Friday, April 29, 2016

DOWNTOWN: Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, Pala / Satta Dinner - May 4th

The culinary team over at Bibiana has put together an upcoming wine dinner, around the Pala Winery of Sardinia..this is something special that you should consider booking a reservation for. Here, a few words from Bibiana on the event
"Bibiana and Michelle Satta have had a great relationship for many years, we are delighted when Michelle, or his son Giacomo visit. This year we are lucky to have Giacomo, and our new friend Fabio Angios from Pala winery in Sardinia, hosting a dinner together at Bibiana. We feel very blessed when we are able to have our guests experience a dinner like this where people can come together, share in great food and wine with the people responsible for making such a great product."
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Stuzzichini

PALA ROSE, MONICA 50% - SANGIOVESE 50%, SARDINIA, 2014

Moleche Tonnato
Crispy Polenta Dusted Softshell Crab,
Grilled Ramps, Farm Spring Greens, Tonnato Sauce
PALA, VERMENTINO DI SARDINIA, 2015
&
SATTA, VERMENTINO 65% - SAUVIGNON BLANC 35%, BOLGHERI, 2015

Pappardelle Verde
Duck Confit Ragù, English Peas,
Fresh Ricotta Whey Curd
PALA, CANNONAU DI SARDINIA, 2013


Agnello
Grilled Colorado Lamb Porterhouse,
Baby Eggplant & Ricotta Salata Terrine, Lemon Thyme Butter
SATTA, PIASTRAIA, CABERNET 25% - MERLOT 25% - SYRAH 25% - SANGIOVESE 25%. BOLGHERI, 2011 

Formaggi


Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, Located at 1100 New York Ave, NW Washington D.C.

Pala / Satta Dinner
May 4t, 2016 at 7 PM
$95 Per Person (plus Tax and Gratuity)
Reservations: (202) 216-9550

SHAW: Tasting Tonight, Brazil makes its debut for Grand Cata, and Saturday, savor lovely Sardegna

Friday: Taste the Napa Valley of Brazil - Wines from the Serra Gaúcha!

Ever tasted a Brazilian wine? We are guessing you haven't. Well, this evening is your chance to change that by stopping by our #DailyCata counter from 5-8pm. We will be tasting two great bottles that represent what is happening in the region of Serra Gaúcha, the Napa Valley of Brazil. The lineup includes a selection from Aurora Cellars, one of the traditional wine houses in the country. It was founded by Italians immigrants in 1931, and since then, they have been producing amazing vinhos.

Saturday: Sardegna with Love 
We have a love affair with L'isola di Sardegna and you should too! This little Italian island has been making wines for centuries, and we have plenty on our shelves for you to try. Our good friend Chris Lowry from Vini, Inc, will be pouring three amazing organic vinos from Azienda Agricola Pala for you to taste with us this Saturday from 2-4pm. First, a classic Vermentino white with a beautiful bouquet nose, ripe green melon, lemon zest, with a tantalizing finish. Then we'll taste a delicate hint of spring through a beautiful rosato blend of Monica and Sangiovese: ripe red fruit, fresh and refreshing. If you are into asados (BBQs) like we are, you have to try Pala's 100% Monica: ripe black fruit, soft lush tannins with a pronounce clean minerality, perfect with a choripán fresh from the grill! See you questo sabato! 

Store Hours: Sundays-Mondays 12-8pm, Tuesdays- Saturdays 11am-9pm
#DailyCata: weekdays at 5pm and weekends at 2pm
Grand Cata, Latin Wine Shop
1550 7th St NW
Washington DC, 20001

U STREET: Ozomatli - Big Tony & Trouble Funk Play DC Concert to Benefit JusticeAid - Lincoln Theatre - May 15th

JusticeAid presents Ozomatli and Trouble Funk with a special appearance by the Duke Ellington School of Music Show Band. 

