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West End Wednesday, a Progressive Dinner Showcasing Blue Duck Tavern, Marcel’s, Ris & Westend Bistro Launches in April

March 21, 2014

Beginning April 2, four of the West End neighborhood’s most popular restaurants are joining forces for a progressive dinner series, West End Wednesday, which will take place every Wednesday evening. Guests can purchase a ticket for the date of their choice to dine at Blue Duck Tavern, Marcel’s, Ris, and Westend Bistro for an exclusive culinary journey. This walkable dinner experience begins at 6:30 p.m. and affords each of the participating chefs, sommeliers and mixologists the opportunity to showcase their skills.

The West End Wednesday progressive dinners can accommodate 12 people, who will dine together at a communal table within each of the four restaurants. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time at www.giftrocker/westendwednesdays.  The progressive dinner is priced at $100 per person, exclusive of tax & gratuity. Guests can look forward to specialty small plates that will include an hors d’oeurve, a seafood appetizer, a meat selection and a dessert. This gourmet experience includes pairings of wine, beer or specialty cocktails at each stop along the dining adventure, and guests will be escorted to each location by one of the hosting restaurant staff members. The first progressive dinner on April 2 will start at Marcel’s, move on to Ris, then Westend Bistro, finishing at Blue Duck Tavern. Both the restaurant lineup and special menu will change monthly.  

Presenting wholesome American fare prepared through simple, time-honored cooking methods such as roasting, braising, preserving and smoking, Blue Duck Tavern is located on the corner of 24 and M Streets, NW. Reservations for Blue Duck Tavern may be made by calling +1 202 419 6755 or by visiting

Offering French cuisine with a Flemish touch, Marcel’s is located at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037, just a short walk from the Foggy Bottom Metro station on the Orange and Blue lines. Reservations for Marcel’s may be made by calling +1 202 296 1166 or by visiting

Serving sophisticated comfort food, Ris is located at 2274 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, near the Foggy Bottom Metro stop on the Blue and Orange lines, and offers a sophisticated dining experience. Reservations for Ris may be made by calling +1 202 730 2500 or by visiting

Showcasing a cross between French bistro and contemporary American cuisine that mixes flavors of the Chesapeake, Provence and the French Riviera, Westend Bistro is located at 1190 22nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037, conveniently located near the Foggy Bottom Metro station on the Orange and Blue lines. Reservations for Westend Bistro can be made by calling +1 202 974 5566 or by visiting