Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SILVER SPRING: All Set Restaurant & Bar to Host Nationally Renowned Jazz Artist and Entrepreneur Marcus Johnson For An Exclusive Book Signing and Live Performance - April 1

On Saturday, April 1st All Set Restaurant & Bar, located in Silver Spring, will host Marcus Johnson, the award-winning, Billboard Chart-topping jazz pianist, entrepreneur, and self-empowerment advocate, for an intimate performance and exclusive signing of his debut book For The Love Of... “Living The Journey Of Life with Intention, Love, Passion, And Happiness!” Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy two 45-minute live performances, at 1:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m., accompanied by an expansive brunch buffet prepared by Chef/Owner Edward Reavis, along with bottomless mimosas. 

This one-of-a-kind experience is priced at $60 per person (tax and gratuity included), and tickets can be purchased in advance at:  Guests can anticipate tempting brunch items such as Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Chicken Sausage, Home Fries, Pancakes & French Toast with Macerated Berries, Whipped Butter, Whipped Cream, Vermont Maple Syrup, Smoked Salmon, Toasted Bagels, Dill Cream Cheese, Capers, Tomatoes, Caesar Salad, Coleslaw, Chicken Wings with Ranch & Blue Cheese Dipping Sauces, Baby Cakes & Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Also, between sets, guests will have the opportunity to purchase Johnson's debut book, For The Love Of... and get it personally signed by Marcus. This motivational book dives deep into the life lessons he has learned while working to make his dreams a reality. He has created a formula for success in the music, wine, and lifestyle industries and For the Love Of... is a collection of essays discussing strategies that helped him cope with the highs and lows of his journey.

 Saturday, April 1st at 1 p.m.  Performances will be held at 1:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
All Set Restaurant & Bar is located at 
8630 Fenton Street, Plaza 5, Silver Spring
For reservations or additional information, visit

***Photo, Daniel Izquierdo

FOGGY BOTTOM: Bayou Kicks off Spring Concert Series with the Legendary Sick Feed - April 1

Bayou Kicks off Spring Concert Series with
the Legendary Sick Feed

RSVP and Invite Friends on Facebook - HERE
 Bayou is located at
2519 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

PENN QTR: Punch Night at Free State - Monday March 27

Join Free State on Monday, March 27th, starting at 7pm. for a spring Punch Night featuring recipes from seven DC distilleries. Great reason to check out Free State for the first time or go back for some Punch featuring recipes created by the following local distilleries;

  • Don Ciccio & Figli
  • Republic Restoratives
  • Cotton & Reed
  • Jos. A. Magnus
  • Capitoline Vermouth
  • New Columbia/Green Hat
  • One Eight
 Representatives from the distilleries will be there to mingle.
Free State is located at
501B G St. NW

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

GOLDEN TRIANGLE: Sommelier David Metz Joins Hospitality Team at Michelin-starred Plume at The Jefferson Hotel

David Bueno, General Manger of The Jefferson, Washington, DC has announced the appointment of David Metz as the new Sommelier and Wine Director at critically-acclaimed Plume restaurant located within the prestigious and award-winning Jefferson hotel in Washington DC. Metz brings almost two decades of experience along with him as he begins his next chapter working alongside the talented hospitality team at Plume including Restaurant Manager Sean Mulligan, Executive Chef Ralf Schlagel, and Pastry Chef Fabrice Leray, amongst others.
Born in NYC, and raised in New Jersey, Metz attended college in Indiana studying music education, but after realizing he no longer desired to pursue a career in that field, he found himself working in restaurants in the intermediary. It was while working at a steakhouse situated on the north side of Indianapolis that he first discovered his passion for wine. He quickly became friends with the Sommelier there and after service the duo would venture to the local grocery store and cook together often surrounded by good friends. During the dinner gatherings, Metz would come back from his cellar and enjoyed pairing wines with whatever the duo were cooking up. It was then that Metz truly began to understand wine’s place at the table and embraced the idea of pairing wine as 1+1=3. From there Metz began to study and pursue a career in wine.

