Friday, February 24, 2017

Predictions for 89th Annual Academy Awards

2015 was a disaster (6-5) but last year was a lot better (9-2.) Heck, I even picked the winner for Best Foreign Language Film (Son of Saul!) The 89th annual Academy Awards could be the hardest one to predict in years; but I'm suddenly confident again. Time to build on my (cough... impressive) 64-13 record since 2010. And the winners "are"...

Shannon Captures Red Apples for Best Actor AND Supporting Actor

Michael Shannon stars in Elvis & Nixon
I must admit: Michael Shannon is one of my favorite actors, but who could have predicted two Red Apples in the same year? Best Actor for Elvis & Nixon and Best Supporting Actor for Nocturnal Animals. Way to go Michael! Top honors for Best Film went to Hell or High Water (just barely, over Best Doc Weiner) which also took home an award for Best Cinematography (Giles Nuttgens.) Read on, to see all of this year's Teacher's Pet awards (the seventh annual.) P.S. Outside of Viola Davis for Best Supporting Actress in Fences, don't expect to see any duplicates on Sunday night's Oscar telecast.

Red’s Table to Host Mustang Sally Brewing Company Beer Dinner, April 5th

From our friends at Red's Table...

Red’s Table Will Host a Mustang Sally Brewing Company Beer Dinner on Wednesday, April 5th

On Wednesday, April 5th, 2017, Red's Table, will host a beer dinner featuring craft brews from Mustang Sally Brewing Company, the largest brewing facility located in Fairfax County, Virginia. Mustang Sally Brewing Co. is dedicated to the science of brewing and the art of beer, which stems from their deep respect for European brewing tradition. Guests of the evening will have the pleasure of enjoying a four-course dinner, prepared by Executive Chef Adam Stein, paired with four of Mustang Sally Brewing Company's finest craft brews. Beers featured for the evening include: Mustang Sally IPA, an East Coast India Pale Ale with firm bitterness and affirmative floral hop aromas; Amber Lager, a medium-bodied Vienna-style lager with lightly toasted malt flavor; Bock Bier, a full-bodied bock, brewed with Perle and Saaz hops then fermented with lager yeasts, as well as the Tart Imperial Stout, a sour character compliments the imperial stout base to develop a complex and indulgent depth of flavor. The complete menu with beer pairings is posted below. The cost of the dinner is $65 per person, excluding tax and gratuity.

Ripple Hosts Wine Dinner with Martine Saunier, March 6th

From our friends at Ripple...

Ripple and Martine’s Wines present a dinner highlighting beautiful, sought-after European wines. Executive Chef Ryan Ratino will serve an upscale five-course tasting menu, while importer Martine Saunier pours perfectly paired wines from her amazing selection of producers for guests to enjoy.

The Grill Room Offers New Prix Fixe Lunch & Brunch Options

The Grill Room (Photo: Rosewood Washington, D.C.)

From our friends at The Grill Room...

The Grill Room, located within the Rosewood Washington D.C. at 1050 31st Street, NW, is pleased to announce the addition of new fixed price, affordable lunch & brunch specials. The menu at The Grill Room specializes in the preparation of hand-cut, bone-in, artisanal meats and fresh seafood complimented with seasonal produce sourced from Pennsylvania, Southern Maryland and Virginia. The new lunch addition invites guests to select an appetizer and entrée, or entrée and dessert for $30 per person (tax and gratuity not included), while the new brunch menu invites guests to select an appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert for $45 per person, which includes a pastry and bottle of sparkling wine for mimosas for every two guests (tax and gratuity not included.) Lunch at The Grill Room is served from daily, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, and brunch is served Saturdays & Sundays, from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

The Hay-Adams Introduces Adult Coloring Book

From our friends at the The Hay-Adams Hotel...

The Hay-Adams Introduces the Perfect Stress Reliever In-Room Amenity, an Adult Coloring Book Created by Pulitzer Prize Winner Matt Wuerker

The Hay-Adams is pleased to introduce a complimentary new pocket-size coloring book, commissioned exclusively for the hotel and created by Pulitzer Prize cartoonist Matt Wuerker. Almost a year in the making, the 13-page book sports drawings of 11 iconic monuments in the nation’s capital along with some more intimate settings in and around the landmark Hay-Adams, situated steps from the White House. The art book has an accompanying set of six color pencils that are also an idea travel size in their carrying box. So, when days are long and nights sleepless in this power city, this new amenity affords some relaxing fun for doodling and staying within Wuerker’s carefully drawn sketches.

