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June 2009 Archive

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Chef Geoff Tracy of Chef Geoff's, Chef Geoff's Downtown, Lia's and Hank's Tavern & Eats has opened his first Northern Virginia location of Chef Geoff's in Tysons Corner. The newly renovated space includes more than 200 seats and serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sundays. The restaurant also offers the option of three private dining rooms and an eighty-seat outdoor patio. The bar offers an extensive list of specialty cocktails as well as a large wine selection and 30 specialty beers on tap. The menu includes salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, handmade pastas, fish, steaks and desserts. Signature items include day boat scallops with mushroom risotto and the Cuban salmon with mojito vinaigrette. Chef Geoff's Tysons, 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA 22182, 571-282-6003.
Just in time for folks to enjoy its food and outside patio, Blue Ridge has opened in the Glover Park area. Chef Barton Seaver showcases seasonal, sustainable and local ingredients, gathered primarily from the mid-Atlantic region. Look for such fare as fried catfish with sorrel aïoli, a pork chop with red-eye gravy, and a Piedmont pork meatloaf with buttermilk mashed potatoes. Blue Ridge, 2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-4004.

News Bytes

Save the Honey Bee
Buzz Bakery, coffee shop, and dessert lounge will celebrate National "Don't Step on a Bee Day" on July 10 to help raise public awareness of the crisis in U.S. beekeeping and the potential implications for the nation's food supply. On Friday, July 10, executive chef Josh Short will offer his Bumble Bee cupcakes, a signature creation of vanilla cupcake filled with a chocolate center, iced with vanilla buttercream and topped with a bumblebee, for $2.75 each. Other honey-themed treats flying out of Short's kitchen will include wildflower honey ice cream for $2.25 a scoop, "Bee Hive" sugar cookies for $2.25 each and Tupelo Honey panna cotta with fresh berries, priced at $3.95 each. Buzz will also give kids free "honey cups"---mini vanilla cupcakes with house-made honey frosting---available first come, first served in honor of the special day. Buzz Bakery, 901 Slaters Ln., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-600-2899.
Picnicking on the Fourth...and the 11th in Alexandria
This year, The Butcher's Block, a Market by RW in Old Town Alexandria and adjacent to BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier restaurant is making fireworks celebrations easy. Two picnic packs feature personalized gourmet treats and refreshing beer and wine selections. Individually crafted by chef Robert Wiedmaier, the Fourth of July Sandwich Pack and Fourth of July Cheese and Charcuterie Pack will be available for fireworks festivities on Saturday, July 4, and also for celebrating the city of Alexandria's birthday on Saturday, July 11. Picnic packs must be reserved by 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, or 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, by calling 703-894-5253 and will be ready for pick up at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, or Saturday, July 11. BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier, 1600 King St., Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-894-3440.
Alfresco Dining at Bourbon Steak
Michael Mina's Bourbon Steak debuts outdoor dining for summer into fall 2009 in the courtyard of the Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC in the heart of Georgetown. This private oasis patio, which seats 47, is the perfect backdrop for enjoying seasonal snacks as well as lunch and dinner offerings from the full menu. The patio will open at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Bourbon Steak, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-944-2026.
Happy Hour at Zed's Ethiopian Cuisine
Sprinkle a little spice into the tired happy hour routine with Patio Hour at Zed's Ethiopian Cuisine in Georgetown. Guests may enjoy half-priced appetizers and $3.50 specialty Ethiopian beer and $5.50 wine by the glass all summer long (through Labor Day) on the patio. Patio Hour is available Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Traditional honey wine is also served. Zed's Patio Hour includes both meat-based and vegetarian-friendly Ethiopian snacks. Zed's Ethiopian Cuisine, 1201 28th St. NW, Washington, DC 20007, 202-333-4710.
Proof Serves Purified Water
Proof has become the first restaurant in the Washington, DC area to offer guests Nordaq FRESH, a purified tap water that has been filtered to remove impurities and unwanted flavors while leaving behind the natural salts and minerals. Nordaq FRESH is served at some of the country's leading restaurants, including The French Laundry, Per Se and Le Bernardin. The use of Nordaq FRESH will also help reduce Proof's impact on the environment by allowing the restaurant to filter the water on site, and serve both flat and sparkling water in reusable glass bottles. Proof, 775 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-737-7663.
CommonWealth Comes Up with Hot-Weather Fare
Just as the rising temperatures hit Washington, CommonWealth, The People's Gastropub introduces a new menu featuring light dishes appropriate for summer dining. Diners will find new snacks that make good starters to a meal such as lemon thyme gnocchi with asparagus and wild mushroom broth; ale-steamed mussels with spring onions, garlic and house-made mustard; and grilled squid with roasted tomatoes, capers and olives. As for the main dishes, chef Jamie Leeds offers poached wild Alaskan halibut with spring peas, baby carrots and tarragon white wine broth; and lemon roasted Cornish hen stuffed with garlic and thyme. The restaurant features an extensive beverage list with a focus on imported beers from the UK and the commonwealth states. CommonWealth, The People's Gastropub, 1400 Irving St. NW, Washington, DC 20010, 202-265-1400.
Dining with Dad
In honor of Father's Day, Asia Nine Bar & Lounge has plenty of new activities to honor Dad. During the month of June, the restaurant will be hosting a cooking class for fathers and kids and has created two special celebratory menus. During the three-hour Daddy & Me Cooking Class, fathers will spend the afternoon discovering new cooking methods with their loved ones. The class will be held on Sunday, June 14, from noon-3 p.m. Cost is $40 per father and child. During the class, dads will team up with their child to learn how to make authentic Asian cuisine including classic dishes from Asia Nine's menu, such as lo mein and Asian chicken tenders. At the end of the class, each participant can enjoy their creations with one of Asia Nine's specialty non-alcoholic beverages, including lemon ginger iced tea or a house-made fruit punch. A two-course Father's Day menu will be available for lunch and dinner on Sunday, June 21 ($29 prix-fixe). There will also be a special Father's Day barbecue take-away menu offered. Asia Nine Bar & Lounge, 915 E St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202-629-4355.
Farm Table Dining at Planet Wine
Hosted by Evening Star Café's executive chef Will Artley and Planet Wine, the "Farm Table" provides small groups with a private dining experience. Low lighting and soft music convert the Planet Wine wine shop into a unique dining venue offering menus that reflect the change in seasons and highlight the quality of local ingredients. The Farm Table offers guests a choice of three menu options: the market menu is priced at $60 per person and includes a seasonal cocktail with two canapés, an appetizer, a pasta course, a choice of two entrées and a dessert course. Guests can add a supplemental cheese course for $10 per person. The second option allows diners to design their own multi-course menu, and includes a personal consultation with chef Artley and the Planet Wine team. The custom menus start at $85 per person. The third option allows families and friends to share Sunday supper at the farm table. The traditional southern fried chicken dinner (priced at $45 per person) includes cocktails and canapés, the Farm Table salad, an entrée of fried chicken with classic Southern sides, and a dessert of fruit crisp with homemade ice cream. Planet Wine, 2004 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301, 703-549-3444.
Art and Soul Starts Summer Special
Art and Soul recently opened its seasonal patio and is introducing Crab and Beer Wednesdays when guests can relax by the new outdoor fire pit while indulging in Maryland's finest and enjoying iced-cold local brews. The Crab and Beer Wednesdays special includes three super jumbo crabs, corn on the cob or seasonal vegetables, hushpuppies and potatoes. Price will vary depending on the market price of the day. In addition, patrons with furry friends can bring them by the patio for the Puppy Patio Menu complete with doggie drinks, treats and desserts, which are available now. Art and Soul, The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-393-7777.
Dine Around Del Ray
Stroll along the sidewalks of one of Alexandria's oldest neighborhood communities, and stop by one of its various homey eateries to dine. Participating eateries will offer specials until June 14. Find your favorites, and check their individual websites for more information on specific offers. For those who eat in Del Ray at least four times until the 14th, there will be a grand-prize drawing. The winner will enjoy an evening of spa services at the Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town. For more information, visit

