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Dad's Day
Photo: Money Muscle BBQ   Why is honoring Dear Ol’ Dad fraught with so much chintz? No soap on a rope, boring tie, or goofy apron should be given to the person who provides you with fatherly love and support. Brothers, uncles, fathers, and friends should all be celebrated for the gift of love that they share. Per usual, the team here at TheListAreYouOnIt.com has you covered. This upcoming Father's Day, Sunday, June 20, 2021, make Dad say "that's delicious!": Father’s Day At Al Dente Celebrate Dad with Al Dente’s signature Neapolitan pizzas and pastas. Enjoy brunch favorites such as Fettuccine alla carbonara, breakfast pizzas, vegetable omelets, and more. At dinner, you can enjoy a vast selection of pizzas, pastas, and more. Brunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and dinner is available from 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on June 20th. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; aldentedc.com L’Auberge Chez Francois Grilling Four-Course Wine Luncheon Experience To kick off Chef Jacques' favorite season, L'Auberge Chez Francois is offering you a delectable Father's Day five-course wine luncheon experience to honor dad or your special someone this wonderful start of summer season. The afternoon’s sure-to-please menu includes sipping crisp, Belle Jardin Blanc de Blanc while enjoying a Chef Jacque’s Amuse Bouche. A table for two is $282 and the event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls VA; laubergechezfrancois.com Bark’s Social Father’s Day ­­­Event Save the date for Father’s Day at Bark Social. Celebrate with your fur-babies from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on June 20th. 935 Prose Street, North Bethesda MD; barksocial.com Father’s Day At Brasserie Liberté Indulge Dad in his favorite French classics at Brasserie Liberté. At brunch, you can enjoy the Liberté classic burger, steak and eggs, a mimosa kit ($35), and more. Brunch will be available on June 20th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and dinner will be available from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 3251 Prospect Street NW; libertedc.com Fathers Day at Breaux Vineyards Celebrate the dad in your life at Breaux. Join on Sunday, June 20th, for live music by Eric Selby and Deane Kern from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., a new Meat Lovers flatbread, and a discount on sangria. Reservations required for the covered patio, umbrella tables, and inside seating. Groups over ten guests must also make a reservation. 540.668.6299; breauxvineyards.com Celebrate Father's Day with Blue BBQ at Boxwood Winery Celebrate Dad at Boxwood Winery where he can enjoy upscale BBQ provided by Old Blue BBQ and two glasses of selected Boxwood wine. Treat Dad to lunch in the pavilion overlooking the beautiful vineyard and winery. Menu items include pulled pork, chicken, or Texas brisket, home style mac and cheese, bourbon beans, collard greens, sweet buttermilk cornbread, and more. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. $65 per person. 2042 Burrland Lane, Middleburg VA; cellarpass.com  Virtual Caviar & Scotch Tasting from The Caviar Co Give dad what he really wants this father's day with a caviar tasting from The Caviar Co. paired with the smooth, 12 Doublewood single malt scotch from The Balvenie. The Caviar Co. has partnered with The Balvenie and The Epicurean Trader to bring dads a trio of gastronomical excellence featuring their top selection of caviar and roe. Priced at $175, serves one to two people. 12:00 p.m. PST. thecaviarco.com  Crumb Cake For Father’s Day By Clarkson Avenue Crumb The simple taste of homemade goodness from Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Company is the perfect gift for Father’s Day. Clarkson Avenue bakes old-fashioned Brooklyn-style crumb cakes by using a family recipe from 1950s Brooklyn, NY.  In a modern twist, their crumb cakes come in a variety of flavors, they are made fresh and are shipped directly to your door. clarksonavecrumb.com Dirty Habit DC Father's Day Old Fashioned This Father's Day, Dirty Habit wants you to enjoy an "Old Fashioned with your Old Man". Dirty Habit will is serving up a signature old fashioned and for the first round, if you purchase an old fashioned for yourself, your dad's first old fashioned is on the house. Brunch is from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner is from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on June 20th. 555 8th Street NW; dirtyhabitdc.com Immigrant Food Father's Day Special Immigrant Food's Father's Day special includes "Dad's Burger" paired with a refreshing Venezuelan Polar beer. Their Dad's Burger is a revamped version of the restaurant's signature brunch dish, The Immigrant Burger. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 20th.  Multiple Locations; immigrantfood.com   Father’s Day At Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab Joe’s Seafood will be offering a selection of salads, sandwiches, fresh seafood, and prime steaks for lunch and dinner. As a thank you for celebrating with Joe’s, every Dad will go home with a tin of Joe’s signature steak spice. June 20th from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 750 15th Street NW; joes.net/dc Father’s Day Grill Package From Lebanese Taverna Welcome grill season in style with a package of ready-for-the-flame Lebanese Taverna favorites. This package feeds four to six people and starts at $79. Pick-up on June 19th or 20th. 2641 Connecticut Avenue NW; giftrocker.com Father’s Day Brunch At Mon Ami Gabi- Bethesda This Father’s Day, treat Dad to a brunch at Mon Ami Gabi- Bethesda. Start the day with brunch dishes like the ham & cheese crepe or brioche French toast. The full dinner menu is also available for indoor and outdoor dining, carryout and delivery. Brunch is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m. on June 20th. 7239 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda MD; monamigabi.com/bethesda   Father’s Day Brunch At Mon Ami Gabi- Reston Mon Ami Gabi-Reston will be offering a Father’s Day brunch with favorites like the smoked salmon with brioche, crème fraîche and egg capers. Sparkling cocktails and “Not Breakfast” lunch staples are also available, including steak frites. Dinner will also be available. Come from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on June 20th. Happy Hour deals will be available in the bar area from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 11950 Democracy Drive, Reston VA; monamigabi.com/reston Juneteenth Father's Day Celebration with Money Muscle As a Black chef and father, Ed Reavis is proud and excited to offer a special menu to celebrate fatherhood and Black joy. This Juneteenth and Father’s Day weekend, Ed and his team at both Money Muscle BBQ and All Set Restaurant & Bar are excited to make new traditions to honor the past and celebrate the future. Guests can find a watermelon salad, the red color symbolizing the blood of former slaves, a sweet potato pie recipe from Ed’s grandmother and of course, BBQ. The menu is available in the dining room at All Set as well as from the Money Muscle BBQ food truck, which will be parked in the lot right next to the restaurant. Available June 18th, 19th and 20th. moneymusclebbq.com Father’s Day Celebration From Nobu DC Now that the entire family can get out of the house safely and comfortable, and know that dad especially loves delicious, flaming beef, bring your Dad’s Day celebration to Nobu DC, so he can chill instead of grill. On top of world-famous, prime Japanese Wagyu beef, dad can enjoy Japanese whiskeys, signature sakes, and more. June 19th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. and June 20th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. 2525 M Street NW; noburestaurants.com Glenlivet Whisky Flights and All Day Dining at Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is celebrating all fathers on their special day with Glenlivet Whisky Flights on Sunday, June 20th from 11:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. One ounce pours of single malt Glenlivet include 12, 15 and 18 year old whisky at $30 per flight. Executive Chef Jonathan De Paz will pair the flights with specially seasoned popcorn. He and his team will be serving Opaline’s all day menu that pairs well with many of Dad’s favorites such as; Croque Monsieur, 12 ounce DemKota Ranch (SD) NY Strip and Pacific Halibut. 806 15th Street NW; opalinedc.com Father’s Day At Ottoman Taverna Give Dad the gift of Turkish cuisine at Ottoman Taverna on Father’s Day. Indulge in bottomless food and mimosas for $39.50. At dinner, enjoy a-la-cart offerings or opt for the “Trip to Turkey” menu, which includes a choice of one cold mezze, one hot mezze, one entrée, and one desert for $34.95. Brunch will be offered from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. and dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m. on June 20th. 425 I Street NW; ottomantaverna.com Father’s Day Brunch At Riggs Washington, D.C.  Both Café Riggs and the hotels’ recently opened outdoor patio and garden terrace will be serving brunch for Father’s Day. Menu options include a ham and cheese croissant, a classic French omelet, a perfect burger topped with caramelized onions, and more. June 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 900 F Street; riggsdc.com Celebrating Dad at The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City Treat dad to the “Dad’s Decadent Day & Stay” package, full of luxury, whiskey and steak frites, starting at $519 per night. Each father will be welcomed with a local Virginia whiskey flight and a customized bottle of bourbon in the room. Families can select the customization for the bottle, commemorating the “#1 Dad!” or “The Perfect Pops” on a special bottle of his favorite bourbon. For dinner, indulge dad in an order of steak frites delivered to his deluxe room or suite. Reservations must be made seven days prior to arrival. Additionally, the hotel is offering a limited-edition lunch menu for Sunday, June 20th. The Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City’s Executive Chef (and proud dad!) Phil Skerman and his team have created a menu that blends traditional backyard barbeque with upscale dining to kick off summer in style. Enjoy a carving station of grilled favorites and family-style sides for the table that will have any dad asking for seconds or thirds. Plus, add a beer bouquet to your reservation for an extra surprise. Seating from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., $89 per adult, and $45 for children 5-12 (under 5 complimentary). 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington VA; ritzcarlton.com; opentable.com/fyve  Rose’s At Home Father’s Day Gift That Keeps On Giving A very limited number of Rose's dinner club & wine share memberships are available. These memberships give a select few guests access to monthly tasting menus and curated wine lists - the perfect gift for the foodie dad in your life. 715 8th Street SE; table22.com/roses-at-home  Summer House & Stella Barra Father’s Day Brunch Summer House in Pike & Rose is open for brunch on Father’s Day, serving dishes like the smoked salmon platter and breakfast tostadas. Looking for lunch or dinner? Selections of homemade sandwiches, salads and chef specials will be available alongside handcrafted cocktails, draft beers and a wine list of West Coast and imported bottles. Brunch will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and dinner will be served until 9:00 p.m. on June 20th. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, North Bethesda MD; summerhousesm.com   Father’s Day Specials At Urban Plates For Father’s Day, Urban Plates is featuring a variety of their crowd-pleasing steak dishes, which includes a grilled grass-fed steak plate or sandwich, a chimichurri grass fed steak plate, a grilled steak salad, and more. All of the Father’s Day plate options are priced at $15.50 or less. June 20th. The Urban Plates’ meal options are available for takeout, delivery, and dine-in. Multiple locations; urbanplates.com   Father’s Day At Wildfire- Tysons Let Wildfire do the cooking this Father’s Day. Wildfire will be open for dine-in and carryout all day, serving the regular dinner menu, including favorites like barbecued baby back bibs, filet mignon, macadamia nut crusted halibut, and more. June 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; wildfirerestaurant.com
