Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MVT: MVT: Eye Street Cellars Special Tasting Schedule for Thanksgiving

Mount Vernon Triangle's home for Fine Wines and Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, continues to have their regular weekly tasting's....here is the Tasting Schedule for Thanksgiving. A special wine tasting event  Get over there and check it out.

  Happy Turkey Day!

We are open on Thanksgiving Day, 11 am to 5 pm

Special Thanksgiving Wine Tasting!
Wednesday, November 25th 5 to 8 pm

Blufeld Riesling Off dry Riesling.

Clos du Bois Chardonnay Well balanced with notes of apple and pear.

Mark West Pinot Noir
Earthy and spicy, wonderful for side dishes, cheeses, and appetizers.

Simi Pinot Noir
Notes of pepper and ginger mixed with a touch of smokiness ideal for Turkey dinner.

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.

CITYCENTERDC: Two More Reasons to Attend the Tree Lighting at City Center DC

Gucci - nuf said
There is not much more to report on openings at CityCenterDC - most spaces are taken - and open. Here are the latest two business' that you can visit when you go to the Tree Lighting this coming Saturday, November 28, 6:00pm (oh yes you are going - great seasonal picture opportunity & selfies) Gucci & Fruitive are both in the final moments before opening. So if you needed more reason to attend...these two should do it
Lighting this coming Saturday 28th
Gucci is on the 'Park' located next to Momofuku - between 11th and 10th Streets NW. A light filled, spacious store, filled with all those Gucci goodies (timed correctly for the holiday season)
Fruitive staff setting up to serve you
On 11th Street - opposite VINCE on Palmer Alley NW - Fruitive looks ready to serve you up with their signature cold pressed juices & smoothies

PENN QTR: The Source by Wolfgang Puck Debuts New Happy Hour in Renovated Lounge

On the heels of the debut of a newly renovated dining room this past September, the Source by Wolfgang Puck has introduced several new offerings in the downstairs lounge. The new menus feature wok fired dishes, Chinese BBQ, dumplings and hand-crafted cocktails in a space dubbed as District Chinese Kitchen. Overlooking a newly installed open kitchen in the lounge, a two-seat chef’s counter allows guests to watch the chefs in action with an inventive 16-course tasting menu. The menu changes daily and focuses on seasonal test kitchen style dishes featuring raw fish, dumplings, noodles and more. Happy hour in the revamped lounge offers a daily theme highlighting different items each day, such as tiki dishes from the Pacific rim on Tuesdays, sushi on Fridays, and dumplings on Monday, for example.

Happy Hour:
The daily Happy Hour special begins with Dumpling Mondays, during which all 10 dumplings on the menu are available for $5 from 4 p.m. to close (in the lounge only). Dumplings range from the traditional Steamed Shrimp & Scallop Siu Mai with House Made XO Paste and Pork and Shrimp Potstickers with Sesame Garlic Sauce to the spicy Chili “Dan Dan” Chicken Dumplings with Roasted Peanuts and Sichuan Pepper and Smoked Beef Wontons made with the restaurant’s popular 20-hour Hot Pot Broth. 
Tiki Tuesday features dishes from the Pacific rim. Recent items include roast pork bao with wok fired pineapple, tuna poke, and tropical drinks such as The Dragonfly made with dark rum, pineapple and orange. 
Wednesday is Wok & Wine, offering half price wok items and Wolfgang Puck white wines. 
Thursday is BBQ Day, where BBQ items and Sazeracs are half price.
Fish Fridays, all sushi rolls and sake by the glass are half price.

Happy Hour drink specials are available Monday thru Friday, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Chef’s Counter Tasting Menu:
The most recent addition to The Source’s lounge, the two seat Chef’s Counter, allows guests to experience an imaginative 16-course tasting menu, prepared in front of them at the newly installed open wok kitchen. While the menu changes often, guests can expect an array of raw fish preparations, esoteric ingredients and signature items such as seared veal sweetbreads with sweet miso dressing and Toro sashimi with black tobiko and garlic chili aioli. Thoughtful wine pairings from the restaurant’s carefully selected list accompany each course. A sample tasting menu can be found here.


