Fuego in Clarendon Is Closing This Sunday
After four years, Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, 2800 Clarendon Blvd. Arlington, is closing next Sunday, Oct. 16.
Part of the Passion Food Restaurant Group, which also owns District Common, Arcadiana and PassionFish, Fuego opened in October 2012 in the Market Common development serving Mexican food and one of the largest selections of tequilas in the DMV at the time.
“Even great-tasting restaurants battle tough odds, but we cannot thank our devotees enough who were a constant support and presence at our bar and in our dining room,” said chef and co-owner Jeff Tunks.
The two-story restaurant was known for its tacos, tequila drinks and other Mexican fare. It will offer several specials until it closes, which it will promote on social media including $5 taco plates, margaritas and specialty cocktails.
“We’ve loved being part of this dynamic and welcoming community, but at this time, the location ultimately does not fit into the goals of our professional direction,” said Gus DiMillo, a co-owner. “We’re proud to have made strong, loyal friendships here in Clarendon.”
Cognac bar opens at La Ferme restaurant
Le Ferme restaurant, 7101 Brookville Road, Chevy Chase , debuted its Cognac bar on Sept. 28.
The design mixes classic cherry wood elements, industrial components and modern touches and lighting. The bar is inset with custom tiles reflecting French sayings, Cognac designations and words of bar wisdom. Sketches by local caricaturist Mike Caplanis of famous artists, statesmen and celebrities hang on the walls.
Guests can enter the bar from inside the restaurant or from the outdoor terrace.
The bar menu features small plates, charcuterie and house-made terrines, such as a classic tartine with toasted pain de campagne, Mornay sauce, ham and Emmental cheese; house smoked Norwegian salmon crostini with lemon and dill crème fraiche on a crispy crouton; and Mediterranean Bites, four crispy pita wedges topped with cucumber salad, French Moroccan Merguez sausage, tzatziki yogurt and pickled onions.
The drink menu features a long list of cognacs, some imported just for the bar. Cocktails include The French 75 made with cognac, champagne and lemon juice; Pink Love with cognac, raspberry liquor and champagne; and the Parisian Negroni with VS cognac, sweet vermouth and Campari. There are also domestic and imported beers and ales, including Stella Artois and two others on tap, as well as wines and champagnes by the bottle or glass.
Le Bar will be open from 4:30 p.m.-closing Monday through Saturday and noon-closing on Sunday. Happy hour will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Astro Doughnuts launches fall flavors
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 1308 G St. NW and 7611 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, has launched special fall flavors for the month of October.
The new doughnut flavors include coffee chai latte with a coffee milk chai spice glaze, chocolate drizzle and chopped chocolate covered coffee beans for $2.85; candy apple, an apple compote-filled doughnut with red apple cider glaze and caramelized sugar priced at $3.10; and pumpkin spice with a pumpkin and spice glaze and candied pumpkin seeds for $2.85.
All three flavors are available daily at both locations, as well as on Astro’s food truck.
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro serves award-winning paella
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW, chef Danny Lledó recently took first place at the Paella Wine & Beer Festival with his seafood paella.
Paella is a dish that comes from the Valencian region of Spain. It is a saffron-infused rice dish that marries bold flavors and textures. Combined with a variety of meats, shellfish and vegetables, paella was originally a peasant’s meal cooked over an open fire in the fields and eaten directly from the pan using wooden spoons. The dish takes its name from the wide shallow pan that it is cooked in, traditionally called the paella or paellera.
To celebrate the victory, Slate will offer the winning paella for $26 during October. Lledó’s version includes prawns, mussels, clams and more.
Bourbon Steak offers presidential cocktails
From now through Nov. 8, Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, is offering bar patrons the chance to win a free one-night stay in the hotel’s presidential suite and a free dinner for two.
Anyone who orders one of the bar’s four specialty presidential cocktails will be given a ballot to toss into either the “Democratic” or the “Republican” full-size whiskey barrel at the end of the bar. Of the four cocktails, two are based on drinking preferences of past Democratic presidents; two represent spirits of choice of past Republican heads-of-state. Each cocktail is $25, $5 of which will be donated to the non-partisan political non-profit, Rock-the-Vote.