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Pride on Parade
Photo: Foxtrot Market We believe in showing our PRIDE all year long! But we shout it loud and proud in June - National Pride Month. Pride is a time to stand with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community and celebrate the triumphs of those who continue the fight for civil liberties for e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e. You too can do your part, and do it deliciously. The DC Area hospitality industry is raising the (rainbow) flag in solidarity at places like:  Pride Month in Alexandria, VA Celebrate Pride Month in historic Alexandria, Virginia, with virtual, in-person and hybrid events hosted by The Garden at Building Momentum, the Torpedo Factory Art Center and more in partnership with regional LGBTQ organizations such as Safe Space NOVA and Queens on King Street. The perfect home base for visitors, Alexandria is mere minutes away from D.C.’s Capital Pride activities occurring throughout the month. Enjoy the Love Your Summer in Alexandria hotel package with rates starting as low as $83 per night, inclusive of up to $200 in added value. visitalexandriava.com ANXO Pride Cider This year's Pride cider is made with 100% Pennsylvania Northern Spy apples sourced within 90 miles of ANXO's DC facility and fermented with wine yeast in stainless tanks.  The resulting liquid is an exceptional expression of the Northern Spy apple: tart, crisp, sessionable and remarkably apple-y.  A portion of the proceeds to benefit DC LGBTQ organization, Casa Ruby.  For more information on Casa Ruby or to make your own donations, click here. Due to high demand, this release is extremely limited.  Order yours today before it disappears! store.anxodc.com Bidwell Drag Brunch Sunday, June 13, the queens and kings are ready to take the runway and the judges are ready to lay down the scores. Featuring a live DJ, DC's finest DJ Mim and host, Shi-Queeta-Lee are ready to SLAY ALL DAY with their fellow kings + queens! Enjoy a brunch buffet from Bidwell, cocktails by Jameson, Absolut and Altos Tequila and bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Limited tickets available. Noon to 3:00 p.m. DOCK 5, 1309 5th Street NE;  eventbrite.com Pride Brunch at Bourbon Steak Celebrate Pride with a fabulous bottomless Rosé brunch at Bourbon Steak June 12th & 13th. Produced by Nora Lee by Brandt Ricca and featuring performances by DJ Tezrah and DJ Farah Flosscett as well as guest performances by KC B Yonce and Logan Stone. A portion of the proceeds from each bottomless brunch will benefit the Equality Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Capital Pride, to raise awareness and relief funds for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and businesses. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW;  fourseasons.com Capital Pride's Paint the Town Colorful There’s nothing quite like Pride month in the nation’s capital. This year, the Capital Pride Alliance presents for the first time Paint the Town Colorful with Pride! Your participation will help promote joy, visibility, and PRIDE within your local community, while simultaneously raising awareness and resources for the continuation of Capital Pride events and programs, and the GivePride365 Fund, benefiting local LGBTQ+ charities. Whether you’re a resident, business, or organization, decorate your most public-facing spaces, such as building fronts, patios, balconies, and yards, to show your Pride. Make it as colorful as you can, and decorations must be completed by June 12th, the day of the Colorful Pridemobile Parade, a lively city-wide procession of colorful vehicles decorated by registered organizations and businesses. The Colorful Pridemobile Parade will visit areas in the city with the highest levels of participation in Paint the Town Colorful with Pride. capitalpride.org/paint-the-town Taste of Pride Brunch with Capital Pride Alliance  You’re invited to celebrate all things brunch on June 13. Join Capital Pride at an exclusive group of beloved local restaurants that have made a commitment to support Pride and local LGBTQ+ charities 365 days a year.  Special food items, pride drink specials, and entertainment at select locations await you. Best of all, your participation will help raise awareness and resources for the GivePride365 Fund, benefiting local LGBTQ+ charities, and help to ensure the return of a full-scale Pride in 2022, as we set our eyes on 2025 when we will celebrate 50 years of Pride in the Nation’s Capital. So put on something colorful and join us for a fabulous day of food, music, and friends! capitalpride.org/brunch Rainbow Crumb Cake from Clarkson Avenue During the month of June, Clarkson Avenue will offer a limited edition "Almond Love Crumb Cake" - an almond cake, with a chunky cherry preserve, piled high with almond crumb topping. They will also feature a “Rainbow Crumb Cake” for pride month. A portion of those sales will go to an LGBTQ+ charity. New York readers, crumb get some! 4603 Middle Country Road, Calverton, NY; clarksonavecrumb.com Colors of the Rainbow at Dirty Habit DC In celebration of Pride month, Dirty Habit DC will be hosting "Colors of the Rainbow" - a month-long series during which the restaurant will feature a different color themed food and beverage offering each week. A percentage of sales of every Pride "Colors of the Rainbow" signature food or beverage item will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign and a Place Called Home. 555 8th Street NW; dirtyhabitdc.com Pride Doughnuts from District Doughnut Pride Month is here, and so is a special doughnut to help you celebrate. On June 12th and 13th, Chef Christine of DC Doughnut is serving the Pride doughnut, a colorful treat that's ready to tantalize your tastebuds. With vanilla bean dough, Funfetti sprinkles, and rainbow buttercream, it's a real beauty. The Pride doughnut will be available on June 12th and 13th only at all shops, or they are available for preorder on their website. districtdoughnut.com Pride Month at Foxtrot All June long, Foxtrot Market is partnering with Brooklyn artist Cute Brute to refresh the packaging of their popular Confetti Cake Brownie. Throughout the month, 100% of the proceeds from sales of the brownie will go to local organization Casa Ruby. foxtrotco.com The Freshman’s Pride Month Drinks  The Freshman will celebrate Pride Month with signature drinks to benefit SMYAL, an advocacy organization committed to empowering LGBTQ+ youth in the Washington D.C. area. The cocktails, inspired by LGBTQ+ history, will only be available during Pride Month. These cocktails include The Stonewall Cocktail, The Freshman’s twist on the original -- and a nod to where it all started. Chambord, Vodka, fresh lime juice and ginger beer. Served with a frozen raspberry garnish, and the Marsha P. Johnson Hibiscus Margarita, honoring this LGBTQ+ rights pioneer’s love for flowers, The Freshman has added Hibiscus into its house margarita. 2011 Crystal Drive, National Landing; thefreshmanva.com Pride in the Sky at Hedy's Rooftop with DJ Tezrah Warm summer nights call for live music and cocktails with friends. Dance the night away with sounds from DJ Tezrah at Hedy's Rooftop on select Wednesdays in June. Register for free via Eventbrite, space is limited so access is first-come, first-serve. For dinner reservations, book via Opentable. 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW. eventbrite.com Summer Solstice Drag Brunch on Hedy's Rooftop  It’s the longest day of the year. Make the most of it with on Hedy's Rooftop at The Viceroy. They’re kicking off the summer with two seatings for their first-ever Drag Brunch. Sip summer cocktails and lip-synch along with some of DC's most fabulous performers, including host Crystal Edge and featuring tunes from DJ Tezrah. 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/zena The Love Shake at HipCityVeg The Love Shake is a pink strawberry shake, with rainbow and glitter sprinkles, and a compostable rainbow straw. HipCityVeg is donating 10% of the sales of the shakes to local organizations that serve the LGBTQ+ community.  In DC, they will be donating the proceeds to SMYAL and Whitman-Walker.  The shake will be available in all stores through June 30th. hipcityveg.com Kimpton Hotel Monaco DC Pride Staycation  Celebrate Pride with a staycation that gives back. Kimpton is the Trevor Project's Premiere National Hotel Partner. When guests make a reservation at Hotel Monaco DC, Kimpton will donate $10.00 per night to The Trevor Project and guests receive 15% off of the hotel's Best Flexible Rate. The initiative is active for guests who book anytime today through December 31, 2021. For additional information and for rules/regulations, click here. 555 8th Street NW. Drink Your Pride with NRG Provisions In celebration of Pride Month, NRG is showcasing some of their favorite beverages that are raising funds for LGBTQ causes, such as ANXO Pride, benefitting Casa Ruby DC. And as the seasons change, your beer supply should shift with it. For summer we’re craving refreshing fruited sours and farmhouse ales from the likes of Tripping Animals, Magnanimous, Humble Forager, Oxbow and more. Last but not least in new releases, Equilibrium, J. Wakefield, Maine Beer Company, New Anthem and Marlowe are just some of the names on this week’s list.nrgprovisions.com  Officina PRIDE Brunch & Dinner   Come out for a drag out brunch filled with DJ entertainment, Absolut & G.H. Mumm drink specials and live drag performances throughout the day on June 27th. Raise a glass to all things rainbow, both for brunch and for dinner! officinadc.com Pride Month at Tico Pride is officially here and Tico is celebrating all month long! To kick off the holiday, Tico will be throwing Pride Brunch parties on Saturday, June 12th and Sunday June 13th from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. The Pride Brunch parties will include bottomless drinks & tapas, live music by female DJs Farrah Flossett and Chan Don, a photobooth for fun pictures, and even a Pride princess fairy! The celebrations only continue throughout the month, with an all new rainbow cocktail menu (one even has sparkles!) by new beverage director, Rebecca Cagle, and bottomless brunch every weekend. 1926 14th Street NW; ticodc.com  
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Cooling Cocktails
