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It’s Time for NKOTB 2.0!

New Kitchens on the Block was a hit when it debuted last summer at Mess Hall.  It’s time for Round 2 of this don’t miss event.

Preview tastes from 11 new DC restaurants before they open!

The Salt Line by Kyle Bailey

Reverie by Johnny Spero

Unconventional Diner by David Deshaies

Lupo Verde (Palisades) by Matteo Venini

Flamant by Frederik de Pue

RASA by Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman

June by Michael and Alexandra Bookless Turner

Taqueria del Barrio by Anna Bran-Leis and Shawn Leis

Dio Wine Bar by Stacey Khoury-Diaz

Katz District Coffee by Kyle Katz and Brian Edling

Sugar Shack Donuts (Shaw)

And featuring drinks from our sponsors Green Hat / New Columbia Distillers and Catoctin Creek!

The event takes place March 19 at 11:00 am or 2:00 pm at Mess Hall, 703 Edgewood Street, NE, Washington, DC.  Tickets available here.



Schlow Restaurant Group (SRG) and Chef Michael Schlow welcome Chef Matthew Adler, who will oversee culinary development of all Italian concepts within the group as Executive Chef, Italian Concepts. Adler will oversee Casolare and the Alta Strada restaurants in the Northeast and DC, including the newest outpost scheduled to open later this month in Fairfax, Va.’s Mosaic District. He began his new role on February 1, while Alta Strada Mosaic is scheduled to open later in the month.

Adler recently returned to the DC area after traveling for several months experiencing various cuisines across Europe, including a jaunt to Italy where he joined Schlow and other SRG staff on a food research trip. His first project with the company will be assisting with the opening of the 120-seat Alta Strada Mosaic, which will be run by Chef Nicole Belverd, a veteran of Zaytinya and the Inn at Little Washington. At Alta Strada Mosaic, designed by Edit Lab, guests will recognize signature pizzas, pastas and antipasti from its sister restaurant in Washington, DC, alongside entrees that are unique to Mosaic.

After having served as Executive Chef of Altamarea’s Washington, DC outpost of Osteria Morini, Adler was recognized as one of the city’s best chefs known for serving fare from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. With a background in fine dining, Adler’s impressive resume includes a stint at the three-starred Michelin Restaurant Alain Ducasse. He also cooked at the now-shuttered Convivio in New York City, a Southern Italian restaurant, which at the time, received a three-star review from the New York Times and had earned one Michelin star. With extensive travel through Italy, and experience in Italian restaurants, Adler is poised to work closely with Chef Schlow and the kitchen teams at the group’s Italian restaurants around the country.

“What inspired me to join Schlow Restaurant Group was Michael’s passion and love for what he does, and how he translates that to the guest experience at all of his restaurants,” Adler said. He was also attracted to the opportunity to work with multiple restaurants and chefs within the group. “I could not be happier to welcome Matt Adler to the Schlow Restaurant Group,” said Michael Schlow. “Rocksteady and a student of all things Italian, Matt understands the need to balance tradition, art, training and commerce. Having Matt at the helm is going to make us a better restaurant group.”


Masala Art SW Celebrates Chinese New Year Month

Indo-Chinese Menu Featured in February

 For the month of February, Masala Art’s SW location (1101 4th Street SW), will be offering a supplemental three-course prix fixe special menu in honor of the Chinese New Year, and combining the culinary delights of Indian and Chinese cuisine.  Menus include a vegetarian option at $24 and a non-vegetarian option at $27.

The non-vegetarian menu begins with an appetizer platter that includes hot mango chicken; chicken lollipop; and sriacha honey fish followed by a choice of main course which includes lamb with Manchurian sauce, chili chicken, or hot garlic fish.  The vegetarian menu begins with an appetizer selection of spring rolls, honey chili potatoes and crispy friend vegetables.  Main course options include chili paneer, vegetable Manchurian or garlic and broccoli tofu. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian main courses are served with vegetable fried rice and hot garlic naan. Banana fritters with vanilla ice cream are a sweet finish to both menus.

Masala Art SW is located at 1101 4th Street SW and is open daily for lunch from 11:30 am-2:30 pm, and dinner from 5-10 pm.  For further information or reservations, go to

French Quickie

Bastille presents lunch for those that need to eat and run

Chef/owners of Bastille, Christophe and Michelle Poteaux, have put together the “French Quickie” menu, a selection of dishes available in the restaurant’s bar and café that are served quickly and deliciously. Guests can select any two dishes or drinks on the “French Quickie” menu for $15.95.

Menu options include a daily selection of wine by the glass or on-tap beer; pommes frites; rock shrimp beignets with spicy guacamole and lime; salade Caesar (chicken breast or shrimp may be added as a second item); galette de saison–seasonal flat bread with arugula salad; moules du jour; croque monsieur; sunchoke and spinach risotto; classique crème brûlée ; or crème caramel.

The restaurant is located in The Asher at 606 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria, VA, just two blocks from the Braddock Metro.  For reservations and further information log into or call 703-519-3776.


Mardi Gras Wonderland and Port of Call Homage
February 10-28, 2017

With Carnival season in full swing, DC’s best known New Orleans native chef, David Guas, is transforming Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery on Capitol Hill into a Mardi Gras Wonderland. The Fat Tuesday flare will kick off Friday, February 10 at noon and will be up until Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday, February 28.  In addition to the Mardi Gras makeover, there will be an ode to Port Of Call, the funkified 50-year-old burger-dive in New Orleans that chef Guas lived next to in a “shotgun house” in his 20s. Every day of the season, from lunch to close of business, Guas will be offering his take on Port Of Call’s traditional half-pound, fat, juicy Burger and the legendary Mushroom Burger with shredded Cheddar Cheese, served with Port-O-Call’s famous Loaded Baked Potato with Sour Cream, Cheddar Cheese, Mushrooms, Chives and Bacon Bits.

Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery // Mardi Gras Wonderland 
901 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003



 Looking for options for dinner on Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few options.

Café du ParcThe Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Café du Parc is serving up French classics with a modern twist. The Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu, priced at $72, features three courses followed by a decadent dessert. Can’t celebrate on the actual day? Café Du Parc will offer its special menu from Saturday, February 11, through Tuesday, February 14. Diners will have the choice of seared scallops on red beet mousseline and watercress coulis or a savory Maine lobster mango and avocado timbale with citrus cilantro vinaigrette to start. Next, guests will choose from compressed watermelon with farm-fresh goat cheese and winter greens or crimson lentils in cumin coconut broth with smoked salmon quenelle. Entree options include green pea-crusted halibut filet, served on passionfruit sauce and baby vegetable shavings, as well as grilled beef tenderloin with parsnip puree and yellow beans with foraged wild mushroom ragout. Finish the meal with a white chocolate “Romance Sphere” with strawberry rhubarb compote, angel food cake, and chocolate ice cream with chocolate rosewater ganache. Visit them online or call 202-942-7000 for reservations.

Café Dupont1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Enjoy Cafe Dupont’s prix fixe menu for $60 as well as a three course wine pairing for $30 on February 10, 11, 14, 17, or 18. Their menu will begin with a raw bar platter featuring Hamachi crudo, oysters prepared three wayswith tarragon emulsion, Jonah crab claw with lobster bisque aioli, and beet-cured gravlax with fennel ceviche. Also offered is the wild mushroom and foie gras terrine with dried fruit chutney and toasted brioche, or the black truffle and goat cheese terrine with shaved black truffle and honey. Next comes a choice between Café Dupont’s decadent roasted bone-in veal rib, buttery wild sea bass filet, or savory house made ravioli. Finish with a rich trio of chocolate marquisefeaturing white, milk, and dark Valrhona chocolates and passionfruit emulsion. Visit them online or call 202-797-0169 for reservations.

