Posts Tagged ‘Vikram Sunderam’

Rasika Reopens With Revamped Look and Menu Tonight

The nearly 10-year-old restaurant has all new furniture, Venetian patterned fabrics, and artichoke-shaped light fixtures from London.

Rasika Chef Vikram Sunderam Wins a James Beard Award

After nominations in three previous years, Rasika chef Vikram Sunderam was named Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic at last night's James Beard Award gala in New York. Sunderam beat out eight-time nominee Cathal Armstrong of Alexandria's Restaurant Eve, as well as Spike Gjerde of Baltimore's Woodberry Kitchen, Cindy Wolf of Baltimore's Charleston, and Brad Spence of Amis in Philadelphia. “Of […]

Poor D.C. Showing Among James Beard Award Finalists

The finalists for the James Beard awards are in, and it's not D.C.'s strongest year. Out of the 18 D.C.-area chefs and restaurants in nine categories that made the long list in February, only two were named as finalists. Rasika's Vikram Sunderam and Restaurant Eve's Cathal Armstrong are both in the running for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Also somewhat […]

James Beard Finalists Include Some of D.C.’s Finest

Fabio Trabocchi's Fiola, the recent recipient of three stars from WaPo critic Tom Sietsema and Y&H's vote for best bomboloni in town, is among the nominees for the esteemed James Beard Foundation's award for Best New Restaurant. The finalists for the upcoming foodie Oscars were announced today in Las Vegas.  D.C. chefs Johnny Monis (Komi), […]

James Beard Loves D.C.: Local Semifinalists For Foodie Oscars Announced

The esteemed James Beard Foundation today announced a bevy of semifinalists for its coveted chef and restaurant awards and the D.C.-area food scene is well represented. Eater DC has a comprehensive breakdown. Among the noms: Fiola and Little Serow each get a nod in the "Best New Restaurant" category. Palena's Frank Ruta is in the […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Rasika

Would somebody please give Vikram Sunderam a James Beard Award already? The Rasika chef has figured out a way to weave street food into an upscale Indian menu, introduced Subcontinental tasting menus with wine pairings, and generally created a whole culture around the once humble home cooking of India. How much more does the guy […]

Area Chefs and Restaurateurs Claim 18 Noms on the Beard Semi-finalists’ List for 2010

Just call Derek Brown, left, Mr. Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Y&H is a behind on this (hey, if you want excuses, I got a million of 'em!), but I wanted to offer my congratulations to the local semi-finalists for this year's James Beard Awards. It's an impressive list, one filled with many of Y&H's […]

More Good News for Bajaj: He’s One of D.C.’s Most Powerful People

So says GQ magazine, which runs down the list of D.C. heavyweights in its November issue. Most of the folks on the list are pols or the power behind pols or the eyes watching pols. Ashok Bajaj makes the cut, apparently, because he feeds the pols and treats them all with respect. Bajaj tells GQ […]

Two Things Y&H Didn’t Expect to See at Sou’Wester’s Opening Party: Frank Ruta and Dancing

Ruta emerged from Palena's kitchen, pictured with Maddy Beckwith So how unique was last night's opening reception for Sou'Wester? So unique that Frank Ruta showed up. In all the years Y&H has been covering the dining scene in D.C., I've never seen the semi-reclusive Palena chef and owner at an industry event. I barely recognized […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Rasika

One by one, we’re running through the 50 restaurants that made the cut on this year’s Young & Hungry Dining Guide. If you have visited the day’s featured restaurant, let us know what you think. If you’re planning to visit for the first time, tell us about your meal when you return. Enough about the […]