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Bumps & Boos In The Night
  Things that make you go … BOO-OOO-OOO! So many ways to get “spirited” this Halloween season which is gonna go all weekend long. It's not like you don't already have a mask. Click for all the tricks and treats, day-of, and all month long ~ plus, all the Dis de los Muertos celebrations and offerings pre- and post-Halloween.
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It All Sounds Tasty
Photo: Anna-Alexandra Rojo Wildman Area restaurants have twisted and turned, they wear their masks, and when necessary socially distance — they are also continuously rolling out new dishes, menus, and delish ways to sip and sup: Ala Levantine  Ala Levantine has introduced a 10-course tasting menu including dessert and cocktail & wine pairing. The tasting menu takes guests on a culinary trip through the Eastern Mediterranean, an area of the world that has both a long history and a colorful past. 1320 19th Street NW; 202.717.1166; ala-dc.co Arlington Restaurant Week The 2021 Arlington Restaurant Week is held on Monday, October 18 through Monday, October 25. Through this event, diners will enjoy some of the best food the area has to offer at special prices. The goal of Arlington Restaurant Week is to help local restaurants gain exposure through extensive media promotion and to attract new patrons through experiencing their food. arlingtonchamber.org NEW:  Astro Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken has brought back their popular Halloween-themed box of mini doughnuts. Doughnuts include maple bacon doughnuts, candy apple doughnuts, cookie dough doughnuts, pumpkin pie doughnuts. 1308 G Street NW; 202.809.5565; astrodoughnuts.com NEW:  Bayou Bakery  Available on first come-first serve basis, “Biscuits with the Boss” [as said in the series Ted Lasso] will be offered in a 4-by-4-inch pink box at Bayou Bakery. 1515 North Courthouse Road, Arlington,  VA; 703.243.2410; bayoubakeryva.com Beucherts Beuchert’s Saloon has opened its doors for full-service dining on October 20, for the first time since March 2020. Beuchert’s dishes from chef Andrew Markert and cocktails from beverage director Mackenzie Conway resurrected on the menu alongside new seasonal additions. Guests will find the dinner menu in a slightly different format from when they last saw it. A “farmstand” section highlighting Mid-Atlantic seasonal produce and another section dedicated to shareable, medium-sized plates remain, with a new lineup of larger-format entrees added. 623 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202.733.1384; beuchertssaloon.com NEW:  Blue Rock Blue Rock has re-opened after a year of renovations. The Restaurant at Blue Rock features contemporary American cuisine offering an elevated yet approachable dining experience, regardless of the occasion. A seasonal, four-course menu composed of small plates, mains, and dessert offerings, will be exclusively available in the restaurant, with a la carte options in the coming weeks. Dishes include champagne sorbet, quinoa crushed black bass, and more. 12567 Lee Highway; bluerockva.com NEW:  Chaia Tacos Chaia is now featuring a rainbow rice & beans cup for children - made with organic California brown rice (whole grains), black turtle beans (a superfood loaded with phytochemicals and antioxidants), and vitamin-rich sweet peppers & carrots (also high in potassium and beta carotene). 3207 Grace Street NW; chaiatacos.com  Cheesetique Cheesetique is offering a Friday night cheese board where guests can join the Cheese Lady and Chef Natasha. In honor of Chef Natasha and all those caught in the orbit of breast cancer, Cheesetique is proud to offer this slightly whimsical but heartfelt dedication with the Natasha Kit. Included is an assortment of cheese and extras. cheesetique.square.site NEW:  Cranes The latest Omakase and a la carte menu at Cranes includes seasonal ingredients- like Okra in their vegetable tempura dish with fermented anchovy sauce which also can be found on their Wagyu which is prepared with Maitake mushrooms, okra, garlic puree, green peppercorn gastrique. Chef Pepe Moncayo works with local forager Daniel for their wild foraged mushrooms from Virginia & Maryland. 724 9th Street NW; 202.525.4900; cranes-dc.com NEW:  Dolcezza Dolcezza Gelato, is rolling out Thanksgiving flavors using all of the best seasonal and local produce from the Mid-Atlantic region spun into amped-up takes on favorite holiday foods. Flavors include pear cardamom, hot cake syrup, pumpkin cream pie, and more. 904 Palmer Alley NW; 202.733.2879; dolcezzagelato.com Hiraya  At Tiki TNT there is a new island flair in the air, as Filipino native-born chef, Paolo Dungca, returns as the resident guest chef for a special preview pop-up dinner series of his upcoming restaurant Hiraya. The four-course dinner menu will tell the story of Dungca growing up in the Philippines. The menu, with rotating items, will include starters like the cassava cake with sea urchin, crab fat, and Mangalista lardo, and more. 1130 Maine Avenue SW;202.900.4786; tikitnt.com ilili Ilili’s menu represents a balance and diversity in flavor that celebrates Lebanese tradition while offering creative interpretations using ingredients, spices, and aromas from the Levantine terroir and European influences. Combining modern technique with traditional, Philippe works alongside Executive Chef Walter Silva. An open kitchen is found within, as well as elevated ceilings decorated with white doves, while citrus trees and hanging plants throughout represent Beirut’s diverse flora. 