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Rasika Chef Vikram Sunderam Takes Home James Beard Award

By Rina Rapuano
May 6, 2014
Photo by: Greg Powers

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- Rasika executive chef Vikram Sunderam was named Best Chef Mid-Atlantic yesterday by the James Beard Foundation. Other nominees this year were Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, Baltimore’s Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Cindy Wolf of Charleston, and Brad Spence of Amis in Philadelphia.

- This is the week to buy tickets for ZooFari, the annual food and wine event at the National Zoo that takes place May 15 from 6:30-9:30 PM. A grill-off will take place from 7-8 PM, and such chefs as RJ Cooper of Rogue 24, Frederik de Pue of Menu MBK, Todd Gray of Equinox and Michel Richard of Central will be part of the festivities. Tickets cost $175 for members; $200 for nonmembers. Find more information here.

- ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen opened a storefront at  710 Seventh St. NW today. The fast-casual Asian sibling to Chipotle also has introduced a seasonal vegetable component, replacing broccoli with kale for the moment, and recently added a coconut rice and mango parfait to the menu. The new Penn Quarter shop will be open daily from 11 AM-10 PM.    
- The Washington Post reports that Jrink juice bar has opened near Dupont Circle serving 11 varieties of cold-pressed juices (1323 Connecticut Ave. NW, upper level; 202-280-0302).

Places Mentioned


Indian • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food28 Decor25 Service26 Cost$51
Rasika West End

Indian • West End

Food28 Decor25 Service26 Cost$51
Woodberry Kitchen

American • Woodberry

Food27 Decor26 Service25 Cost$49

American • Harbor East

Food29 Decor28 Service28 Cost$99
Restaurant Eve


Food27 Decor25 Service26 Cost$86

Italian • Washington Square West

Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$53
ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen

Asian • Dupont Circle

Food22 Decor16 Service19 Cost$12
Rogue 24

American • Shaw

Food23 Decor25 Service25 Cost$145
Central Michel Richard

Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food26 Decor21 Service23 Cost$54

Fine Dining • White House/World Bank

Food25 Decor22 Service24 Cost$68
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