Friday, August 19, 2016

MVT: Ottoman Taverna Debuts Politically Themed Cocktails, Perfect for Polling The Future President

Turkish-born restaurateur Hakan Ilhan is pleased to debut two new election-themed cocktails at his newly opened restaurant, Ottoman Taverna, located at 425 I Street, NW.
The Pant Suit
Prepared by Beverage Director Angel Cervantes, guests can opt for The Pantsuit, made from a combination of vodka, lime juice and house-made fresh peppermint shrub, topped with sparkling wine, or  The Side Sweep, made with gin, fresh muddle basil, strawberry, raspberry, lime-honey water and blue raki to help them through this tumultuous election season.Both cocktails are priced at $14 each and will be available from Tuesday, September 6th through Election Night on Tuesday, November 8th during both lunch and dinner service.  The restaurant will be conducting informal polling weekly to see which cocktail is outselling its lively competitor. 
The Side Sweep
 Plus, guests will also have the opportunity to learn about prediction outcomes concerning their own future as Turkish-native General Manager Nuray Karatas will offer traditional Turkish coffee readings, exclusively on Wednesdays, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM. Karatas learned how to read grounds from her grandmother and carries on the tradition. Since the 17th century, inhabitants of the Levant, or the area around the Middle East and near present day Turkey, have been drinking coffee, and to this day, Turkish coffee is the most commonly served type of coffee.  "Turkish" coffee, made with finely ground, roasted Arabica beans, is strong and distinct in flavor, and its strength is often tempered by sugar. Because Turkish coffee is not filtered or strained, as the coffee is consumed, a dark, muddy sediment forms at the cup's base.  The centuries old practice of reading images in the leftover coffee grounds or in other parts of the world, the tea leaves that settle at the base of a cup is known as tasseographyToday, the practice of reading left over coffee grounds is common throughout the Middle East, Greece, and parts of Europe and the U.S. There are several different ways to decipher and read the meaning of images in a cup of coffee. The most widely practiced traditional Turkish coffee cup reading is called fal, which literally means "fortunes."  Readings by Karatas are fun and complimentary with the purchase of a Turkish coffee, exclusively on Wednesday at dinner service.  Guests are encouraged to request a coffee reading when making a reservation.

Dinner is served Sunday and Monday, from 4 PM to 10 PM, Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 PM to 10 PM, and Friday and Saturday, from 4 PM to 10 PM.  Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Lunch is served Monday through Friday, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

For more information, visit and for reservations, call (202) 847-0395.
Ottoman Taverna is located at 425 I (Eye) Street, NW
(on 4th Street, between K & I Streets).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

GEORGETOWN: The Grill Room Introduces a New On The Fly Lunch Menu On September 6

The Grill Room, located within the Rosewood Hotel,Washington D.C. at 1050 31st Street, NW, has announced it is debuting its new On The Fly lunch menu.  Beginning Tuesday, September 6th, lunch-goers can enjoy a quick meal of a featured entrée along with a choice of a glass of house red or white wine or seasonal sorbet for $28 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  Frank Ruta, The Grill Room’s executive chef and recipient of numerous accolades, including Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Mid-Atlantic, is crafting the tempting lunch menu, which is served daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The menu will feature a rotating list of seasonal entrées such as Barbecue Flavored Wagyu Flank Steak; Moroccan Spice Crusted Tuna, as well as Sheep’s Ricotta and Arrowhead Spinach Ravioli.  To complete lunch, guests can look forward to a refreshing house-made sorbet with flavors such as Concord grape, melon and plum.  The Grill Room overlooks the scenic C&O Canal and is the perfect oasis for a business lunch or a visit with friends and complimentary valet parking at lunch makes visiting a breeze.

The Grill Room is located within the Rosewood Hotel at 1050 31st Street, NW.  The menu specializes in the preparation of hand-cut, bone-in, artisanal meats and fresh seafood complimented with seasonal produce sourced from Pennsylvania, Southern Maryland and Virginia.  The restaurant is open for breakfast daily, from 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Lunch is also served daily, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.  Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The Grill Room is a 15-minute walk to the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro Station accessible on the blue, orange and silver lines.  For more information or to make reservations call (202) 617-2424, or visit grill-room.

