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Sprinkles Georgetown!

Yes, the cupcake “revolution” is getting old, but this is the real deal… Sprinkles Cupcakes… the ORIGINAL cupcake bakery!  It’s arrived here in DC – dangerously down the street from the Haute Papier design studio… but not far enough that the walk down there will burn off the calories consumed by even one cupcake (as if I am actually able to have that kind of self-restraint!)!

We were able to get a sneak peek and ridiculous amount of tasting earlier this week at a preview for business owners in Georgetown and we’re beyond smitten with the deliciousness of the cake!  It’s perfectly crumbly with so much more flavor than another cupcakes shop in Georgetown, whose name we’ll leave unmentioned, but irritates the heck out of my husband – if only because its customers have no sense of the difference between the street and sidewalk as they stand googlie-eyed taking pictures of the storefront.

We also got to meet Candace (the founder) and her husband, Charles.  Candace is just adorable – complete with cute little converse tennies with her chef’s jacket.  Welcome to DC Sprinkles!!

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Introducing…

The District Domestic’s newest addition!  A dear friend and fellow food and wine lover, Jackie Ludden will be joining the ranks with a weekly roundup of upcoming food events in the DC area.  If you’ve got tips or an event you’d like to be considered for inclusion, please email thedistrictdomestic (at) gmail (dot) com.  So, without any further ado, here’s a bit about Jackie!

Jackie has always been a foodie.  Growing up around the Chesapeake Bay was a great way to become intimately familiar with local products, produce and of course seafood!  Since arriving in Washington, DC in 2000 to attend American University, Jackie has been deeply involved in the area’s restaurant industry.  Her bubbly personality was put to good use as event coordinator and private dining sales with area restaurants including Chef Geoff’s, Ruth’s Chris Steak House and most recently, in opening RIS in the West End.  Over the years she has volunteered with many food-related events in DC such as March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction, The RAMMYs (DC’s Restaurant Association Awards Gala), Key to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue, the Concierge Association’s annual Charity Gala and ZooFari.

In the spring of 2010, Jackie decided to expand her reach beyond private functions and started her own event logistics and marketing company, Ludden, LLC.  Community involvement has always been important.  She currently serves on the boards of The Washington Area Concierge Association (WACA) as well as Educated Eats: Creating the Next Generation of Culinary Professionals, the charitable arm of Washington’s Restaurant Association (RAMW).  Jackie is excited to now share her favorite food and wine-related events in and around Washington, DC with you, the readers of The District Domestic!

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Upcoming Food Events

Thanksgiving is a time for celebrating with family and friends while taking in all that we are grateful for…like not having to do the dishes!  If you are thinking of going out this year, here are some fabulous options:

1789 in Georgetown will be featuring delicious options on their seasonal a la carte menu including oyster and applewood-smoked bacon gratin with braised salsify, aged Gruyere and brioche croutons; sweet potato gnocchi with toasted walnuts and much more. There will also be a 3-course menu at $50 if you prefer.  Thanksgiving hours will be 12:00 Noon until 9:00pm.  Call 202.965.1789 for reservations or visit their website for more information.

Buddha Bar will have its famous Peking-Style Peking Duck Dinner in addition to its regular menu.  Call 202.377.5555 for reservations or visit their site.

BGR (The Burger Joint) has a bit more casual fare including their Thanksgiving on a Bun; a turkey burger topped with cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, and cornbread stuffing.  Delicious, right?  Made better only by pairing it with their Pumpkin Pie Shake.  BGR has locations in Old Town Alexandria, Arlington and Dupont Circle.

Darlington House in Dupont Circle will be offering a 3-course Thanksgiving Dinner with a Prosecco toast for $40 per person.  A kid’s version will be available for $20.  For reservations call 202.332.3722

Bibiana has a 3-course menu for $45.  Beautiful items like Juniper crusted Heritage Turkey, Butternut Squash Tortellini, and Apple Financier.  For Reservations call 202.216.9550 or visit their site.

The Bombay Club will see the return of Chef Nilesh Singhvi’s Tandoori Turkey; boneless chunks of white meat, marinated with yogurt, ginger, garlic and fenugreek leaves. The Thanksgiving turkey is offered on Thanksgiving Day 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 PM to
10:00 PM.  Call 202.659.3727 for reservations.

Cleveland Park’s Ardeo+Bardeo will complete their extensive renovations just in time for their annual Thanksgiving Feast!  This 3-course meal, priced at $45 per person, includes traditional favorites like Hearth Oven Roasted Turkey with chestnut and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes and dried cranberry gravy as well as autumn harvest specialties like Smoked Tea Crusted Domestic Lamb Loin Carpaccio and Roasted Scottish Salmon with sunchoke and butternut squash hash.  For reservations call 202.244.6750

Commonwealth Gastropub in Columbia Heights will offer a family-style Thanksgiving roast from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. for $35 per person.  Dishes include roast turkey with cranberry sauce, roast beef with shallot au jus, and sides such as winter squash gratin, collard greens, and stuffing.  For reservations call 202.265.1400 or visit their site.
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**Pricing quoted do not include beverages, tax nor gratuity. Contact each individual establishment for precise details.

