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THE FARMHOUSE GAMBRILLS

PROJECTED OPENING: Summer 2024 2383 Brandermill Boulevard, Gambrills, MD Titan Hospitality will be opening their newest concept, The Farmhouse Gambrills, in the space formerly home to Smashing Grapes Gambrills this Summer. Inspired by its sister-concepts, The Lodge and Blackwell Barn & Lodge, The Farmhouse Gambrills will pull features from these two concepts, but will have a greater focus on Titan's farm-to-table style cuisine. The Farmhouse Gambrills will feature three private dining rooms, a large outdoor patio, a bar, and a lounge area with an indoor fireplace and a front porch area. The menu will focus heavily on locally sourced produce and locally butchered meats and poultry. There will also be a vegan and gluten free menu as well as house-made signature cocktails and mocktails. For more information, visit their website here.
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LITTLE CHICKEN: THE WHARF

11 Pearl Street SW Little Chicken has officially opened at The Wharf next to Pearl Street Warehouse. The space features 60 indoor and outdoor seats, as well as TVs throughout. Chef Chris Morgan, Chef Gerald Addison, and Casey Patten have fine tuned tenders, saucy sandwiches, wings, and more at Little Chicken. Guests can also sip on cocktails such as the Orange Crush, Big Green Tonic, Wharf Water, and more. The sandwiches are bigger and saucier than they were in the original launch. For dessert, guests can enjoy multiple soft serve flavors. Little Chicken is open daily at 11:00 a.m. For more information, visit their website here.Photo by Hawkeye Johnson
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Nycci Nellis is Your Restaurant Week Chick

As your unofficial Restaurant Week chick, Nycci always knows when the weeks are happening, where the best offers are being served and what restaurants are serving something special. Stay tuned here for an ever evolving list of delicious ways to expand your palate. First, know before you go: The Do’s & Don’t of Restaurant Week-DO your homework and look at menu offerings and prices on line. Some places offer the whole menu and some offer special RW menus-DO leave generous gratuity, people are working just as hard.-DON’T Show up without a reservation-DON’T be unkind , staffing shortages are still real-AND DO know that many restaurants extend their price offerings past the official restaurant week dates. Always, check websites for details.Savor! Bethesda Restaurant Week, February 16th-25th: “Savor Bethesda” Restaurant Week is back and takes take place from Friday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, February 25, 2024. If you don’t know. Downtown Bethesda is home to a diverse selection of restaurants ranging from international flavors such as Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Spanish and Vietnamese to American favorites like barbecue, continental cuisine, delicious desserts and more. Participating downtown Bethesda restaurants offer lunch, dinner and special treat menus at $10, $20 or $35 for dine in and take-out customers. bethesda.orgFairfax City Restaurant Week, February 26th-March 3: Oh it’s back (and so is Nycci as the official spokeswoman!) Fairfax City welcomes diners to experience cuisine from all over the world within the city’s six square miles from Monday, February 26 through Sunday, March 3, 2024. Showcasing Fairfax City’s largely locally-owned restaurants and diverse culinary scene, the event has something for everyone. Participating restaurants will offer prix fixe menu experiences at set prices of $25 for brunch/lunch and $40 for dinners. AND, specialty restaurants offer a Two for $10 Deal, providing the opportunity to explore all the flavors of Fairfax food and drink purveyors. fairfaxcityrestaurantweek.com Town of Vienna Restaurant Week,  March 3 - March 10: Chefs and eateries all across the Town of Vienna are ready to roll out their restaurant week menus during Vienna Restaurant Week from Sunday, March 3 to Sunday, March 10, 2024. Vienna’s variety of cuisine offerings really please every palate. From Asian to Italian, French to Lebanese, Indian to Latin American, burgers to baked goods and so much more. From fast-casual to fine dining, the nearly 50 participating restaurants offer special deals for dine-in, delivery, or takeout. DO NOT MISS: Town of Vienna will be hosting a drop-in social event on Tuesday, March 5 from 4-6 p.m. near the Town Green adjacent to Maple Ave with restaurant week promos, giveaways, and live music. exploreviennava.com/restaurantweek Not in the DMV, but worth the trip! Antigua & Barbuda Restaurant Week May 4th-19th: The list of celebrity chefs and culinary arts professionals participating in the second annual Antigua & Barbuda Restaurant Week (ABRW) starting May 4 has been announced and we are here for it. During the two-week-long celebration, enjoy a variety of special and discounted dining and event experiences that showcase the twin-island nation’s delicious cuisine and culture. Just a few of the participating chefs to whet your appetite: Chef Kareem Roberts  • Cookbook Author Althea Brown.• Chef Angel Barreto• Chef Shorne Benjamin• Chef Digby Stridiron  Sommelier Nadine BrownThere’s a few DC faves on this list! The schedule of events for Restaurant Week will include Prix Fixe menus and discounted dining packages ($25USD - $75USD) inclusive of lunch, dinner, wine, and cocktails from more than 20 restaurants.  antiguabarbudarestaurantweek.com
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Take a deep dive into the Industry and beyond.

New & Improved: Industry Night, February 15, 2024

Do you recognize where I am? I have to be honest, I cannot believe I am in the space that once housed Coco Sala. For those of you who remember, Coco Sala was love letter to chocolate in a variety of forms and this space was…chocolate-y. But if you know who took over the space here in Penn Quarter, then you know I am in the greatly anticipated and just re-opened Moon Rabbit. Less than a year ago, we were all shocked when the original Moon Rabbit suddenly closed in the Wharf’s InterContinental Hotel. David and I, our kids, the whole family loved the beautiful and delicious take on Vietnamese cuisine that Kevin Tien, Susan Bae, and team were serving. We were heart broken and we were not alone.And here we are! And with the whole team with me now!Chef Kevin TienPastry Chef Susan BaeChef Judy BeltranoBar Director Thi NguyenAnd oh we are going to get into all the things! But first, so you know, I have been out and about —-Beloved BBQ-Cut-Fairfax City Restaurant Week — I am your Restaurant Week Lady-Mama Chang & The Wine Hour-James Beard Long List aka Semi-Finalists alert!-Centrolina-Pastis - What is New in The Neighborhood-Duck & The PeachSo I first met four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist, 2023 RAMW Chef of the Year, Food and Wine Best New Chef 2018, chef Kevin Tien when he was in the kitchen at Himitsu. But it wasn’t until he started coming into in the Foodie & The Beast studio that I really got to know him, his heart, and his passion better. Pastry chef Susan Bae joined him a few times and now I totally have a girl crush on her. Chef Judy Beltrano & Speed Rack finalist bar director Thi Nguyen round out his team here, and I am so excited for them and this beautiful space, and for me — because the Moon Rabbit is back.Listen to the full episode here, and watch it all unfold here. 
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