100 District Square SW; 202.918.7766; ililirestaurants.com NEW:  Iron Gate Iron Gate’s Chef Chittum’s latest dishes feature autumnal ingredients roasted squash, asian pear, walnuts, spiced apples and more. Dishes include roasted romanesco wedge (pomegranate, pecorino, almonds, yogurt green goddess) and rosemary pine nut tart (bittersweet chocolate, local honey, sorbet). 1734 N Street NW; 202.524.5202;.irongaterestaurantdc.com Maiz 64 Maïz 64 brings authentic, regional Mexican food to 14th street, utilizing the best locally sourced ingredients and is the brainchild of a trio of Mexican born entrepreneurs including partner Ricardo Fux, who named the restaurant after the 64 varieties of Maïz. Executive Chef Alam Méndez Florián's menu reflects the traditions, flavors and techniques of Mexico, while utilizing the best locally sourced product from the Mid-Atlantic region.  Five different varieties and four different colors of Maïz (corn), imported from Mexico, is found in all of its versions throughout the menu.  An array of starters include a charred broccoli taco with black mole, Kampachi Ceviche and a tuna tostada. 1324 14th Street NW #64; 202.450.4962; maiz64.com Market Wagon Market Wagon has launched their online farmers market and delivery service to Baltimore, D.C. and the surrounding area. Consumers now have more ways to order from their favorite local farms and artisanal food vendors, all without leaving home.  Christy Ottinger who grows fresh produce like tomatoes and squash and has pasture-raised chickens to sell fresh eggs at Kitchen Girl Farm in Baltimore County Market Wagon is accepting home delivery orders now in a region spanning eight counties. marketwagon.com Penn Royal Pennyroyal is rolling out its first round of fall menu items featuring hearty ingredients and familiar, beloved autumnal flavors. Complementing the food items are a fresh crop of cocktails made with tea-infused spirits and syrups as well as warming spices and herbs. Dishes include duck, cornmeal fried catfish, and more. 310 Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, Maryland; 240.770.8579; pennyroyalstation.com NEW:  Sante Santé, a new Mediterranean-inspired restaurant, is now open in Pentagon City, calling The Ritz-Carlton home. The dining destination pays homage to the Mediterranean and is a gathering place for locals, visitors and hotel guests alike. Showcasing the flavors of the coastline region, Santé’s menu offers an array of shareable mezze dishes like the grilled shrimp saganaki topped with black garlic and tomato fondue. Main courses like the roasted whole branzino, complete with a white bean puree, sauteed vegetables and sauce vierge, are inspired by the Mediterranean. Meetatsante.com Stable Stable has launched a new fall menu available in the dining room’s cozy, private ski chalets; their newly-reopened front dining room. Fall flavors include cranberries, butternut squash, earthy mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and more. Chef David Fritsche's fall menu features pan-seared Maine scallops with cranberry Knödel , butternut squash, and fennel slaw, and more. 1324 H Street NE; 202.733.4604;  stabledc.com Salt Line Ballston The Salt Line, the popular Navy Yard homage to New England’s iconic oyster houses, opened a second location in Arlington’s burgeoning Ballston neighborhood in October. Executive Chef Matt Singer will lead the kitchen in partnership with Long Shot Hospitality Chef/Partner Kyle Bailey and bring his own culinary influences to the menu. Guests can expect the same New England classics found at the restaurant’s Navy Yard location in addition to house-made pastas, an expanded selection of crudos, and daily lunch service. The space includes a large patio and outdoor bar and lounge area with ample seating for al fresco dining and imbibing. 4040 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; thesaltline.com NEW:  Soupergirl Soupergirl, the plant-based soup, and gazpacho company based in Washington, DC, is bursting into new supermarkets. In addition, Soupergirl has a new partnership with PLNT Burger. Soupergirl’s Creamy Tomato Basil Soup will be paired with PLNT’s unique Grilled Cheese Sandwich and exclusively sold at all PLNT restaurants. thesoupergirl.com
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Lots of Libations
Photo: Nycci Nellis No surprise at the unique libations coming out of DC Area distilleries, bars, and restaurants: Calvert Woodley  Calvert Woodley is offering their assistance to World Central Kitchen by donating $5,000 to their efforts. Guests can show their support for their mission with the purchase of a bottle of the 2020 Liquid Geography Garnacha Rosé. 50% of the proceeds of 'Liquid Geography' Garnacha go directly to support the efforts of World Central Kitchen. calvertwoodley.com DC Brau  DC Brau is excited to launch the 4th Annual Pride Pils just in time for National Coming Out Day. Proceeds from the sale of all Pride Pils cans will benefit both The Blade Foundation and SMYAL. Brau Pils will hit the region’s shelves in vibrant purple cans prominently featuring the combined artwork of the winning PRIDE PILS competition designs from Josette Matoto (2017), Alden Leonard (2018) and Maggie Dougherty (2019). The combination of the three designs represents the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and shows no matter how different, we all can come together as one.  dcbrau.com NEW:  Disco Mary Disco Mary is seeking to raise the bar on how people party. Maria Bastach, former wine director and operations manager of Maydan and Compass Rose, is opening her pop-up within the Columbia Room with a nightlife vibe where the focus is on conversation, connection, and plants. Pairing apothecary cocktails using herbal ingredients with a menu of plant-forward food, Disco Mary wants to offer choices when it comes to going out, including no- and low-alcohol cocktails using ingredients such as adaptogenic mushrooms, super-fruits, and calming herbs. 