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Restaurant 3’s “Week of Bacon” is back: Enjoy an entire week of festivities.

3 Bacon Sampler

3 Bacon Sampler

Some would say that there are two types of people in the world: Bacon lovers and those who should be. Executive Chef Brian Robinson, at Restaurant 3 is a firm believer in the foodie philosophy that, “Everything tastes better with bacon.” Back by popular demand, Restaurant Owner Jonathan Williams and Executive Chef Brian Robinson will put the spotlight on the house-cured meat by celebrating the Second Annual “Week of Bacon” from October 14-21, with an entire week of tastings, demonstrations, and bacon themed happy hours. I think bacon lovers will complain that it’s only a week.

Each day for the duration of the week of bacon, Restaurant 3 will offer a daily Bacon Happy Hour, where bar guests can feast on bacon bites, such as bacon on a stick and bacon-wrapped shrimp. What’s better than meat on a stick? Oh … right. Of course, an ice cold brewsky. Wash it all down with $3 craft beer draft specials. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the master during the bacon-curing demonstration and tasting that will be offered in the bar during happy hour from 4:00pm – 7pm.

Just when you think you’ve found your mentor for life, Chef Brian Robison will offer a Bacon Curing Class to demonstrate his own special curing methods, share curing rub recipes, and provide participants with tastes from his cellar. Cost will be approximately $25 per person and guests get to take home rubs and bacon!

“I’ve long said that if I were about to be executed and were given a choice of my last meal, it would be bacon and eggs. There are few sights that appeal to me more than the streaks of lean and fat in a good side of bacon, or the lovely round of pinkish meat framed in delicate white fat that is Canadian bacon. Nothing is quite as intoxicating as the smell of bacon frying in the morning, save perhaps the smell of coffee brewing.”
-James Beard

Chef Robinson will also offer his gut-busting Bacon Tasting Menu, priced at $33 per person and features the smoky salty goodness such as Bacon & Eggs and Maple Bacon Ice Cream. Don’t miss the chance to get in on the goods. Call Restaurant 3 at (703) 524-4440 to reserve your spot at the curing class, tasting dinner, or brunch.

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Course 1
Bacon & Egg Salad
Frisee/arugula tossed with chopped house-cured bacon and topped with a poached egg

Course 2
Bacon Crusted Mahi Mahi
Oven roasted mahi mahi dusted with a finely ground bacon powder and served over a bacon potato hash

Course 3
Bacon studded waffle with maple bacon ice cream

A longtime bacon lover, Chef Brian Robison began curing his own bacon over 10 years ago. At 3, Chef Robinson has been able to experiment with several different cures and produces several dishes featuring his various styles of house-cured bacon.

For More Information: Restaurant 3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails. For reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com

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DC Food Blogger Happy Hour this month at Restaurant 3.

Sorry for the late notice, but better late than never, I always say! It’s that time again. Spring always makes people think about bacon. Ok. Not really, but bacon is one of those things that never needs a good time. It’s always a good anytime. Restuarant 3 always makes me think about bacon. I digress.

This month’s DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour, Wednesday, May 5 (6-8 p.m.)  is being held at family-owned, Restaurant 3 in Clarendon, VA (2950 Clarendon Blvd). It’s one of my favorite places and it’s in a very convenient location. It’s just a stone’s throw from the Clarendon Metro (Orange line) and has excellent down-home Southern cookin’ via Chef, Brian Robinson.

On Wednesdays, Restaurant 3 offers $5 martinis in the bar and lounge. They will also have $3 drafts. For the Food Blogger happy hour, we will be in the reserved lounge area.

Come meet, mingle, and chat with fellow food bloggers. Whether you’re a regular DCFBHH attendee in need of a reminder or you’re interested in putting a face to a name for some of your favorite local food bloggers, come have a snack with us. It’s the first Wednesday of every month so put it on your calendar now.

