Noodles go Dutch
Noticing the lack of dedicated ramen shops in Annapolis, Maryland, Preserve chef Jeremy Hoffman decided the fill the gap with a take on the Japanese delicacy that cribs from his Pennsylvania Dutch roots. Hoffman, a 2013 Eater Young Gun who previously worked at Thomas Keller’s Per Se in New York and spent time as chef de cuisine at Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, is serving the $19 dish during dinner service on Wednesdays this January. Hoffman and his staff are making their own noodles in house and serving them in saffron-chicken broth with poached chicken, six-minute eggs pickled with gold beets, dried corn, and soy sauerkraut. The last piece is Amish market bologna that gets pickled in-house.
Based on this Instagram post from chef Erik Bruner-Yang, it appears Maketto may be bringing xiao long bao, or Chinese soup dumplings, to H Street NE in the near future.
Back to work for a night
The Passenger in Shaw is throwing a “Shutdown Saturday” party this weekend and inviting two furloughed government employees to bartend for the occasion. Washingtonian reports that the bar found two people — on from the Department of Justice and one from the U.S. Internatinoal Trade Commission — to pour drinks via an open call on Facebook. Both have previous bartending experience. [W]
Stuck in a barrel
Speaking of the shutdown, which on Friday entered its record-tying 21st day, local brewers and distillers have been forced to sit on new products because they’re waiting on approval from a regulatory agency that isn’t working. As noted by the Hyattsville Wire and DCist, both Sangfroid Distillery and Atlas Brew Works are need the design of new labels OK’d from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a part of the Treasury Department that has been deemed nonessential. [HW; DCist]
More hot pot
Signs have been posted in Clarendon advertising jobs for an incoming hot pot restaurant. ARLnow reports that Riverside Hotpot Bar is posting up at 1028 N. Garfield Street. Hot pot is having a moment in the D.C. area right now with the additions of Little Dipper, Yangs at Impala Cantina, and Fuyu shabu-shabu at Whaley’s. [ARLNow]