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March 2015 Archive

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Openings

Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac is planning to open her first storefront called the Buttercream Bakeshop. Breakfast items will include warm biscuit sandwiches, sweet and savory scones, croissants, cream cheese-pecan sticky buns and seasonal quiches. For lunch, the bakery will offer soft pretzel hot pockets, sandwiches and salads. Among the desserts will be cookies, pies, slices of MacIsaac’s signature cakes, macaroons and canelés. Buttercream Bakeshop, 1250 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, no phone.
 
The co-owners of The Red Hen are partnering with the co-owners of Boundary Stone to open All Purpose in the Shaw neighborhood. The menu will feature primarily Italian-American dishes with pizza at its heart. Expect a selection of bruschetta, antipasti and charcuterie to start, plus interesting entrées that include suckling pig porchetta. Tiffany MacIsaac, pastry chef/owner of Buttercream Bakeshop, will consult on the dessert program at All Purpose, featuring Italian-inspired pastries and confections. All Purpose, 1250 9th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, no phone.
 
Restaurateur Reese Gardner’s Orange Anchor has set sail at Washington Harbour overlooking the Potomac River. Corporate executive chef Allan Javery has devised an interesting American menu stressing seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fished from local waters. Corporate beverage program director Boris Stojkovic and bar manager Phil Clark have created handcrafted cocktails that include a Seafood Bloody Mary with Old Bay vodka, tomato juice, Old Bay, smoked paprika, ancho chili water, lime juice, shrimp and smoked oysters. Duck hash, buckwheat banana-beer pancakes, and shrimp and smoked Gouda grits with a spicy Cajun gravy star on the weekend brunch menu. Orange Anchor, 3050 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-802-9990.
 
Chef Mike Isabella has opened his second regional Greek restaurant. Kapnos Taverna is a sibling to his Northern Greek establishment located on the 14th Street corridor in DC. The menu focuses on the coastal cuisines of Greece, and includes dishes from the Cyclades, Peloponnese, Thessaloniki and Ionian Islands. Look for plenty of seafood: swordfish kebabs, crispy calamari, whole branzino served with braised kale. The restaurant also features a raw bar that includes oysters, Maine lobster, shrimp and sea scallops. Kapnos Taverna, 4000 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203, 703-243-4400.
 

News Bytes

Red Light Opening for Brunch
Red Light Cocktails & Dessert Bar is debuting weekend brunches. Newly appointed executive chef Alina Bothen’s menu will include such dishes as Belgian waffles, assorted frittatas, and a cheese-and-rillette plate. The restaurant will also offer mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails plus other handcrafted drinks. Brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Red Light Cocktails & Dessert Bar, 1401 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-234-4000.
 
Zengo Offers New Test Kitchen Dishes
Chef Richard Sandoval’s colorful Latin-Asian-inspired restaurant Zengo is introducing a new “Test Kitchen” series in April. That means that Sandoval and his culinary team have dreamed up some different tastes, which will be marked with a “TK” on the menu. Special dishes include stuffed crispy tofu with chorizo, shrimp, carrot, bean sprout and a sweet soy dipping sauce; and Indonesian-style chili crab cakes with lump blue crab, cucumber salad, lemon, tomato and chile crab sauce. New cocktails ($11 each) will complement the fare. These selections are offered at dinner only, beginning at 5 p.m. Zengo, 781 Seventh St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-393-2929.
 

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