Posts Tagged ‘Think Food Group’

The Shopping Channel: Why Restaurants Are Drawn to the Shiny Lights of Grocery Store Shelves

The hummus and harissa preparations began just before midnight, after the customers and staff cleared out. The Cava Mezze retail team worked through the night at what was then their sole restaurant location in Rockville. They’d use blow dryers to seal on the plastic over their containers of dip and package it all up on […]

Pepe Food Truck Drops $20 Sandwich Amid Ibérico Ham Shortage

Pepe's $20 Pepito de Ibérico flauta—one of D.C.'s most legendary (and expensive) food truck items—is no longer on the menu. Turns out Think Food Group has run out of the cut of Ibérico ham used for the sandwich, which also includes Serrano ham, roasted green peppers, caramelized onions, and aioli. Pepe chef Sean Wheaton says […]

The Mysterious World of Minibar

José Andrés' new and improved Minibar may be officially open, but unless you can snag one of the highly coveted reservations, what's inside is still somewhat of a mystery. ThinkFoodGroup sent out a press release with limited details and a porthole-sized glimpse of the Gaudi-esque decor and avant-garde cuisine last week. The rest, it wants diners […]

Frederik De Pue Opening a Restaurant in Former Café Atlántico Building

Think Food Group has sold the Penn Quarter building that housed Café Atlántico, Minibar, and America Eats Tavern to chef Frederik De Pue and his investors, who plan to open a new restaurant in the space by the end of the year. The Belgian native worked in some top European restaurants before moving to D.C. […]

Vendor’s Game: Meet the Chef Behind Union Market

Union Market is chef Richie Brandenburg’s pantry. It’s lunch hour on opening day of the new high-end food emporium, and the mastermind of Union Market is strolling past the olive oils, meats, and baguettes down the bustling center aisle of the 25,000-square foot space off of 5th Street NE. He walks past vendors he once […]

Minibar Reopening Delayed Until Late October

Last we heard, José Andrés was planning to reopen a new and expanded Minibar in the former Zola Wine & Kitchen space on Oct. 1, with reservation-taking beginning Sept. 1. That didn't happen. Think Food Group now brings word that Minibar won't begin seatings until at least late October. Stay tuned: The restaurant will announce more details […]

Bar Sprawl

Todd Thrasher pulls a lighter out of his pocket and holdsthe flame to a slice of grapefruit rind. There’s a tiny poof of black smoke as he rubs aromatic oils around the rim of a glass, using the rind to stir the orange drink with Aperol, gin, Macchu Pisco, and five drops of salt water. […]

Head Bartender Owen Thomson Leaves Think Food Group

José Andrés' head bartender Owen Thomson has left Think Food Group, Eater reports. Thomson tells Y&H he's taking the summer to travel and bartend at friends' restaurants and bars. Thomson has been with Think Food Group for two and a half years and helped open America Eats Tavern, the revamped Jaleo, and Andrés' restaurants in […]

America Eats Tavern Closing July 4

  You have less than three weeks left to taste José Andrés' take on American culinary history at America Eats Tavern in Penn Quarter: The "pop-up" restaurant will end its year-long run on July 4. America Eats was initially supposed to close at the beginning of the year, but the restaurant announced in November that it […]

Real José Andrés More Animated Than Simpsons Parody

Winning the James Beard Award as the nation's most outstanding chef might be the food world's highest honor. But, in terms of pop cultural significance, there may be no greater sign of accomplishment than having your likeness mocked on The Simpsons. Last night's cameo by D.C.'s own José Andrés now firmly establishes his place in […]