- Tout de Sweet opens Saturday
Good Friday morning. It’s going to be a beautiful day.
Tout de Sweet opens, Cake Love closes
The sweet taste of France can soon be found in downtown Bethesda.
This Saturday, Tout de Sweet is set to open its doors at 7831 Woodmont Ave. The French bakery, owned and operated by pastry chef Jerome Colin, will feature a variety of baked items, such as croissants, macarons, cream puffs, and pound cakes. Colin is also offering a separate cakes and cupcakes menu with a list of flavors that include Moulin Rouge: a classic red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, and Hawaiian Colada: a vanilla cake with fresh pineapple and coconut frosting.
Two chairs are placed near the window at the front of the bakery. Other than that, seating is barely existent. However, Colin says he plans on adding more seating options in the near future, including an outdoor cafe, which he hopes to have ready time for the warmer weather. The bakery opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
While Tout de Sweet is greeting the neighborhood, Cake Love in Silver Spring is packing up its cupcake tins and flour. The bakery will be operating its last day at 935 Ellsworth Dr. this Saturday. But fans shouldn’t fear. The bakery will only be closed temporarily while it relocates around the corner to 8512 Fenton St., next to Pier 1.
Owner Warran Brown says that after being at the Ellsworth location for five years, he needed additional space to help support his customers. The new location is larger and will accommodate more seating. On his blog he writes, “And it’ll just be more exciting being just up from the movie theater. I know I’ll try to catch the latest dramas between batches of cupcakes!” Brown has six Cake Love locations around the D.C. metro area. He also owns Love Cafe, a coffee shop and eatery that’s sits across the street from Cake Love’s U Street location.
French Bistro coming to Cleveland Park
Two former Brasserie Beck employees have teamed up to open a new restaurant at 3714 Macomb St. NW this spring. Metrocurean reports that David Ashwell, who served as Beck’s executive chef and John Warner, who served as manager, have transformed the Cleveland Park location that formerly housed Sushi Sushi, into a French style bistro that features a combination of French classics and regional-focused dishes. The new eatery, dubbed Bistrot Le Zinc, will be designed by Adamstein and Demetriou. The architecture and design firm has had their hands on several well-known dining establishments in the District, including as Zaytinya, Zola, and Poste.
Now open: Burapa Thai
Burapa Thai opened the doors to its new Clarendon location earlier this week. The new eatery, located at 1210 North Garfield St. next to the recently opened Circa, features classic Thai dishes, as well as a sushi bar near the back of the restaurant, says ARLnow. Owner Prat Uthes is offering a $1 per-piece-sushi deal through March 15. Their regular deals include a 50 percent off happy hour from 4 to 8 p.m., half-price wine on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and free meals for kids under the age of 10 on Mondays. Ulthes has Burapa Thai locations in Lansdowne, Winchester, and Ashburn.
James Beard Foundation Semifinalists
The James Beard Foundation released the semifinalists for its annual chef and restaurant awards. Congratulations are in order to the several local chefs and dining establishments that were included in this year’s list. The judges, including critics, food and wine editors, culinary educators, and past James Beard Foundation award winners, will narrow down the list to a final group of nominees next month. The foundation will be live-tweeting the nominees on March 21. You can follow along here. Congratulations again, to all of our D.C. semifinalists...
• Best New Restaurant:
Estadio, Kushi Izakaya & Sushi
• Outstanding Chef:
José Andrés, minibar by José Andrés
• Outstanding Pastry Chef:
Huw Griffiths, Tabard Inn
• Outstanding Restaurant:
• Outstanding Restauranteur:
Ashok Bajaj, 701, Ardeo + Bardeo, Bibiana, The Bombay Club, The Oval Room, and Rasika
• Outstanding Service:
• Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional:
Todd Thrasher, Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA
• Rising Star Chef of the Year:
Nicholas Stefanelli, Bibiana
• Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic:
Cathal Armstrong, Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA
Bertrand Chemel, 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, VA
Tony Conte, The Oval Room
Johnny Monis, Komi
Peter Pastan, Obelisk
Vikram Sunderam, Rasika
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