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David Metz Joins Plume at the Jefferson Hotel 

David Bueno, General Manger of The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC has announced David Metz is as the new Sommelier and Wine Director at PlumeRestaurant.  Metz brings almost two decades of experience along with him.

“In my new role at Plume, I look forward to expanding the scope of our wine program to appeal to a wider array of wine drinkers while continuing in the vein of my predecessors – both of whom I hold in very high regards”, says Sommelier David Metz. “There are some wines on our list that are very rare, and yes indeed expensive, so we’ll keep that going while looking to add additional wines that are meant to be enjoyed at more modest prices. I plan on shedding more of a spotlight on our Madeira program as this was one of Jefferson’s favorite beverages – again all the while making it more accessible.  I would like to expand our selection of wines from Virginia whose presence never made it to the world’s stage like it has now in our namesake’s lifetime. I would also like to showcase off-the-beaten-path wines through our tasting/pairing menus. It’s one of the best ways to get something in front of someone that they may not have, or chose not to have experienced before.”

Through his continued commitment to the study of beverage and the practice of hospitality, David has earned the distinction of Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommelier’s American chapter. And looking to the future, Metz is currently in pursuit of the Master Sommelier Diploma.

Plume is at 1200 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 (202) 448-2300;
BABA Opens in Clarendon
BABA, Ivan Iricanin’s latest Balkan concept, is now open in the heart of Clarendon, just below the popular Ambar.  To help welcome the restaurant into the neighborhood, BABA is offering a week of special promotions during breakfast, happy hour and late night. From March 20-24, guests can enjoy complimentary La Colombe coffee drinks between 8 AM to 10 AM.  The restaurant will also be extending its Happy Hour from 4 PM to 9 PM allowing guests two extra hours to enjoy house red, white, sparkling wine and Heineken beer for $5.  Happy Hour also includes a selection of $6 craft cocktails.  Standout tapas include Roasted Cauliflower, served with a creamy eggplant purée and pomegranate dressing; Fried Olives with blue cheese and cinnamon cherry tomato jam; Salmon Tartar with capers, quinoa and pine nuts; Pork Belly Slider with house-made pickles and a white bean purée, as well as Ham Croquettes with mustard dressing.
BABA is located at 2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia, 22201.  For additional information please call (703) 312-7978 or visit

All-Purpose Pizzeria in Shaw and Boundary Stone in Bloomingdale will extend hours and offer special events and tap takeovers during the Craft Brewers Conference April 10 – 13.

All-Purpose Pizzeria will host a Maine Brewing Company tap takeover on Monday, April 10 at 5:30 p.m. Owners David & Daniel Kleban as well as several brewers will be in attendance. Beers on tap will include the Woods & Waters, an IPA with pine and citrus notes inspired by the great outdoors; Lunch, an East Coast version of a West Coast IPA with intense hoppiness and tropical fruit; and  A Tiny Beautiful Something, a pale ale brewed with El Dorado hops featuring intense candied orange and citrus flavors.

Chef Mike Friedman and his team at All Purpose have created a special Maine Beer Co.-inspired menu for this exciting tap takeover. Such specialties include a pizza aptly named Weathervane (a local bar Friedman frequented while living in Maine), topped with fried clams, smoked bacon, fontina crema, Calabrian chili and chives. To start the meal, the team will also offer rich and spicy ‘Nduja and Mozzarella Arancini with lemon aioli, as well as Veal “Milanese” with sunchoke crema, arugula & cherry bomb peppers.

All-Purpose Pizzeria is located at 1250 9th St NW, just across the street from the North end of the convention center. During CBC, All-Purpose will be open for lunch Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and remain open through dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m. All-Purpose will be closed for lunch on Tuesday, April 11 and will open for dinner at 5:30 p.m.


