Want to open your own restaurant? Here's your chance. The second annual Mess Hall Launch Pad competition is heating up. Submit your idea, and this time next year you could be working at your own food concept.
On June 10, five finalists will be selected to pitch their ideas for a culinary venture to a panel of highly esteemed judges, including Patrick O'Connell of The Inn at Little Washington and Aaron Silverman of Rose's Luxury.
On Saturday, May 16 and May 23, Daikaya will offer its new Sapporo Ramen 101 class, where guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history and art of making ramen. Executive Chef Katsuya Fukushima and Daisuke Utagawa will lead the hands-on classes, which are limited to 10 people.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling (202) 589-1600.
Learn the art of making ramen at Daikaya. (Facebook)
by WTOPLiving4/24/2015 5:09:10 PM
Woodley Park is getting a new restaurant! The former Murphy's Irish pub on 24th Street, right near the Woodley Park Metro stop, will soon be an Italian-influenced eatery, called Bar Civita, from Liam LaCivita.
The new restaurant, set to open April 28, will have an in-house cheese program and will also serve its own breads and pastas, The Washington Post reports. The menu will feature a mix of tasting plates and entrees, as well as an extensive wine and cocktail list.
The patio at Bar Cavita in Woodley Park (Facebook)
by WTOPLiving4/24/2015 4:49:07 PM
April 25 & 26 is the sixth annual WineFest at St. Michaels. At the event, expect a number of tasting venues scattered throughout the downtown area, an endless list of local and global wines, food and artist vendors and more. There are multiple ticket options at various price points, and tickets can be purchased online. For more information, visit the event's website.
Two of the greatest things -- wine and music -- are joining forces on May 9 for an all-day festival in D.C.'s Storey Park.
The second annual VinoFest will include seven different musical artists, food vendors and a curated selection of local and global wines.Tickets are $60; proceeds from the event benefit Make A Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic, DC Central Kitchen and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
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Ledroit Park residents will soon have a new neighborhood gathering spot later this spring. The Royal, an all-day coffee shop and eatery from the folks at Vinoteca, will open at 501 Florida Ave., N.W.
At the 45-seat space, expect a full espresso program and breakfast offerings in the morning, and come afternoon, a casual lunch menu and a cocktail and wine program.
by WTOPLiving4/24/2015 5:07:11 PM
Starting Sunday, April 26 and then May 9-10, Food with a Purpose will pop-up for brunch at the Petworth incubator EatsPlace. The menu will feature dishes, such as fried salmon, shrimp and grits, a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and a fried shrimp basket.
There will be three seatings each day: 11 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.; 12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.; and 1:40 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. You can find more information on this and other pop-ups on EatsPlace's website.
Chef Michael Schlow, owner and operator of 14th Street's TICO, is opening his second D.C. restaurant this summer. The Riggsby will be located in the Carlyle Hotel at 1731 New Hampshire Ave., in Dupont Circle.
Dishes at the 75-seat restaurant will center around American fare with some European influences. The 40-seat bar will serve up hand-crafted cocktails and bar snacks. The Riggsby will also have a robust by-the-glass wine program, and will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Stay tuned for more details on the opening date and menu details.
Chef Michael Schlow opened TICO on 14th Street in 2014. This summer, he will open his second D.C. restaurant, serving primarily American fare. (Courtesy TICO Facebook)
by WTOPLiving4/13/2015 3:27:36 PM
D.C. has its number of breweries, and next year, it will have its first cidery. ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar -- a bar, restaurant and cidery -- will open later this year in the Truxton Circle neighborhood of Northwest, DCist reports.
The founders say the plan is to brew traditional, dry ciders, and serve them alongside a Basque-inspired cuisine in the cidery's restaurant. Stay tuned for more updates and details.
by WTOPLiving4/7/2015 3:04:50 PM
One of the city;'s biggest food truck festivals, Taste of Three Cities, is headed back to to D.C. on Saturday, April 25 for a day-long event in NoMa's Storey Park. In addition to food, the festival will include live entertainment from local bands and proceeds with benefit DC Central Kitchen. For info and tickets, visit the event's website.
by WTOPLiving4/7/2015 1:55:41 PM
James Beard Award-Winning Chef Sean Brock is headed to D.C. on Wednesday, April 29. He's teaming up with Jack Rose Dining Saloon for a night of Southern food and whiskey, all to benefit Jeeps for Joy.
