District residents interested in tasting dishes from forthcoming poultry-centric eatery The Bird will have only one more chance to do so before it opens in Shaw this October.
The Pig (1320 14th St. NW) is slated host two pop-up tasting events to showcase selections from its new restaurant’s menu on Sept. 17 and 18.
During the special “Taste the Bird” brunch, chef Michael Bonk will prepare a variety of fowl dishes that include a “Birdcuterie board” with capon rillettes, duck prosciutto, pheasant galantine; smoked chicken benedict; and Tennessee-style hot chicken.
Though the brunch will showcase The Bird’s menu, pork fanatics will still be able to order some of The Pig’s popular menu items during the pop-up, Bonk said.
Photo via Facebook / The Bird
Locals who want to taste the menu from Shaw’s forthcoming chicken-centric eatery The Bird will be able to do so on 14th Street later this month.
The Pig (1320 14th St. NW) is slated host a pop-up dinner to showcase its new restaurant’s sample menu on May 23-25.
During the pop-up, diners can feast on sweet chili chicken wings, fried amish chicken, pheasant breast and a lacquered BBQ duck and smoked pulled chicken platter meant to satisfy two people. Other sample menu items include dirty fried rice with chicken gizzards and duck fat donuts.
From Cara Scharf. Email her at cara[AT]borderstan.com.
Just shy of its first anniversary, The Pig (1320 14th Street NW), is welcoming a new head chef: Michael Bonk.
The Pig offers dinner, brunch and lunch, with locally sourced menu items such as crispy pig ears, Carolina smoked BBQ, cured meats, fresh salads and boar spoonbread. The restaurant also started offering online ordering this past March.
Bonk’s cooking career is only five-years-old, but he has a wealth of experience from popular DC eateries such as the Queen Vic Pub, Vidalia, and Mio. Most recently, he served as executive chef at the Capitol Hill restaurant and wine bar, Sonoma, which, like The Pig, focuses on locally sourced cuisine.
Bonk has plans to continue and expand The Pig’s tradition of serving hand-crafted, pork-centric cuisine with ingredients drummed up from the restaurant’s La Plata, Maryland, farm and other local sources.
A favorite for DC pork lovers, The Pig (1320 14th Street NW) is now making it easier for neighborhood diners to get their swine on. The Logan Circle restaurant is now accepting online orders for carry-out and will soon have a pre-order option for bulk orders of its Carolina BBQ and Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese.
The Pig offers dinner, brunch and lunch, with locally-sourced menu items like crispy pig ears, carolina smoked bbq, cured meats, fresh salads and boar spoonbread.
Think of it as an easier way to “bring home the bacon.” For more information on The Pig’s menu and online ordering, check the website.
From Katie Andriulli. Email her at katie[AT]borderstan.com and follow her on Twitter @kandriulli.
So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different (yet, anyway). But I think 2013 is going to bring the awesome. The signs are all around. So let’s resolve to be even more warrior-like (warrior-ier?) in the New Year, and get to what we’re all here for: this weekend’s happenings.
Tonight at DC9, Monument Music & Arts is hosting an evening of music to benefit Sandy Hook Elementary featuring local headliner Justin Jones. Tickets for the 9 pm show are $10 and all proceeds go to the Connecticut PTA, which is helping to coordinate donations for the Newtown community. If you feel like gettin’ crafty for a good cause, organizers are also encouraging folks to make paper snowflakes, which they will collect at the show and ship to Newtown where they will be used to decorate the new school when students resume classes in mid-January.
Was one of your resolutions to have more 98° in your life in 2013? If so, I’m a bit concerned for you, but the 9:30 Club has got you covered tonight with its Lady Gaga vs. Madonna vs. Boy Bands dance party. Things kick off at 8 pm and tickets are $15.
Get inspired by painting at the National Gallery of Art’s exhibition Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, which is in its final weeks, then get frustrated by painting and transition to drinking at Fun+Art+Wine’s class “Inspired Pairings: Henri Matisse & Viognier.” The workshop, which is held at their studio in Penn Quarter (RSVP to get location details) runs from 2 to 4 pm and costs $85, which includes painting instruction, supplies to make your own masterpiece, and most importantly, lots of wine and snacks.
Resolve to expand your foodie horizons in 2013 and check out one of my favorite after-work spots Boqueria in Dupont Circle, which also serves a killer brunch. The menu features both authentic Spanish dishes like Tortilla Española and twists on American brunch standbys like eggs benedict, which they serve with either Serrano ham, Piquillo peppers or smoked Scottish salmon (all of which are preferable to Canadian bacon, which should be outlawed). And, best of all, they offer a $35 all you can eat and drink option, if you’re into that kind of thing (you are).
Monday Bonus: Pig Party!
If there’s one thing I like better than puns, it’s pork products. Borderstan’s very own house of hog The Pig offers both with its Oinkupy DC beer dinner tonight, which they’re hosting with Flying Dog brewery. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7 pm, are $70 without tax and tip, but that’s a small price to pay for a five-course meal with beer pairings (dishes include beer soup and pig head mole) and the chance to be among the first to try Flying Dog’s limited edition Chipotle Dark Ale.
