D.C.

Mary Kate Wrzesniewski, general manager at Boundary Road on H Street NE, pours a honey wine made by Charm City Meadworks,

Mary Kate Wrzesniewski, general manager at Boundary Road on H Street Northeast, pours a honey wine made by Charm City Meadworks. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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