A La Carte

Georgetown Farmers Meet Market in Rose Park

June 24, 2010

If it's Wednesday, you'll find neighbors, kids, dogs, tennis and basketball players all converge at Rose Park where a producer-only market is The Villages' answer to "What's for dinner (or breakfast)?" 

Market selections include fresh locally grown produce, the season's most colorful blooms, hormone-free beef, authentic Belgian waffles, quiche, croissants, vegetable soups, and even paella!

Winifred ('Fredi') Schulteis sells berries

Georgetown interior designers Barbara Myer and Bonni Braverman stop to smell the flowers

Claudio Schmidt with Bonaparte Breads French pastries

Joelle Coats of Les Caprice de Joelle Catering Services offers paella, soups, and crepes

Christian Fourdin makes Belgian waffles

Now in its eighth year, the Georgetown Farmers' Market in Rose Park, sponsored by the Friends of Rose Park in cooperation with the D.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, is open from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday (rain or shine) from mid-April until the last Wednesday in October at the corner of O and 26th Streets. It is one of two community markets whose proceeds are used in the Georgetown community (the other is on Saturday mornings across from Safeway on Wisconsin Avenue.)

Spring onions from Anchor Nursery

According to Leslie Wheelock, market founder and Georgetown resident, coming soon, recipes made with seasonal local produce and products found at the market.

Fredi's cherries

Also planned, expanding the number of vendors (from 4 to 8 or so) and re-utilizing the driveway between the basketball court and the tennis area.

Click here to share your thoughts.

Roof Terrace Restaurant hosts bourbon tasting at The Kennedy Center

June 18, 2010

If you ask Maggie Smith how she celebrated her 21st birthday, she'll tell you, "with bourbon, of course" in a private dining room of the Roof Terrace Restaurant & Bar at The Kennedy Center. Thursday night, three small batch bourbons were served with hors d'oeuvres for 40 special guests.

As General Manager of Restaurant Associates, Jeff Wingate explained, "The spirits tasting has allowed us to attract a new audience. We'll continue with the wine tastings at the holidays and continue to offer new and innovative events year round."

Jeff Wingate, Jeff Woods and Mike Goss

As for the selection of bourbons, Republic Nationals' sales representative, Jeff Woods and "Spirit Specialist" Mike Goss were on hand to pour a little Kentucky history along with the spirits.

"Brown liquors are back", said Jeff Woods. "Wine drinkers are starting to enjoy the complexity of bourbon." And why the selection of these three I asked? While all bourbon is 51% corn, selected were three small batch bourbons with distinctly different grains. Basil Hayden's is predominantly rye and 80 proof, Maker's Mark is wheat and 90 proof, and Knob Creek mostly corn and 100 proof.

Basil Hayden's special recipe dates back to 1796, with the extra rye giving it a unique character. Aged for eight years creates the long smooth finish.

Since 1958, Kentucky distiller Bill Samuels, Sr. set out to make a softer and gentler bourbon whisky (yes, no 'e' when the whiskey's Scottish) using winter wheat in the mash. 

Named after the childhood home of Abraham Lincoln, Knob Creek is an honest 100 proof aged in charred American white oak for a full-bodied woody flavor.

Kennedy Center regulars and fans of the Roof Terrace Restaurant, Regina and Franklin Varga, along with Patricia Mearo discovered bourbon tasting through OpenTable and were "glad they're doing this to give us another reason to come here."

John Coco, Restaurant Associates' Wine and Beverage Director discusses the virtues of a Maker's Mark Manhatten.

Click here to share your thoughts.

Rain or Shine, Georgetown Gathers at Martin's

June 14, 2010

A motto for Georgetowners, Disherati, and the George Washington Tennis Center alike -- rain or shine, flood, fire, snow. There is no place like Martin's. Monday evening (and yes it was raining), Dish Media LLC and The Georgtown Dish congregated at their favorite watering hole to celebrate reporter extraordinaire, Georgetown University's Molly Redden and her summer home at the Dish. 

Molly's guests included (from left to right below) Julianna Brint, Will Somner, recent GU graduate and Chris Heller -- emerging forces in journalism.

Representing the GW Tennis Center (left to right below) were program director, Mustafa Ulukan, Chace Warmington, Ecofusion principal, and Greg Munoz, head coach of men's tennis. Monday was the first day of the center's 12 week summer camp for 3-17 year olds. Conversation turned from gifted six year olds to constructing an eco-friendly indoor facility for students, kids and families at their Mount Vernon campus facility.

Chace pointed out, " With the growth of tennis, people want to go where we can play tennis, and eat afterwards. We want to stay local." The Dish couldn't agree more.

Coldwell Banker's Mary Lowry Smith (above right) dished with CAG president Jennifer Altemus (left) and Dish publisher Beth Solomon, while managing editor Bonnie Cain (below center) and Megan Harrington (left), promotions manager discussed a recent Georgetown photography show with Julianna Brint (right).

Chris Heller and Molly Redden

Greg Munoz, Wendy Gordon and Bill Rice

"Cast no aspersions on my talents," teased Gordon, who artfully downplayed her tennis skills while cannily sizing up prospective competitors. On one thing we all agreed, Martin's after the match!

Tennis anyone?

Click here to share your thoughts.