The Democratic cocktails include the Sherry Cobbler in honor of James Buchanan made with Lustau sherry, brandy, muddled berries, lemon juice, ginger and bitters; or the Give ‘Em Hell Harry for Harry Truman made with bourbon, Lustau cream sherry and house-spiced tincture. The Republican cocktails include The Chief for Herbert Hoover, a dirty martini with white truffles, Absolut Elyx vodka, house-made truffle brine, strirred and served with a truffle pecorino olive; or the Wizbanger for Dwight Eisenhower made with scotch, grenadine, absinthe, dry vermouth and orange bitters.
The winning ballot will be chosen at random from the barrel of the winning party after the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Pizzeria Paradiso hosts annual Autumn Fest
Pizzeria Paradiso, 2003 P St. NW, 3282 M St. NW and 124 King St., Alexandria, is celebrating the flavors of fall with their annual Autumn Fest from Oct. 9-15 with a complete tap takeover at all three locations.
The three locations will have more than 35 seasonal beers and ciders on draft including Brooklyn Oktoberfest and Pumpkin, D.C. Brau Oktoberfest, Dogfish Head Punkin, Flying Dog Dogtoberfest, New Belgium Pumpkick, Old Bust Head Oktoberfest, Bruery Autumn Maple, Etienne Dupont Cidre Brut Bouche de Normandie, Jacks Hard Cider, Schlafly Pumpkin, Oxbow Oxtoberfest, Blue Bee Hopsap Shandy, Blue Mountain Spooky and more.
All three restaurants will also have a seasonal Autumn Fest pizza made with pumpkin pesto, roasted mushrooms, thyme, butternut squash, arugula, toasted pumpkin seeds, parmesan cheese and speck. The small 9-inch pizza is $14 and the large 12-inch is $20.
On Thursday, Oct. 20, the Dupont location will host a full tap takeover of Urban Family Brewing beers beginning at 5 p.m. A small craft brewery located in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, Urban Family brought their small batch beers into the market this summer. Pizzeria Paradiso will pour eight Urban Family beers for $6 and a representative from the brewery will be on hand to talk to guests. The beers will be Urban Family Apricot Love, Urban Family Hoppy Magnolia, Urban Family Crimson Fawn, Urban Family Kriek 2015, Urban Family Agronomy, Urban Family Limesicle, Urban Family Delicious Ambiguity and Urban Family Temporary Permanence.
Macon Bistro offers October drink specials
Macon Bistro & Larder, 5520 Connecticut Ave. NW, is offering two beverage specials in October.
The French and Southern-inspired bistro is hosting a tap takeover featuring Baltimore-based Raven Beer, which is inspired by Baltimore poet Edgar Allan Poe. Macon will be dedicating six of its tap lines to the beers, priced at $9 per pint, including The Raven Special Lager, Pendulum Pils, The Cask, Dark Usher Kölsch, Annabel Lee White and Tell Tale Heart IPA. From Oct. 24-31, the drafts will be served in restaurant will also be pouring these special drafts in Raven Beer-branded glasses.
The restaurant is also is serving three Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey products from its single barrel select line, which are available as a tasting or flight throughout October. Offerings include the Single Barrel Select; Single Barrel Select Barrel Proof and the Single Barrel Rye. A one-ounce shot is $8, a two-ounce short is $15 and a flight of all three is $24.
BLT Steak to host interactive Penfolds wine dinner
BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW, will host a five-course interactive wine dinner with Australia’s Penfolds Winery on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 6:30-9:30 p.m.
DLynn Proctor, star of the documentary Somm and Penfolds ambassador, will lead the dinner. He was named Best New Sommelier in America by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2008. The evening will also feature a live stream on Facebook Live, allowing viewers at home to follow along, ask Proctor questions and participate in the evening’s entertainment.
Proctor has hand selected a few of his favorite wines, including the Penfolds Grange 2006, arguably Australia’s most celebrated wine noting aromas of fig, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper and the Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay, which boasts biscuity, brioche aromas laced with hazelnut, macadamia and guava fruit.
The meal will begin with passed canapés of beef tartare, shrimp cocktail, freshly shucked oysters with mignonette geleé and herb oil, and Taylor Bay scallop ceviche with citrus vinaigrette and basil oil paired with Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling and Bin 2 Shiraz Mataro. Once seated, guests will enjoy a selection of cheeses including Mimolette with quince paste, Camembert with truffle honey, Spanish goat cheese with toasted Marcona almonds and triple cream with walnut fig bread paired with Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay.
