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.

• Score one for Bethesda: It’s been nearly two years since Carole Greenwood, the acclaimed chef who is as known for her temperamental way with customers as she is for her fried oysters and shrimp ’n’ grits, suddenly left Buck’s Fishing and Camping and seemingly vanished from the scene. We’re glad to hear she’s back in the kitchen, although it’s at an unlikely place. According to Bethesda magazine, Greenwood is running the show at Food, Wine & Co., the Bethesda restaurant that opened with an all-over-the-place menu (pizza, moules frites, raw bar) in September. What she does with the place remains to be seen—she started only a few days ago—but if she brings back even a few of her Buck’s hits, we’ll be excited.• Bethesda also reports that foodie favorite Ren’s Ramen is relocating to Wheaton this spring.

• A few days before their state dinner with the Chinese president (read about the all-American menu here), President Obama and the First Lady hit the Source to celebrate her birthday. According to chef Wolfgang Puck, the couple dined on “all the dumplings as an appetizer and the duck and steamed fish. And a lot of fried rice.”

• Paging Paula Deen: Endless Simmer claims ChurchKey’s New Luther sandwich—a Lipitor-busting maple-glazed doughnut stuffed with fried chicken and bacon—is one of America’s best sandwiches.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.