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.

• “If the mixer arriving today was the cake, THIS is the icing!!!” tweeted Top Chef alum (and fan favorite winner) Carla Hall yesterday. She’ll join What Not to Wear’s Clinton Kelly, chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon, and nutritionist Daphne Oz for a new roundtable show on ABC called The Chew (not to be confused with The View), where they’ll talk “new trends like food trucks and urban gardens or how pesticides in our food may affect our health,” according to ABC.

• Good news for Maryland lobster fans: Tomorrow marks the first day the Red Hook Lobster Pound truck leaves the District for Bethesda. From 11 to 1, it will set up shop outside the Montgomery County Federal Credit Union, which is holding a paper-shredding event. As if there wasn’t already reason enough to expect an epic line, the first 100 shredders get a free lobster roll.

• Chipotle fans are celebrating the news that the debut location of the new concept ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen will be in DC. It’s unclear when the place will open, but it’s planned for Dupont Circle (on the same Connecticut Avenue block as Sweetgreen and BGR). A company press release says the menu will include “sustainably raised ingredients, grilled and braised meats, a variety of fresh vegetables, aromatic herbs, spicy sauces, and an array of garnishes.”

• The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema reports that Eventide in Clarendon has found a new chef to replace Miles Vaden, who departed last month. The restaurant has hired Adam Barnett, who was a sous chef at Westend Bistro. He’s also worked at Liberty Tavern and the Inn at Little Washington

• The most entertaining—and prolific—tweep of the week award goes to chef José Andrés, who’s been traveling through Spain (and spending plenty of time at El Bulli) with Anthony Bourdain. Amid all the gin and tonics and “drunk dialing Arzak” (that one’s from Bourdain), they’re filming an episode of No Reservations.  


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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.