 
JusticeAid has dedicated 2016 to advocating for children and bringing awareness to the issues effecting children in the United States judicial system. The non-­‐profit organization returns to Washington’s historic Lincoln Theatre on Sunday, May 15 at 7pm for an incredible evening featuring Grammy Award winning, multi-­‐genre powerhouse Ozomatli and local Go-­Go legends Trouble Funk. The event benefits the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY). These groups are winning major battles nationwide to expand access to justice for America’s youth.
“The United States is the only country in the world that sentences children to life in prison without the possibility of parole, a sentence to die in prison,” said Jody Kent Lavy, Director of the CFSY. “We are grateful to JusticeAid for elevating this issue with its ‘Year of the Child’ concert and for recognizing the importance of holding children accountable in age-­‐appropriate ways.”
The NJDC was founded in the late 1990s to address the critical need to improve access to counsel and quality of representation for children in juvenile courts. “NJDC promotes justice for all children by supporting the legal counselors who help them, and we are so appreciative of JusticeAid for standing by us and raising awareness for our work. We need more groups like JusticeAid,” said NJDC Executive Director Kim Dvorchak.
Photo: Sandra Dahdah
Ozomatli is a multi-­‐genre, multi-­‐cultural Grammy winning band that has released eight critically acclaimed albums over the past 18 years. Shifting gears from electrocumbia to garage rock, hip-hop, and Pérez Prado mambo, Ozomatli infuses a dance party mix with dynamic live band chops and attitude. Ozomatli believes in giving back:
"Beyond music, our mission is to help those without help, especially children. We are glad to support the work of National Juvenile Defender Center and the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth in their mission, which does exactly that."
Trouble Funk’s unique sound commands crowds and compels them to dance. Born on and from the streets of Washington, D.C., they have taken their music nationwide and to festivals all over the world. Trouble Funk’s sound is synonymous with the emergence of the non-­‐stop, percussion driven, homegrown music called Go-­‐go. For more than 30 years, they have served as the worldwide ambassadors of this unique genre, a distant, but older cousin of hip-­‐hop.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Marching Band will start the evening by marching from the school to the theatre and playing prior to the concert. JusticeAid is honored to have these students volunteer their time and talent.
“JusticeAid is proud to make 2016 our ‘Year of the Child’ by setting our sights on eradicating barriers to justice for young people,” said retired DC Superior Court judge, JusticeAid founder and current President Steve Milliken.
JusticeAid is highlighting its efforts and urging others to share their stories via social media using the hashtag #WhatJusticeMeansToMe. You can find JusticeAid on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine.
100% of tickets sales will be donated to these great beneficiaries of justice and freedom.

Tickets start at $30 and are on sale now via the Lincoln Theatre's website http://www.thelincolndc.com and http://www.JusticeAid.org.


CLEVELAND PARK: Modern Indian Restaurant Indique Relaunches Today Featuring New Menus, Renovations, Handcrafted Artwork & Beverage Program

