Posts Tagged ‘Mike Isabella’

Top Ten D.C. Restaurant Openings in 2013

This should be a good year for variety in the D.C. dining scene. The most anticipated restaurants scheduled to open in 2013 feature Southeast Asian, Japanese, French, Latin American, Greek, Italian, and American fare, plus some hybrids. Veteran restaurateurs will expand into new cuisines, big names will make their District debuts, and a few longtime […]

Mike Isabella Brings Weekly Pop-Ups to Graffiato

Got pop-up fatigue yet? Well, Mike Isabella doesn't. After doing several pop-ups at other venues, the Graffiato chef is bringing them to his home turf. Beginning in January, guest chefs will takeover the kitchen of his Italian-inspired restaurant on Sunday and Monday nights. Graffiato sous chef Adam Brick and chef de cuisine Marjorie Meek-Bradley will […]

Reality Bites: How Top Chef Contestants Stay Undercover

In the fall of 2007, Spike Mendelsohn told everyone he knew he was traveling in Vietnam for six weeks. In reality, the chef of Good Stuff Eatery and We The Pizza was in Chicago filming Season 4 of Top Chef. The story seemed plausible: He was cooking Vietnamese food at Mai House in New York […]

Mike Isabella Cookbook Debuts Sept. 23

Mike Isabella will add one more item to his resume this month: published cookbook author. The Graffiato and Bandolero chef will be signing copies of Mike Isabella's Crazy Good Italian at Graffiato from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 23. The $35 book will become available nationwide on Sept. 25. He'll also be heading […]

Restaurant TV Shows We Hope to See Soon

Earlier this week, Washingtonian revealed that restaurateurs Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox and Watershed are working with a local TV producer to pitch a reality show competition for restaurant designers. We've got some better ideas for local restaurant-centric TV series: Buns of Anarchy Five Guys join a motorcycle gang, trafficking fry sauce and stopping […]

Sauce-O-Meter: How the Week’s Food Happenings Measure Up

Graphic by Brooke Hatfield

Authentic-ish

Chef Haidar Karoum had never professionally cooked Spanish food before the 2010 opening of Estadio in Logan Circle. But his tortilla española with sweet hot peppers could give the real deal a run for its money. The French-trained chef, who’s half-Irish and half-Lebanese, learned the recipe in Rioja, Spain. He visited the country for the […]

Will Mike Isabella Ever Launch a Real Food Truck?

By now, you've likely heard that chef Mike Isabella will be hitting the streets of D.C. tomorrow in a Graffiato "pop-up" food truck. "Pop-up" is fair. But "food truck?" While Isabella will be moving around town in a wheeled vehicle, it's really more of a promotional effort in partnership with reservation system CityEats than a […]

Free Tequila at Bandolero

In made-up-sounding holiday news, today is National Tequila Day. (Even if it's not a real holiday, we won't be complaining about this one.) In celebration, Mike Isabella's hip-Mex Georgetown spot Bandolero will be offering buy-one-get-one free tequila drinks from 4 p.m. to close. The deal applies to any of the restaurant's 40-plus tequilas served neat, […]

Are Two D.C. Chefs Filming Top Chef?

Rumors are circulating among restaurant industry folks that at least two D.C. chefs may be contestants in the latest season of Bravo's Top Chef: Belga Café's Bart Vandaele (left) and The Brixton's Jeffrey Jew. Although Bravo has not even officially announced the newest season, multiple spottings of camera crews, Top Chef alums, and judges over […]

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