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Pizzeria Vetri Launches Brunch & Happy Hour

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Pizzeria Vetri‘s new DC location has announced that it’s starting happy hour and brunch this week. Happy Hour will run from Monday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm and features Fried Pizza Dough ($4), Mini Rotolos ($2), and Pizza Farcita ($5). Drink specials include beer ($4), wine ($5), and cocktails ($6). Brunch is on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm and features a selection of brunch pizzas, including Uova E Prosciutto ($17), Zuchini Taglio ($9), and Pizza Farcita “PLT’ ($16). Brunch drinks include a San Marzano Bloody Mary ($11) and mimosas ($9).

The Philadelphia-based mini chain was founded by Chef Marc Vetri, who later sold it to the owners of Urban Outfitters. The DC location opened on June 27th at 221 14th St. NW. The full menu is available here.

Chopped Jr. is Now Casting

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Any young chefs want to show off their cooking skills on TV? Food Network is now casting little chefs ages 9-13 for Chopped Jr, a kids cooking competition show. You can apply your child at jscasting.com.

This looks way more fun the green Miller Lite…

Yes, please.

Taylor Gourmet’s latest collaboration is something for St. Patrick’s Day. The local sub chain has paired with chef Kyle Bailey for “The Dubliner,” named for the Irish pub on Capitol Hill. Bailey left his post at Birch & Barley this January to become the Executive Chef of Long Shot Hospitality, which owns The Dubliner, as well as the bars Sixth Engine and Town Hall. As for the sandwich, it features House-Cured Guinness Braised Corned Beef, Farm Eggs, Potato Hash, Peppadew Mayo, and Pickled Cabbage on a Soft Roll. It’s available through March 20th.

Ripple Restaurant Appoints Sam Molavi as Chef de Cuisine

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A press release issued today announces that Ripple Restaurant in Cleveland Park has appointed Sam Molavi as Chef de Cuisine. Molavi, a D.C. native, most recently served as Executive Chef of Compass Rose after a stint as Sous Chef at Ripple in 2015. The Chef has also worked in several high-profile kitchens across the city, beginning as a line cook under Robert Wiedmaier at Marcel’s. Molavi joins Executive Chef (and current Top Chef contestant) Marjorie Meek-Bradley in the kitchen.

Exclusive Pop-Up Dinner At Zaytinya 2/19

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A press release issued today announces an “exclusive dining collaboration between Zaytinya and celebrated Boston steakhouse, Grill 23 & Bar” on February 19th at Zaytinya in Gallery Place. The two restaurants will offer a six-course tasting menu that “features a variety of unique, sweet confections, along with hand-selected wines paired perfectly with every course.” The cost is $75 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Email brianz@zaytinya.com to reserve a spot.

Big Game Pajama Brunch at Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria in North Bethesda

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It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and you want brunch.  Correction, you NEED brunch, and you don’t mind going to North Bethesda to get it.  But, then, you’d have to actually get dressed, right?  Well, Summer House Santa Monica and Stella Barra Pizzeria have just the solution for you: the “Big Game Pajama Brunch.”

SHSM is open from 8:00AM–4:00PM, featuring “a selection of sweet and savory brunch favorites like Orange-Chocolate Chip Pancakes, Chicken & Waffle with poblano-honey butter, Classic Eggs Benedict, and omelette dishes.”  SBP is open from 11:00AM–4:00PM serving “Breakfast Pizzas made with scrambled eggs on our signature crust, classics like our Belgian Waffles and Eggs Benedict on housemade English muffins, egg sandwiches and more,” plus a “Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar.”

Sadly, it does not appear that PJs are required.  Still, this sounds way more fun than the New Year’s Day “Walk of Shame Brunch” we had several weeks ago.  You get a lot of strange looks if you wear sequins to a Waffle House.

Dine Out DC for World Food Day

Dine Out DC for World Food Day

Source: Traveling With Iris

Chef Jose Andres, in conjunction with World Central Kitchen and OpenTable, will be celebrating World Food Day on October 16. The nationally celebrated day dedicated for eradicating world hunger will feature several D.C., area restaurants that will donate 10% of their proceeds to World Central Kitchen’s Smart Solution to Hunger and Poverty campaign so make your reservations now and dine out for a good cause.

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The Best Wine Bars in DC

THE BEST WINE BARS IN DC

Source: Thrillist

Do you love wine? As it turns out, many others in Washington, D.C., do too. Thankfully, there are no shortages of wine bars within the District but here is a list of over a dozen ones that feature both great options for food and wine. Names like Vinoteca DC and Sona Creamery & Wine Bar immediately comes to mind.

