Morning Briefing: Kosher In Potomac

Rabbi Joseph Pinto, center, discusses whether or not a condiment is kosher with Martin Chavez, left, and Richard Tassiello. (Katherine Frey/Post)

*Pomegranate Bistro in Potomac opened as the region's newest fully certified kosher restaurant, with an in-house inspector recruited, trained and assigned by the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington.The inspector makes sure that dairy never touches meat, no bugs make it into a salad, and the food follow all other kosher rules. Staff writer Steve Hendrix takes readers inside kosher kitchens in this story.

*The Reliable Source fills readers in on local millionaire businessman Mark Ein, who bought the World TeamTennis Washington Kastles.

*Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin pledged $1 million to the construction of an underground visitor and education center on the Mall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund said.

*Mayor Adrian M. Fenty of the District has joined a coalition of mayors calling for building standards that would make residential units 30 percent more energy efficient, his office said.

*Radio One, which owns or operates 54 stations aimed at black audiences, appointed Peter D. Thompson as chief financial officer, replacing Scott R. Royster, who left the Lanham company in December. See press release.

*Private-equity firm GTCR Golder Rauner said its portfolio company Graceway Pharmaceuticals bought the Estrasorb menopause-treatment line in North America from Novavax of Rockville and Allergan, a California company. The sale price was not disclosed. The topical treatment is used for hot flashes associated with menopause.

*McCormick bought Billy Bee Honey Products, Canada's largest honey company, for $75 million. Billy Bee, which sells honey to retailers and food manufacturers, has annual sales of $37 million, McCormick of Sparks, Md., said. See press release.

By Terri Rupar  |  February 21, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  | Category:  Morning Brief
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