P Street hangouts and EatWellDC restaurants Commissary and Logan Tavern will each sell a Pride-themed cocktail this weekend.
Commissary’s Shut Up and Dance cocktail, a blend of pineapple-infused vodka, sage, mint, ginger, and lime will be sold all weekend for $8. Seven-drink pitchers of the cocktail will also be available for $48.
Logan Tavern will be serving a drink called the Stonewall Strawberry, an amalgam of strawberry infused vodka, mint, simple syrup, St. Germaine and soda. That cocktail will only be available on Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
Both Logan Tavern and Commissary are located along this year’s Pride Parade route.
Photos courtesy of Zest PR
Amtrak Expands WiFi
MetroWeekly reports that Amtrak is expanding free WiFi service on 12 east coast routes “just one week after confirming that it was conducting a soft launch of free WiFi service on its Northeast Regional trains?” As a result, 60% of all Amtrak passengers will have access to free WiFi.
Are H Street’s Hipster Days Numbered? Ben’s Buys Property
One just might have to venture that the H Street NE corridor’s days as DC’s next great Bohemian hangout and land of the skinny black jeans has come to an official close: Ben’s Chili Bowl has purchased property at 10th and H Streets NE. According to the Washington City Paper report, the new restaurant will not necessarily be another Chili Bowl, but something different. Crepes? Small plates? We’ll have to see.
Alexander Zeppos New Chef at Logan Tavern
P Street’s Logan Tavern has hired Alexander Zeppos as its new chef. He comes to the restaurant from Growlers in Gaithersburg, and before that he was the Executive Chef at Local 16 from 2004 to 2006. In addition, he’s held a variety of local culinary positions including Executive Sous Chef at Zaytinya, Jaleo and Ardeo. Zeppos brings a cooking style that includes American, Spanish and Greek food.
Outside Income for DC Councilmembers: Still in the News
The issue of DC Councilmembers being able to hold outside jobs looks like an issue that isn’t going away, especially with the April primary only five months away. Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), who represents the bulk of the Dupont-Logan area, has been under the most fire recently. The issue is his other job as an attorney at Patton Boggs and the law firm’s dealing with the city on behalf of clients.
Outside jobs are not unusual. As DCist pointed out in an earlier article, a couple of other members of the Council also had substantial earnings last year from outside jobs: “Cheh [D-Ward 3] took in $280,000 in additional income, while Evans made $190,000 and Catania [I-At Large] $120,000.” Evans is up for re-election in 2012 and it appears that fellow Georgetown resident Fiona Greig will run against Evans in the Democratic Primary. Cheh was re-elected last year, as was Catania.
For the record, members of the Council make $125,583 and the chairman makes $190,000.
From Matty Rhoades
GiveWell DC is seeking community organizations and charities as potential beneficiaries for future Dine Out events. The quarterly fundraisers, hosted at EatWell’s four local restaurants, give 10% of the dinner proceeds on a given night to a selected charity or organization.
GiveWell DC is the charitable arm of EatWell DC, which is the parent company of three restaurants in the Dupont/Logan area: Commissary, Logan Tavern and Grillfish, plus The Heights in Columbia Heights. A fifth restaurant, The Pig, will open on 14th Street NW in Logan Circle in the spring.
According to Andy Phan of EatWell DC, “GiveWell DC chooses beneficiary partners based on two main criteria: a connection with our neighborhoods and guests, and a desire and ability to participate in the promotion of the event. GiveWell DC welcomes all interested neighborhood and charitable organizations to submit letters of interest for all future Dine Out Nights.”
An estimated $10,000 has been raised for local organizations since the Dine Out nights began a year ago. Past participating charities have been The Myositis Association, The Trevor Project, Food & Friends as well as Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. The next event is scheduled for this December.
“There is no limit on how much a selected organization can receive, so the key to success for the partner charity is to actively participate by getting their network to dine in the restaurants on the selected evening, help promote the event and have ambassadors at the restaurants on the night of the event to inform the diners of the organizations’ cause and solicit additional donations,” explained Phan.
If you are a local charity or organization interested in becoming part of EatWell DC’s Dine Out Nights, contact Phan at [email protected].
From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time
Dining out for a cause isn’t exactly a new thing ’round these parts, but sometimes the cause, the deal and the restaurant involved come together in a perfect storm that’s both tasty and inspirational.
Tonight only (January 31) if you dine at Commissary, Logan Tavern, or The Heights, 10% of all proceeds will benefit the “It Gets Better Project.” All three restaurants are owned by the EatWell group which runs a charitable division called GiveWell.
To RSVP to the event via Facebook, donate to It Gets Better Project, share your story or watch the infamous videos visit this site.
Floriana Mercury Grill is located at 1602 17th Street NW. It has one of the best reputations in town… as a wonderful Italian restaurant with consistent service and great prices.
Logan Tavern is located at 1423 P Street NW and is one of the pioneering restaurants in the revival of the 14th Street corridor. Always a good bet for a pleasant meal, with a diverse menu.
HR-57 is located at 1610 14th Street NW. A favorite of mine, it is not really a place to eat, but a wonderful place to fill the spirit with great live jazz music. You can bring your own liquor or allow them to serve you. There are some finger foods available.