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ROAMING ROOSTER: SKYLAND TOWN CENTER

PROJECTED OPENING: February 5th, 2022 Town Center Drive SE D.C. is getting another Roaming Rooster east of the Anacostia River early next year in Skyland Town Center. This new spot will be Roaming Rooster's fourth location in the Distrcit and will be one of many fast-casual businesses located in this town center. Roaming Rooster, a black-owned business known for their crispy sandwiches made out of free-range poultry, will be the first of the businesses to open, with the rest likely to open in 2022. For more information, visit their website here.  
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PHILOTIMO

1100 15th St NW Nick Stefanelli's new Greek concept, Philotimo, has officially opened to the public at Midtown Center. This dynamic concept honors Stefanelli's Greek-hetirage and the country's modern day artisans. Philotimo features traditional indoor seating as well as a summer garden and sidewalk cafe. In terms of cuisine, Philotimo offers guests authentic imported cheeses, wines, wild herbs, and olive oil. Stefanelli is dedicated to representing all sections of Greece, borrowing food and wine influence from the regions of Thessaloniki all the way to Crete. Philotimo is open Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., Friday from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.; 202.390.1300; For more information, visit their website here. Photo by Deb Lindsey    
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The Lunar New Year is Roaring In

. The Year of the Tiger dances in this Lunar New Year, February 1 through the 15. Those born in the Year of the Tiger are said to be brave, competitive, and unpredictable. Festivities, celebrations, and delicious dishes to mark the occasion will be happening all over the DC Metro Area. We will be keeping our eyes out for those little lucky red envelopes. Stay tuned here for the latest information: Lunar New Year Specials For Pick Up Or Delivery At Anju x ChiKo Enjoy Lunar New Year specials at Anju and ChiKo. Featured menu items include chilled marinated littleneck clams, napa cabbage kimchi, 5 spice duck with crispy lotus root, and more. Packages for two are $90 and packages for four $175 with optional add-ons available. Packages will be available for pickup or delivery on January 31. 1805 18th Street NW (Anju) 423 8th Street SE (ChiKo); table22.com/anju-chiko  Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate: Lunar New Year's Celebration Box Celebrate Lunar New Year's in style & in taste with a delicacy box in partnership with Smithsonian. The box features three treats: pineapple ginger tarte tatin from Rosie Nguyen of Rose Ave Bakery, carrot mochi with black sesame & sea salt from Yuan Tang of Rooster & Owl, and banh chuoi brulee with candied pecans from Kevin Tien of Moon Rabbit. $45 per person. Available for pickup on January 30th and 31st. 801 Wharf Street SW; exploretock.com/chefsstoppingaapihate Celebrate the Year of the Tiger with HUNGRY Virtual Xperiences This Lunar New Year, join celebrity Chef Katie Chin, for an Xperience that transports you to the streets of Bangkok. Learn how to craft a staple street food of Thailand. You will make Chef Katie's signature stir-fried rice noodle dish, which is a recipe passed down from her mother. Learn to make sauce from scratch with the bouillon cubes included in the kits. Finish the dish with peanuts and hot chili sauce, if you're feeling spicy, while Chef Katie plays trivia and shares fun celebrity stories.  Limited edition Lunar New Year token included. Starting at $75 per kit. hungryvx.com Ice Cream Jubilee Asian-inspired Ice Cream Flavors for Lunar New Year Gong Hay Fat Choy! Ice Cream Jubilee is celebrating the Year of the Tiger and Lunar New Year with new flavors and Asian-flavor-inspired ice cream tasting flights. Tasting flight tickets ($19 per person) include one serving of six limited-edition flavors and an ice cream pint to take home. Featured Flavors in the six-flavor tasting flight include Citrus Sichuan Peppercorn, Red Bean Almond Cookie, Roasted Barley Tea, Matcha Green Tea, Coconut Lychee Lime, and Thai Iced Tea. The ice cream tastings will occur each weekend from January 13th through February 13th, 2022 at all Ice Cream Jubilee stores (Yards Park, 14th & T Street, Ballston Quarter). The Lunar New Year is February 1st, 2022. 301 Water Street SE; 1407 T Street NW; 4238 Wilson Boulevard, #143, Arlington, VA; icecreamjubilee.com The REACH Winter Lanterns In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the REACH glows again with the return of the stunning Winter Lanterns. January 27th through February 6th, 2022, visitors can stroll through approximately one hundred lanterns made up of 10,000 colored LED lights, all crafted by Chinese artisans. Explore luminescent fields of playful pandas, butterflies and flowers, frogs and flamingos, sea creatures, and more. It’s a special commemoration of the Year of the Tiger that is guaranteed fun for all ages. Enjoy Lunar New Year freebies and refreshments during REACH Winter Lanterns PLUS evenings. REACH Winter Lanterns PLUS Hours are Thursdays through Saturdays, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, January 31st & February 1st through 2nd, the grounds are open for lantern viewing but food service may be limited. The Kennedy Center, The REACH Outdoor Spaces, 2700 F Street NW; kennedy-center.org Lunar New Year's Eve Reunion Dinner: Holiday-Inspired Cooking Demos Join Thamee co-owner Simone and some of their favorite APA chefs for a special food-filled celebration paying homage to the traditional Lunar New Year reunion dinner. Hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, the virtual celebration includes an opportunity to make three different dishes - Vietnamese pork belly (Moon Rabbit), pineapple ginger Tarte Tatin (Rose Avenue Bakery), and carrot mochi with black sesame & sea salt (Rooster & Owl) that represent the fondest memories of these award-winning DC-area culinary forces. This virtual event is free and open to the public. asia.si.edu/events
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Don’t Call Them Mocktails (Zero-proof...

Omicron is spreading like the highly transmissable virus that it is, restaurants are short staffed, and market shelves are not well-stocked. Uh who can use I drink? On the next Industry Night, Nycci talks with Sam Nellis (yes, they’re related) Beverage Director for All Purpose Pizza & Red Hen about getting on the dry-January bandwagon. Zero-proof cocktails, non-alcoholic beers & wines offer up more than you think. Just don’t call them mocktails. Listen to the full episode here.
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