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Bluestone Lane, and its ‘Avocado Smash,’ come to Capitol Riverfront

WASHINGTON — Australian-influenced coffee and cafe chain Bluestone Lane will open its third D.C. location at Capitol Riverfront this fall.

The new location will be in developer Skanska’s 99M, a 234,000-square-foot office building at the corner of First and M Streets, SE. It will be part of the building’s 11,000 square feet of ground floor restaurant and retail space.

The New York-based Bluestone Lane has several dozen locations mostly in New York and California. Its other D.C. locations are in Georgetown and the West End.

In addition to its gourmet coffees, Bluestone Lane is popular with fans for its cold-pressed juices, organic teas and healthy breakfast items. Its signature dish, the “Classic Avocado Smash,” is served on multigrain toast with heirloom cherry tomatoes, feta, sunflower sprouts and olive oil.

“We are very excited to become a new local for the Capitol Riverfront community. We’ve had a lot of interest in Bluestone Lane from residents moving into the area, and 99M is the perfect fit for us,” said Nicholas Stone, founder and CEO of Bluestone Lane.

Bluestone Lane joins about 50 cafes and restaurants in the Capitol Riverfront area.

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Arlington’s newest farmers market: Arlington Forest

WASHINGTON — The Arlington County Board has given nonprofit Field to Table Inc. approval for a farmers market in the parking lot at Barrett Elementary school.

That brings the county’s various farmers markets to nearly a dozen.

The Lubber Run Farmers Market, at 4401 North Henderson Road, will be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. through November.

The Lubber Run Farmers Market, in Arlington’s Arlington Forest neighborhood, will have up to 20 vendors. It is within walking distance of both the Buckingham and Ballston neighborhoods.

“This farmers market is in a great location, in a school parking lot near the Lubber Run Community Center. We wish it success,” said Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol.

Field to Table runs several farmers markets in Arlington County, including the Westover Farmers Market, the Fairlington Farmers Market and the Marymount Farmers Market on Marymount University’s main campus.

The Arlington Mills Farmers Market on Columbia Pike opened earlier this month, the county’s 10th regularly scheduled market.

Arlington County residents can find at least one farmers market open almost every day of the week.

Others include Clarendon, Rosslyn, Ballston, at the Arlington Courthouse, and another on Columbia Pike at S. Walter Reed Drive.

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Himitsu’s Kevin Tien makes Food & Wine ‘Best New Chefs’ list

WASHINGTON — It’s been a good year for D.C. chef Kevin Tien, as far as accolades go.

The 31-year-old chef, whose popular Japanese restaurant in Petworth, Himitsu, opened two years ago, has been named one of 10 “Best New Chefs 2018” by Food & Wine Magazine.

Tien was also a finalist this year for a James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year award, though he lost the award to Camille Cogswell of Philadelphia restaurant Zahav.

The D.C. area did have one James Beard Award winner this year. Jeremiah Langhorne of The Dabney in Shaw, received the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic.

Food & Wine calls its Best New Chefs list an annual list of the most innovative and up-and-coming epicurean talent in the country.

Past winners over the list’s 30 year history have included Thomas Keller, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Symon and David Chang.

“For 30 years, Food & Wine has highlighted the country’s most brilliant, talented, and up-and-coming chefs for pushing their cuisines forward. This year’s class of Best New Chefs is one of the youngest groups to be recognized in the history of the program,” said Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis.

Monday night, winners attended Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs party at Vandal on Bowery in New York City.

The chefs will also be featured in the July issue of Food & Wine, and will be showcased at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen from June 15 — 17.

You can see all of this year’s winners on Food & Wine’s website.

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2018 Rehoboth, Dewey, Lewes beach guide

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New restaurants open in Dewey, Rehoboth for 2018 season

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WASHINGTON — North of Bethany Beach, Delaware, is the final stretch of oceanfront destinations in the WTOP Summer Beach Guide: Dewey, Rehoboth and Lewes.

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The three neighboring beach towns are only separated by a few miles of land, but each maintains its own sense of place.

Visitors can find beach bonfires and a legendary night life scene in Dewey; Rehoboth is home to a mile-long boardwalk and some of the area’s best restaurants; and those seeking a complete escape from the hustle and bustle head to Lewes for its quiet beaches and charming, historic town. All three are home to a growing craft brewery scene.

