Wednesday Tidbits

[ 0 ] January 5, 2011 |


  • Twitter was buzzing yesterday with news of Bourbon Steak’s executive Chef David Varley leaving the restaurant to head out to San Francisco where he will work with Michael Mina’s Mina Group in the Bay Area.  Chef Adam Sobel of RM Seafood at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas will change coasts and take on the lead role at Bourbon Steak.
  • Smith Commons Opens:  The dining room is offering a select menu found here for 25% off to guests thru Sunday, January 9, 2011.  And of course, no restaurant would complete an opening in the District without a wholesome happy hour.  From Tuesday thru Friday, enjoy $5 bar bites, select cocktails, wine and beer.  This Friday, the newbie will have complimentary bar bites from 5 pm-6 pm.
  • Yola Opens:  The yogurt parfait bar opens with plenty of local ingredients and coffee to go around.  The father/daughter team, Laura and David Smith, source the milk and yogurt from local family farmers and the coffee from Counter Culture. Loving the fact that they have a “coffee director” (Laura Westman formerly of M. E. Swing Coffee Co.)…means there’s close attention to the typical Washingtonian’s caffeine fix.
  • 701 Restaurant turns 20:  In human years, 20 is below the drinking age, in restaurant years 20 is considered a veteran so kudos to 701 for making it this far!  Of course drinks are in order.  The restaurant is serving up the “Big 20” (*created by mixologist Ric Newton) which is made for two people and is a combo of Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, Strega, Honey Lemon Water, and Allspice Dram garnished with star anise.
  • Do you work for Amtrak? If so, B. Smith’s might be your next meal.  The restaurant has partnered with Amtrak and is offering Amtrak Guest Rewards members and Amtrak employees 20% off of their entire visit. 

Category: Announcements, Food.Fun.Stuff., Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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