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Toyota burns on K Street, causing snarl

August 7, 2011

On Friday night a Toyota caught fire near K Street and 27th NW just before 6:00 pm at the height of the evening rush hour.  The D.C. Fire Department arrived a few minutes later and quickly extinguished the flames. No one was hurt. By 6:30 D.C. officials had towed the burned car and re-opened the intersection.

Georgetown ANC Commissioner Bill Starrels happened to drive by and called 911 after seeing flames.  Starrels said, "DCFD and MPD did an excellent job, very efficient, and we're all happy that no one was injured."

DCFD arrives on the scene (Photo by: Bill Starrels) DCFD arrives on the scene

Even with quick action by D.C. officials, traffic backed up significantly on K Street (Photo by: Bill Starrels) Even with quick action by D.C. officials, traffic backed up significantly on K Street


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Meet the maestro of meat at Rose Park Wednesday

August 2, 2011

With aliases like 'The Maestro of Meat,' 'The Butcher from Buffalo,' 'Captain of Carpacchio,' and 'The Crown Prince of Poultry', Jamie Stachowski is definitely a man for all meats.

Last week you saw him on the History Channel's, "MEAT AMERICA!"

This Wednesday, August 3, meet the meat maestro at Rose Park Farmers' Market.

Jamie explained to The Georgetown Dish what's different about this market, "Georgetown has a special clientele, more sophisticated and knowledgeable about what I do."

From his first cooking job to feeding his German Shepherd, Rut to the first paying job  in a neighborhood family Italian restaurant in Buffalo, NY, Jamie had a passion for food.

Instead of attending art school, he drove across country to work for Michel Richard's pastry shop and with many of the great chefs in LA, including Claude Avery, Claude Segal, Joachim Splichal and Wolfgang Puck. After a brief stint at Le Perigord in New York, Jamie came to Washington, D.C., where he settled and established himself as a chef in his own right for 18 years at Jean Louis Palladin. In 2003, Stachowski and his wife Carolyn, opened Restaurant Kolumbia.

Now the chef has turned to charcuterie with his own Stachowski Brand.

Georgetown Farmers' Market in Rose Park, open every Wednesday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm (until October 26) is at the corner of 26th & O Streets.


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Monsieur, Monsieur, take me to Le Zinc for a night of good food and wine

July 11, 2011

Hang onto your berets, Bistrot Le Zinc has arrived a few blocks north of Georgetown -- just in time to hitch onto the ethereal buzz of that magnificent new Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris. The intriguing French bistro on Macomb Street, which opened over the weekend, is the brainchild of two Brasserie Beck alums, former manager John Warner and executive chef David Ashwell, who also cooked at Marcel’s.

The bistros of Paris, social meeting places for locals and visitors, have traditionally been called “les zincs” – pronounced “zanks.”   The name zinc is derived from pewter bar counters so often found in French  cafés.

Chef and co-owner David Ashwell (Photo by: Natalie Janetti) Chef and co-owner David Ashwell

If you are a Francophile enthralled with Midnight in Paris, and like many of us eager to harken back to the Golden Eras when restaurants had rich and artsy character, you’ll appreciate Le Zinc.  It’s so French, you almost expect American expatriate Josephine Baker to sashay amongst the tables, or see Toulouse-Lautrec tucked into a dark corner sketching away, or Zelda holding forth with sexy magnetism.  Alright, this might be over the top. But we can hope Le Zinc in Cleveland Park (3714 Macomb Street NW) can give the West Bank cafés a run for the charm, wine, pate, and whatever else that makes these establishments so revered.

Before long, Le Zinc will be so packed that you’d better know the head  garçon   to snare a table.

Le Zinc interior before the crowds dropped in (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Le Zinc interior before the crowds dropped in

Warner, who keeps his physique trim by jogging, is the longish-haired co-owner who has a demeanor that screams, “Oh, mon dieu. We must be perfect!”   Ashwell is the relaxed cook in the open kitchen.

Expect patrons to stop in their tracks at the foyer to inspect the nostalgic black and white exquisitely framed photographs of famous people partying, and not-so-famous faces having a grand time, too.   Inside, there are more magnificent black and whites and French poster prints.

The restaurant, which was -- sacre bleu! -- a run-down sushi place before the new owners put multi-months of blood, sweat and tears into totally transforming the space inside and out, seats 60 and 20 on the front patio.  Designer Olvia C. Demetriou consulted on the project.

Oh, yes, the food and wine.  French throughout.  Translation: a menu dedicated to perceptive palates.  Diners within eye-shot of The Georgetown Dish’s table who ordered either the onion soup, the braised lamb shank, mussels with white wine and garlic, or the veal blanquette with mushrooms and pearl onions were unanimous with their wiped-clean plates. There is a selection of wines that are mostly medium priced and very nice.

 The coffee and pistachio crème  brûlée  had to be the best on either side of the pond.

Attention: DSK, reserve now: 202.686.2015.

 

  


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