Photo: REY LOPEZ
Beginning today for dinner service, celebrated Cleveland Park restaurant Indique  – from partners Executive Chef K.N. Vinod and Surfy Rahman – known for its creative modern Indian cuisine blending classic Indian flavors and ingredients with a contemporary twist – is reopening its doors to the public. The notable restaurant is unveiling completely revamped menus, renovations featuring a refreshed look, handcrafted artwork, and a one-of-a-kind beverage program featuring handcrafted cocktails as a result of bringing DC-based mixtress and cocktail consultant Carlie Steiner of Stir Bartending Co. on board.
Photo: REY LOPEZ
Since its opening in 2002, partners Executive Chef K.N. Vinod and Surfy Rahman at Indique have received critical acclaim for stepping onto DC’s dining scene offering one of the first modern and upscale Indian cuisine-focused dining experiences. For over a decade, Indique has catered to the Cleveland Park community welcoming locals and visitors alike and has also had the honor of hosting a wide variety of notable dignitaries, government officials, and VIP’s. Following recent extensive travels – Executive Chef K.N. Vinod – a proud native of Kerala – recently traveled back to India bringing back with him scores of brilliant spices, unusual culinary gadgets, and more, while Indique partner Surfy Rahman embarked on a thrilling month-long father/daughter adventure throughout Asia. The dynamic DC-based hospitality duo returned to the DC area buzzing with new energy, inspiration, ingredients, and a plan to infuse Indique with their ideas by renovating the stunning two-story light filled space and launching a well thought out new menu. As a result Indique received renovations including completely new handcrafted artwork throughout the space thanks to Rahman’s talented sister-in-law, new plateware, furniture, glassware, and completely new menus - food and beverage - among other noticeable upgrades.
Photo: REY LOPE
Some of Chef Vinod’s favorite additions include an infusion of Kerala-inspired dishes, family-style dishes, and street food-inspired bites, just to highlight a few. And the beverage program received a complete overhaul thanks to bringing on notable DC-based beverage consultant Carlie Steiner of Stir Bartending Co.
“Curating a cocktail menu for Indique called for equal parts whimsical and practical”, said Carlie Steiner, Co-Founder of Stir Bartending Co. “I researched India’s history and culture for flavors and spices, and balanced the cocktails with classic technique and real-life practicality. A taste through the menu will showcase homage to traditional flavors and spice blends presented with approachability. The tonics are made in house; one with a classic spice mix called Garam Masala and the other a blend of my favorite Indian herbs and spices such as fresh curry leaf, coriander and fenugreek. The house cocktails are where the most creativity was found, incorporating ingredients such as toasted mustard seed and tamarind chutney. You will find that even in the boozy, spirit-forward cocktails listed in contemporary classics, drinks that would normally call for sipping, are made in a way to ensure easy-drinking meant to pair along side the menu. With so many different spice-levels found in the cuisine, I wanted to make sure the drinks would never be harsh next to the food. The bartenders are wonderful, friendly, and provide incredible customer service. I am excited to say that now they have the tools to deliver curated cocktails to pair with their hospitality.”
Indique's relaunch also received an infusion of energy and inspiration thanks to Vinod and Rahman’s sons – Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman - who recently shared the news that they were preparing to follow in their fathers footsteps by making their hospitality debut in DC with the upcoming launch of their fast casual Indian concept – Rasa Indian Grill.
“It has been such an exciting journey for us bringing modern Indian cuisine to DC area diners since 2002, and now Surfy and I are beyond thrilled to be able to reintroduce the newly refreshed version of Indique to all of our wonderful guests who have supported us throughout the years - blending signature favorites with a completely new line-up of dishes and drinks”, said Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Indique, K.N. Vinod. “Through our travels, and experiences with family, we’re excited to continue to evolve and invite guests to experience fresh new flavors, dishes, and drinks through the relaunch of our new menus at Indique – inviting them to enjoy some of our Kerala-inspired dishes, new line-up of street food-inspired fare, family-style dishes, and of course our new beverage program featuring Indian-inspired handcrafted cocktails thanks to Carlie Steiner at Stir Bartending Co.”
Photo: REY LOPEZ
Additionally, Indique is preparing to launch a wide-variety of new initiatives in-house in the coming weeks including a happy hour offering up an assortment of complimentary Indian-inspired bar snacks, as well as a range of creative new street food-inspired bites for a special price. And Indique also has plans to launch a revamped weekend brunch experience.

New Menu is available here 

Indique is located at 3512-14 Connecticut Ave NW (Easy to get to at Cleveland Park Metro)
(202) 244-6600;

Thursday, April 28, 2016

MVT: Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule for This Weekend

Mount Vernon Triangle's home for Fine Wines and Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, continues to have their regular weekly tasting's....here is this weeks 'Tasting', Friday Only This Week. California and French Wines, and Goose Island Beer. No excuses!  So Get over there and check it out.

"If you lost your shoes at midnight, your not in
a fairy tale and you probably just had
a bit too much too drink."

We are proud to present DC Brau's newest
collaborative project, their 5 Anniversary
Series. Featuring the classic On the Wings of
Armageddon and five other uniquely brewed beers:

Zehn von Zehn, "10 by 10"
Collaboration between Port City and DC Brau,
a delicious Geman style Dunkel.

Pink Pallet Jack,
Partnership with Perrenial Artisan Ales, This Saison is
flavored Rosehips and Hibiscus.

The Wise and the Lovely,
This Milk stout hails from Cigar City brewing
and is infused with the flavor of Cocoa Nibs and
Dark Chocolate.

Celestial Garden,
Infused with peaches, apricots, and tangerines,
this IPA has made with Austin BeerWorks.

Ripa the DIPA,
A double IPA brewed with generous hops and rye,
with the help of long time friends at Sun King Brewing.

All featured wines are 10% off during tastings!

