- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Maestro Placido Domingo not only is regaling Washington with his production of “Porgy and Bess” at the Kennedy Center, but he has opened his new restaurant Zengo, together with his partner, chef Richard Sandoval, in Gallery Place in Chinatown (781 Seventh St. NW; 202/393-2929. Zengo (which translates as “give and take”), one of Mr. Sandoval’s six restaurants, merges Latin and Asian cuisines.

Award-winning chef Jose Andres will introduce his first cookbook, “Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America” with celebratory dinners at the three Jaleo locations: 2250-A Crystal Drive, Arlington, Nov. 10; 480 Seventh St. NW, Nov. 14; and 7271 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, Nov. 15. The dinners, priced at $85 per person, include an autographed copy of the new cookbook and will begin at 7 p.m. in the suburban locations and at 8 p.m. downtown. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to D.C. Central Kitchen. For reservations, call 202/683-1910.

Nov. 2 is the date for the Life Is Sweet, the annual Pastry Chefs’ Showcase at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, a fundraiser for Best Buddies. The event includes not only delectable pastry tastings prepared by more than a dozen local pastry chefs, but a cocktail reception, champagne, a live auction and interaction with the chefs. Individual tickets are $45 per person and the fundraiser lasts from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Colvin Run Tavern’s (8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna; 703/356-9500) chef Jeff Gaetjen is offering a new autumn menu featuring apples, pears, pomegranates, squash and cranberries. His new menu includes Serrano ham with stuffed roasted figs, spiced almonds and sherry vinegar; Belgian endive and radicchio salad with pears stuffed with goat cheese and a pomegranate preserved-orange vinaigrette; seared sea scallops with roasted corn, chanterelles and smoked bacon ragout and sweet corn puree; and warm apple tart tatin.

On Nov. 16, Cassandra Vanhooser, associate travel writer of Southern Living magazine, will join Executive Chef Frank Morales for a special dinner, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Zola (800 F St. NW; 202/654-0999). The dinner is a special Smithsonian Resident Associates Program event and is priced at $90 for resident associate members and $112 general admission.

At Dupont Grille (Jurys Washington Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202/939-9596), now open for lunch and dinner, there’s a new executive chef — Duane S. Keller, who served as executive chef at the Blue Point Grill in Alexandria and the Ashby Inn in Paris, Va.

The historic Hay-Adams Hotel (16th and H streets NW; 202/638-2570) is again serving tea on Sunday afternoons in the Lafayette Room, overlooking Lafayette Park and the White House. Tea is served from 3 to 5 p.m. at $35 per person and includes sandwiches, pastries, cookies, a glass of champagne and, of course, tea. Music is provided by Tom Vogt, the Lafayette’s resident pianist.

Acadiana (901 New York Ave. NW; 202/408-8848) has scheduled a second storm benefit, this time for the Louisiana farmers, harvesters, fishermen and seafood purveyors who were hard hit by Hurricane Katrina. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1, All Saints Day, po’boy sandwiches will be sold for donations of $25 and up. The sandwiches will be assembled by 10 female chefs paired with politicians and other local personalities with ties to Louisiana. All funds raised will be distributed through Slow Food International’s Terra Madre Program directly to affected farmers.

November is Thanksgiving month, and several Washington restaurants have set their menus. In Georgetown, the 1789 Restaurant (1226 36 St. NW; 202/965-1789) is offering a three-course menu for $45, as well as chef Ris Lacoste’s a la carte menu, from noon to 9 p.m. Since the chef will be leaving 1789 at the end of the year to start her own restaurant, this will be the last chance to sample one of her Thanksgiving dinners there.

Down at the Georgetown waterfront, Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place (3000 K St. NW; 202/944-4587) will offer an all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving seafood buffet from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for $45 ($20 for children). The buffet will also include nonseafood items such as smoked goose and honey baked ham.

Martin’s Tavern (1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 202/333-6089), Washington’s oldest single-family-owned establishment, will serve a classic Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 11 p.m., priced at $35 per adult and $14 for children.

At the Oval Room (800 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202/463-8700), chef Paul Luna will prepare a three course prix-fixe dinner for $35 from noon to 8 p.m. Mr. Luna’s menu has some nontraditional items such as grilled quail; a salad of butternut squash, fennel and oranges; seared scallops with endive; sweet potato ravioli with sage butter; and roasted turkey with Jerez vinegar and lemon confit, served with roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli rapini.

The Fairmont Washington (2401 M St. NW; 202/429-2400, Ext. 164) is offering turkeys-to-go dinners for 10 persons, priced at $200. Orders must be placed prior to Nov. 18. The dinners include corn bread, mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, sauteed vegetables, cranberry sauce, pumpkin or pecan pie, as well as the turkey with sun-dried tomato sausage stuffing.

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