Washington DC Chef News

Brookland’s Finest in DC will combine old favorites with new dishes to create a fall menu

Brookland’s Finest rolls out fall menu

New, returning items draw heavily on comfort foods

Brookland’s Finest combined old favorites with new, exciting dishes to create an appealing fall menu. This Washington, DC Northeast restaurant added vegetarian small plates, shareable plates and seasonal entrees. New cocktails have also been added to the menu.

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Events DC announced the International City Food Festival brings 3 days of cultural celebration

October brings Events DC’s 2022 International City Food Festival

Three-day celebration starts October 13

Events DC announced the International City Food Festival, which will bring three days of celebration of global food, culture and drink to Washington, DC. After all, Washington, with its Embassy Row and significant worldly gatherings, including the United Nations General Assembly and annual International Monetary Fund meetings, is a cross-cultural milieu. International City will take place October 13 to 15.

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Chef Mike Cordero and Cordero Hospitality Group will open Carbonara: Old School Italian & Wine Bar

Chef Mike Cordero to open Carbonara in Ballston Gateway building

4,800 square-foot ‘Old School Italian & Wine Bar a family affair

Chef Mike Cordero and Cordero Hospitality Group will open Carbonara: Old School Italian & Wine Bar, a new 4,800 square-foot “old school” Italian restaurant in Arlington, Va. The hospitality group, which includes Nick Cordero and Anthony Cordero, will revamp the former Next Day Blinds space at 3865 Wilson Boulevard, at the intersection with Pollard Street.

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The partners are readying the opening of their food hall, Le Fantome, in Riverdale Park, which will include Mokbar + 8 concepts

Le Fantome food hall coming to The Station in Riverdale Park

Food Hall at lifestyle center to include nine culinary concepts, including those by Esther Choi, Kevin Sbraga, Steve Liang

Cafritz Enterprises and Hospitality HQ (HHQ) are readying the opening of their food hall, Le Fantome, in Riverdale Park. The development partners anticipate the debut of the 8,500 square-foot venue, featuring nine culinary concepts, by this summer.

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Gerrard Street Kitchen at The Darcy Hotel has relaunched its brunch with a new chef and menu

Logan Circle’s Gerrard Street Kitchen relaunches brunch

New chef, menu provide a twist to the recently-resumed brunch service

Gerrard Street Kitchen at The Darcy Hotel has relaunched its brunch with a new chef and menu. Bader Ali, the recently-appointed executive chef for the restaurant, will bring a diverse set of flavors from Japan, India and South Asia. Reflective of these cuisines, Gerrard’s Benedict is made with egg white masala, scrambled; and Shrimp Tempura, a starter, is elevated with tiger aioli. There’s also a Steak & Egg Frites.

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Jeanine Prime’s St. James, a Caribbean restaurant crafted by the team behind award-winning Cane, opens today

Caribbean restaurant St. James opens on 14th Street

Team behind Cane creates new Caribbean dining experience in Washington, DC

Jeanine Prime’s St. James, a Caribbean restaurant crafted by the team behind award-winning Cane, opens today, Tuesday, May 17, with dinner service starting at 5:30 p.m. Diners will find the restaurant at 2017 14th Street, Northwest. Inside, a 67-seat dining room and diverse menu of Caribbean cuisine, plus creative cocktails from the bar, and a “thoughtful” wine list await. A true melting pot of flavors, the cuisine at St. James draws from various cultures: African, East Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, and French influences.

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Hotel Madera remodels, Firefly ups its game

Neighborhood gem in DC shines after renovations

Hotel Madera, nestled in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC, recently underwent extensive renovation and modernization that was completed in February 2021. The hotel building, at 1310 New Hampshire Ave NW, was originally an apartment complex before it was transformed in the 1990’s. Then, five years after its debut, the beloved neighborhood restaurant Firefly opened its doors inside the hotel.

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