Finally, new seasonal cocktails include the Samurai Sword with Hibiki 12-year Single Malt, Aperol and lemon and the refreshing Pandora’s Box with Hendrick’s Gin, St. Germain and Elderflower, all of which have been designed to pair perfectly with Chef Drewno’s nuanced Asian flavors. A full cocktail menu can be found here.

CITYCENTERDC: Sill Life Terrarium Class with Holley Simmons at RareSweets

On Saturday December 12th from 6pm – 7pm, Sill Life terrarium founder Holley Simmons will host a holiday terrarium making class at RareSweets, complete with succulents, moss, rocks and a surprise decorative element. Chef/owner Meredith Tomason will provide holiday cookies and egg nog to class participants. 

Tickets, which are available for $55 and include all materials, care instructions, an hour-long lesson and sweet treats, are available at http://silllifeterrariums.bigcartel.com/product/terrarium-class-at-rare-sweets.

RareSweets is located in CityCenterDC at 963 Palmer Alley NW, Washington DC. 
Please email Holley@SillLife.com with any questions on the terrarium class.

All photographs from Holley Simmons web-site and event promo

LOGAN: Shinola Hot Cocoa and Holiday Gift Pop Up

On Friday, November 27th from 12pm - 2pm, RareSweets Chef/Owner Meredith Tomason will be popping up at Shinola’s 14th Street store as part of their “Makers Series,” where she will be serving up samples of her signature hot cocoa, and selling hand crafted vanilla bean marshmallows, hot cocoa mix, and other edible holiday goods, perfect for gifting.

The Shinola DC store is located at 1631 14th St. NW, Washington DC.

Monday, November 23, 2015

WASHINGTON DC: EdFEST - Find the School your Child will call My School.

EdFEST is DC’s largest and only citywide public school fair serving all of the District’s families. EdFEST is designed to empower families to find the best fit for their child by facilitating direct access to the District’s public school options (PK3-12) and by informing families’ school selection process.
It also serves as the “kickoff” to the common lottery application, which opens on December 14, 2015 for SY16-17.

  • Explore more than 180 DCPS and public charter schools, and meet their representatives.
  • Find out about schools’ programs and services, including schools’ curriculum, special education and services for English Language Learners (ELLs), at each school booth.
  • Learn more about My School DC, the common lottery for DCPS and public charter schools.
  • Explore educational and community programs from city agencies. Free services and recreational activities for all – so bring the whole family! Participants include DC Department of Health, DC Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Public Library, and more.
  • Interpretation in sign language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French available
The event takes place on Saturday, December 12, 2015 between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.at The DC Armory (2001 East Capitol St SE)   Admission and parking are FREE

For more information: Visit MySchoolDC.org or call the My School DC Hotline at (202) 888-6336.

THE WARF: The Wharf Debuts High-Tech Pump-Out Vessel

Joanne Goodwin, Grants Officer for Department of Energy & Environment, joined Matthew Steenhoek, Vice President of Development at PN Hoffman, and J Nickerson from Gangplank Marina to test the new pump-out vessel in the Washington Channel.
Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, developer of The Wharf, announced today through its marina, Gangplank Marina, that they have begun testing a grant-funded, high-tech pump-out vessel that offers the D.C. boating community another means to be environmental stewards of the region’s waterways.
Joanne Goodwin, Grants Officer for Department of Energy & Environment, joined Matthew Steenhoek, Vice President of Development at PN Hoffman, aboard the new pump-out vessel at The Wharf’s Gangplank Marina.
The boat, partially funded through the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, a Sport Fish Restoration program offered by the District Department of the Environment for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will offer service to popular anchorages in D.C. waterways, including the Washington Channel, Georgetown and Three Sisters during the boating season in addition to on-call service year round to moored vessels. Pump-out service will be offered free of charge by The Wharf’s Gangplank Marina.
“In keeping with the high environmental and sustainability standards we have for the entire Wharf development, we are pleased to launch our grant-funded Gangplank Marina pump-out vessel which, with its state-of-the-art technology, will help keep our waterways clean,” said Monty Hoffman of Hoffman-Madison Waterfront.

