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5 D.C. Chefs Are Orchestrating a Pork Carnival Next Month in NYC

Plus, Dolci Gelati’s chef scores a cool new title

A visiting chef plating a dish at the James Beard House.
Photo: James Beard Foundation
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

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January 25, 2018

NEW YORK CITY—D.C.-based chefs Ben Pflaumer (Osteria Morini), Alex Levin (Schlow Restaurant Group), BJ Lieberman (Rose’s Luxury, Little Pearl), Daniel Perron (Whaley’s), and Ryan Ratino (Bresca) are heading to New York to cook a pork-centric, Italian feast Saturday, February 24, at the James Beard House.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—Restaurants around town are rolling out boozy tie-ins for next week’s (Tuesday, January 30) State of the Union address. Ventnor Sports Cafe (2411 18th Street NW) will donate proceeds of $1 Jello Shots to nonprofit Ayuda to help immigrants in D.C. And Satellite Room (2047 Ninth Street NW) is running a $2 happy hour special and a Bingo game pegged to certain buzz words.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—Red’s Table in Reston, Virginia (11150 South Lakes Drive) is offering two specials next month during the Winter Olympics: Bulgogi poutine with marinated beef, cheddar cheese curds, Korean gravy and gochugara aioli ($14) and sweet potato doughnuts ($7). Or head to All Set in Silver Spring, Maryland (8630 Fenton Street) for five new seasonal cocktails including Irish and Mexican coffees.

SHAW—Gianluigi Dellaccio, chef at local chain Dolci Gelati, has been officially recognized by the Associazione Italiana Pasticceri Cioccolatieri in Italy: he’s been named the official gelato ambassador to the U.S.

January 23, 2018

DENVER—There was a Blagden Alley versus South Beach bartender battle on January 22 at Occidental in Denver. A team representing D.C.’s award-winning Columbia Room — including Suzy Critchlow, JP Fetherston, and Paul Taylor — took on drink masters from Miami Beach’s Sweet Liberty. D.C. lost but “still had a good time,” reports a rep.

H STREET—Swiss-themed Stable is introducing a weekend bake shop starting Saturday, February 3, featuring wurzel bread, breakfast braids, sugar-dusted donuts, and more for sale. Executive chef David Fritsche’s daily wares ($2.50 to $9) will be sold by the loaf from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m on Saturdays and Sundays before weekend brunch service begins.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—NoVa sweets maker Buzz Bakeshop handed out 2,018 free “Pink Ladies” cupcakes to Women’s March participants this weekend, and the tip jar tally is in: $3,000 will be donated to She Should Run to support future female political leaders.

MULTIPLE LOCATIONS—Head to any Zoe’s Kitchen location to nab a free slice of its Ya-Ya’s chocolate cake with any $15 purchase. Valid in-store and online on Saturday, January 27.

PETWORTH—In “the customer is not always right” news, budding local chain Qualia Coffee is on the hunt for an offender who blatantly spat water into a barista’s face this week (watch video here). The neighborhood coffee shop is working with the police to track down the assailant, who has apparently been pissing off employees for a while now.

Columbia Room

124 Blagden Alley Northwest, , DC 20001 (202) 316-9396 Visit Website

Buzz Bakery

899 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314 703-600-2899


1324 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 202-733-4604 Visit Website

Qualia Coffee

10 Harry Thomas Way Northeast, , DC 20002 (202) 599-1325 Visit Website