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2014 Christmas Eve Roundup

December 2, 2014

Contact: Heather Freeman (800) 987-9806

2014 Christmas Eve Roundup for Heather Freeman Media & Public Relations Clients

Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2014) — Christmas Eve is a time for gathering with family and friends.  This year a number of Washington area restaurants are unveiling their holiday dining options.

Blue Duck Tavern, located on the corner of 24th and M Streets, NW, 20037, will be showcasing farm-fresh favorites this holiday season.  On Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, Blue Duck Tavern will serve an a la carte dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., offering a variety of specials for guests to enjoy with family and friends.  On Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, newly appointed Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche & Chef de Cuisine Brad Deboy will present a three-course holiday meal from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Brunch begins with an array of starters set throughout the open kitchen, including seasonal salads, breads, cheese and meats, followed by choice of a plated entrée and side dishes showcasing produce from regional farms.  Holiday desserts prepared by Pastry Chef Naomi Gallego are on display in the Pastry Pantry to complete the meal.  Christmas brunch is priced at $100 per person for adults and $45 for children between six and 12.  Children under six years of age are complimentary.  Advance reservations are recommended and can be made by calling +1 202 419 6755 or visiting

Those wishing to savor Blue Duck Tavern’s exceptional cuisine in their own home this Christmas can call ahead and order their holiday feast to-go.  Orders must be placed by December 19 at 5:00 p.m.  The star of the dinner for Blue Duck Tavern’s take-it-home Christmas is a 10 to12 pound free-range roasted turkeyfrom Earth N Eats Farm in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, along with two freshly baked breads, four traditional sides, and two seasonal pies.  This all-American feast is designed to feed six to eight and is priced at $350 (tax not included).  Blue Duck Tavern will accept orders until December 20 at 5:00 p.m., with the Christmas dinner available for pick-up at the Pastry Pantry on December 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or on December 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  To place an order, visit and specify the date and time of pick-up.

Lupo Verde, located in the bustling 14th Street area at 1401 T Street, NW, 20009, will offer a traditional Feast of Seven Fishes available from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  Prepared by Chef de Cuisine Domenico Apollaro, the meal will consist of fish and pasta, following the Roman Catholic tradition to refrain from the consumption of meat on holy days.  The numerology represents the seven sacraments and seven days of creation.  Priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), menu highlights include Fresh Swordfish Crudo with radicchio, blueberry, burrata and fennel oil; Breaded Cod with rapini, sweet pepper and white wine; Squid Ink Ravioli with fresh prawns, chickpeas puree and black olives; Almond-Honey-Herbs Crusted Halibut with red wine glazed vegetables; Homemade Spaghetti with anchovies, mussles, pine nuts and parsley pesto, as well as Farro and Fresh Gurnard Soup with tomato confit and fresh herbs.  For the perfect ending, fans will enjoy the traditional Italian Cuore de Panettone, warm cream, chocolate and torrone irpino.  For more information or reservation please call (202)  827-4752, or visit

Ulah Bistro, located at 1214 U Street, NW, 20009, will offer a sumptuous three-course prix fixe menu in addition to their regular a la carte menu this Christmas.  Prepared by Executive Chef Mehdi Lahlou, standouts from the prix-fixe option include Turkey-Barley Soup with winter vegetables and pouched egg, or the Pear and Burrata Salad with cranberry vinaigrette, warm pear, frisée and roasted hazelnuts; Prime Rib Au Jus with potatoes au gratin, Brussels sprouts and horseradish-demi, and the Lobster Pot Pie with lobster ragout, vegetables, puff pastry, spanish chorizo and garbanzo beans.  For a sweet finish, guest can select from Strawberry Tart with aged balsamic reduction and mascarpone, or the Apple Tart with cinnamon gelato and salted caramel.  The Christmas Eve menu will be served on Wednesday, December 24 from 4 p.m. to 12 Midnight.  The three-course, prix fixe menu is priced at at $40 a person, and includes a complimentry glass of Champagne to toast the holiday season.  For more information or resercations please call (202) 234-0123, or visit

