The week’s biggest food news? Obviously the 2011 RAMMY noms. We Love DC eater Ashley writes that a few restaurants like Bourbon Steak, Citronelle, and Equinox show up a number of times, “but there are a few dark horses out there like Ted’s Bulletin, The Majestic and Liberty Tavern to round out the competition.” The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 26th, and voters will be able to fill out a ballot that will run in the April 28th issue of The Washington City Paper or online. Check out the full list.
Actually, even bigger: the James Beard Award nominees! Up for Best Chef Awards (in the Mid-Atlantic region) are Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, Johnny Monis of Komi, and Obelisk’s Peter Pastan. The only national chef or restaurant nomination was for the ubiquitous Jose Andres for “Outstanding Chef.” I back anyone behind Zaytinya, Minibar and Oyamel.
The Washington Post broke the news about Chef Gillian Clark, famous for her um, dealing, with customers, shutting down The General Store in Silver Spring. Clark writes on Facebook, “It’s with heavy hearts we’re announcing that The General Store is closed. For the entire 4+ years we’ve been involved with this building we have been bullied by the landlords. The landlord has not paid his back taxes and the county is taking back the building…” You can also read her statement to Washington City Paper.
I’m not a fan of family-style because I’m lame and like to eat out alone a lot. Casa Nonna has heard my prayers! The Feast writes that the Dupont Circle restaurant “has ditched its much ballyhooed family-style concept” just three months after opening. It will now also cater to single diners and small groups who don’t necessarily like the gigantic portions. Pasta here I come.
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We told you Brent Elementary’s Taste of the Hill: Beyond the Classroom 2011 Gala is almost here. For $75 you can enjoy a night of music, dancing, food and beverages, and support Brent Elementary students.
The Navy Yard pop-up Sensorium starts its six-week run April 12. At Sensorium you’ll be served a 12-course menu while enjoying a theatrical performance. Metrocurean sat down with chef Bryon Brown for more details. Watch the interview here.
Speaking of pop-ups, last month, Chef Joe Palma of Westend Bistro teased us with news about an upcoming barbecue stand. Look for that “pop-up” in April on Westend’s patio.