Friday, May 27, 2016

SHAW: GRAND CATA TASTINGS: Verano Rosado this Memorial Day Weekend | Sábado Celeste with Tasting from Argentina

This Weekend at Grand Cata

El Verano Rosado: Three Rosé Styles, All Perfect for Summer
A hot, sunny long weekend -- this is the perfect time to open that bottle of rosé you've been dreaming about. You will enjoy it, we are sure, but do you know how it was made or how many types of rosé there are? Check out this guide to El Verano Rosado by our co-founder Pedro J. Rodríguez to learn more about your favorite style of summer wine and a few more recommendations on what to try next.
Our good amigo Philip from Williams Corner Imports will pour an amazing Carignan from southern Chile made by Louis-Antoine Luyt, a rising star that will surprise your palate with beautiful aromas of fresh maracuyá and dry cherries with a lovely acidity!
FRIDAY:  Grand Cata Co-Founders Share Their Selections
Visit us Friday for Pedro and Julio's picks, featuring hidden gems of the store's carefully curated selections. From 5-8pm, we're tasting a Chianti from Italy and a funky, aged Chilean Chardonnay. Plus, don't miss this traditional cervexa galega from Spain: Estrella de Galicia 1906 Reserva Especial. It's one of our favorite beers. Remember that as dedicated catadores, part of our due diligence in the store is to taste everything and offer you only the best!
SATURDAY: Declare Victory with these delicious Argentine wines
May 25th marked the Día de la Revolución de Mayo in Argentina, commemorating the beginning of the independence process for the country. Join us this Saturday at 2pm as we celebrate vino victory tasting some of our own top favorites! Mike from Country Vintner will guide you along the delcious ruta del vino: a bubbly rosé style Malbec and a tasty, mineral-driven, high-altitude Sauvignon Blanc from Mendoza. Then we continue south to taste one of our best-selling Pinot Noirs from the Argentine Patagonia.

On SUNDAY from 3-5pm, Grand Cata will host its first wine club Pickup Party. There are still a few spots left -- sign up here!
 Grand Cata, Latin Wine Shop
1550 7th St NW
Washington DC, 20001
(202) 525-5702

Thursday, May 26, 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' is this weeks 'Tasting',  Friday Beer, and Saturday New World Wines. No excuses!  So Get over there and check it out.

"People can argue about what the greatest invention is.
Some people say beer others the wheel. I'll be the first
to point out the beer pairs way better with pizza."

Memorial Day is here so grab anything you could
need for this festive weekend! If your heading out
to the Parade, to see the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle rally,
or even just a stroll on the lawn, we've got you covered.
We have some fantastic summer beers in cans and bottles, and we will
be carrying wines in a can! We will have a fantastic
Pinot Grigio, Rose, and Sauvignon Blanc all coming
in an easily accessible and pool friendly can.
Try them today!

All featured wines are 10% off during tastings!

Weekend Tasting Schedule!
Friday, May 27
5:00 - 8:00 pm
Rogue's Brewery :
4 & 6 Hopped Beers
Dead Guy Ale

Brewed with 4 and 6 hops respectively
these unique brews are celebrated for showcasing
the hops and their character. Made from some choice
hops including but not limited to Rebel, Alluvival, Yanquina,
and Newport, these beers will delight the die hard IPA
fan while being balanced enough for the more casual sipper.
Dead Guy Ale is a world class IPA known for it's hop
forward and aromatic flavors.

Saturday, May 28
5:00-8:00 PM
New World Wines :
Acrobat, Pinot Gris
Saint Vincent, Chardonnay
Kim Crawford, Pinot Noir

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 & Grenache
Whispering Angel, Povencal Rose
        Delicious beers in Stock
        21st Amendment, Hell or High Watermelon
        Ballast Point, Grapefruit/Pineapple/Habanero Sculpin
        Bell's Oberon
        DC Brau, 5 year Anniversary Collobration
        Dogfish, Romantic Chemistry IPA
        Evil Twin's, Geyser Gose
        Founder's Mango Magnificent
        Manor Hill, Grisette (hopped wheat beer)
        Rogue, 4-Hop IPA
        Union Brewing, Old Pro Gose

        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

        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.

