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Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 06/ 8/2009

Grill's Night Out at Poste

By Tom Sietsema

To take advantage of one of the most enticing outdoor restaurant spaces in Washington, chef Robert Weland of Poste will be firing up his new wood-burning grill and inaugurating "Poste Roasts" on the garden terrace of the Hotel Monaco this month.

Diners who sign up for the family-style dinners, which feature meat from area farmers, will get to enjoy the meal on another recent addition to the patio: a hand-crafted table made from teak and Virginia stone. "All I asked for was a country picnic table," says the chef, who is obviously happy with the upgrade.

His eight menu options include whole suckling pig with sauerkraut and roasted fruit, baby goat with polenta and ramps, beef brisket with baked beans and coleslaw and smoked squab with a potato-onion tart; groups choose one entree/side dish per table. Weland will man the grill himself and carve the main course at the table. Wine pairings will focus on Virginia labels, he says.

The cost: $27 a head for the entrée and a side dish. (Dessert and wine are extra.)

The deal: A minimum of six and a maximum of 12 people are required to reserve the table at least a week in advance. Poste Roasts will take place every night but Thursday, which is when Weland conducts a farmers market tour in Penn Quarter. In the event of rain, parties will be moved to an indoor chef's table. Book your reservation by calling Stacy Nemeth, Poste's private dining coordinator, at 202-449-7062.

-- Tom Sietsema

By Tom Sietsema  | June 8, 2009; 10:09 AM ET
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