This weekend is a busy one in Bethesda and the rest of March offers a number of special events around the area.
Dance Bethesda Studio Night
Participating downtown Bethesda dance studios (see website)
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 10:30 p.m.
Dance Bethesda kicks off the weekend with free lessons and parties at downtown Bethesda dance studios from 7-10:30 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014. Participants can learn steps and see demonstrations including ballroom, jazz, hip-hop and more dance styles.
America’s ‘Most Super Nanny’ Jo Frost Book Signing
Barnes and Noble (4801 Bethesda Avenue)
Time: 2:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Global parenting expert Jo Frost signs copies of her seventh book “Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior”
UnCorked! An Evening of Extraordinary Wines To Benefit The Neediest Kids
Avenel Country Club (10000 Oaklyn Drive)
Time: 7:00 p.m. — 9:00 p.m.
The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) invites you to join us in celebrating our newest program, The Neediest Kids (TNK) – an early intervention program serving 10 school districts in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.
Experience tastings of extraordinary wines from Opus, Justin, Freemark Abbey, Chausser, Lakoya, Penner Ash, and many more!
Meet Chef John Moeller, former Executive White House Chef to Presidents Clinton and Bush. Talk wine with Ben Giliberti, former Washington Post Wine Columnist. Mingle with other wine enthusiasts while sampling superb food and a special treat by Chef Moeller! Bid on a host of donated entertainment, dining, sports and travel items at our Silent Auction.
Dance Bethesda Concert
Round House Theatre (4545 East-West Highway)
Time: 8:00 p.m. — 11:00 p.m.
The 10th annual Dance Bethesda, a weekend celebrating dance, will feature a formal dance concert showcasing area companies at 8 p.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014. The event, produced by Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, will take place at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway in downtown Bethesda. The performers/choreographers include: Agency 9 (hip-hop), Bethany Disque (contemporary), Christopher K. Morgan & Artists (contemporary), Company Danzante (contemporary), Company E (contemporary), Nomad Dancers (inspired by traditions of India, Persia, Central Asia, Middle East, and Turkey) and Word Dance Theater (modern dance). Tickets are available at www.bethesda.org for $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Remaining tickets will also be available at the door.
The Bachelor Finale Viewing Party
Redwood (7121 Bethesda Lane)
Time: 6:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Join PerSei Apartments, On Tap Magazine and all the Hits 107.3 on Monday, March 10th to see who Juan Pablo chooses! We’ll be watching the finale on the big screen at Redwood restaurant in Bethesda. The evening includes complimentary appetizers, your first cocktail on us and a PerSei gift bag. Plus a rose for every guest!
The event is free of charge, but you must RSVP as space is limited. Check in begins at 6:00 and the screening begins at 8:00. To RSVP visit www.ontaponline.com/bachelor. You must be 21+ to attend.
Saturday, March 15
St. Patrick’s Day Live on the Plaza!
Chevy Chase Center (5463 Wisconsin Avenue)
Time: 10:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy St. Patrick’s day live on the plaza with treats, bagpipes, and dancers at Chevy Chase Center.
Tuesday, March 25
BCC Chamber of Commerce NextExec Fundraising Pool Tournament
Rock Bottom Brewery (7900 Norfolk Avenue)
Time: 5:30 p.m. — 7:30 p.m.
Join the B-CC Chamber NextExec Committee on March 25th at 5:30pm at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery for their 2nd annual Pool Tournament! Attendees may choose to participate in the tournament or just come to networking and cheer on the tournament. Players will be paired with a partner to make a team, and prizes will be awarded to winning teams!
As part of the NextExecs commitment to giving back to their community, all proceeds from this event will benefit CollegeTracks.
Cost: $12 / Members: $10
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This is Missy Carr’s major expansion.
The L’Academie de Cuisine graduate was among the first to open a Montgomery County food truck when she opened Go Fish in 2011.
In a few years, her seafood truck built up a following in Bethesda. In 2012, it was named Bethesda’s best food truck by readers of Bethesda Magazine.
But a lack of parking, the threat of parking tickets and opposition from brick-and-mortar restaurants meant Carr rarely actually made it to downtown Bethesda, instead opting for weekly events hosted by office property owners, catering gigs and outdoor markets.
Now, with a relatively cheap spot in the Bethesda Farm Women’s Cooperative Market, Carr is hoping to better establish her business.
“This is a good foothold for me, because it’s so hard to get in Bethesda,” said Carr, who opened the stand in the market on Friday. “Everybody wants to be in Bethesda, but there’s nowhere to go. So when this opportunity came up, I was like, ‘Yeah, this is a good chance to get my brand out there and some more of our stuff.’”
Having a more permanent landing spot is especially important to Carr, who hopes to go back to offering fresh seafood on a regular basis. It’s the kind of business that relies on regular customers, which are harder to come by if your business is always on the move.
“The problem with fresh fish, when you have a product like that, people want to know where you are,” Carr said. “You have regular customers. They come to this place and they know on a Saturday for instance they’re going to get my product. We were always mobile.”