Also, now the DC food bloggers have a new Facebook fan page, a virtual space to hang out, converse, and get to know each other.  If you are a food blogger (or a food lover) feel free to “become a fan.”  We’ll be posting future events via Facebook, so it’s a great way to keep up on what’s going on. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to the DC Food Blogger Facebook page.

A lot of people make these happy hours happen.  A special thanks to Dusty Lockhart who worked with me to organize the venue and provide details about the special happy hour menu that will be provided for our group. As always, thanks to the planning committee:

Arugula Files
Beer Spotter
Biscuits and Such
Capital Cooking
Capital Spice
Common Man Eats
Dining in DC
Gradually Greener
Modern Domestic
Thrifty DC Cook
We Love DC

Hope to see you there! If you plan to attend, if you plan on attending, please RSVP to the DC Food Blogger Facebook page.Thanks!

All food lovers and food bloggers are welcome to attend!

For More Information: Restaurant 3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails.

Homemade Peeps at Restaurant 3.

This Easter, luscious melt-in-your-mouth marshmallow delights topped with a sweet sugar crust await customers at 3. Executive Chef, Brian Robinson is making his own version of the perennial crowd favorite- Peeps. The marshmallow confections are molded into creative shapes and rolled in colored sugar. The treats will be served complimentary to diners as part of 3’s Easter Sunday Low-Country Brunch from noon to 3 pm on Sunday, April 4, 2010 or try your hand at making your own at home (see the recipe below).

The Low-Country Brunch featuring an extensive selection of breakfast favorites including Babes in the Woods country sausage, asiago grits, breakfast muffins, cinnamon brown sugar French toast as well as a made-to-order omelet station. Low-Country favorites such as fried chicken & waffles, gumbo and shrimp & grits add southern flair. Traditional Easter dishes such as  Honey-glazed ham, Dijon-crusted leg of lamb and Slow-roasted prime rib are also offered. The Easter brunch is served buffet-style and is priced at $27 per person for adults and $12 per child, for children under 12.

3’s Homemade Peeps – By Executive Chef Brian Robinson
Ingredients:
Powdered sugar, as needed
2/3 cups cold water, divided

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Colored sugar, fine granulated, as needed
Decorating icing, as needed
Preparation: 
Oil the sides of a 13x9x2 inch pan and dust with powdered sugar.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add 1/3 cup cold water then sprinkle gelatin in water.
In a pot, add 1/3 cup water, the granulated sugar, the corn syrup, and salt, stir and cover until the syrup bubbles lightly. Use a candy thermometer to reduce the temperature to 240 degrees.
Slowly whisk the syrup into the gelatin and water mix. Mix on high for about 10 minutes. (It should look like white marshmallow). Add in the vanilla at the last minute.
Pour the marshmallow mix into the prepared pan, smooth out the top, and sprinkle with colored sugar.
Let sit to dry for 6-8 hours or overnight.
Cut peeps into the shapes you want and decorate.

 ENJOY!
3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails.  For more information or reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com.

Celebrate a soulful Southern Thanksgiving at Clarendon’s Restaurant 3.

No one is certain the origin of the “Turducken“. There are claims that Cajun-creole fusion Chef Paul Prudhomme created this dish as part of the festival Duvall Days in Duvall, Washington in 1983. A Southern-based company, “Hebert’s Specialty Meats” located in Maurice, Louisiana has been commercially producing turduckens since 1985.

Soulful Southerners tired of the boring ‘ole Thanksgiving turkey can enjoy the infamous Turkducken at Clarendon’s Restaurant 3. Executive Chef Brian Robinson will stuff the turkey with a duck and a chicken and will be showcasing the bird(s) of plenty at a Southern Thanksgiving Dinner.

From 1pm-6pm on Thanksgiving Day, Restaurant 3 will offer guests a three-course Thanksgiving meal of Chef Robinson’s Southern favorites including Stuffed Pork Tenderloin, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Fried Catfish and of course, the famed Turducken served with creamed corn and potatoes.

