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Posted at 1:20 PM ET, 04/ 4/2007

Nibbles of Food News

By Erin

Wednesday usually shines as the midway point of the work week, but this dreary day, responsible for washing away the cherry blossoms, feels particularly gloomy. To add some sun to the day, here are a few nuggets of food news. Find time to enjoy more chocolate gluttony, see a favorite local chef on the cover of Food & Wine and make believe you're in Paris after the jump.

For those who couldn't get enough of Chocolate Decadence, there is good news. The Ritz Carlton in D.C. has decided to extend the sumptuous Friday extravaganza through April 27. That leaves four more nights to get your Augustus Gloop on.

As if it wasn't tough enough to nab a table at Komi, Johnny Monis has garnered another accolade for his prize wall. The young chef was named one of Food & Wine magazine's ten Best New Chefs of 2007. Monis follows in the path of Cathal Armstrong (2006) and Eric Ziebold (2005), who were recent names on the prestigious list. Monis and his fellow chefs, who include April Bloomfield of New York City's Spotted Pig and Sean O'Brien of San Francisco's Myth, will grace the magazine's July cover and cook a tasting dinner at the Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen this June. Komi is also a contender for the RAMMY Award for Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year, which will be announced this summer.

Finally, the new Cafe du Parc opened on Monday next to the Willard Hotel. The bistro reminds me a bit of Balthazar with beautiful wood paneling, though the dark blue booths contribute a nautical note. Pates, light sandwiches and salads are available at lunch. The upstairs is a full-service restaurant, but the downstairs is a casual European cafe with take-out pastries and a few outdoor tables. The breezy space is a healthy walk from the Tidal Basin if you need to work off the decadent croissants -- whenever it is that the weather brightens up again.

--Erin

By Erin  | April 4, 2007; 1:20 PM ET
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