Category: Columns

Extraordinary “Ordinary” Awards Winners Honored

Elisha Sauers nailed it with her piece in The Virginian-Pilot on October 14 when she wrote: “The hospitality group knew exactly what it was doing when it ironically rebranded its awards as ‘ordinary’ last year.” The term “ordinary” refers to one of America’s longest continually run inns and taverns — Chinn’s Ordinary — now operating […]

Make Your Date with Delicious

Fall is a beautiful time to make a quick escape to the beach. And, an even better reason to make a quick trip? All the delicious deals going on during Fall Restaurant Week. From November 5 through 19, Ocean City restaurants will offer great deals and special price fixe menu options. “This is always a […]

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 […]

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