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Park Hyatt Washington D.C. invites visitors to the Lounge to support their favorite presidential candidate by selecting their favorite cheese. Set up by resident cheese specialist Lisa Hviding, who oversees the cheese and charcuterie program at the Lounge and the Blue Duck Tavern, the program offers these selections: two blue cheeses (representing the Democratic candidate, President Barack Obama) and two red cheeses (representing the Republican candidate, Mitt Romney), which will be available nightly from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Blue (Democrat) cheeses include Ewe's Blue, a sheep's milk cheese from Old Chatham Sheepherding Company, New York, and Barick Obama, a pasteurized cow's milk cheese from Lazy Lady Farm, Vermont. Red (Republican) cheeses include Red Hawk, a cow's milk cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, California, and Lincoln Log, a pasteurized goat's milk cheese from Zingerman's Creamery, Michigan. Also on display will be the 35-pound Presidential Cheese, a pasteurized cow's milk cheese made of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar from the Cellars at Jasper Hill, Vermont. Park Hyatt Washington D.C., 1201 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037, 202-789-1234.
The new Italian restaurant La Forchetta, with executive chef Roberto Donna, is changing its name to Al Dente. Says the owner, Hakan Ilhan, the new name should avoid any confusion with a similarly named restaurant in the District. Patrons of the 146-seat restaurant, with its exhibition kitchens, pizza oven, inviting bar and expansive 30-seat outdoor patio, were asked to make name-change suggestions on the restaurant's website. Ultimately, however, it was Ilhan himself who picked the new name, one he had been considering for several months. La Forchetta, 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016, 202-244-2223.
For the national Julia Child Restaurant Week, executive chef David Fritsche of Café Dupont will present a special 100th birthday prix-fixe menu. It will feature some of Child's favorite dishes, from a parfait de foie de poulet to her famous apple tarte Tatin. The three-course dinner with wine pairings is $50 per person, excluding tax and gratuity; reservations are required. Call 202-483-6000 to reserve your place at the party. Cafe Dupont, The Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-797-0169.
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