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Archive - Dec 16, 2014

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Lucky Victuals to Ring in 2015

This time of year, the saying goes, “Beans, beans, the magical fruit, the more you eat, the more you loot…in 2015!” The Southern New Year’s tradition that pairs Black-eyed Peas and Collard Greens (otherwise known as Hoppin’ John) is a lucky way to start the year – if it’s what you eat on the first day of 2015.

Annette Nielsen has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. The food editor of the Hill Rag, Nielsen’s experience includes catering, teaching a range of cooking classes for adults and youth, leading farm tours and coordinating artisanal food events. She is the editor of two Adirondack Life cookbooks, and is at work on an Eastern Market cookbook. Nielsen heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary and farm-to-fork inspired event business.  A native of the Adirondacks, and a long-time resident of both NYC and DC, she returned to Washington, DC from Washington County, NY; annette@hillrag.com.

Bûche de Noël To Go at B Too

Small Bites

If you’re looking to cross something off the holiday to-do list, think about relying on a professional for some gorgeous sweet treats. Chef Bart Vandaele’s “B @ Home” take-out at B Too is offering up beautiful Bûche de Noël, the traditional French-styled yule log. Chef Vandaele is creating his own versions: a red velvet rendition with classic cream cheese frosting, a hazelnut praline version or a dark chocolate and salted caramel Bûche de Noël with dark Belgian chocolate cake, orange cream, Grand Marnier, and salted caramel.

Annette Nielsen has been engaged in food, farming and sustainability issues for nearly two decades. The food editor of the Hill Rag, Nielsen’s experience includes catering, coordinating artisanal and farm-based food events and teaching cooking classes. She’s the editor of two Adirondack Life cookbooks, and is at work on an Eastern Market cookbook. Nielsen heads up Kitchen Cabinet Events, a culinary, farm-to-fork inspired event business.  A native of the Adirondacks, she’s a long-time resident of both NYC and DC, and she returned to Washington, DC from Washington County, NY; annette@hillrag.com.

The Logan Circle Holiday House Tour

The Power of Smaller Spaces Comes Through

You’ve heard the adage, it’s not the size, it’s what you can do with it! That was the subliminal theme of this year’s annual Logan Circle Holiday House Tour. Unlike in past years, none of the ten homes on the tour was the huge multi-level, center staircase Victorians that are synonymous with Logan Circle. They were smaller, tasteful, a blend of traditional and ultra- Modern and most were dressed for the holidays. The scale-down in size certainly had no bearing on the power the interior design delivered. 

Depeche Art

December Shows at MidCity Galleries

As the fall fades into winter, Mid City buzzes with excitement for the winter holidays!  Light displays go up, the stores along 14th Street put up their best window displays and many of the galleries revel in the seasonal spirit with holiday offerings of their own.

Phil Hutinet is the publisher of East City Art, a publication dedicated to DC’s visual arts.  For more information visit www.eastcityart.com

Let’s Get Physical

The Best of 2014
Photograph By
Jazelle Hunt

As we fire up some fresh wellness resolutions with an eye toward the future, now is a perfect time for a recap. Here is the top-five of Let’s Get Physical’s favorite experiences from 2014.

No. 5: Candlelight Yoga at VIDA Metropole

All I Want for Christmas

Insatiable

It’s that magic time of year, the one where my mother calls daily asking for gift ideas. “Seriously, I’ll take a couple of stocking stuffers,” she exclaims. I freely admit to being impossible. Anything I really want I’ve already bought for myself, and anything I haven’t picked up is too expensive to ask for.

Jonathan Bardzik is a cook, storyteller and author living in Washington, DC. Known for his weekly, live cooking demos at Eastern Market (Saturdays from March to November), Jonathan loves cooking fresh ingredients as much as seeking them out in DC’s growing restaurant scene. His first cookbook, Simple Summer: A Recipe for Cooking and Entertaining with Ease is available now (and would make a wonderful gift!). Grab a copy and find out what Jonathan is cooking atwww.jonathanbardzik.com or his Facebook page “Jonathan Bardzik.” Need some foodporn? Follow @JonathanBardzik on Twitter and Instagram.

Amidon-Bowen

School Notes - November 2014

Amidon-Bowen Open House, Dec. 15

On December 15th, there will be a school Open House. Parents will have the opportunity to observe classes, meet teachers, tour the school, and ask any questions that might help them make this important decision about their child's schooling. Meet in the lobby at 9 a.m. - Bruce DarConte, Near Southeast Community Partners, Amidon-Bowen PTA- Director of Corporate Partnerships.