- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and flower shops and candy stores are preparing for the onslaught. One of the perks of the occasion for moms all over the country is not cooking for the family on that day, and Washington has some tasty options for a traditional Mother’s Day brunch.

Hotels have always been in the forefront of the occasion’s repasts. The Colonnade in the Fairmont Hotel has been preparing regional favorites and specialties for many years in an elegant setting. This year’s buffet includes whole poached salmon, Atlantic and Pacific oysters, tea-marinated gravlax, Kobe beef rib-eye, bourbon-scented seafood cioppino and rack of lamb. The dessert display includes warm berry gratin, cherries jubilee and Lancaster County shoofly pie.

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, offers a buffet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ballroom, with live music, lots of flowers and a champagne brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Grill. The champagne brunch includes a seafood bar, cold salads, hot entrees and a dessert table. In the afternoon, from 2 to 5, tea will be served in the Diplomat Room, featuring Perrier-Jouet champagne, tea sandwiches, scones, miniature pastries and music. Ladies will receive a bouquet at each of the events.

The Madison Hotel is partnering with Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa to pamper mom. The hotel’s $189 brunch package includes brunch for two at the jazz brunch and the choice of any specialty facial or massage, a makeup refresher and a 20 percent promotional coupon for a future spa service. The spa services are valid for a year.

The brunch buffet, offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. will be set up in the Madison’s lobby; the hotel’s weekly jazz musician will serenade guests. In addition to soup, seafood, pasta and dessert stations, the hotel’s Federalist Restaurant will have a breakfast station with all sorts of traditional breakfast items.

At Palette, the Madison’s adjacent restaurant, chef James Clark will present a special four-course Mother’s Day menu from noon to 6 p.m., priced at $70, including a “mama-tini.” The menu includes crab cakes, sugar-cane-glazed duck, roasted golden beets and sunchokes, wild mushroom tortellini, and strawberry and brioche bread pudding.

Many of the city’s restaurants will be celebrating with special meals. At Cafe Atlantico, mothers will be honored with drinks such as a mango mimosa, magic mojitos and pisco sours. The Latin-inspired $25 menu includes sweet-potato soup; pan dulce with cheese, crema and cinnamon syrup; steak and eggs with plantain puree; fruit salad with passion-fruit soup; and a chocolate cake with hot chocolate — the rich Mexican chocolate is poured on the cake at the table.

Maggiano’s will be serving a lavish Mother’s Day buffet that will include traditional pasta dishes, Belgian waffles and a carving station. Moms will receive a $10 gift certificate for a future visit to the restaurant. The buffet at the District location will be available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the private dining area; at Tysons Corner, the buffet will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mourayo will be open exceptionally for a Mother’s Day Sunday lunch and will offer a special four-course menu of Greek specialties for $30 per person. Its sister restaurant, La Tomate, will make its dinner menu available all day as well as serving Sunday brunch specials.

At the 1789, chef Ris Lacoste will present every mother with a potted plant. She is offering her guests three-course menus, priced between $22 and $30, depending on the main course ordered. Her menu includes some wonderfully imaginative dishes, such as scrambled eggs chiliquiles with queso fresco, chorizo and roasted tomatillo sauce and hot and cold-smoked salmon with smoked steel-head trout caviar and mustard creme fraiche. All egg dishes will be served with Gruyere rosti (those delicious Swiss fried potatoes with cheese) and asparagus.

Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Mother’s Day three-course brunch menu at Marcel’s will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature such dishes as roasted corn soup with scallions, red peppers and shrimp; crab flan; roasted tenderloin of pork in a Calvados sauce; hot apple tart with Calvados ice cream; and berries in soup with citrus sorbet.

Charlie Palmer Steak celebrates the day with a $55 prix fixe three-course meal. Executive chef Bryan Voltaggio’s menu showcases the first tastes of spring, including dishes incorporating local asparagus, blue crab from Southern Virginia, roasted five-spice pork tenderloin, braised baby-back ribs, and Shenandoah Valley rabbit four ways.

For those looking for something off the beaten track, Cloud debuts an all-day pajama brunch on Mother’s Day. The idea is to let area residents roll out of bed and come to brunch in their pajamas, robes and slippers. “We’re introducing this brunch because we wanted to do something fun for the neighborhood,” says owner Savino Recine. For $22, guests will choose four tapas from a list of 15 hot and cold tapas. The price includes unlimited bloody marys and mimosas and a dessert. The tapas brunch will be served by a pajama-clad staff every Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. For an additional $10, guests can enjoy their meal in bed by reserving one of the restaurant’s lounging white leather beds. It takes all kinds.

Happy Mother’s Day to all.

The Colonnade, Washington Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. NW; 202/457-5000; $80, including champagne; children under 12, $35

Ritz Carlton, Pentagon City, 1250 S. Hayes St., Arlington; 703/415-5000; buffet, $72; brunch, $78; tea, $45. Half price for children.

Federalist Restaurant, Madison Hotel, 15th and M streets NW; 202/587-1658. $35 adults, $17 children under 12.

Palette, 15th and M streets NW; 202/587-2700.

Cafe Atlantico, 405 Eighth St. NW; 202/393-0812; brunch from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Maggiano’s, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202/966-5500; 2001 International Drive, McLean, 703/356-9000; $33 for adults; children, $16.

Mourayo, 1732 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202/667-2100; La Tomate, 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202/667-5505.

1789, 1226 36th St. NW; 202/965-1789.

Marcel’s, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202/296-1166; adults, $65; children, $32.

Charlie Palmer Steak, 101 Constitution Ave. NW, 202/547-8100.

Cloud, 1 Dupont Circle NW; 202/872-1122.

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