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Chef Wolfgang Puck (The Source by Wolfgang Puck) is just one of several celebrity chefs that will open restaurants next year in the Marina Bay Sands resort in Singapore. His fellow restaurateurs expanding in Asia include Guy Savoy of Paris, Mario Batali (Babbo in New York), Daniel Boulud (Daniel in New York), Santi Santamaria of Spain's Can Fabes and Tetsuya Wakuda of Sydney. The Source by Wolfgang Puck, Newseum, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-637-6100.
Bangkok Joe's Thai Restaurant now hosts half-priced wine nights on Mondays and Tuesdays. At lunchtime (11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily), a special Lunch Bowl Menu is available with several options all for $8.95. For the daily happy hours (5 p.m.-7p.m.), guests can enjoy a selection of half-priced martinis with a twist and bar bites from the Thai Street Food Happy Hour Menu. Martini offerings include a Jasmintini with Stoli Vanil vodka, Chambord, jasmine tea and simple syrup; and a Gingertini made with ginger-infused Absolut vodka, sour mix and syrup with ground ginger sugar and ginger on the rim. Bangkok Joe's Thai Restaurant, Washington Harbour Complex, 3000 K St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-4422.
Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company is now offering Sunday Suppers, which rotate monthly and feature an entrée, two side dishes, varying bread and a dessert, and are packed in one to-go box with aluminum pans to retain heat. The Sunday Suppers are available at all four Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company locations, and range in price from $45 to $50 per family of four. Additional family members' food may be purchased for $11 each. To order the Sunday Supper, call any of the four Rocklands locations: Arlington 703-528-9663, Glover Park 202-333-2558, Rockville 240-268-1120 or Alexandria 703-778-9663. (These dinners are available only on Sundays.) Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company, 3471 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, 703-528-9663.
Roasted fresh American chestnuts from Toigo Orchards of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, are highlighted in the seasonal prix-fixe, three-course menu from 1789 Restaurant executive chef Dan Giusti, offered for the entire month of November. The chestnuts are incorporated into the appetizer, entrée and dessert courses. Priced at $40 per person (beverages, tax and gratuity not included), standouts include chestnut soup served with crispy duck confit, maple-glazed chestnuts and foie gras followed by Eco-Friendly Farms roast poussin with chestnut polenta, Brussels sprouts, "Surryano" ham and red wine jus. Pastry chef Travis Olson has created a chestnut and pear sundae with warm Comice pear, chestnut honey, roasted chestnut ice cream and candied chestnuts. A bag of roasted chestnuts will be given to guests as a complimentary take-away. Available from September to January each year, the American chestnut is a rare commodity; most chestnuts found at local markets are imported from Europe and Asia. Toigo Orchards, with its six giant chestnut trees, provides 1789 with fresh chestnuts. 1789 Restaurant, 1226 36th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-965-1789.
Book any private event at one of four Chef Geoff restaurants from now through January 15, 2010, and receive a free $100 Chef Geoff gift card. The restaurants include Chef Geoff's located on New Mexico Avenue, Chef Geoff's Downtown on Pennsylvania Ave., Chef Geoff's Tysons Corner, and Lia's in Chevy Chase. Each of the restaurants offers unique space that can be turned into private dining. The offer is available with a purchase of $750 or more. For more information, visit http://chefgeoff.com/ or contact event director Courtney Fitzgerald at 202-316-9242, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chef Geoff's, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-464-4461.
The Cupcake Decor Bar, the DC area's first, is from bakery owner Leslie Poyourow of Fancy Cakes by Leslie. Customers can try their hands at creating their very own edible art with base cupcake flavors of vanilla, chocolate and red velvet with chocolate or vanilla frosting plus an array of toppings including fondant flowers, chocolate pebbles, gummy worms, sugar pearls and tiki umbrellas. There's also a rotating selection of seasonal toppings to suit holiday parties. Cupcake prices start at $3.25 a cupcake for three toppings or $4 for five toppings. Open daily. Fancy Cakes by Leslie, 4939 Elm St., Bethesda, MD 20814, 301-652-9390.
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