Things to do: Get 50 percent discount at Cuba Libre, Taste of Bethesda, Turkish Festival, try Chesapeake Ray
Thinking about trying something different for dinner? What about a Chesapeake Ray? Never heard of it? Well, you might be seeing it around more.
Also known as the cownose ray, they’re commonly found in the Chesapeake Bay and feast upon valuable scallops, oysters, and clams. According to an AP story, their population has exploded in recent years due to the declining numbers of its main predator, coastal sharks. Fishermen are upset by the situation and complaining that the rays are threatening the shellfish population. So, what’s the solution? Easy. Give it a sexy name, turn it into a tasty special, and add it to the menus. The result: Chesapeake Ray. If you want to give it a try, Mie N Yu in Georgetown is featuring the rays in a dish with oysters. (AP)
No rays on this Latin menu...Cuba Libre opens its doors for business today. The restaurant, located at 801A 9th St. NW in Penn Quarter, will offer a “Nuevo Cubano” menu developed by chef and partner Guillermo Pernot. The menu features small plates with flavors from various Latin American regions. During a two-week preview period, diners will receive a 50 percent off discount on their dinner from Oct. 1 to 7, and a 25 percent discount from Oct. 8 to 13.
More pizza is on the way, this time to Arlington. ARLNow reports that Flippin’ Pizza is applying for a mobile food vendor license to serve the streets of Arlington. The company, which specializes in New York-style pizza, recently rolled out a pair of mobile trucks in Fairfax County. The trucks are equipped with cooking units that can bake the pies on the go. There are eight storefront locations in the area, including Dupont, Bethesda, and Silver Spring. According to Pizza Magazine, the company is planning to operate mobile trucks in the District as well. Flippin’ Pizza is expected to roll into Arlington later this fall.
Galileo III Update: Roberto Donna tells Y&H that the long-delayed restaurant will open next Tuesday.
John Murphy, the evening chef at Miriam’s Kitchen, is competing in the Sears Chef Challenge. If he makes it through this round, the organization will get $5000. And if he wins the entire competition, they’ll receive an additional $20,000. Help him out. (We Love DC)
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Food trucks for your Friday...
• Oct. 2 -- Taste of Bethesda -- The 21st annual Taste of Bethesda features four stages of entertainment, live music, and food samples from over 55 restaurants. This event is always fun, and TBD will be there, so stop by and say hi.
• Oct. 2 -- Turkish Festival -- The annual festival features a Turkish bazaar and dancing and musical performances. Attendants can also sample authentic Turkish cuisine and coffee.
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Plan Ahead - This week’s food and drink events
• Oct. 1 -- 50 percent off dinner discount preview at Cuba Libre
• Oct. 1 -- Mango & Tomato will be doing a cooking demo at Capital Harvest on the Plaza
• Oct. 2 -- Taste of Bethesda
• Oct. 3 -- Turkish Festival