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The Importance of Food Safety Training

June 11, 2014
By Betsy Craig, CEO and co-founder of MenuTrinfo® We've all read the headlines about restaurant patrons having an allergic reaction after being served food items contaminated with the cause of the reaction. While in a majority of cases these reactions have not been fatal they can be life threatening. According to a 2007 study by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN), there were 63 food allergy–related fatalities between 1996 and 2006, with half involving restaurants. While it's true that much has been done to educate kitchen and wait staff on safe food-handling...

Osteria Marzano new $10 Lunch Specials

Osteria Marzano
June 5, 2014
Osteria Marzano in Alexandria’s Franconia/Kingstowne neighborhood now offers a weekday Two-Course Dine-In Lunch for only $10. Skip your usual fast food joint, and come to Osteria Marzano for a delicious homemade, healthy Italian meal! Buon Appetito! Osteria Marzano Offers Two Course $10 Lunch Combo (Available Monday-Friday from 11am-3pm. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity excluded.) STEP 1: Choose a Pasta or Sandwich · Fettuccine alla Bolognese di Vitello ​ Fettuccine pasta with meat sauce (Veal) · Agnolotti Di Magro ​ Homemade agnolotti filled with spinach ricotta, served in...

Special "Free Bites" for Shaw Residents This Sunday at Dino's Grotto Brunch

Dino's Grotto Brunch
June 4, 2014
It’s going to be a yummy weekend in Shaw! Dino’s Grotto begins Sunday Brunch ! Now that three weeks have passed since opening Dino’s Grotto in Shaw, and the kitchen and staff have settled in nicely, Chef/Managing Partner Dean Gold is beginning his popular Sunday Brunch this weekend at noon on June 8 . Thereafter, Brunch will run every Sunday from noon to 4pm . *Special tastes for Shaw residents, this Sunday Only! If you show an ID, a phone bill, etc. that proves you’re a neighbor, you can partake of free nibbles (Trotter Tots, Mozzarella in Carrozza, and “shots...

RAMW Member on the Menu: Vikram Sunderam

Chef Vikram Sunderam
June 4, 2014
Group Executive Chef of Rasika and Rasika West End Vikram Sunderam, who who was awarded the 2014 "Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic” by James Beard Foundation, recently sat down for an interview with RAMW. Chef Sunderam has been nominated for “Chef of the Year” by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington in 2009, 2010, and captured the RAMMY Award for "Chef of Year" in 2012. What is the hardest part about being a chef? It is very important for a chef to maintain the consistency, standard and quality of the food daily. Also as I like to be in the kitchen it...

Richard Sandoval Restaurants To Celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup

June 4, 2014
Soccer fans take note, this June and July Richard Sandoval’s popular Washington restaurants Masa 14, El Centro D.F. on 14 th Street and in Georgetown, Ambar and Zengo will celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup with festive food and drink specials. Each of the participating restaurants will offer Caipirinha Tradicional, Caipiroska Tradicional, Corona and Corona Light, house red and white wine and margaritas for $5 each. Additionally, Masa 14 and Ambar will offer food specials in addition to their regular a la carte lunch, dinner and happy hour menus for those dining at the bar during the...

Daikaya’s Ramen Shop Introduces Cold Noodle Ramen Dishes for Summer

June 3, 2014
Daikaya, the popular izakaya & ramen shop, owned by Partners Daisuke Utagawa, Yama Jewayni and Executive Chef/Partner Katsuya Fukushima, is excited to add to the lineup two cold noodle ramen dishes for summer . These dishes will be available exclusively at the 40-seat ramen shop starting late June ; in addition to their already popular flavors: spicy miso, miso, shio (salt), shoyu (soy) and vegan. Ramen prices range from $11.50 to $12.75, with sides for $5 each. The first new summer noodle dish is the Hiyashi Ramen, which is commonly served in ramen shops across Japan through the summer...Read more

Are Restaurants Responsible for the Health of Their Diners?

May 28, 2014
By Claire Willis, Director of Culinary Nutritionists at MenuTrinfo® Recently, the RAND Corporation (“a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis,” according to their website) has proposed implementing healthy dining standards for restaurants. This would require foodservice establishments to have a percentage of their menu items (on both adult and kids menus) meet certain nutritional criteria. Their reasoning behind this would be to help curb the obesity epidemic in the US by having healthy options at each and every...

Free-Flowing Weekend Brunch And Bloody Mary Bar at Toro Toro

Toro Toro by Richard Sandoval
May 14, 2014
Newcomer Toro Toro will launch Saturday and Sunday weekend brunch service beginning May 17 th from 11 am to 3 pm. Acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval and Chef de Cuisine Stephen Hartzell’s free-flowing brunch is priced at $39 per person (tax and gratuity not included). Guests will enjoy a tantalizing selection of hot and cold savory plates and desserts, plus Toro Toro’s “Rodizio Experience,” a selection of hot-off-the-spit meats that are carved and ready for indulging. There is also a cornucopia of side dishes, as well as four mimosa cocktails and a Bloody Mary bar to...

Indian Culinary Adventures at The Bombay Club

The Bombay Club
May 14, 2014
The Bombay Clu b, located one block from the White House , is renowned as a power dining location featuring authentic, gourmet Indian cuisine , and on Sundays from May 18 th to June 14 th guests are invited to partake in a culinary adventure exploring dishes from different regions of India. This unique dining experience will be artfully prepared by Executive Chef Nilesh Singhvi , who previously worked for the exclusive Taj Group of Hotels , the leading luxury hotel chain in India. In India, he was afforded the opportunity to work with master chefs of Kashmiri, Avadhi and South Indian cuisines...

RAMW & NRA Co-Host “Five Star Service” Conversation

May 12, 2014
The 2014 RAMMY Awards
Washington, DC (May 12, 2014) —On May 8, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) brought together over 80 leaders from the region’s foodservice and business communities for a conversation about the state of the industry in the nation’s capital. The discussion, moderated by Bret Thorn , Senior Food Editor of Nation’s Restaurant News , offered insights into operator success in an ever more competitive market. Panelists included 2014 RAMMY Awards nominees for Service Program of the Year including Adam Sanders (General Manager, BLT Steak ), Joseph Cerione (...Read more