Now, if you would like to entertain in your home but want serve your favorite restaurant dishes, we have something for you, too.  Many area restaurants will make large portions of Thanksgiving favorites that you can take home to heat and serve.  Here a just a few examples:

RIS in the West End will be making side items by the quart to be picked up the Wednesday before our wonderful, gastronomic, national holiday.  Your favorite holiday side items will be available in quart-size containers.  Exact items will be determined in the first few weeks of November…once Chef sees what the farmers have to offer at the market.  For details call 202.730.2500 or visit their website.

The Washington, DC locations of Ruth’s Chris Steak House will also offer large sizes of some of their famous side dishes.  Select from Broccoli au Gratin, Sweet Potato Casserole, Bread Pudding with Whiskey Cream Sauce or their famous Creamed Spinach.  Call ahead for orders to be picked up on Wednesday the 24th  Dupont Circle 202.797.0033 or 9th Street 202.393.4488

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Social Safeway is BACK!

and back with a bang, it is!  Last night we had the opportunity to check out the store before it’s opening to the public this morning and I must say, watch out Whole Foods. From a nut bar (yes, I’m serious), to an extensive wine cellar (including Gaja, Insignia, and a plethora of other great bottles), to an amazing chocolate counter, it’s got just about everything you could want in a grocery store, AND MORE!  I’ll be a frequent visitor to the world cuisine section of the produce department.  Last night, it was full of fresh garbanzo beans, baby purple artichokes, miniature cauliflower and guavas – all in perfect ripe shape!  Hurry over to check it out – there will be food samplings throughout the store for the next couple of days!

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From the Kitchen of: J.Paul’s and Old Glory

BUFFBATT_brooks_posterBUFFBATT_crenshaw_posterSpeaking of J.Paul’s and Old Glory and the Buffalo Battle taking place on Sunday, I was able to snag a few minutes of Chef Rich “The Pit Master” Brooks and Chef Tom “Big Wing” Crenshaw’s time to ask them the usual questions before things really heat up.

What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
Crenshaw: Micro plane – I use it for everything, shaving cheeses, prosciutto, chocolate, you name it.
Brooks: A Mixer

What is the most overrated food/technique in restaurants today?
Crenshaw: Although some might hate me for saying this, molecular gastronomy. I think there is a place for it when it enhances the food but I think it is used too much for shock value these days. Sometimes searing, roasting, braising methods just have to be there to really make the dish.
Brooks: Pressure cooking

If you were to open a restaurant with a different type of cuisine than what you are cooking now, what would it be?
Crenshaw: An open kitchen French bistro
Brooks: Surprisingly, a Pizza joint ….and I’d only offer take out.

What is your favorite local product or purveyor to work with?
Crenshaw: Any locally grown vegetable. You can’t beat the flavor of a vegetable right out of the ground.
Brooks: You can’t beat local vegetables…true southern bbq is served with fresh, local produce!

What is your biggest customer pet peeve?
Crenshaw: When a guest is upset because the dish doesn’t look like something they made at home.
Brooks: When guests would prefer not to eat family style…its how bbq is really enjoyed, when you get to taste it all!

What do you drink/eat after work?
Crenshaw: Usually a cup of coffee or when it’s been a particularly rough day a Knob Creek Bourbon with one ice cube.
Brooks: Diet Coke and Chicken, lots of it.

What is your favorite thing to cook at home?
Crenshaw: It’s usually something simple. Most times I will marinate chicken thighs (they have a ton of flavor) with fresh thyme, garlic cloves and lemon. Pan sear them and deglaze with a bit of white wine and finish it with butter and fresh herbs. Plate them with some roasted fingerling potatoes, sliced tomatoes and whatever local vegetable I can get my hands on.
Brooks: Beer-can chicken (see recipe below)

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Finally…


shapeimage_3YAHOO!  It’s finally here!

9 am – 1 pm in the Hardy Middle School parking lot (Wisconsin at 34th Street NW), across from Social Safeway (under construction)

You’ll be able to find fruit, vegetables, eggs, baked goods, and other fine local products from:

Black Rock Orchard
Bonaparte Breads
Derick’s Orchard
Gardener’s Gourmet
Hondo Coffee
Smallwood’s Veggieporium
Smith Meadows Meats and Pastas
Toigo Orchards
Westmoreland Produce
Wheatland Natural

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Don’t Miss It!

Georgetown is going to be busy this weekend between Book Hill’s Fall Fete and Taste of Georgetown.  If you haven’t been to either before, I’d suggest hopping on over.  Get your fill of shopping then head down Wisconsin to The Taste of Georgetown on Saturday from 11:00am until 4:00pm.

Participating restaurants include 1789, Agraria, Bangkok Joe’s, Café Bonaparte, Chadwicks, Fahrenheit Restaurant, Filomena Ristorante, Hook, La Chaumiere, Martin’s Tavern, Mendocino Grille and Wine Bar,
Mie N Yu, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Nick’s Riverside Grille, Ristorante Piccolo, Tony & Joe’s and
more! Entry into the wine pavilion is $10, individual tasting tickets are $5, and a packet of five tasting
tickets are $20. And the best part is all proceeds benefit The Georgetown Ministry Center!

And stop by the judges table to meet Marc Silverstein of Food Network’s “The Best of”, Nycci Nellis of “TheListAreYouOnIt.com” and Amanda McClements of Metrocurean!

last year’s event

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