- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Summer is here, and at Mie N Yu (3125 M St. NW, 202/333-6122) chef Tim Elliott has created a special Thai-themed chef’s tasting menu, Naa Raawn, which means “hot season” in Thai.

The six-course menu, offered through September, cost $65 per person and will include such dishes as roasted squid satay, papaya soup, northern corn fritters, and veal with crunchy Thai basil.

Juniper at the Fairmont Hotel (2401 M St. NW, 202/457-5020) will be serving Sunday brunch outdoors in the flower-filled courtyard as well as indoors until Sept. 2. Chef James Phillips is preparing a cold brunch and dessert buffet for $32 per person, with an entree added from the Juniper menu for an additional $10.

Jazz in the Garden is back in the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Art, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue, on Friday evenings beginning at 5 p.m. until Aug. 31. Some of the area’s best musicians in contemporary jazz, big band and modern jazz will perform. At the Pavilion Cafe, guests can order picnic baskets in advance — to be picked up at the time of the concert — by visiting www.jazzinthegarden.com. Baskets cost $30 and are filled with meats, cheeses, fruit, pate and sweets. Orders must be placed by the Wednesday prior to the Friday concert and must be prepaid online. Wines are available for an additional cost. The cafe also serves a la carte.

For a special summer excursion, you can cruise the Potomac River aboard Odyssey III on Aug. 5 with Bubbles on the Potomac III: Vintage, Baby! Vintage! The charity gala is held by the concierges and affiliate members of the Washington Area Concierge Association to benefit local charities. During the cruise, guests will enjoy an evening of dinner, dancing, entertainment and a silent auction. A wine presentation will highlight the event with sparkling wines from California, New Mexico, Italy, Australia, Spain and France. Boarding starts at 5:30 p.m. at the Gangplank Marina, Southwest Waterfront, 600 Water St. SW, and the dinner cruise on the river is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are available for $75 per person and can be purchased by visiting www.bubblesonthepotomac.eventbrite.com or by check by visiting www.wacaonline.com. For silent auction donations, contact Andrew Stover at 202/463-4550.

The Potomac River is also the venue for the Washington Wine Academy, Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse and Capital Yacht Charters’ Thursday-evening social gathering called DC Harbor Nights Yacht Socials on the Potomac. From 7:15 p.m. (boarding at 6:45 p.m.) to 9:45 p.m., participants can enjoy an open bar, wine tasting, a buffet and live music while cruising down the river. The price is $68 per person, all inclusive. The boat sails from Capital Yacht Charters, Washington Marina, 1300 Maine Ave. SW.

Tickets can be purchased by going to www.DCHarborNights.com or by calling 703/971-1525.

At Hank’s Oyster Bar (1624 Q St. NW, 202/462-4265) guests can take “One-Hour Flights to Italy, Spain, France and the West Coast” without leaving Washington. On Monday through Thursday, between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., guests can enjoy five-ounce pours of wines from a specific wine destination for $15. The destination varies monthly.

Crawfish season is still going strong at Acadiana (901 New York Ave. NW, 202/408-8848). Until Aug. 31, outdoor diners can enjoy a Louisiana Crawfish Boil, priced by the pound ($13 for crawfish, $17 for shrimp), featuring crawfish, potatoes, corn and a bucket of beer. The crawfish boil is served from 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Wild sockeye salmon season runs until the end of September, and it’s on the menu at Oceanaire Seafood Room (1201 F St. NW, 202/347-2277). Wild coho salmon is featured until the end of August.

A summer specialty prepared by executive chef Rob Klink is coho salmon cake with lemon-dill beurre blanc. Another specialty is coho salmon tartare with fried wontons, pickled ginger, wasabi and soy.

A new American artisanal cheese menu, priced at $4 per ounce, is featured in the Park Hyatt Lounge (24th and M streets Northwest) available from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Guests can indulge in six handcrafted cheeses; they can choose one cheese or sample all six.

The cheeses are accompanied by quince paste, raisins on the vine, honey, dried fruits, flatbread and a minibaguette.

Urbana Restaurant (2121 P St. NW, 202/956-6650) has launched an all-organic wine menu called “Per l’amore della terra,” or “for the love of the earth,” with selections from regions of Italy. Bottles of the featured wines will be offered at half-price in the dining room from 5 to 7 p.m.

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