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Tico DC Announces Tico SummerFest & Taco Takedown Benefiting My Sister’s Place

Tico SummerFest & Taco Takedown will take place on Sunday, June 24, 2018 from 4-7:30 pm. The event will include 8 of DC’s top chefs presenting his or her take on the best taco, refreshments, and lots of fun drinks — all to raise money and awareness for My Sister’s Place.

This year’s participating chefs include:

Alex Levin, Executive Pastry Chef, TICO & Schlow Restaurant Group
Russell Smith, Executive Chef, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Amy Brandwein, Executive Chef, Centrolina
Seng Luangrath, Executive Chef, Thip Khao
Bettina Stern, Chef, Chaia
Sasha Felikson, Chef, Cava
Patrick Curran, Executive Chef, Casolare Ristorante & Bar
Marcelle Afram, Chef, Blue Jacket


Bonnie Benwick, Deputy Food Editor & Recipe Editor, The Washington Post

Chris Schmid, Director of Wine & Spirits, Prestige Beverage Group

Amy K. Dacey, President, AKD Strategies

 Master of Ceremonies:

Laura Hayes, Food Editor, Washington City Paper

Other supporting organizations:

Gordy’s Pickles

Ice Cream Jubilee

 Tickets are priced at $50 per person (kids under 12 come for free) and include a sample of all tacos as well as unlimited food and beverages offered from  supporting organizations.

All proceeds benefit My Sister’s Place.


For over 40 years, My Sister’s Place has been an innovator in changing lives by providing DC’s first hotline and first domestic violence shelter, and now by taking a public health approach to the epidemic of domestic violence. As DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter, they have served as a cornerstone of the District’s response to this pressing public health issue since 1979, and their impact on DC’s community remains as strong as ever.

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New Brunch at Casolare Inspired by New York’s Lower East Side and Rome’s Jewish Quarter

Casolare, Michael Schlow’s Italian restaurant in the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel, will soon launch a new brunch menu just in time for Spring. Taking an inspirational cue from Rome’s Jewish Quarter as well New York’s Lower East Side, the new menu is a collaborative effort between Chef Schlow, Chef Matt Adler, Schlow Restaurant Group’s Executive Chef of Italian Concepts and Chef Alex Levin, Executive Pastry Chef for the entire group. Recent addition to the company’s chef lineup, Patrick Curran, is the executive chef at Casolare who will cook from and build upon the new brunch menu.

An array of house-made bagels from Chef Levin, in plain, sesame and everything varieties, are now part of the weekend brunch offering. They come simply toasted with cucumber, tomato, lettuce and cream cheese, as part of a Smoked Salmon Plate (with tomato, cucumber, red onion and capers) or with Smoked White Fish Salad. Levin has also added “Alex’s Basket of Goodies” a shareable offering of his signature Hazelnut Chocolate Crunch Rugelach along with Warm Ricotta Bombolini with Nutella, and Raspberry Linzer Cookies. Chefs Adler and Schlow collaborated on savory options including Crispy Potato Pancakes, which come with apple sauce and sour cream, and the option to add smoked salmon as well as a lavish helping of caviar. Reminiscent of a recent group research trip to Rome, the duo added a Roman Pizza topped with zucchini, potato, onion and pecorino.  A Pastrami and Jalapeno Hash is a nod to New York’s Lower East Side neighborhood and is served with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.

Casolare, 2505 Wisconsin Ave, NW Washington, DC 20007


Indique Restaurant in Cleveland Park now offers Thali Thursdays

Modern Indian restaurant Indique (3512-14 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008; (202) 244-6600;; @IndiqueDC) based in the heart of Cleveland Park in Washington DC – is offering a new ‘Thali Thursday’  – dinner service only – featuring three new authentic Thali options including Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian, and Seafood in addition to their a la carte menu.

Indique owners Executive Chef K.N. Vinod and Surfy Rahman are launching ‘Thali Thursday’ with the hopes of being able to share an ongoing Thali experience with diners providing them with an interactive and engaging culinary experience that invites them to engage all of their senses, to share background with them on the history and popularity of this authentic dish of which is served throughout various regions of India, and to also teach them the best way to enjoy this unique culinary experience. Three Thali specials will be available every Thursday for dinner service including a Vegetarian Thali priced at $22 per person, a Non-Vegetarian Thali priced at $24 per person, and a Seafood Thali option priced at $26 per person.

A thali is a traditional Indian platter that is composed of an assortment of small dishes providing a balanced meal while incorporating an exotic variety of flavors and textures including salty, sweet, tangy, and crunchy, just to highlight a few. Thali is often enjoyed during popular holidays – such as Diwali – celebrated throughout India, so Chef Vinod and the team at Indique look forward to sharing this Indian culinary favorite with DC area diners and beyond moving forward.

New Family Style Lamb Dinner at The Source

Chef Russell Smith, one of this year’s RAMMY awards Rising Star nominees, has just launched a new family-style lamb dinner at the Source by Wolfgang Puck. The all-inclusive, shareable dinner is designed to feed two people and starts off with a Scallion Flower Roll amuse, followed by a platter of Soy Lacquered Lamb Shank served with a cilantro mint vinaigrette, Lamb Sausage and Spring Pea Fried Rice, and a vegetable side of Sweet and Sour Eggplant. Dessert is a house-made Shaoxing Ice Cream served with fresh strawberries and mint. Shaoxing is a rice wine popular in Chinese cuisine, which adds a nutty, almost savory undertone to the dessert. Guests get one selection of a house wine: either a glass of Wolfgang Puck Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon OR a 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison or Atlas “District Commons” Lager – the latter is a draft option, which will rotate. Non-alcoholic beverage options are also available. The entire menu, which includes food, wine, tax and gratuity for two people is priced at $100.

photo courtesy of Reema Desai,

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