The three-course menu is priced at $33 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity and is $15 for children. Reservations for the festive Southern Thanksgiving may be made by calling the restaurant at (703) 524-4440 or online at www.opentable.com  The full Thanksgiving menu is listed below.

Hot Cornbread & Sweet Butter To Start

Butternut Squash Soup  or Garden Greens Salad

In the Middle

Traditional Turkey dinner
with stuffing , mashed potatoes and vegetables or

Stuffed Pork Loin
apple-sausage stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes & green bean casserole or

Southern Fried Catfish
Hoppin’ Jon & greens

Turducken. (Go on, we dare you)
mashed potatoes and creamed corn

Dessert

Dessert bar with homemade pumpkin pie and apple cobbler

Restaurant 3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails. For more information or reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com

Dining in DC Events To Do List

DID Memo Board FinalDining in DC’s Foodie-To-Do List: Looking for some food-related events for this week or upcoming weeks? Below is a compilation of various, food-related events, such as tastings, fall festivals, and workshops or classes throughout the DC Washington Metropolitan area for the weekend or upcoming weeks.

October 21, 2009: Even though I posted this weeks ago, I think that because of the Week O’ Bacon, there has been a little bit of bacon craze going on lately, perhaps in anticipation. Want to get in on the action?  Restaurant 3 in Clarendon, VA offers die-hard bacon lovers an entire week of tastings, festivities and bacon themed happy hours. Owner Jonathan Williams and Executive Chef Brian Robinson will put the spotlight on the cured meat by dedicating an entire week to its smoky salty goodness by offering  the “Week of Bacon” from October 21-27, 2009. Each day for the duration of the week of bacon, the restaurant will offer a daily Bacon Happy Hour, where bar guests can feast on bacon bites such as bacon on a stick & bacon-wrapped shrimp and wash it all down with $3 craft beer draft specials. Executive Chef Brian Robinson cures all his own bacon in-house and is a firm believer in the foodie philosophy that, “Everything tastes better with bacon,” a philosophy that he looks forward to sharing with his guests through his gut-busting Bacon Tasting Menu being offered throughout the duration of the Week of Bacon. Priced at $30 per person, the menu will feature some of Robinson’s favorite food and bacon pairings such as Bacon & Eggs and Maple Bacon Ice Cream. Order the tasting menu and get a complimentary craft draft beer by mentioning  CityShopGirl.

October 22; 23; 27:  Champagne & Chocolate Tasting. Enjoy an evening of pure decadence when Morton’s The Steakhouse brings together one of the finest Champagnes and some of the world’s best chocolate for a tasting series like no other. For $45 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity), guests will enjoy Brut and Rose Champagnes by Piper-Heidsieck alongside a variety of Vosges chocolates in an educational tasting designed to show off the flavor profiles of each when enjoyed together. Morton’s will also serve savory signature hors d’oeuvres to round out the experience.

At Morton’s The Steakhouse – Virginia Locations (6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

  • October 22:  Tysons Corner
  • October 23:  Reston
  • October 27:  Crystal City

PumpkinOctober 23 through Sunday, November 1:  Asian Inspired Pumpkin Dishes for Halloween at Asia Nine:
From this Friday until November 1, Asia Nine (915 E Street, NW) will offer ghouls of all ages a special fall menu aimed at pumpkin lovers. The special menu just in time for Halloween is full of seasonal squash dishes wth Asian flavors including Halloween Chinese Dumplings with pan-fried squash and a soy-vinaigrette sauce, Twilight— baked jasmine rice, pumpkin, chestnuts, ginkgo nuts topped off with a crispy filet flounder and orange sweet-sour sauce, and Thai Pumpkin Custard.  They even offer a Pumpkin Ale Beer! The Pumpkin menu items will be available alongside the regular menu and run from $6 to $12. In addition, on Halloween Day, the Asia Nine staff will be dressed to the nines in their most creative Halloween costumes to entertain…or frighten restaurant goers.