Photo: Nycci Nellis (@ Dauphine's) No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants Arrayan Wines from Trade Winds What do you want to drink this summer or any season? Wines from Spain, specifically from the winery of Arrayan. Located in a nature reserve in central Spain between Toledo and Madrid and protected by the Gredos and Guadarrama mountain ranges. These wines represent the terroir and the area where they come from. In addition, they have focused on revitalizing older (almost extinct) varietals like Albillo real which makes them pioneers. Helmed by winemaker, Maite Sanchez, she may not have a very large production in terms of the number of bottles, but there is an extensive range in the offers. Visit TradeWinds.com for where to pick up your own bottle. Bayou Bakery NOLA-style Drinks To-Go Bayou Bakery is offering drinks and cocktails to enjoy at their location and to-go. The drink selections include Abita, PBR, Miller High Life, Canned Wines and White Claw. Two frozen seasonal daiquiris like the sweet iced tea that features sweet tea with vodka, mint & lemonade and the hurricane with fresh juices, simple syrup, and rum. 1515 N Courthouse Road Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410; bayoubakeryva.com  Capital Pride Alliance  Capital Pride and Tito’s Handmade Vodka have collaborated this month for a Cocktail Pride Parade. Stop into each participating location, support the restaurant industry and celebrate pride with a cocktail in hand. The list of locations can be found here. During the month of June, for every Tito’s Pride Parade cocktail purchased, Tito’s will donate $1 to Capital Pride, up to $10,000. capitalpride.org Caruso’s Grocery Taste of Italy Caruso’s Grocery is offering a beverage program inspired by all the typical offerings at a “red sauce joint”. These include affordably priced Italian wines available by the glass, carafe, and bottle, along with a short reserve list. The beer list includes a concise collection of Italian-style dry-hopped pills and sours sourced from Italy, a list of old-school house cocktails that includes an Espresso Martini, Limoncellotini, Mulberry St. Cosmo, and more. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; theroostsedc.com Cork Wine Bar & Market Summer Wine Packs Cork Wine Bar is offering a variety of new wine packs featuring the BBQ pack, French Tour Rosé, and Iberian Penninsula White. The French Tour Rosé features Domaine less Mesclances, IGP Méditeranée Rosé 2020, Domaine la Manarine, Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2020, Domaine de Bagnol, Cassis Rosé 2020 from Rosenthal Wine Merchant. 1805 14th Street NW; corkdc.com    District Doughnut  District Doughnut has collaborated with The Bruery for The Donut Box, a series of doughnut-inspired beers. The Bruery created a beer version of our infamous Cherry Blossom doughnut. The Cherry Blawesome is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Blonde Stout with cherries, almonds, graham cracker, milk sugar, and Madagascar vanilla beans. 1309 5th Street NE; districtdoughnut.com dLeña Embracing its Mexican and Latin American heritage, dLeña features a beverage program that highlights wine, tequila, and mezcal distributors. dLeña’s is offering a new happy hour menu with favorites like casa, strawberry mango, and mercado margarita, house Cabernet Sauvignon, and house Sauvignon Blanc. 476 K Street NW Suite D; 202.560.5999; dlenadc.com NEW:  British West Indies Trading Company Harriott’s Mango Mimosa is the newest beverage from the British West Indies Trading Company, a woman-founded company’s line of gluten-free, plant-based beer/alcoholic beverages made with 100% fresh produce. The fresh fruit provides a lighter alternative to malt-based beers and has a cleaner profile than hard seltzers. They also offer Island Ginger Beer with hand-grated fresh ginger for an authentic ginger beer that combines filtered water, cane sugar, ginger, citrus, and Caribbean spices. Lahlou Restaurant Group Bring in your vaccine card to Lahlou and get a drink on the house. The DC-based restaurant group, which currently includes Lupo Verde, Lupo Verde Osteria, Lupo Marino, and Tunnicliff's Tavern, is offering vaccinated guests one free beverage of their choice when they show proof of vaccination. 1401 T Street NW; 202.827.4752; lupopizzeriadc.com Magdalena Uncle Nearest Collab Magdalena is collaborating with premium whiskey maker and storied brand, Uncle Nearest. “Laws and Lilies,” an infield-inspired cocktail, created to honor the contributions of Black jockeys in the world of horse racing. The cocktail was expertly crafted by The Ivy Hotel’s Director of Food & Beverage, Emmanuel S. West, Jr., featuring Uncle Nearest’s 1856 Premium Whiskey expression. 205 E Biddle Street, Baltimore, MD; theivybaltimore.com Mandarin Oriental  Mandarin Oriental is offering Afternoon Tea with a selection of tea experiences by Executive Pastry Chef Claus Olsen. The list of signature tea services is the traditional afternoon tea, champagne afternoon tea, or empress la grande dame tea. 1330 Maryland Avenue SW; 202.787.6148; mandarinoriental.com Nobu In Japanese, “tanoshi” means pleasant or delightful, and Nobu is offering a Tanoshi Hour food and cocktail menu. The cocktail menu features items like the Toki Sidecar (Suntory Toki whisky, Torres Orange liqueur, Yuzu juice), Champagne 95 (orange liqueur, pineapple, Peche de Vigne, champagne), and the Matsuhisa Martini (Beluga vodka, Junmai sake, ginger & cucumber). 2525 M Street NW; 202.871.6565; noburestaurants.com Stable Schnapsicles Stable is offering their signature Schnapsicles, popsicles featuring schnaps hailing from the Alpine region balanced with fresh fruit purée and dry white wine. Beverage Director Silvan Kraemer created the summertime treat as a way for guests to enjoy schnaps, typically associated with colder weather, year-round. Schnapsicles are available in apricot, raspberry, and Williams pear varieties as a single popsicle, in a bucket of six, or as a Schnapsicle Spritz, a popsicle served inside a glass of sparkling rosé. 1324 H Street NE; 202.733.4604; stabledc.com NEW:  Sweetwater Tavern  Sweetwater Tavern has released the S’more Stout, Aces High (an IPA with a tropical fruit aroma),  the Yippee-Ei-O-Springbock (the Virginia Beer Cup Medalist is a strong full-bodied German Maibok with a deep golden color), and the Wit’s End Ale (a two-time Silver Medalist and one-time Bronze Medalist at the Great American Beer Festival). 3066 Gate House Plaza, Falls Church, VA; 703.645.8100; sweetwatertavern.pub NEW:  Tico Tico has launched new PRIDE rainbow cocktails like Smoke on the Water (Mezcal, grapefruit juice, grapefruit soda), Little Red Corvette (Mezcal, Ancho Reyes, Luxardo Cherry), Here Comes the Sun (Milagro Blanco, guava shrub, Demerara, club soda, and more. 1926 14th Street NW; 202.319.1400; ticodc.com Tiki TNT Inspired by his rum-soaked adventures in the Caribbean and South Pacific as a scuba dive-master, Todd Thrasher - celebrated barman turned distiller - opened up his own waterfront, urban rum emporium paying tribute to his travels. Situated at the popular District Wharf, his Polynesian-influenced bar - Tiki TNT- has been recognized by Esquire magazine, in the June issue, with one of the industry's highest honor - "Best Bars in America, 2021. 1130 Maine Avenue SW; 202.900.4786; tikitnt.com Trummer’s Trummer’s is now offering a special summer menu of creative frozen cocktails. Designed by restaurant co-owner and bar manager, Stefan Trummer, the new menu features a mix of classic cocktails, frozen summer favorites like the pina colada, and specialty cocktails of Trummer’s own design. Highlights from the menu include the Panananango (a tropical cocktail featuring vodka, papaya, banana, mango, and yuzu), Coconut Milk White Russian (coffee-infused coconut milk and a Kahlua float), and the Frozen Glühwein. 7134 Main Street, Clifton, VA; 703.266.1623; trummersrestaurant.com
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Build Brunch Better
Photo: Anna-Alexandra Rojo Wildman (@ The Pembroke) As restaurants and businesses adjust to this new normal, more varied offerings are appearing for takeout and delivery, including breakfast and weekend brunches:   Al Dente Al Dente is offering bottomless mimosas on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy Italian classics such as “Fettuccine Alla Carbonara” with egg yolk, pecorino, pancetta, and black pepper; “Vegetable Omelette” with spinach, mushrooms and fontina cheese & served with breakfast potatoes; “Breakfast Pizza” with tomato sauce, mozzarella, egg, and bacon; and more. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; 202.244.2223;(aldentedc.com)   Bayou Bakery  Bayou Bakery is now offering brunch on a stick. This offering comes with Creole seasoning, a slice of applewood smoked bacon, jumbo gulf shrimp, pickled okra, tomato, olive, and a wedge of lime. This drink comes with vodka, tomato juice, freshly grated horseradish, crystal hot sauce, tomato juice, lime and lemon juice, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. 1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; 703.243.2410; bayoubakeryva.com Best Buns Bread Company + Great American Restaurant Group Great American Restaurant Group has expanded the Best Buns Bakery & Cafe into its existing restaurant establishments, with a walk-up counter service offering daily baked artisan pastries, sweets, savory breakfast sandwiches like sausage and egg, and drinks like Screwdrivers. 4010 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA; 703.578.1500; (bestbunsbreadco.com ) Boundary Stone Boundary Stone is offering brunch with new menu items like a PBELT (pork belly, fried egg, lettuce, and pickled green tomato), steak and eggs, and three different Boundary Bennys - a sausage benny, a honey hot chicken benny, and a vegetarian-friendly honey hot seitan benny. 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW; boundarystonedc.com Butter Me Up Butter Me Up is a virtual breakfast pop-up with two locations within the District: HalfSmoke restaurant at 651 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001 and Mess Hall culinary incubator at 703 Edgewood Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017.  Dishes are available for carryout and delivery seven days a week, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include maple pancake sandwich with applewood bacon, farm egg, classic American cheese, and more. 651 Florida Avenue, NW; 202.986.2127; (/buttermeupdc.com)  Cafe Riggs  Cafe Riggs is offering brunch with a ham breakfast sandwich made with Honey Baked ham, scrambled eggs, Appalachian and chow chow, as well as eggnog french toast, served with fresh orange marmalade, Eggs Royale, smoked salmon, harsh brown, bearnaise and poached egg. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800;(caferiggs.com) Call Your Mother  Call Your Mother is offering cinnamon raisin and cheddar bagels, Nacho Jalapeño cream cheese, cacio e pepe cream cheese, Samoa donut, and more. 3301 Georgia Avenue NW; (callyourmotherdeli.com) Chiko Chiko is offering dim sum service at both CHIKO Dupont and Bethesda moving forward. Guests will be able to enjoy said dishes via contactless pickup or delivery on weekends from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with the option of choosing 3 for $20, 5 for $32, 7 for $45 or order a la carte. Menu offerings include pork & kimchi potstickers, cumin lamb dumplings, chicken spring rolls, and more. 423 8th Street SE; 202.558.9934; (chikodc.com) Dirty Habit Brunch is back at Dirty Habit DC- Featuring bottomless mimosas, a Mimosa Flight (4 fruit purees presented with a split bottle of Dirty Habit's Bubble, and new menu items. 555 8th Street NW; 202.449.7095; (dirtyhabitdc.com) Donahue Brunch is back at Donahue with build your own mimosas from their list of extensive champagnes. The champagne also comes with a complimentary selection of fresh-squeezed juice that changes daily. Brunch menu highlights include the crab cake benedict or crab and pea omelet. 1338 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.450.4909; donahuedc.com Espita Mezcaleria Espita is offering brunch on the weekends, including brunch tacos and tlayudas with tequila-and-grapefruit Palomas ($36, serves six) or bottomless mimosas ($14, includes a bottle of cava and choice of juice). There are also liter margaritas available ($40). Brunch items are available for pickup and delivery via Caviar Saturday and Sunday only. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; (espitadc.com) Fairmont Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown Serves Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Served in the Loggia and Courtyard. Menu offerings include avocado toast, blueberry pancakes, eggs benedict.  2401 M Street NW; 202.429.2400; (fairmont.com) Fight Club  Fight Club is offering brunch with a hybrid menu featuring favorites from Chef Andrew Markert’s original restaurant, Beuchert’s Saloon. Menu offerings include eggs of the benedict featuring a baby Dutch pancake, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and smoked ham; famous chicken and waffles, a vanilla waffle topped with juicy fried chicken, bacon jam, pecan butter, and maple syrup, and more. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.com NEW:  Four Seasons Celebrate Pride with a bottomless Rosé brunch at Bourbon Steak. Produced by Nora Lee by Brandt Ricca and featuring performances by DJ Tezrah and DJ Farah Flosscett as well as guest performances by KC B Yonce and Logan Stone. A portion of the proceeds from each bottomless brunch will benefit the Equality Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Capital Pride, to raise awareness and relief funds for LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and businesses. Guests can sip bottomless rosé or Champagne while tasting a la carte brunch dishes such as bourbon french toast, 7x picanha steak and eggs, or king crab eggs benedict. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.342.0444; fourseasons.com Gatsby Gatsby's brunch runs Saturday's and Sunday's with reimaged brunch classics like chocolate french toast and souffle pancake to traditional Mah-Ze-Dahr favorites like pastry baskets, cinnamon rolls, and stuffed croissants. Cocktails by the pitcher are available of their Gretta's Punch, Bloody Mary, Just Peachy, and Hola Pina. 1201 Half Street SE Suite #205; 202.817.3005; gatsbyrestaurant.com Glover Park Grill Glover Park Grill is now featuring brunch from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chef Michael Schlow and chef Hamilton Johnson have curated a brunch menu featuring sweet and savory dishes. Some menu highlights include brioche french toast with cherry compote and Nutella, the GPG crab cake benedict with lump crab meat and soft poached eggs, plus chef Alex Levin's homemade pastry basket. The brunch menu will also include specials on rosè bottles & new spring cocktails. 2505 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202.625.5400; (gloverparkgrill.com) Four Seasons Four Seasons is offering brunch with menu offerings like his menu of decadent brunch favorites such as bourbon pain perdu with mascarpone and berries drizzled with Egyptian chamomile syrup and the “A5 and Eggs” features a 4 ounce A5 wagyu steak, truffle eggs, crispy pommes Anna and béarnaise. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; fourseasons.com Half Smoke  Half Smoke has launched a new breakfast concept called “Morning After Next”. The Morning After Next menu is divided into four categories: breakfast bites, pancakes, hashes, and everything else. Menu offerings include avocado toast, pork and beans hash, and more. 651 Florida Avenue NW; 202.986.2079;(halfsmoke.com) Jack Rose Dining Saloon Jack Rose Dining Saloon has introduced a brunch service running every Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Hosted on its safely-distanced open-air terrace, guests can enjoy morning cocktails, brunch fares like mornay-smothered Kentucky hot browns, veggie-packed frittatas, and more. 2007 18th Street NW; 202.588.7388; (jackrosediningsaloon.com ) NEW:  Juniper Restaurant Juniper is offering Sunday brunch with offerings like an à la carte menu that includes buttermilk pancakes, brioche French toast, blueberry pancakes, made-to-order omelets, and a selection of side dishes. Bottomless mimosas are offered and other cocktails. 2401 M Street NW; 202.457.5020; fairmont.com I Egg You The Fried Rice Collective is hosting an event called “I Egg You” at Chiko Capital Hill every Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. The menu features egg sandwiches, open-faced griddles, and more. Local partners include Rako coffee, Logan Sausage, and more. 423 8th Street SE; (ieggyou.com).  La Vie  La Vie is offering a Mediterranean Sunday Brunch (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The extensive menu includes some of La Vie’s favorites such as savory appetizers like Greek lamb meatballs, grape leaves, and smoked salmon tartine.  Main course dishes include tiramisu French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and merguez muffin. Prices range from $7.00 - $22.00.  88 District Square SW 5th floor; 202.560.5501; (laviedc.xyz) Las Gemelas Las Gemelas Cocina Mexicana is now offering brunch. Dishes include a chipotle and grapefruit waffle, Chilaquiles, and drinks like nitro coffee and pineapple juice "Café Piña" or boozy "Pitaya Mojito." 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550; (lasgemelasdc.com) Liberte Brasserie Liberté offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. At brunch, guests can enjoy “Beef Bourguignon Skillet” with home fries, beef Bourguignon, bacon lardons, fried egg, and mornay; “Steak and Eggs” with marinated hanger steak, piperade, salsa brava, poached egg, petite salad, and home fries (GF); “Lox Benedict” with smoked salmon, arugula, poached eggs, hollandaise, English muffin, home fries, and petite salad; and more. Celebrate the weekend with “Mimosa Kits,” which includes a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; (libertedc.com) Lincoln  Lincoln restaurant has Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings on the menu include French toast, fried chicken and waffles, and more. Lincoln offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody mary option for $45 a person. In addition to indoor dining, Lincoln has patio seating for 45 guests. 1110 Vermont Avenue NW; 202.386.9200; (lincolnrestaurant-dc.com) Mama Chang  Mama Chang is offering brunch with offerings including pink shrimp dumplings, steamed pork ribs soaked in black bean sauce, and topped off with jalapeno peppers. 3251 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA; 703.268.5556; mamachangva.com Mi Vida Roberto Santibañez is bringing everything from naranjas enchiladas and huevos rellenos single plates to family-style menus with enchiladas, guacamole, churros to their Mi Vida’s brunch menu. Their menu also offers cocktails like their Café Frappé" and "Ponche de Lola”. 98 District Square SW; 202.516.4656; kneadhd.com Mission Dupont Mission Dupont has added a bottomless brunch to its menu. Offerings include tinga brunch bowl, apple French toast, jumbo steak and egg tacos, and a chicken breakfast burrito. Available Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Mission Dupont’s $25.99 bottomless brunch include pitchers of mimosas, margaritas, and Bloody Marys or Shocktop beer. 1606 20th Street NW; (missiondupont.com) Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is offering breakfast-to-go. Executive Chef Kevin Lalli is preparing a menu of traditional French and American breakfast fare, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. and, on Saturday and Sundays from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Menu offerings include smoked salmon bagel, yogurt parfait, and more. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8800; (opalinedc.com) Ottoman Taverna Ottoman Taverna offers bottomless food and mimosas on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Menu items include “Sucuklu Omelette” with beef-lamb sausage and kashkaval cheese; “Patates Köfte” with crumbled feta and yogurt sauce; “Frittata” with spinach, mushrooms, kashkaval cheese and sumac; and more. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; (ottomantaverna.com) Owen’s Ordinary Owen’s Ordinary is offering weekend brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Menu offerings include avocado toast, shrimp and grits, chicken & waffles, $5 drafts, $6 cocktails, and $7 wines-by-the-glass. 11820 Trade Street North Bethesda, MD; (owensordinarymd.com) Oyamel Oyamel serves brunch on weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.with highlights including Chilaquiles con chorizo y huevo estrellada, Churros de San Angel con chocolate and conchas by the basket. Oyamel’s salt air margaritas are available by the glass or pitcher, along with specialty cocktails, micheladas and beer. 401 7th Street NW; 202.628.1005; (oyamel.com) Rebel Taco Rebel Taco has relaunched their $23 bottomless brunch package. Pair drinks like the "manmosa" and "spicy homemade bloody mary" with dishes like "hangover burrito" and "chilaquiles (breakfast nachos)". 1214 U Street NW; 202.735.5600; rebeltaco.com Sababa Sababa has introduced a Sunday brunch menu that has features from its modern Israeli concept. Brunch is served exclusively on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Guests can look forward to salads, hummus, mezze and kebabs off the regular menu along with a selection of breakfast sandwiches and benedicts, served on potato latkes or house-made Jerusalem-style bagels. 3311 Connecticut Avenue; 202.244.6750; (sababauptown.com) Shilling Canning Company Shilling Canning Company has added a brunch menu online that is available for pre-ordering. Some favorites on the menu include the pastry board, egg mcmaggie, french toast, and to-gosa kits. 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; (shillingcanning.com) Sloppy Mama’s Sloppy Mama’s has introduced a new breakfast offering. The breakfast bowl includes crispy tater tots topped with breakfast meat, two eggs, cheese and house-made tomato jam. 5731 Lee Highway., Arlington, VA; 703.269.2718; (sloppymamas.com) Stellina  Stellina offers a prix fixe weekend brunch menu ($35 per person) that is available for takeout and delivery from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The meal features a bottle of prosecco with fresh-squeezed orange juice, a choice of one entre like italian toast, and a choice of two dishes such as pizza carbonara and pizza bismark. 399 Morse Street NE; 202.851.3995; (stellinapizzeria.com) Succotash Succotash is serving typical southern comfort brunch specials like "The Hangover Special" with eggs, pork, potatoes gravy, and a biscuit or classic "Steak 'N Eggs." Drink specials include all the classics w/ a twist, like the "Southern Bloody" and "Belle's Punch." 915 F Street NW; 202.849.6933; (kneadhd.com) Summer House Santa Monica Grab a Rise & Shine breakfast special of an egg sandwich & coffee at Summer House’s Market. Call to place an order in advance or stop by the restaurant. In addition, Summer House offers regular breakfast staples like pancakes, yogurt parfaits and more, available all day. Every day, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. View the complete menu here. Regular menu is also available for pick up or delivery. Click here to order. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, MD; 301.881.2381; (summerhousesm.com) Tabla  Tabla is now offering breakfast items on their menu. Offerings include Matsoni: Yogurt & Granola with seasonal fruit ($6), Guruli khachapuri: a breakfast khachapuri with boiled egg, cheese and fresh herbs ($8), and Nazuki: a Georgian spiced bread with dried cherries and currants, served with honey butter ($3). 3227 Georgia Avenue NW; 202.291.3227; (tabladc.com) Teddy & The Bully Bar Teddy & The Bully Bar is holding Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Offerings include a brunch burger with egg, buttermilk pancakes, crab benedict, and more. Teddy & The Bully Bar offers a bottomless mimosa, bellini, and bloody Mary option for $40 a person. 