Heard around the DC Foodies blogosphere this week... Jamie Stachowski has split from Meatcrafters, according to Young & Hungry. Although the charcuterie partnership has officially ceased, you can still enjoy Stachowski's work at restaurants around the region, including Napoleon in Adams Morgan, and Willow, in Arlington.
What was DC's loss is now Virginia's gain. Metrocurean reports that Orlando Hitzig (of the former Mark and Orlando's in Dupont Circle) will be Executive Chef at Columbia Firehouse in Old Town, Alexandria. The new Neighborhood Restaurant Group eatery will be opening in the former Bookbinders spot and will feature a classic chop house on the second floor, with a more casual American eatery on the first floor. Hormone-free meats will be sourced from the local Red Apron Butchery.
Glorious reviews are pouring in for local food writer, cookbook author and blogger Monica Bhide, of A Life of Spice on her recently-released, new cookbook "Modern Spice". Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi penned, "BEST.BOOK.EVER!". Wow. I can attest to Monica's recipes after enjoying a crab feast and book signing at Spice Xing in Rockville, Maryland where the gentle author worked closely with the chef-owner Sudhir Seth to prepare a tremendous meal, including one of the best crab cakes (page 84) I've ever had the pleasure of eating.
This week, The District Domestic featured chef, Olivier Perrett of Ici Urban Bistro. The farmers market devotee adores his mandoline for uniformly cutting summer vegetables, and when at home, loves to cook roasted lamb shoulder with pasta. You can check out Perrett's recipe here on TDD's website.
Finally, end your week on a high note with the Scofflaw's Den's, Thai-Spiced Oval Vodka. This creative infusion was conjured up when the SD entered a contest sponsored by the vodka maker. And he won! This coconut and lemongrass libation would pair nicely with Bhide's spicy crab cakes. To finish your meal, visit a local farmers market to pick up blueberries and make Adventures in Shaw's Market Week Blueberry Pie.