- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2008

May means Mother’s Day, May 11 this year, and there’s lots cooking for mom all over town.

Mother’s Day fare at the Blue Duck Tavern (24th and M streets NW; www.blueducktavern.com/gallery/blueduck/home.html, 202/419-6755) will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a three-course menu for $80 including first course, entree with sides and dessert. Executive chef Brian McBride has modified some of his mother’s favorite recipes for the occasion. Maine scallops with morel mushrooms, braised lamb shank with garlic jus, and roasted filet mignon with foie gras sauce are among the standouts.

In time for Mother’s Day, the Blue Duck is introducing four cookie choices available daily for purchase in the pastry shop and pantry area of the restaurant. Each package contains six to eight cookies and is priced at $9. Monday through May 11, all cookie sales will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic Inc., which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Charley Palmer Steak (101 Constitution Ave. NW; www.charliepalmer.com/steak_dc/home.html, 202/547-8100) will honor Washington’s mothers with a $55 three-course brunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Highlights include pan-fried soft-shell crabs, bacon-wrapped Hawaiian blue prawns, and strawberry-rhubarb cobbler. Children’s menu, $20. The restaurant will be serving the regular dinner menu with seasonal specials for Mother’s Day.

1789 Restaurant (1226 36th St. NW; www.1789restaurant.com, 202/965-1789) will serve a special brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., plus a seasonal a la carte dinner menu from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Featured will be such items as chef Nathan Beauchamp’s brioche French toast with glazed bananas, eggs Benedict with country bread and Virginia ham, and pineapple clafoutis with rosemary ice cream. Brunch prices range from $24 to $38, with the first and second courses included in the entree price.

Chef Bobby Varua’s three-course $45 prix-fixe Mother’s Day brunch at 701 (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; www.701restaurant.com, 202/393-0701) will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and feature items such as chilled crab salad, scrambled eggs with Maine lobster, banana-walnut pancakes with grilled pork belly, and blackberry flan. Complimentary bar fare is offered in 701’s bar during happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

At Mrs. K’s Toll House (9201 Colesville Road, Silver Spring; www.mrsks.com, 301/589-3500) executive chef Maurisee Upshur will create a four-course menu featuring such dishes as corn and crab chowder, blackened rockfish, and seafood champagne pasta for $60 per person; children under 13, $20. Mrs. K’s will offer a complimentary potted herb for mothers to take home.

For an unusual brunch, Rasika (633 D St. NW; www.rasikarestaurant.com, 202/637-1222) will serve such items as fish chutneywala, black cod with dill, and coconut pudding. Brunch is $35 per person and will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Rasika is also featuring a Mango Madness menu in May.

At the restored Morrison-Clark Restaurant (1015 L St. NW; www.morrisonclark.com; 202/898-1200) brunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef Janis McLean’s three-course meal, priced at $55 per person but $20 for children younger than 12, will include a springtime frittata of asparagus, mushrooms, Brie and roasted tomato jam; glazed pork chops with spoon bread; chocolate roulade; a classic strawberry shortcake; and a red-wine-braised duck salad.

At the Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center (2700 F St. NW; www.kennedy-center.org/visitor/restaurant_terrace.cfm, 202/416-8555) the Mother’s Day brunch is priced at $39.95 for adults and $20 for children. Included are a prime rib carving station, a raw bar, seasonal salads and an assortment of baked breads and pastries. Children can indulge in favorite springtime foods from a special children’s table.

The Bombay Club (815 Connecticut Ave. NW; www.bombayclubdc.com, 202/659-3727) offers a champagne buffet featuring a special menu of Indian dishes with piano music and complimentary valet parking from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; $28 per person. Seafood curry, chicken tikka and fruit salad are on the menu.

At the six Washington-area Morton’s Steakhouses (www.mortons.com) lunch and dinner from 1 to 9 p.m. include a salad, entree, side dish and dessert priced at $59 per person. Entrees can be chosen from a list that includes filet mignon, steak Diane, broiled salmon filet, and chicken with a garlic beurre blanc.

At the Oval Room (800 Connecticut Ave. NW; www.ovalroom.com, 202/463-8700) executive chef Tony Conte will show his culinary skills with a prix-fixe three-course menu priced at $45 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On the menu are a goat-cheese custard with red beets; gnocchi with wild mushrooms and a black truffle sauce; and halibut with artichokes.