        GLOVER PARK: Chef Michael Schlow to open Casolare Restaurant & Bar - This July

        Award-winning chef Michael Schlow, owner and operator of TICO on DC’s 14th Street corridor, The Riggsby in the Carlyle Hotel – Dupont Circle, and the recently opened Alta Strada and Conosci in Mt. Vernon Triangle, will open Casolare, a restaurant in the newly renovated Glover Park Hotel. The coastal Italian restaurant, designed by Brian Miller of Edit Lab at Streetsense, is set to open in July 2016.
        Casolare's cuisine will bring coastal Italian fare to Glover Park with food from the regions of Amalfi, Sardinia, Puglia, Cinque Terre and Livorno. A vast majority of the cuisines represented are from the south of Italy, and the menu will offer antipasti, wood stone-fired pizzas and a wide selection of seafood. Many of the dishes are adaptations of what Schlow learned from home cooks throughout his travels to Italy and will feature traditional favorites such as eggplant parmigiano, as well as a Sardinian rigatoni tossed with white beans, diced soppressata, black olives, tomatoes and chilies and a traditional ravioli from Puglia stuffed with potato, mint and pecorino.

        In addition to the restaurant menu, the kitchen at Casolare will also oversee in-room dining and event menus for the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. The hotel is undergoing a significant, multi-million-dollar renovation, and is a collaboration between Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants and D.C.-based developers Foxhall Partners and Iron Point Partners. The group also manages The Carlyle Hotel – Dupont Circle, where The Riggsby is located.

        Tyler Vaughan formerly of Union Square Hospitality Group in New York has relocated to Washington to oversee Casolare as general manager. The 150-seat restaurant will first open serving dinner only, with plans to soon add breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch, catering to both hotel guests and the neighborhood. Final food and beverage menus, along with operating hours, reservations, and other information will be made available closer to opening. 

        Casolare will be located at 2505 Wisconsin Avenue, NW,

        WASHINGTON DC: iThai to Donate 50 Percent of Select Menu Item Sales to Urban Light June 1- June 8

        Eat for a cause! iThai (Georgetown and Tyson’s Corner locations) has announced that this June it will launch support efforts for Urban Light- a non-profit organization founded by a Washingtonian to rebuild, restore and empower the lives of young boys in Thailand who are victims of sex trafficking and exploitation. During the first week of June, Wed. June 1 – Wed. June 8, iThai (both locations) will hold percentage nights to raise funds for Urban Light. Select dishes, including pineapple fried rice and mango sticky rice (pictured above), will be indicated on the menu as benefit items. Urban Light will receive 50 percent from each dish ordered.
        To toast to a week of fundraising efforts, iThai - Georgetown will host an intimate happy hour with Urban Light board members and volunteers and regular customers. During the happy hour, iThai will present the donation to Urban Light principals and celebrate Urban Light’s mission to better Thailand.
        iThai Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Georgetown) & Urban Light will hold their Percentage Nights to Raise Funds for Urban Light between Wednesday June 1 – Wednesday June 8 at;
         iThai Restaurant & Sushi Bar (Georgetown)
        3003 M Street NW
        Washington, DC
        Side Street & Sushi Bar by iThai (Tyson’s Corner)

        8603 Westwood Center Drive
        Tysons, Virginia

        Wednesday, May 25, 2016

        COLUMBIA HEIGHTS: Esencias Panameñas Debuts Its New Sábados de Fritanga, A Guilty Pleasure Weekend Menu

