Sunday, January 17, 2016

Ankara Launches Crossroads Dinner Series

From our friends at Ankara...

Ankara Debuts Traditional Turkish-Style Meyhane in April

Regional foods and wines highlighted

To further introduce Washingtonians to the delights of Turkish cuisine and culture, Ankara introduces their new Crossroads Dinner Series focused on the intersection of food, wine and decades old traditions enjoyed throughout the region. The series begins in February with neighboring Georgia, which shares many culinary similarities to Turkey, and continues in March and April with a deep dive into Turkey. All dinners begin at 6:30 PM Reservations with a credit card are required. Reservations can be made at the restaurant, by going here or on Eventbrite (see links below.)

"Turkish cuisine is so diverse with a basis in regional traditions, history and geographic influences on agriculture," said Ankara’s Marketing Director Erin Gorman. "So we wanted to create these authentic experiences to give our guests an opportunity to explore the different regions of Turkey and other cuisines heavily influenced by the country."

The dinners are as follows:

• A Southwest Georgian dinner on Wednesday, February 3 in partnership with Jenny Holm of The Georgian Table and Georgian Wine House. Guests will enjoy a four-course menu featuring culinary specialties from the Adjara region in southwestern Georgia known for its historical connection to Turkey. It will be paired with one-of-a-kind wines from Georgia including amber wine, which is fermented in a traditional clay vessel that is buried underground. Cost is $65 per person including tax and gratuity. A vegetarian option will be available. Make a reservation online here:

• Tokat and the North/Central Anatolian regions of Turkey will be featured on Tuesday, March 15. The four-course menu focuses on foods popular in the heartland of Turkey, including Ankara’s take on the famous Tokat Kebab, along with wines from Diren, an award-winning family owned winery in the Tokat region that was recently featured in The Washington Post. Master Sommelier Andrew Stover will serve as guide for the dinner. Cost is $65 per person including tax and gratuity. Make a reservation online here:

• The restaurant will transform into a traditional Turkish Meyhane (pronounced may-HAH-nay), a gathering place for food, wine and music, on Wednesday, April 6. Guests will enjoy a traditional Meyhane style dinner featuring the meze, salads and fish dishes enjoyed throughout the region as well as regional wine and raki. Tables will be grouped in long rows, emulating the communal, relaxed, sharing environment of a Meyhane. Roaming musicians playing traditional music will further set the stage for this beloved and often very lively Turkish dining and drinking experience. Typically a Meyhane lasts 3 hours and is ideal for groups. Cost is $80 per person for the multi-course meal that includes hot and cold meze, a fish entrĂ©e, dessert, coffee, wine or raki. Tax and gratuity is included. Make a reservation online here:

Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Father, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The menu features the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. Ankara will serve lunch Monday - Saturday from 11 AM - 4 PM; dinner Monday - Sunday from 5 PM - 12 midnight and brunch on Sunday from 11 AM - 3:30 PM. Happy Hour is available on the patio and in the bar Monday - Friday from 5-7 PM. The restaurant seats 120 indoors & 115 al fresco on the patio. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Reservations can be made by going to Open Table or by contacting the restaurant directly. For more on Ankara, go to, follow on Facebook and Twitter or call (202) 293-6301.