Hump Day News

[ 0 ] June 22, 2011 |

Openings

Graffiatto: Chef Mike Isabella’s first restaurant opens in Chinatown on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Dinner service begins @ 5 pm and lunch service will follow in the coming weeks.  Expect traditional Italian fare reminiscent of the bistros Chef Isabella grew up on in Jersey.

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The food truck revolution continues:  Freixenet is taking their piece of the pie with the launch of the Freixenet Tastings & Tapas Truck tour.  The truck will make a few pit stops in the District to share sparkling wine, tapas and games to play for Freixenet prizes.  Follow them on Twitter @FreixenetUSA, on Facebook (facebook.com/freixenetusa) and/or here to get up to date locations.

Freebies

Calling all DC military members and their families:  Hello Cupcake is hosting Cupcakes for Courage, a private event at Barracks Row on Thursday, June 30 (4 pm-6 pm) where military families will decorate patriotic themed cupcakes. Register here.

Buddha Bar wants to thank their Twitter followers:  The restaurant has a Secret Summer Twitter Promo going on now where DC Twitter followers will receive a weekly passcode from @buddhabardc that can be redeemed for a complimentary glass of happy hour beer or wine each Thursday 5:30 pm-7 pm in the lounge.  Tell the bartender the Secret Summer password and pick your potion.

Publicity

The Jewish Daily Forward has debuted a new series “Chosen Chefs” from the site’s Jew and Carrot blog.  The series recently highlighted the achievements of Chef Barry Koslow of Tallula Restaurant and EatBar.  Chef Koslow has used his Jewish roots and French cooking style to create a unique menu in these Virginia staples.  Check out the article here.

New

Ripple has a new face.  Chef Logan Cox, formerly of New Heights, joins the Cleveland Park restaurant with a new menu and cocktail roster.  Kudos!

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In need of an afternoon boost? Alift is seeking to answer that problem with the launch of its sugar-free energy drink mix-in.  The new flavorless mix-in boasts just as much caffeine as the leading energy drinks and zero calories.  Needless to say, I immediately did a taste test after lunch and could easily do jumping jacks after a heavy plate of pasta…does this speak to the energy level it boasts??…Info here on how to get it in the District.

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Johnna Rowe is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Washington, DC and North Carolina. All three 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. Rowe, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. Rowe has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9 and WJLA’s News Channel 8.

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