- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 27, 2006

For soccer fans remaining in Washington, chef Jose Andres of Jaleo has a special treat. Until July 9, patrons who visit Jaleo Crystal City (2250 A Crystal Drive, Arlington; 703/413-8181) for dinner can sign up for Jose’s Spanish Challenge for World Cup 2006. If Spain wins the World Cup, these supporters will be sent a gift certificate redeemable between July 10 and Aug. 31 at the Crystal City Jaleo. The certificate will match the diners’ previous bill spent on the June-July 9 sign-up visit, up to a maximum of $100. The certificate applies to food only.

If Spain doesn’t win, Mr. Andres will send $10 gift certificates to be used toward lunch or dinner through August.

On July 27, the Crystal City Jaleo will serve a wine dinner featuring refreshing summer tapas — and “exceptionally refreshing wines” — on the patio.

Summer has arrived, and at the 1789 Restaurant (1226 36th St. NW; 202/965-1789), chef Nathan Beauchamp is unveiling his three-course summer special menu available from July 1 through Sept. 13 for $35 per person, plus beverages, tax and gratuity. Starters such as champagne-cured salmon with baby spring beets; suckling pig with pickled farm onions; and escargot tartlets with spring garlic will be on the menu. Entree choices will include Maine diver scallops with polenta and pickled rhubarb; Kurobuta pork chop with sour cherry and bacon clafoutis; and the restaurant’s signature rack of lamb.

Restaurant Kolumbia (1801 K St. NW; 202/331-5551) is honoring the long-awaited reopening of the Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, scheduled for July 1. Until Labor Day, the restaurant will feature a special menu for $35 per person. Chef Jamie Stachowski’s dinner will include a summer melon salad, crab cakes bound with scallop mousse, and coconut and white chocolate angel food cake.

Savino Recine, chef-owner of Primi Piatti (2013 I St. NW; 202/223-3600), is featuring a summer special until Sept. 5. From 5:30 to 7 p.m., guests dining on his house-made pastas and selections from the appetizers menu on the patio or the bar area off the patio, will receive a 50 percent discount off the menu price. A specialty cocktail and a wine of the day will also be offered at a discounted price.

The new Summer in Venice menu at the National Gallery of Art’s Garden Cafe includes two dishes created by Fabrizio Aielli, chef-owner of the Teatro Goldoni restaurant in Washington who once cooked in Venice: grilled polenta diamonds, and bigoli pasta with onion confit, anchovies and garlic.

The Venetian menu, for the exhibition “Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting,” is offered through Sept. 17. The cafe is open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Dino (3435 Connecticut Ave. NW; 202/686-2966) will offer a four-course tasting menu for July in honor of its first anniversary. The rustic Italian restaurant’s special dinner costs $37 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $25.

Dino’s new executive chef Daniel Amaya worked at Ondine’s in Sausalito, Calif., Gary Danko in San Francisco, and at Foti’s in Culpeper before coming to Dino.

Another birthday celebration will take place on Aug. 1 when TenPenh (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202/393-4500) will commemorate six years in business. The restaurant has undergone a summer refurbishment, and outdoor dining will be available during the summer.

On July 22 and 23, Les Dames d’Escoffier will present a free Green Kids at Market Days at five area farmers markets from 10 a.m. to noon to help children understand the importance of eating fresh and healthy seasonal foods. The July 22 program will be at the Arlington Farmers Market at Courthouse Square and two Freshfarm Markets — at Sixth and H streets Northeast and Fenton and Ellsworth streets in Silver Spring. The July 23 programs will be at the Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market and the Takoma Park Farmers Market in Takoma Park.

Black’s Bar & Kitchen (7750 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda; 301/652-3704) has re-opened after a four-month renovation. The restaurant is a modern neighborhood eatery; its new menu specializes in fresh, organic a la carte options with an expansive choice of sauces, sides and steaks, game and seafood. The bar menu offers the day’s best raw offerings along with lighter fare.

July 3 is the date for the opening of a new restaurant in Annapolis. Kyma (69 West St.; 410/268-0003), which means “wave” in Greek, is designed by the Adamstein & Demetriou team of Washington. Kyma will be a Mediterranean restaurant with Chesapeake roots; it’s a partnership between the owners of Mie N Yu in Georgetown and the Sfakiyanudis family in Annapolis.

The Blue Duck Tavern (24th and M streets Northwest; 202/419-6755) in the Park Hyatt Hotel Washington has opened with a stunning look created by New York designer Tony Chi. Executive chef Brian McBride and chef de cuisine Mark Hellyar have created an interesting new menu using fresh ingredients from local purveyors and artisans.

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