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August 2010 Archive

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Openings

A September 17 preview opening date is set for Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar's new DC location. The opening menu was specifically developed for Washington by chef-partner Guillermo Pernot. Executive chef Jason Kaufman will oversee the day-to-day operations of the kitchen and Washingtonians can look forward to dishes that showcase the flavors of various Latin regions with a menu that features piqueos, or small tasting plates. Cuba Libre's full menu will begin October 1. Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar , 801 A 9th St., Washington, DC 20001, 202-408-1600 .
 
Estadio, which means "stadium" in Spanish, offers contemporary Spanish cuisine with a focus on the north, and is a sister restaurant to Proof, the wine-centric restaurant in DC's Penn Quarter. Owner Mark Kuller and executive chef Haidar Karoum traveled extensively throughout Spain to explore the country's eclectic cuisine and help develop Estadio's menu, which will consist of Karoum's interpretations of classic dishes found in various regions of the country, such as tortillita de camarones (small shrimp pancake), fideos (Spanish pasta), and salmorejo (thickened gazpacho). The menu will have small snacks, or "pintxos" as they are known in the Basque region, priced from $3-$6, traditional tapas priced from $5-$11, and small entrées or "racions" priced from $12-$19. Estadio, 1520 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20002, 202-319-1404.
 
Pete's New Haven Style Apizza has opened a store between the Tenleytown and Friendship Heights neighborhoods of northwest DC. The new location features more choices of the New Haven-style pizza by the slice, more fresh pasta dishes, an expanded draft beer selection, and two daily Al Forno dishes (one of which will be vegetarian). Also for the first time, gelato and sorbetto will be made on the premises. Its first location is in Columbia Heights. Lunch & Dinner daily. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza, 4940 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016, 202-237-7383.
 

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News Bytes

Saturday Brunch at The Source
The Source by Wolfgang Puck is now offering its brunch and Bloody Mary menus on Saturday. The brunch is offered from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes a combination of traditional brunch items as well as Asian-inspired dishes. The menu features a dim sum platter that includes an assortment of house-made selections: spicy "Thai Style" chicken salad with mustard dressing and candied cashews; market-fresh berry french toast served with country-style pork sausage; and burgers and sandwiches including the "American Style" Kobe burger with onion marmalade and herb aïoli and Maine lobster club with bacon vinaigrette. The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Newseum, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-637-6100.
 
Barbecue Feast Celebrates TV Show
To celebrate chef-owner Art Smith's weekly appearance on TLC's BBQ Pitmasters, a reality competition where backyard barbecue fanatics battle through a series of smoky, meaty challenges for the cook-out crown, Art and Soul is bringing back its Barbecue Feast. For $25 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), Art and Soul's executive chef Travis Timberlake will offer diners a Southern-inspired barbecue experience. The barbecue lovers' menu will be available on the patio every Thursday from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. through the show finale on September 23, weather permitting. Art and Soul Restaurant, The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-393-7777.
 
CommonWealth Offers More Snacks Plus Patio Spit Roasts
CommonWealth, The People's Gastropub is offering an extended selection of its "Snacks" menu and weekly patio spit roasts on Thursdays through September. The selection of new small plates complements CommonWealth's extensive beer program, including ten favorite beers on draft and 30 imported and domestic beers available by the bottle or can. The weekly spit roasts will feature whatever meat is available at the market---think chicken, turkey, baby pig, lamb, pork shoulder, and roast beef varying from week to week. CommonWealth, The People’s Gastropub, 1400 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC 20010, 202-265-1400.
 
The Source Opens for Saturday Brunch
The Source by Wolfgang Puck has launched its new Saturday brunch and Bloody Mary menus. The brunch is offered from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday and includes a combination of traditional brunch items as well as Asian-inspired dishes. The menu features a dim sum platter which includes an assortment of house-made selections; spicy "Thai Style" chicken salad with mustard dressing and candied cashews; market fresh berry french toast served with country-style pork sausage; and burgers and sandwiches including the "American Style" Kobe burger with onion marmalade and herb aïoli and the Maine lobster club with bacon vinaigrette. All brunch dishes are priced between $12 and $24. The Source will also offer its three-course prix-fixe lunch on Saturday, priced at $28 per person. The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Newseum, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-637-6100.
 
Black Restaurant Group Offers Fall Fundraiser
Chef-owners Barbara and Jeff Black of Black Restaurant Group are coordinating a fundraising effort at their restaurants in the Washington, DC and Maryland neighborhoods in fall 2010. The goal is to raise $200,000 to build a new kitchen at Children's National Medical Center to support children with diabetes. Black Restaurant Group will support national diabetes awareness during the entire month of November (National Diabetes Month). Throughout the month of November, all four Black Restaurant Group restaurants, Black Market Bistro, BlackSalt Restaurant, Black's Bar & Kitchen, and Addie's, will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from their signature mussel dish, Addie's Mussels, to this cause. Each restaurant will also have special promotions in addition to the mussels to support the fundraising efforts. Events include: Sunday, October 24---Black Market Bistro Pig Out for Diabetes; Saturday, November 6---BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant Oyster Tasting at BlackSalt Restaurant. For more information, call each individual restaurant. BlackSalt Restaurant, 4883 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-342-9101.
 

Chef Shuffle
Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj has announced that Ed Witt is the new executive chef of 701 Restaurant. Witt began his culinary career at San Francisco's Rubicon as an extern, where he worked with chef Traci Des Jardins. He has also worked at The River Café in Brooklyn, Il Buco, Varietal, and Bloomingdale Road before heading to the Washington, DC area. 701 Restaurant, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-393-0701.
 

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