1200 19th Street NW; 202.872.8700; (teddyandthebullybar.com) The Conrad The Conrad is now offering a breakfast offering called Blue Willow. Menu items include smoked salmon, crab quiche, pastries, and more. 950 New York Avenue NW; 202.844.5900; conradwashingtondc.com The Eleanor  The Eleanor is now offering brunch with favorites including hangover hash and fried chicken, as well as some new menu items like the everything bagel sandwich. 931 Ellsworth Drive Silver Spring, MD; 202.758.2235; eleanordc.com The Grill The Grill is now offering brunch. The brunch menu includes granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, banana cakes, spinach/sun-dried tomato egg souffle, roasted potatoes ($24 per person). The Grill also offers make your own pitchers of The Grill Martini, Old Fashioned, Champagne selections, and more. 99 Market Square SW; 202.916.5996; (kneadhd.com) The Imperial The Imperial is offering inaugural brunch service from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Offerings include spiced apple crepes, classic Quiche Lorraine, and house mortadella-topped breakfast sandwiches; along with new sandwiches and brunch cocktails like old bay bloody marys ($14) or bottomless mimosas ($22), plus the restaurant’s full wine, beer and spirits menu. 2001 18th Street, NW; (imperialdc.com) The Pembroke The Pembroke has introduced brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The Pembroke will be introducing Build Your Own Mimosas with Taittinger La Francaise Brut Champagne and Bloody Mary for the table featuring Ketel One vodka. 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202.448.4302; thepembrokedc.com Tiki on 18th Tiki is now offering brunch with favorites like chicken and Ube mochi waffles, as well as drink deals such as $65 bottles of Ruinart Blancs de Blancs and $75 bottles of Ruinart Rose. 2411 18th Street NW; 202.846.1952;tikion18th.com Yardbird Yardbird is offering weekend brunch like the chicken & egg sandwich, and the chicken 'n' watermelon 'n' waffles. The cocktail program features an abundance of seasonality, a highly curated bourbon collection and an opulent wine list. 901 New York Avenue NW; 202.333.2450; (runchickenrun.com) Zaytinya Zaytinya’s signature RoZAY weekend brunch ($75 for two guests) includes a rosé flight, four courses of mezze and dessert to share. Dishes such as crispy brussels afelia and chicken shakshouka are complemented by Mediterranean and Turkish rosés. Guests may also order a la carte with favorites including brunch fries with crispy potatoes, house mushroom salt, garlic yogurt and a soft egg yolk for dipping. Brunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 701 9th Street NW; 202.638.0800; (zaytinya.com)
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Taste of Early Summer
Photo: Eli Nellis (@ Spanish Diner) Area restaurants have upped their delivery and to-go offerings, and for those who are ready, you can dine on their patios and socially distance indoors: Caruso’s Grocery  Caruso's Grocery is modeled after the classic Italian-American “red sauce” joint, and has menu offerings including chicken parmesan, penne alla vodka, mozzarella en Carozza, sole Francaise, garlic bread with a four-cheese sauce, and more. 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; theroostsedc.com D’Artagnan  D’Artagnan has taken a dive into the waters of sustainable seafood. D'Artagnan is committed to working with conscientious farmers, ranchers, and fishers who respect the environment and the ecosystems that support animal life, on the earth and the seas. The selection of fish includes Organic Black Tiger Shrimp, King Turbot, Norwegian Salmon, and more. dartagnan.com   NEW:  Fairmont Fairmont is celebrating UEFA EURO 2020 by broadcasting games live on large screens in the hotel’s lobby and Loggia. Staff will wear shirts representing the countries of their favorite teams while serving Executive Chef Jordi Gallardo’s International menu featuring fare from England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Offerings include fish & chips, malt vinegar,  Bauernwurst sausage, pretzel bun, and more. 2401 M Street NW; 202.429.2400; fairmont.com Fight Club  Fight Club is expanding its sandwich shop to offer in-person dining. The menu features Rarebit and Rye loaded with house-made pastrami, grilled onions, bread and butter pickles, Welsh rarebit, and deli mustard on rye; the HEIR to the BLT, heirloom tomatoes, house-made black pepper bacon, pistachio butter, brown butter mayo, and shrettuce on sourdough; and the Faux-lafel Wrap, cashew and tofu “faux-lafel” cucumber, cabbage, ramp raita, and benne tahini on naan bread.  623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; fightclubdc.com NEW:  Four Seasons The Four Seasons is open for lunch for the first time since March 2020. Executive Chef Oliver Beckert has prepared a menu full of Seasons favorites and some new, health-focused international dishes. 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202.342.0444; fourseasons.com NEW:  Juniper Restaurant  Juniper is offering lunch, with menu highlights including Maryland blue crab cakes, sandwiches, and entrées including grilled shrimp, plant-based Bolognese, red snapper, and steak frites. Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat is also offering desserts like Meyer lemon Juniper posset, Mara chocolate sphere, harlequin chocolate, and summer berry sundaes. 2401 M Street NW; 202.457.5020; fairmont.com Las Gemelas Las Gemelas is now offering an unofficial "Biden Bundle" to guests that come in and want to emulate the President's visit. The secret menu item includes the Taco al Pastor, Taco de Barbacoa, Taco de Carnitas, Taco de Lengua, Quesadilla con Chorizo, and the Quesadilla con hongos. 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550; lasgemelasdc.com NEW:  Lucky Buns  Lucky Buns is offering all-you-can-eat-crabs, corn, potato salad, chicken, and slaw for $50 per person for 2 hours. Lucky's bartenders are creating fresh fruit crushes, cocktails, and local brews for an additional cost. 2000 18th Street NW; 202.5061713;.luckybuns.com NEW:  Masseria  Masseria’s Chef's Table & Chef's Counter are now reopened offering a front-row seat to the kitchen. Designed for intimate groups of two to four, guests are immersed within the heart of the restaurant as they enjoy an 8-course menu prepared by Chef Nicholas Stefanelli and the culinary team. 1340 4th Street NE; 202.608.1330; masseria-dc.com NEW:  Milkbar Milk Bar is offering “Build a Pint”, a program where guests can dream up their own layered soft-serve treat. Guests can choose from soft serve flavors (Cereal Milk or a rotating seasonal flavor, currently Strawberry Shortcake), sauces (fudge, strawberry sauce), cake pieces (b’day cake, double chocolate cake, or vanilla cake), and toppings (b’day crumb, chocolate crumb, shortcake crumb, cornflake crunch, marshmallow, sprinkles). 1525 15th Street NW; 202.5061357; milkbarstore.com NEW:  NRG Provisions  NRG Provisions has partnered with the Belgium-inspired restaurant, The Sovereign. Menu offerings include French Onion Soup, Coq au Geuze, Carbonnade Flamande, and much more – all of which are complemented by a selection of Belgian brews, French natural wines, and cocktails. 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue; nrgprovisions.com NEW:  Officina  Officina is offering $11 pasta dishes for their Pasta Wednesday featurette. Menu highlights include the Burrata d’Andria (burrata cheese, path valley baby beets, almonds, nepitella), Arancini (carnaroli risotto, english peas, veal, provolone), and more. 1120 Maine Avenue SW; 202.747.5222; officinadc.com Rose’s at Home Rose’s has launched three new June menus. The menus are Picnic Time ( Nicoise salad, BBQ chicken wings), Stone Fruit Season (scallop ceviche, pork belly glazed in plum sauce), Rose’s Classics ( charred broccoli salad, toffee pudding). exploretock.com/rosesathome Shilling Canning Company  Shilling Canning Company is offering soft shell crabs on the menu (or scallops, depending on the availability of softshells), Elysian Fields lamb, and more on the three-course menu (and a la carte menu). 360 Water Street SE; 202.554.7474; shillingcanning.com Shouk Shouk is launching a brand new menu item, the BBQ Jack. The dish of pulled jackfruit, red cabbage slaw, crispy shallots, and mesquite-smoked bbq sauce is now available as a pita or a bowl. Shouk's chef Dennis Friedman worked with chef Ed Reavis of Money Muscle BBQ to perfect a tangy Carolina-style sauce to play off the natural sweetness of the jackfruit while helping Ed with some ideas for plant-based dishes to debut at his own restaurant.  655 K Street NW; 202.945.4747; shouk.com TTT TTT is offering a new spring menu with dishes incorporating Mexican flavors, techniques, and the style of presentation. Menu offerings include crispy Korean-style double-fried chicken wings (chipotle tinga and yuzu crema or presented with dry spiced TTT furikake), Mexican Birria ramen (achiote-spiced stock, chorizo, hominy, soft egg, and crispy tortilla strips). 2900 Wilson Blvd Suite 103, Arlington, VA; 703.888.1528;tttrestaurant.com The Point Fish & Fire Food Group's newest restaurant The Point is offering wood-roasted oysters grilled with breadcrumbs, lemon, and melted blue crab butter; fluffy, deep-fried crab doughnuts filled with a creamy crab dip and Chesapeake seasoning; and succulent Chesapeake-inspired peel and eat shrimp that diners can enjoy with a homemade cocktail sauce and juice and zest of one fresh lemon. 2100 2nd Street SW; thepointdc.com Vintage Yacht Charters  Vintage Yacht Charters is a new company offering private excursions along the Potomac River aboard two vintage yachts (Patriot and Independence). Chef Bin Lu, formerly of Bourbon Steak, Cityzen, and Pineapple & Pearls has been tapped to consult on custom menus for cocktail parties as well as brunch, lunch, and dinner services. Food and beverage will be provided by a catering partner in coordination with Chef Lu. 202.809.8774; yachtdc.com WHINO Bar & Grill WHINO invites patrons to inhabit large-scale mural installations while enjoying craft cocktails, beer, wine, and globally inspired social plates. Shane Pomajambo’s Moderne Design Inc. of Great Falls, Virginia created the expansive restaurant/gallery’s dynamic interior. WHINO’s opening menu focuses on a mix of modern dishes that meld American and international flavors and ingredients. Dishes include Smoked Octopus (harissa chickpea purée, smoked salt), Prime Dry Aged Beef ( polenta fries, charred endive, and salsa verde), Handmade Ricotta Gnocchi (seasonal vegetables, saffron vegetable brodo, grana Padano, toasted hazelnuts), and more. 4238 Wilson Blvd Second Floor, Arlington, VA; 571.290.3958; whinova.com
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All Al Fresco
