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Category: Columns

A ‘RARE’ Sight Slated for I Street This Month

Openings: RARE Steak and Seafood, with a November 1 open at 1595 I Street, NW (at 16th Street), will seat over 300 people in the 10,000-square-foot, two-level space. And that doesn’t count the tented roof deck private event space overlooking the White House. It will serve Midwestern family hospitality from Wisconsin’s Sosnowski family — as […]

Gift Cards With a Difference — Good at Over 300 Restaurants

If you have ever found yourself standing in front of a gift card kiosk at a local retail store, saying to yourself “Ugh, I don’t know,” you are not alone. Millions of people collectively spend billions of dollars on gift cards every year. However, most seem to be overwhelmed with the different options and ultimately […]

Cocktail Culture Thrives as 40+ Venues Celebrate DC Cocktail Week

The art of the drink across the metro Washington is as strong as ever, and diners look to the region’s mixology mavens to keep them intrigued — from happy hours, to spirits events, to tasting menus with cocktail pairings, and more. The District, once known for steak and martini lunches and the creation of the […]

“Down Mexico Way” and Back — Aikens Freshens Espita’s Menu with Authenticity

Robert Aikens, the new executive chef at Espita Mezcaleria, recently returned from a fact-finding jaunt to Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. There, he visited restaurant kitchens and browsed local markets, gathering knowledge about the region’s cuisine and ingredients. For four days, he cooked — and learned — alongside Chef Luis Arellano at Criollo, one of Oaxaca’s […]

Meals for Millions … and More

We’ve all read the headlines and seen the TV footage. But what José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen team accomplished in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria bears repeating. For weeks after the disaster, Andrés and his network of #ChefsForPuertoRico fed nearly two million people across the devastated island. Along with a dedicated team of […]

Holiday Season Is Here: Making It a Profitable One Is a Moving Target!

For many years, the formulas for preparing and executing plans to make the holiday season were pretty consistent. Get the staff ready, hire seasonal employees, adjust purchasing habits to reflect additional needs, modify schedules, and put a marketing plan together, among others. While the key components are still vital to be successful several months prior […]

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