Rosewood Washington, D.C. is a luxurious urban retreat located in the heart of Georgetown, one of D.C.’s most historic, renowned and picturesque neighborhoods.  Conveniently located just steps from many of the city’s cultural attractions, high-end shops, and vibrant restaurants, the hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travelers.  The property offers 49 guestrooms and suites featuring contemporary art and comfortable furnishings as well as the state-of-the-art technology and amenities, in addition to several dining options.  The Grill Room offers a warm neighborhood dining experience with seasonal menus and views overlooking the C&O Canal, while the adjoining Rye Bar has a cozy, clubby atmosphere and serves one of the city’s finest selections of rare rye whiskeys and craft cocktails.  A rooftop lounge features an indoor/outdoor pool and panoramic views over America’s capital city including the iconic Washington Monument.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

WEST END: Jon Benson Appointed General Manager, Park Hyatt Washington, D.C

Jon Benson is appointed General Manager, Park Hyatt Washington, D.C effective immediately. Benson will oversee the operation of the luxury 216-room hotel, including its landmark restaurant Blue Duck Tavern. Located in the fashionable West End Georgetown neighborhood of the nation’s capital, Benson joins Park Hyatt Washington as the hotel marks its 30th anniversary.

A seasoned hospitality executive, Benson comes to Park Hyatt Washington with over 29 years of experience with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, most recently in Florida where he was General Manager, Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa.

Having started his Hyatt career in culinary, Benson rose through the ranks becoming Executive Chef at Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino and was later promoted to Hyatt resort properties in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Beaver Creek, CO and Florida. In 2010, Benson was named Director of Culinary Operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, based in Chicago.
 “Jon’s creativity and leadership are two of the very many qualities that make him the talented executive he is. In addition to his strong business acumen, Jon knows how to inspire and drive a sense of community internally among the colleagues he works with, and is able to parlay that magnetism in the local community as well. I look forward to watching Jon lead the property in delivering the highly attentive personal service the Park Hyatt brand and Park Hyatt Washington are renowned for,” said Marc Ellin Senior Vice President of Operations, Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
 For more information about Park Hyatt Washington, D.C. please visit 

Monday, August 15, 2016

STERLING: Newly Opened Burtons Grill & Bar in Sterling, VA Hosts Fundraiser to Benefit YMCA Loudoun County - September 25

Founder, President and CEO Kevin Harron is pleased to announce that his newly opened Burtons Grill & Bar in Sterling, Virginia is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the YMCA Loudoun County on Sunday, September 25th from 11:30 AM to 9 PM.  Adults guests can donate and dine on traditional American fare with unique chef-driven dishes, while children have great options on the {B} Choosy menu with 50% of proceeds from all {B} Choosy meals purchased on September 25th will go to the YMCA Loudoun County.  Burtons Loyalty guests will also receive double points on every {B} Choosy meal sold. The YMCA Loudoun County is one of the largest social service agencies serving Washington D.C., suburban Maryland and northern Virginia.
Committed to using only the freshest ingredients showcasing creative cooking techniques, Burtons Grill & Bar is also a leader in allergy awareness and healthy eating as the restaurant continues to develop menus that provide exceptional dining experiences for all guests.  The restaurant will showcase vegetarian & gluten sensitive menus along with a new paleo-friendly menu.  With something on the menu for everyone in the family, Burtons Grill & Bar’s popular {B} Choosy kids’ menu, which uses the USDA’s newest guidelines for nutrition, will be showcased during this fundraiser.  This affords parents the opportunity to choose from a list of ingredients and cooking methods when preparing their child’s menu.  Menu items range in price from $12.95 to $14.95 for appetizers, $5.95 to $10.95 for soups and salads, 12.95 to $16.95 for sandwiches, $13.95 to $36.95 for entrées and $6 to $10 for desserts.
The YMCA’s mission is to build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all, and their impact is felt when an individual makes a healthy choice, when a mentor inspires a child and when a community comes together for the common good.  That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is their cause. Every day, the YMCA works side-by-side with their neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  Their utmost goal is to make the Y and all they offer accessible and available to the entire community. With the help of our generous donors, community partners and members, the YMCA Metropolitan Washington (YMCA Loudoun County is under the YMCA Metropolitan Washington umbrella), was able to provide $2,572,798.47 in scholarships and subsidies to more than 14,863 children, adults and families in 2015. From dedicated board members to talented program volunteers, these caring friends and neighbors help the YMCA serve more individuals and impact more communities every year.
 Sunday, September 25th from 11:30 AM to 9 PM.
At Burtons Grill & Bar is located at 21434 Epicerie Plaza, Cascades Overlook, Sterling, VA
Phone (571) 665-5700. For more information, visit

