Posts Tagged ‘Blue Duck Tavern’

Chef de Cuisine John Melfi Leaving Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern chef de cuisine John Melfi is parting ways with the restaurant at the Park Hyatt, where he's been since 2011. Melfi says he has "something big lined up for a big-name chef in the city" but is holding off on the announcement. Melfi wouldn't say if he's heading to a new or existing […]

Last Night’s Leftovers: Certifiably Neapolitan Edition

Georgetown's Il Canale earns the official pizza snob seal of approval. [Post] Al fresco dining in...February? Wow. [Washingtonian] There's still time to comment on D.C.'s newly proposed food truck rules. [CBS DC] Some background on 1789's Anthony Lombardo. [Examiner] Blue Duck Tavern's Sebastien Archambault may be the only native Texas chef with a French accent. […]

Dinner Roll of the Dice: Brian McBride and Robert Weidmaier Eye Atlantic City

Brian McBride is frying up some severed shrimp heads, part of an ambitious recipe for a new pasta dish. For a veteran of the restaurant scene in Washington, with its sizeable international population and its proliferation of sushi joints, the noggins might not seem especially out of the ordinary. But McBride, the former chef at […]

Bitches Who Brunch Bitch Up D.C.’s Worst Brunches of 2011

One thing I've noticed about the blog Bitches Who Brunch: these self-proclaimed bitches don't bitch nearly enough. On Thursday, though, the bitches unleashed a year's worth of bitching in a single super-bitchy post, dishing up their picks for the D.C.-area's worst brunches of 2011. OK, so the bitchiness is only half of the story. The […]

Food Fight! 2011 Charity Cook-Off Contestants Include Jeff Black, Todd Gray, Haidar Karoum, Brian McBride

Organizers of the annual Capital Food Fight have announced the contestants in this year's charity cook-off competition. And the gustatory gladiators are:  Jeff Black of BlackSalt, Addie’s and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace; Todd Gray of Equinox, WaterShed, and Muse at the Corcoran; Haidar Karoum from Estadio and Proof and Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern. An impressive lineup […]

Servicey Industry: Fiorella Ah-Peetz, Saint-Ex Chili Fest, Carla Hall’s Challah

Openings, closings, events, charities, compiled from press releases, compressed into haiku Roman-kind ah-peetz/Floating mozzarella trough/Blue crab, vegan pies; Fiorella Pizzeria, opening May 26, 152 National Plaza, National Harbor, Md., (301) 839-1811 Local chefs compete/Chili cook-off charity/Hot-dog eating match; from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 30, Café Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St. NW, (202) 265-7839 Eating, […]

Whole Hog

The table at Dupont Circle’s Eola is covered in small appetizers that seem innocuous—tortellini, chicken fried steak, tempura fries. But take a second glance. All three dishes are made from parts of a pig’s head: The pasta is filled with brain. The golden, deep fried tempura batter hides slivers of ear. And the “steak” is […]

Perusing Holiday Menus, Part II: Poste Extends Its Roasting Season

Here are some more holiday menu options. For more from our on-going series featuring holiday menus, click here. Since Christmas Eve is exactly a week away, it's too late to make the proper reservations for a Poste roast for Christmas Eve at Poste Moderne Brasserie in the Hotel Monaco. But it's not too late to […]

More Offbeat Brunch Options: The Baked Cinnamon Bun French Toast at Blue Duck

If the plate of "French toast" at Blue Duck Tavern looks more like a pair of cinnamon rolls conjoined at the hip, there's a reason. Chef Brian McBride developed this weekend special (no doubt in a subterranean laboratory with a hunchback assistant and lots of beakers overflowing with dry-ice clouds) by fusing a mall-court favorite […]

The Restaurants That Just Missed the Cut in This Year’s Dining Guide

R.J. Cooper's "24" tasting menu abruptly ended this month at Vidalia. Putting together this year's Young & Hungry Dining Guide was an exercise in managing the chaos of the local dining scene. Several places that had all but secured a spot on my list of the 50 most fascinating restaurants — Inox, Teatro Goldoni, and […]