Best of all: The three towns are within a few minutes of each other by car.

Headed to the beaches bordering the Rehoboth/Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean? Let this guide help you navigate the area’s most exciting summer activities, best restaurants and can’t-miss events.

Don’t Miss

  • Shopping: No beach guide for Rehoboth and Dewey is complete without a mention of outlet shopping. Tanger Outlets draws a large crowd looking to take advantage of the state’s lack of sales tax — especially on rainy days. For smaller, independent stores, head to downtown Rehoboth and downtown Lewes.
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Right near the bandstand and the boardwalk in downtown Rehoboth is Thrasher’s, a popular spot for hot french fries. (WTOP/Kate Ryan)

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Food lovers will feel right at home in the area. Rehoboth, alone, has more than 100 restaurants, and Lewes has its share of cute and inviting eateries.

The Rehoboth Beach farmers market operates Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the summer; the historic Lewes farmers market runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the summer.

Activities and Events

It’s all about the beer: Delaware’s booming beach brewery scene

WTOP’s John Domen | November 30, -0001 12:00 am

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  • The 3rd Annual Beach Goes Red, White & Blue Event: On June 9, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Chamber of Commerce will celebrate Delaware’s police officers, firefighters, paramedics and military members. Entertainment and programming takes place around the Rehoboth bandstand, beginning at 11 a.m.

Rainy Days

Don’t let bad weather get you down. In addition to outlet and boutique shopping in the area, here are some other entertaining activities:

  • Peruse the selection at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth and pick out your next beach read.
  • Explore Rehoboth’s Silver Lake neighborhood for a change in scenery. Walk along the lakefront and take in the views of the beautiful homes.
  • Lefty’s: This indoor bowling alley, arcade and laser tag arena is a great hangout for adults and kids, alike.

How to Get Around

Carol Everhart, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, said metered street parking is at a premium during the summer months.

She suggests taking advantage of the town’s Park and Ride shuttle, which makes stops at the outlets, the boardwalk, and Dewey and Lewes beaches.

The Jolly Trolley runs throughout Dewey and Rehoboth Memorial Day through Labor Day, and visitors can purchase a parking permit at the visitor’s center for additional parking options.

Two new options for accommodations are coming online for the season, including Hotel Dewey (formerly the Sea Esta III). Crosswinds Motel in downtown Rehoboth recently added rooms and amenities.

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Bringing drama to dinner: Performance meets the plate at Smithsonian dinner

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WASHINGTON — When guests step into the dining room at the Inn at Little Washington, they’re transported to a world where excess knows no bounds.

Markers of modern restaurants — sleek booths, subway tiles and Mason jars — are nonexistent. Instead, floral-printed drapes hang from wallpapered ceilings; red fringe chandeliers hover above patterned rugs; and the cheese cart, a cow named Faira, moos as she is pushed past diners.

“What Patrick (O’Connell, chef and proprietor of the Inn at Little Washington) has done is create a theater in which you are a participant and you are also getting great food,” said Michael Kahn, director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

“The curtain goes up at the Inn at Little Washington, obviously, when you come into that town in the middle of nowhere … It is a whole theater experience.”

‘Dinner and a show’ is not an unusual concept — in fact, it’s a pretty common one. But on May 23, experts will go one step further to explore the notion of food as theater in a multicourse meal and discussion at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

For the event, “The Restaurant as Living Theater,” O’Connell will serve dishes such as lobster grapefruit spoons, beef bourguignon, spring four pea soup and chocolate pot de crème, to name a few, while fielding questions from Kahn on where performance meets the plate. (The Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema will give the evening’s introduction.)

The intersection of eating and entertainment is constantly evolving. These days, more movie theaters are trading in popcorn and soda for craft cocktails and upscale food offerings.

Writers and directors are constructing storylines around food — look at Broadway’s “Waitress” and the acrobatics show “Cuisine & Confessions” — plus, popular movies “Chef” and “Burnt” take on the topic.

Kahn said during a recent performance of “Taming of the Shrew” at his theater, the director invited audience members on stage for cake and Champagne left over from Bianca and Lucentio’s wedding.

Even culinary awards recognize more than just the chef. The James Beard Foundation has a dedicated category for restaurant design.

