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Archive for January 2011

TBD Food Talk – Chef Scott Drewno, the Source by Wolfgang Puck

January 31, 2011 - 01:32 PM
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Chef Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Chef Scott Drewno, The Source by Wolfgang Puck

Scott Drewno joined the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in 1998. A native New Yorker, he started as a line cook at Chinois in Las Vegas, where he melded French cooking practices with Asian flavors and ingredients. After a series of rapid promotions, Drewno was named executive sous chef at Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s celebrated Las Vegas restaurant known for its seasonal American cuisine and celebrity clientele. He worked with a daily-changing menu featuring innovative dishes from locales spanning the globe.

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Meat Week, PORC mobile rolls out, Fiola is hiring

January 31, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Meat Week, Urban BBQ
Meat Week kicked off last night at Urban BBQ in Rockville. (Photo: TBD Staff)

Good Monday morning.

Meat Week kicked off last night at Urban BBQ in Rockville. Many showed up to celebrate their love for smoky beef brisket, pulled pork, barbecue chicken, and sausages.

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Chef takes a hike, Meat Week, last weekend for Restaurant Week

January 28, 2011 - 03:04 AM
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Capital Q
Capital Q is one of the restuarants scheduled for this year's Meat Week.

Chef takes a hike

1789 Restaurant
’s Travis Olson is taking a hike. The 29-year-old pastry chef is leaving his post at the Georgetown restaurant to embark on a long-distance hike up the Appalachian Trail, reports Washingtonian.

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No freebies, thundersnow delays The Brown Bag, Sticky Fingers to take the spotlight

January 27, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Sticky Fingers
Sticky Fingers Bakery will be on Food Network's Cupcake Wars on March 8.

No freebies at he Brown Bag today

Good slushy morning.

I hope everyone who had to go into work today made it in safely. And hopefully the commute this morning was far less painful than the 7-8 hour drive some experienced last night.

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Cocktails on H Street, updates on pizza

January 26, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Church and State brings classic and creative cocktails to H Street. (Photo: TBD Staff)

Now open: Church and State

It shouldn’t be too difficult to find a well-made cocktail on H Street. There’s Fruit Bat and the recently opened Smith Commons. And now, there’s also Church and State.

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State of the Union 2011: Washington restaurants and bars with specials

January 25, 2011 - 03:57 PM
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Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

Looking for a place to watch the State of the Union? Look no further. Here’s a list of restaurant and bars that plan on airing the President’s annual address.

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Fast-casual restaurants populate the area, Brown Bag opens Thursday with freebies

January 25, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Elevation Burger
Elevation Burger is coming to Westfield Whaton.

Fast-casual eatery updates

Potbelly fans may be happy to hear that the sandwich chain’s Union Station location officially opens today.

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TBD Food Talk – Jorge Pimentel - Chef/Owner, Sabor'a Street Food Truck

January 24, 2011 - 03:30 PM
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Jorge Pimentel - Chef/Owner, Sabor'a Street Food Truck
Chef/owner Jorge Pimentel, Sabor'a Street

The Sabor’a Street food truck is the vision of husband-and-wife team, Jorge Pimentel and Christine Sarapu. She’s a practicing lawyer, while he has spent the last five years working his way up the ranks in some of D.C.’s popular kitchens, including Mark & Orlando’s, Masa 14, and Commonwealth. Chef Pimentel is eager to share his interpretations of some of his favorite Latin street food from the window of his roving restaurant.

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Half-price at Grillfish, Mandu opens, Bethesda and Alexandria Restaurant Weeks

January 24, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Grillfish Georgetown restaurant
Half-price food and drink a Grillfish today. (Photo Credit: James Calder)

Happy Monday.

