Monthly Archives: April 2014

Scuttlebutt Confirmed – Owner and Chef of Mintwood Place Opening Up 2nd Restaurant in Shaw

Source: PoPville

mintwood_place_shaw
7th and O Street, NW

Back in November of last year I posted some scuttlebutt about a Mintwood II restaurant from owners of Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan coming to Shaw in City Market at O. Happy to see that that scuttlebutt is now confirmed! From the Washington Post...

Read full article >>

Mark Furstenberg’s Bread Furst is set to open next week

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

A part of Mark Furstenberg’s past died Wednesday. A new chapter in the 75-year-old baker’s life will be born on Tuesday. Marvelous Market, the bakery that Furstenberg founded in 1990, closed its last location in Georgetown, the executives citing a lack of revenue, according to the Washington City Paper. (I couldn’t immediately reach anyone at […]

Read full article >>

EaterWire: Buttermilk Channel’s Wine Dinner; Cheap Tiki Drinks

Source: Eater NY

buttermilkchann.jpg
[Buttermilk Channel by Krieger]
CARROLL GARDENS — Buttermilk Channel is hosting a dinner with Portland winemaker Kate Monroe of Division Winemaking Company next Wednesday. The five-course menu is $95 per person, and includes dishes like soft shell crab with asparagus remoulade, nettle pappardelle with artichokes, and pork with cheddar grits and ramps. Reservations must be made by calling 718-852-8490. [EaterWire]

RED HOOK — Fort Defiance is offering $3 Daiquiris and $4 Mai Tais tomorrow night at its weekly tiki night, just to spite the lime shortage. There will also be a number of other regularly priced tiki cocktails, and ...

Read full article >>

Lunch at Brushstroke; Estela and Navy Part of Sud de France Festival

Source: Grub Street NY

&#149 David Bouley’s Brushstroke will launch its first-ever lunch menu on May 13, with à la carte and kaiseki lunch menus available Tuesday through Saturday. [Grub Street]

&#149 Food52 is collaborating with Ten Speed Press on a new cookbook imprint called Food52 Works. First up is Kristen Miglore’s Genius Recipes: 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook. [Grub Street]

&#149 The Sud de France festival is taking place from June 9 to 30, and Ignacio Mattos of Estela will be cooking at the festival’s soft kickoff dinner at the Water Table. The dinner series will close at ...

Read full article >>

Crunch Time : The Last-Minute Wednesday Night Reservation Guide

Source: Eater NY

20140414-Gander.jpgEater scanned through all 1,433 NYC restaurants on OpenTable with reservations for two still available for tonight. Here’s the best of the bunch. Get ’em while they’re hot:

· The Gander (6:15, 9:00)
· Jean Georges (9:30)
· Annisa (6:00, 9:30, 10:00)
· The Clam (10:00)
· Marea (10:00)
· ABC Cocina (8:00, 8:30)
· Alder (6:45, 8:00, 8:30)

· wd-50 (6:00, 9:00, 9:30)
· Osteria Morini (7:45, 9:45)
· Porter House NY (7:45, 8:15)
· Le Philosophe (7:30, 8:00, 8:30)
· Betony (9:45)
· Lure (7:30, 8:15, 9:45)
· Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria (9:30, 10:00)
· The Water ...

Read full article >>

Momofuku Rumored for Washington, D.C.

Source: Grub Street NY


Mr. Peach goes to Washington?

Washington notes that while neither the developer nor David Chang’s restaurant group will confirm, speculation abounds that the chef will open a Momofuku within the all-but-complete CityCenterDC in Penn Quarter. Daniel Boulud signed a lease to open a DBGB Bar & Kitchen outpost in the same complex last year, so at least the chef would be in good company. “We were looking at doing Milk Bar down here because [pastry chef Christina] Tosi and I are both from here,” Chang told the Washington Post, in 2009. “It still might happen. But not anytime soon.” ...

Read full article >>

Spin and Tonic: How D.C. Bartenders Hawk Booze for Big Brands

Source: Washington City Paper Young & Hungry

Y_H-2Jo-Jo Valenzuela pulls out a big red leather briefcase and places it in front of him on the The Partisan’s bar.

“I’m going to be very disappointed if there’s not a mass amount of money in there,” says the guy in a tie to his left, who’s having dinner solo.

“You’ll be very, very disappointed,” Valenzuela says with a laugh. “Any chance you’re drinking any cocktails tonight, or just beer? Because if you let [the bartender] make you a gin cocktail on me, that would be fantastic.”

The guy accepts, as Valenzuela draws attentions back to the mystery briefcase: ...