“I think people talk about restaurants now as they used to talk about plays and movies. They criticize it, they critique it; you have to go to the new place because it’s selling you something different,” Kahn said.

“I think it’s about combining pleasures, and eating, of course, is a great pleasure, but also being in a surrounding that is surprising and different and already puts you in a different world, which is what you hope a theater or a movie does.”

Tickets for “The Restaurant as Living Theater” are $225. The event is a fundraiser for the museum’s FOOD: Transforming the American Table exhibition refresh.

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Report: Dean & DeLuca not opening in downtown Bethesda

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The gourmet grocer is “pausing our market expansion,” a spokesperson for the grocer told Bethesda Mag. That includes the much-anticipated store at 4749 Bethesda Ave., adjacent to JBG Smith Properties’ new headquarters building at 4747 Bethesda Ave.

Work had stopped on the Bethesda location late last year, reportedly pushing the opening from late 2017 to 2019, although at the time some media outlets had already reported that the grocer was pumping the brakes on its expansion.

Dean & DeLuca had leased all of the roughly 13,500-square-foot 4749 Bethesda’s first floor, half of the second and half of its rooftop deck space. The location was to be the chain’s second in Greater Washington; its other location is in Georgetown.

It is unclear what might replace the store, or what, if any, payment JBG Smith is due if the store never opens.

The 15-story, 287,000-square-foot office and retail tower at 4747…

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Chefs bring ‘rain’ — plus Belgian chocolate, mac and cheese — at Embassy Chef Challenge

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WASHINGTON — On May 17, chefs from 30 different embassies will meet at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in downtown D.C. for an event that showcases food from around the world.

And Wenford Patrick Simpson has one piece of advice for everyone cooking: “(They need to) have a lot of napkins and a lot of paper towels so they can wipe tears away,” said Simpson, a chef-ambassador from Jamaica.

“I know what I’m going to do; I’m going to bring the rain.”

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Cultural diplomacy is the crux of the Embassy Chef Challenge, which is now in its tenth year. But the event is also just as the name suggests — a challenge. Each chef prepares a dish (or two) and competes in a number of categories. Attendees and a panel of judges are responsible for the voting.

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Greg O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC, said the “aromas and presentations” at all of the tables instantly pique attendees’ interests. And after a few bites, a more open dialogue ensues.

“We think people are coming together, learning about different cultures,” O’Dell said.

Simpson’s “rain” will come in the form of a five-cheese macaroni and cheese, paired alongside a secret dish that he’s not willing to reveal just yet.

Instead, he offers a hint: “The event is next week, my meat is already marinating as we speak,” he said in an interview on May 10.

Simpson is also planning on making a jerk shrimp, served with a watermelon and arugula salad.

“Jamaica is all about spice and it’s all about flavor and so forth, and that’s what I’m going to bring to the table,” he added.

This year is chef Sinali Anzata’s first at the competition, where she will represent the rich and diverse culture of Côte d’Ivoire on a plate. Guests can expect attiéké, a classic side made from ground, fermented cassava (a type of starchy root from a tropical tree). The end product resembles a small grain, like a couscous.

With it, she’ll serve lamb and a grilled red snapper. Anzata, who said she wants everyone there “to travel through food” will also distribute homemade ginger juice, plantains and coffee — which she said is the best in Africa.

Sweets fans won’t be left out at the Embassy Chef Challenge. Chef Dries Molkens from the Embassy of Belgium has dessert covered.

“A big part of it is chocolate, as expected probably,” Molkens said.

Only his dish will highlight white chocolate, in part because “people are not sure if it’s real or not and if it’s nice or not,” he said. Rhubarb and strawberries will also play prominent roles in the dessert.

“Rhubarb is very famous in Belgium. In summer, most people have it in their garden, and strawberries, I don’t think there’s any better fruit in summer than that,” Molkens said.

Tickets to the event are $90 ($175 for VIP), and admission includes all of the food, drinks and entertainment for the evening.

Jamaica’s Simpson talks a big game, but the chef said he’s looking forward to taking a break from his table and checking out a few foods he’s likely never had before. And with international affairs always top of mind, he said it’s also a great chance to leave political differences at the door and bond over one thing everyone has in common: food.

“This is good, to see so many embassies come together and we can just put all of that aside and we can all just come together and just have fun and just enjoy the event, and I think this is what it’s all about,” he said.

