- - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Friday is National Doughnut Day, and Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken (1308 G St. NW) will celebrate with a special edition Apple Pie doughnut: a caramel glaze and brown sugar bruleed doughnut filled with apple pie and topped with vanilla butter cream, available at the store’s locations and food truck. All proceeds from the sale of the special edition doughnut will benefit the Fisher House Foundation. National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army members who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

The Majestic Cafe, at 911 King St. in Old Town Alexandria, has re-opened. At the helm is Executive Chef Gaby Hakman, who has put together a menu of seasonal dishes reflecting her Mediterranean palate. The restaurant’s Art Deco aspect has been retained, but contemporary touches have been added in fixtures, furnishings and decor. Mondays are burger nights, Fridays are prime rib nights, and Sundays are chicken and ribs nights. Happy hour takes place Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.

Opened at the beginning of May, Ottoman Taverna (425 I St. NW, with an entrance on Fourth Street between K and I), is Washington’s newest Turkish restaurant, and it already has been visited by Michelle Obama and friends. It incorporates traditional techniques and pays tribute to the flavors of Ottoman cuisine. A variety of kebabs, creamy cheese-filled “cigars,” bread made with flour imported from Turkey and a superb moussaka are some of the dishes. The restaurant has an extensive wine list including Turkish, Greek, Lebanese, Israeli and Macedonian wines.

A special treat at Robert Wiedmaier’s Belgian-style Brasserie Beck (1101 K St. NW) is a complimentary slice of raclette cheese, scraped onto guests’ plates at the bar from 5-6 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Raclette is a Swiss specialty, dating to the 13th century when cow herders in the mountains would pack the cheese and melt it around a campfire, scraping it onto rustic bread. Today, a special melter is used. During the two happy hours, glasses of Pinot Gris or Riesling are available for $4 each.

Masa 14 (1825 14th St. NW) has introduced a 12-seat chef’s table in front of the kitchen, where tasting menus will be served at two seatings — the first at 6 p.m. and the second at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. During the two seatings, diners can sample nine to 13 “off-menu” dishes created by Executive Chef Ryan Ratino, who will be available to answer questions. The dinners are priced at $80 per person, or $125 with five wine pairings.

The Blue Duck Tavern (1201 24th St. NW) is celebrating its 10th anniversary in June. The restaurant will showcase the return of its most popular dishes featured on the its seasonal summer menus over the past 10 years. Each week, featured dishes will be available as “market selections” on the lunch and dinner menus. The restaurant will commemorate its anniversary by treating guests to a complimentary miniature apple pie on June 16 at lunch and dinner. On June 17, the Blue Duck Tavern will hold a special chef’s table featuring past and current executive chefs. The four-course menu with wine pairings is priced at $195 per person.

On June 26, Park Hyatt Master of Food & Wine will return with a whiskey-inspired seasonal culinary and beverage event, partnered with One Eight Distilling (1135 Okie St. NE), from 1-4 p.m. One Eight Distilling is named for Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, which among other things provides for the establishment of a federal district to serve as the nation’s capital. Priced at $75 per person, the event offers guests a private tour of the production facilities and a sampling of six One Eight whiskeys, along with paired seasonal dishes. Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling 202/419-6620 or emailing [email protected]

Lobster and beer are Monday specials at the outdoor and indoor bars of Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place (3000 K St. NW) for $25. Half-priced oysters are the happy hour special Mondays through Fridays from 4-7 p.m. Beer, rail drinks and house wines are $4.

Chef Tony Conte has started a Pop-in Tasting Series at his new restaurant, Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana (12207 Darnestown Road, Darnestown). The series consists of two consecutive evenings of Mr. Conte’s fine dining at the six-seat counter and eight-seat communal table. The month of June brings Mr. Conte’s friend, author and chef Alex Talbot of “Ideas in Food,” together with him in the kitchen June 28 and June 29. The Pop-ins are priced at $65 per person, with wine pairings for an additional $35.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (1612 14th St. NW) will host a Crawfish Boil on June 18 from noon to 2 p.m. and from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Chef Austin Ginsberg will prepare traditional Louisiana-style crawfish accompanied by a variety of Southern sides. Additional dishes are roasted ‘gator and Addie’s rolls stuffed with barbecue pork, with a “build-your-own” s’mores station for dessert. Tickets are $50 per person, or $70 with drinks.


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