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Free cupcakes today, D.C. food events for the weekend

October 22, 2010 - 01:31 AM
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Red Velvet Cupcakery is celebrating the grand opening of its third Washington-area location in Reston today. The cupcake shop, at 11939 Democracy Drive, will be giving away free cupcakes from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Siblings Aaron and Canada Gordon, along with pastry chef David Guas of the soon-to-open Bayou Bakery in Arlington, have developed 11 flavors for the new cupcake shop. One of the creations is a vegan and gluten-free Black Velvet cupcake made with Valrhona cocoa powder  and chocolate “buttercream.” Red Velvet’s other two locations are in Penn Quarter and Dupont Circle.

In addition to developing cupcake flavors, chef David Guas has also been spending a bit of time in Kitchen Stadium. As Tim Carman mentioned yesterday, chef R.J. Cooper of the forthcoming Rogue 24 will be the challenging chef on the season debut of Iron Chef America, scheduled to air Nov. 28 on the Food Network. Guas, along with Rogue 24’s chef de cuisine Harper McClure, will serve as Cooper’s Iron Chef assistants.

Rustico’s Ballston location opens next Tuesday, Oct. 26. TBD’s Rebecca A. Cooper gave us some of the details earlier this week, and now We Love DC’s Tom Bridge has a first look at the new 6,000-square-foot pizza and beer restaurant at 4075 Wilson Blvd.

Also coming soon: International House of Pong  

International House of Pong will be opening at 1010 Wisconsin Ave. NW, reports PoP. Unlike Ping Pong Dim Sum in Chinatown, the new restaurant will actually include areas for table tennis. The restaurant will feature Chinese cuisine.

Rockville’s Silver Diner relocates, Crystal City’s Chick-fil-A opens soon

The Silver Diner in Rockville is relocating from Mid-Pike Plaza to Federal Plaza, reports Rockville Central. The new building costs $3.5 million dollars and features a mix of 1950’s decor and modern accents. The new diner will also include WiFi. The opening is scheduled for Nov. 2.

The new Chick-fil-A in Crystal City is scheduled to open on Nov. 18, reports ARLnow. The 3,683 square-foot restaurant, located at 2200 Crystal City Dr. will be franchised by Natalie Yang, who is moving from Georgia to operate the shop, says ARLnow. Like the other Chick-fil-A restaurants, the Crystal City location will be closed on Sundays.

In other food news...

• A six-hour hearing, but still no decision for Hank’s Oyster Bar (Borderstan)
• Wine: What Virginia and Maryland are up against (All We Can Eat)
• Gillian Clark gives away fried chicken secrets on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Y&H)
• Harold McGee’s “keys to good cooking for chefs” (NPR)

From TBD’s Community Network

Dining in DC: Foodies itinerary for this weekend
• Metrocurean: Masa 14’s $35 dollar brunch
• Florida Girl in DC: $11 dollar lunch specials at Jaleo
• Fabulous Food Finds: Gluten-free six layer quiche
• Metrocurean: Wine stores we love: Potenza
• EveryFoodFits: A “wild” evening with Robert Wiedmaier
EatMore Drink More: Ris Lacoste of RIS
• We Love DC: Vegan Part 3: Question and answer session

Plan Ahead - This week’s food and drink events

• Oct. 18-24 -- Bethesda Row Restaurant Week
• Oct. 23 -- Tallula's First Ever Big Pig Pickin’ and Oysterfest
• Oct. 23-24 -- Northern Virginia Annual Fall BrewFest
• Oct. 24 -- Pig Roast Competition at Black Market Bistro

Sweet Deals

Free cupcakes at Red Velvet Cupcakery, 11am to 11pm
25 percent off at T.G.I. Friday’s (through 10/23)
$2 off any large Quiznos sub (through 10/26)
$5 off at Boston Market (through 11/9)

Where are the food trucks today?

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