October 24: Artisanal Ice Cream Making Workshop at Moorenko’s Ice Cream Factory

Join the DC chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier and Moorenko’s Ice Cream this Saturday, October 24, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a delicious and educational ice cream making workshop. For just $17 per person (non-members) create a delicious artisanal flavor alongside the members of DC’s renowned organization of female food and hospitality professionals and take home your very own pint at the end of the night. Reservations are required. Moorenko’s Ice Cream is located at 8810 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD. Contact: www.lesdamesdc.org  or tel: (202) 973-2168

October 24 and 25: Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm Hosts Third Annual Fall Festival                 

On this Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m., Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm, located just 30 miles from DC, will be hosting a two-day outdoor fall festival with live music, a petting zoo and BBQ for friends and family. Featured on the menu are a variety of favorites, including BBQ beef brisket, grilled pork loin sandwiches, hot dogs and bratwurst, grilled chicken and homemade pumpkin cheesecake.  This two-day extravaganza is ideal for families as local musicians Kerry McCool, James Stevens and Laurence McKenna enrich the fun. Delicious homemade treats will be available like candied and caramel apples and there will be an apple butter demonstration courtesy of 1789 Restaurant Pastry Chef Travis Olson.  The event is open to the public and prices range from $3 to $5 for menu items.
 
Family fun and good eats abound in the great outdoors. Patrons visiting Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm are also encouraged to take a short stroll beyond the grounds of Clyde’s stunning restaurant, to steal a moment by a picturesque pond before touring the vegetable and herb garden and the restored barns.  A labor of love for Clyde’s Restaurant Group’s exuberant Executive Vice President Tom Meyer, the vegetable and herb garden includes rows of fragrant basil, thyme, rosemary, peppers, tomatoes and berries which soak up the sunshine in front of two antique dairy barns. Clyde’s of Willow Creek Farm located at 42920 Broadlands Boulevard, Broadlands, Virginia, phone (571) 209-1200, www.clydes.com

Restaurant 3 offers DC Diners a ‘Week of Bacon’

3 Bacon Sampler

3 Bacon Sampler

Restaurant 3 , a family owned Clarendon neighborhood restaurant that gets its name from its place in the line up in the business, (after Whitlows and Mama Quans) will delight Washingtonian bacon lovers by paying homage to bacon with a week of tastings, festivities and bacon themed happy hours. Owner Jonathan Williams and Executive Chef Brian Robinson will put the spotlight on the cured meat by dedicating an entire week to its smoky salty goodness by celebrating the “Week of Bacon” from October 21-27, 2009.

Each day for the duration of the week of bacon, the restaurant will offer a daily Bacon Happy Hour, where bar guests can feast on bacon bites such as bacon on a stick & bacon-wrapped shrimp and wash it all down with $3 craft beer draft specials.

Executive Chef Brian Robinson cures all his own bacon in-house and is a firm believer in the foodie philosophy that, “Everything tastes better with bacon,” a philosophy that he looks forward to sharing with his guests through his gut-busting Bacon Tasting Menu being offered throughout the duration of the Week of Bacon. Priced at $30 per person, the menu will feature some of Robinson’s favorite food and bacon pairings such as Bacon & Eggs and Maple Bacon Ice Cream.

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Course 1
Bacon & Egg Salad
Frisee/arugula tossed with chopped house-cured bacon and topped with a poached egg
 
Course 2
Bacon Crusted Mahi Mahi
Oven roasted mahi mahi dusted with a finely ground bacon powder and served over a bacon potato hash
 
Course 3
Bacon studded waffle with maple bacon ice cream
 

A longtime bacon lover, Chef Brian Robison began curing his own bacon over 10 years ago. At 3, Chef Robinson has been able to experiment with several different cures and produces several dishes featuring his various styles of house-cured bacon. 
 
For More Information: Restaurant 3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. Open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and for dinner and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., 3 is a neighborhood Clarendon eatery featuring Southern cuisine with imaginative twists, an impressive beer list and specialty cocktails.  For reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com