Sakerum Debuts Bento Box Brunch Service On March 25th
Sakerum, the newly opened Latin-Asian restaurant located on 14th Street, NW, is pleased to announce the debut of its Bento Box Brunch service.  Brunch will debut on March 25 and will be available Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Priced at $29 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, guests can select from six Japanese-style bento boxes showcasing Latin and Asian ingredients paired with creative brunch cocktails.

Created by Executive Chef Khan Gayabazar, bento boxes choices are Churrasco, grilled beef short rib, sushi rice, chimichurri salsa and fried egg; the Chicken Karaage, double fried chicken thigh, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, sautéed onion and fried egg; the Yaki-Sake, grilled salmon, mojo sauce, poached egg and basmati rice; the Arroz Chaufa with shrimp & chicken fried rice; the Pancake & Omelet, choice of meat or veggie omelet and pancakes, and the Sushi Box with a chef selection of seven-piece nigiri & sashimi.  Each bento box is accompanied with mixed green seaweed salad, bacon-jalapeño home fries, fried plantains and tamago futomaki with the exception of the Sushi Box, which comes with tamago futomaki, California roll and edamame.

Photo Credit Sophie Pyle

Brunch-goers can select creative brunch libations crafted by Cocktail Consultant Gina Cherseveani.

Sakerum is located at 2204 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Sake Hour is served Monday through Friday, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  For additional information, call (202) 518-2222or visit

Cherry Blossom Time!
It’s that time of year…when Washington, DC restaurants turn their attention to celebrating the return of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.  The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.  Here are some of the specials featured from March 20 – April 16.

Cuba Libre, located at 801 9th Street, NW, 20001, will offer a cherry blossom-inspired Cuban dish and a featured cocktail during this year’s festival: a savory appetizer special, the Crudo de Cobia, Panamanian cobia crudo with bing cherries en escabéche, toasted pistachios, cocoa nibs and homemade cherry vinegar is priced at $13. Cuba Libre will also be serving a Cherry Sparkler with Papa’s Pilar rum, house-made cherry infused simple syrup, club soda, lemon and basil, priced at $10.  For information, visit

Bibiana Osteria Enoteca, the modern Italian eatery located at 1100 New York Avenue, NW, 20005, will offer a classic Italian dessert with a celebratory twist during this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival.   Green Matcha Tea Cake with cherry emulsion, white chocolate powder, candied almonds, white sesame crisps, served with cherry gelato, is priced at $10.  For additional information visit

Ambar, the nation’s capital’s first Balkan restaurant with two locations at 523 8th Street, SE, 20003, and 2901 Wilson Blvd, 22201, will be pouring a special cocktail to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Priced at $9, the Balkan Cherry incorporates chamomile-infused rakia, cherry liquor, green tea and shiso-infused water and lime juice.  For information about the Capitol Hill location visit  For information about the Clarendon location visit

The Oval Room, located at 800 Connecticut Ave., NW, 20006, is offering Crudo of Black Cod with black cherry purée, hearts of palm, cucumber, purple radish and cherry blossom shoyu, priced at $16.  The Golden Rose Cococherry with Lillet, Verjú, cranberry syrup and Pol Roger Brut N/V, garnished with a coconut smoke sugar rim and a cherry stuffed with toasted coconut, priced at $13.  For additional information visit

The Hamilton, located at 600 14th Street, NW, 20005, is pouring a fun cocktail to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  Priced at $11.50, the Washington’s Cherry Temple, CîROC vodka, organic tart cherry juice, Leopold’s maraschino liqueur and vanilla simple syrup is sure to please any palate.  For additional information, visit

The Lafayette, The Hay-Adams’ contemporary American dining room directly overlooking Lafayette Square, will offer guests a Japanese-inspired three-course, prix fixe dinner menu in addition to the featured menu, priced at $75 (not including tax and gratuity).  Guests will begin their meal with first course options Glazed Shiitake and Enoki Mushroom Mizuna Salad with cherry blossom white shoyu dressing or Grilled Octopus Salad, with spring onion and red pepper yuzu chili vinaigrette.  Entrées include Seared Black Sea Bass, parsnip mousseline, royal trumpet mushrooms coconut mint reduction as well as Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast with Asian pears and cherry chutney red curry sauce.  For a sweet finish, guests can indulge in Sakura & Lemon Balm Tartlet with strawberry wheels, white chocolate pearls.  Additional information at