124 Blagden Alley NW; 202.316.9396; columbiaroomdc.com NEW:  Espita Espita’s new fall cocktails are officially out and highlighting all fall flavors and spices.  Try out the manzana agria (with mezcal, spiced apple syrup, calvados, pimento dram, and an apple garnish) or the café royale (la fuerza vermouth, aged rum, mezcal, coffee, cinnamon apple tea syrup, and whole egg) to get you into the fall spirit. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; espitadc.com Japanese American Society The American sake industry is a powerful symbol of the ties between our two countries and a reflection of Japanese culture’s broad appeal in the United States. JASWDC has long been proud to collaborate with American brewers such as North American Sake in Charlottesville, VA, and Brooklyn Kura in Brooklyn, NY. This agreement will open the door to more opportunities for members to learn about--and try-- American-brewed sake from across the country.  sakeassociation.org NEW:  Lupo Pizzeria Lupo Pizzeria wants to call attention to their late night hours which are until 1 am during the weekend and until 2 am on Friday and Saturday. If you're looking for your late night pizza fix or even a full course Italian feast after your night out on 14th St, Lupo Pizzeria has plenty of late night bites. 1908 14th Street NW; 202.506.6137; lupopizzeriadc.com NEW:  NRG  Virginia Wine Month is now in session, and Professor Erin Dudley has prepared an insightful seminar exploring the history of winemaking in our great Commonwealth. Guests can explore wines from the history with selections like Early Mountain Vineyards Young Wine Red, Barboursville Octagon, and more. nrgprovisions.com NEW:  Opaline Opaline Bar & Brasserie is presenting new fall cocktails beginning and new French-inspired bar bites. Cocktails include the Le Cocktail Café et Cognac (Hennessy, Kahlua, Frangelico, espresso, sugar, hot water and whipped cream), Le Rouge (Tanqueray gin, yellow chartreuse, honey, lime juice and Beets). 806 15th Street, NW; 202.730.8701; opalinedc.com NEW:  Rogi  Rogi is featuring DIY cocktails for both older wizards and younger wizards. Powders, potions and magic dust help create 3 different drinks that delight simple Muggles by changing color, sparkling and creating the perfect traditional Hogsmeade Butterbeer. Written in Fairie blood on an edible spell scroll, remember the recipes by eating the scroll! (Alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages to mix not included. Each "Spell" will create 3-4 drinks, for 9-12 drinks total). 238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; 703.550.6220; eatrogi.com  
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Plenty of Pickin’s: Autumn is Activated
As summer does the slow fade, the trees begin to turn and autumn makes its grand entrance. The DC Area’s summer actuations are too packing it up and now preparing for the seasonal shift. So. Much. To. See. And. Do: Comet Ping Pong Fall Outdoor Music Series Through October, Comet presents a series of 7:00 pm concerts in the Comet Ping Pong parking lot pizza garden for a limited audience of pre-reserved, seated, dine-in guests. The series features artists ranging from jazz to bluegrass to indie rock to folk and each performance will feature a comedy opening act to be announced. Tickets are available by purchasing a table which seats up to 2, 4, 6, or 8 guests per table. There will be a 2 drink minimum for all attendees, and food and drinks will be available to purchase from Comet Ping Pong and Buck's Fishing & Camping. 5037 Connecticut Avenue NW; eventbrite.com  Fields of Fear at Cox Farms When night falls on the farm, it’s time for Fields of Fear! The friendly Imaginature Trail takes a dark turn for Fields of Fear, transforming into The Forest: Back 40, which consists of half a mile of fear. The Forest joins two other haunted attractions at Fields of Fear, the Dark Side Hayride and the Cornightmare. The Firegrounds feature several bonfires, a six-lane slide, music, karaoke, entertainment, tasty treats, Foamhenge, and more. Tickets, $20-$35, are available online or at the door. Proof of age required. Open Friday and Saturday evenings, September 24th through Novvember 6th. 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville, VA; fieldsoffear.com  Dia de los Muertos at dLeña Through Tuesday, November 2, experience the senses in an immersive campaign at the Mount Vernon Triangle modern Mexican concept. Day of the Dead festivities typically unfold over two days in an explosion of color and life-arming joy, displaying love and respect for the past and one’s ancestors. At Richard Sandoval Hospitality (RSH), 30 restaurant concepts throughout five countries will feature marigold-inspired dishes and beverages, a signature Spotify playlist, online tutorials led by Chef Richard Sandoval, and more throughout October. Listen to dLeña’s signature playlist of Latin music, curated by Paco Rozas and Christophe Bourlon. Taste tantalizing dishes like the chile ancho confit with pork belly stew, braised short rib with orange blossom purée, and pumpkin cake with cinnamon ice cream. Enjoy specialty cocktails like the marigold margarita, la vela “the candle”, and ej ojo “the eye”. See Chef Richard Sandoval preparing select Día de los Muertos dishes and drinks at richardsandoval.com as well as special artwork designed