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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Today in Food: Banh mis, cocktail party tips and a teaching farm

By Justin Rude

In today's Food section, Kristen Hinman has written a wonderful profile of Michael Babin's new nonprofit teaching farm, the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. The Northern Virginia farm will provide produce for the restaurants of Babin's Neighborhood Restaurant Group, which includes Birch and Barley, Rustico and Tallula.

The real talker of the section is likely to be Tim Carman's response to a dismissive New York Times article written last week about Capitol Hill's love of comfort food.

Tom Sietsema reports in with a Rusty Holman update: the former Eatonville chef is turning the invitation-only Foggy Bottom club the Rookery into a New Orleans-flavored restaurant called Bayou. Until it opens, you might as well check out the similarly named Bayou Bakery located only three Metro stops away.

Across town, Tom Sietsema checks in on the new Vietnamese restaurant Ba Bay, which offers lunchtime banh mis and a chef with serious Italian credentials.

David Hagedorn travels out to Washington, Va., to check in on the Inn's shop, which sells, among other things, the four-star restaurant's famous truffled popcorn.

In the Wine column, Dave McIntyre sings the praises of Port, and in the Spirits column, Jason Wilson suggests sparkling wine cocktails and punches as good holiday cocktail party option for us "losers" who can't afford a bartender. If you don't find yourself invited to a cool cocktail party this year, check out our best bets lists for wine bars and champagne cocktails.

And make sure you tune in to Tom Sietsema's chat today at 11 a.m. when his guest host will be Kathy Morgan of Citronelle, one of only 16 Master Sommeliers nationwide.

By Justin Rude  | December 15, 2010; 9:50 AM ET
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