Friday, April 17, 2015

Eye Street Cellars Tasting Schedule For This Week with the First Cookout of 2015 on Saturday

Mount Vernon Triangle's home for Fine Wines and Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, continues to have their regular weekly tasting' is the Tasting Schedule for this week. This week provides a tasty and varied schedule of International Wine's and Spirits, so get over there and check it out.

It's been great pleasure serving the MVT community this past year!
And as we celebrate our

One Year Anniversary

We cordially invite you all to our first cookout of 2015!
Saturday, April 25, 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Join us for lots of food and fun
with samplings of
Johnnie Walker Scotch
Belvedere Vodka
and Wines


Limited Release Beers in-stock now:
  • Ommegang's Three Eyed Raven
  • Dogfish 120
  • Hardywood's Hoplar
  • Hardywood's The Great Return IPA
  • DC Brau Smells Like Freedom
  • Black Butte 26th Birthday Reserve
  • Evil Twin Femme Fatale
  • Founder's KBS
(Very limited supplies - Please ask for help)

Schedule for This Week
All wines featured are 10% off while being sampled!
Friday, April 17
5:00 - 8:00 pm

Bosalti, Soave Classico
Limo, Vinho Verde
Torre Castillo, Mourvedre
Conte Busi, Sangiovese

Great Lakes Beers:
Rye Of The Tiger, IPA
Dortmunder Gold, Lager
Eliot Ness, Amber Lager

Saturday, April 18
4:00 - 7:00 pm

Anna De Joyeuse, Pinot Noir Rose
Pigoudet Premiere, Rhone Blend Rose
Domaine de la Solitude, Rhone Blend
Domaine Des Lauriers, Tempranillo

Deliveries are available between 3 and 8 pm with a $100 minimum purchase

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Eye Street Cellars has an onsite Wine Consultant, Just ask any food pairing questions you may have.
Badwolfdc will continue to post the tasting schedule each week (its oh so worth a visit)


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

MVT: FRESHFARM Market Returns to Mount Vernon Triangle on May 16, 2015

Its Spring in DC, and that means the return of the farmers markets to our streets. In Mount Vernon Triangle FRESHFARM stand will return to 5th and K Streets NW on May 16th, somewhere to plan regular visits throughout the Summer months. Here is the notification from MVTCID;
The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVT CID) is pleased to announce the return of the FRESHFARM Farm Stand at 5th & K Streets, NW on Saturday, May 16th along with Spring Fest in the Triangle, kicking off the season with fun and treats for people of all ages. The FRESHFARM Farm Stand became a Saturday morning favorite for residents in and around Mount Vernon Triangle in its inaugural 2014 season. The festive, open-air Farm Stand, supplied with organic produce, fruits, eggs and baked goods from Chicano Sol Farm in Blain, PA, will once again be located at the busy 5th & K Street NW sidewalk plaza in front of City Vista. The market will be open from 10 AM to 1 PM each Saturday morning through October 31st, 2015.

The MVT CID thanks its sponsors for the FRESHFARM Farm Stand — MVT Triangle Blog, 450K Apartments, Lyric 440K Apartments and the Meridian Mount Vernon Triangle apartments.

The May 16th event, Spring Fest in the Triangle, will add to the sense of excitement for opening day of the Farm Stand with live music, complementary lemonade and popcorn, children’s games and crafts, BicycleSPACE bike promotions and face painting from 10 AM to Noon.

“We are pleased with the success and popularity of the FRESHFARM Farm Stand in the community,” said MVT CID President, Claire Schaefer Oleksiak. “We look forward to another year of delicious local produce, fun events, and bringing the neighborhood together on Saturday mornings.”Chicano Sol is an organic farm based in Blain, Pennsylvania. Chicano Sol curates items including fruit and vegetables sourced from organic and conventional farms, breads, baked goods, and eggs, as well as additional products from artisanal producers in the FRESHFARM Market network."
 Welcome back to Mount Vernon Triangle, FRESHFARM

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dolcezza Grand Opening at CityCenterDC on 4/19

Dolcezza has announced its opening date, April 19th, at the new store at CityCenterDC and there is free stuff....
Add this to your calender and welcome Dolcezza to CityCenterDC and get one of those mini-cone/gelatos

Dolcezza is located at 904 Palmer Alley NW (9th Street between Eye and H Streets)

VA: Capitol City Brewing to Host 2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival

We covered this last year, how time flies, its Spring and the first festival of the year starts in Shirlington on April on

UPDATE:  Content 4/10/2015
Capitol City Brewery has released the names of the Breweries that will participate in this years festival.
 "The springtime beer-tasting jubilee will include 35 area craft brewers – all hailing from the District, Maryland and Virginia – featuring many local favorites and several newly opened breweries. New this year, all participating breweries will sport their own exhibition tents that showcase their company creations and colorful brand designs."

