As part of an ongoing effort to alert you, the readers of DC Foodies, to all of the really cool food-related events, classes and opportunities throughout the Washington Metropolitan area, we give you this week's edition of the Foodie To-Do List.
While we usually dish up a trio of upcoming events for you to put on your calendar, this week we're taking a look at some of the many restaurants offering Thanksgiving specials that can help take some (or all) of the stress off the host. Whether you're looking to purchase pies, ship in some sides or just let the pros handle the whole meal, we've got you covered:
1789 Restaurant and Clyde's Restaurant Group:
The historic 1789 Restaurant, located at 1226 26th Street, NW in Georgetown, is creating a menu to satisfy both traditional and adventurous palates this Thanksgiving. Available from 12 Noon to 9 p.m., the new seasonal a la carte menu will include oyster and Applewood smoked bacon gratin with braised salsify, aged gruyere and brioche croutons; sweet potato gnocchi with toasted walnuts, baby spinach and ricotta salata; fresh ham with roasted pineapple and Montgomery cheddar casserole served with stewed mustard greens and Blis Bourbon Barrel maple syrup glaze as well as braised beef short ribs served with honeyed parsnip puree, citrus baby carrots and horseradish jus. A $50 fixed price (excluding gratuity and tax), three-course Thanksgiving menu is also an option, which includes a choice of pumpkin soup or bitter greens and citrus salad, turkey with all of the trimmings, and a full selection of desserts accompanied by coffee or tea. Valet parking is complimentary. For reservations please call (202) 965-1789.
Additionally, ten landmark restaurants within Clyde’s Restaurant Group will also be featuring a traditional Thanksgiving feast on Thursday, November 26th. Turkey with all the trimmings is priced at $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for a child’s portion (exclusive of tax and gratuity). Menu highlights include sage-sausage stuffing, green beans, whipped potatoes, glazed sweet potatoes, classic turkey gravy and cranberry sauce. For dessert, guests will have a choice of apple or pecan pie à la mode or pumpkin pie topped with a dollop of whipped cream. The full Thanksgiving menu will also be available to enjoy at the bar for those who would like to watch football. For more information about the ten participating Clyde’s locations and hours of operation for Thanksgiving, please visit http://clydes.com/main/Whats_Happening.cfm?Section=Thanksgiving_2009.
The aptly-named 701 is located at 701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. The recently renovatedrestaurant will feature a special Thanksgiving menu priced at $45 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. The prix-fixe holiday menu is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and it features three courses of Modern American cuisine with choices including Alaskan King Crab Risotto with black trumpet mushrooms, squash, and wilted greens; Roast Pork Chop with potato gnocchi, baby vegetables, gala apple, and whole grain mustard butter; and the 701 Turkey Breast with duck confit stuffing, potato puree, root vegetable brunoise and cranberry relish. 701’s live jazz duo of piano and bass will be performing during the Thanksgiving service. Valet parking is available for $7. For more information and reservations please call (202) 393-0701.
Ardeo, located at 3111 Connecticut Ave., NW, is presenting a three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $40 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. Dishes include fennel pollen-crusted ahi tuna with fennel puree, wild arugula, cara cara orange; roasted Duroc pork loin with savoy cabbage, heirloom apple puree, baby carrots and the traditional roasted turkey with chestnut and sage stuffing, mashed potatoes, dried cranberry gravy. For dessert, try pumpkin bread pudding with vanilla crème anglaise and toasted pepitas. This holiday meal is available from 12 noon to 8 p.m. and valet parking is available for $5. For reservations please call (202) 244-6750.
The recently opened Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, located at 1100 New York Ave NW (entrance on 12th and H Streets side), will feature a special Thanksgiving menu on November 26th from 12 noon to 8 p.m. The three-course pre-fixe menu is priced at $45 per person and will feature starters such as Castagne, chestnut soup with Cotechino sausage, grappa cream and seppie in umido and Adriatic fisherman’s cuttlefish stew with chickpea puree and flat parsley. Featured entrees include butternut squash ravioli, brown butter, sage, armanetti and the duo of turkey with free range turkey, potato mousseline, "Financiere"stuff. Finish off the meal with seasonal desserts such as roasted carmel apple and butternut squash robiolita cheesecake, roasted butternut squash and cow's milk cheesecake on a pistachio crust with an amaretto anglaise. Valet parking is available for $8. For reservations or more information call (202) 216-9550.
