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Easter and Passover Specials

Gravitas is offering four-course Easter and Passover menus for two, each featuring a choice of starter and entree along with a set snack, side, and dessert for $90. Highlights include matzo ball soup, slow-roasted brisket, deviled eggs, and saddle of lamb. Orders are available for pick-up Tuesday, April 7 through Sunday April 12. For delivery to Maryland and Virginia, please email info@gravitasdc.com. View the menu and order here
 
The Levantine Easter menu from Chef Michael Rafidi offers an a la carte selection of hummus, labne, and other dips, meat and fish cooked over the hearth, sides, and sweets. Dishes are served family-style and feed four to six people. Pre-order by phone or email (202.921.9592, yalla@albidc.com) for pick-up on Easter Sunday between 11am and 8pm. 
 
Fare Well’s family-style spread for Easter offers comforting, plant-based dishes, each serving two people. Available to order online for pick-up and delivery, the menu includes:
  • Matzo ball soup ($18 per quart)
  • Coconut chocolate macaroons ($12 for six)
  • Pesto lasagna ($18)
  • Kung pao brussels ($10)
  • House-made chickpea seitan mushroom roast, mushroom gravy, mashed root vegetables ($40)
For a fun, family-friendly Easter activity, Sticky Fingers is offering spring-themed cookie decorating kits, including a dozen bunny, carrot, and egg-shaped cookies, pastel-colored royal icing, glitter sugar, and sprinkles, all free of dairy, eggs, and other animal products. Kits are $30 and available for pick-up or delivery. Other festive sweets include: 
  • Bunny Huggers carrot cupcakes ($3.50 each, $21 for half-dozen, $39 for dozen)
  • Pistachio rose sandwich cookies ($4 each, $24 for half-dozen)
  • Dairy-free, kosher chocolate candies
 
Stellina will offer a family-style meal of traditional Italian Easter dishes serving four, six, or eight people ($240, $350, $450, respectively). Order 72 hours prior to desired pick-up or delivery date (Friday-Saturday, 4-9pm and Sunday, 10:30am-1pm). 
 
The menu includes:
  • Marinated lamb with fingerling potatoes and roasted artichoke
  • Lasagna Pasqualina with ricotta, spinach, artichokes, hard boiled egg, prosciutto cotto, and besciamella
  • Torta Pasqualina, a traditional Easter pie with swiss chard, ricotta, egg, and Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Insalata mista with organic mixed lettuce, taralli, shaved cured egg yolk, white anchovy, lemon dressing
  • Colomba, a dove-shaped Easter cake
  • Add-ons: 
  • Pastiera Napoletana, a Neapolitan wheat berry and ricotta Easter cake ($25)
  • Wine pairings available for pick-up orders only ($50/bottle)

Coconut Club

Carryout dinner ($55 per person) at Chef Adam Greenberg’s Northeast eatery includes apple-pear and walnut charoset⁣; a bowl of matzo ball soup⁣; gefilte fish with horseradish⁣; a main course of Creekstone prime brisket with pan sauce and roasted veggies or seared salmon with mustard dill sauce; pint-sized potato kugel⁣ and roasted carrots; and chocolate covered matzo⁣. Order here.

Dukes Grocery

A seder meal ($45 per person) from the English pub in Dupont includes matzo ball soup; smoked paprika chicken; hard boiled egg; haroset; horseradish; herb roasted potatoes; and a vegetable medley, cooked with kosher ingredients and brand new pots and pans to adhere to kosher guidelines. Add kosher wine (cabernet sauvignon and sauvignon blanc) for $25 a bottle. Order via email (dukesgrocery@gmail.com) for pickup Wednesday, April 8, and Thursday, April 9.


Silver Diner at Rio and Real Food for Kids Launch Weekday Food Giveaway for Those in Need

Silver Diner at Rio in Gaithersburg and Real Food for Kids has teamed up to launch a weekday program to feed those in need in the region. The program, Chefs Feeding Families, set up to run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, gave away 350 meals in just 25 minutes. The two organizations were disheartened to have to turn away a large number of families waiting in line.