NOMA: Panoramic Views of Capitol & Monumental DC Greet Clients of SPIRE, DC's Newest Event Venue

SPIRE Opens for Inaugural Events, Fall Conferences, Business Functions 
With panoramic views of the Capitol dome, the Washington Monument and the District’s picturesque cityscape, Spire is now available to host corporate events atop 750 First Street, NE in the NoMa/Capitol Hill area of downtown Washington, DC.
Shimmering glass-paneled meeting rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, stunning artwork and lush, luxuriously furnished outdoor patios greet clients and their guests in this one-of-a-kind facility. Five unique rentable spaces offer an array of configurations for corporate events ranging in size from 25 to 160 people. High-ceilinged, sunlit and airy, Spire provides contemporary, architecturally refined spaces to those looking for the perfect location to host meetings, business receptions and events. Located steps from Union Station, Spire is convenient to both the NoMa-Gallaudet and Union Station Metro stops and also features on-site garage parking from 7 AM to 7 PM daily, with additional parking options nearby.

Among Spire’s amenities:
  • Sophisticated audiovisual services, including 46” Sharp HD monitors, video conferencing, multimedia displays, video and slide projection and microphone system
  • Enhanced privacy settings with “intelligent” glass that frosts window panels at the touch of a button
  • White-glove concierge service
  • A spacious prep kitchen
  • Preferred relationships with leading DC caterers
  • Flexible room configurations that facilitate seamless transformation into smaller breakout spaces
  • On-site garage parking with elevator access
  • Walking distance to nearby hotels, dining and local attractions
  • Highly walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly location with two Metro stations steps away
Spire is located on the top floor of the American Psychological Association’s 351,000 square foot headquarters, an Art Deco class A building noted for its fine details and Capitol Hill views.
For event registration and conference facility details, visit

CHEVY CHASE: Macon Bistro & Larder Hosts B.O.B (Bubbles, Oysters, and Brews) Patio Party on Saturday, September 3rd

Enjoy Champagne, Oysters, and Brews on Macon Bistro's 
covered arcade and patio. 
Macon Bistro & Larder, the French and Southern-inspired bistro in Chevy Chase, located at 5520 Connecticut Ave., NW, is hosting its second Bubbles, Oysters, and Brews party on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 12 PM to 4 PM.  Priced at $35 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), guests are invited to celebrate the last days of summer on Macon Bistro's 25-seat covered arcade and outdoor patio with all the bubbles, oysters, and brews they can eat and drink.
Macon Bistro has teamed up with neighboring retailer, Circle Wine & Spirits, who will pour wines from Roy Cloud's Vintage '59 Portfolio that pair perfectly with locally farmed Oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Company, as well as pouring brews from Handsome Beer Company of Washington, DC with beers such as the Medium & Message Abbey Pale Ale, Galaxy Saison Tropical Saison, and the Strange Charm Reinvented Brown Ale.

RSVP is required and can be made by emailing AJ Johnson at:

This delicious event is designed to send off summer with a neighborhood gathering to savor all one can eat with oysters provided by Rappahannock Oyster company, that are both freshly shucked and fried, along with exclusive Champagne sourced from Roy Cloud's Vintage '59 Portfolio and Handsome Beer Company’s favorite picks for the day.
All happens on September 3rd from 12 PM to 4 PM.
At Macon Bistro & Larder, 5520 Connecticut Avenue NW, 
(within the Chevy Chase Arcade Building)
Call (202) 248-7807;   or visit

Friday, August 12, 2016

PENN QTR: Zengo Offers an Artful Blend of Latin-Asian Styles and Flavors for Summer Restraunt Week - August 15 - 28

Located in the bustling Chinatown neighborhood, Zengo offers an artful blend of Latin-Asian styles and flavors.  Together, Chef/Owner Richard Sandoval and newly appointed Chef de Cuisine Neiman Lee spin regional ingredients into beautifully balanced dishes designed for sharing.

For lunch, one can take pleasure in a three-course lunch priced at $22 per person.  The lunch begins with a choice of;
  • Chipotle Miso Soup 
  • Zengo Seasonal Salad, mixed greens, zucchini, tomato and pecans with a sesame-ginger vinaigrette
Follow this with a choice of entrée which can be served as a sandwich along with French fries or in a bowl with white or brown rice.  Entrée choice include; 

  • KFC Chicken, crispy sesame crust, gochujang sauce, onion jam and scallions
  • Bulgogi Poblano, bulgogi marinated brisket, poblano, onion and sesame
  • El Cubano, peppery roasted pork, sweet ham, Chihuahua cheese, pickle and jalapeno mustard.
For dessert, restaurant-goers will enjoy Churros with Mexican chocolate.