Five months after its opening, The Pig, a restaurant dedicated to serving handcrafted, seasonal fare, is finally saying “Yes!” to hungry District lunchers. Beginning Friday, October 26, The Pig (1320 14th Street NW) will be open for lunch on Fridays from noon until 4 pm.
For the menu, Chef Garret Fleming will offer some favorites off the dinner menu, as well as some new sandwiches and salads. Diners can expect menu items such as a pork belly BLT, a fried green tomato and cheese sandwich and a Cobb salad.
More information is available on the website.
From Namita Koppa. Email her at namita[AT]borderstan.com.
Featured image of the bar at The Pig by Luis Gomez Photos. See more photos of the interior of The Pig on Flickr.
EatWell DC’s newest restaurant, The Pig, recently announced their new brunch offering. Beginning Saturday, June 30, you can park a seat and fill up on classic brunch fare with a twist as curly as a pig’s tail at the 14th Street restaurant. (Also, see EatWell’s Newest Venture: The Pig Opens Thursday.)
Featured dishes include a smoked ham Benedict with a buttermilk biscuit, duck egg, and poblano hollandaise; gnocchi & eggs bacon lardon; and huevos tomatillos, complete with eggs, smoked chorizo, lentils, and house cheese on a corn tortilla.
Vegetarians and vegans, don’t fear! The Pig will be offering a garden omelet complete with salad and grilled bread; chickpea hash with eggs and greens; sweet potato pancakes with crème fraiche; and roasted beets salad with chef’s cheese and pomegranate reduction. Vegan options include an heirloom radish salad and fruit salad.
Since opening its doors in mid-May, The Pig has offered up delicious meals featuring every part of our porcine companions. Sourcing fruits and vegetables from EatWell DC’s Natural Farm in La Plata, MD, The Pig’s culinary team receives whole pigs, which they break down in-house.
Ranging from a salad featuring crispy pig ears to an ice cream sundae containing pig’s blood, the menu by Chef Garret Fleming is diverse, creative, and tasty. Also featured are a number of craft beers and cocktails made from small-batch spirits. The Pig is at 1320 14th Street NW, just south of Rhode Island Avenue.
From Luis Gomez and Rachel Nania.
It’s been a couple of very busy weeks for David Winer and partners of the DC restaurant group, EatWell DC, but finally, the team’s most recent restaurant, The Pig, is scheduled to open on Thursday (May 17) at 1320 14th Street NW.
Luckily for us, we had the chance to visit the restaurant before its grand opening and speak with Winer about his fifth culinary establishment, just south of Rhode Island Avenue NW.
For him, the opening of The Pig was part of an evolutionary process; an inspiration and a journey that started with “going green,” embracing the movement and continually showing respect for the animal.
Winer fell in love with pork 10 years ago, while in Barcelona – a cultural haven for ham. And with the greatest aspirations, The Pig will bring sensibility back to food by using all of the parts and pieces of the animal, in the healthiest ways possible. The restaurant will nix the processed pickings and, instead, source fresh ingredients to populate the pork-centric and seasonal menu.
The 14th Street storefront location was a given for Winer; he loves the neighborhood, he lives in the neighborhood and owns two additional restaurants on the 1400 block of P Street NW (Logan Tavern and Commissary). Furthermore, Winer hopes to be an active part of the revitalization of 14th Street – He wants 14th to be restored to what it was: the most important street in Northwest DC, bustling with restaurants, retail and activity.
The Pig’s space is ample, bright and comfortable… and in Winer’s words, it is timeless. The restaurant seats 80 people, with room for 15 extra patrons at the bar. The Pig will serve tap wine in kegs and American craft beers, in addition to its own mixers and bitters with a variety of craft spirits.
In Latin America there is a Spanish saying that translated to English goes something like this: “Each pig has its Saturday” meaning that at some point something that is to be expected will happen (must I describe it for you?). “The Pig”, in this case, is the newest restaurant in the EatWell DC group. While we have known it would happen soon, we now know the date: Monday, May 14.
The Pig will be at 1320 14th Street NW, just south of Rhode Island. It is the fifth of the group, which also includes Commissary and Logan Tavern on the 1400 block of P Street NW, The Heights in Columbia Heights and Grillfish, just south of Dupont Circle on New Hampshire Avenue NW.
According to Andy Phan, EatWell DC spokesperson, “The Pig’s décor will blend industrial with urban; dramatic lighting, patinas and striking art from another era and medium.”
Chef Garret Fleming is ready to serve us crafted food from Eco Friendly Farms in Virginia. The Pig will be serving plates designed to be shared, as well as full entrees with a price range of $4 to $14. The drink menu will include handcrafted cocktails, American craft beers, boutique Bourbons and earth-friendly wines. It will also offer tap wines from kegs with two whites and one red on “draft.”