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Ushering in a restaurant renaissance: 14th Street spot celebrates 15 years

WASHINGTON — With its popular coffee shops, retail shops, restaurants and bars, it’s hard to imagine the intersection of 14th and T streets in Northwest D.C. as anything but a bustling city corridor. But Jonathan Fain said 15 years ago, it was an “uncharted area.”

“People tended to go as far as maybe 18th Street or even 17th Street — that was kind of the emerging neighborhood — but once you got here, it was pretty sketchy,” Fain said.

“There was just a lot of abandoned stuff.”

That is until Cafe Saint-Ex opened at 1847 14th St. NW in 2003. At the time, it was one of the only restaurants on the 14th Street corridor. Now, it’s one of dozens.

Compare the intersection of 14th and T Streets NW in 2007 (first map) and 2017:



Cafe Saint-Ex and its modern-day neighbors might not appear to have much in common. Unlike many of the newcomers, Saint-Ex doesn’t have a flashy build-out or a menu made around trends (you can always count on a good burger and a grilled cheese sandwich), but the influence it has had on its contemporary counterparts is indisputable.

“Sometimes when you go to those places, you can see a slight hint of our place there,” Fain said.

Saint-Ex was one of the first restaurants in the city to adopt a farm-to-table approach to food during a time when Fain said the majority of chefs “were just using normal suppliers,” without careful consideration for the environment and local growers. (Former executive chef Barton Seaver, who came to Saint-Ex in 2005, eventually left D.C. to lead the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard University.)

Saint-Ex was also a pioneer in the craft beer boom and the craft cocktail resurgence. (Adam Bernbach of 2 Birds, 1 Stone use to manage Saint-Ex’s bar.)

Several former employees have even gone on to open their own bars and restaurants — some, just down the street. And these days it’s rare to come across a concept that doesn’t have “local” or “house-made” typed on its menu.

“Saint-Ex is the OG (slang for ‘original’). They are the guys that really pioneered this sort of bistro, sort of drinking spot, neighborhood spot,” Fain said.

“It’s funny to watch things evolve. I can just remember there being this very interesting vibe. The city 15 years ago was different, it was smaller, and I felt like people hung out. It wasn’t as crazy as it is today.”

The basement at Cafe Saint-Ex has also played an important role in the city’s music scene, serving as homebase for many local DJs. (If you’re over a certain age, chances are you’ve closed down a night — or two — in the restaurant’s lower level.)

But just because Cafe Saint-Ex is the area’s anchor, doesn’t mean the restaurant has had an easy ride. Competition is stiffer than ever, and Fain said staff are constantly on their toes in an effort to stay one step ahead in a continually evolving neighborhood.

“There is a charm to the place. People know that they can come here and it’s not pretentious; everybody’s welcome and they’ve been welcome for 15 years,” he said.

On Sunday, May 13, Cafe Saint-Ex is celebrating its 15th birthday with a “BBQ Blowout,” from 4 p.m. to close. Attendees can purchase a $15 food wristband, which includes all-you-can-eat food from the grill on the patio, and a $15 beverage wristband for pours of Brooklyn Beer and Sam Adams. Downstairs, there will be karaoke from 7:30 p.m. until 10, and then a DJ until close.

“I want the neighborhood to come back,” Fain said, referring to the upcoming party.

“It’d be nice to see the old faces.”

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Tasty and festive Mother’s Day ideas

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WASHINGTON May 13 is Mother’s Day, and there are still plenty of ways to treat your mom to some special treats and eats.

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DC chef takes home James Beard Award

WASHINGTON — Jeremiah Langhorne, executive chef at The Dabney, took home the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic at Monday night’s awards ceremony in Chicago.

Two other local chefs, Amy Brandwein of Centrolina and Tom Cunanan of Bad Saint, joined him as finalists in the category. Kevin Tien of D.C.’s Himitsu was also there as a finalist in the category of Rising Star Chef of the Year, as was José Andrés, who was recognized with the James Beard 2018 Humanitarian of the Year award.

The Best New Restaurant award was presented to Seattle’s JuneBaby, and Gabrielle Hamilton of New York’s Prune restaurant took home the award for Outstanding Chef. The James Beard Awards are considered one of the highest forms of recognition in the food industry.

Watch José Andrés’ acceptance speech below:

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