The dinner menu allows guests to select one small plate, soup or salad, one large plate, and one dessert from a selection of daily specials.

Zengo will be extending their Restaurant Week offering from August 15-28.  Zengo is open for lunch Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner Sunday through Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 12 Midnight.

For additional information please call (202) 393-2929, or visit

 Zengo is located at 781 7th Street, NW, 20001

CAPITOL HILL: Ambar Balkan Restaurant Menu for Summer Restaurant Week - August 15 - 28

Ambar, DC’s first Balkan restaurant, is offering guests the opportunity to experience some of the best traditional dishes from the Balkan Peninsula, prepared with a modern twist for Restaurant Week, August 15-28.

For lunch, guests can order a Chef’s Platter priced at $22 per person (tax and gratuity not included), which includes a sampling of ;
  • Veal Soup with root vegetables and crème fraîche
  • Balkan Salad with tomato, pepper, cucumber, onion and aged cow cheese
  • Cheese Pie with crispy phyllo, cucumber yogurt and roasted red pepper sauce
  • Balkan Kebab, beef & pork with marinated onion and kajmak
  • Stuffed Sour Cabbage with potato mash, pork belly, rice and yogurt
  • Three Chocolate Cake with milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate, mascarpone and strawberry yogurt
Ambar’s popular lunch menu also offers Restaurant-goers a choice of any two sandwiches off the featured lunch menu, a choice of Veal Soup or Zucchini Soup, Three Chocolate Cake and a glass of house wine, a beer or Ambar signature freshly-squeezed lemonade infused with rosemary or mixed berry lemonade for only $22.  The open face sandwiches, soups and salads provide the calorie count of the dish so one can be watchful at lunchtime.  Sandwich options include; 

  • Vienna Schnitzel Sandwich with crispy veal, ajvar emulsion, frisee salad, tartar sauce and sun dried tomatoes
  • Creamy Chicken Salad Sandwich with ajvar emulsion, spinach, lemon vinaigrette and a celery stalk
  • Marinated Shrimp with ajvar spread, arugula, lemon vinaigrette and blue cheese;  
  • Smoked Trout with beet carpaccio, cucumber, dill, mayo and mayo pickled jalapeño
  • Wild Forest Mushroom, with herb roasted mushrooms, baby arugula, horseradish dressing, hardboiled quail egg and red onion 
  • Crispy Cheese of smoked gouda, organic slaw and a tartar sauce ajvar emulsion.
For dinner, guests will enjoy unlimited small plates from Ambar's featured menu including meat mezze, kajmak bar, spreads, homemade pies, flatbreads, soups and salads, vegetables, meats and poultry, sausages and seafood priced at $35 per person (tax and gratuity not included).  Standout dishes include; 

  • Spicy Crab with ajvar, cilantro pickled chilies
  • Urnebes, aged cow cheese with ajvar and chili flakes
  • Meat Pie with crispy phyllo, yogurt and garlic yogurt
  • Mushroom Pizza with shitake, crimini, button and oyster mushrooms, arugula and cheese
  • Balkan Salad with tomato, pepper, cucumber, onion and aged cow cheese
  • Cabbage Casuela with braised cabbage, dry pepper and yogurt and somun
  • Leek Croquette with an ajvar emulsion and panko crust
  • Lamb And Veal Kebab with spicy ajvar sauce and pickled jalapeño
  • Slow Cooked Pork with Yukon potato smash and cabbage slaw
  • Grilled Calamari With Gremolata with fresh herbs, diced pepper and lemon
  • Mediterranean Branzino with tomato, garlic, spinach and baked tomatoes.  
For the perfect pairing, guests can enjoy bottomless drinks for an additional $14 per person.  Featured beverages include Sarajevo Old Fashioned, Mojito, Pomegranate Collins, Mango Lemonade, Margarita, House Sparkling Wine, House Red and White Wine, Yuengling, and BIP Belgrade.

Ambar is open for lunch Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Dinner is served Sunday through Thursday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, call (202) 813-3039 or visit

 Ambar is located at 523 8th Street, SE