City Tap Penn Quarter901 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

City Tap Penn Quarter is ‘swiping left’ on Valentine’s Day, offering a “Cupid is Stupid” menu on February 14 with foods you wouldn’t normally order on a first date. Dig into delicious plates like waffle fry short rib poutine, a fried banana split with a gelato assortment and elderflower strawberries, and their popular chicken and waffles with honey thyme butter and red pepper jam. The “Cupid is Stupid” items will be available a la carte starting at 5pm on Valentine’s Day. For a beer pairing, try one of the many dark or tart choices City Tap Penn Quarter will be spotlighting like Founder’s Fruitwood or Lizard of Koz. Visit them online or call 202-644-9433 for reservations.

Del Frisco’s Grille1201 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Del Frisco’s Grille wants guests to spend Valentine’s weekend with their true loves … steak, lobster, chocolate. Start your night of with the featured cocktail, “Flirting with Ginger,” which boasts a base of vodka, hints of ginger, cranberry and lemon. Choose between a savory dry aged bone-in ribeye complimented by fried oysters and a bacon horseradish Hollandaise or the jumbo lump crab stuffed Maine lobster tail served with garlic grits, roasted red pepper & basil cream with a taste of charred lemon for the main course. Finally, finish the meal with the decadently delicious raspberry chocolate ganache tart served with fresh raspberries, sea salt and topped with whipped cream. Visit them online or call 202-450-4686 for reservations.

Hyatt Place Washington, DC/National Mall400 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

Plan a romantic trip or staycation to Hyatt Place Washington, DC/ National Mall. The hotel is offering a Valentines’ Day Romance package valid from February 11 until February 18. Book between those dates and receive a special daily rate of $239, which includes an in-room romantic dinner for two. The menu for the evening is a Surf & Turf (crab cake and steak) dinner, a bottle of bubbly, and chocolate covered strawberries to end the night. Visit them online or call 202-803-6110 to book.

Occidental Grill & Seafood1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Reservations for romance are available at Occidental Grill & Seafood, with a $95 four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. Executive Chef Rodney Scruggs  showcases luxury ingredients and timeless flavors. Choices include first courses like Jamison Farms lamb belly with crushed sunchokes and passionfruit gel; a second “By the Sea” course with options like roasted black bass served with white eggplant, beet foam, and preserved lemon; and a third “From the Land” course including grilled filet with lobster sweet potato hash and foie gras truffle sauce. Cap it off with indulgent desserts like red velvet cake with maraschino syrup and white chocolate ice cream, espresso chocolate torte with chocolate streusel, or a gourmet cheese board. An optional Valentine’s wine pairing is available for $40 per person to complete a romantic dinner on Pennsylvania Avenue. Visit them online or call 202-783-1475 for reservations.

Ripple at Cleveland Park3417 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008

For one night only, treat yourself to the fresh tastes of their $90 per person prix fixe menu. To begin your night, choose between oysters served with sea bean mignonette, roe, or urchin, beet salad with yogurt, curry, fennel and gooseberry, or king crab paired with caviar, truffle, cauliflower and brioche ($20 supplement). Next comes an offering of either mortadella tortellini with Iberico ham, parmesan, and truffle, or hen egg tortellini with preserved asparagus, potato, and cured yolk. The star of the show is your choice between an equally delicious aged pheasant for two with a five grain risotto, squash, and hazelnut ($20 supplement), the Wagyu culotte steak with salsify, leek, and a touch of pomegranate, or savory Spanish turbot with brown butter, sunchoke and a finish of coffee. To accommodate your sweet tooth, a variety of desserts will be offered includingchocolate mousse with banana, hazelnut and vanilla, citrus ambrosia with tapioca, sherbet, meringue, and mango, and delightfully creamy Kunik cheese with black walnut, Asian pear and sourdough. Visit them online or call 202-244-7995 for reservations.

Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20566

Roof Terrace Restaurant is partnering with Veuve Clicquot to bring diners an exciting four course prix fixe dinner for $80. Guests can expect a glass of Veuve Rose and a special amuse-bouche to start their evening. Guests can then choose an appetizer, entrée, and dessert from the main dinner menu. For the special occasion, Roof Terrace Restaurant is featuring a “Chocolate Romance” dessert made with rich chocolate cake, strawberry cremeux, pistachio anglaise and champagne pâte de fruit. Visit them online or call 202-416-8555 for reservations.

