This Week In Food

DC, do you want the good news or the bad news first? It’s Friday, so I’ll give you the good news first.

  • Three of our very own local breweries earned a spot to compete at the annual craft beer and food festival, SAVOR. We can officially feel bad ass when we’re drinking DC Brau.
  • Now for the bad. Gina Chersevani of cocktail/mixtress fame can no longer be found behind the bar at PS 7′s. Citing a difference in priorities, Gina and Chef Peter Smith have parted ways, leaving the rest of us a little twitchy about where and when we’ll get our next Gina drink.
  • My mother always told me the best way to catch people off guard during a potential conflict was to kill ‘em with kindess. Maybe the DC Food Truck Association has been talking to my mom? This week they publicly endorsed the DCRA proposed rules for mobile and sidewalk vendors. From the news release:

“Overall, the proposed regulations are a significant improvement to the current rules,” said Che Ruddell-Tabisola, Executive Director of the Washington, DC Food Trucks Association. “We are asking our followers and fans to express their support for the proposed rules to the District before February 18, when the public comment period concludes.”

  • DC’s Top Chef contingent made some headlines this week. Mike Isabella revealed his menu plans for Bandolero, a Mexican joint that’ll open in the former Hook space in Georgetown. You’ll be happy to know, he’s got the booze situation covered. “Margaritas are going to be all over the place. Every table, everywhere,” he told Washingtonian.  There’s still a little but of time before his new place opens, so in the meantime, you can still get your Isabella fix by booking a table at his hotspot, Graffiato on CityEats.
  • Meanwhile, Spike Mendelsohn, of hamburger and pizza fame, was rumored to be opening a Good Stuff Eatery in…where else, but Georgetown?!  But this week, Eater DC confirmed that perhaps Spike had spoken too soon. It’s tough to find a spot for a restaurant in the city these days.
  • The weekend could not come any sooner! Between the Super Bowl party snacking, Will Artley’s pop up restaurant, Project 2312 and some experimenting with gluten-free pizzas, there’s plenty of food fun to dive right into. Where will you guys be eating?

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