“With additional donations from the community, we can expand this program to feed even more people,” said Jenn Yates, executive director with Real Food for Kids. “The need is enormous and growing as the COVID-19 crisis deepens. We could have easily fed several hundred more people today.”

“Many people in our communities are hurting,” explained Silver Diner’s Executive Chef and co-founder Ype Von Hengst. “Many children in our area are missing out on the meals they’d normally get in their schools and many family members have been laid off.”  Silver Diner is not without its own challenges—the company recently had to lay off almost 1600 employees. “In spite of our struggles, we still wanted to participate in this program to give back,” Von Hengst added.

Real Food for Kids and chef David Guas of Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Va. initiated the Chefs Feeding Families project on March 17. “In the first 9 days we served over 1,500 meals and received an outpouring of financial support from the community. As a result, we’re now able to expand our program to include Silver Diner at Rio,” stated Bonnie Moore, local culinary consultant and board member of Real Food for Kids. “Our hope is to roll this out to other areas as well.”  

Moore added, “Chefs Feeding Families aims to feed children and their families, no questions asked. We also aim to support our local restaurants and provide continued employment for restaurant workers.”

Contributions to the program may be made at www.realfoodforkids.org/chefsfeedingfamilies.

Silver Diner at Rio will continue to serve a single-serve, healthy meal every weekday from 2 to 4 p.m. (while supplies last) until further notice, at 236 Boardwalk Place, in Rio, Gaithersburg, Md. 20878. Those seeking the meals can pull up to the curb and pick up as many meals as needed for their family. Representatives from Silver Diner and Real Food for Kids will be on hand at the pop-up tent at that address. They are all practicing social distancing and all meals are prepared under strict CDC guidelines.

For more information on Silver Diner, go to www.silverdiner.com.


Chef Colin Clark of Via Sophia Partners with Earth N Eats on a CSA Box Program

Executive Chef Colin Clark of Via Sophia, a newly conceived southern Italian Osteria housed in the iconic Hamilton Hotel, and Earth N Eats, a family farm that supplies the best restaurants in D.C. with heirloom produce, have joined forces by creating & selling CSA boxes throughout the Metro D.C. area to help the local community and aid in relief efforts. 

CSA Box Program: 

  • Deliveries happen Tuesday and Friday between 8 – 9 a.m. and can be picked up at the Hamilton Hotel (1001 14th Street) any time after 9:30 a.m. 

  • Order Deadline is 10am on Monday and  order payments can be made Via Venmo (@EarthNEatsLlc) or Paypal 

  • Option 1: Box of the Week: Root Survival. $25

    • 1 doz Large Brown Eggs. Hens are free-range, they only get penned in overnight to protect them from Owls!

    • ½ gallon of milk. The milk, which comes from a small farm of 60 cows on the Maryland / Pennsylvania border, is treated with a slow pasteurization process that leaves most of the nutrients still in the milk.

    • 3 lbs Blue Fingerling Potatoes

    • 3 lbs Sweet Potatoes

    • 2 lbs Jerusalem Artichokes. AKA a “potato” for diabetics. They can be fried, baked or boiled like a potato but instead of carbohydrates, they contain inulin that breaks down into fructose (the sugar in fruits) when digested.

    • 8oz Salad mix. Hydroponically grown indoors and extra clean!

  • Option 2: Spring Survival $25

    • 1 doz Pullet Eggs: Pullet (small hen) eggs have more yoke and not as much white giving them a richer flavor.

    • ½ gallon of milk

    • 8oz Goat Chevre

    • Micro Mix, which includes radish, kohlrabi, Mizuna and arugula

    • 1lb Radishes fresh out of the hoop house

    • 2 Green Tomatoes out of the greenhouse

  • Option3: Dual Survival $45

    • Combines option 1 and 2 with only 1 dozen eggs and ½ gallon of milk

Details are here


Street Guys Hospitality Plans to Feed Its Neighbors & Donate 100% of Gift Card Sales to Restaurant Employees Most Affected by the Covid-19 Crisis

Street Guys Hospitality, renowned for its neighborhood restaurants that offer set price Balkan & Mexican dining without limits, is stepping up with a plan to help feed the communities it serves while supporting its staff members during this crisis. Considering the devastating COVID-19 outbreak in Washington, D.C., Founder & CEO Ivan Iricanin is offering large, value-driven, family-style meals, served in a catering format, while also enacting an employee relief fund to support his front and back of house who have been affected greatly as result of his restaurant closures.
 
