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The next Food Network star: Founding Farmers, 2011 food trends, cupcakes are dead

January 3, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Founding Farmers
Founding Farmers’ Devil-ish Eggs will be featured on Food Network tonight at 10 p.m.

Happy 2011! I hope everyone was fortunate enough to ring in the New Year with wonderful company over great food and drinks.

Smith Commons and Church and State make NYE debut

H Street was hoppin’ on New Year’s Eve with the opening of Smith Commons and the sneak peek of Fruit Bat’s Church and State.

Smith Commons chef Frederik De Pue offered diners a three-course meal in the dining room. For those who were unable to snag a reservation, the restaurant’s bar and lounge on levels two and three were open to the public all night. There was live music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar to keep patrons entertained until the ball dropped. Unfortunately, if you were hoping to check the new place out tonight, you’re out of luck. The three-story restaurant at 1245 H St. NE will be closed from Jan. 1 to 3. It’ll reopen for full dinner service on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The internationally inspired menu features items such as fish and chips, penne carbonara, and confit of duck leg.

Not too far down the street at 1236 H St., Fruit Bat offered patrons a preview of its new Church and State bar on the second level. When owner Erik Holzherr officially opens it later this month, he’ll offer a beer, wine, and spirit selection that’s American-focused. The bar will also serve modern takes on classic American cocktails.
• Related: Q&A with Erik Holzherr (smorgie blog)

D.C. food scene gets a little diversity

“Call it the New York-ification of the D.C. food scene: Restaurants are springing up in ever-smaller spaces and serving fare that is increasingly niche.” The Washington Post reports on the District's growing cultural scene.

Temporarily closed: The Passenger

Derek and Tom Brown, brothers and owners of The Passenger, are closing their bar and lounge from Jan. 2 to 5 for minor renovations.

The Food Network star: Founding Farmers

Founding Farmers’ Devil-ish Eggs Combo will be featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate tonight at 10 p.m. Last June, executive chef Al Nappo showed the Food Network crew his method for making deviled eggs. The restaurant serves over 1,000 cage-free Devil-ish Eggs each month. During tonight’s episode, Founding Farmers will be hosting a viewing party at the bar from 10 to 11 p.m. If you haven’t tried one of their deviled eggs, tonight might be a good night to check them out, as the restaurant will be serving complementary Devil-ish Eggs throughout the show.

In other food and restaurant news...

• Vietnamese food, hot dogs, food trucks, and whoopie pies are just some of the food trends to look forward to in 2011. Metrocurean’s Amanda McClements shares her list with Let’s Talk Live. See video clip here.

• 2010 was a big year for D.C.’s food scene, but it was also a good year for drinks. Biergarten Haus, Fruit Bat, and American Ice Co. opened their doors, offering us craft beers and creative cocktails to wash down the banh mi and gourmet hot dogs. We Love DC shares the best drinks of 2010.

• Confused about what’s in and what’s out for 2011? Washington City Paper has an entertaining list to keep you in track. Apparently, no cares where the Obamas are dining these days. It’s all about Sam Kass this year. And if you thought bacon would be in style forever, check out what they’re predicting will take its place.

• Did you know there’s over $25.00 worth of free food in Chick-fil-A’s 2011 calendar? (Grub Grade)

• Cupcakes are dead. Long live the pie! (NPR)

• The top food safety stories of 2010 (Food Safety News)

Culinary resolutions from food bloggers

Florida Girl in DC: 2011 Resolutions: The Food Edition
• Arugula Files: Culinary Resolutions: The big 25
Modern Domestic: 2011 Culinary Resolutions
Bitten Word: Culinary Resolutions for 2011

From TBD’s Community Network

Dining in DC: Best fireside dining
• Borderstan: Recipes and more from Alejandra in 2010
Florida Girl in DC: Best bites of 2011
DC Loves Food: 2010 Year-in review
Metrocurean: Five bites: Team Smorgie

Plan Ahead -- Upcoming food and drink events

• Jan. 5 -- D.C. Food Bloggers Happy Hour
• Jan 6 -- Macaron Tasting and Open House at Artfully Gifts & Chocolate

Sweet Deals

Complimentary Devil-ish Eggs at Founding Farmers tonight
Free cupcakes at Crumbs in Clarendon(Jan. 8)
Zpizza: Buy one Rustica, get one free (till Jan. 31)
Free fries at Checkers if you “Like” them on Facebook

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