Daily Digestif: Baltimore's Parts & Labor Butcher Shop, Last-Minute Easter

April 17, 2014
by Olga Boikess

Your daily feed of DC food tidbits

- It’s the year of the butchery/market/restaurant. The latest example, Baltimore’s Spike and Amy Gjerde (Woodberry Kitchen, Artifact Coffee, Shoo-Fly Diner) Parts & Labor, opens its retail butcher shop and market today. The restaurant side of the concept opens Thursday April 24. The market sells a variety of local products (from milk to maple syrup), including many made by their Woodberry Kitchen Pantry. A growler station offers 20 regional beers and ciders. The shop is open seven days a week from 11 AM-7 PM (2600 N. Howard St., Baltimore, MD; 443-873-8887).

Food, Wine & Co in Bethesda, is debuting its Spring menu this weekend. Look for appetizers like charred octopus with Meyer lemon compote, charred pearl onion and parsley-rhubarb chimichurri; "From the Oven" plates like foraged mushrooms with pancetta, housemade ricotta, shallot, oregano, thyme and sherry and entrees like braised spring lamb and orechiette with smoked red pearl onions, tomato-eggplant ragout, peppercress and gremolata.

- Eater reports that Bearnaise will start up a brunch menu this Sunday featuring traditional Gallic dishes like mussels and frites and pig's feet hash, plus tableside bottle service with spiked, sparkling wine.

The Washington Post reports that Meridien Pint is losing three key staff members, including its beer director beer director Sam Fitz, shortly before May’s Savor Craft Beer festival and the restaurant’s expansion to Brookland.

- Last minute Easter planners (aka procrastinators) are in luck. Several options can still be booked, as of noon today. Also, restaurants with patio and bar seating usually keep them available for walk-ins. Here are the deets:

Bibiana’s three-course menu begins with antipasto for the table, followed by choices like poached rockfish with leeks and clams or grilled beef sirloin and traditional Italian holiday desserts (served from 11 AM-4 PM; $45, $20 for children under 12-open availability.

Carmine's (with 700 seats) has availability all day (11 AM until 10 PM). Large groups can be accommodated for its family-style roasted rack of lamb dinner (pictured; serves 6-8; $79.50) and regular menu.

Et Voila has tables for dinner (5- 7:30 PM) with specials like rack of lamb, boudin blanc and an oeuf a la coque with cauliflower mousse and lobster salpicon  - plus dessert eggs crafted out of Belgian chocolate.

Grapeseed’s three-course brunch - think fried chicken, shrimp and grits, breakfast faves - has some availability from 11:15 through 3 PM ($30, $15 for children under 10).

Ovvio Osteria is serving a la carte brunch and dinner, along with an all-day, three-course menu with porchetta and grilled lamp chops ($45) with slots open from 10:30 AM-5 PM, except at noon and 2 PM.

 Teddy & The Bully Bar’s three-course brunch buffet features steak and eggs, chicken and waffles and oysters and grits plus carving, omelet and ice cream cone stations and lots more ($55, $21 for children under 12; availability at 11:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 2:15 and 4:30 PM).