Photo: @libertedc Spring has sprung in our DC area and those daffodils are not the only things popping up. Look here, there, and everywhere for all the new outdoor settings at your favorite places. We are pretty sure this is just the beginning. As the days grow longer so will the offers. Check back here for the latest in al fresco dining: Al Dente Al Fresco Al Dente offers an expansive dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy their favorite Italian classics. Vist during their daily happy hour from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., which includes half-priced pizzas, $5 glasses of wine, $4 beers and more. 3201 New Mexico Avenue NW; 202.244.2223; aldentedc.com Bammy’s Breeze Bar Bammy's riverside patio is open 4:00 pm Wednesday to Friday and at noon on Saturdays and Sundays. In celebration of the patio opening and return of Nationals baseball, co-executive chefs Gerald Addison and Chris Morgan are offering a special Washington Nationals Game Day menu on the riverside. The menu features jerk chicken wings, crispy jerk pork belly, jerk chicken sausage with coleslaw on a potato roll, roasted and salted peanuts with fried thyme, fried green banana chips, and more. Drinks include rum and coke, tropical sangria, and Red Stripe Beer with a shot of Appleton. The full menu is also available to any and all guests. The game day menu is specific to the Breeze Bar. 301 Water Street SE; bammysdc.com Brasserie Liberté Double Patio Brasserie Liberté has both a front and a side dog-friendly patio with heat lamps for chilly evenings and string lights. Dine in historic Georgetown, with lunch Monday through Friday and dinner served nightly, along with brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 3251 Prospect Street NW; 202.878.8404; libertedc.com Café Riggs Garden Terrace Constructed as six separate outdoor dining rooms, each Garden Terrace hideaway features private seating, cooling fans for those hot DC summer days (and nights) and lavish designs by DC-based florist Amaryllis. The Café Riggs menu, from Chef Patrick Curran (previously of David Chang’s Momofuku D.C.), features the Café Riggs Plateau with oysters, cucumber and caviar, scallop ceviche, shrimp, and crab salad. Café Riggs also recently debuted a lovely Rosé menu, offering a hand-picked selection of rosé wine and rosé champagne by the glass or bottle, to sip this summer outdoors. 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800; sevenrooms.com/reservations/caferiggs Colada Shop Rooftop Colada Shop on 14th Street has reopened its newly revamped rooftop and will be taking resrvations via Tock to adhere to socially distanced protocols. The rooftop features a new addition to the repertoire of iconic murals by artist Kilia Llano (@kiliallano). The space will be open seven days, while the upstairs bar will be open for service Wednesday through Fridays from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 1405 T Street NW; coladashop.com Columbia Room Spritz Garden Columbia Room has launched The Spritz Garden, an homage to the outdoor cafes in Italy. The Spritz Garden offers a menu of unique spritzes, apéritif cocktails, and snacks to graze on between sips. The Spritz Garden drink list features its namesake drink in a few forms: the Aperol Spritz with Cinzano Prosecco, sparkling mineral water, and aperol; and the Cynar Spritz bolstered with housemade salted grapefruit soda. Other apéritif cocktails will include a Negroni with gin, campari, and sweet vermouth. 124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com Conrad DC Summit Rooftop The Conrad rooftop’s new concept is driven by an eco-friendly and socially conscious approach to food and drink. Summit places an emphasis on supporting community partners through local sourcing across the mid-Atlantic region, along with support of local and regional distillers and brewers and female winemakers. Some of executive chef Josh Murray's dishes, like the house pork BBQ, are derived from family recipes and will be prepared using an eco-friendly solar oven. The beverage menu puts a spotlight on the local and regional community of distillers and brewers. A collaboration with DC’s Up Top Acres allows for a “garden to glass” approach to cocktails. The local company creates urban food producing landscapes, so guests can expect garnishes right from the rooftop planter garden that weaves throughout the space. In addition to the social distancing measures in place, there are enhanced cleaning measures in place throughout the hotel. The rooftop venue can also safely and comfortably accommodate groups (within DC capacity guidelines) with a rooftop Pod reservation in the lounge area for a $500 minimum. The Summit Rooftop at Conrad is open Thursday from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 4:00 to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6: 00 p.m. 950 New York Avenue NW; 202.844.5900. The Patio & Parklet at Cork Wine Bar Cork's outdoor patio and parklet are fully open and taking reservations. Enjoy wine and nosh on snacks al fresco on 14th Street NW. All delivery and take-out options are still available as well. In the coming weeks, Cork will also be hiring staff & getting everything ready to open the downstairs bar & dining room to full capacity.  Outdoor seating available Wednesday through Saturday. 1805 14th Street NW; corkdc.com The Taproom & Beer Garden at DC Brau  DC Brau is welcoming back visitors to its taproom at the brewery on Bladensburg Road. In addition to a limited number of tables inside, the brewery is creating an outdoor beer garden in the parking lot between the two silos that will accommodate seating up to 50 visitors at a time. To begin, the taproom and beer garden will be open on Fridays from 4:00 to 10:00 pm, Saturdays from noon to 10:00 p.m, and on Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. Curbside pick-up will be available during taproom hours, as well as on Thursdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. Delivery will also continue to be available throughout the District and parts of Northern Virginia. Once at the table, guests will be able to order beer to enjoy on site and to go via a posted QR Code system. As in “pre-pandemic times,” guests are welcome to bring in their own food, and there will be a rotating line-up of food trucks on site on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy. dcbrau.com The Doyle Terrace by The House Of Suntory at Dupont Circle Hotel The Doyle bar’s sprawling terrace is an ideal oasis for cocktails and people watching. This summer, the Doyle is being transformed with a partnership between the hotel and the House Of Suntory, the famed Japanese spirits brand. A special cocktail menu will be available featuring the spirits, including The Secret Garden with Roku Gin, absinthe, and cucumber; the Hokey Toki with Toki Whisky, strawberry shrub, and egg white; and the Ice Cream Parlor with Haku vodka, passion fruit, Morenko’s honey lavender ice cream. These libations can be enjoyed with a menu of light bites such as herb falafel, oysters, tuna tostadas, and cheese and charcuterie boards, as well as heavier fare. The terrace installation will be on through the summer. The Doyle opens at 2:00 p.m. daily and closes at 11:00 p.m. 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW; doylecollection.com The Patio at  Equinox Equinox Restaurant offers a tented and ventilated patio with socially distanced seating for 20 people. Besides the plant-based, locally sourced menu, the patio is also pup-friendly for your furry best friends. 818 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202.331.8118; equinoxrestaurant.com Foxtrot Patio Pleasures Foxtrot, DC’s new corner store and local wateringhole, has patio seating at both its Georgetown and Mount Vernon Triangle locations. Through Foxtrot's perks program, members can shop happy hour prices on beer, wine and cocktails in select stores all day long. Grab a bottle of one of Foxtrot’s over 200 wines and two glasses, a charcuterie board, and a dessert for the perfect night out, or bring your furry friends for a puppuccino.650 Massachusetts Avenue NW; 1267 Wisconsin Avenue NW; foxtrotco.com Martinis & Vibes at The Grill  The Grill, a sophisticated steak and seafood restaurant with a South Florida vibe (and an impressive array of martini supplies!) is serving up dishes on their Southwest Waterfront patio. Chef Roberto Santibañez and Knead Hospitality and Design's open kitchen sends out steak, seafood, and vegetable plates cooked over charcoal and pecan wood from a Josper Basque Grill, made in Barcelona. 99 Market Square SW; thegrilldc.com  Masseria Courtyard Experience Head to the courtyard for a micro Masseria Moment or extend your La Cucina experience with the 'Aperitivo' or 'Dolce' experience.  The Aperitivo experience is a small collection of savory bites and antipasti. If you like a little bit more luxury, add on a caviar service and foienoli to enhance the experience. The Dolce experience begins with a composed cheese bite and is followed by a series of sweet bites. This is an excellent way to enjoy some after dinner drinks and desserts outdoors. If you are a cheese lover, add a cheese plate to your order, or a chocolate lover, add an additional chocolate course as well. Both experiences have the option of adding on pairings (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), cocktails, or wines. Masseria is  taking extra measures to ensure the safety of you and their employees. This includes contactless ordering, distanced tables, and 2-6 guests by the fire pit. Learn more here. 1340 4th Street NE; masseria-dc.com  Mi Vida on the Water Chef Roberto Santibañez, in partnership with Knead Hospitality + Design, raises the bar for Mexican cuisine in Washington, DC, with a menu that is inspired by street food and traditional Mexican home cooking. Take in the distinctive and historic Mexican décor (including a modern take on “Árbol de la Vida”) as well as waterfront patio seating while you soak up the sun along with the cuisine. 98 District Square SW; mividamexico.com Napoli Pasta Bar al Fresco While Napoli Pasta Bar temporarily closed their Columbia Heights location this year, it is continuing to serve high-quality fresh pasta, authentic Neapolitan entrees, delicious sauces, plus sandwiches and pizzas at the Pentagon Row sister location, Napoli Salumeria. Enjoy Italian cuisine al fresco on the Salumeria’s patio. 1301 S Joyce Street, Arlington, VA; napolisalumeria.com Turkish Dining on the Ottoman Taverna Patio Ottoman Taverna offers a vast dog-friendly patio for you to enjoy their signature Turkish cuisine in Mount Vernon Triangle, with lunch available Monday through Friday, dinner nightly, and Saturday and Sunday brunch. 425 I Street NW; 202.847.0389; visitottomantaverna.com Rose’s Luxury Choose Your Own Adventure Patio & Rooftop Garden Visit the Rose’s patio for their newest menu format. Everyone at the table chooses two dishes from the menu (so, 3 guests = 6 dishes, 4 guests = 8 dishes, and so on), plus dessert. Menu items may include pork & lychee salad, ice cream and caviar, oxtail barbacoa with fresh tortillas, and more. Prepaid reservations for parties of 2 to 5 are available for $75–$95 per person. Or, experience an upgraded prix fixe menu on their private roof garden with five of your closest family or friends. Minimum & maximum party size is six people, with prepaid reservations at $95 per person. 717 8th Street SE; exploretock.com/rosesluxurydc  Succotash Harbor Dining Knead Hospitality + Design's Succotash retained their Bib Gourmand for the third year in a row, serving up chef Edward Lee's southern specialties with an Asian twist. Get a taste of the south on their patio at Succotash National Harbour. 186 Waterfront Street, Forrest Heights, MD; succotashrestaurant.com Yardbird Patio Dining Enjoy the lovely spring weather on the patio at recently opened Yardbird in Mount Vernon. With seating for up to 170, Yardbird's two patios are the perfect spot to enjoy brunch with friends or an evening cocktail and a bite to eat. Yardbird is known for its farm-fresh dishes like the heirloom field pea hummus, and Southern-inspired fare like Lewellyn's fine fried chicken and the fried green tomato BLT. With an extensive bar menu, and signature cocktails like the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade and the Yardbird Old Fashioned, Yardbird pleases whiskey and wine drinkers alike. The patio is open during all operating hours with a portion covered in the event of inclement weather. 901 New York Avenue NW; runchickenrun.com
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The RAMMY Awards Return & In Person!
