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The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food
• Tom Sietsema brings word of changes at Cafe Mozu, the Asian-themed hotel dining room in the Mandarin Oriental, which is also home to CityZen. CityZen chef Eric Ziebold came up with the idea for the new concept—the name will change to South by Southwest—which centers around lower prices and a mix of locally tuned (blue-crab soup) and Southern dishes (grasshopper pie; HUSH PUPPIES!). CityZen sous chef Rachel Harriman will be in charge of the kitchen. It’s expected to open this summer.
• New York chef Michael Psilakis recently cooked at the White House in honor of Greek Independence Day. He spilled to Grub Street about the experience, asking: “Is this what heroin feels like?” (Dunno—ask Tony Bourdain.) He calls President Obama “charismatic … He’s much larger than I expected him to be, physically” and notes that in addition to the new White House garden there will be beehives.
• The Examiner breaks the news of a recent rash of credit-card thefts at local restaurants. Servers sold diners’ credit-card numbers to one of three men, who then spent away at the Collection at Chevy Chase (Gucci, Barneys) and Target. Six servers were implicated in the federal crime. Restaurants affected were M&S Grill, 701, and Clyde’s of Gallery Place in Penn Quarter; Carrabba’s Italian Restaurant in Bowie; and the Gaylord National Hotel at National Harbor.