by BethesdaNow.com — November 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm 1,595 1 Comment

The DoubleTree Bethesda (8120 Wisconsin Ave.) is highlighting a number of celebrated American cities in its New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31.

The event will include multiple venues in the hotel based on themes from various cities, including a New Orleans-jazz band feel on the first floor, hot club DJ in the New York City-themed ballroom, a Los Angeles room with movies, San Francisco and more.

Entertainment, food and an open bar is part of the celebration, another in a long line of special DoubleTree events aimed at a younger crowd.

Tickets are $99 per person and advanced purchase is required. All attendees must be at least 21.

Packages that include stays in the hotel are available.

Visit DoubleTree’s website for more information and contact info for purchasing tickets.

Image via DoubleTree Bethesda

by BethesdaNow.com — November 21, 2012 at 1:45 pm 609 0


Studio Neptune, a children’s art studio and workshop, is hosting a special event to celebrate a new collection by founder Elyse Harrison on Dec. 1 and Dec. 2.

The studio, located at 5001 Wilson Lane, will be open on both days from noon to 4 p.m. for its “Animals and People,” exhibit:

“Animals and People”, new mixed media work from Bethesda artist Elyse Harrison, features densely drawn and painted plaster figures,often embedded with surprise elements like aged wood or metal objects. Harrison’s long career working with children influences these sometimes playfully dark, engaging characters, a 3D component of her portfolio which also includes paintings on paper and wood.

For more information, visit Studio Neptune’s website.

by BethesdaNow.com — November 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm 822 0

Montgomery County is officially looking for members to join an advisory committee it hopes will help form a sense of place and community in White Flint as redevelopment gets set to begin.

County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) announced openings on the newly created White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, which is tasked with advising County departments and the County Council on public services in the White Flint Sector Plan area and organizing activities that market the area and its businesses.

Another major task will be to update the County Council on the feasibility of creating a White Flint Urban District, what Bethesda Chevy Chase Regional Services Center Director Ken Hartman labeled a “baby [Bethesda Urban Partnership]. That recommendation will have to be made by 2017.

One member of the Committee (the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board representative) has already been selected. Tara Flynn, from Garrett Park, has been involved in past White Flint committees and will continue after the Citizens Advisory Board nominated her on Monday night.

The Committee is also looking for two representatives of businesses that employ fewer than 25 employees, two representatives of residential communities in the Sector Plan area and one rep from outside the Sector Plan area to apply.

Other nominated members will include two from the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce, Flynn and three non-voting members from the County Executive’s office (likely Hartman), County Council and North Bethesda Transportation Management District.

Members will serve three-year terms without compensation, except for possible reimbursement for travel and babysitting for meetings attended.

The following, from Leggett’s announcement, is how to apply:

Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or by email to countyexecutive.boards@montgomerycountymd.gov. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. If appropriate, applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying.

by BethesdaNow.com — November 21, 2012 at 11:45 am 2,152 1 Comment

Chef Robert Wiedmaier has a number of D.C.-area restaurants, including Mussel Bar (7262 Woodmont Ave.) on Bethesda Row.

But his newest creation, Wildwood Kitchen by Robert Wiedmaier (10223 Old Georgetown Rd.), is almost completely different.

It’s small (55 seats with 2,000 square feet), there’s only one way to make a reservation (the phone; there’s a Facebook page but no website) and there are no television screens or any of the type of fanfare typically associated with an upscale Bethesda restaurant.

The interior portrays a rustic feel, with wood beams across the ceiling, a forest scene painted on the walls and bookshelves full of candles and empty glass jars.

There’s also an intentional effort to ditch butter and cream and use healthier ingredients.

BethesdaNow.com spoke with Wiedmaier about Wildwood and how it fits into the Bethesda restaurant scene:

Bethesda Now: You seem to really be pushing a simple, no nonsense approach with this restaurant (no online reservations or TVs, short menu). Why do you think this could work in a market such as Bethesda?

Wiedmaier: We live in a world where we have so many choices and options at our disposal. Having a restaurant that has no TV screens, only one channel for reservations – the phone, and a selective menu is an intentional direction to create a simplified, more European approach. Wildwood Kitchen is really breath of fresh air in that way, from the overly stimulated, technology-focused pace of today. We are giving our guests a simple and selective atmosphere. While we may use iPads to streamline our internal system, we don’t want to overcomplicate things on our guests’ end.

Bethesda Now: You have Mussel Bar on Bethesda Row and the wealth of upscale places in the area make sense because of the market. But is there anything missing from the Bethesda restaurant scene? If so, what, whether it’s a specific type of place, a trend or something else?

Wiedmaier: I don’t think that there is anything that is necessarily missing, but I think that Wildwood Kitchen runs on a unique philosophy. Growing up in Europe, I became accustomed to  seasonally-focused cooking. You could only have the food that fit in your small refrigerator and you would shop by visiting local merchants. Wildwood Kitchen reflects this European methodology and brings in dishes that are not just Greek or Italian, but pan-Mediterranean with cuisine that touches on the 23 countries that span the coast. All of our dishes are made without the use of butter or cream. It’s definitely not comfort food in the American sense. But this straight forward cooking style brings the quality and flavors of our ingredients to the forefront of each dish. While many other restaurants are evolving with the times to bring in more TVs, more options for reservations, larger menus and butter/cream-rich dishes, Wildwood Kitchen is staying true to its European roots.


by BethesdaNow.com — November 21, 2012 at 9:30 am 1,113 0

The traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season will actually start on Thanksgiving night this year and continue into the weekend with Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

The upscale shops at Bethesda Row will be taking part.

Black Friday sales include Capital Teas (4806 Bethesda Ave.) where a purchase of more than $75 will get shoppers a free Capital Teas Mug. Spend more than $125 and receive a free magic tea marker. Spend more than $175 and get a free signature sampler set and spend more than $300 and get a free hobnail cast iron teapot.

City Sports (7121 Arlington Rd.) will sell all Nike and Adidas products at 25 percent off. Daddy & Son (4836 Bethesda Ave.) is selling all of its European dress shirts and other clothing at 20 percent off. Women’s clothing boutique Ginger is (7114 Bethesda Lane) is selling all products 40 percent off from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., 30 percent off from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 20 percent off from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and 10 percent off all day Saturday and Sunday.


by BethesdaNow.com — November 21, 2012 at 8:30 am 9,719 0

Survey Shows Bethesda Chronically Homeless Have Been on the Street for Almost 8 Years — As part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Bethesda homeless prevention nonprofit Bethesda Cares does surveys among the area’s homeless population to chronicle medical problems and disabilities. This year’s survey shows the average homeless person in Bethesda has been on the street for more than seven years, higher than the national average. [Bethesda Patch]

North Bethesda is Walkable, But do Residents Want to Walk? — A local blogger takes on recent high ratings of North Bethesda and White Flint as a “walkable” community, the popular new buzz term for not needing the use of a car in daily shopping, commuting and other activities. But is White Flint pleasant to walk and could that encourage some people right back to their cars? [North Flintville]

Clara Barton Community Center Holding Craft Show — The Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center (7425 MacArthur Boulevard, Cabin John) will hold its fifth annual craft show from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Proceeds go to funding a number of Community Center events throughout the year, including family bingo night, paper shredding and the Halloween Haunted House. [Friends of the Clara Barton Community Center]

Flickr photo by IamJomo


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