In 2008, while working as a representative for Frederick Wildman out of NJ the market plummeted, a window of opportunity to relocate and work in Washington DC presented itself, and considering the District to be somewhat recession-resilient, not to mention a thriving albeit then somewhat nascent food and beverage scene, Metz decided to make the move. In 2009, David secured a position as a server at Bourbon Steak located within The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington DC and spent the next seven years working his way up from a Server, to a Captain, and finally to the Sommelier.
“In my new role at Plume, I look forward to expanding the scope of our wine program to appeal to a wider array of wine drinkers while continuing in the vein of my predecessors – both of whom I hold in very high regards”, says Sommelier David Metz. “There are some wines on our list that are very rare, and yes indeed expensive, so we’ll keep that going while looking to add additional wines that are meant to be enjoyed at more modest prices. I plan on shedding more of a spotlight on our Madeira program as this was one of Jefferson’s favorite beverages – again all the while making it more accessible. I would like to expand our selection of wines from Virginia whose presence never made it to the world’s stage like it has now in our namesake’s lifetime. I would also like to showcase off-the-beaten-path wines through our tasting/pairing menus. It’s one of the best ways to get something in front of someone that they may not have, or chose not to have experienced before.”
Through his continued commitment to the study of beverage and the practice of hospitality, David has earned the distinction of Advanced Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommelier’s American chapter. And looking to the future, Metz is currently in pursuit of the Master Sommelier Diploma.
 The Jefferson Hotel / Plume Restaurant is located at
 1200 16th St NW

ALEXANDRIA: Bastille Celebrates Grilled Cheese Day - April 12

April 12th is grilled cheese day and Bastille, located at 606 N. Fayette Street in Old Town Alexandria is celebrating by offering several mouth-watering versions of this classic to guests.

Proving that grilled cheese doesn’t just have to be a couple slabs of American on white bread, Chef Christophe Poteaux has taken this classic dish and given it a Franco-contemporary twist. The restaurant will offer the following sandwiches: Brie, cracked black peppercorn, cherry chutney and arugula on multigrain bread: ($13); Comte, avocado, piquillo peppers and pesto on multigrain bread ($12) and Mimolette, Dijon, and caramelized onions on brioche ($11).

The grilled cheese menu will be available for lunch in the bar and café.
Bastille is located in The Asher at 606 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria
For reservations and further information log into 
or call 703-519-3776.

CLARENDON: BABA Opens Bringing The Comforts of Grandma’s Place Mixed with Modern Chic Appeal to Clarendon

Photo: ArlingtonNow
BABA, Ivan Iricanin’s latest Balkan concept, opened today, Monday, March 20th in the heart of Clarendon at 2901 Wilson Blvd,  just below the popular Ambar, with its own separate street entrance.
To help welcome the restaurant into the neighborhood, BABA is offering a week of specials promotions during breakfast, happy hour and late night.  First up, from March 20-24, guests can enjoy complimentary La Colombe coffee drinks between 8 AM to 10 AM.  The restaurant will also be extending its Happy Hour from 4 PM to 9 PM allowing guests two extra hours to enjoy house red, white, sparkling wine and Heineken beer for $5.  Happy Hour also includes a selection of $6 craft cocktails such as the Monastery, Maraska Slivovitz, lime juice, honey syrup, plum preserve and basil leaves; Barrel Aged Southern Delight, bourbon, Lillet Blan, peach liqueur, creole bitters and orange essence; B&B, rum, beet juice, lime, maraschino liqueur and mint, as well as select snack size
 Balkan dishes that takes inspiration from European tapas, priced at $5 each.  Standout tapas include Roasted Cauliflower, served with a creamy eggplant purée and pomegranate dressing; Fried Olives with blue cheese and cinnamon cherry tomato jam; Salmon Tartar with capers, quinoa and pine nuts; Pork Belly Slider with house-made pickles and a white bean purée, as well as Ham Croquettes with mustard dressing.
BABA is inviting late night-goers to RSVP to see DJ Marino spin tunes on Friday, March 24th and Saturday, March 25th between 10 PM and close.  Space is limited and interested parties are encouraged to RSVP via by Thursday, March 23rd.  RSVPs are limited to two guests, and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.
Monday, March 20th through Saturday, March 25th.  Coffee, Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch is served daily, from 8 AM to 3 PM. Dinner is served daily, from 4 PM to 12 AM.  Happy Hour is served Monday through Friday, from 4 PM to 7 PM.  A DJ spins Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 PM to Close.
BABA is located at 
2901 Wilson Blvd, Arlington
 For additional information call (703) 312-7978 or visit