Read full article >>

EaterWire: A Neshaminy Creek Debut at Cook and Shaker; Goat Races at Sly Fox

Source: Eater Philly

cookshaklogosmall.jpgKENSINGTON — First Friday’s coming up again, and that means it’s Firkin Friday at Cook and Shaker. This month, the art component comes courtesy of NJ’s Living Out Loud tattoo studio, and the beer’s coming from Neshaminy Creek. They’re bringing their Tribute Tripel conditioned with sangria and Blitzkrieg Hops Double IPA, which is making its Philly debut. (Event starts at 8 p.m., May 2.) [Philly Tap Finder]

AROUND TOWN — The New York Daily News hit Philly for a piece over the weekend that highlighted our dining scene. The piece praised hotspots like Vernick, Elixr coffee, and Vedge, whose unique way with plants “unlock[s] some secret personality in every stalk and leaf.” [NYDN]

PHOENIXVILLE — It’s almost Goat Race Weekend! Or, more accurately: this weekend is Sly Fox’s annual Bock Fest, which is scheduled for Sunday, May 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. That means beer and German food and music and GOAT RACES. (Oh, and if you were hoping to hit the brewery’s Pottstown location that day, take note that it’s closed.) [EaterWire]

Read full article >>

Free VIP Tickets To Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival: And The Winner Is…

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

cheesecakefactory1

The challenge was to find something to to put into the first floor of the new building going in at 15th and Walnut which would, culinarily, physically or spiritually, mitigate the evil of the giant Center City Cheesecake Factory which will someday open on the building’s second floor.

Your responses ran the gamut from health clubs and gyms, to healthy smoothie joints and juice bars, to bariatric surgery centers, cardiac emergency units, liposuction clinics and an even bigger Cheesecake Factory.

But there was one answer that stood out as both useful AND a clever middle-finger to all Cheesecake Factories everywhere.

...

Read full article >>

More Than 100 Food Safety Summit Participants Came Down With Food Poisoning

Source: Grub Street NY


Actor reenactment.

In a particularly unfortunate turn of events, more than 100 of some 1,300 attendees of a food safety conference held earlier this month at the Baltimore Convention Center have reported similar symptoms of food poisoning, such as nausea and diarrhea. Participants and speakers included executives from corporations like McDonald’s and Tyson, as well as representatives of the USDA and the Centers for Disease Control. Tests are pending, and the microbe at fault has not yet been identified, but something tells us that someone here is going to figure it out sooner rather than later. [Washington Times...

Read full article >>

The Hot Dish: The Pizza Al Taglio at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

Source: Eater NY

Welcome to The Hot Dish, a behind the scenes look at the making of the dishes of the moment.

20140429-001-Il%20Buco%20Alimentari%20lede.jpg

“It has been a fantastic reception, everybody likes pizza,” says chef Christopher Lee when asked how the new Roman style pizza at Il Buco Alimentari is doing. “We were looking for ways to expand the menu and this was perfect,” says the chef. “It was a relatively easy project because we had a great baker,” Lee explains in reference to Kamel Saci. Saci comes in at 3 a.m. to make the dough that will proof for five hours before ...

Read full article >>

EaterWire: Phillips Seafood to L’Enfant; Cru Night at Flight

Source: Eater DC

phillipsentrance.jpgPENN QUARTER— It’s Cru Night tonight. That means a bunch of restaurants across the country are pouring $25 glasses of Altesino Brunello di Montalcino Montosoli. Among them: Flight Wine Bar. Also tonight, the wine bar will launch its Coravin list, featuring rare global wines available by the glass courtesy of a system that allows them to be poured without removing the cork. [EaterWire]

L’ENFANT PLAZA— The flagship Phillips Seafood may be leaving the waterfront but it isn’t leaving D.C. Washington Business Journal reports they’ve signed a new lease at L’Enfant Plaza. About a dozen new restaurants will ...

Read full article >>

Eater Data: How Much Can You Spend at Matthew Lightner’s Atera?

Source: Eater NY

6883382404_128291c948_b.jpg
[Atera by Krieger]
Eater today showcased Atera’s 24-course feast in its “60 Second Tasting Menu Menu” series, which you should check out because it’s stupendously gorgeous (and delicious). Here, we’ll take a look at exactly how much it costs to dine at Matthew Lightner’s two Michelin-starred tasting table because you can easily spend more here than at Eleven Madison Park, depending on how you play your cards.

Atera’s uber-naturalistic tasting, which might include edible rocks and other chic edibles that wouldn’t look out of place in a fancy terrarium, starts at $195. That’s up from ...

Read full article >>

Kraft Tries Hacking Your Endorphin Levels to Sell More Mac ’n’ Cheese

Source: Grub Street NY


Jalapeeeño?

Bland, boring packaged foods have gotten a lot spicier recently, and the underlying reason may be more strategic than to catch shoppers’ eyes in the aisle with pictures of adorable peppers. Kraft, General Mills, and other brands with unholy sums invested in serious R&D have discovered that hotter foods apparently “create a lot of loyalty,” to quote GM, which just introduced its speecy-spicy Helper Bold.

Naturally, that means we’re now off on a Scoville-scale arms race. Crazy-hot ghost peppers, or bhut jolokias, are making their debut everywhere from Jack in the Box to Taco Bell’s new upscale Chipotle-killer ...