Go Fish was the second food truck in Montgomery County, Carr said. The first, Sub Urban Bros, has since called it quits. The Go Fish food truck will continue. Carr has help to keep it going on days when she’s at the market.
Go Fish and the market are open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
With start-up costs of a few thousand dollars, the opening at the Market is serving as a next step of sorts. Carr said she’s not quite at the level to move her crab cakes, mahi mahi fish tacos and lobster rolls to a permanent brick-and-mortar, though she has glanced at building vacancies.
“Having a place where people can count on to come and know we’re going to be here three days a week is a big opportunity for me,” Carr said.
Editor’s Note: This column is sponsored by Georgetown Square Wine and Beer (10400 Old Georgetown Road).
Last year, we wrote an article on great value wines for less than $10. As is the case with most great value wines, once discovered by the masses the price rises slowly each year to settle at a dollar amount that isn’t exactly a bargain anymore
Not to worry, we have found more.
My favorite part of being a wine buyer is to find bottles that are great values — bottles that are about $10 tat taste like $20-$30. It’s a tough task to find these gems, but they’re definitely out there. Here are a few that I have recently tasted and currently sell at Georgetown Square Wine and Beer, all at or less than $10.
The Royal Chenin received an outstanding score of 90 points from the Wine Advocate. Since we have displayed this wine and put a price of $8.99, we have had a hard time keeping it in stock. I’ll let leading wine critic Robert Parker explain the rest.
“One of the greatest buys I have tasted this year is this under $10, 100% Chenin Blanc from the Western Cape. A super flowery-scented nose includes notions of ripe honeydew melons and pears. This medium-weight, fresh, fruity, crisp, dry, textbook Chenin Blanc will provide immense pleasure over the next 12 months.”
After tasting The Royal Chenin, I gave their red a try. I couldn’t be more surprised with the smoothness and balance of this red blend. It’s juicy and fruity with blackcurrant and spice flavors, subtle vanilla and black pepper. This wine red pairs well with red meat, roasted leg of lamb, grilled lamb chops and beef kebabs.
(It’s out of stock until Wednesday, March 12.)
When we first started carrying Cielo Pinot Grigio, it was a decent bottle for the price. As time passed, the new vintages have been getting much better. Usually inexpensive Pinot Grigios are extremely light with not much complexity, but Cielo breaks that mold by producing good quality, fuller bodied Pinot Grigios at a great price.
I couldn’t write a post about bargain bottles without mentioning Protocolo. If you buy wine in Montgomery County, you have probably seen this bottle plenty. I have no problem recommending Protocolo as a table wine, cooking wine or even a wine to make sangria with. At $6.99 we go through 8-10 cases a week.
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Bethesda’s Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery has a special menu and new brew this month as part of a fundraising effort for a Maryland firefighter charity.
The restaurant (7900 Norfolk Ave.) revealed its “fiery” menu and Fire Chief Ale on Thursday with a tasting event in Woodmont Triangle.
Until March 30, a portion of Fire Chief Ale sales will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a Frederick County-based nonprofit that assists family and co-workers of firefighters who die on-duty.
The limited-time menu includes 3-Alarm Brisket Chili, a slow cooked beef brisket-based chili topped with cheddar, pepper jack and sour cream.
There’s also a Tequila Lime Shrimp Salad, Cowboy Burger, Campfire Shrimp, Jalapeno BBQ Brisket Stack and Small Bite Triple Chocolate Brownie, complete with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and hot fudge.
Rock Bottom will also offer a Grilled Lime Margarita to go along with the Ale:
Brewed in-house, Fire Chief Ale is a medium-bodied, auburn colored ale that gets its sweet side from the caramel and crystal malts and has a little toasty character for balance. The hand-selected hops from the Pacific Northwest lend a crisp and refreshing finish.
Photos via Rock Bottom
The first traditional county executive debate between the two men who have run Montgomery County for the past 20 years and a longtime council member brought a few jabs and some new campaign fodder on Friday.
County Executive Isiah Leggett, former County Executive Doug Duncan and County Councilmember Phil Andrews took part in a 90-minute debate presented by the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce and Bethesda Magazine in a banquet room of the Hyatt Regency.
Duncan, county executive from 1994-2006, issued sharp critiques of Leggett, county executive since Duncan left the job, on the Silver Spring Transit Center, economic competitiveness and state school construction funding.
Leggett stayed on the offensive, using Duncan’s own words from his time as county executive to illustrate the Silver Spring Transit Center also stalled on Duncan’s watch. He also cited a Duncan speech in 1995 to show the Travillah Road dump fire — an episode Duncan has used as an example of his ability to get things done — wasn’t put out as quickly as Duncan indicated.
Andrews continued to paint himself as a “tough leader” with a new approach that would curb tax increases, limit spending on government pensions and get more money for the county from Annapolis.
One contentious moment came in a discussion of transit and transportation priorities. Leggett said his early support for raising the state’s gas tax — passed last year — was essential to funding projects such as the Purple Line, Corridor Cities Transitway and a bus rapid transit system.
