Food & Dining

10/08/2015 - 12:00am
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. at Union Market, help fight poverty and homelessness with Hell’s Kitchen winner Chef Rock Harper and his celebrity chef friends as they prepare fabulous food inspired by their favorite “sole.” If you're a real foodie or sneakerhead, you don't want to miss this event. Limited tickets are available for the VIP Experience presented by Chef Warren Brown, Food Network host and CakeLove creator at 6 p.m.   Tickets are $95 per person (Ticket... >>more
10/05/2015 - 10:42am
Since its debut last summer, Romeo & Juliet Garden Café has upped the ante for Italian/Mediterranean cuisine. The prime corner space, vacated by the White Tiger, had lain fallow for two-and-a-half years. What a transformation! Guarding the newcomer’s entrance is a giant wine bottle, actually a wine cabinet. Like the monumental horse rearing over the wine rack, the bottle was gleaned from a rural antique shop. As we sipped Panzanello Chianti Classico and Anterra Pinot Grigio, we... >>more
10/05/2015 - 9:10am
The first time I landed in DC, I was moving from New York City – and it was 1990. Outside of living across the street from Eastern Market and getting to know the great family of vendors there, I was a little discouraged at my options for food – both for sourcing and eating out. If you’ve been living in a place like New York, there’s always somewhere you can find an ingredient or satisfy a hankering for dumplings at one in the morning. But today, I know a different DC,... >>more
09/11/2015 - 10:28am
Open just four months, the new 14th Street eatery, Provision No. 14, is hitting its stride. Offering a modern take on American fare, this welcoming establishment splits its dinner menu into “Communal,”plates serving four to six people, and “Collection,”tapas-sized dishes. From the bar, arrive large format, communal cocktails served in a french press and mixed with house-made tonics and infusions. My friend Jay accompanied me on my first trip to Provision No. 14. As a... >>more
09/01/2015 - 10:12am
The grape-growing region of Cognac has been reaping the benefits of its ideal setting for hundreds of years. The production and sale of eaux de vie made from the local grapes has been ongoing since roughly the 13th century. Mastery of oak aging and blending over the years has made cognac a world renowned French export. And there is so much more to it than Hennessy and Courvoisier. The Ugni Blanc (aka Trebbiano in Italy), Colombard, and Folle Blanche grapes that grow just 120 kilometers north of... >>more
09/01/2015 - 9:42am
As summer gives way to fall, things are hopping along Barracks Row. First a quick facelift. Wow, that was fast! The Chesapeake Room, 501 8th St. SE, has reopened after just five weeks with a new look plus a new, shortened menu. A huge Phantom-of-the-Opera chandelier sparkles overhead. White tablecloths add a dressier air. The bar looks wider because lamps have been removed. We could have comfortably dined there, but evening breezes beckoned us to outdoor seating. There we sampled chef Scott... >>more
09/01/2015 - 9:11am
Rise and shine on a Saturday morning if you want authentic, freshly baked Italian bread and sweet pastries from Catania Bakery. This established District institution has been turning out excellent loaves of Italian bread since August of 1932. Started by the Caruso family (and named after the Catania province in Sicily, their original home), the Caruso’s moved the family business from Massachusetts to DC. Louis Caruso sold the business in 1978 when Nicole Tramonte and her husband, Anthony... >>more
08/29/2015 - 11:11am
It’s officially festival season in the District, and the H Street Corridor is home to DC’s most popular neighborhood-based festival. In the past, the H Street Festival has drawn crowds in excess of 100,000 people. It’s a great place to people watch and enjoy local food, music, and art. The H Street Festival is completely free and fun for all ages. H Street Festival Set for Sept. 19 The H Street Festival returns to the H Street NE Corridor Sept. 19. It’s that one special... >>more
07/31/2015 - 9:38am
Saturday morning is a busy work day for Kip Kelley. While most of us are leisurely awakening and sipping coffee, Kelley has been up before dawn to pack his truck for the hour or so drive down to the H Street farmers’ market where he sells his freshly picked vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and eggs to Capitol Hill residents. Kelley is one of the new generation who have chosen to make their living as full-time farmers, “growing tasty food for our local community in a way that leaves... >>more