The Wrap-Up: The Week in Food

Every week we fill you in on what’s been going on in the food and restaurant world.

Prince of Petworth received a press release announcing that DC will host the Summer Fancy Foods Show in 2011 and 2012. The event, put on by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, draws top restaurateurs, grocers, and other big names in the food industry from across the country. It’s the first time the show will leave New York since 1992.

Tuesday, chef Yannick Cam’s Bistro Provence opened its doors in Bethesda. The menu is strictly French, a characteristic it shares with the roster of dishes at Cam’s Le Paradou, which closed last year when customers couldn’t afford his luxe ingredients and appetizers that reached to $32.

The newest street-cart-that-Twitters, Rebel Heroes (@rebelheroes), started rolling around Northern Virginia Monday. Fresh-baked bread gets a swipe of one of three mayos (lime, chipotle, or Sriracha), a choice of nine proteins (including pork meatballs, tofu, and chicken), and toppings (including cilantro, pickled daikon, and slice jalapeños).

DC’s Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs announced last week that it couldn’t issue any more building permits for the area around the intersection of 14th and U streets, Northwest. As the regulations stand now, restaurants and bars can’t make up for more than 25 percent of the area’s storefronts—and the current calculations show 24.88 percent. Yesterday, the DC Zoning Commission said it will reconsider bumping the allowed percentage to 50 in a meeting on April 26. 

The Travel Channel’s new Food Wars show—which identifies a city’s signature food, then pits two versions against each other—aired a DC episode Tuesday featuring . . . Jumbo Slice? The Adams Morgan pizza shop was tested against Pizza Mart. We’re all for Washington’s food scene getting more attention, and we love to dissect pizza crust just as much as the next guy, but Jumbo Slice? Really? So who took home the trophy? We just couldn’t care enough to watch, but it’s airing again tomorrow at 10:30 AM if you just can’t wait to find out.   

The Top Chef crew has been all around town, and our readers have been keeping us updated with their whereabouts. Click here to see our map of sightings.  

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