Posted on October 6, 2010 by diningindc
Photo courtesy of Panas.
Panas Gourmet Empanadas which opened recently at 2029 P Street NW in Dupont Cirlce held a contest to create a locally sourced empanada, made from Farm Market ingredients that would be named after Dupont Circle. What better way to become part of the community than name a menu item after it? Brilliant! Two weeks ago, entrants submitted a recipe or a list of no more than four favored ingredients that can be found at the FRESHFARM Market.
Judges: Jenna Huntsberger, Olga Berman, Sylvie Hong Nguyen, Lisa Shapiro, and Robin Diener.
To create the new empanada, Panas owner Federico Garcia Lopez has enlisted the help of the locals by holding a taste test and having a people’s choice vote. On Sunday October 3rd at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market a panel of judges, including Yours Truly and Robin Diener, President of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association selected three finalists. According to the judges the top 3 are:
First Place: Black Beans, Platains with mango juice
Second Place: Yuca, Loroco, and Mushrooms with Kalamata Tapenade
Third Place: Mushroom, Onions with Pesto Sauce
People’s Choice: ??? You decide!
Right now those three empanadas will be on sale at Panas Gourmet Empanadas until October 8th and customers may vote for their favorite. The winning recipe, to be named the Duponada, will be introduced to all on Sunday, October 10, and proceeds from the sale will go to the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. The Panas menu includes $2 empanadas ranging from meat, pork, chicken and ham and other Latin inspired side dishes.
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Posted on October 2, 2010 by diningindc
Photo courtesy of Panas.
Panas Gourmet Empanadas which opened recently at 2029 P Street NW in Dupont Cirlce is holding a contest to create a locally sourced empanada. What better way to become part of the community than name a menu item after it? Brilliant! Two weeks ago, entrants submitted a recipe or a list of no more than four favored ingredients that can be found at the FRESHFARM Market.
It’s not easy to create a new empanada. So Panas owner Federico Garcia Lopez has enlisted the help of the locals by holding a taste test and having a people’s choice vote.
Photo by onthebound.net
Tomorrow, Sunday October 3, a panel of judges, including FRESHFARM Market executive Juliet Glass, along with food writers including Yours Truly, Olga Berman of Mango and Tomato, Katie Test of We Love DC, and Robin Diener, President of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association will select the top three finalists of the entrants at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market.
Those finalist recipes will be on sale at Panas Gourmet Empanadas for one week where customers may vote for their favorite. The winning recipe, to be named the Duponada, will be introduced to all on Sunday, October 10, and proceeds from the sale will go to the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. The Panas menu includes $2 empanadas ranging from meat, pork, chicken and ham and other Latin inspired side dishes.
Come on out and cheer me and the other judges on tomorrow! The judging will commence at 11 a.m. at the Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market. See you there! Thanks to Jill Collins, PR for including me.
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Posted on September 12, 2010 by diningindc
Photo courtesy of Urban Daddy
DC is really starting to feel the love. Is DC becoming the New New York? It’s starting to look that way. The BLT Restaurant Group based in the ‘Big Apple’ is expanding their brand and opening a family-style Italian restaurant, Casa Nonna in Dupont Circle (1250 Connecticut Ave. NW). Casa Nonna, the name for the 190-seat establishment (“House of the Grandmother” in English) will join BLT Steak downtown and the forthcoming BLT Burger (at 1317 Connecticut Ave. NW), which is also opening this spring. According to the twitter feed, the restaurant will be officially open for business this coming Wednesday, September 15 and are accepting telephone reservations at (202) 629-2505.
Photo courtesy of Amy Brandwein
The concept is modeled after the old-school, family-style Italian-American joints like Carmine’s in New York and now in DC and will offer pizza and pasta served in portions for one, two or four or “family-style”. The Menu of Executive Chef Amy Brandwein, a Roberto Donna protege most recently of Fyve Restaurant in Pentagon City will incorporate local and seasonal ingredients. Dishes will be served both a la carte and family style and will include house-made pasta and Neopolitan-style pizza fired in their mosaic-tiled pizza oven. Main courses include linguine and clams, shrimp scampi, chicken saltimbocca, and ricotta ravioli and orecchiette with sausage and broccoli rabe which average in price from $18 to $20 for entrees. In addition to the main dining room, the restaurant will contain a 12-seat marble pizza bar with a rock-star view of the 850-degree wood-burning oven while your pie bakes.
I’ve never had a meal that I didn’t like at BLT Steak so I’m fairly confident that Casa Nonna will be a huge success. Think they’ll have the popovers?
1250 Connecticut Ave NW (at N St)
Washington, DC 20036
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Posted on August 24, 2010 by diningindc
Hello Cupcake is turning 2 today… and they want to celebrate another year of sweet success. The Dupont Circle cupcakery is giving out free cupcakes all day — or at least until they run out. Doors opened at 10 am, so hurry!
1361 Connecticut Avenue, NW!
For more information, visit Hello Cupcake online and at their Facebook page.
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Posted on August 23, 2010 by diningindc
Photo courtesy of Ronald C Saari.
Today in the Washington Post Business section, Danielle Douglas reported that P.J. Clarke’s, a New York icon is looking to take over the space formerly occupied by Todd English’s Olives at 16th and K St. NW. Washingtonian Mad Men fans are going to be the first ones to celebrate. P.J. Clarke’s has been open in New York over a hundred years old, frequented by Frank Sinatra but is best known for it’s tasty burger.
In addition, Bobby Flay, a popular Food Network star plans to open his first DC outpost of his Burger Palace based in New York and New Jersey. Are we recognizing a theme here? More burgers?! With the recent opening of Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery, I don’t think DC is hurting for burger joints. Just sayin’.
We’ve already heard the news about Shake Shack owner Danny Meyer coming to Dupont Circle. That news rocked the foodie waves for a couple of days. The DC outpost will occupy the former Fuddruckers location at 1216 18th ST. NW, a crowded area that already houses Public Bar, Fly Lounge and Nando’s. Evidently, there is no firm opening date yet, but the Union Square Hospitality Group, the Shake Shack’s parent company, is aiming for sometime in the first half of 2011.
With the recent opening of Carmine’s and Kellari Taverna last year looks like DC is going to become the New New York. What say you, DC?
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Posted on August 9, 2010 by diningindc
DC Restaurant Week is just one week away! The 16th Annual DC Restaurant week will celebrated by over 200 D.C. area restaurants from August 16 – 22, 2010. In addition, some DC area restaurants everywhere from Cleveland Park to Clifton, VA are extending their restaurant week promotions from one week to an entire month. See here for a list of Summer 2010 Restaurant Week extensions. The prices are the same as Winter’s Restaurant Week: Lunch: $20.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal. Dinner: $35.10 for a three-course fixed-price meal; Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included. If you’re looking for a participating restaurant’s special DC Restaurant Week menu, click here for my roundup.
DC Restaurant Week occurs twice a year usually during the slow restaurant season in the winter (usually January) and the late summer (usually August) but now other cities around the DC area are jumping in on the action with their own restaurant weeks, such as Alexandria, VA August 20-29 and Bethesda and Chevy Chase , MD. Check out their special promotions.
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