SHAW: Mayor Bowser, Events DC, Unveil New Businesses at Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Mayor Bowser, Events DC, unveiled a group of new businesses all heading for the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Shaw.
Today, (November 23rd) Mayor Muriel Bowser, At-Large Council-member Vincent Orange, and Ward 2 Council-member Jack Evans joined Events DC – the convention and sports authority for the District – to announce six new retail and restaurant tenants that will soon occupy spaces that have been vacant for years at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. These businesses will bring highly anticipated economic activity and jobs to Washington, DC, and more community services to the Shaw Corridor.
“The realized potential of the convention center’s retail is yet another sign of DC’s economic vibrancy,” said Mayor Bowser. “I’m excited to see District-based businesses bring new services to residents and tourists in the Shaw neighborhood. My Administration will continue to work with our locally based businesses and the labor community to attract good-paying jobs and place more residents on a pathway to the middle class.”
By filling 100% of the available space at the Convention Center’s street-facing retail establishments, Events DC is demonstrating its dedication to the Shaw community, while contributing to the continued economic vitality of the District. Collectively, the leases with these businesses represent a 10-year revenue of $7 million.
“On behalf of Events DC, we are thrilled to activate and fill the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s retail spaces with a blend of tenants that will serve the Shaw neighborhood, the rest of Washington, DC and our visitors from across the country and globe. With this action, we will be linking the upper Shaw neighborhood to the north, with the exciting retail activity ongoing in the south—in short, connecting the neighborhood with this new retail experience,” says Max Brown, chairman of the board of Events DC. “Our restaurant, boutique fitness center, lounge and market offerings fill a gap in the retail landscape in Shaw—and we are beyond excited to be part of the growth of this vibrant neighborhood.”
Future tenants coming to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, include the following establishments:

  • Unconventional Diner, a locally owned and operated high-end diner concept and brainchild of two DC residents/business owners.
  • Union Kitchen Grocery, a locally inspired corner market that will be expanding the brand’s footprint to the Shaw neighborhood. Union Kitchen Grocery has an existing location in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.  
  • Smoked & Stacked, a fast-casual sandwich shop that will showcase in-house brined and smoked pastrami. 
  • Morris, a craft cocktail bar, featuring notable DC-based chef and restauranteur, Spike Mendelsohn. This cocktail bar will be an expansion from their Sheppard concept which had its original location in Dupont Circle.  
  • Urban Athletic Club and Composition ID, a motivating and inspiring fitness marketplace and health diagnostic center. Urban Athletic Club has previously existing locations in both Georgetown and Glover Park.  
  • A Barbershop Concept that will relocate their pre-existing location in the Shaw neighborhood.
Mayor Bowser continues to promote investment and economic growth in the District, as demonstrated by the recent economic development mission to China. At today’s announcement, Mayor Bowser was joined by several key business leaders and organizations, including those that joined her on the China mission – to tout that tourism and economic development in the District continue to grow and are stronger than ever. The list of attendees included the Greater Washington Board of Trade, DC Chamber of Commerce, Destination DC, The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, The Hotel Association of Washington, DC, and Local 25, a DC labor union which represents over 6,500 hospitality workers in the Washington metropolitan area.

Streetsense, a creative real estate collective based in the DC area and Events DC’s leasing representative, played a key role developing strategy and executing the re-envisioned retail programming at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in an unprecedented amount of time - with vibrant local businesses for both residents and visitors to enjoy.
“Events DC is proud to partner with Mayor Bowser and DC-based hospitality leaders, to not only applaud District small businesses but to unveil future tenants coming to the exterior retail space at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “As the official convention and sports authority, we believe that the power of these tenants will better connect the Convention Center with the community, helping to further activate the surrounding Shaw area with neighborhood-serving resources.”
Events DC also remains focused on long-term street-scaping plans that will not only enhance the façade of the Convention Center, but will also enrich the tree boxes and sidewalks to create a greater sense of place for the Shaw community. Additional efforts include incorporating artistic elements, artwork and vertical plant installation. Respective tenant and streetscape construction is expected to take place in 2016.
These six new tenants will join the Walter E. Washington Convention Center’s existing tenant, Sbarro, who first opened their doors, with much success, to the Shaw community in the spring.