Posts Tagged ‘James Alefantis’

Don Rockwell Launches a D.C. Dining Concierge Service

For years, Don Rockwell has been giving his opinions away for free via his eponymous dining board, no doubt directing hundreds of customers to restaurants across the D.C. area. Rockwell has taken pride in two practices as the founder and one of the moderators of He pays for his meals, and for members of […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Buck’s Fishing & Camping

Love her or hate her, Carole Greenwood is a kitchen talent as inseparable from the Buck’s Fishing & Camping brand as Michael Landrum is to the Ray’s empire. Or so I thought. It turns out that Buck’s is a concept flexible enough to accommodate multiple visions of it. Vickie Reh, a former sous-chef at Food […]

Chefs and the Mothers Who Influenced Them

Mexican chef Patricia Jinich influences the next generation, her son Julian As noted earlier today — and sorry to keep rubbing this in, if you haven't made those brunch reservations yet — Mother's Day is this weekend. I thought I'd take the opportunity to ask some chefs and cooks what kind of influence their mothers […]

Comet Ping Pong Gets Its Liquor License Back, Loses Chef

That was quick. James Alefantis e-mailed today to say that, after a long dry run at Comet Ping Pong, he finally got his liquor license back today. All it took was a small mountain of paperwork and about $2,700 in fees. Comet will be serving beer, wine, and liquor today at its hip Connecticut Avenue […]

Comet Hopes to Have Its Liquor License Back this Week

James Alefantis isn't blaming his lawyer, his accountant, or anyone else. He puts the blame for not renewing Comet Ping Pong's liquor license squarely on his shoulders. "I take full responsibility," says the owner. Alefantis hopes to be pouring beer and wine again later this week.  Comet has already been dry since March 31, when […]

An Unlikely Source for Good Croissants: Modern Times Coffeehouse

Last week when I spoke with James Alefantis, owner of Buck's Fishing and Camping and Comet Ping Pong, he mentioned that his newly hired baker would not only work for his two restaurants but also for Modern Times Coffeehouse, the subterranean cafe at Politics and Prose, which he co-owns. Oh, and by the way, Alefantis […]

Vickie Reh Is the New Chef at Buck’s Fishing and Camping

Buck's fresh apricot summer punch Buck's Fishing and Camping owner James Alefantis first met chef Vickie Reh not at Food Matters in Alexandria, where she was once sous chef, but through a wine importer. Alefantis, in fact, never ate Reh's food at her previous gig. So how exactly did Reh end up as head chef […]