The  Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced today that the 39th Annual RAMMY Awards will return to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Sunday, September 19, 2021. The awards will pivot once again to honor the industry for the extraordinary ways in which it’s operators, distributors and suppliers, and industry partners were innovative, rethinking operations and navigating recent challenges in creative ways. The RAMMY Awards always honors the accomplishments of the restaurant and foodservice industry across the DC region, while shining light on some bright and talented stars who are the best of the best in that year. Rather than honor winners in the 21 categories that are typically recognized, RAMW plans to bring the industry together to celebrate and recover from the devastation of the last year in a different way. Recognizing that it would not be fair to assess the industry on performance in 2020 – a year largely full of challenges and unforeseen hurdles – RAMW, the esteemed panel of RAMMYS judges, and the 2021 RAMMYS Chairs Committee, have created timely categories that speak to all the ways that the region’s industry uniquely met those challenges. Also unique to this year, nearly half of the honors bestowed will be voted on by the public. Special for this year only, membership in RAMW is not a prerequisite for nomination. Anyone in the public can nominate and those in the industry can nominate themselves and others for the following 2021 RAMMY Awards categories: Managers of the Year Employees of the Year Formal Fine Dining in a Box Most Innovative To-Go Packaging Game Outstanding Covid-Safe Redesign (Indoors or Outdoors) Most Impressive Pivot to Provisions or Market Good Neighbor Award Publicly Voted Categories: Outstanding Ghost Kitchen or Pop-Up Concept Coolest Cocktails and Beverages To-Go Standout Family Meal Packages To-Go Prime Pandemic Patio Scene Technology Trailblazers Splendid Holidays at Home Offerings Festive Foodie Experiences Hottest New Sandwich Spot Stellar Brunches at Home RAMW has begun to accept online nominations for the above categories at www.therammys.org. Nominations will be accepted through 11:59pm, the evening of June 13, 2021. For more information regarding the awards, how to support the program, and this year’s format, email [email protected] 
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Cicadas Be Damned: What We’re Eating & Drinking This Memorial Day
  With all the BBQ’s and picnics, many people seem to forget that Memorial Day, the U.S. federal holiday observed on the last Monday of every May, was created to  to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the military. This Memorial Day, Monday, May 31st, certainly raise a toast and give appreciation to those that have fallen. And if picnicking and BBQing with friends and family for the first time in a long time, let the DC Area Hospitality community help:  Angie’s Tables Tablescape Boxes Angie's Tables are keepsake boxes curated with tablescapes. This one is particularly charming for Summer Brunch. This Cheerful Daffodil tablescape is the perfect way to bring summer sunshine into your lifestyle after the long, dreary winter. This box is perfect for hosting al fresco parties or entertaining graduation celebrations. This box is delivered with four place settings including a tablecloth, table runner, charger plates, napkins and ring holders, votive candles and holders. Tablescape boxes begin at $139.99. angiestables.com Memorial Day Brunch At All-Purpose Pizzeria Join All-Purpose Pizzeria for a special Memorial Day Brunch. Try breakfast pizzas, sweet treats like cinnamon rolls and polenta muffins, or the Jersey Egg Bomb. You can also enjoy sipping on cocktails. Grab a seat on the patio or on the roof deck with sweeping views of the Anacostia River. May 31st from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 79 Potomac Avenue, SE; resy.com/all-purpose-capitol-riverfront Art & Soul Host Memorial Day Weekend Summer Kickoff Celebration Celebrate Summer this Memorial Day with live music, food and drink specials. Enjoy $9 burger and beer specials from May 27th through May 31st beginning at 5:00 p.m. Art and 415 New Jersey Avenue NW; artandsouldc.com Take-Home Grill Kits From Baker's Daughter Chef Matt Baker's take-home grill kits feature a choice of protein, sides, and sauce, along with a mixed green salad and marinated mixed vegetables, each feeding four. Choices of protein include NY strip, filet mignon, or salmon, along with optional enhancements like lobster tail and crab cakes. Available for pick-up on May 28th through May 31st. 1402 Okie Street NE (Ivy City); bakersdaughterdc.com Brasserie Liberté Brunch Brasserie Liberté is offering Memorial Day brunch with signature Mimosa Kits, which include a bottle of sparkling wine and seasonal juices. Brunch favorites include eggs benedict, croque monsieur, moules frites, Liberté classic burger, and more. The brunch menu is available on Memorial Day from 10:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. with dinner service to follow. 3251 Prospect Street NW; libertedc.com Shop Online And Pick-Up Curbside With Butchers Alley Summer days, grilling, fresh seafood and deli salads are almost here. Get ready for Memorial Day weekend with Butchers Alley. Shop your favorite fresh fish and shellfishto grill, prepared and ready to eat foods like salmon burgers, classic deli salads, and more for the upcoming long weekend. If you order online by 1:00 p.m. your online order will be ready for pick up by 5:00 p.m., same day. If you order after 1:00 p.m., your order will be ready for next day pick up. butchersalley.com  Centrolina’s MDW Grilling Kit Perfect for a backyard barbeque, Chef Amy Brandwein has got you covered for your grill sesh to kick off the unofficial start of summer. This grilling kit is $200 and serves 4 people. The kit includes various grilling meats, sides and finishes, dessert, and beverages Orders must be placed by 8:00 p.m. on May 26th and will be available for pick-up or delivery from May 28th through May 30th between 11:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. 974 Palmer Alley NW; centrolinadc.com BBQ Wines & Rosé Packs From Cork Order your wine bundles from Cork this Memorial Day. Choose the BBQ Season bundle ($105), a weather-appropriate mix of two rosés, two whites, and two reds. As we welcome the warmer weather, rosés are arriving from across the pond, and our palates yearn for freshness. Let Cork do the selection for you, sit back, and enjoy. Other pre-selected bundles for your MDW include the French Tour Rosé ($69), Iberian Peninsula Whites ($55), and more. 1805 14th Street NW; corkdc.com Annual Memorial Day Pig Roast By Dirty Habit DC In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, Dirty Habit DC is throwing their annual Pig Roast BBQ in the courtyard. The free event includes a special menu with all the traditional Barbeque offerings like hamburgers, hotdogs, sides, plus their signature DH Burger (egg and teriyaki) as well as their Rice and Rose (inspired by Guns and Roses). Reservations are needed but there is no ticketing or entry fee to attend. May 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 555 8th Street NW; dirtyhabitdc.com House-Made Charcuterie And Cheese Sampler From Fare Well The house-made charcuterie and cheese sampler offers a plant-based appetizer option for Memorial Day cookouts. The $70 package includes cashew-almond cheddar, herbed cashew chèvre, smoked cashew mozzarella, capicollo, chorizo, pepperoni, and other meats and cheeses along with pickles, spicy mustard, fig jam, and thyme crackers, all made in-house. 406 H Street N; toasttab.com/sticky-fingers-bakery-bistro Memorial Day Weekend Musical Brunch at L'Auberge  Join L’Auberge Chez François on Memorial Day Weekend Sunday, May 30th for their very popular musical brunch series featuring the local guitarist and composer Jarrett Laskey. Back by popular demand, Jarrett is a professionally trained classical guitarist performing a repertoire of guitar music, including French standards, classical, and contemporary songs. Feast on Chef Jacques’ four-course brunch repast paired with brunch cocktails, of course, while Jarrett provides his soft acoustic music. Brunch menu items include assorted breads and Chef Pascale’s house-made croissants with local butter, crémant d’Alsace, mimosas, bloody marys, and much more. Hosted on Le Grande Tente Terrace, with very limited exclusive seating. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $75 excluding tax and gratuity; for a total of $96 per person. 332 Springvale Road, Great Falls VA; laubergechezfrancois.com Grilling Made Leban-easy with Take-Home Grill Kits By Lebanese Taverna This Memorial Day weekend, welcome grill season in style with a package of ready-for-the-flame Lebanese Taverna favorites, like chicken and kafta kabobs, along with Lebanese potato salad, watermelon & feta salad, and other summertime sides. The kits are $79 each, feed four to six, and are available for pick-up from Lebanese Taverna full-service restaurants and the Market from May 27th through 31st. lebanesetaverna.com/grill-kits Memorial Day Cookout Kits from Melange Melánge’s has your cookout kits for this Memorial Day. The chef-crafted kits let customers grill and chill as Chef Taddesse does all the prep work and gives expert grilling instructions. Chef Taddesse is offering two kits, one featuring burgers, one with aged ribeye steaks, and both come with garnishes, sides, and dessert. The Burger Bash kir is priced at $75 and the Grill Master kit is priced at $105, with both kits serving up to four people. Pre-order by Thursday, May 27th and pickup Saturday, May 29th or Sunday, May 30th between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m. 449 K Street NW; melangedc.com/burgerbash; melangedc.com/grillmaster-cookoutkits Napoli Memorial Day Wine Tasting On Saturday, May 29th, Napoli Salumeria will be hosting a wine tasting event where you can sample new wines and enjoy authentic Neapolitan treats. The event will take place from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Napoli Salumeria in Pentagon Row. 1301 South Joyce Street, Arlington VA; napolisalumeria.com Neighborhood Provisions Memorial Day Supplies Hard to believe, but here it comes: Memorial Day and that wonderfully festive three day weekend launch into summer. And no matter where your plans take you this year – from the backyard to the beach – Neighborhood Provisions has what you need to celebrate in style. Shop a selection of Memorial Day meats for the grill, tasty sides, refreshing cocktails and beer + wine bundles, and more. Head to the Memorial Day Shop and place your order now for pickup or delivery on the day of your choosing: Thursday, May 27th through Sunday, May 30th. Prices vary by package. nrgprovisions.com Memorial Day Weekend Patio Kick-Off at Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is kicking off Memorial Day weekend on Friday, May 28th with a live performance by vocal guitarist Andy Branigan on their patio. Enjoy listening to Andy entertain with his diverse palette of funk, folk, rock and pop favorites. A menu of French-inspired fare along with a variety of specialty cocktails, Sofia Rosé and beer selections will enhance the evening on Opaline’s patio. 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 806 15th Street NW; 202.730.8701; opalinedc.com Memorial Day Brunch At The Pig Logan Circle’s The Pig will be serving brunch featuring a Chesapeake Oyster toast special appetizer ($8) with fresh shucked local oysters. In keeping with the restaurant’s “nose to tail” menu, brunch also includes pork hash, pork benedict and a breakfast platter with eggs and house made sausage. Brunch will be available on May 31st from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and dinner service is from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. 1320 14th Street, NW; ThePigDC.com Memorial Day Weekend BBQ Picnic from Rose's at Home The perfect menu to enjoy at home or take with you on your Memorial Day Weekend getaway. Includes BBQ pork belly sliders with creamy slaw, crispy onions & BBQ sauce; homemade spiced potato chips with sour cream & onion dip, charred broccoli salad with buttermilk dressing; mustardy potato salad, and a ten inch rhubarb pie with whipped cream. Delivered by Rose’s at Home. $150 and serves two. exploretock.com/rosesathome Memorial Day Grill Package & Oyster Box Pick-Up From RPM Italian Let RPM Italian do the grilling for you and enjoy some of their favorite items this Memorial Day. Some stand-outs include: New York steak, grilled shrimp, and corn on the cob. This package is $95 and serves 2 people. Plus, if you order an Oyster Box this Memorial Day you will receive a 1oz Savage Blonde. Box items include an oyster shucker, shallot mignonette, and more. The box is $55 and serves 2 people. Enjoy on May 31st and pick up from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 650 K Street NW; exploretock.com/rpmitalian-dc/grill-package; exploretock.com/rpmitalian-dc/oyster-box 
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You! Take Action