Situated in the newly developed Southwest Waterfront, Station 4, located at 1101 4th Street, SW, 20024, will be offering a three-course, prix fixe menu Christmas Eve.  The prix fixe menu is priced at $40 per person, excluding gratuity and tax and will be served from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24th.  Executive Chef Orlando Amaro’s tempting menu starts with an amuse of Foie Gras Tartalette with apple compote, micro greens, and sea salt followed by a choice of starters such as Crab Tartar with avocado, cucumber, lemon aioli, chive oil and wasabi foam; Burrata with Prosciutto Di Parma, aged balsamic vinegar, mixed greens and grilled bread, or the Cream of Butternut Squash Soup with chaved chestnuts and white truffle essence.  Main courses include Homemade Lobster Ravioli with tomato butter and dill; Beef Tenderloin with a bone marrow sauce, potatoes au gratin and asparagus, or the Butternut Squash Farro Risotto with pecorino cheese and Brussels sprouts.  For dessert, guests can choose holiday fevorites such as White Chocolate Bread Pudding with salted caramel gelatoor the Homemade Gelato Trio.  For more information or reservations please call (202) 488-0987, or visit

Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, located at 1100 New York Ave, NW, 20005 (corner of 12th and H Streets, NW), will offer a traditional Feast of Seven Fishes available from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve.  The meal will consist of fish and pasta, following the Roman Catholic tradition to refrain from the consumption of meat on holy days.  The numerology represents the seven sacraments and seven days of creation.  Priced at $65 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), menu highlights include Grilled Eel with onion compote and red wine vinaigrette; Fried Shrimp with calamari, smelts, oysters, cauliflower and lemon; Black Spaghetti with Catalina Island sea urchin and ‘aglio olio d peperoncino’, as well as Seared Cod with tomatoes, olives, raisins, capers, pine nuts with olive oil crusted potatoes.  For the perfect ending, guests will enjoy Amalfi Coast Sponge Cake filled with lemon cream.  A limited a la carte menu is also available throughout the evening.  Valet parking is available for $8.  For reservations please call (202) 216-9550 or visit

Copperwood Tavern, Shirlington Village’s farm-to-table restaurant located at 4021 Campbell Avenue, VA 22206, will offer their regular a la carte menu Christmas Eve.   Guests won’t want to miss seasonal American small plates prepared by Corporate Executive Chef Allan Javery with standouts including Grilled or Chilled Chincoteaugue Oysters; Root Beer Braised Short Ribs over parsnip and garlic confit puree; Frisee Salad with duck confit, warm bacon vinaigrette, apples, fingerling potatotes and a poached duck egg; 12 oz Grass Fed NY Strip with house seasoning and lager steak sauce, or the Red Quinoa Stuffed Peppers, roasted red and yellow peppers filled with red quinoa, mushrooms, and spinach over a light marinara and finished with parmesan.  After dinner, guest can try any of the seasonal desserts such as Apple Maple Bread Pudding, Stout Brownies with Nutella ice cream,or the Black Mission Fig Crème Brûlée.  Menu items range from $6 to $31 each.  Additionally, as an added bonus guests who dine on Christmas Eve will receive a complimentary of candy canes and a $10 gift card redeemable to the restaurant.  Copperwood Tavern will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24th.  For more information or reservations please call (703) 552-8010, or visit

Et Voila!, the classic Belgian French bistro located in the heart of the Palisades neighborhood at 5120 MacArthur Blvd, NW, 20016, will showcase festive holiday specials in addition to their regular a la carte dinner menus on Christmas Eve. Guests at Et Voila! will want to experience the Fois Gras Terrine with quince compote and brioche; Veal Sweetbread Cromesqui served on a bed of spinach mousse and red wine sauce; Lobster Cocktail with chestnut pear and lime; Muscovy Duck Breast with baby turnips, faro, hazelnut, homemade duck sausage and orange sauce, or the Dover Sole with Champagne mousseline, grey shrimp from the North Sea, baby leeks, and a croquette of Yukon gold potatoes.  For the perfect ending, there is a special Buche de Noel holiday dessert.  Et Voila will be open for regular hours on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th and Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25th.  Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Specials range from $10 to $28 each.  For additional information and reservations please call (202) 237-2300 or visit

Those looking for a non-traditional meal are encouraged to head to Sushiko Chevy Chase in Maryland, located at 5455 Wisconsin Avenue, 20815, where talented brothers and Executive Chefs Piter Tjan and Handry Tjan offer an extensive variety of traditional and creative Japanese dishes.  Standouts include Seared Lobster & Scallop with sauteed spinach, enoki, creamy ponzu and seared scallop; Smoked Mussel Miso Soup with fried eggplant and enoki; Brussel Sprouts with soy-caramel and ichimi togarashi; Beef Tenderloin Tataki with trio vegetable, red wine-daikon reduction served over a bowl of rice, and the Element Roll, tuna, avocado, shiso, potato crisp and wasabi tartar.  Prices range from $3 to $40 for sushi, $5 to $17 for sharing plates and $18 to $27 for entrées.  Sushiko will serve limited hours from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, December 25th.   For more information or reservations please call (301) 961-1644, or visit