by Mexico City-based illustrator and campaign partner artist Chepe. Plus, enter a special Día de los Muertos giveaway to win a $250 dining prize at a RSH location of their choice, a signed copy of Richard Sandoval’s New Latin Flavors cookbook, and a make-at-home marigold margarita kit. 476 K Street NW; dlenadc.com Goldschmied & Chiari: Magnifica The Embassy of Italy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, DC, and International Arts & Artists, in collaboration with Cody Gallery at Marymount University, present Goldschmied & Chiari’s first solo show in Washington DC, "Magnifica". The exhibit, curated by Allison Nance, will debut a new series of Untitled Views, the artists’ signature works experimenting with editing colored smoke flares into artificial landscapes, and then fusing them with mirrored glass in a very particular printing process. Almost as in a dialogue with the anthropomorphic shapes of tailored Murano vases (“Magnifica”), these playful pieces of art merge genres of performance art, studio-based photography, portraiture, and pop, subtly changing according to the surrounding space and the viewer's perspective. Sara Goldschmied and Eleonora Chiari are based in Milan, Italy, and have been working together since 2001. On view until December 4, 2021. Cody Gallery, 1000 N Glebe Road, Second Floor, Arlington, VA; iicwashington.esteri.it  Pick-Your-Own Apples at Great Country Farms At Great Country Farms, you’ll find much more than pick-your-own fields and the Farmer Market. Whether you’re young, old, or just not tellin’, there’s something here for the kid in everyone, including the cow train, giant mazes, the pumpkin jumping pillow, friendly, pet-able goats, and a fishing pond. And, wine down at the vineyard or pop open some local hard cider while you picnic by the pond. Open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 per child, $12 adult (weekdays), $14 per child, $16 per adult (weekends). 34345 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA; greatcountryfarms.com Life of a Neuron at Artechouse In a groundbreaking project that brings art, technology and science together, Life of a Neuron tells the universal story of a human neuron—from pre-birth to death—providing viewers with an experiential view of life at a cellular level. This immersive, experiential exhibition was created in collaboration with the Society for Neuroscience—a partnership that has empowered artists and scientists to push boundaries, and thanks to 21st-century technology tell the story of our neurons in a way that’s never been done before. Life of a Neuron invites viewers to question our existence, the universe—and what is next. Featuring installations from Synthestruct (aka Ginger Leigh), Akiko Yamashita, fuse*, Gil Castro, Maurice Benayoun, Alvaro Cassinelli, and Server Demirtas. Exhibit runs daily through November 28th, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. $24 per person. 1238 Maryland Avenue SW; fareharbor.com  Autumn Solstice Display at MGM National Harbor MGM National Harbor marks the coming of fall with the debut of its new seasonal Conservatory display, “A Gourd-geous Fall,” featuring vibrant florals, giant cascading leaves, and whimsical elements celebrating the beauty of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Curated by the resort’s horticulture team and designers Le Savarese and Cory Pope of SolarLife Technologies, the Conservatory’s three pods immerse guests in the colors and wonders of the harvest season built around a 24-foot crescent-shaped moon at the heart of the display. Sitting atop the curve of the moon, the 14-foot “Fairy Celine” shields the rain that gives water and life to the flower bed with 50 hand-painted leaves crafted to form a transparent leaf skirt. Under the moon, a rock pond – surrounded by over 1,200 fall plants, pumpkins and gourds – collects the rainwater falling off the fairy’s skirt. The other pods include different fairies as well as an 8-foot-long animated dragonfly, a 26-foot metal tree sculpture, and 8-foot-tall acorns adorned with 8,200 Chrysanthemum flowers. The fall display is open through November 8 and is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 101 MGM National Avenue, Forest Heights, MD; mgmnationalharbor.mgmresorts.com Shocktober Haunted House Shocktober, named fifth scariest Haunted House in the U.S., opens its eleventh season in October with a new theme, packages, and attractions. The site of this haunt, Carlheim Manor, is a 150-year old mansion located in Leesburg, Virginia, that is transformed into a haunted house each year to raise funds for The Arc of Loudoun, a nonprofit dedicated to providing a lifetime of opportunities for people with disabilities. This year, guests will experience new rooms and characters. Tickets range from virtual passes to in-person RIP packages including drink tickets and shuttle rides from the parking area for $5-$125 per person. The house is open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening through October 30th. 112 Church Street, Leesburg, VA; shocktober.org  NEW: Fall Foliage Foray at Tide's Inn Area expert Susan Williamson, who has welcomed guests to the resort for decades, shares her favorite recreation areas to see fall foliage and wildlife. The two-hour round-trip excursion begins at the Tides Inn’s Nature Trail, taking guests through the “mushroom garden” and beautiful wildflower field. There, see native flowers being pollinated by the resident honeybees before heading to the Dameron Marsh Natural Area Preserve and driving 15 minutes west to the Hickory Hollow Natural Area Preserve. The three-mile trail winds through the 