Opening today: Mandu

Mandu’s new City Vista location officially opens today at 5 p.m. The Korean restaurant, located at 5th and K Streets NW, offers a similar menu to its original location near Dupont Circle. The new space also features a new lunch menu.  
• Related: Mandu Preview (MVTriangle Blog)

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TBD Weekend Restaurant Picks: Silver Diner, Vinoteco, Vace, Old Ebbitt Grill

January 21, 2011 - 04:00 PM
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Vace Italian Deli
Vace Italian Deli

Every Friday, we feature four weekend restaurant picks from the TBD staff. Here are this weekend's picks...

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More dining deals, Alexandria Restaurant Week begins today

January 21, 2011 - 02:04 AM
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Café Atalntico
Café Atlantico is extending their Restaurant Week promotion through Jan. 30.

Happy Friday. H Street Eats and D.C. Restaurant Week is over for most participating restaurants after this weekend. But if you’re looking to continue your dining streak, Dining in DC has a list a places that are extending the promotion. Also, Alexandria Restaurant Week begins today.

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Free cupcakes today, Arlington loses a food truck

January 20, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Crumbs Bake Shop
Free cupcakes at Crumbs' Unon Station location

Free Crumbs cupcakes at Union Station

Good morning. If you’re near Union Station or have a little time to spare, head over to Crumbs’ newest location at 40 Massachusetts Ave., where the bake shop will be giving 1,000 free cupcakes to celebrate the store’s grand opening.

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50 people in food, restaurant letter grades, Starbucks accepts mobile payment

January 19, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Starbuck's
Starbucks launches mobile paying system today.

Medium Rare coming to Cleveland Park

“How do you like your steak cooked?” That’s the question you’ll be asked at Cleveland Park’s upcoming steakhouse, Medium Rare.

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TBD Food Talk – Rustico Chef Steve Mannino

January 18, 2011 - 09:18 AM
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Steve Mannino
Rustico executive chef Steve Mannino

Steve Mannino, executive chef at Rustico, has worked at restaurants all across the country. Prior to his current role, Mannino was the executive chef at Star Catering, the catering branch of Neighborhood Restaurant Group.

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Cava goes fast and casual, text your server, Obamas celebrate at the Source

January 18, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Cava Grill
Cava Grill debuts in Bethesda today. (Photo: TBD Staff)

Now open: Cava Grill and Circa

The team behind the Greek-inspired Cava Mezze debuts their first fast-casual concept in Bethesda today.

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D.C. Restaurant Week, H Street Eats and food truck deals start today, Happy MLK Day

January 17, 2011 - 11:00 AM
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D.C. Restaurant Week
D.C. Restaurant Week begins today

Happy Monday. It’s Martin Luther King Day. Are you participating in any service?

Today is also the beginning of a couple of week-long (even longer for some) dining events: D.C. Restaurant Week and H Street Eats.

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Argonaut opens in full, new cocktails in the Neighborhood

January 14, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Blacks oysters
Jeff Black's Pearl Dive Oyster Palace is a step closer to reality.

Protests dropped for Jeff Black’s Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

The plans for Jeff Black’s 14th Street seafood restaurant and bar are closer to reality.

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901 and Hook welcome new chefs, tackle happy hour at Tackle Box

January 13, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Tackle Box
Tackle Box has a new upper level.

Who’s cooking?

Hook has hired Alex Bollinger as its new chef, reports the Washington Post.

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Woodley Park gets Hot and Juicy, Wheaton waits for Irish whiskey

January 12, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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California Tortilla
Free Korean BBQ taco at California Tortilla today

Now open: Hot N Juicy Crawfish

Hot N Juicy Crawfish’s recent opening brings a little Louisiana flavor to D.C.’s Woodley Park neighborhood.

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Crumbs opens again... in Union Station, who says cupcakes are dead?

January 11, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Crumbs Bake Shop
Crumbs opened their third D.C. area location at Union Station on Jan. 10

Crumbs Bake Shop opens... again

Commuters who transfer or stop at Union Station may have noticed something different yesterday. A new Crumbs Bake Shop -- open and ready to serve.

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