Food Park: Thanksgiving Dinner in DC, 11/27/14

Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving for many involves travel to a relative’s house outside of the DC area for a day of food and reunions.

But for some, including myself on occasion, we remain here in town, holding down the fort. And yet we may seek a festive meal in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday or simply to slake our annual craving for too much turkey and stuffing.

Fortunately, some DC restaurants realize the need to cater to folks like us, and so they offer a Thanksgiving dinner to those who want to get out of the house on Thursday.

Here are a few quick recommendations for you to consider if you’re dining out in DC for Thanksgiving dinner:

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Grapevine: New Thai Restaurant coming to CityCenterDC

Khao Phad (Khao Phad by Jonas)
Since I love Thai food, I need to highlight a report from The K Street Magazine that a new Thai restaurant, Mango Tree, will be opening soon in the new CityCenterDC.
K Street Magazine reported: Prolific restauranteur Richard Sandoval is expanding his DC empire, this time partnering with Founder and CEO Pitaya Phanphensophon of Mango Tree, for some revolutionary Thai. DC’s Mango Tree — the first in the United States — is on track to open this December in CityCenterDC.

Don’t Miss: DC Craft Beer Festival @ Washington Convention Center – 11/22/14

Beer on a sunny and cold winter day

This Saturday, come out to the Washington Convention Center, for a Winter Harvest beer festival.

A cornucopia of seasonal winter beers will be waiting for you in two sessions. There will be 75 breweries serving up 2 oz tastings of 150 beers, ciders or flagons of mead.

Get your tickets now, they have sold out in the past.

 

Tickets are available online

DC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Saturday, November 22
Two times @2-4:30 pm and @7-9:30 pm (add 1 hour for VIP)
$49 ($65 VIP)
21+

Food Park: DC Capriotti’s One-Year Anniversary, 11/21/14

Biden at CapriottisJoe Biden orders a sandwich at Capriott’s in DC

When I was an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, my classmates would rave about the opportunities to eat a sub from Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the first of which was established in Wilmington, DE, in 1976.

Now it seems the shop has swept the country with a surprising fervor.

And DC got its first Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop (1800 M St. NW, DC) on Nov. 21, 2013. Vice President Joe Biden, ardent supporter of all things Delaware, was in line to get a sandwich that day.

DC’s Capriotti’s will celebrate its first anniversary this Friday, Nov. 21. Starting at 11am, the shop will give a free Bobbie sandwich to the first 50 people in line.

The Bobbie, hailed by Capriotti’s as “Thanksgiving on a roll,” comes with house-roasted turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo.

Bobbie high res

You couldn’t blame Biden if he showed up again!

Free Sub to the First 50
Capriotti’s
1800 M St. NW
Friday, Nov. 21
Doors @11am

Don’t Miss: Bluejacket Pop-up Beer Garden — Nov. 14-16

Union Market

Bluejacket will host its first ever pop-up beer garden, as part of the 5th Street Folly fair hosted by Union Market.

Four different beers will be on offer ($6-8). In addition, Red Apron will serve some of their famous franks.

 

Bluejacket Brewery Pop-up Beer Garden

Penn Ave. NE, a lot between 4th St. and 5th St. NE (outdoors near Union Market)

November 14 – November 16

4-7pm

Free to enter – beers ($6-8)

http://bluejacketdc.com

Music Park: The Concert for Valor takes over the National Mall — 11/11/14

141111-D-DB155-027Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl

Hundreds of thousands of people came out to the National Mall on Veteran’s Day to experience The Concert for Valor.

From my vantage point (next to the Hirshhorn Museum), far fewer people than expected braved the perfect weather to witness some of the biggest artists and celebrities honor our veterans.

My guess is the pre-concert buzz of hordes of 800,000 to a million concert goers crashing the Mall scared off most people. The reality was…still a lot of people, but the whole affair turned out orderly, civilized and the city of DC proved to be well prepared. My favorite feature was the ‘family reunification’ station.

The Concert kicked off with Jennifer Hudson singing the National Anthem. Underwhelming start, but a number of performances stand out.

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Grapevine: Sam Fitz Leaving Pizzeria Paradiso

Pizzeria Paradiso Georgetown

The Young & Hungry columnin the Washington City Paper (which abhors the name Washington but uses it anyway) revealed today that Sam Fitz, beverage director at Pizzeria Paradiso, will soon depart after only a few months on the job.

Jessica Sidman reported: “Beer aficionado Sam Fitz is leaving his position as bar manager of Pizzeria Paradiso over the next month to open his own place with his sister Rachel Fitz. He’s not revealing a lot of the details at this time, but the business will be in D.C. and take inspiration from a cider-focused trip he took to the French and Spanish Basque country last February. He’s registered an LLC for Basque Bar.”

In a statement to the City Paper, Pizzeria Paradiso owner Ruth Gresser said, “Sam’s tenure at Pizzeria Paradiso was always seen as a transitional one, both for him and for Pizzeria Paradiso.”

Longtime Paradiso manager Josh Fernands is slated to take over the beer program after Fitz’s departure sometime in the next month.