254-acre preserve with mixed pine-hardwood forests, ravines, and swampland. Journey another 20 minutes to Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, a 9,030-acre sanctuary created to protect fish and wildlife species, especially endangered ones and on to Belle Isle State Park with 892 acres and seven miles of shoreline. Bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals are available on-site. For more information, visit tidesinn.com. Whino All Hallows Art Show ALL HALLOWS is a group art show, featuring local, national, and international works by artists looking at traditions which originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and beginning of winter or the "darker-half" of the year. There is a vast history giving the artists represented in this unique show plenty of inspiration. Each of their artistic creations will encompass their interpretation of this ancient tradition. Works of art in this show will range in price from $800 to $2,000 and local artists will attend the reception to meet guests and share information about their work. Artists with works on display include the following: Briana Hertzog of Northern Virginia; Marly McFly of Newport News, VA; MasPaz of Arlington, VA, Mike Pacheco of Washington, D.C, and Rodrigo Pradel of Leesburg, VA. From further afield, are original works in this show by Jose Mertz of California; Richard Salcido of California; Yuhmi Collective of Florida, and Natalia Rak from Poland. The group art show will be featured at WHINO through November 10th. 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; whinova.com  
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Making Contactless Easy Business
GoTab Goes Contactless - GoTab is now bringing hospitality-forward experiences to sports venues, lending its innovative contactless ordering and payment capabilities to stadiums, arenas and golf courses. With a fast, cost-efficient, and seamless deployment, GoTab is well-equipped to serve venues boasting large footprints and multiple food vendors. Sports venues are often home to a wide variety of vendors, prompting guests to rush and line up at multiple concession stands to place their orders. With GoTab’s technology and unique tab features, guests can benefit from a seamless ordering experience. Customers can order food from a variety of vendors from their phone in one transaction. A simple scan of the QR code will enable them to open a tab, which can easily be shared with friends. No app to download. For more information, visit  gotab.io/en
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Spirited Offerings
New releases of interesting and sip-worthy spirits happen on the daily. It occurred to us, that if we have access to that intel, we should pass it on to you … You’re Welcome?  Canada's Beattie's Vodka  Beattie's Distillers, the Canadian farm-to-bottle distillery known for their premium potato spirits, is making their way south of the border. After making waves in Canada and taking home The Platinum Spirit Award at the 2018 World Beverage Competition, this family-owned and -operated Distillery has set their sights on the U.S. These naturally gluten-free, farm-crafted spirits will now be available in nine states, with plans to expand further in 2022. Not only is Beattie's expanding their market share, they are also expanding their team, bringing on Wine & Spirits expert Jean-Paul Benizri as their Director of Sales, U.S. Famous for their Classic Potato Vodka, Beattie's also offers four full-bodied flavored vodkas, gin, and an Irish poitin. To learn more about Beattie's and to see the full range of products, please visit beattiesdistillers.com. Blue Note Bourbon Blue Note Bourbon, has announced the newest addition to its award-winning portfolio, Blue Note Crossroads.  Bottled at 100 proof, this unique expression combines Blue Note Bourbon with aromatic flavors of toasted French oak,  baking spices, toasted almond, Manuka honey, roasted marshmallow, and vanilla. Created across two years of research and development in partnership with Tonnellerie Radoux, a boutique wine cooperage in central France, Blue Note Crossroads amplifies the growing popularity of toasted oak finished bourbons. brdistilling.com Catoctin Creek Maple Rye Catoctin Creek is offering Roundstone maple rye this season. Released at approximately 58% ABV, it is dark, and smooth for the proof. This expression is finished in a maple syrup barrel from Langdon Wood Maple Syrup, which gives a velvety maple note. catoctincreekdistilling.co Karkade from Don Ciccio i Figli Don Ciccio harvests thier "Roselle" flowers between Sudan and Egypt, sun-drying them under the African Sun, then transporting them to the Amalfi coast for a secret and final step. Their newest aperitivo, called Karkade', is crafted with 15 botanicals plus hibiscus flowers, chamomile, elderflowers, rose petals and bitter orange. This fragrant, medium-bitter aperitivo dates back to 1899. Originating as a centuries-old trade commodity, the hibiscus-inspired liqueur works wonderfully in any tiki or gin-based cocktail. donciccioefigli.com Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Apple Cocktails If you’re craving a fall cocktail right about now, Kilbeggan Irish Whiskeyhas you covered. A Spiked Irish Apple Cider, anyone? Make your own cocktail using apples and cider from your own favorite local apple orchard, and if you’re traveling on the East Coast for the holidays, through November, Breezy Hill Orchard in Staatsburg, NY and Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick, MA are selling Kilbeggan-infused Irish Whiskey Donuts at each farm. Combine 1 part Killbeggan