Bearnaise to Close on Capitol Hill on Sunday
Chef Spike Mendelsohn of We, The Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery fame, will close his French bistro Bearnaise, which opened in July 2013, after brunch on April 30 and replace it with a yet-unnamed taqueria by the end of June.
The restaurant at 315 Pennsylvania Ave. SE has gotten away from its original steak frites menu and now offers only an 8-ounce flat iron steak with unlimited fries, which was the cheapest of the original offerings. Gone are the 14-ounce ribeye and the 8-ounce filet. Also, only the béarnaise sauce remains on the menu with the spicy béarnaise, au poivre, bordelaise and maître d’ hotel butter just a memory. They’ve been replaced with tagliatelle pasta, fried chicken and fish.
“We try and serve what Americans love best in a hip atmosphere with fresh ingredients and [the taqueria] will be no different,” Spike’s sister and business partner, Micheline Mendelsohn, told Washingtonian magazine in an email.
She also said that Bearnaise will reopen in a downtown location that’s “more conducive to fine dining and parking” than its current location on Capitol Hill.
The restaurant’s website hasn’t been updated and still has last summer’s menu, and its Facebook and Twitter pages haven’t been updated since the beginning of the year.
Chef Joe Palma leaving Bourbon Steak for Isabella Eatery
Executive chef Joe Palma will leave the kitchen at Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, on June 11. He is joining Mike Isabella Concepts as culinary director of Isabella Eatery, the 41,000-square-foot food hall slated to open at Tysons Galleria in the fall.
“Joe Palma brought talent, vision and strong leadership to Bourbon Steak, and we are deeply grateful for his contribution to the entire dining experience here,” said David Bernand, general manager of the Four Seasons, in a press release. “His commitment to lead his team to curate the largest steak program in the metropolitan area coupled with his to continuous striving to make each visit a memorable experience has taken us a cut above.”
A protégé of Frank Lee of Charleston, S.C., Palma has worked with Michel Richard at Citronelle, Yannick Cam at Le Paradou and Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin. Ripert tapped Palma to open his Westend Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton in D.C., where he made a name for himself creating elegant southern fare. Back in Charleston, worked at High Cotton before the Michael Mina Group lured him back to Bourbon Steak in May 2014. His replacement has not been named.
At the forthcoming Isabella Eatery, Palma will work on menu development, handle hiring and run the commissary kitchen that will feed the various restaurants in the dining hub.
“It’s very exciting to be able to do this while introducing such a new, immersive, and dynamic dining experience to the D.C. and Northern Virginia food scene,” Palma said in a statement.
Chick-fil-A to open May 24 in former Checkers location
The newest area Chick-fil-A will open May 24 at 1401 Maryland Ave. NE at the former Checkers location, according to the company’s website. This is a standalone store and will have a drive-through.
The first 100 customers the day before will one Chick-fil-A sandwich meal – Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, medium waffle fries and a medium drink — every week for the next year. Guests cannot camp out over night, but can begin lining up at 5:30 a.m.
Beginning at 9 a.m., the guests will go on a “road trip bus tour” to different spots around the city including. Participants will be “helping Chick-fil-A give back to the local community at stops along the way” including “a community center, a park, a landmark, a historic site and a bookstore” then return to the restaurant about 3 p.m. and the prizes will be given out about 4:30 p.m. Participants must travel on the bus, visit each stop and return to the restaurant on the bus, according to the company’s rules.
To be eligible for the giveaway, participants must be 18-years-old or older and live within a set of listed Zip Codes.
Slate Wine Bar + Bisto hosts rosé tasting
Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, 2404 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will host a wine tasting from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, featuring European and American rosés.
Guests can sample four European rosés for $15 or three American rosés for $16. Chef and sommelier Danny Lledo will be on hand to discuss the wines.