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Crystal City Sipped and Salsa-ed

Crystal City Sipped and Salsa-ed

Source: DCDiningGuide

On a gorgeous afternoon, hundreds of people gathered around the 1900 block of Crystal Drive to participate in Crystal City’s Sip and Salsa event where over two dozen vendors offered wines from different parts of Spain and the Latin American region. Nibbled included chunks of steak on a stick courtesy of Ruth’s Chris, pulled pork and brisket from King Street Blues and Mexican fare from Chuy’s, Fresh Kitchen, and California Tortilla. There was also the giant paella cookout courtesy of Jaleo Crystal City and some chocolate from gourmet chocolatier Schakolad. The group of Trio Caliente provided Latin pop and Brazilian jazz tunes all throughout the afternoon while Columbia Pike’s Salsa Room held several salsa dancing lessons to eager couples. 

The Crystal City Business District (BID) in partnership with Vornado, Charles E. Smith and the Washington Wine Academy sponsored this 9th Annual Vintage Crystal Food and Wine Festival.

About Vintage Crystal

Crystal City is a great place to enjoy fine wine, good food and entertainment. As part of Vintage Crystal, the Crystal City BID offers many events from an evening of wine and music in the Crystal City Water Park to a 1K Wine and Beer Walk through the Interior Walkway Shops. Come sip, taste, and enjoy living an Active, Artful, Accessible, and Green lifestyle with us.

About the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID)

The Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) is a public-private partnership established in April 2006 to promote the vibrant Crystal City business, retail, restaurant and residential community. The BID is committed to showcasing the area as a world-class destination for visitors, employees and residents. Crystal City is INNOVATIVE, ACTIVE, ARTFUL, ACCESSIBLE, and GREEN. For more information, visit Crystalcity.org

It’s Pumpkin Beer Season. Drink Something Else.

It's Pumpkin Beer Season. Drink Something Else.

Source: DC Beer

We’ve only turned the calendars to September and yet pumpkin beers have been on the shelves at groceries and other retail stores for weeks. If you want to resist the temptation of running out before the official fall season begins, why not try these alternatives to pumpkin beer, at least until October arrives. There are plenty to choose from, and good news for you DCists, many of them are local brews too.

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Capitol City Brewing to Host Oktoberfest

Capitol City Oktoberfest

Source: DCDiningGuide

Prost! Capitol City Brewing Company will host its sixteenth annual Oktoberfest beer festival celebration on Saturday October 3 from noon to 7 p.m. at The Village at Shirlington. Ticket sales begin at 11:00 a.m. and beer taps close at 6:00 p.m. Entrance is free for children and non-drinkers. There will be more than 65 regional breweries will set up taps and share ale and lager samples with the thousands of anticipated guests from the national capital regionNon-drinkers can enjoy authentic German band and authentic Oktoberfest food. For a full list of breweries and details on how to purchase tickets, see below.

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Rosh Hashanah Dinner at Summer House Santa Monica

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Source: DCDiningGuide

Ring in the New Year at Summer House Santa Monica! Executive Chef Martin Ticar is serving a special prix-fixe menu for Rosh Hashanah this year, available September 13-14 between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Enjoy traditional holiday fare including Challah Bread, Gefilte Fish and Matzo Ball Soup, a choice of Wood Grilled Amish Chicken Breast, Grilled Atlantic Salmon or Slow Braised Beef Short Rib, family-style sides and a choice of Apple Galette orWarm Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert. This prix-fixe option costs $36.95 per guest + tax (gratuity not included), and $15.95 for children 12 and younger.

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Thip Khao Closed for Renovations

Thip Khao Closed for Renovations

Source: DCDiningGuide

If you’re planning to check out the widely popular Laotian restaurant Thip Khao in Columbia Heights this week, postpone it until the end of the week since it will be closed starting tomorrow, August 31 and will remain so until Thursday, September 3. Their website posted a short notice to its customers about the closure citing that it will be doing some renovations.

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Erik Bruner-Yang on Business and Cooking

Erik Bruner-Yang on Business and Cooking

Source: World Central Kitchen

Earlier this month, World Central Kitchen invited Erik Bruner-Yang, the chef at popular Maketto and Toki Underground, to a guest demo talk where he revealed secrets he learned from his experiences as a chef and businessman to eager folks at Dog Tag Bakery, a fellowship program empowers veterans and their families. Afterwards, he also led a dumpling folding lesson.

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8 Must-Try Chicken Dishes in DC

8 Must-Try Chicken Dishes in DC

Source: Zagat

Chicken is often viewed as a second-class meat particularly in fine dining restaurants but chefs these days are slowly embracing the forgotten fowl. It’s a healthier option than other meat (most of the time) and if done particularly well, can be a sublime dish. Here are the must-try chicken dishes in Washington, D.C.

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