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MI CASA

PROJECTED OPENING: May 2021 1647 20th Street NW Knead Hospitality + Design has announced they will be opening another restaurant in Dupont Circle, in the space formally home to Bareburger. Mi Casa, led by chef Roberto Santibãnez of Mi Vida, will serve Mexican-American cuisine, featuring a menu with items such as tacos, fajitas, ceviches, and more. This concept will seat up to 130 people and also features a covered patio. Guests can also get excited to try a drink from their large bar with over 100 different types of tequila. For more information, visit Knead Hospitality + Design's Instagram here. Photo from Knead Hospitality + Design Instagram
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MONARQUE

1010 Fleet Street Baltimore has just recieved a brand new French bistro: Monarque. Spearheaded by Atlas Restaurant Group, the brasserie doubles as a dinner theater, and was inspired by the team's trip to France. In terms of the menu, guests are able to enjoy a plethora of dishes; highlights include the truffled roasted chicken, maine lobster, and onion soup. In terms of steak, Monarque is also serving up different cuts ranging from filet mignon, new york strip, bone-in ribeye, and more. www.monarquebaltimore.com ; 443-384-1480.  
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What We’re Craving This Week

Photo: Equinox Area restaurants are upping their delivery and to-go offerings, still, and for those who are ready, you can dine on their patios and socially distance indoors: NEW:  Baked by Yael Baked by Yael is offering virtual cake pop classes. As part of your registration, you'll receive a Home Cake Pop Kit. You will learn how to crumble the cake, mix it with frosting, and then roll, dip, and decorate your cake pops. Guests can register here. Baked by Yael is also offering hamantaschen (triangular shortbread cookies) for Purim. Guests can order hamantaschen or send Mishloach Manot (Purim Baskets) to someone else. If ordered online they are also available for curbside pickup. 3000 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.234.9235; bakedbyyael.com NEW:  District Doughnut  District Doughnut is offering bake at-home cinnamon role kits. Each package gets you four vanilla bean doughnut dough cinnamon rolls and Chef Christine's vanilla bean glaze. The packs are available for pre-order. 749 8th Street SE; districtdoughnut.com Equinox  Equinox has introduced the C.I.Y. 'Nox Box Meal Kit. C.I.Y. Boxes are full of freshly-prepped housemade ingredients and ready to combine, stir, mix and heat.  Dinner is on the table in 25 minutes, with easy-to-follow instructions and a video of Chef Gray to guide you to an elegant meal at home. Options include plant-based turmuric-scented fusilli with mushroom bolognese, or winter root vegetable & cauliflower curry. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.331. 8118; equinoxrestaurant.com NEW:  Fiola Mare Fiola is offering a weekly harvest menu (3 Courses for $105) for pickup and delivery. The menu includes a garden salad featuring tender gem lettuces and hearty radicchio along with goat's milk curd, a farmer's steak with American wagyu NY strip and burnt onion, pancetta, and wild bronze fennel. Desserts include a Honeycrisp apple pie with lemon zest, thyme, and an eggnog shake. 3100 K Street NW; 202.525.1402; fiolamaredc.com Little Prince Pizza SRG has launched their newest concept, Little Prince Pizza, a ghost kitchen featuring a menu of pizza, wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, desserts plus beer & White Claw. Little Prince Pizza is an upgraded version and new name for Georgetown Pizza. 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; littleprincepizza.com NEW:  Maketto  Maketto has introduced a monthly subscription program. Each month, Chef Bruner-Yang and the Maketto kitchen will be hand-selecting fresh provisions, pantry goods, and meal experiences. The monthly provision can include options like sauces and baked goods, dumpling kits, baos, and hand-pulled noodles. 