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Cast your VOTE!

It’s time to cast your vote for who should take the cake in the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s annual awards ceremony on June 6th at the Marriott Wardman Park.  You can support your favorite in each of the following categories on the Washington City Paper’s site from now until May 12th.

  • Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year
  • Power Spot of the Year
  • Hottest Restaurant Bar Scene of the Year
  • Your Favorite Restaurant

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In Print: Clips from Food Sections

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5. – The Chicago Tribune Splash It On “It takes longer to spell vinaigrette than it does to make it. Vinegar. Oil. Salt. Pepper. Mix it up. Splash it on the season’s first greens.  Master this classic French dressing, and you’ll understand why chefs call it one of the great sauces. Start with a simple recipe or the classic proportions: 1 part vinegar to 3 or 4 parts oil.  Taste. Consider the elements of your salad. Adjust.  Now improvise.”

4. – The Boston Globe Your BYO Best “For as long as any of us can remember, this free-form method of sharing food has served every community: at church suppers, family celebrations, and end-of-year parties for the soccer team, dance class, school choir, and kindergarten.”

3. – The LA Times The Cupcake Abides “Like a Hollywood ingenue, cupcakes have been exposed every which way — high-end and low, fancy and down-home. But unlike those pretty young things, the cupcake’s time in the sun goes on and on.  Cupcakes may seem so 2004, but these little paper-clad stars just keep soaking in the love.”

2. – The NY Times Bar? What Bar? “There are a lot of bars like this right now. They can be found all over the United States, skulking in the shadows. Obtrusively furtive, they represent one of the strangest exercises in nostalgia ever to grip the public, an infatuation with the good old days of Prohibition.”

1. – The Washington Post A Few of Our Favorite Things “Sure, you’re cooking more at home now. That’s what a furloughed paycheck, a pink slip or a benefits cut will do: make restaurant meals seem indulgent. Gadget manufacturers would naturally have you believe that despite your economic anxiety, this is the perfect opportunity to buy that corn zipper or motorized ice cream maker or silicone-coated whisk. After all, the thinking goes, if you’re not eating out, you surely need help cooking in.”

photo from The Chicago Tribune

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The First Day of Spring!

tomato-plantWe’ve all been waiting for it for months and it’s finally, officially here!  Today’s the first day of Spring!

And to celebrate PS7‘s Gina Chersevani will be whipping up Spring inspired cocktails and giving out warm weather treats to guests including little seedlings from The District Domestic.  Head over after work for a welcome to the weekend and Spring celebration!

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Inaugural Cocktails

george_washington_standIf you’re into the history of cocktails and into politics, here’s an event for you!  

On Tuesday, January 13th, Derek Brown and Phil Greene of the Museum of the American Cocktail, renowned bartender Nick Wineriter of Rock Creek, and Mount Vernon curator Dennis Pogue, will host a 90 minute discussion of notable cocktails and libations throughout American history, beginning with George Washington’s rye distillery at Mount Vernon, and through to the present era. Drink samples will be served to attendees, as well as delicious appetizers. Sample classics such as the Ward Eight, the Rickey, the Bronx Cocktail, the Daiquiri, Navy Grog, and others.All Cocktails is Local – Presidential and Political Libations in American History

Here are the logistics:
Rock Creek Restaurant Mazza Gallerie
5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (next to movie theatre)
Washington, DC 20016
6:30 – 8:00 pm

To register click here.

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Dining Out for New Year’s Eve!

champagneIf you’re still undecided about your plans for tonight, here are some options for local eats and libations…

On New Year’s Eve, this Dupont Circle favorite will keep it simple and easy by offering their regular dinner menu along with two indulgent specials to spice it up, including the“db meatloaf,” a mini meatloaf stuffed with foie gras and braised short ribs with tots and house made “F-1” steak sauce ($45).  Chef Daniel Bortnick will also serve an Alaskan King Crab “Royale,” a King Crab “cake” with salsify purée, Brussels sprout petals, black truffle hollandaise and American caviar ($45).  Guests can also enjoy new dessert items including molasses cookies and mulled cider and a seckel pear and ginger crisp served with black sesame ice cream.  There will also be a champagne toast at midnight.  Firefly Restaurant is located at 1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036.  For reservations call 202-861-1310.

This Penn Quarter favorite, and winner of the 2008 RAMMY award for “best upscale casual restaurant,” will offer two New Year’s Eve seatings – one which begins at 5:30 and the second begins at 8:00.  The first seating will include a 3-course tasting priced at $65 with an additional charge of $35.00 for a wine pairing.  The second seating includes a 5-course tasting priced at $85.00.  Chef Robert Weland will serve up some favorites including a few seasonal ones like a slow-cooked local farm egg with haricot verts, guanciale, tarragon and pistachios, Columbia River wild sturgeon with pierogies, local beets, dill, and American caviar.  For dessert several options abound including a gingerbread cake served with poached seckel pears and eggnog ice cream.  A champagne toast will be available at midnight.  The a la carte menu will not be provided that night, but guests at the bar can order from a limited menu that will include Poste favorites like truffle frites and foie gras.  Credit card reservations are required.  Poste is located at is located at 555 8th Street, NW Washington, DC, 20004.  For reservations call 202-783-6060.