        Photo: Rey Lopez
        Owner and Executive Chef Yadira Stamp of Washington’s Panamanian restaurant that features authentic Panamanian cuisine with a Caribbean twist, Esencias Panameñas, located at 3322 Georgia Avenue, NW, is debuting its Sbados De Fritanga, a Guilty Pleasure weekend menu.  Available Saturdays, from 11 AM to 12 Midnight, and Sundays, from 11 AM to 3 PM, guests can take advantage of active weekends and indulge in delicious comfort food.  Yadira Stamp devotes her weekend in the restaurant to preparing crowd favorite foods from her homeland, featuring two sampler platters (one with meat and one without) of signature guilty pleasure food items priced at $25 (tax and gratuity excluded), while a la carte items are also available.  
         “Panama’s gastronomy is the result of the culture of its natives, with influences from the Spaniards with the rice dishes and from Panama’s native Indians in the corn-based foods.  We also got root vegetables and tropical fruits from natives of the Caribbean Islands who relocated to Panama in 1904 seeking job opportunity during the building of the Panama Canal” says Stamp.  “A great number of Panamanian dishes are made out of corn.  The preparation is different from that of other Latin American corn dishes such as our corn tortillas (fritters), corn empanadas, and corn tamales, given that the kernel is first cooked in water and then ground in order to obtain a dough (as opposed to using corn flour or corn meal to obtain the dough).  A typical Panamanian breakfast consists of mostly fried foods such as hojaldres (fried bread), tortillas (corn fritters) with white cheese, corn empanadas, fried yuca, fried beef, etc. which is reflected on my new Guilty Pleasures menu.”
        Photo: Rey Lopez
        Guests can look forward to “cheat day” worthy dishes such as Pa' Picá (for Two), Esencias Panameñas sampler platter with ground corn fritters, white cheese, yuca balls, twice fried green plantains, fried yuca, ground corn patties, fried chicken wingettes, and fried beef, and Pa' Picá Vegetariano (for Two), Esencias Panameñas Vegetarian sampler platter with ground corn fritters, white cheese, yuca balls, twice fried green plantains, fried yuca, ground corn patties, and hickory BBQ riblets.
        Photo: Rey Lopez
        A la carte options are just as enticing and include Hojaldres with cheese, sauté sausage, or beef strips in gravy; Tortilla, fresh ground corn fritters with cheese, sauté sausage, or beef strips in gravy; Empanada De Maíz, fresh ground corn patties with beef, turkey, or vegetarian filling; Carimañolas, yuca balls; Chicarrón De Pollo, deep fried chicken wingettes with twice fried green plantain or yuca frita; Salchicha Guisada, sauté sausage with twice fried green plantain or yuca frita; Bistec Pica’o, beef strips in gravy with twice fried green plantain or yuca frita; Torrejitas de Bacalao, codfish cakes; Tamal De Hoja, fresh ground corn stuffed with chicken or vegetables, olives, capers, peas, carrots, and wrapped in banana leaves; Sopa De Pata, cow’s heel soup with yuca, white yam, carrots, and smoke turkey; Bacalao Sancochado, stewed cod fish with tomatoes, sautéed onions and sweet pepper, and served with white rice or twice fried green plantain; Pargo Entero Frito, whole snapper friedwith twice fried green plantain or yuca frita, and Filete De Corvina Frita, Panama imported Corvina fish, fried with twice fried green plantain or yuca frita.  The a la carte dishes range in price between $4 and $19.

        For a decedent finish, guests can enjoy Panamanian confections such as Helado Casero, Esencias Panameñas’ homemade ice cream with flavors like grape nut, rum raisin, ginger, mango, or soursop; Cocadas, caramelized shredded coconut in pasty shell; Plantitá, sweet plantains puree in puff pastry turnover; Flan, caramel custard with flavors such as cheese or coconut, and Dulce de Ron Abuelo, Panamanian Ron Abuelo rum cake.  Dessert ranges in price from $4 to $10. 

        For the perfect pairing, Esencias Panamenas boasts a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails made with raspadura, which is the Panamanian version of simple syrup and made from a combination of molasses, natural sugar and honey, which is then formed into a block.  A popular cocktail made with raspadura is the Raspadura con Naranja, which is made from a combination of raspadura and orange juice and priced at $7 by the glass or $30 by the gallon.  Also available is a signature Red Sangria, which is made from a combination of wine, hibiscus and ginger; the Chicheme, which is made from a combination of ground corn, condense milk, evaporated milk, coconut milk and spices; the Sorrell con Jengibre, hibiscus flower infused with fresh ginger; Chicha de Tamarindo with tamarind; Chicha de Guanábana with sour sop; Chicha de Raspadura con Naranja y Limon, orange drink with cane sugar; Agua de Pipa, 100% pure coconut water, along with a seasonal Batidos, shakes made with sour sop or papayaDrinks range in price from $4 to $8.

        A native of Panama City, Panama, Yadira Stamp brings over 30 years of experience in the culinary arts to Esencias Panameñas.  As a graduate of The Art Institute of Washington in Arlington, Virginia, Chef Stamp has held nearly every position from dishwasher to front-of-the-house assistant manager, developing her passion for cooking.  Over the past 30 years, Stamp has spent much of her career serving her culinary creations to churches, weddings, graduations, birthday parties, as well as at private homes in the DC metropolitan area.  She has performed cooking demonstrations at the Farm-to-Street Party as part of the Eat Local First Week, as well as during Growing Healthy Schools Month, which celebrates the DC Healthy Schools Art in public schools throughout the District.  In 2015 and 2016, as a member of the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC), she participated in their annual Business Expo at the Washington Convention Center, where she prepared and served her native dishes to over 250 attendees.  Stamp’s restaurant patrons flock regularly from as far away as Philadelphia, Southern Virginia and even Miami, Florida to get a taste of her authentic homeland cuisine.

        Esencias Panameñas is located at 3322 Georgia Ave, NW.  Lunch is served Monday through Friday, from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Dinner is served on Sunday and Monday, from 3 PM to 9 PM; Wednesday and Thursday, from 3 PM to 11 PM, and Friday, from 3 PM to 12 Midnight.

        DOWNTOWN: Nicolas Legret Tapped as the New Executive Chef of The Hay-Adams

        The Hay-Adams Vice President & General Manager, Hans Bruland is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicolas Legret as the new executive chef for the award-winning historic hotel.  The Hay-Adams, located at 800 16th Street, NW, is the residence of choice for the most discriminating visitors and diners as it has consistently been recognized as one of the top 500 hotels in the world by top-tier travel publications, including being named to Travel + Leisure’s Top 100 Hotels in the World in 2015. Legret has been working as the chef de cuisine at The Hay-Adams since 2009, under his mentor Peter Schaffrath who is retiring after decades of stellar accomplishments in the hospitality industry as a leading chef.  
         “Nicolas has been an instrumental team member helping Peter Schaffrath and the entire team with the daily operations” explains General Manager Hans Bruland.  “We have the power dining oasis, The Lafayette, our popular bar, Off The Record, as well as the in-room dining and banquet facilities, including Top of the Hay, which directly overlooks the White House.  We know Nicolas is ready to take the helm of our culinary operations and look forward to his leadership.”
        Legret will oversee the current culinary team members, Senior Executive Sous Chef Jaime Montes de Oca, who is responsible for the menus of The Lafayette, Off The Record and in-room dining, and Pastry Chef Josh Short, who creates desserts for all the hotel’s venues.  Legret was formerly the chef de cuisine at the Willard Room at The Willard InterContinental Hotel from 2006 to 2009. Here he helped revitalize the historic fine dining restaurant collaborating with Three-Star Michelin Chef, Antoine Westermann.  His hotel culinary experience also includes working as executive sous chef, once again working under the renowned Westermann, at the Sofitel Hotel, Lafayette Square for two years, assuming the executive chef responsibilities. Legret’s career encompasses honing his skills at some outstanding freestanding restaurants including Bistro 123 in McLean, Virginia, where he oversaw the French menu and was responsible for daily operations. He also worked at Le Mas Perrier/Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, where he served as executive sous for three years.  Here he collaborated with George Perrier to include menu design and concept execution.

        Legret earned his C.A.P Classic French Cuisine in Blois, France at the Blois Restaurant School in 1988, and upon graduation, he worked in France at several important hotels, including the Two-Star Michelin restaurant at the Hôtel Le Bristol, the Two-Star Michelin restaurant at Hôtel Le Crillon, and the Two-Star Michelin restaurant Le Grand Vefour, all located in Paris.