Cafe Mozu in the Mandarin Oriental hotel (1330 Maryland Ave. SW; www.cafemozu.com, 202/787-6868) is planning a brunch buffet from noon to 3 p.m. of raw seafood and sushi, charcuterie, an assortment of cheeses and salads, curries, table-side carving with entree selections, an omelet station and an array of decadent desserts. Cost is $80 per person. From May 13 through 31, the restaurant will offer specials of Chesapeake Bay soft-shell crabs prepared to order.

Ping by Charlie Chiang’s (4060 Campbell Ave., Arlington; www.charliechiangs.com, 703/671-4900) is offering an Asian fusion Mother’s Day brunch for $16.95 per person. The feast includes a choice of chilled and hot appetizers, an entree course, dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage. Mothers and mothers-to-be will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine or blooming jasmine tea and a fresh carnation.

At Ardeo (3311 Connecticut Ave. NW; www.ardeorestaurant.com, 202/244-6750) the Mother’s Day brunch can be enjoyed from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $40 per person. Highlights include seared diver scallops with avocado and blood oranges, beef carpaccio, eggs Benedict, and double-cut Kurobuta pork chops.

May celebrations also include Cinco de Mayo, which will be celebrated May 5 at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana (401 Seventh St. NW; www.oyamel.com, 202/628-1005) with a variety of drink specials, $1 antojitos and special dishes available during dinner. The holiday celebrates the Mexican victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.

Chilean chef Pilar Rodriguez is the guest chef for the Chilean Culinary Celebration May 12-17 at Ceiba (701 14th St. NW; www.ceiba.com; 202/393-3983). The prix fixe Chilean menu each evening includes amuse bouche, appetizer, entree and dessert. The price: $37 per person or $49 with wines.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 17, the chefs at Acadiana (901 New York Ave. NW; www.acadianarestaurant.com, 202/222-0987) will teach a class on how to throw a crawfish or shrimp boil. Students will learn how to make the customary boil with a helping of mudbugs, potatoes and corn on the cob, accompanied by buckets of cold beer, all to be consumed at the class. The class costs $75 per student. To register, contact Darnell Howell at 202/222-0987 or [email protected]

On May 20, Cafe Atlantico (405 Eighth St. NW; www.cafeatlantico.com, 202/393-0812) and sommelier Jill Zimorski will present a dinner featuring sparkling wines from Schramsberg Vineyards and Cellars. The four-course menu by chef Katsuya Fukushima is $125 per person and will include a selection of the vineyard’s wines.

Oceanaire Seafood Room (1201 F St. NW; www.oceanaireseafoodroom.com/washingtondc.html, 202/347-2277) will serve Alaskan king crab legs purchased from the fishing vessel Time Bandit, a member of the crab-fishing fleet featured in the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch.” Oceanaire is also serving Alaskan halibut.

On Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer, Restaurant K by Alison Swope (1101 K St. NW; www.restaurantkbyalisonswope.com, 202/974-6545) is offering a three-course dinner priced at $29.95 so diners can try any appetizer, entree and dessert of their choice to get to know Ms. Swope’s Favors of the South menu. Restaurant K also serves breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, featuring Mexican-inspired dishes.

At the Majestic Cafe (911 King St., Alexandria; www.majesticcafe.com, 703/837-9117) the Sunday night dinner special menu — $78 for four diners — during May consists of buttermilk-fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, creamy coleslaw, corn on the cob and peach cobbler.

Through May 11, Washingtonians can enjoy a springtime jaunt to France without leaving the area. Legal Sea Foods (704 17th St. NW, 202/347-0007 and in Tysons Galleria, 703/827-89) is presenting the Loire Valley Focus, featuring wines from the Loire Valley complemented by dishes from that area. Besides the special menu, the Tysons restaurant will host a Loire Valley Wine Dinner on May 8. The six-course dinner, $85 per person, begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes butter-poached mussels, spinach-wrapped salmon and rosemary-marinated duck breast. Wines include a Sancerre, muscadet and gamay.

Marcel’s (2401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; www.marcelsdc.com, 202/296-1166) and Monument Fine Wines present a wine dinner at 6 p.m. May 7. Between the amuse bouche and the mignardise are five courses: fillet of turbot, ratatouille and balsamic reduction; Burgundy snails, garlic flan, parsley butter; grilled squab breast, wild mushrooms, pearl pasta; lamb loins wrapped in in phyllo, cumin Madeira sauce; and Mimolette cheese, Granny Smith apple, medjool date.

The wines, from Hartford Court in the Russian River area of California’s Sonoma County, are two chardonnays, a pinot noir, and two zinfandels, all 2005. The cost is $195 per person, inclusive of tax, gratuity and valet parking. Call 202/296-1166.

Corinna Lothar

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