Tickets to the event are $125, and include bourbon and bites, such as Brock's Carolina rice griddle cakes, Cheerwine-glazed pig ears, shrimp and grits, Maryland crab cakes, fried Chesapeake oysters, pork head cheese ravioli and more.
Cellar tickets are also available for $250. This option includes additional whiskey flight tastings. More information is available on the event's website. You can also read more about Brock on wtop.com.
(Courtesy Sean Brock/Artisan Books)
by WTOPLiving4/7/2015 1:55:36 PM
Can't wait for Chef Ruth Gresser to open her fast-casual pizza joint Veloce? You don't have to. The chef will pop-up with her new concept on the patio of Pizzeria Paradiso's Dupont Circle location between 9 a.m. and noon on April 11.
Yes, those are early hours for a pizza concept, but that's the best part: Chef Gresser will be debuting her breakfast pizzas, breakfast calzones and breakfast pocket. And yes, there will also be coffee.
What: Veloce's breakfast pizza pop-up
When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon OR while supplies last.
Where:Pizzeria Paradisois located at 2003 P Street, NW Washington, DC, 20037
Veloce will open at 1828 L Street in Northwest, D.C. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
by WTOPLiving4/7/2015 1:55:33 PM
The National Harbor Food & Wine Festival is returning May 2 and 3 from noon to 6 p.m. Expect food from celebrity chefs, live entertainment, artisinal products and more than 150 wines, spirits and beers from around the world. For tickets and the weekend's schedule, visit the event's website.
by WTOPLiving4/3/2015 2:47:44 PM
Union Kitchen producer Slender Seven is taking its healthy and eggless cookie dough out of the Northeast D.C. kitchen and on to store shelves. The cookie dough is now available at all area Yes! Organic Market locations.
The main ingredient in Slender Seven's cookie dough is black bean, giving the dough a boost of fiber and protein. And in addition to being eggless, the dough is also gluten-free, flour-free, soy-free and peanut-free, plus, it's low in sugar.
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On Thursday, April 9, James Beard Award nominee Erik Bruner-Yang, of Toki Underground, will team up with D.C.'s newest distillery, One Eight Distilling, for a dine-and-drink cherry blossom social. The event is being dubbed "Toki on Okie." (One Eight Distilling is located on Okie Street in Northeast.)
At the event, which costs $20, guests will be able to tour the new Ivy City distillery, sip on cherry blossom-inspired beverages from One Eight and taste some of Bruner-Yang's most popular menu items at Toki Underground. Tickets are available online until sold out.
One Eight Distilling is located at 1135 Okie Street NE (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
The vodka at One Eight Distilling (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
by WTOPLiving3/30/2015 5:07:11 PM
The three masterminds behind the beverage program at Neighborhood Restaurant Group are teaming up for what can only be described as the most epic libation festival in the area.
Greg Engert, Jeff Faile and Brent Kroll will showcase some of the best beers, wines and spirits at Canal Park in Navy Yard (L & 2nd Streets SE). The event is called ABV, and it will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 16.
Expect a curated selection of rare tequilas and gins; roses and white wines; and a craft beer list that focuses on saisons and sour ales.
To accompany the pours, Chef Nathan Anda of Red Apron will cook up smoked brisket, smoked pork shoulder sliders, crispy chicken wings and chili lime pork rinds. There will also be a hot dog cart and steamed buns from Chef Rob Rubba.
Of course, food and drink aren't the only items on the menu for the festival. There will be live music and lawn games as well.Tickets to ABV are $65 for admission and a passport for 10 pours or $85 for admission, a passport for 10 pours, a custom wine glass and access to the VIP lounge where the beverage directors will be pouring their favorites.
Jose Andres' Zaytinya is gearing up for its fourth annual Greek Easter Festival, set to run March 29 through April 12.
On March 29, the restaurant's outdoor patio will transform into a traditional Greek outdoor marketplace, called Agora. It will feature Greek goods from local vendors as well as complimentary Greek food and wine tastings and music.