This year’s participating local breweries include:
CCBC Beer   Mad Fox   Devils Backbone   Legend   Forge
Bold Rock   O’Connor   Three Brothers   Starr Hill
Hardywood   Adroit Theory   Spencer Devon   Corcoran
Lost Rhino   Port City   Wild Wolf   Full Tilt   Heavy Seas
Oliver Brewing   Raven Beer   The Brewer’s Art
Rock Bottom   Adventure   Gordon Biersch   Old Ox
Old Bust Head   Heritage   Flying Dog   DC Brau
Atlas   Fair Winds   Three Star   District Chophouse

Find your favorite or try something new..............

Original Post

Arlington Brewpub to Feature 35 Local Breweries for Springtime Beer Tasting Event #CapCitySpringBeerFestival

Arlington, VA – Spring has nearly sprung! To celebrate the coming of the season,Capitol City Brewing Company is gearing up to host its second annual Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival on Saturday, April 25 at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington. The springtime beer-tasting jubilee will include 35 area craft brewers all hailing from the District, Maryland and Virginia featuring many local favorites and several newly opened breweries. 
New this year, all participating breweries will sport their own exhibition tents that showcase their company creations and colorful brand designs. A variety of Shirlington Village restaurants and local eateries will feature their favorite springtime fare with music provided by a popular local DJ. 
Last year brought out the crowds - don't miss this years event
Festivities begin at noon and concludes at 7 p.m. (ticket sales begin at 11:30 a.m. and all beer taps close at 6 p.m.) Admission for beer drinkers is $30 (one general admission pass per person), which includes a wristband, official tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets can be purchased for $1 each with a five-ticket minimum. The event is free for non-drinkers and children.

Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival 2015 will be held rain or shine with tickets sold at the event. 

For more information on Capitol City Brewing Company, visit You can also find Capitol City Brewing Company on Facebook at and on Twitter: @CapCityBrewers. 

Saturday, April 25 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Ticket Sales Begin at 11:30 a.m. All Beer Taps Close at 6:00 p.m. 
The Village at Shirlington 
4001 Campbell Avenue Outdoor Streetscape 
Arlington, VA 22206 (703) 578-3888 

$30 includes: wristband, tasting glass and 10 drink tickets Additional drink tickets are $1 each with a five-ticket minimum Ticket sales are limited – first come/first serve *Free for non-drinkers*

Thursday, April 9, 2015

SHAW: Local Shaw Photographer/Artist features at Touchstone Gallerys New Show

Touchstone Gallery started its new showing last Wednesday and will have an opening reception on April 10th (see info below) with a reception fol,lowed by an Encore Reception with Artists Talk on April 25th. The Exhibition features Michael Lang, a local Shaw photographer/artist, titled "Slow Walking in NY"  and Marcia Coppel, Washington artist and one of the artist owners of Touchstone "Connect / Disconnect". The exhibits will be on display between April 1st and 26th.
Photograph Courtesy of Michael Lang
Michael Lang's previous shows at Touchstone Gallery and elsewhere typically focused on photo essays of marginalized groups of people with the most recent being "The Drag Illusion", a dramatic study of drag performers. For this exhibit Michael spent time in New York,"to feel the energy and inspiration of the city". Tthe show begins with two images taken within the Museum of Modern Art. One shows two levels of the interior, contrasting order and disorder. The other image is a study of people observing and reacting to a painting by Jackson Pollock. As viewers move among the walls of the exhibit, they will see images of contrasting messages pasted on public telephones, a couple on a bus seemingly in their own worlds but actually connected physically. A subway image shows a person looking for an escape from the crowd that engulfs her. Kenneth Cole’s store window speaks out for same sex marriage. People in Chinatown's Columbus Park play a traditional version of chess while others perform their treasured Chinese opera.
Photograph Courtesy of Michael Lang

Exhibit runs April 1 - April 26, 2015

Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 6 - 8:30 pm

Encore Reception/Artist Talk: Saturday, April 25, 2 - 4 pm

Touchstone Gallery Member Show

“CONNECT/DISCONNECT” New Paintings by Marcia Coppel
New series of paintings based on Marcia’s loose, sprawling, whimsical drawings and sophisticated, rich colors.
Gossiping at the Tangerine cafe by Marcia Coppel
“Slow Walking in NY” Photographs by Michael Lang
Michael Lang presents ‘Slow Walking in NY’, a photographic exhibit in which he utilizes his own disability advantageously to look at things slowly and creatively as he walks the streets of NY, one of his favorite subjects.

Touchstone Gallery is located at;
901 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC 20001

MUSIC: DC Native, Jazz Singer and Harp Ukulele Player Gracie Terzian's debut EP Saints and Poets releases May 5

Native of the Washington, D.C. area, singer/actress Gracie Terzian  "a blossoming talent with a smoky, mysterious jazz-club voice, who plays a unique musical instrument -- the harp ukulele", will have her debut EP of 6 original tunes released on May 5th.

I understand that Gracie will be performing in Washington DC in late Spring/early Summer....I will update as dates become available.