        THE YARDS: ALS Silent Auction Fundraiser at VIDA's Penthouse Pool Club at The Yards - June 4

        Meet This Year’s Event Emcees 94.7 Fresh FM Radio Personalities Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer as they Auction Themselves Off for a Live Ice Bucket Challenge
        Let’s get soakin’ wet! The Tommy Show team is getting drenched again at the Penthouse Pool Club – all for a good cause. Join VIDA Fitness’ Penthouse Pool & Lounge at The Yards for an upscale rooftop and poolside evening on Saturday, June 4 to raise funds for ALS. 
        The event will include a silent auction to benefit Augie’s Quest, a nonprofit research initiative dedicated to finding a cure for Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis (ALS). Morning talk show hosts Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer from 94.7 Fresh FM’s The Tommy Show will emcee the fundraising event and auction themselves off to the highest bidders as Ice Bucket Challenge dumping targets. 

        Last year’s VIDA Fitness ALS Silent Auction event raised more than $26,000 
        with this year’s goal set at $32,000. 

        The silent auction benefit will run from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. and feature complimentary food from the Penthouse Pool Club’s new menu designed by Vucurevich Simon Advisory Group, the team behind Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers. DJ Danny House will spin house tracks while guests have the opportunity to bid on numerous silent auction items from DC area retailers and restaurants. Cocktail attire is required for this public event. 

        Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at: Guests may also sponsor the event at $2000, which includes 10 event tickets and access to a cabana suite with bottle service and one complimentary bottle. This year’s silent auction donors include: WellnessMats, PRECOR, The Bike Rack DC, Studio Theatre, Aura Spa, Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, Woodway Treadmills and more.
        ***VIDA Fitness to Donate 100 Percent of Proceeds to ALS Foundation, Augie’s Quest*** 
        For more information on this event, please visit:

        For additional information on the Penthouse Pool Club, visit: or on Facebook at:


        ALEXANDRIA: The Majestic Announces Return of Weekend Brunch Following the Launch of Their New Concept and Culinary Team - May 28

        Photo: JeremyBrandt-Vorel
        Alexandria Restaurant Partners (ARP) has announced that The Majestic, which recently underwent an extensive eight-week renovation and full concept change, will launch Saturday and Sunday brunch service this weekend, on May 28th.  Brunch will be served from 11 AM to 4 PM in the intimate 85-seat main dining room and at the bar. Guests can anticipate classic American bistro staples along with brunch items that share a touch of Mediterranean influence.

        Executive Chef/Proprietor Gaby Hakman’s new menu includes dishes such as the Brûléed Grapefruit with vanilla bean; House-Made Granola with Greek yogurt, berries and honey; Avocado Toast with tomatoes, fresh herbs and poached egg; Fried Chicken & Waffles, cheddar-chive waffles with red chile-honey butter; Dutch Baby, with lemon, ricotta, and blueberries; Egg White Omelette with garden vegetables and goat cheese; the Majestic Breakfast with fingerling hash, served with smoked bacon or turkey sausage; Cheesy Polenta with sautéed greens and poached eggs; Breakfast Sammy with fried egg, smoked bacon and cheese on a Portuguese bun, as well as Eggs in Purgatory with fiery tomatoes.
        Photo: JeremyBrandt-Vorel
        Also available are a selection of Salads & Sandwiches such as Steak Salad with mint, basil, chile dressing and peanuts; Kale Salad with strawberries, house-made granola, pumpkin seeds and goat cheese; Grilled Veggies sandwich with harissa, kale, and feta; the Spring Chicken Salad with eggs, avocado, and croutons; the Majestic Burger with smoked gouda and bacon-onion jam, and the Cubano Sandwich, with pork shoulder and house pickles. An assortment of sides will also available and include Smoked Bacon; Fingerling Hash; Chunky Monkey Buns; Cheesy Polenta and Turkey Sausage. Brunch menu items range in price from $6 to $18.
        Photo: JeremyBrandt-Vorel
        For the perfect beverage pairing at The Majestic, brunch-goers can enjoy craft cocktails such as Blackberry Herb Royale with Prosecco, blackberry and rosemary syrups; Life’s A Peach with Prosecco, mango and peach syrups, as well as the Vitamin A with Royal Combier cognac, carrot juice, ginger beer, angostura bitters and lemon juice. Brunch cocktails range in price from $9 to $13.

        The Majestic, located at 911 King Street in Alexandria.