**Photos by Tigran Andronikovich Markaryan from Calypso Digital

U STREET: Sakerum To Debut Bento Box Brunch Service On March 25th

Sakerum, the newly opened Latin-Asian restaurant located in the bustling 14th Street corridor, has announced the debut of its Bento Box Brunch service.  Brunch will debut on March 25th and will be available Saturday and Sunday, from 11 AM to 3 PM.  Priced at $29 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, guests can select from six Japanese-style bento boxes showcasing the best of Latin and Asian ingredients paired with creative brunch cocktails.

Created by Executive Chef Khan Gayabazar, bento boxes choices are Churrasco, grilled beef short rib, sushi rice, chimichurri salsa and fried egg; the Chicken Karaage, double fried chicken thigh, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, sautéed onion and fried egg; the Yaki-Sake, grilled salmon, mojo sauce, poached egg and basmati rice; the Arroz Chaufa with shrimp & chicken fried rice; the Pancake & Omelet, choice of meat or veggie omelet and pancakes, and the Sushi Box with a chef selection of seven-piece nigiri & sashimi.  Each bento box is accompanied with mixed green seaweed salad, bacon-jalapeño home fries, fried plantains and tamago futomaki with the exception of the Sushi Box, which comes with tamago futomaki, California roll and edamame.  Guests can also look forward to tempting side dishes such as Pancakes; Two Eggs (any style); Home Fries; Brussels Sprouts; Sweet Potato Fries; Sausage, Egg & Cheese Bao Buns, and Edamame, choice of cashew & lime or spicy sambal.  These range in price from $5 to $12.
For the perfect pairing, brunch-goers can select one of the creative brunch libations crafted by Cocktail Consultant Gina Cherseveani.  Standouts include the Spicy Asian Bloody Mary with house-made bloody batch, soy sauce, sriracha, and shichimi; Lychee Mimosa with lychee, yuzu sake, rum and Cava; Greek Frappe with Smith & Cross rum, cinnamon, instant coffee and cream; Grey Hound with vodka, grapefruit, Asian pear and citrus kiss; Pineapple Avocado Smoothie with mezcal, avocado, pineapple and cream, and the signature SakeRum Daiquiri with sake, rum, lemon and herbal simple syrup.  Cocktails range in price from $12 to $15.
Sakerum is located at 2204 14th Street, NW
For additional information call (202) 518-2222 or visit

***Photos by Sophie Pyle

MGM NATIONAL HARBOR: On April 1, Go All In to beat Childhood Cancer with Chance for Life!

Chance for Life (CFL) is the Washington area’s most dynamic charity poker tournament and party. To date, CFL has raised over $2 Million to support pediatric cancer research. 
On April 1, will you go all in?

We’re pleased to announce our partnership with MGM National Harbor 
for Chance for Life 2017!

100% of proceeds for Chance for Life support the life-saving work of the country’s foremost leaders is childhood cancer research and treatment. The Chance for Life Foundation is proud to support Children’s National Health System and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. For more information, please click here.