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro11750 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, V.A. 20191

Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro is featuring a delightful $50 tasting menu with a wine pairing on Valentine’s Day. The meal begins with an offering of a savory baby red Russian kale salad with burrata cheese, crispy crumbs, and a finish of lemon. Next on the menu is a fresh house-cured Wester Ross organic salmon served with pickled onion, quail egg, creole mustard butter, and bitter greens. Then, prepare yourself for the perfectly cooked grilled rack of lamb with Jacob’s cattle beans, stone ground white grits, rosemary reduction and charred turnips. Finish on a sweeter note with a light but rich layered dessert of pomegranate mousse and dark chocolate ganache topped with hibiscus, pomegranate reduction and fresh pomegranate seeds. Visit them online or call 703-234-3550 for reservations.


La Puerta Verde Opens in Hecht Warehouse

Completing Mindful Restaurant Group’s culinary trifecta within the historic and newly renovated Hecht Warehouse in the up-and-coming Ivy City neighborhood, La Puerta Verde – a casual Mexican eatery will open to the public beginning with dinner service on Tuesday, January 17.

Located in the newly renovated historic Hecht Warehouse, La Puerta Verde – which translates to ‘The Green Door’ – is simultaneously reminiscent of a traditional Mexican Hacienda and nostalgic to its Ivy City roots. Featuring 3,800 square feet (6,800 square feet total between the three connected restaurants including Ari’s Diner, DOCK FC, & La Puerta Verde). The airy space with high ceilings features pops of bold colors including deep blues, earthy greens, warm oranges, and bright yellows, walls and flooring adorned with talavera tiles, and three large vibrant and original murals from DC-based graffiti artist and pioneer CHELOVE. In Mexico the color green represents hope and Mindful Restaurant Group’s hope is that through their green door guests will find the perfect place to connect and enjoy the spirit of Mexico in the heart of Northeast Washington DC.

The menus at La Puerta Verde place an emphasis on offering authentic Mexican dishes, based on traditional regional recipes while utilizing fresh ingredients. Signature dishes include Grilled Avocado Guacamole, Calamari Sinaloa – calamari tossed with pickled vegetable relish, Pescado a la Talla – grilled whole fish in banana leaves and guajillo marinade, and Carne Arrachera – grilled beef skirt steak with chorizo and cactus paddles, spring onions and queso fresco, amongst others. The bar program at La Puerta Verde will feature a selection of tequilas, mezcal, beers (local and imported), as well as a creative and carefully curated craft cocktail menu showcasing Mexican spirits and ingredients.

La Puerta Verde

“It would be nearly impossible to run a restaurant in Washington DC without encountering the vibrant and substantial Mexican culture and community on a daily basis”, said Ari Gejendson, founder of Mindful Restaurant Group. “Those who have immigrated to the States often find themselves working in a kitchen, as prep and line cooks, as sous chefs and chefs de cuisine. I personally became inspired working with such individuals throughout the past few years opening and running restaurants. La Puerta Verde is the result of that inspiration and I’m excited to honor them.”

Reservations are available at The restaurant will announce Happy Hour details in the near future.


2017 Brings New Menus to Ripple

Ripple in DC’s Cleveland Park announced today the unveiling of a new menu to kick off the new year. Recently appointed Executive Chef Ryan Ratino has constructed bar and dinner menus sure to deepen the guest experience with a spirited, artful approach.

A contemporary take on traditional European flavors, highlights include veggie centric dishes including the Lolla Rosa with squash, burrata, quinoa and cabernet vinegar, and study of beets with fennel, pickled gooseberry and curry yogurt. Seafood options include smoked trout, farro risotto with red wine braised octopus and shiso, and lobster with whipped stracciatella, pickled mango, basil seeds and petite lettuces. Those seeking the decadent tastes of winter will find rabbit pansotti, hay smoked veal with foie gras, red cabbage, currants, and mushroom, and roast porcelet with sweet potato, almond, parsley root and apples. For the first time, Ripple will offer a prix fixe option where guests can choose four courses for just $59.