whiskey with 2 parts each of apple cider and hard apple cider over ice and stir with a cinnamon stick - perfect autumn cocktail. kilbegganwhiskey.com Pratt Standard Agave Spice Old Fashioned Syrup Handmade with raw blue agave syrup, and notes of cacao, cardamom, and vanilla, this 8-ounce cocktail syrup is Pratt’s newest iteration on their classic Old Fashioned Cocktail syrup, which was released last fall. The Agave Spice Old Fashioned is the latest addition to Pratt’s line of pre-Prohibition-inspired syrup products. Designed to pair well with premium tequilas, rums, and other clear spirits, it is perfect for an Oaxacan old fashioned with tequila, but also creates a delicately fall-spiced old fashioned with whiskey. The Agave Spice Old Fashioned will be available online ($12/8 oz.) with retail locations to follow, beginning October 11th. Pratt Standard also produces Ginger, Grenadine, Kola, Tonic, Rich Simple, and Old Fashioned syrups year-round, plus seasonal syrups, including Earl Grey Vanilla and Cranberry Orange available in the fall and winter. Prattstandard.com    Republic Restoratives Assembly Gin Republic Restoratives’ first gin expression is a nod to both process and purpose. The freedom to assemble is our right to gather peacefully, to speak truth to power and redress our grievances. They took inspiration from their founding team's Italian heritage to craft a savory gin that speaks to their roots and values. Created Assembly by hand, thoughtfully procuring ingredients like Red Juniper berries which are native to the Eastern US and delicate enough to let subtle complexities shine. The backbone of this gin is as innovative as the botanicals - RR sustainably sources Mediterranean-inspired ingredients like hand-picked tomato leaves grown by area farmers. Find their Assembly Gin here. Tenth Ward Canned Cocktails Tenth Ward Distilling Company has entered the world of ready-to-drink beverages with the release of two new canned cocktails: The Corpse Reviver No. 10 and the Smoked Whiskey Sour. Both flavors are available for retail purchase at Tenth Ward’s Cocktail Lab located in Downtown Frederick, Maryland, and for wholesale purchase to liquor stores and restaurants throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. 55 E Patrick Street, Frederick, MD; 301.360.5888; tenthwarddistilling.com  Wigle Whiskey Werewolf Bourbon Wigle's limited edition Werewolf Bourbon is powered by the moon. Wigle Distillers distilled, barreled, and harvested this Straight Bourbon under a full moon. The Bourbon was born in Aries and harvested in Virgo, under the “Harvest Moon”. Wigle Distillers diluted the spirit with moon water (which was extra charged with the addition of a Distiller's moon stone). Intended to spread the magic of the Halloween season, this Whiskey might also help you unwind after a long day of running from angry torch-wielding townsfolk. Smooth notes of white peach, toffee, and caramelized sugar predominate in this Straight Bourbon. Available beginning October 14th. Preorder for pickup here.
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Bountiful Brunch
We’ve had a running “list" of brunches happening across the DC Area and we decided it was time for a refresh! So consider the refresh starting … now. We know that brunch is a weekend do. So whether it’s bottomless or multi-course,  find the latest in area brunches below. You know the drill — as we receive the delish deets, we will post them here for you. You are welcome:   China Chilcano China Chilcano is offering a weekend brunch. Available Saturdays and Sundays, the a la carte menu honors Peru’s rich heritage with China Chilcano’s Japanese Nikkei, Chinese Chifa and Peruvian Criollo influences. Highlights include Ceviche Nikkei de Reolacha, Chaufa de Pato, and more. 419 7th Street NW;  chinachilcano.com NEW:  Courtyard Bar at The Fairmont The New Courtyard Bar at Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown now offers Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 11:00 .a.m until 2:00 pm. Menu offerings include avocado toast, eggs benedict, and more. 2401 M Street NW; 202.429.2400; fairmont.com Espita Brunch lovers can rejoice as Espita is officially offering a $30 Mimosa kit during brunch which includes a full bottle of champagne and juice. The Mimosa kit pairs nicely with Espita's 3 course brunch offering with highlights like huevos rancheros and Tlayudas. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.621.9695; espitadc.com Lupo Pizzeria Lupo Pizzeria has kicked off their $35 Bottomless "Social Brunch." The deal comes with an entree from their brand new brunch menu, which includes highlights like Tiramisu Creme Crepes, Brunch pizzas including a DIY pie, and classic eggs dishes like the Eggs Benedict. The entre will also come with bottomless drinks from a choice of mimosas, rossini, bellini, or prosecco. 1908 14th Street NW; 202.506.6137; lupopizzeriadc.com Succotash Prime The newly reopened SUCCOTASH Prime in Penn Quarter is open for brunch. Enjoy SUCCOTASH specials like chicken and waffles, hangover special, avocado toast BLT and more. 915 F Street NW; 202.849.6933; succotashrestaurant.com The Imperial The Imperial has debuted a new weekend brunch service, hosted every Saturday and Sunday. Those who have come to love the restaurant’s sea and vegetable-forward cuisine will find 20 menu items, ranging from lump crab benedicts, grouper & grits, a build-your-own smoked trout bagel board, smashed avocado toast and a veggie-packed grit bowl. 2001 18th Street NW; 202.299.0334;  imperialdc.com
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Are You Ready for Some Football? We Are!
