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January 17, 2018

Radiator Celebrates Honor Along with Fortune Telling on Groundhog Day & Group Cocktails on “Pal-entine’s” Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17, 2018) – Radiator’s Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden was named Washington D.C.’s “Best Chef on the Block” in the final round of a contest held by DC Refined on Monday. Next month, Chef Jonathan will advance to a national chef competition on ABC’s “The Chew,” where he will represent Washington, D.C. against five other regional winners. Also in February, the Radiator team will offer palm readings on Groundhog Day and shareable cocktails on Valentine’s Day, giving Washingtonians plenty of reasons to skip the winter hibernation!

Chef Jonathan Dearden Wins “Best Chef on the Block” in the DMV

After being selected as one of three finalists in DC Refined’s contest of finding the District’s “Best Chef on the Block,” Chef Jonathan Dearden competed in a live cook-off on Monday, January 15 to make a dish that best represented Washington, D.C. Raised in Sterling, Virginia, Radiator’s executive chef incorporated the familiar flavors of his hometown with a Chesapeake crab cake, accompanied by a half-smoke and potato-apple hash, and finished with an Old Bay remoulade.

“This dish embodies the DMV. There’s an element from each region – Chesapeake crab cake for Maryland, half-smoke for D.C., and potatoes and apples from local Virginia farms. The Old Bay remoulade brings all of the elements together. The remoulade is like the 495 Capital Beltway of the dish,” said Chef Jonathan Dearden.

A panel of judges selected Chef Jonathan’s dish based on taste (75%) and presentation (25%). His winning dish earned him a spot to compete in New York City at the national chef competition on ABC’s “The Chew” as the representative for Washington, D.C.  The air date for this special episode is yet to be announced.


Groundhog Day Fortunes – February 2

What other good news is in the cards for Radiator? Will spring come early this year or is winter here to stay? Washingtonians are invited to the 14th Street bar to have their fortune told at Radiator’s “Groundhog Day Party” on Friday, February 2. Psychic Ariana Lightningstorm will be on site offering complimentary palm readings – while Radiator’s bar team will offer fortune-seekers a cocktail for their other palm. To be prepared for Punxsutawney Phil’s fortune telling, Radiator will have both hot and cold cocktails on hand to reflect Phil’s weather predictions, along with Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden’s winter menu of elevated bar bites.

Reservations for Radiator’s dining room may be made by calling 202.742.3150 or visiting Dinner is served from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Fridays; happy hour begins at 4:00 p.m.


“Pal-entine’s” Day – February 14

Thank you for being a friend! This Valentine’s Day, men and women are welcomed to Radiator to celebrate the special love between besties and bros. Whether the squad is a duo, trio, or quartet, the “Pal-entine’s” Day menu of large-format drinks from Lead Bartender Sarah Rosner and shareable dishes from Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden is the perfect way to celebrate golden friendships of all shapes and sizes. Blanche, Dorothy, Sophia, and Rose would be proud!

Reservations for Radiator’s dining room may be made by calling 202.742.3150 or visiting Dinner is served from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. on Wednesdays; happy hour begins at 4:00 p.m.