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Dessert dumplings at Mari Vanna, Westend Bistro’s four-course feast, and more ways to go pink before the petal party draws to a close. By Jeesoo Park
Cherry desserts abound in Washington right now. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

By now you’ve likely consumed your way through our first roundup of Cherry Blossom Festival specials and are well into our follow-up list. Lest you run out of bloom-inspired treats, we have a bunch more offerings right here. They are available through April 14—the festival’s final day—unless otherwise noted.


The deal: Two things to talk about here. The Penn Quarter Italian spot is dipping ricotta and lemon zeppole into a sauce made with cherry preserve dipping sauce. Those are $9.95 per order. At the bar, you can order the Cherry Blossom Punch with Absolut CherryKran and Mandarin vodkas for $11.

The Federalist

The deal: The Loews Madison Hotel restaurant is featuring the Cherry Bounce cocktail, with a house-made infusion of fresh cherries, sugar, and brandy, as well as a cocktail named after the Yoshino tree—the naturally occurring Japanese hybrid in Japan that is the most planted varietal on the Mall. The Yoshino costs $10 and is made with Cherry Bounce liqueur, Disaronno amaretto, roasted almonds, and cream.

M Bar at the Renaissance Hotel

The deal: Executive chef Devon Capili’s Japanese-inspired dishes include an ahi tuna sashimi salad with white asparagus and yuzu dressing for $15, salmon yakitori with stir-fried vegetables and wasabi-pepper sauce for $14, and the Cherry Blossom Cooler cocktail—made with Grey Goose Citron, dark cherry juice, fresh mint, and soda for $12.

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Posted at 12:00 PM/ET, 04/02/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()
Cocktails, desserts, and other tasty items celebrating the 101st anniversary of the trees. By Jeesoo Park
Restaurants are breaking out the pretty red cocktails in honor of this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival. Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock.

This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival season kicks off March 20. And you know what that means: plenty of cocktail and food specials to celebrate the occasion. Read on for drinks and eats making use of the pretty pink fruit. Offers are available throughout the festival—from March 20 through April 14—unless otherwise noted.


The deal: This Balkan-inspired Barracks Row restaurant will offer a special dessert prepared by pastry chef Danilo Bucan: a cherry and Valrhona chocolate cake made with cherry foam and served with micro basil, for $5.

Assaggi Mozzarella Bar

The deal: Take a break from Assaggi’s exceptional mozzarella platter and instead try fresh new dishes and desserts created by chef and owner Domenico Cornacchia. They include fresh oysters with frisée salad and cherry vinaigrette; beef carpaccio with watercress salad, mascarpone cheese, and candied cherry; tagliatelline pasta with braised venison ragout and crumbled cherries; pan-seared duck breast over parsnip purée and cherry demiglace; and poached Atlantic salmon with rainbow cauliflower and cherry tapenade. Dishes range for $11 to $31. For dessert, there’s cherry cheesecake with pineapple salad and salted caramel sauce. 

Toast the 101st anniversary with the Assaggi Jubilee ($13), made from a combination of cherry vodka, triple sec, and crushed fresh cherries and topped with Prosecco.

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Posted at 10:05 AM/ET, 03/12/2013 | Permalink | Comments ()