Weekend Tasting Schedule!
Friday, April 29
5:00 - 8:00 pm
California and French Wines:

Cline, Viognier
La Vielle Ferme, Grenache Rose
Alexander Valley, Rose of Sangiovese
Perrin Family Reserve, Grenache Blend

Beer:

Goose Island, IPA & Summer Kolsch

A Saturday Tasting has been added for your pleasure!
 
Saturday, April 30
3:00 - 7:00 pm
Fun Summer Wines :
Riondo, Prosecco
Les Costieres de Pomerol, Picpoul de Pinet
Riebeek Cellars, Sauvignon Blanc
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 

WE ARE OPEN ON SUNDAYS!
12 TO 6 PM
Delicious Roses in Stock
Alexander Valley, Sangiovese
Camas, Pinot Noir
Charles and Charles, Syrah
Chateau Vignol, Merlot
Minuty, Grenache Blend
Pietraventosa, Primitivio and Aglianico
Pigoudet Premier, Cabernet & GrenacheWhispering Angel, Povencal Rose
        Build your own 6-pk!
        We offer mix-n-match 6-pks
        from a variety of over 35 beers!

        We offer a 10% discount for all 6+ bottles of wine
        15% for 12+ (Mix and match 750ml only. Champagnes and Sparkling's excluded.)

        Join our free and simple Loyalty Program
        and automatically receive $10 back for every $200 you spend.

        Text 'eyestreet" to 80777
        to turn your credit or debit card into a rewards card.
        Or sign-up at swipely.com/eyestreet

        We carry a large variety of wine, spirits, liqueurs, and beer/craft beer.

        Also featured is a selection of cigars and gourmet cheeses, crackers, & meats!


        Deliveries are available with a $100 minimum purchase - Call us for details.

        WEST END: Blue Duck Tavern Unveils A New Collection of Spring Cocktails

        Blue Duck Lounge and Blue Duck Tavern at Park Hyatt Washington, located at 24th and M Streets, NW, have unveil a collection of new spring cocktails just in time for the warmer weather.  Guests can anticipate fresh seasonal offerings showcasing a variety of seasonal fruits, house-made infusions and tonics, and fresh juices.  Nine new springtime libations as well as a seasonal “mock-tail” are being introduced on the menu.  You will want to try the new mix and match gin and tonics.
        The Oak Park
        Newcomers include classic cocktails such as the Iguaçu, carrot-infused Leblon Cachaça, lemon and ginger simple; The Crescent, Hennessy cognac, Rittenhouse rye whiskey, Peychaud’s Bitters, Luxardo maraschino cherries and a rose water rinse; Oak Park, Ron Zacapa 23 yr, Rhum JM, kiwi and a lime cordial; Meadowlark, rose-infused tequila, cucumber syrup and Hellfire bitters; El Cobre, mezcal, pineapple shrub, ginger beer and lime.  Also available are a collection of seasonal cocktails such as the Palisades, bourbon, grapefruit and basil;  
        The Lady Bird
        The Lady Bird, gin, rosemary, pineapple, Verjus and house grenadine; 1872, Bombay Sapphire, Lillet Rose, Averna, Carpano Antica, Campari and thyme, and the Barrel Aged Rosita, Hornitos tequila, Aperol, Campari and Cocchi Americano Bianco.  All spring cocktails are priced at $15 each.
        The Meadow Lark
        Guests can also enjoy Blue Duck Tavern’s new mix and match gin and tonics, featuring gin house-infused with seasonal ingredients and house-made tonics, priced at $14 each.  Pairings include Strawberry, Green Almond, or Cardamom Cilantro infused gin with Rhubarb and Espelette, Lime and Pink Peppercorn, or Balsamic flavored tonic.  Additionally, those seeking a non-alcoholic refreshment to help beat the heat can opt for Blue Duck’s new springtime “mock-tail”.  Priced at $9, The Kalorama is made from a combination of kiwi shrub, lime cordial and club soda.

