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Bar à Vin Opens in Georgetown

February 28, 2016

Restaurateurs Ian and Eric Hilton of  Chez Billy Sud, along with chef and partner Brendan L’Etoile, will open Bar à Vin Monday, March 7th.

Bar à Vin shares the same philosophy as Chez Billy Sud, emphasizing classic French wines in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Sommelier Andrew Wooldridge will oversee the wine program.

In addition to France, the list also highlights wines from Italy, Germany, Austria and the United States. Classically inspired cocktails, old world style beers, aperitifs and digestifs will round out the menu. Chef Brendan L’Etoile will complement the wines with a selection of house made charcuterie and European cheeses.

Situated on the other side of the patio from Chez Bill Sud, Bar à Vin is an intimate and rustic space, designed by long time Hilton brother partner Joe Reza.

Bar à Vin is located at 1035 31st Street in Georgetown.


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Via Umbria Book Club: The Book of Unholy Mischief Feb. 25

February 17, 2016

Join Via Umbria for a journey back in time to Venice during the Renaissance, when the city teems with rumors of an ancient book that holds the secret to unimaginable power. Luciano, a penniless orphan with a quick wit, is plucked off the streets and initiated into the palace chef's rich and aromatic world. Unfortunately, he and finds himself caught in the madness of Venice after witnessing a shocking murder. 

Written by Elle Newmark and originally published as The Book of Unholy Mischief (later reprinted as The Chef's Apprentice), this book delights the senses and breathes fresh life into an age defined by intellectual revival and artistic vibrancy. A luminous and seductive novel, it is, at its heart, a high-spirited tribute to the fruits of knowledge and the extraordinary power of those who hold its key.

Event Details

What: Book Club
Where: Via Umbria at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown
When: Thursday February 25, at 7:00pm
Cost: free

The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or at your local library. For more information call 202.333.3904


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Sweetheart Supper at Via Umbria

February 4, 2016

This Valentine’s Day, Via Umbria is combining American and Italian Valentine's Day traditions by hosting two Sweetheart Suppers – Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14.

If you don’t look forward to the annual Valentine’s Day chaotic restaurant experience, or if the thought of cooking a meal for two has you hiding in bed with the blankets over your head, take the stress out of romance and enjoy dinner at a cozy table for two in Via Umbria’s laboratorio demonstration kitchen where every table is a chef’s table. But it’s not all cupid and hearts around here; if you’re looking for a unique spot for ladies’ night out or a group date with friends to celebrate the occasion, book a seat at the communal table to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, conversation, and wonderful Italian food.

Each evening features four courses of delicious Umbrian dishes, including appetizers, wine pairings, and a decadent chocolate dessert. And don’t forget, dinners in Via Umbria's laboratorio are more than just great food: their open kitchen format allows you to watch your meal as it’s created, and you can interact with the Chef. Via Umbria promises it will be an unforgettable evening!

Dinner Details

What: Sweetheart Supper
Where: in the Laboratorio (demo kitchen) at Via Umbria
WhenSaturday, February 13, at 7:30 pm or Sunday, February 14, at 7:30 pm
Cost: $125 per person

For more information or to book your reservation go online or call 202.333.3904.

Via Umbria is located at 1525 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.


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