According to Webster, tailgating is a social gathering in which food and drinks are served at or near the back end of a parked vehicle that occurs in a parking lot before a football game (or concert). Or you could pretend, and “tailgate” anywhere you want:  Your Who Dat Fridge with Bayou Bakery Stock up on all things New Orleans made by a New Orleanian to bring on the win - Tru Dat! Chicken & smoked sausage gumbo, cheesy mac, muff-a-lotta, shrimp jambalaya, bayou taters, not your mom's deviled eggs, blackened turkey meatballs, pralines and more. Pre-game it with Abita Beer, frozen Daiquiris, cans of White Claw, custom cocktails, and wine to go. Doors close at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays, so call ahead and pre-order for easy game day pick up. 1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington, VA; bayoubakeryva.com E-a-g-l-e-s at Boundary Stone The Philadelphia Eagles return to the big screen in Boundary Stone’s newly redecorated pub. The Sunday menu will include $13 Cheesesteaks on Sarcone's rolls and beer specials for each Philadelphia Eagles game. 116 Rhode Island Avenue NW; boundarystonedc.com Game Day Drinks from NRG Provisions Football is back, baby! Neighborhood Provision's got a winning selection of snacks, meats, and those crucial drinks to help you tailgate in style – whether in the parking lot or the comfort of your own home. Take a peek at what they’re sipping on game day, like 25 oz bloody marys & margaritas, the tailgating party bucket (including beer, wine, and bottled cocktails), Elijah Craig 12 Year bourbon, and more. Take your pick here.  A Slice of Joy at Nick’s Riverside Grill Lions fan or not, your new favorite dish is sizzling hot and ready for any upcoming football game nights from Nick’s - their infamous Detroit-style pizza. The thick-crust pies are baked to perfection in blue-steel pans and served in four delectable flavors including margherita, classic pepperoni, a unique take on shrimp scampi, and pork & fennel sausage drizzled with parmesan and provolone cheese. 3050 K Street NW; nicksriversidegrill.com  NEW: Sloppy Mama's Winning Tailgate Package Order the perfect BBQ package for the football season. Each package includes one dozen chicken wings, an order of pig wings, two orders of hushpuppies, one rack of ribs, two sausage links, and two medium side orders. The package feeds four to six people. 5731 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA; To order, click here. Tailgate Party Package from Summer House Santa Monica Grab this party pack and be the MVP of your game day crew. The package feeds four people and includes your choice of two pizzas, four meatballs, and a Caesar salad. Get it Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays through January 9th for $49.95, plus tax (gratuity not included). Orders must be placed by 4:00 p.m. two days prior to your pick-up date. Available for carryout only. Preorder on Tock, or call 301.881.2381 for more information. 11825 Grand Park Avenue, Bethesda, MD; leye.com  Football Sundays at WHINO Cheer on your favorite NFL team every Sunday from noon to 10:00 p.m. with game day specials. Savor executive chef  Natas’ twist on tailgate favorites that combine American and international flavors. For the perfect pairing, a selection of seasonal craft cocktails, 30-ounce shareable libations, as well as draft & canned beer and hard seltzer drinks will also be available for toasting first downs. Menu offerings include cheesy polenta temper tots, nachos, popcorn shrimp, grilled wings, and salads, as well as sticky ribs, porchetta sandwich, and skate wing po' boy. An assortment of sides will also be available, such as biscuits & hot honey and "boardwalk" fries. Don't miss the new fall cocktails, perfect for the cooling weather, as well as the 30-ounce shareable cocktails, including the Margartia, Whino Punch, and smoked Old Fashioned. Watch the game as you sip at the 51-foot craft cocktail bar, featuring 55-inch falt screen TVs. 4238 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; whinova.com
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The Happiest of Hours
'Cause We're Happy! A few months ago, we got an email asking where all the Happy Hours had gone. The kind reply was that we were still knee-deep in Covid and restaurants aren't able to offer price specials just yet --- and yet, now a whole slew of Happy Hours and Cocktail Shindigs are back. Shaking, stirring and pouring: All Purpose Shaw All Purpose Shaw is now having happy hour when you join them before 6:00 p.m. or at Capitol Riverfront before 7:00 p.m. Dig into a standard cheese pizza and follow it up with beers, wine, and cocktails. 1250 9th Street NW; 202.849.6174; allpurposedc.com All Set Happy Hour All Set is hosting Happy Hour every Wednesday to Sunday. Guests can enjoy Oysters on the ½ Shell and cocktails like the Boston Tea Party (tea infused vodka and lemonade) or the Pretty in Pink (tequila, prosecco, lemon, cranberry and triple sec). Beer, a rotating seasonal punch, and wine are also available at happy hour prices and range. 