The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food

Tom Sietsema reports that famed pastry chef Ann Amernick is stepping down from “day-to-day involvement” at Palena, the Cleveland Park dining room she co-owns with Frank Ruta. And while a Don Rockwell poster has crafted an eBay page for her last caramel (starting bid: $1,000,000), it looks like those salty little goodies will be one treat she’ll keep making…

…We recently chatted with culinary it-boy (and Georgetown Prep grad) Dave Chang, chef/owner of Momofuku Ssam Bar and Noodle Bar in New York. And while a number of Eater readers are giving suggestions for what Chang should do next–a pickle-plate serving streetcart say, or an Asian gastropub–we suggest he give his hometown a little love and send down some pork buns already…

…According to Sushi-Ko co-owner Russell Gravatt, the budding chainlet is opening a mostly carryout operation off Duke street in Alexandria (520 Carlyle Street, to be exact). The tentatively named Sushi-Ko on the Run should be open by late summer. In addition to sushi, they’ll have soup, salads, and a few grilled items…

Bill Clinton swung by Rachael Ray’s morning gabfest to deliver the bad news about the nation’s childhood obesity problem. Check out Gawker’s clip for some very special product placement…

…Sorry Hill dwellers, according to City Paper, you won’t be getting an Amsterdam Falafelshop after all. The husband-and-wife owners of the Adams Morgan storefront have decided to franchise it out instead. So where will the next one pop up? Looks like (huh?) Herndon…

…It’s been a busy week for restaurant openings: K Street’s Brasserie Beck, Georgetown’s Hook, Adams Morgan’s Casa Oaxaca (from the owners of Guajillo), and Ballston’s Vapiano all kicked off this past week. Next up, the new Majestic, which starts taking reservations this Tuesday, and Mio, which will officially open on Wednesday.

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