“We care deeply about our staff and want to do everything we can to assist them during this difficult time,” says Ivan Iricanin. “Therefore, 100% of gift card sales purchased through April 12, 2020, will go towards our newly enacted employee relief fund, which helps to pay insurance premiums and provide daily meals for our staff.” Gift cards can be purchased directly from the restaurant websites and can be redeemed at any of the following Washington-area establishments once restaurants are able to reopen for business: Ambar, Ambar Clarendon, BABA, Tacos, Tortas and Tequila (TTT), Buena Vida Silver Spring, Buena Vida Clarendon and TTT Mexican Diner.
 
Street Guys Hospitality is also introducing a new grab-and-go menu derived from their Balkan dining without limits concept, Ambar Clarendon.
 
Beginning Thursday, March 26, two fully customizable grab-and-go feasts will be available for pickup and delivery through UberEats and Grubhub.
 
Each menu will feature comfort dishes from the Balkan Peninsula, prepared with a modern twist, with enough food to feast for days.  The first is a six-course Balkan feast priced at $60 and includes a choice of soup & salad, spread, vegetable, meat or poultry (prepared on a charcoal grill) and dessert to feed three or four people.  The second option is priced at $110 and includes a choice of two soups & salads, spreads, vegetables, meats or poultry and desert to feed six to eight people. All orders will be accompanied with house-made pita bread and cornbread.
 
Street Guys Hospitality is offering an added bonus to support the gift card community fund initiative through April 12, 2020.  Customers will receive an additional $30 with the purchase of a $100 gift card, an additional $100 with the purchase of a $300 gift card, and an additional $375 with the purchase of a $1,000 gift card.  The restaurants thank everyone in advance for the support of this fundraising effort and look forward to reopening for service at each of their locations in Washington, D.C., Silver Spring, Maryland and Arlington, Virginia and as soon as it is deemed safe for people to gather and enjoy experiences together again.  For more information regarding locations and purchasing please visit https://streetguyshospitality.com/.

Shouk Now Delivering to Neighborhoods

Shouk is now offering neighborhood dropoffs to those outside of its standard delivery range in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The new service lets guests connect with their neighbors from a distance, while galvanizing group support for small business. To coordinate an order, simply email eat@shouk.com to set up a date and time that works for the group. Each person places an individual order and Shouk delivers to a convenient pick-up location in the neighborhood. 


Astro Doughnuts Launches: “Comfort for the Crisis” Relief Fund

Starting Monday March 23rdAstro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken will launch a new initiative: Comfort for the Crisis, delivering food each day to those on the front lines supporting the public during the COVID-19 crisis and others who have been most impacted. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken’s food truck will take daily deliveries of food to area hospitals and Hook Hall Helps (an initiative to support furloughed restaurant and hospitality staff). For every $500 raised, Astro will donate an additional $100 of food. Every dollar counts, so please consider supporting via the order online page, choose the Washington, DC store, select Order & Delivery, select “pickup” and start your order where you will have the option to donate.

More drop-off locations coming soon, and Astro encourages input from other groups in need by reaching out on social media (on Facebook at www.facebook.com/astrodoughnuts; on Twitter at @astrodoughnuts or on Instagram at @astrodoughnuts) or emailing at info@astrodoughnuts.com so they can try to accommodate.


 

More Delivery and To-Go Options in DC

Here’s a list of some of the DC area restaurants that have stepped up offering their beloved communities a variety of to-go dining options including delivery, online ordering, and curbside pick-up, amongst others – in addition to launching initiatives aimed at assisting those in need in their communities including hospital workers, school children, and more.
 