The Bombay Club, located at 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, will feature their popular Thanksgiving Day special, Tandoori Turkey, priced at $16 excluding gratuity and tax, in addition to the full a la carte menu. =Tandoori Turkey presents boneless chunks of white meat, marinated with yogurt, ginger, garlic and fenugreek leaves. The Thanksgiving turkey is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and for dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bombay Club offers valet parking for $7. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 659-3727.
On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th, BOURBON STEAK will offer an a la carte menu from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. with holiday specials to include starters such as Brown Butter-Basted Maine Lobster with Acquerello Carnaroli Risotto and Perigord Black Truffle; Roasted Chestnut Soup with Foie Gras Cromesguis and Spices Marshmallows and Endive & Asian Pear Salad with Candied Walnuts, Pomegranate, Rogue Creamery Smokey Blue. Entrée choices include Salt Roasted Prime Rib with Yorkshire Pudding, Horseradish Cream and Braised Oxtail; Glazed Duroc Pork Rack with Mustard Fruit and Stuffed Cabbage, as well as Roasted Ayreshire Farm Heirloom Turkey with Foie Gras Stuffing, Grilled Turkey Sausage and Cranberry-Orange Confit. Dessert will feature Kabocha Squash Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butter Pecan Ice Cream, and Pumpkin Seed Nougatine; Winchester Apple Confit with Spiced Rum Financier and Goats Milk Dulce de Leche as well as Silken Chocolate Panna Cotta with Red Velvet Cake, Cocoa Nib Ice Cream and Crispy Beets, the perfect ending to any holiday feast. Menu specials range from $11 to $44.
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier and The Butcher's Block:
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier will offer a special three-course Thanksgiving dinner. On Nov. 26, 2009, diners can enjoy a traditional turkey menu from 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. for $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. They will begin with options such as mixed green salad with seasonal vegetables, raw and braised, with a lemon vinaigrette; duck confit ravioli submerged in a creamy squash soup or Scottish smoked salmon served with potato blini and quail eggs finished with crème fraîche. For the main course, entrées include a traditional turkey dinner with sweet potato purée, Brussels sprouts and cranberry relish, served with chestnut dressing and giblet gravy; seared Chesapeake Rockfish potato gnocchi, baby artichokes and wild mushrooms and a pan-seared rib eye steak, Pennsylvania mushrooms and potato purée served with a bordelaise sauce. Dessert includes pumpkin pie served with a spiced crème fraîche and a pecan tart paired with bourbon ice cream and triple chocolate mousse terrine with white, milk and dark chocolate mousse, burnt orange cardamom sauce and pistachio tuile.
The Butcher’s Block, A Market by RW, is offering prepared dishes for Thanksgiving Day. Guests can choose from Murray’s Amish Turkeys, ordered whole and raw at $4 per pound ranging in size from 10-14 lbs; 14-18 lbs and 18-20 lbs. each. Prepared turkeys come as stuffed turkey breasts with poached and stuffed turkey thighs at $5.50 per pound. Six side dishes are available, including chestnut stuffing, sweet potato purée, cranberry relish and traditional gravy and cost $9 - $20 each for six servings. Traditional pumpkin pies will also be available for $20 each. Orders must be received today (November 18) by calling (703) 894-5253 or emailing Salena.Zellers@braborestaurant.com. All items must be picked up at The Butcher’s Block by 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25.
In preparation for America’s iconic dinner, The Butcher’s Block, A Market by RW will host a wine tasting and chef demonstration this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at 6:00 p.m. Potomac Selections’ Eric Hauptman will choose four wines to complement a Thanksgiving menu as Chef de Cuisine Chris Watson demonstrates how to break down, stuff and prep Murray’s Amish Turkey.
BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier, BRABO Tasting Room and The Butcher’s Block, a Market by RW, are located at 1600 King Street in Alexandria, Virginia, adjacent to Kimpton’s new Lorien Hotel & Spa. For reservations or additional information, please call (703) 894-3440 or visit http://www.braborestaurant.com/.