On both Western Easter (Sunday, April 5) and Greek Easter (Sunday, April 12), Zaytinya will offer a $35 pre-fixe brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The restaurant will also introduce new spring dishes to its menu during this time. Visit the restaurant's website for information on menu specifics and reservations.
Agora at Zaytinya's Greek Easter Festival (Courtesy Zaytinya Facebook)
by WTOPLiving3/25/2015 8:59:32 PM
After raising more than $25,000 with a Kickstarter campaign, Crumbs & Whiskers, D.C.'s first cat cafe concept, is moving forward in its planning process.DCist reports that the cafe's founder, Kanchan Singh, received zoning approval and is on track for a summer opening.
In February, Singh talked to WTOP about plans for her Georgetown-based cafe, and her strategies for obtaining permits from The Department of Health.
Stay tuned for future updates, cat lovers.
People hang out with cats from North Shore Animal League during the adoption drive held at the Cat Café by Purina ONE on Sunday, April 27, 2014 in New York.
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If you can't wait for Mike Isabella and Jonah Kim's Japanese noodle bar Yona to open in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington later this spring, you don't have to. The concept is popping-up at Isabella's G on 14th Street through May 2, Wednesday through Saturday nights.
Three types of ramen are on the pop-up menu, including Miso Porky, Tonkotsu-Shoyu tare and Veggie, as well as a variety of plates, such as steamed pork jowl buns, dry-fried wings, crispy Brussels sprouts and Korean beef tartare.
WTOP's Samantha Loss recently dined at the pop-up and says the ramen is, by far, the star of the menu. She describes the Miso Porky ramen as "sweet, spicy and delicious." She also sampled the dry-fried wings ("not saucy; packed with Asian flavors") and the Brussels sprouts, which she reports are nicely charred and flavorful.
Reservations can be made by phone (202-234-5015) or online.
The Miso Porky ramen at Yona (Courtesy Samantha Loss)
This year's SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience will be held June 5 and 6 at the National Building Museum. The event will feature food and beer pairings, an artisan cheese table, an oyster bar and an extensive list of participating breweries. For information on tickets, visit the event's website.
by WTOPLiving3/24/2015 3:13:39 PM
After 25 years in business, Chef Ike's Mambo Room in Adams Morgan announced it will be closing its doors. The bar's last day will be Saturday, March 28. But the Columbia Road institution isn't going out quietly -- It will host a week-long series of events. Doors open nightly at 5 p.m.
Monday: Movie Night "Die Hard" and "Die Hard with a Vengeance," showing starts at 6 p.m.
Tuesday: Crazy Nasty Trivia hosted by Chandler Nasty and Chaos McBane; 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Rock Your Wednesday playing rock hits of all decades, plus great food and drink specials
Thursday: Open M’Ike Comedy Night featuring $1 Absolute flavors and D.C.'s best comedians
Friday: Farewell Party Part 1 with DJ MIlktruck featuring $1 cocktails all night long
Saturday: Battle of the Bands (downstairs until 11 p.m., upstairs until 2:30 a.m.) AND Farewell Party Part 2: THE FINAL DANCE with DJ Milktruck starting at 11 p.m. downstairs until 3 a.m.; $1 cocktails from 11 to close.
by WTOPLiving3/23/2015 5:03:17 PM
by WTOPLiving3/20/2015 2:36:29 PM
City Tap House is celebrating Memorial Day with its inaugural "Shuckfest" on Monday, May 25. The event will include food, live blue grass music and cornhole on the restaurant's patio. In addition to serving its holiday brunch menu, City Tap House will cook up a variety of oyster specials, such as po' boy sandwiches, fried oyster benedict and grilled oysters Rockefeller.
by WTOPLiving3/20/2015 2:35:46 PM
The Red Hen has made a splash among foodies since opening in 2013, and now the restaurant's co-owners are starting a second concept with the co-owners of it's Bloomingdale neighbor Boundary Stone.
The 2,500 square-foot restaurant, All Purpose, set to open on 9th Street in Shaw, will focus primarily on pizza. Bruschetta, antipasti, charcuterie and a list of entrees will also be available. The beverage program will feature American and Italian natural wines, regional beers and specialty spirits.
All Purpose will be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday; Monday night and lunch service will follow shortly after opening.
by WTOPLiving3/20/2015 2:18:24 PM
On Saturday, March 28, get a taste of International food and tradition at the first-ever Festival of Colors and Kites Holicelebration at Bull Run Park in Centreville, Virginia.
