Richard Sandoval's Mango Tree opens at CityCenterDC and more dining news this season.
Grilled Cheese DC's Special Program
GCDC, the grilled cheese headquarters, located a half block from the White House, opened its doors in April.
Unique gourmet endeavor is in play in the nation’s capital. Earlier this month, Grilled Cheese DC (GCDC) kicked off a “cheese share”—Community Supported Agriculture-like concept—featuring weekly pickups of a different wedge of farmstead cheese with drink pairings and recipes, curated by resident turophile Sophie Slesinger. Overwhelmingly successful, the $50 four-week program will continue monthly, kicking off each new buy-in the first Wednesday of the month. 1730 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-393-4232
Union Social Opens in NoMa
This November, Union Social, the newest concept from restaurateur Reese Gardner and the Wooden Nickel Bar Company—which also owns Orange Anchor in Georgetown, the Irish Whiskey Public House in south Dupont, and Copperwood Tavern in Arlington—will open its doors in the burgeoning neighborhood of NoMa. The DC-metro-inspired casual fine dining restaurant will feature a craft bar and a scratch kitchen with a farm-to-table menu by corporate executive chef Allan Javery. The 5,600-square-foot space will include marble and steel elements, subway tile, and other theme-appropriate accents, including a bar that resembles a train station. 100 Florida Ave. NE
The Emporiyum at Union Market
Union Market will host The Emporiyum, a curated gourmet food event, November 15 and 16.
For two days, November 15 and 16, beloved food destination Union Market in northeast DC plays host to a one-of-a-kind shopping experience: The Emporiyum. Featuring a curated selection of international and local artisans, the expo of sorts is the perfect opportunity for foodies to sip, sample, and savor while shopping for edible gifts, learning about new products, and meeting the faces behind their favorite brands. Personalities, creators, chefs, and purveyors scheduled to be on hand include local notables Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground and Maketto, Bryan Voltaggio of Volt, and Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, as well as visitors from Momofuku Milk Bar, Mast Brothers Chocolate, Black Seed Bagels, Bittermilk, and more. Sample bites and libations from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Luke’s Lobster, and Heavy Seas Brewery. In its second year, the self-proclaimed “two-day market and celebration of everything delicious” is a ticketed event offering both VIP and general admission for $40 and $20, respectively, as well as a series of ticketed workshops. A limited number of day-of-event passes are available for $30. 1309 Fifth St. NE
Richard Sandoval's Mango Tree at CityCenterDC
Things are really heating up at CityCenterDC. We’ve seen Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse and DBDG launch at the bustling new development. Now another venture will join the ranks: Mango Tree, an upscale Thai restaurant and the latest concept from restaurateur Richard Sandoval, will offer innovative yet classic dishes in a modern environment. The menu will include ingredients sourced locally and abroad, with dishes such as pla pow, a grilled fillet of sea bass wrapped in banana leaf and fresh lemongrass with spice-lime sauce; larb pla tuna, a north eastern-style tuna salad with dry chilli and lemongrass; and gaeng kiew wan gai, corn-fed chicken in green curry. Mango Tree will open later this fall. 292 H St. NW
photography by gabriele stabile (mango tree); Courtesy of grilled Cheese dC (sandwiCh) ; sophie pyle (union soCial, Javery); rsr (sandoval)