8.08.2011

Scoop: Food News Round-Up

Noteworthy news from the DC dining scene ...

Daikaya, the forthcoming ramen joint from Sushiko owner Daisuke Utagawa and Yama Jewayni, will be led by chef Katsuya Fukushima (pictured), reports WaPo's Tom Sietsema. Fukushima left Jose Andres' ThinkFoodGroup, where he headed the kitchen at Cafe Atlantico, about a year ago. Daikaya, located at 705 Sixth St. NW, is expected to open this winter, according to Sietsema.

• More shakes and burgers, anyone? The DC outpost of Bobby Flay's Bobby's Burger Palace will open next week on K Street. Read more in Restaurant Watch.

• Lovers of a craft brews, mark your calendar. DC Beer Week runs from Aug. 14-21, kicking off with a craft beer cruise on Sunday. Check the site for the full list of beer-centric events.



• I had the opportunity to judge a recent salad competition at Sweetgreen to choose the August salad of the month. It was a close race with Taylor Gourmet's Casey Patten, Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Tiffany MacIsaac and Good Stuff Eatery's Spike Mendelsohn duking it out over lettuce and golden cherry tomatoes. Spike took the crown with a summery combo of watermelon, feta, mint, red onion, cucumber basil yogurt dressing, and a signature of the chef's, a nice dose of sriracha. Get it at any Sweetgreen location.

• Good cause alert: Hello Cupcake's August flavor of the month is a spin on a root beer float (at right), made with spicy root beer cake and vanilla cream cheese frosting. A portion of cupcake sales from Aug. 8- 12 goes to Jan’s Tutoring House, which provides educational and enrichment activities for inner city children.




Previous scoops:

Chef Geoff's To Rockville, Cheesetique Expands
Bourbon Steak's $7 Brew + Hot Dog Retur ns
Great DC Farmers Markets
Round-Up: Matchbox To 14th, Saint-Ex Kitchen Temporarily Closes
Bar Pilar Gets Crackin' With Crab Nights

Previous scoops:

Chef Geoff's To Rockville, Cheesetique Expands
Bourbon Steak's $7 Brew + Hot Dog Retur ns
Great DC Farmers Markets
Round-Up: Matchbox To 14th, Saint-Ex Kitchen Temporarily Closes
Bar Pilar Gets Crackin' With Crab Nights

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