Eating Up the Cherry Blossoms

Enjoy a 'Cherry Tini' from Cuba Libre during their Cherry Blossom celebration
Enjoy a 'Cherry Tini' from Cuba Libre during their Cherry Blossom celebration

Magnificent monuments, a cupcake craze and powerhouse politics are not the only things that make the nation’s capitol unique. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes the spring season with the blooming of beautiful flowers and three weeks full of events. This year, the Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off on Thursday, March 24 with a fundraiser at the Washington Monument. This event, known as “Stand with Japan”, is organized to express our condolences and support for Japan in the wake of their recent tragedies. All donations go to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Red Cross Online Donation site and will benefit the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Fund.

Along with fundraisers, festivals and parades, local restaurants are also joining in on the festivities. Restaurants all over town are offering a special Cherry Blossom Festival menu. The menus include desserts, entrees, and cocktails, all inspired with a cherry twist! From duck confit with sour cherry compote and braised artichokes to a chocolate covered cherry martini, the menus will be sure to satisfy. Below is a list of participating restaurants and their offerings.

Againn - Eton Mess with Brandied Cherries - JP Caceres’ Cherrio Cocktail (vodka, cherry herring liquer, lemon juice, rose water, egg whites) 1099 New York Ave NW. 202 639-9830

Art and Soul at the Liason Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel - Steamed Southern style pork buns with sour cherry hoisin dipping sauce - Grilled tuna with coriander spiced rice, marinated bok choy, maitake mushrooms and ginger chile glaze and Yuzu ginger trifle with sour cherries and candied kumquats - Cherry Pick Cocktail (Vodka, sake, cherry reduction) 415 New Jersey Ave NW. 202 393-7777

Bangkok Joe’s - Peking Duck Bao with cherry-hoisin sauce - 7-spiced roasted shrimp with caramelized tomatoes and cherry ponzu butter sauce - Warm cherry upside down cake - Frozen cherry bellini (champagne, bing cherry, cream sherry, lime juice) 3000 K Street NW. 202 333-4422

Café Dupont at The Dupont Hotel - Goose Liver Torchon with cherry orange compote - Chargrilled NY Strip Steak with a cherry reduction - Vanilla Bean Pana Cotta with a cherry crumble 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW. 202 939-9596

Carmine’s - Sicilian Triple Cherry Cassata - Frozen Cherries Jubilee (Cruzan Rum, Luzardo Maraschino Liquer, port, lemon juice, brandied cherries) 425 7th Street NW. 202 737-7770

Cuba Libre - Barbacoa de Pato con Cerezas - Cherry Tini (Pyrat XO Rum, Combier, lemon grass- infused guarapo, bitters, bing cherries) - Coconut Cherry Frozen (Three Olives, cherry vodka, lemon grass- infused guarapo, coconut puree, maraschino cherry juice) 801 9th Street NW. 202 408-1600

Current Sushi -Cherry Blossom Martini (cherry vodka, sake, black cherries) 1215 Connecticut Ave. 202 955-525

Dino - Tart Cherry Gin Cocktail (Plymouth Gin, Leopold’s Tart Michigan Cherry Liquer, Orchard’s Cherry Liquer, Leopold’s Cranberry Liquer, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda) 3435 Connecticut Ave. 202 686-2966

Farmers and Fishers - F&F’s Cherry Slump 3000 K Street NW. 202 298-0003

Georgia Brown’s - Peanut Butter and Jelly Foie gras with dried cherry jelly - Chicory Rubbed pork tenderloin with cherry and balsamic demi-glace - Dark Cherry glazed roasted free range chicken - Mexican chocolate and cherry cobbler with cinnamon sticky bun ice cream - Cherry Mojitos (cane sugar, ginger, cilantro, a cinnamon swizzle stick) 950 15th Street. 202 393-4499

Hudson Restaurant - Free Range Lamb with chervil johnnycakes and bing cherry gastrique 2030 M Street. 202 872-8700

J.Paul’s - Baked Brie with cherry marmalade - Cherry and Pecan Crusted Lamb rack - Cherry Almond Strudel - Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer 3218 M Street NW. 202 333-3450

Kaz Sushi Bistro - Cherry Blossom Special Chitashi 1915 I Street. 202 530-5500

Kellari Taverna 1700 K Street. 202 535-5274 - Cherry Blossom Salad with jumbo shrimp and cherry balsamic - Pan roasted fagri with a bing cherry demi glace - Greek yogurt with sour cherry preserves - Kellari Cherry cocktail

Morton’s The Steakhouse - Cherry Blossom Cocktail (three olives cherry vodka, lindemans cherry limbic, and prosecco) 1050 Connecticut Ave NW. 202 955-5997

Neyla - Duck Manti with dried Cherries - Baby arugula with arak soaked cherries - Pan roasted grouper with kiln dried cherries - Dark chocolate cherry crème brulee - Chocolate covered cherry martini (Valhrona chocolate, vanilla vodka, and dark cherries) 3206 N Street. 202 333-6353

Old Glory - Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Beer Battered Onion Rings with Sweet and sour dried cherry cherry pepper dip - Old Glory Red Stag Bourbon Buffalo Wings - Cherry Cola BBQ Glazed Salmon with cheddar cheese grits, backyard cucumber slaw, and grilled beefsteak tomato galette - Black Forest Cheesecake with cherry brandy chocolate sauce - Red Stag Mint Julep( red Stag Cherry Bourbon, vanilla bean, mint, simple syrup, cherry brandy, soda, red stag- soaked maraschino cherry) 3139 M Street NW. 202 337-3406

Plume at the Jefferson Hotel - Duck Confit with sour cherry compote and braised artichokes 1200 16th Street. 202 448-2300

Ten Penh - Togarashi Seared Tuna Tataki with seaweed salad and ponzu sauce - Duck confit and wild cherry gyoza with daikon and toasted pinenut salad - Pan seared black grouper with a scallion crabmeat rice noodle crepe and black bean sauce - Dried cherry and rhubarb crisp with honey, vanilla, and sesame ice cream 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. 202 393-4500

Zola Cherry Cured Valentine Miller Ham Rillettes with cherry gelee and brioche Anise glazed sea scallops with country ham, ramps, and cherry suds, Roast quail with cherry aigre-doux, goat cheese polenta and seedling salad Cherry braised beef short ribs with sunchoke puree, pea tendrils and foie gras emulsion Cherries with bruleed vanilla sponge cake and tonka bean cream 800 F Street. 202 654-0999

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