        SHAW: Espita Mezcaleria & Swatchroom Co-Host A Charity Art Show Fundraiser with Internationally Renowned Oaxacan Street Artists Yescka & César Chávez - May 30

        Espita Mezcaleria, the newly opened Southern Mexican-inspired restaurant located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC, will co-host a charity art show fundraiser with Swatchroom, on Monday, May 30thYescka, an internationally renowned Oaxacan street artist and founder of the political art collection ASARO (Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca), will be on hand along with fellow artist and active ASARO member, César Chávez, for this one-of-a-kind event.  Yescka created the eye-catching, colorful murals at Espita Mezcaleria and Chávez design the T-shirts and menus for the restaurant, which opened in early March 2016.

        Art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to purchase limited edition, signed prints from both highly acclaimed artists.  35 works on paper will be available, in a variety of sizes, with prices ranging from $80 to $500 each.  Available prints include: "Autodefensa", "The Last Supper a la Mexicana", "The Rebels", and "Punk Frida".  100% of the sales from these prints will be donated to the charity student committee of the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa based in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.

        Complimentary appetizers and beverages courtesy of Espita Mezcaleria will also be available.  

        The event is free to attend, but interested parties are encouraged to RSVP at: kelly@espitadc.com.

        OK, so make sure to attend on Monday, May 30th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Swatchroom  located at 1527 9th Street, NW.  The multi-disciplinary design + art + fabrication firm is located four blocks from the Shaw-Howard Metro Station and four blocks from the Mt Vernon Square, 7th St-Convention Center Metro Station accessible on the Green and Yellow Lines.
         
        For additional information, please visit http://swatchroom.com.
        Additional information about Yescka can be found at: http://guerilla-art.mx/yescka/.

        A little background: On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers' College of Ayotzinapa went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico.  According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses and traveled to Iguala that day to hold a protest at a conference led by the mayor's wife.  During the journey local police intercepted them and a confrontation ensued.  Details of what happened during and after the clash remain unclear, but the official investigation concluded that once the students were in custody, they were handed over to the local Guerreros Unidos ("United Warriors") crime syndicate and presumably killed.  Mexican authorities claimed Iguala's mayor, José Luis Abarca Velázquez (es) and his wife María de los Ándeles Pineda Villa, masterminded the abduction.  Over the past year, Yescka has created several public pieces to bring the tragedy of these 43 students to public light.

        Wednesday, April 27, 2016

        WASHINGTON DC: National Geographic & National Parks Service to Host BioBlitz 2016 - May 20-21

        National Parks BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival
        May 20-21, 2016

        Grab your backpack and explore the wilds in and around Washington, D.C. like never before at the National Parks BioBlitz and Biodiversity Festival, Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2016.

        Teams of scientists, students, teachers and the general public will join in a race to discover and document the flora and fauna of select National Capital Parks. From early morning birding adventures on Theodore Roosevelt Island and pollinator surveys in Piscataway Park, to meadow exploration and fish counts in Rock Creek Park, to exploring the wetlands of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, spider splendor at Dyke Marsh, and other species inventories at parks throughout the national capital region, there will be something for everyone.

        Part scientific endeavor, part festival, and part outdoor classroom, BioBlitz provides a unique opportunity to work alongside leading experts to discover, count and document the living creatures in the parks; to contribute to the park’s official species lists; to explore interconnectedness of plants, animals, the environment, culture and our daily lives; and to help protect the extraordinary biodiversity in our parks. With top scientists as their guides, participants will discover that our parks are more than tourist attractions and recreational spots, but also living laboratories rich in biodiversity.
           
        A concurrent two-day Biodiversity Festival will be held at the National Mall at Constitution Gardens. The festival will feature hands-on science exhibits, food and art, as well as family-friendly entertainment and activities. The festival will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20-21, 2016, with a special “Bugs, Bats, and Brews” evening of biodiversity fun planned for Friday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

        American Express is a national sponsor of the National Parks BioBlitz. Additional support for the Washington DC event is being provided by Verizon and Southwest Airlines Co.

        Explorers of all ages are needed. All events are free and open to the public; however, advance online registration is required to secure a spot on a BioBlitz inventory team. Inventory teams are best suited for ages 8 and up. The Biodiversity Festival does not require advance registration. Whether you have a couple of hours or a full day, there are activities to engage the whole family.

        Be part of this free and exciting event! To learn more about the National Parks BioBlitz activities throughout the national capital region and beyond go to natgeo.org/bioblitz.