Saturday, April 19, 2014

A Toast to DC Coast’s Sweet 16

Photographed on left: Passion Food Hospitality partners David Wizenberg (standing), Gus DiMillo and chef Jeff Tunks

From our friends at DC Coast...

Washington’s DC Coast Celebrates “Coming of Age,” June 2014

You can’t hurry love… it needs time to reach perfection and maturity. The magic number 16 proudly marks the person, place or thing that has reached a celebrated point in its life: DC Coast is a true testament to a sixteen-year-old restaurant that continuously expresses its style, whether traditional or modern, simple or whimsical, with confidence. The restaurant has aged gracefully and uniformly with an experienced and long-term staff that charms, a design that pleases, and a cuisine that surprises the senses.

In the spirit of celebration as it turns 16 this June, DC Coast reaches deep into the tri-coastal waters that have influenced its menus for all these years, with the “sweetest” offerings of fresh Oysters, Crab, Clams and Shrimp, two of each, for $16 per person available nightly all month. June not only marks the restaurant’s 16th anniversary, but also the second anniversary of DC Coast’s Coast to Coast dining series, which features a different tasting menu each month reflecting the cuisine of a particular coastal region or culinary influence. This June’s Coast to Coast will throw back to its yesteryears with iconic dishes from the past such as Chilled Oysters on the Half Shell with Pickled Ginger and Vodka Granita; a Tower of Crab with Mini Jumbo Lump Crabcake, Soft Shell Crab, Pickled Okra Corn Relish and Tabasco Lemon Butter; Porcini Crusted Halibut with Truffle Whipped Potatoes, Portobello and Porcini Jus; and, because no Sweet 16 is complete without dessert, the tasting menu will culminate in the restaurant's famed Chocolate Bomb with Burnt Orange Caramel and Vanilla Sauce.

DC Coast occupies one of the city's first and finest Art Deco office buildings, a handsome anchor of the busy thoroughfares that are 14th and K Streets…The three partners of Passion Food Hospitality restored the landmark interior to create the iconic soaring two-story space that it is today.

Passion Food Hospitality rounds an industry corner at each DC neighborhood and intersection it has come to occupy – making its mark not only on the local community, but on the culinary scope at large. DC Coast is one of the restaurants that proves that point. In 1998, the partners Gus DiMillo, chef Jeff Tunks and David Wizenberg opened the doors to their first venture – DC Coast – in an area that was better known as a red light district than a place to grab a business lunch or white-tablecloth dinner. Now, sixteen sweet years after its opening, DC Coast remains a visionary leader in a flourishing industry, a tribute to the bold efforts of three longtime Washington restaurateurs.