8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring, MD; 301.495.8800 allsetrestaurant.com Ambar Ambar is offering a Rakia Tasting Challenge. Ambar’s Rakia menu includes classic versions of the beverage, produced by distilling fermented plums or apricots, apples, as well as unique varietals made from cherry, pear and even honey. Rakia is a fruit brandy that is popular in Central and Southeastern Europe, with an alcohol content on average of 40 percent. Over the course of three months, guests at Ambar Capitol Hill will have the opportunity to complete a Rakia tasting, by sampling each of the 33 flavors listed on the Rakia Tasting Card, with results of each tasting documented with a stamp of confirmation. Guests must sign up for Ambar’s Rakia Tasting Challenge app. 523 8th Street SE; 202.813.3039; ambarrestaurant.com Bammy's Caribbean-inspired Bammy's offers Happy Hour, and has food and drink specials like Red Stripes, wine by the glass, cocktails like their Caribbean crush and vodka coloring book. 301 Water Street SE Suite 115; 202.599.4400; bammysdc.com Café Riggs Happy hour's back with the new Banker's Hour at Café Riggs. Named after the historic Riggs National Bank, the hotel's happy hour includes gougeres with mornay and veggie burger sliders, beer, wine, seasonal cocktails and the Banker's cocktail (housemade grapefruit cordial with Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & rose). 900 F Street NW; 202.788.2800; riggsdc.com Denizens Denizens is offering happy hour on select beers and food in Riverdale Park.  Offerings include pints of our year-round beers (Animal Hazy IPA, Born Bohemian Pilsner, Southside IPA, and Third Party Tripel), roasted buffalo cauliflower, roasted red pepper hummus, pretzel bread, and chili fries. 1115 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD; 301.557.9818; denizensbrewingco.com Gatsby Happy Hour is available daily from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The reimagined American diner features $4 chilled Jim Beam shots, $4-8 draft beers, $7 wines, discounted blue plate specials and appetizers, and entrees like the classic smashburger, lettuce wraps, and hot and sour wings. The full happy hour menu can be found here. 1201 Half Street, Suite #205; 202.817.3005; gatsbyrestaurant.com Las Gemelas Las Gemelas is offering happy hour every day until 6:00 p.m.The highlight of the menu is their "Daily Tea Punch," which is available until it's gone. The punch is Beverage Director James Simpson's creative take on menu development, so guests can get a great deal and be part of the Gemelas menu ideation. There is also a selection of wine, beer, and additional cocktails available. The team at Taqueria Las Gemelas just launched their "Bees Knees" frozen drink which includes gin, lemon, honey, passionfruit, and a hint of fresno chile to spice it up for Fall. 1280 4th Street NE; 202.866.0550;  lasgemelasdc.com Lulu’s Winegarden Lulu’s Winegarden has launched it’s “golden hour” which is hosted Tuesday through Friday everywhere throughout the restaurant, features specials on some of Lulu’s best-selling bites (including a new limited-season hatch chile burger), wines by the glass and bottle, cocktails, craft drafts and Mexican beers. 1940 11th Street NW;  luluswinegarden.com Mi Casa The newly opened Tex-Mex hotspot in Dupont Circle, Mi Casa, hosts happy hour weekdays from 4:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy chips and salsa and tuna taquitos, and pitchers of sangria and "Ponche de mi casa". 1647 20th Street NW; 202.450.4595; micasa-mexico.com Succotash Prime  Succotash Prime offers daily happy hour from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday a special "Wingsday" Happy hour is available which features wings ranging from dirty wings to miso mustard honey glazed wings. 915 F Street NW; 202.849.6933; succotashrestaurant.com Via Roma Via Roma is offering happy hour with draft beer or wines by the glass or cocktails. Enjoy delicious bites by Chef Tonino Topolino like arancini, mozzarella en carozza or chicken tenders, or Via Roma's famous PINSA- pepperona or margherita. 4531 Telfair Boulevard Camp Springs, MD; 301.444.9038; viaromamd.com
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Rainbow Grants
$2 Million in New Grants fo LGBTQ+-owned and Ally Restaurants -- America’s LGBTQ+-owned restaurants will find a lifeline this fall stemming from the partnership formed by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Grubhub. Small business owners have been among hardest hit by Covid impact with loss of jobs and income over the past two years. Grubhub, and National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBTQ+ community and certifying body for LGBTQ+-owned businesses nationwide, have opened applications for their NGLCC/Grubhub Community Impact Grant Program. The grants are expected to range from $5,000 to $100,000. NGLCC was named the official partner of Grubhub’s Donate the Change program, which has raised tens of millions of dollars for organizations in need since launching in late 2018. The partnership welcomed Grubhub and Seamless diners to opt-in, round up their order total, and donate the difference, with the company matching eligible donations from Grubhub+ members. The proceeds raised will now be made available through NGLCC to support the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+-owned restaurants. Under the grant program, the NGLCC has set a goal to allocate 30 percent of the funds to businesses owned by people of color and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals.Restaurants wishing to apply for grants should visit www.nglcc.org/ghgrant
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