Co Co. Sala:
Bring home one of Co Co. Sala's Precious Pies ($18 - $22), with festive flavors such as Triple Chocolate Pecan Pie and Maple Co Co. Pumpkin Pie. Also available, Thanksgiving-themed treats such as the Hot Harvest Bar with habanero crunch and cinnamon bits ($6), the Somethin' Pumpkin Bar with pumpkin spiced chocolate truffle ($5), White Cran-Orange Bar with cranberries, oranges & pretzel sticks ($6) and Chocolate Turkey Place Card Holders ($4).
For those spending the holiday with friends & family, Co Co. Sala has designed the perfect dessert package to complete any Thanksgiving feast. Each 'Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet To-Go' is styled in a custom leather tray and filled with the following Fall favorites:
Triple Chocolate Pecan Pie
Maple Co Co. Pumpkin Pie
Caramelized Apple & Cinnamon Cheesecake Tart
4 Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Brittle Barks
4 Chocolate & Caramel Baby Apples
4 Chocolate Turkey Place Card Holders
Each package is priced at $115. Orders will be taken until Monday, November 23rd and must be picked-up by Wednesday, November 25th. Co Co. Sala is located at 929 F Street, NW; Washington, DC (202-347-4265; www.cocosala.com).
CommonWealth is offering a special family-style Thanksgiving roast featuring a three-course menu of seasonal dishes. The Thanksgiving feast will be offered from 1 p.m.-8 p.m. for $35 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. The menu includes comforting holiday favorites such as roast turkey with cranberry sauce, roast beef with shallot au jus, and sides such as winter squash gratin, collard greens, and two kinds of stuffing. Guests can also choose from the a la carte menu of British-inspired snacks ranging in price from $5-$13 and the pub menu will be offered from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Complementing the comfort fare with autumnal flavors, CommonWealth boasts an impressive selection of UK and American beers. Located at 1400 Irving Street NW, CommonWealth will be accepting reservations at (202) 265-1400.
LincolnThanksgiving at Firefly
President Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a National Holiday. In honor of Lincoln’s proclamation, Firefly is collecting Lincolns, a.k.a $5 bills from all guests throughout the month of November. All funds collected will be donated to DC Central Kitchen - www.dccentralkitchen.org. For every ‘Lincoln’ collected, $5 will be deducted from the guest’s final check. **$5 check credit is limited to $5 per person. Firefly is located at 1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW – www.firefly-dc.com
The Grille at Morrison House:
This year, The Grille at Morrison House will offer an a la carte menu as well as a Thanksgiving tasting menu for $85. Dishes on the tasting menu include a pig in a blanket amuse with pork Daube in phyllo, first course apple and parsnip bisque served with duck confit, apple chips and cinnamon mascarpone, a second course tasting of oyster “po-boy” featuring blue point oyster fritters, comeback sauce and cole slaw, a third course tasting of pan-roasted rockfish with clams, fingerling potatoes, spinach and a chowder cream. Fall Trio, an intermezzo of pear granite, apple paper and apple cider gelée will be served before the turkey dinner entrée of turkey roulade, turkey leg confit, cranberry chutney, pomme purée, brioche chanterelle dressing, haricots verts, sweet potato “pie” and a sage-turkey gravy. A sweet treat of pumpkin bread pudding, maple crème brulee and apple cider foam finishes the meal.
The a la carte menu features appetizer options of a waldorf salad ($11) with butter lettuce, apple, red flame grapes, toasted walnuts and celery aioli, apple and parsnip bisque ($12) and oyster “po-boy” ($14). Entrée choices include turkey day dinner ($44), ribeye steak ($40), and rockfish ($33). Dessert options include individual apple pie tarts with caramel sauce ($10), pumpkin tasting ($11), and trio of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon ice cream ($7.50). A kid’s menu is available for $30 and includes fruit and berries to start, a turkey day dinner of turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans and gravy, and chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. Tasting menu price is exclusive of beverages, taxes and gratuity. For reservations and more information call 703-838-8000.
