A SPIRITED CONVERSATION: INDUSTRY NIGHT, OCTOBER 19, 2023
On the last Industry Night …
So if you pay attention to my insta feed you know I have been out an about. And it has been a few weeks of incredible eats but I want to tell you about some new restaurants that are opening up …
-LITTLE BLACK BIRD
Ashok Bajaj will be opening a new wine bar Little Black Bird, in the space formerly home to the original Bindaas in the Cleavland Park neighborhood next month. Executive Chef Ryan Moore will oversee the wine bar menu for Little Black Bird and feature 100 wines on the wine list.
Stephen Starr's new endeavor, El Presidente, will be opening at Signal House in Union Market. El Presidente will be an ode to Mexico City and will venture beyond the scope of a typical Mexican restaurant. Each bite is a nod to Mexico's diverse cuisine, and menu options are innovative and many can only be found at this new concept.
-THE SQUARE - Mark your calendars. Phase 1 has opened
Spanish street-food hot off the open flame. Polynesian fried chicken, deep sea snapper and libations. Oysters, crab cakes, and strong drinks. Churros and soft serve, sweet and simple. Street food treats inspired by the heritage of The Square visionaries, Chefs Richie Brandenburg and Rubén García.
Okay let’s get into today’s show:
So a few months back Corey Landolt was featured as the drink segment on Foodie And The Beast. Corey created the cocktail program for and was named Beverage Director of Kappo — a gorgeous little gem of an omakase restaurant that is a collab between Ari Wilder and Adrian Williams. Now, Corey is the Bar Director for Zeppelin & Kappo Makoto. His knowledge of Japanese spirits and his creativity in cocktails had me thinking a 10 minute convo with this guy is not enough. I needed to have him join me on Industry Night. So here’s the 411 - Corey has been making cocktails in Washington DC for over 15 years. He draws on his background as a professional ballet dancer, incorporating precision and perfection in each build. He has skillz but most importantly he has passion — and that passion winds up in every glass.
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