Soundcloud link to listen to the album: "Saints and Poets".

Then download it at iTunes

"Gracie is a genuine talent. I especially admire her knack in shaping the lyrics."
-- Ted Gioia, Jazz Critic and author of 'History of Jazz'

"Her voice has so much character. If I close my eyes I feel like I'm back in the old days."

-- Real Music icons

"Such a beautiful voice! Incredible clarity and sound. Wonderful to listen to."
-- Kris Bowers, NY jazz pianist & composer

YouTubers and Redditors are captivated by Gracie's magical voice and unique instrument.

This album includes six of Gracie's original songs:
  1. Saints and Poets
  2. Love Rest
  3. Sleepwalker
  4. Wait Silently
  5. Iris
  6. Exit Strategy

More about Gracie:

SHAW: 59 Unit Condo at 9th and O Streets passes ANC heads to HPRB (Renderings)

Rendering: View from North (West Side) 9th Street
 A first look at the renderings were available as The Warrenton Group and Four Points presented the details of the project for 59-unit residential units with 6,000 square feet of retail at 810 O Street NW to ANC6E on last Tuesday evening. The ANC approved the design and concept for the proposal, next up the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) who have the project on the docket for April 23 and April 30, 2015. Currently home to Scripture Cathedral Church, the developer has requested a raze permit, which will be heard concurrently.
Rendering: View from Northwest Corner 9th and O Street
The developer will also have to go through the PUD process to resolve issues of parking (the developer did state that they plan to offer 1 parking space per unit)
The Warrenton Group were one of the (losing) bidders for the adjacent property at 8th & O Streets and have seemed to shrug of that result and go forward with the project. The 8th & O Street project is on hold, per Mayor Muriel Bowser, and could still be re-bid. (City Market at O  firm Roadside Development won the bid with a 70 Unit multi-use project.)
Rendering: View from O Street looking East
 Badwolfdc will be following the permitting process and then the construction....check back here

DOWNTOWN: Claudia’s Steakhouse to Open in Late Spring With Brad Race as Executive Chef

Claudia's Steakhouse Opening in Late Spring Announces Executive Chef
Claudia Rivas Appoints Culinary Expert Brad Race as Mastermind Behind Menu Concept and Design for Her Classic American-Latin Fusion Steakhouse Offering a Different Authentic Dining Experience.

Here's the Press Release;

 WASHINGTON, DC – Restaurateur Claudia Rivas, owner and COO of Claudia’s Steakhouse, announced today the appointment of renowned DC chef Brad Race to take over the helm at Claudia’s Steakhouse – a new classic American-Latin fusion restaurant and lounge set to open at DC’s Investment Building at 1501 K Street, NW in late spring. Race, not new to the DC restaurant world, has shared his culinary talents with District residents via his popular steak frites at Bearnaise where he served as Executive Chef. Race has also delighted foodies at other neighborhood restaurants including Michel Richard’s Michel, Jose Andres’ Minibar, as well as NYC’s Le Cirque, Nobu and Oceana. 
Race and Rivas have carved out a classic American menu that features an authentic Latin twist. From the dinner menu, guests should be eager to try “Claudia’s Prime Empanadas” – a small plates menu item – or the “Negra Modelo Drunken-Rib-Eye” for an authentic Latin steak dinner. The lunch menu offers more casual Latin entrees like the “Chorizo hotdog Juarez style” and the “Mojarra Frita”.
“I’m excited to be joining the Claudia’s Steakhouse team and eager to incorporate my flare of American dishes with Claudia’s original recipes,” says Race. “My specialty is designing menus that blend international flavors and I’m eager to present an exceptional Latin inspired cuisine to the Washington community.”
Rivas is thrilled to introduce to Washingtonians and visitors alike her passion and flavor of Latin culinary culture. She grew up in El Salvador and learned how to cook from her grandmother, Julia Aguilar, a professional chef who spent her cooking career as a private chef for an Argentinean family who settled in Puerto Rico. Consequently, Claudia learned recipes with both El Salvadorian, Argentinean, Caribbean’s influence and has obtained expertise in Latin tradition.
The Latin experience does not stop with the food. With a seating capacity of 300 and space for 400 throughout, the 7,500-square-foot Claudia’s Steakhouse will serve as a lounge, social scene and a sophisticated dining spot. The restaurant’s interior atmosphere exhibits a modern architectural design aesthetic with contemporary furnishings, soft lighting and a relaxing ambiance that features buoyant Latino music and Salsa dancing on select evenings.
“The essence of Claudia’s food preparation is rooted in my family tree that dates back four generations,” says Rivas. “I am creating a genuine dining atmosphere and want to share the tastes and influences of original Latin cuisine. Claudia’s is not just a sit-down dining experience, it’s an all-evening affair.”
Two private dining rooms offer guests a more intimate space that are ideal for gatherings of up to 120 people and perfect for birthdays, receptions, business events and fundraisers.

For more information on Claudia’s Steakhouse, please visit the website at: