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Ted's BULLETIN, from the team behind DC's Matchbox, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The eatery brings classic dishes, from Matchbox executive chef John McArthur and chef Shannan Troncoso, in a 1930's atmosphere to Capitol Hill. Dishes include the Walk of Shame breakfast burrito, Nana's beer biscuits and gravy, the Green Green Salad of Home with Green Goddess dressing, and home-style meatloaf with Mingo County ketchup glaze. Guests can also opt for burgers made from beef ground in-house, soups and more. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Ted's BULLETIN, 505 8th St. SE, Washington, DC 20003, 202-544-8337.
The two-story, 170-seat Agora features Turkish and Greek fare reflecting the owner's heritage growing up in Foca, Turkey. For Latif Guler, it is a family affair as his father, Turkish chef Hasim Guler, is in Washington to help his son with the opening of this new restaurant. Turkish-born chef Rasit Gulsen will run the kitchen. Gulsen spent the past 12 years cooking at Nizam's Restaurant in Vienna, Virginia. Gulsen will offer a menu that highlights signature Turkish fare with a majority of small plates prepared on the wood-fired oven and charcoal-fired barbecue grill. Agora will also serve fresh olive oil bottled on Guler's family farm in Foca, Turkey. Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Agora, 1527 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-332-6767.

News Bytes

Wag Time at Art and Soul
The Pooch Patio Menu is back at Art and Soul, with its pet-friendly beverages such as Wagtime and unlimited bowls of H2O. Treats include "Happy Puppy" three-ounce grilled steak, "Hungry Dawg" six-ounce grilled steak, and Gravy Train beef tips topped with vitamin-enhanced sauce with rice. There are also dog-friendly desserts such as Pure Bread, homemade doggie granola treats, and Puppy Cakes, chef's selection. The Pooch Patio Menu is available every day of the week in the spring, summer and fall when the patio is open. Art and Soul, The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001, 202-393-7777.
Refreshing Summer Drinks at Nage
Nage in Scott Circle is recognizing summer with hand-squeezed lemonade and limeade combinations in seven flavors. Running through September, Nage will be offering lemonade and limeade combinations including rosemary-blueberry lemonade, basil-strawberry lemonade, rhubarb soda lemonade, cucumber-mint limeade, and classic limeade. Nage will also host a Lemonade Days fundraiser from June 11-13 to raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a children's cancer charity founded by a young cancer patient to raise money to find a cure for her disease. All proceeds from lemonade sales during the event will be donated to Alex's Lemonade Stand, helping to fund research, raise awareness and provide resources to those affected by childhood cancer. Nage, Courtyard Washington Embassy Row, 1600 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-448-8005.
Zentan Perks Up Mondays
Blue Mondays at Susur Lee's Zentan offers live jazz every Monday evening from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Led by bassist Tommy Cecil, the featured jazz trios include some of Washington's most talented musicians, playing standards and jazz classics. Guests can enjoy Blue Mondays from the communal tables or at the sleek bar. To complement the tunes, the kitchen is offering Blue Moon Beer for $5 each. Specialty cocktails include the Blue Note with rum, orange juice, pineapple, Blue Curacao and sour apple pucker ($10 on Blue Mondays). Zentan, Donovan House, 1155 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-379-4366.
"Tennis Uncorked"
If you're enjoying Tennis Channel's coverage of the French Open, you're probably in the mood for some French cuisine. You can taste a little bit of Paris right here in the United States with the network's "Tennis Uncorked" restaurant partnership this spring. The multi-city campaign pairs the channel with these select French restaurants in Washington DC: Bistro La Bonne, Le Chat Noir Restaurant Français & Wine Lounge, Bistro Français, Bistro Lepic, Mon Ami Gabi (Bethesda), Mon Ami Gabi (Reston), Café du Parc and Petits Plats. These French eateries are helping to celebrate Tennis Channel’s round-the-clock coverage of the two-week French Open, tennis’ largest and most prestigious clay-court competition. For more information, go to
Rick Bayless Prepares White House State Dinner
Rick Bayless of Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, and Xoco restaurants in Chicago,  prepared Mexican cuisine at the recent White House State Dinner honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderón and his wife, Margarita Zavala. The menu included herb green ceviche of Hawaiian opah and Oregon wagyu beef in Oaxacan black mole. Read our blog for more on the event. Topolobampo, 445 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60610, 312-661-1434.
Zola Partners with FRESHfarm Markets
Dan Mesches, CEO of Stir Food Group, is partnering with FRESHFARM Markets, the organizer of Washington's farmers' markets, to unveil the Farmers in Residence program at Zola's Zola Wine & Kitchen. Local farmers from the Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market will invite discussion during personalized educational seminars in Zola Wine & Kitchen's test kitchen. Once a month at 3 p.m., farmers will join Stir Food Group executive chef Bryan Moscatello to host a 30-minute seminar where guests can learn cooking techniques and new recipes highlighting fresh, seasonal ingredients from that particular farm. Participants will then go to the market with Moscatello for an informal tour, complete with the chef's insights into shopping for the best in locally sourced, seasonal ingredients from the featured farmer's stand. The Farmers in Residence program runs through October 2010. Zola Wine & Kitchen, 505 Ninth St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-654-0999.
Sou'Wester Celebrates Summer
Sou'Wester at the Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, is celebrating summer with monthly lawn parties. There will be signature communal seating and family-style menus at each event. The Memorial Day Crab Pot will take place on Sunday, May 30, at $70 per guest and with four serving times: 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. On Father's Day, June 20, the restaurant will salute grill-loving dads and bachelors with a cooking demonstration by chef Eric Ziebold, followed by a traditional cook-out with a few Ziebold twists. July 4 is the Pigs for the People featuring a whole roasted pig ($75 per diner exclusive of beverages). The feast will include grilled burgers, house-made bratwursts, pork confit sandwiches, corn on the cob and more. This family-style meal is from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Then enjoy DC's Fourth of July fireworks display from the grassy cul de sac in front of the hotel, or take the short stroll to the National Mall and enjoy the fireworks there. Sou'wester , Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC, 1330 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20024, 202-787-6868.
James Beard Award Finalists
The James Beard Award winners have been announced, and while there are no D.C. winners, there were plenty of finalists. The nominees included José Andrés of minibar by josé andrés for Outstanding Chef; Johnny Monis of Komi for Rising Star Chef of the Year; Amanda Cook of CityZen for Outstanding Pastry Chef and Peter Pastan of Obelisk for Mid-Atlantic Regional Outstanding Chef.

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