RASA
1247 First St SE
Washington, DC 20003
@RASA
(202) 804-5678
 
Fine Fast Casual Indian eatery RASA in Navy Yard from co-owners Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman is assisting diners in need by offering delivery, online ordering services, gift cards, free meals for school children (18 & Under), free meals for all hospital workers with valid ID, and free take-out meals for RASA’s staff/team members and their families.
Delivery: UberEats, Caviar, Doordash, GrubHub, Postmates
Online Ordering Available for Pick-Up: https://www.toasttab.com/rasa/v3#!/
 
CONVIVIAL
 
DAIKAYA RAMEN SHOP 1F
705 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
@Daikaya1F
(202) 589-1600
Delivery: @UberEats 
Online Ordering Available for Pick-Up: https://www.toasttab.com/daikaya/v3#!/
Hours: Noon-8pm Sunday-Thursday, Noon-9pm Friday & Saturday
 
HAIKAN
805 V St NWWashington, DC 20001
@HaikanDC
(202) 299-1000
Delivery: @UberEats @Caviar
Online Ordering Available for Pick-Up: https://www.toasttab.com/haikan/v2/online-order#!/
Hours: Noon-8pm Sunday-Thursday, Noon-9pm Friday & Saturday
 
BANTAM KING
501 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
@BantamKingDC
(202) 733-2612
Delivery: @UberEats @Caviar
Online Ordering Available for Pick-Up: https://www.toasttab.com/bantam-king/v3#!/
Hours: Noon-8pm Sunday-Thursday, Noon-9pm Friday & Saturday
 
HATOBA
300 Tingey St SE #170
Washington, DC 20003
@HatobaDC
(202) 488-4800
Delivery: @UberEats @Caviar @GrubHub 
Online Ordering Available for Pick-Up: https://www.toasttab.com/hatoba/v2/online-order#!/
Hours: Noon-8pm Sunday-Thursday, Noon-9pm Friday & Saturday
 
TONARI
707 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
@TonariDC
(202) 289-8900
Delivery: @UberEats
Hours: Noon-8pm Sunday-Thursday, Noon-9pm Friday & Saturday
 

Estadio Offers “Paella for the People” Plus Tapas, Spanish Wine & Beer for Pick-Up or Local Delivery 

 
Seafood and vegetarian paellas, plus other Estadio favorites like patatas bravas and shishito peppers available to enjoy at home 
 
14th Street’s Spanish food destination Estadio will be offering “Paella for the People” and other favorite tapas for pick-up and local delivery. In addition to its seafood and vegetarian Paella offered in a variety of sizes, Estadio will serve classics like patatas bravas and shishito peppers, plus Spanish wines and beers to-go and enjoy at home from 4-8pm.
 
Estadio will be cooking up pans of two different types of Paella — Seafood (currently, shrimp, scallop, calamari and mussels) and Vegetarian (currently, mushroom, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, shishito peppers and grilled scallions) available in single, half and whole portions, for contactless pick-up and delivery within the Logan Circle neighborhood.
 
The Seafood Paella is $13 single/$25 half/$50 whole and Vegetarian Paella is $10 single/$20 half/$40 whole.
 
The restaurant will also offer a small selection of other Estadio favorites, including:
  • Sherry Glazed Halibut, Pea Shoots, Garbanzo & Romesco ($14)
  • Patatas Bravas ($9)
  • Blistered Shishito Peppers, Olive Oil & Sea Salt ($7)
  • Brussels Sprouts, Sherry Onions, Pine Nuts & Currant ($8)
  • Spicy Lamb Albondigas & Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes ($14)
  • Roasted Wild Mushrooms, Parsley & Garlic ($8)
 
For those looking for quality wine and beer at home, Estadio will offer several of its Spanish wines including Cava, Albarino, Tempranillo and Rioja for between $20-40 per bottle, and discounted canned and bottled beer.
 
For the menu and to order,  visit www.toasttab.com/estadio, and stay tuned to Instagram for updates.
 

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