News for Restaurants in Washington DC
José Andrés and his culinary team at Jaleo will celebrate the eleventh annual Paella Festival from July 29-August 11 by offering paella specials and a unique cocktail that will be available during lunch and dinner service. All three Jaleo locations are participating, with a kickoff celebration at the Crystal City branch on Monday, July 29, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary paella and cocktails to welcome the return of paella season. The event is open to the public with a suggested donation of $20 to benefit World Central Kitchen. Reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Recipes this year are being created by Jaleo’s Research & Development chef Ramón Martínez and Jaleo DC’s head chef Paul Yeck. Jaleo, 480 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-628-7949.
Summer days bring the return of Oyamel Cocina Mexicana’s annual celebration honoring the summer harvest of squash blossoms until July 28, José Andrés and his culinary team at Oyamel, led by chef Colin King, will celebrate the annual Squash Blossom Festival with a variety of rotating menu specials priced from $7 to $13, available for lunch and dinner. Note that the squash blossom or "flor de calabaza" is a traditional ingredient in Mexican cooking, known for versatility in everything from soup to quesadillas. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-628-1005.
The Palm is offering Summer Lobster for Two through August 31. The special, priced at $79.95, includes a four-pound jumbo Nova Scotia lobster tail, two starters (Caesar salad, lobster bisque, watermelon and mozzarella salad) and two individual sides. The Palm, 1225 19th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-293-9091.
Bistro Vivant will offer specials to coincide with August’s performances of “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II” at Wolf Trap. From July 28-August 2, the restaurant’s blackboard will note “Wabbit” Season and Duck Season. Specials from the former will include rabbit Provençale, roulade of rabbit and rabbit liver pâté, as well as hasenpfeffer, a traditional German dish of spiced rabbit stew. Duck selections will include duck confit and duck fat fries. A variety of stinky cheeses such as Roquefort, Camembert and Époisses will also be available, and for dessert, expect Banana Cream Pie In-The-Face at no extra charge. Bistro Vivant, 1394 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22101, 703-356-1700.
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