This Week in Food

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A Big Deal

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.

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Fried Chicken Gone

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.

Thank you!

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.

Beer in Southeast

JDLand writes that the proposed 8th Street Beer Garden had its design approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board today. What exactly is this project? Check out JDLand’s Beer Garden page.

Coming up

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.

Tricia is a native Washingtonian, born and raised in Columbia Heights. She loves DC so much that she was only able to leave the city for one year after college and immediately came running back. Tricia works in PR during the day, and spends her nights trying out new restaurants in DC with friends or watching The Good Wife, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. Tricia recently decided to eat her way though all of Zagat’s 2011 restaurants until she realized she would be old and broke by the time she finished. Follow her on Twitter and email her at Tricia (at)

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