Saturday, January 22, 2011

Countdown to Valentine's Day


Guys, we have officially headed into the either romantic or dangerous territory of Valentine's Day.  It is less than a month away and already hearts and pink have inundated the aisles of CVS, Hallmark, and every supermarket in town. So here is where I am going to come in to help the gentlemen of the DC area.  The way to a woman's heart, is through her stomach.  Yep, girls like to eat, and on the big ol' V-Day you know that we like something a little special.  And God knows you won't be able to throw a stick without hitting a Valentine's Day dinner deal around this town.  All that is well and good, but I can promise that you will be eating the finest Valentine's day treats at Equinox this February 14th.  There may be some "aphrodisiac" leaning ingredients, which you never know until you try if they work.  But oysters are delicious no matter what so whether they lend some love powers to their "victims", they are worth indulging in.  So check out the menu below, and give us a call to make a reservation.

Valentine s Day at Equinox 

February 14, 2011 

*Glazed Sting Ray Point Oyster with Champagne Zabaglione* 
First Course 
Creamy Yukon Gold Potato Soup 
Buttered Maine Lobster, Lemon Crème Fraiche, American Caviar 

West Coast Dungeness Crab Salad 
Gala Apple Gelée, Avocado Mousseline, Crispy Garlic Tuille  

Second Course 

Braised Point Judith Calamari “Risotto” 
Iranian Saffron, Sweet Red Pepper, Caramelized Artichoke Hearts 

Sautéed Gnocchi of Jerusalem Artichoke 
Smoked Eggplant Puree, Red Wine Butter, Black Pepper Pecorino  

Third Course 
Pan Roasted Dixie Vermillion Snapper 
Warm Napa Cabbage Slaw, Grilled Oyster Mushrooms, Spiced Coconut-Snapper Broth 

Black Sesame Crusted Arctic Char 
Wilted Arrowleaf Spinach, Forest Mushroom “Cannaloni”, Vermouth-Ginger Cream 

Fourth Course  

Bacon-Wrapped Medallions of Cervena Venison 
Sweet Onion “Pisalladiere”, Niçoise Olive Jus, Rosemary Salt 

Rosemary Roasted Loin of Veal 
Balsamic Glazed Sweetbread, Spinach “Fonduta”, Pinenut-Raisin Jus 

Cheese Course 

Boutique Cheese with Warm Cashew-Raisin Bread 
Twig Farm Goat, Tomme Fleurette, Boerenkaas Gouda, Bleu de Moncenisio 

Dessert Course 

Chocolate Budino 
70% Chocolate Custard, McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil Ice Cream,  
Crumbled Chocolate Biscotti, Sel Gris 

“Broken Rose” 
Rose Mascarpone Ice Cream, Broken Raspberry Macaroon, Lychee Coulis, Raspberry Pudding 

Three Courses: $70    with Wine Pairing: $95 
Five Courses: $90    with Wine Pairing: $125 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Why hello 2011! Sorry I didn't stop by sooner

So things have been crazy guys, I'm not gonna lie.  The day job has been keeping me much too busy for my taste, but now things are a-calming down, so I'm back and can give my own personal spin on all things Equinox, WaterShed, Todd & Ellen Gray, food, wine, etcetera, etcetera!  Woo!  So let's get to it.  The biggest thing on our mind continues to be Sugar & Champagne.  I know it was the last thing that we talked about, but really this must-go-to event is just getting better and better, and it hasn't even begun:

1. All those DC Food trucks that you will wait hours for during the work week, will be parked outside the Ritz from 4-8pm, to provide you with your favorite savory treats. Can you say lobstah? Or mac 'n cheese? And they will be donating 50% of their sales to the Washington Humane Society. Holla!

2. So many of your favorite restaurants are coming to participate that it would be just a shame to miss it.  The full list can be seen here.

3. All you Top Chef fanatics may see some of our local competitors. (Wink, wink)

4. Puppies!!!

5. Bubbly!!!

I mean if the last 2 reasons don't make you want to come, then we may have to part ways forever. Tickets can be purchased here.

So besides that being in the forefront of our minds, there are a few other things that we are buzzing about.  Like the upcoming opening of the Watershed. Words like space flow, menu development, and event planning are being thrown around like Mardi Gras beads around here. It is a pretty exciting time and things are just going to get better. The NOMA neighborhood is just a great community and we are so excited to be a part of this "up and coming" hood.  Continue to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.

So for now I will leave you with those quick reminders.  I hope you all have a great week and keep an eye out for further story telling on this here blog.  ;)