Urbana, located just west of Dupont Circle will offer a three course $65 prix fixe menu, and guests booking reservations by 6:30 p.m. will get a special break at $50.  Chef Alex Bollinger will start guests off with an amuse and a variety of first course options including lobster bisque with spiced crab dumplings and seared foie gras with apple cinnamon crepes.  Entrée options boast a creative array of Western Mediterranean cuisine like prosciutto wrapped sturgeon with sautéed spinach and caviar cream, osso bucco with saffron risotto, caramelized cipollini onions, roasted garlic and parsley pesto and a house-made pasta carbonara with fresh winter truffles and a poached egg.  Guests can choose from a decadent offering of desserts including maple cheesecake with almond crumble and cranberry gastrique, chocolate peanut butter mousse with hazelnut crunch and caramel sauce, or a pistachio semifreddo with balsamic glazed strawberries.  Dinner guests in the restaurant at midnight will receive complimentary champagne and party favors.  Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar is located at 2121 P Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.  For reservations, call 202-956-6650.

Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton Washington
DINE-IN prix-fixe menu: 6:00-6:30pm & 9:00-9:30pm seatings; $150 per person. Menu Highlights: Terrine of Foie Gras, Cranberry Sauce, Duck Croquant and Dried White Figs; Shrimp & Grits; Bourbon & Maple Glazed Pork Loin, Collard Greens, Hoppin John and Pork Jus.
Menu by Chef de Cuisine Joe Palma. Price includes five-course menu, complimentary champagne toast at midnight and special party favor. For reservations call 202.974.4900 or visit for more information.


DINE-IN Three- course prix-fixe menu: $85/pp. Menu Highlights: Open Flame Roasted Chestnut Bisque; Highbourne Farms Venison Osso Bucco; Candied Black Walnut Crusted Pheasant; Fleur de Sel Chocolate Caramel Trio. Includes a complimentary glass of champagne.
Menu by Chef Arra Lawson. To personalize your holiday feast call 301.881.0081 or visit

Indigo Landing
DINE-IN prix-fixe menu: 5:00 – 7:00pm $95 per couple; 8:30pm – 10:00pm $120 per couple. Menu Highlights: Grilled Shrimp in Rum butter sauce; Filet and Lobster; Pistachio Crusted Halibut; Homemade Chocolate Ganache Cake. Call a reservationist at 703.548.0001 or visit for more information.


Why not take a trip to Italy to ring in 2009? At Dante Ristorante in Great Falls, VA, Chef Giuseppe DiBenigno and his partner, Elio Domestici have created a delicious menu coupled with the old-world hospitality of their respective home regions of Tuscany and Abruzzi. With seatings at 6:30 p.m. and at 9 p.m., guests of Dante Ristorante will sup on choices including antipasti like sea scallops wrapped with bacon served with lobster sauce ($16); carpaccio di manzo con parmigiano e rucula—beef carpaccio with rucola and shaved parmesan cheese ($16); or mozzarella di buffala Caprese—Buffalo mozzerella with tomato and basil olive oil ($16). Main courses run the gamut of land and sea– scaloppine di vitello oscar–veal scaloppine with asparagus, crab meat and provolone cheese ($32); lombatina di cervo con pinoli, uva passa e salsa di aceto balsamico– sauteed venison chop served with pine nuts, raisins and balsamic vinegar sauce ($32); filetto di manzo con funghi, taleggio e salsa di vino rosso–sauteed beef tenderloin with mushrooms, taleggio cheese and red wine sauce ($32);salmone in crosta con tartufo e salsa d’ aragosta–salmon filet with black truffles wrapped with puff pastry served with lobster sauce ($30); and spigola con carne di granchio e salsa di vino bianco–rock fish filet stuffed with crab meat, baked with lemon and wine sauce ($32). Of course the meal ends with one of Dante’s exquisite desserts—just the thing to put that extra sparkle into the celebration. For reservations and further information call 703-759-3131 or log into

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Repeal Day Ball in DC!


On December 5th, The DC Craft Bartenders’ Guild is inviting Washington area residents to party like it’s 1933. The group, made up of DC’s top mixologists, is hosting Washington’s only Repeal Day party, taking place at The City Tavern Club from 8 P.M. to midnight. Priced at $90 per person with proceeds benefiting the Club’s Preservation Fund and the Museum of the American Cocktail, this fund raising event honors the 75th anniversary of the date when the 18th Amendment – which established Prohibition in the United States – was repealed.

Guests will be treated to true classic cocktails, recreated by the best in the business, including locals Owen Thompson (Bourbon), Gina Chersevani (EatBar) and Derek Brown (The Gibson). Special guests will include Tony Abou-Ganim (Host of Fine Living Network’s “Raising the Bar”), Jeffrey Morgenthaler ( founder) and other top bartenders from throughout the United States. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided throughout the night by the City Tavern Club and a 1930s jazz band will set the mood and provide the tunes for dancing.  Join us for some old fashioned fun!

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Bottoms Up during Inauguration Week!

martini1This morning the Washington City Paper reported that it’s official!  Bars & Nightclubs will be able to serve alcohol late late night in the days leading up to the inauguration in order to accommodate all the additional tourists in the city.  Now I’m not sure that’s a necessary “accommodation,” but I’m not complaining.  The extra hours means staying out later and more money for local establishments.

The vote was 9-4 in favor of extending hours of alcohol service at local taverns and nightclubs until 5am between January 17-21.  The legislation was introduced by Ward 1 Council member Jim Graham.  Cheers!

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