Jackson 20 will serve up a three-course family style meal of good old comfort food this Thanksgiving. Chef Dennis Marron’s first course features include a fall market salad with candied walnuts, goat cheese and cranberry vinaigrette and a roasted pumpkin and parsnip soup. The bird of the day, a Southern-style roasted farm-raised Virginia turkey will be served with braised collard greens, candied yams and cornbread stuffing. Traditional desserts include sweet potato pie, and southern pecan pie served with caramel sauce and whipped cream. The special menu, which is the only menu being offered on Thanksgiving Day, will be available from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The meal will be served family style and is priced at $45 per person, exclusive of beverages, taxes and gratuity. Kids 6-12 are $20 each and children under 6 eat for free. For reservations and more information call 703.842.2790 or visit www.jackson20.com
The Oval Room:
=The Oval Room, located at 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW, =is preparing a three-course holiday menu from 12 noon to 8 p.m., priced at $50 per person, excluding gratuity and tax. Highlights from their Thanksgiving menu include autumn vegetable salad with pomegranate, parsley and warn bacon vinaigrette; charred foie gras ravioli with ice wine reduction and liquid gingerbread; free range turkey with chestnut stuffing and sweet potato puree and Snake River Farms pork with cranberry-miso and salsify and celery gnocchi. Valet parking is available at The Oval Room for $7. For reservations, please call (202) 463-8700.
Rasika, located at 633 D Street, NW is adding Turkey Pasanda (turkey breast stuffed with cranberry and pistachio with a saffron and cashew nut sauce) to its a la carte menu for Thanksgiving. The turkey dish is accompanied by butternut squash bharta and chili Brussels sprouts for $16 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. The complete a la carte menu is also available on Thanksgiving Day and Rasika will feature seatings from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Valet parking is available for $7. Reservations can be made by calling (202) 637-1222.
Just north of Washington in Bethesda Row, Redwood at 7121 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, MD, is offering a three-course Thanksgiving feast highlighting naturally raised and locally sourced ingredients. The American harvest menu will be available from 12 Noon to 6 PM and is priced at $59 for adults and $29 for children under the age of 12. Guests can choose from first course options such as shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad and butternut squash soup. Roasted turkey and baked ham will be the main attraction and will be served family-style with mashed potatoes, sweet potato gratin, leek and brioche stuffing and roasted fall vegetables. For dessert, guests can choose from pumpkin or pecan pie. For reservations or additional information please call (301) 656-5515 or visit www.redwoodbethesda.com.
From 1pm-6pm on Thanksgiving Day, Restaurant 3 will offer guests a three-course Thanksgiving meal of Southern favorites for $33 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax and gratuity ($15 for children). Reservations for the festive Southern Thanksgiving may be made by calling the restaurant at (703) 524-4440 or online at www.opentable.com. The full Thanksgiving menu is listed below.
A Southern Thanksgiving
Hot Cornbread & Sweet Butter
Butternut Squash Soup
Garden Greens Salad
Traditional Turkey dinner with stuffing , mashed potatoes and vegetables
Stuffed Pork Loin with apple-sausage stuffing, mashed sweet potatoes & green bean casserole
Southern Fried Catfish with Hoppin’ Jon & greens
Turducken. (Go on, we dare you) mashed potatoes and creamed corn
Dessert bar with homemade pumpkin pie and apple cobbler
3 is located at 2950 Clarendon Blvd. in Arlington, VA, across the Clarendon Metro Station. For more information or reservations please call 703-524-4440 or visit the website at www.restaurantthree.com.
Trummer's On Main:
Take a break from cooking at home this year and make your way to Trummer's On Main to enjoy a three-course Thanksgiving dinner. At $59 per person, this three-course menu includes favorites such as Waldorf Salad, Turkey with cranberry jam & pumpkin puree and Pumpkin Panna Cotta with cinnamon & walnuts. Pair the meal with a specialty cocktail like the seasonal Hot Spice Sangria and Pumpkin Daiquiri or a more traditional wine pairing. Trummer's On Main will be open from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 26th, to make a reservation call 703-266-1623. Trummer's On Main is located at 7134 Main Street; Clifton, Virginia (703-266-1623; www.trummersonmain.com).
Food Drive at Urbana
Beginning on Friday, the 20th of November, and available throughout the week of Thanksgiving (through November 29th), guests who visit Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar with a non-perishable food item will receive a choice of appetizer or house-selected wine. All food collected will be donated to Dupont Circle’s Church of the Pilgrims, located at 2021 P Street, NW. Urbana is located at 2121 P Street, NW – www.urbanadc.com
We know there are plenty of other options out there for Thanksgiving - both in terms of restaurants offering specials for those who prefer to dine out and in terms of selling a la carte items like turkey breasts, sides and desserts. Let us know what we've missed!
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