Despite its name, the Pig will serve vegetarian options when it opens this spring on 14th Street NW. My only question: Why you would want to skimp on porky goodness at a namesake restaurant?
At any rate, Washingtonian released more menu direction from chef Garret Fleming. Think pork belly on your eggs benny and some damn good charcuterie. This also raises an interesting question: What you do when a niche (nose to tail, farm to plate) becomes de rigueur for discerning diners?
Back in December, owner EatWell DC announced that the chef for The Pig would be Garret Fleming. He has worked in places including Eatonville and The Lincoln here in DC and hails from the East Coast, in areas spanning Charleston to Maine.
EatWell DC, owner and operator of such neighborhood favorites as Logan Tavern and Commissary, has named the chef for their upcoming restaurant, The Pig. Chef Garret Fleming has worked in places like Eatonville and The Lincoln here in DC and along the East coast from Charleston to Maine.
“Chef Fleming’s style is an amalgam of classical French and southern Italian cooking, with influences from his birthplace of Charleston, SC; a port city known for its “low-country” cuisine historically linked to its Spanish, French, Italian and African roots,” according to EatWell.
The restaurant plans to focus on locally sourced ingredients and will feature snout to tail dishes from ethically raised animals. The menu will be inspired by and feature produce from EatWell’s own farm in La Plata, Maryland and pork, the protein of choice here, will all be locally sourced as well.
At just 70 seats, The Pig promises to be an intimate dining experience. The Pig is set to open in Spring 2012 at 1320 14th Street NW, south of Rhode Island Avenue.
The fast pace of residential development continues in the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods. A few recently announced projects are working their way through regulatory and neighborhood approval.
Dupont Parking Lot To Become Residential Building
At the southeast corner of 17th and O Streets NW, on what is now a parking lot, the First Baptist Church is seeking approval for a 228-unit apartment building. The developer is Keener-Squire, which manages a number of properties in the Dupont Circle area. The Architect is Eric Colbert, also a well-known name in the neighborhood. The project must obtain approval from the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B and the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), as well as receive a variance from the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA).
At the August 10 ANC meeting, a few commissioners voiced support for the design elements of the project. Several attendees, who mostly identified themselves as residents of the neighboring Richmond and Boston House condominiums, were opposed to many aspects of the project, including design, scale and amenities. The ANC’s Zoning, Preservation & Development Committee will meet September 6 to discuss the project in detail.
More Residential Developments Coming to Logan Circle
In Logan Circle, the Community Development Committee of ANC 2F heard the proposal for a 55-unit residential project at 1328 14th Street NW. This parcel is a few doors south of the 7-11 at 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NW. The architect for the project is Torti Gallas, who designed The Ellington in the 1300 block of U Street NW and several new residential building around the Columbia Heights metro station. According to Urban Turf, the design includes mostly studios and one bedrooms — a trend in many of the projects up and down 14th Street NW — with a mostly glass facade and ground floor retail. This project is also subject to HPRB and BZA review.
Just around the corner, Abdo Development announced plans to construct a 70-unit residential building on vacant land at 1427 Rhode Island Avenue NW. This plot is the last vacant property on the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue and will complete the transformation of the block that began a decade ago. Abdo had maintained an office at 1402 14th Street and rumors circulated last year that the space would become an Italian restaurant. However, Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans (D) recently leased the space as his campaign office in advance of the April 2012 primary and September general election.
Pigs, Pixie’s and Pedicures
Lots of activity on the commercial front as well. Eatwell DC — owners of Logan Tavern, Commissary, Grillfish and The Heights — have announced a new venture in Logan Circle at 1320 14th Street NW. The restaurant will be called The Pig, and, as the name implies, will focus on pork. According to their press release, the restaurant will have just 72 seats and a target opening in Spring 2012.
A Washington Examiner piece by neighborhood resident and journalist Harry Jaffe on how 14th Street NW is being transformed broke the news that Miss Pixie’s would be moving in March 2012. Miss Pixie’s is the landmark antique furniture store with the pink awning that has operated at 1626 14th Street NW since 2008. Borderstan editors contacted Pixie Windsor to confirm the details. Windsor said she holds some small hope of remaining in her current space beyond March 2012, especially if no new tenant is found. In the meantime, she is looking for other retail space and said she would like to remain in the area if possible.
It seems like nail salons open up faster than CVS drugstores in D.C., and Logan Circle is getting their own. Construction is underway for a nail salon at 1410 P Street, a small storefront in one of the few historic buildings that remain on the commercial strip. The other tenants in the building are a barbershop and Mac Dee Cleaners, and is across the alley from Logan Hardware.
Irvine Contemporary Closes
After five years at 1412 14th Street NW, Irvine Contemporary closed over the weekend. Earlier this summer the owner cited rising rents as the reason for closing. Not a good sign, especially since the the gallery is at the heart of the recently branded DC Arts District. The gallery is next door to the space that previously held the Mar de Plata restaurant, which has remained vacant since the restaurant relocated in 2009.