Read full article >>

TONIGHT: Japanese Pop-Up at the Four Seasons

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

four-seasons-philadelphia-lounge

Tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., The Cafe at the Four Seasons (next to The Lounge) is hosting a global pop-up. Japan will be the locale featured this month and there will be a selection of Japanese small plates and sushi created by The Lounge chef Joe Liberatore. Tuna Tataki and Vinegared Crab start at $10. Japanese beers and sake will also be available as well as Sakerinha, a Japanese-Brazilian fusion cocktail.

Call 215-963-1500 for reservations.

Four Seasons Philadelphia [Official]

The post TONIGHT: Japanese Pop-Up at the Four Seasons appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

Read full article >>

Luke’s Lobster Coming to Union Station’s Outdoor Market Thursday

Source: PoPville

lukes_lobster_union_station
Photo by PoPville flickr user ianseanlivingston

From a press release:

“Starting May 1st, Luke himself will have the chance to greet newcomers, as well as office regulars, to that same station. Luke’s Lobster will be taking over a concession cart in the famed Outdoor Market, right outside the station’s doors.

...

Read full article >>

Eataly Wire: Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti announced further…

Source: Eater Philly

eatalylogosm.jpgEataly founder Oscar Farinetti announced further expansion plans for the Italian mega-emporium, promising two new stores in Manhattan and reaffirming earlier claims that Philly is a target for one of the next few to open. In December, Eataly partner Joe Bastianich said that a Philly location was “probably a year away,” but Eataly reps later walked that back. LA and DC are also on the short list, but company reps are still not confirming any specifics. [-ENY-]

Read full article >>

Gato Madness: Joshua David Stein is the latest…

Source: Eater NY

12213061879563_59779ae741_b.jpgJoshua David Stein is the latest critic to file on Bobby Flay‘s Mediterranean pleasure factory: “Gato is very nice, consummately professional, quite unsurprising and very safe, which is also an apt description of Flay’s cuisine. But before you or I dismiss it, to this not very flattering list of descriptors I’d also add frequently delicious. Though Mr. Flay is the master of playing it safe, he also shows flashes of the brilliance that brought him so much early fame.” Two stars. [The Observer]

Read full article >>

Thaiphoon Sign Damaged Again

Source: PoPville

thaiphoon_sign_damage
2011 S Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word about Thaiphoon’s sign:

“Appears to have been a small fire in the sign outside…a couple of the letters are gone with small scorch stain..nothing serious.”

Not clear if the damage this time was a result of lightning but Thaiphoon ...

Read full article >>

OC Weekly Calls Dominique Ansel’s Waffogato a Copycat of Some Random Dessert

Source: Grub Street NY


Oh no he didn’t!

So, the chef who invented the Cronut is about to start serving something he calls the Waffogato, a little bit of magic in a demitasse cup that results when a waffle-shaped morsel of vanilla ice cream, waffle bits, and tapioca pearls commingle with a little bit of espresso and a little Vermont Grade B. This is an “incredibly blatant ripoff,” Dave Lieberman of the OC Weekly writes, of a collaborative (and similarly ethereal-sounding) dessert called the Wafflegato, served two whole years ago at the SoCo Collection, a retail complex in Costa Mesa, that consisted ...

Read full article >>

Opening Report: A Second Bakeri, a Third Tabata, and More Certified Open

Source: Eater NY

bakerigp.jpg
[Photo: Instagram/bakeribrooklyn]
1) Greenpoint: The owners of Williamsburg cafe/bakery Bakeri have opened a second location on Freeman Street. Greenpointers reports that the pastry selection is similar to the original, but a little smaller for now. There are breakfast pastries, cakes, and cookies, plus breads that range from ciabatta to a dense rye. Eventually sandwiches and other lunch items like those served at the Williamsburg location will be added to the menu. Status: Certified Open. 105 Freeman Street.

2) Hell’s Kitchen: After expanding with a smaller take-out shop last summer, Hell’s Kitchen’s popular ramen joint Tabata has just opened a ...

Read full article >>

Game changer: Toki Underground delivers

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Toki Underground serves some of the city’s best ramen, but the prohibitive wait times to get into the teeny H Street NE restaurant often exceed two hours, keeping many would-be noodle-slurpers away. No longer! Thanks to delivery service Caviar, you can enjoy your red miso ramen from the comfort of your own home, without interrupting your […]

Read full article >>

Opening Report: Lobster Roll Time: Willie T’s Opens Today

Source: Eater DC

thompsonlogo.gifIt’s opening day for Willie T’s Lobster Shack, Dupont Circle’s new seafood joint. The restaurant has opened at 1511 Connecticut Ave. NW (former home of Marvelous Market) and is from Thompson Hospitality, the company behind such chains as American Tap Room and Austin Grill.

Willie T.’s will have lobster, crab and shrimp rolls, a Maine-themed design, reclaimed wood (naturally) and catering. There will be whoopie pies, too. No word yet on whether the brand will expand to other locations, but it seems likely given Thompson’s track record. The restaurant will be open for both lunch and dinner. Status: ...

Read full article >>