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Cristophe salon D.C. has grand reopening with founder in attendance

- The Washington Times

Luxury haircutter Cristophe salon has unveiled a classy new look for its District location in Northwest. The District location — one of four in the company’s profile — has been patronized by the likes of the Clintons and other politicos for decades. The founder himself will even be on hand Wednesday evening as the business celebrates its grand reopening.

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Windrun, Santa Margherita offer wines to serve at Thanksgiving

- The Washington Times

The holidays call for drinking, but then what doesn’t these days. Many vintners are unearthing special holiday-related deals that will help lubricate family gatherings as 2016 winds down — and thus help those verboten discussions about politics and religion, if not go smoother, at least hopefully be sooner forgotten.

Goat cheese maker Cypress Grove offers tips on pairing products with beers

- The Washington Times

One typically thinks of cheese being paired with wine, but Northern California artisan goat cheese maker Cypress Grove, who recently held court at Great American Beer Festival, is enriching the lives of beer enthusiasts with its recommendation for pairing some of its products with certain of the more popular kinds of craft beers.


D.C.’s Willard hotel rotates Taste of InterContinental wine pairing menu

- The Washington Times

Seven decades in business certainly calls for celebration. For the platinum anniversary of InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, the ritzy hospitality brand’s District outpost has unveiled its “Taste of InterContinental” experience, a five-course meal being offered at the Willard InterContinental, located along the busy Pennsylvania Ave. corridor in Northwest — not far from the White House.

Patrons at the Great American Beer Festival.  (Eric Althoff)

GABF winners and participants celebrate anniversaries, announce expansion plans

- The Washington Times

Innovation, celebrations of milestones and whiskey-beer collaborations were just some of the stories wafting out of the Colorado Convention Center this weekend at the Great American Beer Festival, wherein brewers from all 50 states converged to show off their wares at the country’s largest annual suds-fest. Here are some newsworthy items The Washington Times picked up over the beer-tastic weekend.


Ketel One Vodka unveils ‘Treat Yo Self Day’ cocktails

- The Washington Times

“Parks and Recreation” characters Donna (Retta) and Tom (Aziz Ansari) brought the world “Treat Yo Self Day,” marked on the calendar as Oct. 13. In keeping with the humorous bent of the long-running sitcom, Ketel One Vodka will be celebrating Treat Yo Self Day this year with some specialty cocktails to commemorate one of the year’s best days.

(from left) Jennifer, Jill and Jessica Emich, owners of Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place.  (Susan France)

‘Blissful’ triplets buck old boys’ club of craft brewing

- The Washington Times

Triplets Jennifer, Jessica and Jill Emich — known colloquially as “The Blissful Sisters” — came into the Great American Beer Festival competition at the weekend a double minority — not only as female owners of a brewery, but one that retails heavily in gluten-free beers.

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