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October 2008 Archive

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Recently opened in Washington's Columbia Heights neighborhood, Jamie Leeds' (of Hank's Oyster Bar fame) CommonWealth now offers lunch-goers a full menu of British-inspired and America-bred cuisine or selections from a variety of lunch specials including the traditional ploughman's lunch (11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday). The restaurant offers complimentary wireless Internet for lunch diners or one can choose to spend the afternoon at one of the many game tables offered in the pub. The CommonWealth lunch menu features salad and sandwich specials such as a London broil salad with grilled croutons, blue cheese dressing and oven-roasted tomatoes, and a roasted lemon chicken salad sandwich with arugula on brioche. The ploughman's lunch includes surrey ham, wildflower cheddar, pickled cabbage, apple and bread. The full CommonWealth menu is also available during lunch featuring a selection of traditional starters and main dishes such as fish ‘n' chips, bangers and mash, and pots and pies. For reservations or more information visit or call 202-265-1400. CommonWealth, 1400 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC 20010, 202-265-1400.

News Bytes

Addie's Seasonal Catering Menu
Addie's is offering a seasonal holiday catering menu for the first time. Designed by executive chef Arra Lawson, the menu features New American cuisine and home-style options. Catering orders are personalized and made fresh to order using seasonal ingredients sourced whenever possible from Maryland and Virginia farms. Catering orders are available for pick-up only and the restaurant requests 72 hours notice for larger orders. Call 301-881-0081. Addie's, 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-881-0081.
Pre-theater Treats Now on Tap
Ping by Charlie Chiang's is offering theatre-goers this season a four-course, pre-theatre menu priced at $20.08, including appetizer, soup, entrée, dessert and beverage. Guests might take advantage of the thespian options at both an AMC Loews Shirlington 7 movie theatre and Signature Theatre one block away. For additional information or to purchase tickets, call 703-820-9771 or visit Ping by Charlie Chiang's, 4060 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA 22206, 703-671-4900.
2941 Restaurant Celebrates Halloween
2941 Restaurant is commemorating Halloween throughout October with a special "Eye Scream" dessert, designed by pastry chef Anthony Chavez. Valrhona white chocolate, pistachio mousse and raspberry-lychee coulis create the frighteningly delicious dish, priced at $15 and presented on a bed of dry ice to resemble a pair of smoking eyeballs. Guests can also enjoy the restaurant's specialty cocktail of the month, the "Evil Eye," made with muddled blueberries, pomegranate syrup, cranberry juice, soda water and Ketel One vodka. The drink, priced at $10 and served in a Collins glass, is garnished with a spiked blueberry-stuffed lychee and a dash of grenadine for a Halloween-festive effect. Executive chef Bertrand Chemel is also embracing the Halloween spirit with a special tasting menu, available Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1. Priced at $100 per person, the four-course prix-fixe menu will include the "Evil Eye" cocktail and "Eye Scream" dessert, as well as three additional savory specials created just for the occasion. 2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-270-1500.
Election Connection
Politicians, lobbyists and travelers to the nation's capital will seek the finest in DC dining during the upcoming weeks filled with election buzz. Several local eateries are joining in the debate, including Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak (1625 Eye St. NW, 202-689-8999), which is offering a special breakfast meeting menu. Asia Nine Bar & Lounge (915 E St. NW, 202-629-4355) is featuring a selection of maki sushi, each designed with a politico in mind. The Obama Roll is a lean and green offering of mixed green veggies---asparagus, cucumber, avocado, radish sprout and basil leaves dusted with sesame seeds. The McCain Roll is a nod toward the west with a mix of lobster, guacamole and tortilla chips. Candidates' Selection rolls are priced at $8 each. At Town & Country bar, located in the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel (1127 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-347-3000), the Arizona Sunset cocktail features a mixture of tequila, prickly pear juice and some fresh orange juice while the Chicago Cocktail is a heady mix of Remy Martin VSOP, a dash of bitters and a hint of triple sec---each priced at $11.95. Café Promenade is offering three-course special menus from Arizona and Illinois by chef Paul O'Connor of the Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa and Michael Reich of the Renaissance Chicago Hotel.

Chef Shuffle
Hilltoppers at The Goodstone Inn & Estate has named Tarver King executive chef. King was formerly at the Woodlands Resort & Inn in South Carolina. Hilltoppers, The Goodstone Inn & Estate, 36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg, VA 20117, 540-687-4645.
Chef Janis McLean, formerly the executive chef at DC's historic Morrison-Clark Restaurant, has moved over to the kitchens of 15 ria restaurant, which should see evidence of her comfort-style cooking. 15 ria, Washington Terrace Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-232-7000.


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