Foodie Round-Up (April 27-May 1)

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It’s been a slow food news week, because everyone is gearing up for Mother’s Day brunch (I’m starting to stretch my stomach already) but there are a few things bopping about in the food news world. We’ve got Sunday dinner, Preakness parties, and the emergence of the “middle plate”. So read on, reader, for all the news fit to eat in the District this week.

Mmm, I do love me some fried chicken. I also do love me some southern food. So this next tidbit is after my own heart and stomach. Art and Soul is now offering a family-style Sunday Supper. Sunday Supper is from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. every Sunday, and features their famous fried chicken dish and two sides for $18 per person. Cheap and filling, just the way it should be.

If you’re looking to don all your seersucker, madras and pearls at once and go meet your critter-pant wearing, bow-tie sporting boyfriend to watch the Preakness but ALAS, you can’t make it up to Maryland? Well, Bourbon Steak has the answer. On Saturday, May 16th, BOURBON STEAK will be celebrating the 134th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes by hosting its own stylish Preakness Party. Prep it out at the Four Seasons Hotel, where you can watch the horses run at the 42-seat bar/lounge complete with two flat-screen televisions. This will set you back $45 for an all inclusive ticket, which lets you enjoy wine, champagne, and a selection of classic specialty cocktails such as the Black-Eyed Susan–the signature cocktail of Preakness, named after Maryland’s state flower—from 5 PM to 7 PM. Executive Chef David Varley will also create a race day array of seasonal “horses” d’oeuvres. Bahahahaah, so punny. That’s like the time in middle school I said Fox Packs. But enough about me.

Why fix it if it’s not broken? Metrocurean did a post of all the closings and kerfluffles happening with Galileo and Farrah Olivia. You can read it for yourself, no need for me to rehash.

So you have the small plates, and the entrees, but isn’t there an in-between size? Well, according to Chef Alex McWilliams at Ardeo, there is. Ardeo introduces a new menu direction adding seven dishes of “middle plate” portion size to the lineup. Priced between $9 and $15, McWilliams cranks out middle plates like Slow Roasted Eggplant and Spring Onion Bruschetta with black sesame, frisee and chervil; Charred Octopus with fingerling potatoes, warm green olive vinaigrette and pepper cress and Charbroiled Natural Beef Skirt Steak with potato puree and truffled asparagus frites. A good, price-concious and portion-conscious option for a fun girl’s night, don’t you think?

In case you missed it, around We Love DC in food news: Free McCafe, I recommend good Cinco De Mayo places, Acacia lets you know where you can get a good beer for a cause, I tell you all about my trip to Black’s, and Tom ponders why DC didn’t make Food Network’s Best Burgers list (laaaaaame.).

Cheers, kiddies.

Katie moved to DC in 2007, and has since embarked upon a love affair with the city. She’s an education reform advocate and communications professional during the day; at night and on the weekends, she’s an owner here at We Love DC. Katie has high goals to eat herself through the entire city, with only her running shoes to save her from herself. For up-to-the-minute news and reviews (among other musings), follow her on Twitter!

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