In Silver Spring, All Set Restaurant & Bar, located at 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, 20910, will offer three cherry blossom-inspired specials in honor of this year’s festival.  Guests can enjoy the Duck Leg Confit with brandied cherries and sweet potatoes, or opt for a sweet treat such as the Cherry Affogato with vanilla gelato, espresso and cherry liquor.  Both dishes are priced at $12 each. Guests can also indulge in the Silver Springtime made from a combination of Green Hat gin, black pepper-cherry syrup, sakura essence, dry vermouth and lemon juice, priced at $10. For additional information or reservations, visit

TAKODA, a contemporary American restaurant and rooftop beer garden located at 715 Florida Avenue, NW, 20001, will offer one cherry flavored beer and one blossom flavored beer during this year’s festival.  Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Imperial Cherry Gose is an imperial sour ale brewed with tart cherry juice, and Flying Dog Brewery’s Brewhouse Rarities Bee Beer is a saison/farmhouse ale style beer made with bee pollen and a touch of honey.  Both beers are priced from $9 to $10 each.  For additional information or reservations visit

The newly opened Tredici Enoteca at The St. Gregory Hotel (Tredici), located in the heart of Dupont Circle at 2033 M Street, NW, 20036, will be pouring a special cocktail to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.   Priced at $13, the Evolution is made from a combination of cherry blossom-infused botanical gin, Brut Champagne, fresh citrus, agave nectar and hibiscus dust, garnished with a cherry blossom.  For additional information visit

In Cleveland Park, Ardeo + Bardeo, located at 3311 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 20008, will be pouring a special cocktail the Cherry Blossom.  The drink is made from a combination of lavender syrup, Cocchi Americano and lemon juice, topped with sake and garnished with a fresh lavender sprig.  For more information, please contact (202) 244-6750 or visit


Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-up Bar) Is Bursting with Iconic Blooms, Origami Cranes and Pop Culture Surprises
Japan has officially landed inside James Beard Award-nominated Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th Street NW) and Southern Efficiency (1841 7th Street NW), which have been transformed into Cherry Blossom PUB (Pop-Up Bar), an ode to Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful season.  Cherry Blossom PUB opens Wednesday, March 1 through April 15, 5pm to 12:30am Sunday through Thursday and 5pm to 1:30am Friday and Saturday.
After the massive success of the holiday-themed Miracle on 7th Street pop-up experience, Drink Company launches Cherry Blossom PUB with all new detailed decor and exclusive cocktail and food menus.
Draped in pink, Southern Efficiency features handmade cherry blossom “branches,” thousands of origami cranes, maneki-neko — Japan’s world-famous lucky “waving cats” — and a stunning mural print of iconic D.C. artist Maggie O’Neill’s classic painting “Flynn’s Jefferson Memorial.”
At Mockingbird Hill, nostalgia reigns supreme in the form of the beloved Super Mario Bros., with the entire bar dedicated to the Mushroom Kingdom, from animatronic piranha plants peeking out of green pipes to glowing mystery boxes and a special corner reserved for super villain King Koopa. Despite their differing decor, the two bars are connected via newly opened doorways between them, opening up a flowing, festive space for even more patrons to enjoy.


Bar Dupont Cherry Blossom Cocktails

Bar Dupont celebrates the beginning of spring with a series of cocktails for both Cherry Blossom Festival visitors and D.C. locals to enjoy. Below are descriptions of each of the three cocktails that will be offered from March 30 – April 30.

I Shochu Chu Choose You

The traditional Japanese Chu-hai (Shochu + Highball) is a simple, but balanced combination of a clean shochu with juiced-to-order grapefruit.

