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September 8, 2015

Larry David Lends a Hand to ‘Fed Up’ Campaign

Larry David sits on the floor of the Fleet Center on the night Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., was nominated as the vice presidential candidate,at Democratic National Convention 2004, in Boston.

David, between bites, urged support the “Fed Up” Kickstarter campaign. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Larry David, as only Larry David can do, is  urging people to support efforts to get the food documentary “Fed Up” in the hands of the nation’s just-back-in-school teachers to help educate students about the food industry’s peculiar way of adding things (See: sugar, lots of it.) to its wares.

“Hey, I’m Larry David. I’m having a fantastic meal here,” he says on a video taken ostensibly from his dining room table and posted on the “Fed Up” Kickstarter page. “It’s all fresh stuff. Fresh healthy stuff from my ex-wife’s garden, and because she gives me the food, I have to do something in return for her, of course. I’m divorced seven years and I still have to do this stuff,” the “Seinfeld” and “Larry David Show” creator smirks.

And the ask? To back the Kickstarter campaign’s $150,000 goal. “All you have to do is, ehhh, give a little money, eh?” he says, taking a bite and pointing to his plate. “Everybody should eat like this,” he adds, signing off with a simple, “all right.”

The filmmakers and team behind “Fed Up” have done other unconventional campaigns. Last year, as part of the documentary’s release and to parry criticism from the food industry, one publicity poster had a simple image: two M&Ms, one with “F” and the other with a “U” against a white backdrop and alongside the words “Fed Up. Now Playing.”

The campaign, currently with about $38,000 pledged, has until Sept. 30 to raise the rest of its target.


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By Jason Dick Posted at 1:44 p.m.
Eat, Movies

July 30, 2015

Farewell, My Indigestion: Bidding Adieu to Restaurant Associates

But if youll eat it, you never have to prove your courage in any other way.”

— Gen. Corman, “Apocalypse Now”

It is the end of an era. Restaurant Associates, a paragon of institutional food service, is leaving the House side of the Capitol complex. House administrators, facing the end of Restaurant Associates’ contract, changed course, opting for new blood.

That new blood will come from Sodexo, which will arrive with promises of Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts. The transition, from the Ford Deli to the House Restaurant, will be complete on Aug. 10. Full story

June 10, 2015

Capitol Lounge Bids Farewell to One of Its Own

The proprietors of Capitol Lounge Wednesday will finally say goodbye to former employee Mike Schwarz via a happy hour benefitting his surviving family.

(Courtesy Capitol Lounge)

(Courtesy Capitol Lounge)

Schwarz, whom acquaintances say was a regular part of the Capitol Hill bartending scene for the better part of a decade, was found dead on May 27. Full story

June 8, 2015

CityCenterDC Scores Women’s World Cup Watch Party

The boorish behavior of certain FIFA officials has cast a pall over the beautiful game.

But goodwill ambassadors at the U.S. Soccer Foundation and Embassy of Australia are hoping to retrain the focus on world-class athletics Monday by co-hosting a free watch party of the U.S.-Australia group match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at CityCenterDC.

(Courtest U.S. Soccer Foundation)

(Courtest U.S. Soccer Foundation)

Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.; event promoters are expected to project the international showdown on a large screen (circa 10th and I Streets NW).

Admission is gratis, but donations will be accepted in support of USSF’s philanthropic efforts.

Per organizers, a number of prominent futbol fans have been invited, including D.C. United players, Washington Spirit players and members of the Congressional Soccer Caucus.

DC Slices, The Orange Cow and SOL Mexican Grill have been tasked with keeping attendees well fed.

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June 2, 2015

Savoring a Taste of Taiwan

The dinner party. (Courtesy TECRO)

The dinner party. (Courtesy TECRO)

“Edelweiss, Edelweiss/Bless my homeland forever.”

 — “Edelweiss” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, as sung by Lyushun Shen.

Things one learns at Taste of Taiwan: Even the healthiest foods benefit from putting something fried on top, Taiwan’s top man in Washington loves to croon show tunes and former Rep. Lester Wolff has a connection to “Mad Men.”

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By Jason Dick Posted at 5 a.m.
Drink, Eat

June 1, 2015

SAVOR Something Different Every Night This Week

(Courtesy Negroni Week)

(Courtesy Negroni Week)

The confluence of classic Italian cocktails and budding craft brews has created the perfect storm for those interested in ushering in the arrival of June with a beverage in hand.

It once again being Negroni Week, local restaurateur Fabio Trabocchi and Capitol Hill haunt Wisdom are each paying homage to the bitters-fueled tipple. Full story

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 ( 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.

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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.

Full story

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

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