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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 04/18/2007

On Restaurants

By Erin

Earth Day is coming and local restaurants are going green with several opportunities to enjoy sustainable, organic, earth-friendly meals. Get ready to cast a line to a new Georgetown fish spot, and look for a new outlet-area outpost of a Massachusetts-based chain.

It's So Easy Going Green
Food Matters celebrates Earth Day with a Saturday supper of foods available within 150 miles. The menu will be served family-style for $45 per person or $60 with wine pairings. The items include a soft shell salad with bacon, a roasted Amish chicken stuffed with spring herbs and a root beer float with local Old Dominion root beer. The restaurant is taking the 150-mile challenge very seriously: When the staff couldn't find local vinegar, the chef decided to make it in-house.

Cafe 15 at the Sofitel will create a sampling of organic items with 10 percent of proceeds from the dishes benefiting Second Harvest, a nonprofit food assistance program. The dishes include a mesclun salad with baby tomatoes, organic goat cheese and herb vinaigrette, chicken with an asparagus and mushroom fricassee and a dessert of tapioca custard with mango. The restaurant will also have organic wine.

California Tortilla gets into Earth Day early with free chips and queso to anyone who purchases a meal today (Wednesday). The restaurant will have donation trays to benefit Earth Share, with a promise to match all donations.

From Thursday through Sunday, Urbana will donate a portion of proceeds from all organic wine sales -- sold by both the glass and bottle -- to the Chesapeake Bay Trust. In addition to the wines, the restaurant will also offer a special Earth Day entree of sablefish, a sustainable fish, with organic greens and mushrooms.

On Earth Day, the Dupont Circle Farmers Market welcomes chef Danny Bortnick and bar manager Will Earls of Firefly. Bortnick will prepare deviled organic farm eggs with dried capers and garlic chips using eggs from Sunnyside Farms in Washington, Va.

Whole Foods gets green for Earth Day with a series of events. From 4-8 p.m. on Friday, the Logan Circle location will host earth-friendly vendors and local green organizations to discuss green products and sustainability.

All D.C. Whole Foods locations will donate five percent of profits on Thursday to Washington Parks & People, a network of partnerships that protects and preserves community parks.

From 4-6 p.m. Friday, the Tenleytown location will swap toxic cleaning products for earth-friendly products for the first 100 customers.

New Around Town
Two new neighboring bar/restaurants have opened within days of one another along 18th Street in Adams Morgan. 18th & Red, in the former Anzu spot, has a cozy downstairs feeling and a limited opening menu of American fare. Initial dishes include a wild-caught yellowfin tuna, citrus-glazed "mojo" chicken and a ribeye steak.

Just across 18th Street, Grand Central, which took over the Fasika's space, has a longer menu of similar fare with an array of pastas, mini-burgers, chicken dishes and steaks. There is also a late-night menu available until 1 a.m. Thursday night the bar will host a charity event with drink specials to benefit the families of fallen firefighters and police officers.

When you're near the Leesburg outlets, there's a new, above-average spot to nosh. Not Your Average Joe's, which opened Tuesday, does pizzas in a stone hearth oven and also serves massive salads, pastas and burgers. Though it may not ever make it into the dining destination realm, it's a great spot to refuel (and maybe splurge on a "peanut butter thing dessert") after hitting the outlet mall.

Soon to Come
Hook, which splashes into Georgetown's former Cilantro location with a menu starring sustainable seafood, opens for dinner Tuesday. Chef Barton Seaver, formerly dazzling palates at Cafe Saint-Ex, takes the lead on the menu. Beyond sea creatures, the restaurant has a wood grill and a commitment to local meats, including ham.


By Erin  | April 18, 2007; 10:56 AM ET
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