Isla de La Juventud

The Isla de la Juventud combines tiki influenced flavors in a variation of the classic Japanese Cocktail – calling back to the Cuban “island of youth” where a population of Japanese immigrants have called home for decades.


Beyond incorporating the healthful benefits of matcha tea in a refreshing house-made soda, the Rickey-san pays tribute to Washington D.C.’s official cocktail with the addition of gin, yuzu and lime juices into a year-round sipper.

Stillwater Extra Dry Combo

Combining more than just a beer and a shot whisky, a Baltimore brewer produces a Japanese-style beer created with rice alongside, a no-frills Japanese whisky.


Amazon Launches Restaurant Delivery in the District of Columbia

Prime members in D.C. can now enjoy delivery from popular restaurants, including Maketto, Ben’s Next Door, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Kapnos, b DC Penn Quarter, and many more announced that Prime members in the greater Washington, D.C. area can now enjoy delivery from 150 popular restaurants, including Maketto, Ben’s Next Door, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Kapnos, b DC Penn Quarter, and many more.  Amazon Restaurants is expanding its delivery territory from Northern Virginia to customers in the Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, H Street, Shaw, and Downtown neighborhoods.

“The hustle and bustle in the nation’s capital can make it difficult to try all the amazing restaurants around town,” said Gus Lopez, general manager of Amazon Restaurants. “Now, Amazon Restaurants makes it easy to skip traffic and get delicious meals from top restaurants conveniently delivered to your office or home in an hour or less.”

Using the Amazon or Prime Now mobile apps or by visiting, Prime members in D.C. can order from participating restaurants, browse menus, track the status of their delivery, and watch as their delivery driver travels from the restaurant to the delivery address in real time.

New Participating Restaurants in Washington, D.C. include:

  • Absolute Noodle
  • Acacia Bistro
  • Addis Ethiopian Restaurants
  • Al Volo DC
  • Amsterdam Falafelshop
  • Appioo African Bar & Grill
  • Arepa Zone
  • b DC Penn Quarter
  • Banana Leaves Asian Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Bangkok Joes
  • Bar Deco
  • Bolt Burgers
  • Bozzelli’s
  • Cafe of India
  • Coppi’s Organic Restaurant
  • Das Ethiopian
  • DC Pizza
  • DC Wisey’s
  • DCity Smokehouse
  • District Doughnut and Coffee
  • Duffy’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
  • Dupont Pizza
  • Espita Mezcaleria
  • Hill Country Barbecue Market
  • Indique
  • I-Thai Restaurant & Sushi Bar
  • Johnny Pistola’s
  • Kapnos
  • Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar
  • Kogod Liquors & Deli
  • Le Caprice DC Cafe Bakery
  • Lore Lounge
  • Maketto
  • Masala Art
  • Mayur Kabob House
  • Merzi
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Moxie’s
  • Mythology
  • Nazca Mochica
  • Nerds & Nibblers
  • New Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
  • New Heights Restaurant
  • Osteria Morini
  • Panda Gourmet
  • Pasha’s Kitchen
  • Pizza Mart
  • Pow Pow
  • Prescription Chicken
  • Quara Ethiopian Fusion Restaurant
  • Rakuya
  • Rasoi Indian Kitchen
  • Rice Bar
  • Rito Loco
  • San Antonio Bar & Grill
  • Shanghai Tokyo Cafe
  • Shawafel
  • Simply Banh Mi
  • Sloppy Mamas
  • Thai Chili
  • The Chickery
  • The Deli
  • Toku Japanese and Asian Cuisine
  • Tono Sushi
  • Uni Bistro
  • Uprising Muffin Company
  • Ventnor Sports
  • West Wing Cafe
  • Zorba’s Cafe

Prime members can download the Amazon or Prime Now apps or visit to enter their ZIP code and see if the service is available in their area. In ZIP codes where restaurant delivery is available, customers will see Restaurants on the home page.

To learn more about Amazon Restaurants or to download the Amazon and Prime Now mobile apps, visit


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