Sampling the Washington region’s food blogs

Oysters: You slurp, they save, R.J. Cooper battles Iron Chef, Rachael Ray dishes with Howard Kurtz

November 29, 2010 - 05:00 AM
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Hank's Oyster Bar
Hank's Oyster Bar

Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Congratulations to R.J. Cooper for a great battle against Iron Chef Marc Forgione in last night’s season debut of Iron Chef America. The final score was 45 to 54. Cooper, along with his sous-chef, David Guas of the recently opened Bayou Bakery, created a multi-course meal around the secret ingredient, bell peppers.  A viewing party was held at Long View Gallery in honor of last night’s appearance. Cooper, along with Guas, Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, and Robert Wiedmaier of Marcel’s, prepared hors d’oeuvres for guests. All proceeds from the event will go to support Chefs as Parents, an organization dedicated to improving school lunch programs.

Sabor'a Street food truck says it could be rolling out as soon as next week. Owners Jorge Pimentel and Christine Sarapu plan to serve Latin-inspired street food that offer creative takes on dishes from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Spain, including tacos and arepas. Pimental’s kitchen experience includes Mark & Orlando’s, Masa 14, and CommonWealth.

In other food and restaurant news...

• Old Ebbitt Grill, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Equinox are among the several D.C. area restaurants that are recycling used oysters shells as part of a program to help restore the declining oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay. The Oyster Recovery Partnership launched the region’s first Oyster Shell Recycling Alliance earlier this year, and in the nine months since they began, nearly 4,000 bushels or 2 million individual oyster shells have been collected. According to ORP, this will enable 20 million oysters to be planted back into the Bay over the next year.

Hershey Co. sued Mars Inc., claiming that its rival is mimicking their packaging. Mars Inc., a chocolate company based in McLean, owns Snickers, M&M’s, and Dove. The Pennsylvania-based Hershey Co. is the creator of Reese’s, Kit Kat, and Almond Joy. (USA Today)

• “Let’s be honest, no one comes on my show shaking in their boots you know, they come over to get the snacks in the green room and to see what’s cooking...” Celebrity chef Rachael Ray talks food, life, and politics with Howard Kurtz. (CNN)

• America’s hottest fall restaurants include New York’s Eataly, Miami’s Gigi, and San Francisco's Commonwealth. Sadly, there was no love for D.C., Maryland, or Virginia. (The Daily Beast)

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Plan Ahead -- This week’s food and drink events

• Nov. 30 -- Spirit of the Festival
• Dec. 1 -- DC Food Bloggers Happy Hour
• Dec. 1 -- Latke and Sparkling Wine Tasting at Cork Market
• Dec. 1 -- ONE Holiday Party
• Dec. 2 -- Hanukkah Celebration at Uptown Deli
• Dec. 2 -- Half-price beer and wine happy hour at Barcode

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