News for Restaurants in Washington DC
March 27 marked Taberna del Alabardero's 20th anniversary. It kicked off a year-long celebration with an array of unique offers and events that have never been done by the restaurant before. The first one begins in April. Throughout the month, the restaurant will offer more than 100 wines at retail cost, regularly priced at $55 or above, from its wine list. Taberna del Alabardero, 1776 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006, 202-429-2200.
José Andrés has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation with nominations in two major award categories this year. The Spanish chef is once again up for Outstanding Chef and his Los Angeles restaurant, The Bazaar by José Andrés, for Best New Restaurant. The culinary world's equivalent of the Oscars, the James Beard Foundation Awards will be presented at a ceremony in New York on May 4. The Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS at Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90048, 310-246-5555.
Three cheers for the fair sex! Chef Nongkran Daks and chef Carla Hall, both members of the local chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, have met the culinary challenge and come out winners. In the case of Daks, she bested Bobby Flay in a dramatic pad thai throw-down, featured at her Chantilly, Va., restaurant, Thai Basil. It just so happens that pad thai, prepared the traditional way with an amber sauce, is her signature dish. For Hall, she was a finalist in the fifth season of Bravo's "Top Chef," one of three finalists to make it to the finish line. Basil Thai, Chantilly Park, 14511-P Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy., Chantilly, VA 20151, 703-631-8277.
2941 Restaurant is commemorating Tax Day on Wednesday, April 15, with a special selection of creative cocktails priced at $10.40 per drink. Customers can drown their sorrows or toast the taxman with cocktails that match their mood. "The Ides of April" is a concoction made of infused orange cranberry vodka, Cointreau and cranberry juice; the "Auditini" is a decadent mix of vodka, Godiva dark chocolate and Godiva white chocolate. There's also a light and refreshing "Taxation Libation" of Hendrick's Gin, fresh cut cucumber and tonic water served on the rocks. 2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-270-1500.
As consumers look for ways to spread their dining dollars, Redwood Restaurant & Bar offers a new fixed-price two-course lunch for $15 and fixed-price three-course dinner menu for $35 (beverages, tax and gratuity not included). Available through March 31, the lunch and dinner menus change daily, and will highlight seasonal, naturally raised and locally sourced ingredients. Wine lovers will want to take advantage of the half-price wines available Sunday through Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Redwood Restaurant & Bar, Bethesda Row, 7121 Bethesda Ln., Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-656-5515.
In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival's "Cherry Picks," Café MoZU will offer the dessert, the Cherry Chocolate Cone (March 28-April 12). This flavor combination of sweet cherry sorbet and warm cherry kirsch is dressed with a twist of the waffle cone and served in a dark chocolate-painted glass. Guests may also enjoy a Cherry Blossom bento box that features such items as Australian Wagyu beef with Cherry Blossom mashed potatoes, and a Cherry Blossom sushi roll with Cherry Blossom rice, shrimp and avocado. The Cherry Blossom bento box is available for both lunch and dinner, and is priced at $30 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Café MoZU is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Café MoZU, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024, 202-554-8588.
Under the auspices of the Mexican Cultural Institute, Patricia Jinich has arranged a series of food-centric events that highlight the glories of Mexico's cuisine. You'll get to sample everything from street foods to what haciendas in the Yucatan prepare, and there's even a kids' workshop where youngsters learn about the history of corn and its use in the Mexican cookpot. The following calendar of events highlights what you will find. Each session is $70 per person. Kids' Workshop is $15 per child; first come, first served. You can also contact the institute at 202-232-8674. March 20 (6:30 p.m.): Mexico Chic: Fancy Nightlife Food (Registration deadline March 13). April 30 (6:30 p.m.): Mexican Streets: Walking Fiesta Fare (Registration deadline April 23). June 20 (11 a.m.-1 a.m.): Kids' Workshop: Crafts and Snacks: History and uses of corn, from quesadillas to cornhusk puppets (ages 6-12) (Registration deadline June 12). September 24 (6:30 p.m.): Mexican Icons: Independence Day at Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera's Table (Registration deadline September 17). October 29 (6:30 p.m.): Mexico Quintessential Celebration: Day of the Dead in Veracruz (Registration deadline October 22). December 10 (6:30 p.m.): Mexico Rediscovered: Posadas in Yucatán Haciendas (Registration deadline December 3). Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW, Washington, DC.
Chef Geoff created the Sunset Special early in 2000 to entice guests to the new restaurant. The deal included a three-course meal with a number of options for only $19.95. Nine years later, the price has not gone up. The deal is available daily from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the original Chef Geoff's restaurant at 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW, Washington DC. Chef Geoff's, 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016, 202-237-7800.
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