1351 H Street NE; 202.838.9972; maketto1351.com NEW:  Napoli Napoli Salumeria is now offering Napoli Pasta Bar's al la carte menu with appetizers, homemade pastas, deserts, beer/wine, as well as a three-course Neapolitan experience with your choice of one appetizer, one pasta and one dessert for $40. The pop-up is available for pick up and delivery. Menu offerings include Napoletana pizza, hot paninis, gelati, and more. 1301 S. Joyce street Arlington, VA; napolisalumeria.com NEW: Pizza Paradiso  In recognition of Women’s History Month, Pizzeria Paradiso is celebrating “Women’s Food Month” this March through partnerships with local, women-owned food businesses. Paradiso has partnered with Cheesemonster Studio, owned by Alice Bergen Phillips and Kara McGrath, to create a special four cheese pizza. The artisanal cheese shop has provided Paradiso with three cheeses made by women cheesemakers for the limited edition pizza: Boxcarr’s Campo, Meadow Creek Dairy’s Appalachian, and Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese’s Original Blue. The pizza is finished with mozzarella, roasted onions, and arugula. 2003 P Street NW; 202.223.1245; eatyourpizza.com   NEW:  Red Apron Butcher Red Apron Butcher is offering Butcher Boxes where you’ll receive a monthly box filled with fresh meat from local farmers and occasional cured meats. You can opt to add in spices and rubs, as well as pantry items like pimento cheese or mustard. Recipes specific to the included goods are included too. Each box comes with a Spotify playlist curated by Nathan Anda. The two size options include the Biggie (7-8 lbs of meat) or the Biggie Big (12-13 lbx). 709 D street NW; 202.524.5244; redapronbutchery.com The Majestic The Majestic has launched a prix fixe menu for $79 per person through February 28, featuring a selection of appetizers, mains, and desserts for to-go. Guests add intrigue to their evening with "Stolen at Sea" - a locally made, at-home mystery game from escape notice games. Travel back in time to 1923 as passengers aboard the RMS Aquitania. Sift through maps, old books and photographs to rescue a priceless jewel of antiquity in this challenging, high stakes puzzle quest. For 2 - 6 players, ages 14+ for ($68). 911 King Street, Alexandria, VA; 703.837.9117; themajesticva.com NEW:  Women’s Food Fest Women’s Food Fest is a collection of women-owned food businesses in Washington, DC that hosted Women's Food Fest and a Holiday Market in 2020, to help boost small business' during COVID-19. Women’s Food Fest has started Women Entrepreneurs Inauguration Baskets. In celebration of International Women's Day they are hosting Dine Together with Capital Women Chefs and Restaurateurs with DC Let’s Talk International Women's Day Meal and MarketPlace. A meal and conversation includes a four course dinner for two from four women chef/restaurateurs combined with a virtual dinner conversation with eight restaurateurs. The marketplace features specially curated food gifts - chef dinners, gift baskets, monthly specials from many of DC’s outstanding women-owned businesses. 1805 14th Street NW; exploretock.com NEW:  Xiquet Xiquet’s Exec. Chef Danny Lledo has launched a chef 's tasting menu to-go. The chef tasting menu is a four-course meal which you get to curate yourself with options ranging from Iberian cheese and charcuterie to Russian gold caviar, Iberian pork shoulder, carabinero red prawns and more all for just $65 per person. 2404 Wisconsin Avenue, NW; 202.913.4671; xiquetdl.com
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Love is in the Air!

Nycci shared some fun ways to show your love this Valentine's Day on the Tommy & Kelly Show on Real.Fun.DC. Listen in to her suggestions, which include treats from Baker's Daughter, Brasserie Liberte, Buttercream Bakeshop, Fiola, Maxwell Park, One Eight Distilling, The Riggs, and Women's Food Fest. Listen here.
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Valentine's, Even in a Pandemic

Every major holiday and event has had its turn... now it's time for Valentines Day during this pandemic. Traditional large dinner crowds and romantic trips aren't in the cards this year. But Nycci Nellis of TheListAreYouOnIt.com says that doesn't mean that you can't have a unique celebration OR that you can't share gifts with those who are close to you. Listen to a few of her suggestions~
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Industry Night on Real.Fun.DC: February 23, 2021

On Industry Night, RAMW’ Kathy Hollinger is back to chat pandemic updates for both those in the hospitality industry & its consumers. And, Nycci talks rapid changes in food tech and third party delivery systems with Adam Fry of DC To Go Go. Listen to the full episode here.
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