Chef Shuffle
Ici Urban Bistro announces the hiring of executive chef Olivier Perret, recently cooking at Chicago's Café des Architectes. A French native, Perret learned the basics of classic cooking in his native Burgundy before moving to Canada and then to the U.S. Expect to find his bistro fare with a French accent. Ici Urban Bistro, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, 806 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-730-8700.
Executive chef Carole Greenwood has departed Buck's Fishing & Camping, where for years she whipped up creative American fare based on fresh and seasonal goods. Word on the street is she has thrown away her apron and picked up paint brushes and a palette and is heading to New York to work as an artist. No word yet on a replacement. Buck's Fishing & Camping, 5031 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008, 202-364-0777.
Barry Koslow, formerly executive chef of Mendocino Grille & Wine Bar in Georgetown, has moved across the river to cook at Arlington's Tallula Restaurant. A meticulous chef who is devoted to simplicity and the use of ultra-fresh ingredients, Koslow also brings a sense of humor to his work. Tallula Restaurant, 2761 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, 703-778-5051.


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Possibly as a sign of the times, Roberto Donna recently closed his Crystal City restaurant, Bebo Trattoria da Roberto Donna, after several years in business. Donna, the former chef-owner of DC's Galileo, may look for another opportunity.
Sad news: Talented chef Mourou Outtara has closed his ultra-contemporary restaurant, Farrah Olivia, with the promise that he will reopen elsewhere in 2010. In the meantime, he and his brother are working on establishing an Italian restaurant to occupy the Crystal City location of Roberto Donna's Bebo Trattoria.

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