The Hay-Adams’ Popular Political Coasters Now Available in Collector’s Gift Set

From our friends at the The Hay-Adams Hotel...

The Hay-Adams is pleased to announce that guests can now purchase the hotel’s privately commissioned collection of six acrylic drink coasters depicting some of Washington’s highest profile political figures. The set is presented in a handsome red leather holder, and is priced at $65 per set excluding taxes and shipping. One can enjoy placing their beverage upon notables including President Barrack Obama with President George W. Bush, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi with Senator Chuck Schumer. The coasters are the artistic handiwork of Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonists Matt Wuerker and Ann Telnaes, along with notable editorial cartoonist Kevin “KAL” Kallaugher.

RAMMY "Pastry Chef of the Year" Joins Soapstone Market

New Executive Pastry Chef Huw Griffith (Photo: Fredde Lieberman)

From our friends at Soapstone Market...

Huw Griffith, formerly at Tabard Inn, Named Executive Pastry Chef at Soapstone Market in Van Ness

Huw Griffith, a Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington “Pastry Chef of the Year” honoree, has been named executive pastry chef of Soapstone Market, a community marketplace located in the Van Ness area of Washington, DC.

Educated Eats Scholarship Program Launches

From our friends at RAMW...

Applications for the annual Frans Hagen Educated Eats Scholarship Program are being accepted now through Sunday, April 23. Students interested in pursuing a career in hospitality management, foodservice, or the culinary arts are encouraged to visit to apply. Awards are available up to $5,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year and recipients will be announced in May.

Arch Campbell's Weekend Movie Guide (2/24/10)

Allison Williams & Daniel Kaluuya (r) star in Get Out

From our friend, Arch Campbell...

La La Land - 4 Stars. Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling fall in love with each other & Los Angeles in an optimistic fantasy musical.

Manchester by the Sea - 4 Stars. Casey Affleck delivers one of the best performances in years as a janitor forced to return to the scene of a profound loss. The story never goes where you expect, in the name of stark real truth.

Jackie - 4 Stars. Natalie Portman gives the performance of the year as Jackie Kennedy in the days after the Kennedy assassination, as she manages her grief and crafts the Kennedy "myth."

Lion - 4 Stars. Emotional story of a young boy who falls asleep on a train and is carried a thousand miles from home. Growing up, he feels the tug of home, and follows his instincts. One of the year's best.

Paterson - 4 Stars. The great Adam Driver plays a Paterson, New Jersey bus driver named Paterson who writes poetry.  Quirky, moving and great fun.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Contest: Win Passes to See an Advance Screening of Table 19

We're giving away 50 admit-2 passes to see an advance preview of Fox Searchlight Pictures' Table 19, starring Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, June Squibb, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Wyatt Russell and Tony Revolori. The screening takes place on Monday, February 27th at AMC Mazza Gallerie: It starts at 7:30 PM but seats are first-come, first-served; so winners are encouraged to show up sooner than later (between 6:15 and 6:45 PM.) Seating is not guaranteed. Fill in the entry form below, and we'll select 50 winners to receive a pass for two. Winners will be notified by e-mail. All entries must be received before Friday, February 21st at 11:59 PM EST, so act fast. Good luck!

Celebrate March Madness 2017 with Red's Table

From our friends at Red's Table...

Red’s Table Will Celebrate March Madness 2017 with Happy Hours Specials Throughout the Three Week Tournament

Red’s Table, located at 11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Virginia, 20191, will celebrate March Madness 2017, an NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball tournament, with six big screen TVs and happy hour specials from March 14th through April 3rd. College hoop fans are invited to watch the tournament in the restaurant’s 48-seat bar/lounge, which offers three 60-inch flat-screen TVs, or reserve the restaurants 30-seat private dining room, which offers one 55-inch flat screen TV and two 40-inch flat-screen TVs. While at Red’s Table, guests can take advantage of daily happy hour specials, from 3:30 PM to 7 PM. Happy Hour includes $4 tap beers, $2 off draft beers priced under $7, $5 cocktail of the day, $5 select wines by the glass, and a rotating selection of dishes such as Smoked Chicken Wings (naked, house buffalo or maple sriracha); Daily Oysters by the half-dozen; Cherry Glen Goat Cheese Fritters with chili-apricot jam and green onion; Green Salad with a house greens mix, seasonal vegetables and Champagne vinaigrette; Fonduta with spicy chicken sausage, fried bread and mixed pickles; 4-ounce Dry-Aged Beef Burger with American cheese, grilled onions and B&B pickles, or Hand Cut Fries and Onion Rings, priced from $5 to $10 each.