What’s Happening in Washington, DC: September 14, 2016

Experience Virginia history at a classic tavern, gear up for a gourmet store opening, and explore the food and culture of Turkey
Staff Writer

Ottoman Taverna

Don't miss out on a seven-course, guided tasting and winemaker dinner at Ottoman Taverna on Sept. 19.

You would have to be a hermit to miss the restaurant boom that has occurred in D.C. over the last five years, and with each new opening, it seems the trend won’t peak anytime soon. As time goes by, the ripple effects are reaching out into the burbs and they are starting to see independent chefs open eateries, upscale brands are opening second locations, and everyone is celebrating our capitol city’s international flavors. Get out and experience it first hand, sample some Turkish food, visit an American tavern, and tell them The Daily Meal sent you.

Coton and Rye Open at Lansdowne Resort and Spa
You don’t have stray far from D.C. to experience a bit of Virginia history if you take a seat at Coton and Rye, the latest culinary concept to open at Lansdowne Resort and Spa. The classic American tavern is doing everything it can to honor the history, local products, and culinary heritage of Virginia and Loudon County, and it’s doing it through its menu. By putting new twists on old favorites, the tavern is keeping the past alive while satisfying locals’ appetites. Look for potpies, fried chicken, and fresh cherry and apple pie, and hand-churned ice cream. Virginia wines will be highlighted on the menu, and be sure to look at the old photograph’s (they’re hanging on the walls throughout the interior) of the original 18th century farm the tavern is named for and celebrates.

Dean & DeLuca to Open in Bethesda, Maryland in 2017
In a case of oops, they did it again, Dean & DeLuca is finally opening its second store in the DMV (just FYI, the other one is in Georgetown)—and it’s in Bethesda, Maryland. The market is slated to open sometime in 2017 and when it does, it will be located in a new JBG Companies development located at 4747 and 4749 Bethesda Avenue.  The new Dean & DeLuca store will be on two levels and include 13,500 square feet of what you expect from this upscale purveyor: an assortment of gourmet cheeses, charcuterie, prepared foods, cooking staples, and domestic and imported specialty goods and kitchenwares.

Ottoman Taverna
In keeping with the Turkish theme, you won’tTurkish Restaurant Week  want to miss the guided tasting and winemaker dinner at Ottoman Taverna on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The featured wines are produced by Vinkara Vineyard, a 200-acre winery situated along the Kizilirmak River Basin in Ankara, Turkey, and they will be complemented by a stellar seven-course dinner created by executive chef Ilhan Erkek. Tickets are priced at $69 per person (tax and gratuity not included). 

Turkish Restaurant Week
September is a great time to celebrate all things Turkish in D.C.: it’s D.C.’s Turkish Heritage Month, Sunday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Eighth Annual Turkish Festival is in D.C., and from Friday, September 9, to Sunday, September 18, D.C. is celebrating Turkish Restaurant Week — and you don’t want to miss any of the fabulous food.  This year, five restaurants are participating and offering three-course lunches for $25 per person and a four-course dinner for $35 per person (both exclude drinks, tax, and gratuity).

For more Washington DC dining and travel news, click here. Summer Whitford is the D.C. Editor and a food, drink and travel writer at The Daily Meal. You can follow her on Twitter @FoodandWineDiva and on Instagram at thefoodandwinediva.

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