The next course is seared sea scallops with pea, fava and corn succotash, Neusky bacon, herb oil and pea shoots paired with Bin 138 Barossa Valley Shiraz Grenache Mataro. That will be followed by seared duck breast with cherry jus, huckleberry-citrus marmalade and Brussels sprouts paird with Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz. The main course is grilled beef tenderloin with seared foie gras, truffles, baby vegetables and herb jus paired with Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon. Dessert is Greek yogurt with moscato gelatin, seasonal fruit and mint.
The cost of the dinner is $250 per person. Reservation can be made by calling 202-689-8999 or emailing Beau@BLTSteak.com.
1905 reschedule Brats & Brews
1905 Bistro & Bar, 1905 Ninth St. NW, hosts its Oktoberfest celebration, Brats & Brews next Saturday, Oct. 15, starting at 1 p.m. on its room deck.
The kitchen will serve three types of sausages from Meats & Foods priced at $5 each; a selection of sides including potato salad with haricots and tarragon, marinated cucumber salad with dill yogurt and marinated sesame mushrooms priced at two for $5; warm salted pretzels with mustard for $2 each; and cans of D.C. Brau Oktoberfest for $7 each. There will also be a selection of krauts on hand to accompany the sausages.
Diners may order a la carte or get a plate with one sausage, two sides and a can of beer for $15.
Hay-Adams offers three-course prix fixe fall menu
The Lafayette Room at the Hay-Adams hotel, 800 16th St. NW, is serving a three-course prix fixe menu from 5:30-10 p.m. nightly through Saturday, Oct. 15. Priced at $150 for two people, the menu features contemporary American cuisine complemented by a half bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne.
The menu includes appetizers such as Blue Hubbard squash veloute with cotija cheese, crema and cilantro; Idaho potato risotto with white truffle oil, chive and San Joaquin cheese; foie gras torchon with rhubarb vanilla jam, served with warm brioche; and Provençal vegetable salad with fennel, peppers, artisan greens and basil pesto. Entrée options include pistachio crusted diver scallops with roasted romanesco, raisins and a saffron curry sauce; Arctic char with corn puree, rainbow Swiss chard and a Sriracha vinaigrette; black angus beef tenderloin rossini with rösti potato, madeira sauce, foie gras and glazed turnips; and seafood lasagnacce with shrimp scallop, clams, mini lasagna, piperade and lobster tarragon sauce. For dessert, choices include late summer cooler parfait with tayberry sorbet, mascarpone ice cream and dried papaya; salted caramel crème brûlée with dark chocolate and Chantilly cream or milk chocolate baked Alaska with pop rocks, chocolate sable, mango and blackberry.
Nuvee Netayavichitr named chef de cuisine at The Pig
Nuvee Netayavichitr been named the new chef de cuisine at The Pig, 1320 14th St. NW, replacing executive chef Michael Bonk, who moved to owner Eatwell D.C.’s The Bird, which is set to open later this month.
For the past five years, Netayavichitr was the senior sous chef at the Mandarin Oriental. A local to the area, he has been working in the DMV food industry since 1998 in luxury hotel kitchens and neighborhood restaurants.
“This fresh, creative talent will only add to The Pig’s experience,” said David Winer, EatWell D.C.’s owner. “Combining Nuvee’s incorporation of local ingredients with modern techniques, focus on unusual cuts and Thai heritage, diners can expect even more unique and delicious creations.”
Since arriving at The Pig, Nuvee has released a classics menu with favorites such as face bacon with bourbon peach jam and pickled peaches; crispy pig ear salad; and The Shank, a confit pork shank, polenta, sun-gold tomatoes, mint pesto and peanuts. He has also written a new four-course dinner tasting menu starting at $35 with an optional wine pairing starting at $15 from The Pig’s new wine list.
“My mission at The Pig is to make these (less utilized) cuts look like a work of art, from pork cheek to pig feet,” said Netayavichitr. “It’s important that nothing goes to waste, which is the way to respect an animal that just gave its life to feed us.”
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