The festival's founder, Manish Sood, explains that Holi is a traditional Hindu festival, now held all over the world, that celebrates life, love and peace with the throwing of colored powder.
There will be plenty of color throwing at the Northern Virginia festival (so Snood suggests to wear a white shirt and expect to get colored), but there will be others things as well, including a variety of Indian and other international foods, dancing, live entertainment, kite flying and shopping.
The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m.; tickets are $5 and parking is free.
People partake in the celebration of Holi. (AP Photo)
D.C. pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac announced plans to open her first storefront for Buttercream Bakeshop, which will be located at 1250 9th Street NW in Shaw.
Here's what to expect:
In the morning: Breakfast biscuits, scones, croissants, sticky buns and quiches.
During lunch time: Soft pretzel hot pockets, sandwiches on house-baked bread and a rotating selection of salads.
Coffee and sweets, such as cookies, pies and cakes, will be offered throughout the day. The bakery will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. After hours, MacIsaac plans to use the space for baking classes.
by WTOPLiving3/16/2015 6:23:32 PM
The weather is giving us a taste of spring, and starting Thursday, March 12, the newest pop-up setting up shop at D.C.'s EatsPlace will as well.
Delilah, from Capital Taste chef Mackenzie Kitburi, is taking over the Petworth food incubator space to whip up a variety of dishes that take advantage of spring's early vegetables and an abundance of fresh seafood and meats.
Expect Nantucket Bay scallops with avocado puree and grapefruit; mushroom salad with lychee, Chinese sausage and peanut soil; artichoke soup with smoked mussels, radishes and lemon; spring pea risotto with caramelized onion and bacon compote; black bass with beet puree, glazed carrots and parsnips; and more -- Plus a dessert menu that will make your mouth water.
Chef Kitburi's residency at EatsPlace will continue through Saturday, April 4. You can find the full schedule for weekday and weekend hours on the EatsPlace website.
Nantucket Bay scallops, avocado puree and grapefruit at Delilah (Courtesy EatsPlace)
Steak at Delilah. (Courtesy Eats Place)
EatsPlace is located at 3607 Georgia Ave., NW in Petworth. (Courtesy EatsPlace)
by WTOPLiving3/16/2015 3:01:11 PM
The "beer boom" in D.C. is not limited to the growing number of breweries popping up in the Metro area -- beer bars are part of the movement too. And one in Dupont Circle just landed on Zagat's national list for the 15 Hottest New Beer Bars in the U.S.
Beloved by locals for its roof deck, Sauf Haus has 15 beers on tap, as well as a menu full of sausages, Bravarian soft pretzels, sauerkraut and beef brisket sliders. And most nights of the week, patrons can catch live, local music at the beer garden.
Courtesy Sauf Haus Bier Hall
by WTOPLiving3/16/2015 3:01:07 PM
You know spring is just about here when the farmers markets are getting ready to open or go back to regular-season hours. And FRESHFARM Markets just announced the 2015 market schedule for its D.C., Maryland and Virginia Markets. Plus, the organization has a list out of the top 10 trends to look for at this year's markets.
2015 Market Opening Dates & Hours
Wednesday, April 1: Foggy Bottom FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 2: Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 4: Downtown Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 5: Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7: Crystal City FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 9: FRESHFARM Market by the White House. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: H St NE FRESHFARM Market, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: St. Michaels FRESHFARM Market, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 23: Ballston FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 3: Union Market FRESHFARM Market, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 3: Annapolis FRESHFARM Market, 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Tuesday, May 4: FRESHFARM Market at CityCenterDC, 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 7: Ballston FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16: Mount Vernon Triangle FRESHFARM Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
by WTOPLiving3/12/2015 8:54:17 PM
Lots of big-name musicians are stopping in D.C. this year, but here's one tour we're especially excited about: The Capture Wine Tour, which makes its first stop in D.C. April 10-11 at Union Market's Dock 5.
At the event, taste more than 120 artisan wines, dive into chef-designed farm-to-table cuisine and sip on a few craft cocktails. Tickets are available for a variety of events, happening during the day and night on Friday and Saturday. Plus, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to Capital Area Food Bank -- cheers to that.