The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food

Every Friday, we fill you in on what’s been happening in the local restaurant world.

•When the Washington Post’s Weekly Dish column identified sommelier Derek Brown as “formerly associated with Komi in Dupont Circle,” his many foodie and oenophile fans were thrown for a loop, wondering where he’d gone. Turns out he’s still with the restaurant. Brown posted on to explain:

“I still work for Komi and continue to oversee the wine list, pairings and consult on management issues. My job has become more administrative but I am still very much a part of Komi. I have taken on additional projects, especially associated with the D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild and Museum of the American Cocktail, and have started a side business consulting on beverages, but I am at Komi on a semi-regular basis. . .we have commissioned Basheer Murshed to oversee wine sales on the floor. He is very capable and has worked with me going back to Firefly and during the last year-and-a-half at Komi.”


•In his Wednesday online chat, the Post’s Tom Sietsema reported that the talented Brendan Cox is trading his executive-chef post at Circle Bistro in DC’s West End for a new one at K Street’s DC Coast. Jeff Tunks, owner of the ten-year-old power-dining spot, is encouraging Cox to change the menu when he starts in September—just a few signature dishes will remain. Have we seen the last of the lobster with crispy spinach, a menu staple since 1998?

•A baseball fan alerts Half Street Blues—a Nationals blog—that a vendor at Nationals Park charged her debit card 19 times for a $9.50 chicken-finger basket (already highway robbery in itself!). According to her bank, the vendor attempted to charge the card even more times but was cut off after 19. T.D. Banknorth has now issued a “fraud alert” on Nationals vending, so keep an eye out for any puzzling $180 chicken finger purchases on your next statement.

•Now that San Francisco’s Michael Mina is opening a branch of Bourbon Steak in the Georgetown Four Seasons, the migration of celebrity chefs to DC hotels is officially a trend. An article in the Post’s Business section reports on the proliferation of win/win deals between big-name chefs and hotels.

•DCist is disturbed to learn that the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, which begins this weekend and lasts through August 16, is now trans-fat-free. Apparently, some trans fats are sacred. What does this mean for funnel cakes?

•Looking to take full advantage of these last few weeks of summer? Try a few of the warm-weather pleasures on Counter Intelligence blogger Melissa McCart’s awesome list of 25 things to eat and drink before Labor Day. Reading it made us very hungry.

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