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Ripple duck breast.  Photo credit: Joy Asico (

Recently appointed General Manager & Wine Director Jose Aguirre is expanding the wine list to focus on established and up-and-coming classic producers. Other changes at the Cleveland Park gem include a refresh of the back private dining room complete with comfortable leather booth seating and coffered ceilings to dampen sounds and create a quiet, intimate atmosphere.

Ripple  is at 3417 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC; 202-244-7995


Columbia Room’s New Women Rule Winter Menu Honors Iconic Female Bartenders and Chefs

James Beard Award-nominated Columbia Room at 124 Blagden Alley NW, will pay tribute to the women who have shaped the culinary world — Alice Waters, Ann Tuennerman, Julie Reiner and more — with cocktails and dishes inspired by a distinguished group of iconic female bartenders and chefs. The new winter menu launches Tuesday, January 10 in Columbia Room’s signature Tasting Room, known for its innovative three- and five-course cocktail-and-food pairings and luxurious ambiance.

“Our winter menu pays homage to amazing women who broke out and forged their own legacy in an industry traditionally run by men. Because of their sacrifice and contributions, the bar and the pass have been forever changed,” says Drink Company CEO Angie Fetherston, who was inducted into Tales of the Cocktail’s Dame Hall of Fame in 2016. “They have carved a path for all young women aspiring to make their mark in the hospitality industry. These women are close to our hearts and have been mentors or sources of inspiration to our head bartender JP Fetherston and executive chef Johnny Spero, who cannot wait to share their stories with you.”

The Columbia Room, Washington, DC

Leire Extaide “Garden” – Photo by Scott Suchman

The Tasting Room’s three-course menu is $79 plus tax and the five-course menu is $108 plus tax. Both are inclusive of gratuity and can be booked through Columbia Room’s Spirits Library has open seating and reservations are not required. The new winter menu will be available through the end of March.



February at Grilled Oyster Company

February is a busy time at American seafood restaurant Grilled Oyster Company, with festive menus and specials available throughout the month.

Valentine’s Day – Tuesday, February 14

Executive Chef Steve Mason has created a luxurious Valentine’s Day a la carte menu available at both locations of Grilled Oyster Company in Potomac, MD and Cathedral Commons in Washington, DC. Guests can select specialty options like a chilled seafood platter to share, piled with stone crab claws, jumbo shrimp, and a half dozen oysters, risotto and grilled prawns with roasted tomatoes and Portobello mushrooms, or crispy skin Arctic char with crab ravioli and sauce Americaine. Cap the meal off with either bacon & bourbon chocolate truffles or Grand Marnier chocolate truffles.

President’s Day – Monday, February 20

Grilled Oyster Company will be serving brunch on President’s Day from 11:30am to 3pm, with $12 bottomless mimosas, three kinds of $4 oyster shooters, and breezy seafood choices available. Guests can dig into dishes like shrimp and grits and prosciutto eggs Benedict.

Academy Awards – Sunday, February 26

Having a watch party for the Academy Awards? Let Grilled Oyster Company take care of feeding everyone and cater your evening. Snack on bites likemini Maryland crab cakes with cocktail sauce, grilled oysters Rockefeller, and eastern shore duck tacos while viewing the awards ceremony. 24 hours’ notice for orders is requested, although select items require 48 hours; delivery up to a mile away is available for orders of $250 or more. Call your nearest location to place an order.

Mardi Gras – Tuesday, February 28

Get a taste of New Orleans at Grilled Oyster Company, where you can pair an oyster po’boy packed with fried oysters, cucumber relish, and topped with spicy Buffalo sauce with either an Abita Purple Haze draft or the restaurant’s Bourbon Street Fizz cocktail (tequila, blackberry puree, agave, and Brut champagne). The pairing is $20 and is available from Tuesday, February 21 until February 28.

The Grilled Oyster Company – Potomac, 7943 Tuckerman Ln, Potomac, MD 20854

The Grilled Oyster Company – Cathedral Commons, 3701 Newark St NW, Washington, DC 20016




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