Another option for holiday dining is Legal Sea Foods with its four Washington, DC area locations open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Each Legal Sea Foods will be serving its delicious a la carte menu, as well as showcasing a holiday special entrée.  Legal Sea Foods is also offering a gift card promotion available through the end of the year.  For every $200 purchased in gift cards, customers will receive a lobster dinner on the house.  The lobster dinner voucher will be good for use from January 2 through March 31, 2015.  The hours on Wednesday, December 24 are the following: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 704 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 347-0007; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Tysons Galleria in Mclean, VA (703) 827-8900; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Crystal City, Arlington, VA (703) 415-1200 and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Legal’s newest location at National Hall within Ronald Reagan National Airport (571) 551-5988.  Legal Sea Foods will also be serving Christmas Day with special hours: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 704 7th Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 347-0007; 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tysons Galleria in Mclean, VA (703) 827-8900; 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 2301 Jefferson Davis Hwy in Crystal City, Arlington, VA (703) 415-1200 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at National Hall within Ronald Reagan National Airport (571) 551-5988.  Reservations are recommended and private dining rooms must be reserved in advance.  For a complete list of locations please visit:

Red Velvet Cupcakery, with two locations in Penn Quarter at 505 7th Street, NW, 20004, and Reston Town Center at 11939 Democracy Drive in Virginia, will offer four seasonal cupcakes this December.  Cupcakes will change weekly and fans are encouraged to stop each week to sample all four varieties.  Standouts include the Eggnog Cupcake, which will be availablefrom November 28th-Dec 4th; Gingerbread Cupcake with cream cheese topping, which will be availablefrom December 12th-18th; Flourless Chocolate Cupcake with peppermint milk chocolate ganache, which will be availablefromDecember 19th-25th, and the Hot Buttered Rum Cupcake with French vanilla topping, which will be availablefrom December 26th-January 1st.  Cupcake are priced at $3.25 each or $36 for a dozen.  For more information, delivery or custom orders, please call the Penn Quarter location at (202) 347-7895 or the Reston Town Center location at (703) 464-7075.  Additional information can be found online at:

Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee is introducing new seasonal flavors of gelato, which will be available on their new e-commerce website just in time for Christmas. Customers can visit and purchase these seasonal flavors for themselves, or to ship to friends and family, the perfect holiday gift.  The Christmas package is priced at $60, and includes four pints of flavorful gelato and sorbetto as well as two-day airmail shipping throughout the Continental United States to ensure the product arrives properly frozen.  

  • Christmas:  If we could stuff these four flavors into your stockings, we would, but we don't really trust Santa to keep his plump fingers off, so, we recommend that you keep them tucked away in your freezer.  On the gelato side we offer King Leo Peppermint, which is old-school Americana and can't be beat, and Eggnog, its classic standard set high with eggs from Creekside Farm in West Virginia and Buffalo Trace bourbon out of Kentucky. On the sorbetto side we offer our take on a traditional English marmalade recipe with Seville Orange Coriander & Whiskey, and to properly polish off your Christmas meal, Clementine, sweet, clean & bright.
    • One pint of King Leo Peppermint gelato
    • One pint of Eggnog gelato
    • One pint of Seville Orange Coriander Whiskey sorbetto
    • One pint of Clementine sorbetto

Dolcezza has seven locations throughout the DC Metropolitan area: Dolcezza 14th Street, 1418 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 817-3900; Dolcezza Union Market, 550 Penn Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002, (202) 333-4646; Dolcezza Mosaic District, 2905 District Avenue, Suite 155 in Fairfax, VA, 22031, (703) 992-8701; Dolcezza in the Park, 2909 District Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22031, (703) 922-0050; Dolcezza Georgetown, 1560 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, 20007, (202) 333-4646; Dolcezza Dupont, located just one block from the Dupont Circle metro at 1704 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 20009, (202) 299-9116 and Dolcezza Bethesda, 7111 Bethesda Lane in Bethesda, MD, (301) 215-9226.  Dolcezza can be found on Facebook at and on Twitter @DolcezzaGelato.  For more information, please visit