Saturday, August 30, 2014

T-minus three weeks until H Street Festival: Save the date and the entire day for Saturday, September 20

The H Street Festival returns on Saturday, September 20.  It's going to be bigger and better than ever before and you're not going to want to miss it.  The Festival runs from noon until 7 pm.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DC Harvest to open at 517 H Street on September 2

DC Harvest opens at 517 H Street on Tuesday, September 2 

Restaurant front and back-of-the-house veterans Jared & Arthur Ringel are set to open DC Harvest (517 H St) on September 2nd.  Jared, will manage the restaurant, and his brother Arthur, the chef and veteran of local kitchens including Vermillion, Vidalia and Hank’s Oyster Bar will provide the food.
The restaurant will feature all local products in a menu that will change seasonally based solely on local products from the foodstuffs to the beers, wines and libations.   Look for local beers including DC Brau, Port City, Three Stars, and Flying Dog, libations like those of Catoctin Creek and Don Ciccio & Figli and a variety of local wines as well.  
Open beer selections include DC's Three Stars, Atlas Brew Works, DC Brau, Virginia's Port City and Starr Hill and Maryland's Flying Dog

The menu will change frequently and feature homemade pastas as well as livestock, fish and produce from local seas and area farms.  Brunch will also be served beginning September 13.  Among the dishes that will be included on the opening menu are: half dozen local oysters on the half shell with watermelon mignonette ($14); Virginia Fluke crudo with marinated cucumber, celery, Maine Uni and chili ($11); ricotta kale Agnolotti with confit yellow tomatoes, eggplant and marjoram ($10/$18); fresh spelt linguine with house-made spicy lamb sausage, Swiss chard and garlic bread crumbs ($11/$19);  Zataƕ roasted turkey breast with Swiss chard, kamut and shitake mushroom ($21);  Crispy Quinoa Cakes with broccoli rabe, shitake mushrooms, confit yellow tomatoes and Allegheny Chevre ($19); and pan-roasted scallops with beans, corn cherry tomatoes, garlic chive and chili ($25). 
“We can't wait to share DC Harvest with everyone, Jared says.  “Both Arthur and I look forward to opening and being a part of the H Street neighborhood and look forward to getting to serving our area friends and their families who we hope will become regulars." “Our ambiance is casual and family friendly.  We'll have a kids' menu and are always happy to accommodate special requests."
Chef Arthur said: “I am so excited to get into my new kitchen and get cooking. The quality of the local products coming from our area farmers and fishermen is at its peak right now. It’s going to be a lot of fun cooking with these ingredients for all of our customers." 
DC Harvest’s ‘modern farmhouse’ ambiance was designed by Edit Lab at Streetsense and features a 10 seat, Carrera marble-topped wooden bar on the ground floor and 50 table seats over two levels with an open kitchen on the second floor.  The ceilings boast wooden beams, some original to the venue, with walls are adorned with earthy textured wall coverings and whitewashed original brick.   

1st floor marble bar area featuring all local beers on tap and a variety of local wines and spirits

DC Harvest is located at 517 H Street NE and is open for dinner 7 days a week at 5pm and Brunch - Saturday & Sunday 11-2:30 pm beginning September 13.  Reservations are available through Open Table, by phone 202-629-3296 or via their website

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heal H Street documentary short film playing at 11th Annual DC Shorts Film Festival next month

Heal H Street is a short documentary film on the neighborhood and its history from neighborhood resident Craig Corl and is running at the DC Shorts Film Festival this year.  The Festival runs September 11-21.  Heal H Street will be shown at the E Street Cinema on September 14 and 17 and will also have showings at the Navy Memorial and Angelika Film Center in Fairfax.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bardo Brewpub (1200 Bladensburg Rd) releases first two specialty brews

In case you missed it, Bardo (1200 Bladensburg Rd) is now serving their own beers.  We haven't had a chance to try them, but these guys have been making their own beers for decades and have been known to make some very good stuff.  A press release about their release of their first two specialty beers, which will be tapped tomorrow evening follows.  If you haven't been to Bardo yet, a chance to try some of their brews for $3.45 a pint seems like great excuse to stop by and check them out.  Bardo is open Tuesday through Friday starting at 6 pm and weekends starting at 1 pm. 

Bardo Brewpub releases first two specialty brews.
Just two weeks after the debut of their first five beers, Bardo is now introducing two cask conditioned specialty brews. A chestnut oak aged stout and a dry hopped pale ale will be tapped Wednesday, August 20th.

Bardo Rodeo operated in the 90's as the largest brewpub in the country. The 22000 sq. ft. former car dealership included 900 indoor & 700 outdoor seats as well as a 25-barrel brewhouse. As one of the first bars in the Clarendon neighborhood in Arlington VA, Bardo brewed 4000 kegs a year and enjoyed thousands of visitors each weekend. 
The decision to put the brewery in storage for more than a decade proved a fortuitous one. Bardo head man, Bill Stewart, had been living overseas for years when his brother, Andrew, convinced him to come back stateside a start making beer again. "I didn't know craft brewing had become cool again. We rode the last wave, we decided to jump on this wave." Bill stated.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of their first brew, Bardo is pricing all beers like it's 1994. For a limited time, you can enjoy $3.45 pints, $9.91 pitchers and $14.11 growler fills of Bardo brew. 
Bardo Brewpub is the largest beer garden in the city. A newly renovated interior boasts one hundred year old pine floors, brick walls and early century, tin, press plate ceilings. A wide variety of GABF award winning house brews are available in pints and pitchers as well as growlers. Bardo is 100% dog friendly every day with 15,000 square feet in our beer garden to roam off leash. Located at 1200 Bladensburg rd NE, Bardo has cornhole, outdoor movie screenings/sports and is available for private parties/fundraisers, large and small, with no charge for the space.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Meeting to discuss reuse of recently shuttered Gibbs Elementary School (500 19th St NE) September 9, 6:30 pm at Rosedale Rec Center

This meeting may be of interest to Rosedale neighbors, local developers, and those with interest in our public schools.  

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education will hold a community meeting on the reuse of Gibbs School located at 500 19th St NE.  The meeting will take place at 6:30 pm on Sept. 9, 2014 at the Rosedale Recreation Center at 1701 Gales St NE.
Comments on the re-purposing of the school can be sent to Althea Holford at
Nick Alberti
Chair, ANC 6A