Photo: @bakersagainstracism   Here is what is so amazing about the DC restaurant and hospitality community: They are still knee-deep in the financial straits of this pandemic and yet the time is given and the food is made to raise funds for incredibly important causes: Bakers Against Racism   Hatred against the AAPI community has been on the rise lately. Bakers Against Racism have decided to use their platform to support this community. They are partnering with a local baker, Erica Truong, for the fourth activation of Bakers Against Racism - a worldwide bake sale organization that has raised over $2 million for social justice causes. The proceeds will be donated to Asian Hall of Fame. A variety of baked goods made by Sweet Harmony (founded by Erica) will be available for pre-order until May 23rd at 5:00 p.m. Erica has created some unique Asian-inspired flavors just for this bake sale, like Yuzu Lychee cupcakes and Vietnamese coffee macarons. These baked goods will be available for pick-up between May 28th and May 30th during business hours. When placing your order, you'll be able to select a pick-up date. You'll receive an email confirmation after placing an order. cookeryshops.com/collections/bakers-against-racism Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate This take out dinner series started by Kevin Tien, along with 45 other chefs, intends to raise funds through take out meals and dining experiences to donate to Stop AAPI Hate, while raising awareness through collaborative meal offerings and dining experiences by local DMV chefs. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and together, The DC culinary community and its patrons can help stop it. Each ticket/meal sold buys a 5-course to go meal for two people, with proceeds going to Stop AAPI Hate. For more information on these weekly dinners, click here.  Empowering the Diner Empowering the Diner is a Black women-led food and beverage event centered on collaboration and inclusion in which they bring folx together to discuss, learn, and explore their palate and dining experiences. Empowering the Diner seeks to dismantle colonizer-led perspectives and gatekeeping practices by challenging the status quo through creative, multi-faceted, and BIPOC-led educational and hospitable experiences. The first educational experience will be: Empowering The Diner Through Wine. This will be offered on a virtual platform called Hopin. Empowering the Diner Through Wine will be a four-week experience. This offering will be conducted in four sessions. Each session will include one full bottle of wine, a pairing BIPOC chef's recipe, and feature educational dialogue with a BIPOC wine professional. The first session will take place Friday, May 21st. $55 for this session only, or $110 for an all-access pass to all four sessions ($80 for BIPOC). empoweringthediner.com Habibi Sofra Club Chef Michael Rafidi, owner of Albi and Yellow in The Yards, offers a monthly guest chef dinner series in support of EmbraceRace. The Habibi Sofra Club dinners will feature a collaborative tasting menu prepared alongside Rafidi and served during dinner at Albi. Participating chefs will design a special pita sandwich for Yellow and partner with Rafidi for a one-night-only Sofra tasting menu at Albi. For each dinner, wine director William Simons and the beverage team at Albi will curate a unique offering of wines and cocktails designed to complement the visiting chef’s culinary style, while staying true to the character and irreverence of the restaurant’s noteworthy beverage program. Chefs in the series lineup include Michael Solomonov, Zahav (Philadelphia) - June 13 (tickets on sale June 1); Danny Lee, Anju, Chiko, and Mandu (Washington, D.C.) - July 11 (tickets on sale June 29); Michael Mina, The Mina Group (San Francisco) - August 15 (tickets on sale August 3). A portion of proceeds from the series will support EmbraceRace, an organization dedicated to helping parents raise children who are brave, informed, and thoughtful about race. Tickets are on sale for $150 per person. 1346 4th Street SE; albidc.com/habibi-sofra-club  
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Seasonal Installations of Art & More
Photo: Nycci Nellis   Say goodbye to igloos and ice rinks. Spring is here - YAY - and there's more than flowers popping up out of the ground. Look around at the latest outdoor expereinces: AdMo Art Walk Think of Adams Morgan as your own personal art gallery thanks to AdMo Art Walk, a free, new way to experience art brought to you by the Adams Morgan Partnership BID, the DC Arts Center, local artists, and neighborhood businesses. Walk the streets of Adams Morgan and admire an impressive selection of artworks displayed in various storefronts in a self-guided walking tour from April 12th through May 14th.  Each participating local artist has artwork on display in an Adams Morgan business. The eleven AdMo Art Walk stops include Lost City Books, Little Shop of Flowers, Sakuramen, Mintwood Place, and Rise Bakery. In addition to the art displayed in the various storefronts, Adams Morgan is home to lots of street art including murals, colorful building facades, painted jersey barriers, and more. AdMo Art Walk attendees can follow the Heritage Trail signs while on the self-guided tour to learn more about Adams Morgan, a vibrant community of artists, activists, and entrepreneurs. The Roads to Diversity: Adams Morgan Heritage Trail by Cultural Tourism DC features 18 poster-sized, illustrated signs that combine storytelling with historic images. AdMoDC.org/ArtWalk Golden Triangle Outdoor Work(outs) Beginning in May in Farragut Square and in accordance with CDC, National Park Service, and District of Columbia health and safety guidelines, the Golden Triangle BID will kick off its Outdoor Office series, followed by the free outdoor exercise program, TriFit. The BID will also add extra tables and chairs in Farragut, Longfellow, and Monroe parks to create additional outdoor working space on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Outdoor Office kicks off on Monday, May 3 in Farragut Square. Outdoor seating will be available for use on weekdays (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Enjoy socially-distanced tables and chairs throughout the park – perfect for working, eating, and meeting safely while enjoying the neighborhood. Beginning May 5, the Golden Triangle BID’s outdoor fitness program,TriFit, will take place in Farragut Square on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. All classes are led by top certified instructors and are free to attend. Due to social distancing requirements, space is limited, and advanced reservations are required. Check the events section on the Golden Triangle website for activation updates. Georgetown GLOW Spring Edition Local and national artists will show five commissioned artworks during Spring GLOW in Georgetown, through Sunday, June 27th. Presented by the Georgetown Business Improvement District, the free public art experience will be viewable by day, and brighter by night. DC artists represented in Spring GLOW 2021 include: Stephanie Mercedes; Chris Combs and David Greenfieldboyce; and Nara Park. Edwin Baruch (New York City) and Curated Creative (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) will also be featured. Each artwork location will allow for social distancing, and masks will be required. In addition to the installations, Spring GLOW programming will include in-person and virtual options – from walking tours to artist talks. Programming dates will be announced in the coming weeks at the GLOW website and throughout the three-month exhibition. Following Spring GLOW, Summer GLOW will feature three artworks that will transform Georgetown’s public alleys from July through September. GeorgetownGLOWDC.com The Loft at Lena’s – Full Bloom Lena’s Wood-Fired Pizza & Tap’s spring theme for The Loft at Lena’s features bold and vibrant floral creations, immersing you in a mix of colorful patterns and lush textures. The design of the space also features green grass climbing the walls, paired with multi-colored ribbons and butterflies. Lena’s has also added new spring menus featuring items like strawberry & baby spinach salad, crab cakes, and spring spritzers, as well as live music performances on Thursday nights. 401 East Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA; LenasWoodFire.com Casino Al Fresco at MGM National Harbor Panoramic views of Northern Virginia married with the thrill of the next jackpot create a one-of-a-kind venue that can only be experienced at MGM National Harbor. The integrated resort across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. now has an outdoor gaming terrace where guests can enjoy their favorite slot games. The terrace features cocktail service from the casino floor and is home to a selection of popular games such as Dancing Drums, Buffalos and 88 Fortunes. Smoking is permitted on the outdoor gaming terrace. Its entry is located adjacent to the M life desk. For more information, please visit mgmnationalharbor.com. Celebrate Women’s Voices with Kamala Harris Art Installation at Officina The Wharf, in partnership with the Southwest Business Improvement District and Officina, have unveiled a large-scale, outdoor crochet art installation of US Vice President Kamala Harris in celebration of International Women’s Day. The piece is the work of the LA-based international “yarn bomber” and street artist London Kaye. This latest work featuring Vice President Harris is titled “I’m Speaking” and is her largest installation to date, spanning 40-feet in width and 20-feet in height. The art installation was created as a part of Love Across the USA, a community art initiative celebrating women’s voices. More than 150 women from across the country volunteered to participate in the installation by crocheting a square to be woven into the finished piece. The piece will be on display through Memorial Day Weekend, after which it will be moved to its permanent home. A series of menu specials will be featured at Officina for the duration of the installation with proceeds benefiting the National Center for Children and Families, a DC-based nonprofit child and family welfare agency with a commitment to serving poor, disadvantaged, abused, neglected and/or abandoned children, youth, and their families. 1120 Maine Avenue SW; wharfdc.com Turn Up the Love “The Shrooms”: Light Installation in National Landing National Landing Business Improvement District (BID) is partnering with Sydney-based light and design studio amigo & amigo to bring its next pop-up experience to the community – “The Shrooms.” Shrooms is an eye-catching installation made up of ten inflatable mushrooms that uses bold contrasting colored fabrics to engage visitors. The pop-ups will be illuminated in the evening, creating an immersive experience for any time of day. As part of the National Landing BID’s “Turn up the Love” campaign, The Shrooms is designed to engage the community and ignite cheer during the winter season.  The initiative kicked off in December with a 10-foot tall boombox made from thousands of ornaments that played holiday music, along with three sharable standing photo frames and the more recent – “Love Bug” that popped up Valentine’s Day. 101 12th Street South, Crystal City, Arlington, VA; nationallanding.org Rosslyn Refresh This spring, the Rosslyn BID is launching “Rosslyn Refresh,” a campaign focused on helping Rosslyn’s residents, employees, and visitors safely get outside with events and opportunities in Rosslyn. With public parks, including a brand-new dog park, weekend flower markets, and the return of the outdoor office, O2, Rosslyn has everything participants need to shake off the winter blues, reconnect with the community, and even get a healthy dose of vitamin D. To kick-off Rosslyn Refresh, the Rosslyn BID invites the community back to its one-of-a-kind outdoor office, O2. O2 features over 20 socially distanced standing and seated desks, fully equipped with outlets and the office supplies needed to comfortably work outside. The free office space offers an inspiring atmosphere for employees looking to come back to the neighborhood or anyone in the DMV area needing a break from their home office routine. Looking to fit in a workout before heading back home? Break a sweat at one of the BID’s many fitness classes in Gateway Park. Need to stop for fresh produce and seasonal treats? Rosslyn’s farmer’s market is coming back to Central Place Plaza on May 5th. Rosslyn Refresh will also introduce the neighborhood’s first fresh flower market, and a chance to win a staycation package for two. For more information on O2, Rosslyn Refresh, and other neighborhood events, visit rosslynva.org. Tudor Place Historic House & Garden Tudor Place has reopened the Historic House & Garden on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4:00 p.m. A model of Federal-period architecture in the nation’s capital, Tudor Place shares the stories of multiple generations of Martha Washington’s descendants and the enslaved workers and servants who lived and worked here. With over 18,000 objects, including the largest Washington Collection outside of Mount Vernon, Tudor Place sits on 5 ½ acres in the heart of Georgetown. Admission is free with a timed ticket entry. One ticket offers three options: Self-guided tour of the Historic House, Garden visit, or both. To ensure visitor safety, the Historic House will be open for self-guided visits instead of the usual docent-led tours. Visitors must check in at the Visitor Center then proceed through the house on their own. Interpretive panels throughout the site will inform visitors about the history of Tudor Place. In addition, the website offers diverse resources including virtual tours, collection highlights, and garden blooms. You are encouraged to bring a picnic meal and enjoy your visit to the fullest. tudorplace.org
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