Nopa Kitchen + Bar adds dinner for two specials
Nopa Kitchen + Bar, 800 F St. NW, has added a $70 dinner for two menu, available on Fridays and Saturdays during dinner service
The menu showcases garden fresh vegetables, select meats and fish prepared with a touch of Southern influence. The new menu features a composed dish (protein, carb and side) for two people. The menu changes weekly and includes offerings such as spring mixed grill with quail, fennel sausage, ribeye, red prawns, grilled asparagus, garlic custard and ramp salsa verde; crispy Chesapeake soft shell crabs with three jumbo crabs with Old Bay sweet corn and crab succotash, smoked new potatoes and pickled ramps; and Maine lobster bake with a whole lobster, house-made Old Bay kielbasa, local clams, red prawns, roasted sweet corn, pee wee potatoes and smoked tomato butter.
Arcadiana hosts crawfish boil on Saturday
Acadiana, 901 New York Ave. NW, will fire up the season with a crawfish boil from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 29 on its patio.
Tickets are $65 per person and include all-you-can-eat spice-broiled crawfish, steamed gulf shrimp, house-made andouille sausage, gumbo, corn on the cob, fruit hand pies, pralines and more. Live music will be provided by a New Orleans-style jazz and Zydeco band. There will also be door prizes. A cash bar will be available with an array of choices and French Quarter-style cocktails.
Bastille offers Sunday Sippers, $20 bottles of wine
Bastille, 606 N. Fayette St., Alexandria, is offering Sunday Sippers, a special wine list with bottles for only $20 available from 4-9 p.m. every Sunday.
Initial offerings include great wines such as bubbles: Airen, Pierre Olivier, Brut Vin Mousseux NV; Le Brun Cidres, Cidre de Bretagne Brut NV and Pinot Noir, Cricova, Rosé NV (demi-sec); rosés: Cinsault, Montgravet, Vin de Pays d’Oc Rosé 2016 and Merlot/Grenache/Syrah, Château Jouclary, Cabardès Languedoc 2016; blancs: Sauvignon Blanc, Pierre Henri, Vin de Pays d’Oc 2015 and Chardonnay, Domaine Trois Freres, Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France 2015; and rouges: Grenache Blend, Chateau de Vaugelas, “Le Prieuré”, Corbières 2014; Merlot/Grenache/Syrah, Château Jouclary, Cabardès Languedoc 2015 and Merlot, Château des Arnauds, Bordeaux 2015.
Sunday dinners will feature Bastille’s April in Paris menu, which celebrates the people and cultures of France. A selection of a la carte dishes are available as well as a three-course or four-course bistro menu priced at $39 and $49, respectively.
1905 restaurant hosts Mary Tyler Moore night
1905 Bistro & Bar, 1905 Ninth St. NW, will host We’re Going to Make It After All: A Tribute to Mary Tyler More from 6-10 p.m. on Monday, May 1.
The 1970’s cocktail party will celebrate the life and career of barrier-breaker Moore with special episodes of her show, 70s-inspired cocktails and snacks.
Proceeds from the $5 cover charge will benefit Calvary Women’s Services in D.C.
There will be themed cocktails and punches at the cash bar. The limited a la carte 70s-inspired menu will include Chex mix, deviled eggs, tater tots with ranch dip, Jello cups with fruit salad, cocktail weenies, chips and dip and Salisbury steak with peas, carrots and mashed potatoes. The regular dinner menu will not be available.
Kevin Ettenson is the new chef at Red’s Table in Reston
Kevin Ettenson is the new chef at http://redstableva.com/ Red’s Table, 11150 South Lake Drive, Reston. He replaces Adam Stein, who left after 1 1/2 years to open The Eleanor, which will have four bowling lanes, a movie screen, stage, outdoor patio and 36 parking spaces.
Ettenson, 28, most recently work at the Sky Dome Lounge at the Crystal City DoubleTree hotel. Previously he worked at Sonoma, Acuri and Stanton and Greene in D.C. and began his career as a line cook at Mad Fox Brewery after working as a bartender and server at the brewpub. He also worked as a server at Clyde’s of Reston and Coastal Flats.
Ettenson plans to add build a larger aquaculture program at Red’s with more Chesapeake oysters to the menu, as well as local invasive species such as blue catfish, which is already on the menu, and snakehead. There will also be a bigger emphasis on house-made pasta with a veal and pork Bolognese with pappardelle on the way. He is also planning a late-night menu with simple finger foods.
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