“On paper they looked good. But we needed to move them from paper to reality,” Leggett said. ”In reality, until we received the resources that we fought for from the gasoline tax and others, it was not possible. I led that fight.
“When the governor and others stood before you right downstairs this past summer to talk about the financial support that we had, they called out one person: ‘Ike Leggett’s the person that led this charge and advocated for this for years and years and he was right,’” Leggett said.
Duncan countered by saying Leggett was taken advantage of by state leaders in last year’s General Assembly, pointing to the $600 million Baltimore City got for school construction and the $200 million Prince George’s County got for a new medical center and hospital.
“That’s not leadership. That’s wrong. Montgomery County got played in Annapolis that session,” Duncan said. “No wonder they were so eager to praise you because they got away with not giving Montgomery County a lot of money for our schools.”
Check out a few of the open houses scheduled for this weekend, including a few condo selections.
5225 Pooks Hill Road
1 BD | 1 BA condominium
Sandie Goldstein, Weichert Realtors
Open: Sunday, March 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
5214 Sangamore Road
4 BD | 3.5 BA single family detached
Anita Centofanti, Re/Max Town Center
Open: Sunday, March 9 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
6820 Wisconsin Avenue
2 BD | 2.5 BA condominium
Hans Wydler, Long & Foster Real Estate
Open: Sunday, March 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
6539 Broad Street
4 BD | 3 BA single family detached
Hans Wydler, Long & Foster Real Estate
Open: Sunday, March 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The yellow hats trickled into the room Thursday night, until the conference room of the Taylor House Office Building in Annapolis was wall-to-wall PTA parents and their kids.
“When Montgomery County comes down, we come down guns blazing,” said Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Germantown), who spoke to a group of Maryland PTA and state education officials.
On the official PTA lobbying night in Annapolis, the estimated 250-350 people who rode buses and drove in from Montgomery County stressed their support for more state funding of school construction in MCPS.
They wore mock yellow hard hats and went through talking point after talking point about why the county — growing at the rate of roughly 2,000 students a year — needs more state funding to address overcrowding schools.
A bill in the House that would provide up to $20 million in state construction funding a year to the “big three” counties doesn’t have enough votes from those outside the delegations of Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George’s Counties. It also faced a not so encouraging response in a committee hearing Thursday.
“Things that are big in Annapolis, they take time,” Montgomery County House Delegation leader Anne Kaiser cautioned, implying again that winning support for a school construction package for Montgomery County might be a multi-year process.
It doesn’t mean school supporters aren’t going to try this year. With about half the session remaining, the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (MCCPTA) chartered MCPS school buses from five locations in the county.
Those parents and students learned of the difficulty county legislators face when asking representatives from other jurisdictions to support money for Montgomery County schools.
Daylight Saving Time Starts Sunday — A reminder to turn your clocks forward one hour early Sunday morning.
Dave & Busters Latest To Challenge White Flint Mall Redevelopment — A second high profile tenant sued White Flint Mall last year over its redevelopment plans. Dave & Busters, the restaurant, bar and arcade space, sued the mall last November claiming its redevelopment plans violated the lease. Mall owner Lerner Enterprises fired back by claiming Dave & Busters technically was in violation of the lease since 2006, when it opened a location at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover. That apparently is too close to the White Flint location, though Lerner allowed Dave & Busters continue to operate. It appears another longtime tenant at the old mall will be on the way out after it’s redeveloped into a mixed-use town center. Lord & Taylor filed a similar suit against the mall last summer. [Washington Post]
County Executive Candidates Reject Rent Stabilization — At a campaign forum held Wednesday night by the Montgomery County Renters Alliance (a BethesdaNow.com advertiser) all four county executive candidates said they do not support the idea of rent stabilization. They did talk about the need for more housing supply to lead to affordable housing rates. On the County Council side, 19 candidates showed up and 18 spoke. [Renters Alliance]
Montgomery County A Model For Trans Fat Ban? — Montgomery County was the first county in the country to ban trans fat in a bill introduced by former Councilmember Duchy Trachtenberg, who’s running against incumbent Roger Berliner for the District 1 seat. [Washingtonian]
Flickr photo by The Amazing Mr. Ripley
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory to warn Friday morning commuters of the potential for freezing drizzle and rain.
The Advisory is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Friday, with sleet and freezing rain expected to start after 9 a.m:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 2 PM EST FRIDAY…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM TO 2 PM EST FRIDAY.
* PRECIPITATION TYPE…FREEZING RAIN…FREEZING DRIZZLE…AND SLEET.
* ACCUMULATIONS…LESS THAN A TENTH-INCH OF ICE.
* TIMING…FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL START DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE…WITH SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ARRIVING AFTER 9AM. PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE OVER TO RAIN FROM EAST TO WEST DURING THE MIDDAY.
* TEMPERATURES…AROUND 30.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 5 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 MPH.
* IMPACTS…FREEZING PRECIPITATION WILL AFFECT THE FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE. ROADS WILL BECOME ICY AND SLICK…ESPECIALLY BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.
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