Year in Food: Chevy Chase's 2012 Restaurant Scene
It's been an exciting year for the Chevy Chase restaurant scene. Here's a look back at some of the top restaurant news stories this past year in Chevy Chase.
It's been an exciting year for Chevy Chase's restaurant scene. New restaurants opened up, and more are on the way. Here's a look back at some of the restaurant news in Chevy Chase this past year:
Range: Photos of the Food: Feast your eyes on these photos of the food at Range, celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's new restaurant in the Chevy Chase Pavilion (Dec. 20, 2012).
Hardworking Small Business Owners Bring Variety to Chevy Chase Restaurant Scene: Restaurants and bakeshops work together to offer residents more options for eating out (Dec. 19, 2012).
Range's Pizza Chef Is Well-Known in DC Kitchens: Eater DC reports that the restaurant's pizza chef is Edan MacQuaid, who has made pizzas at Local 16, Graffiato, Pizzeria Orso, Red Rocks, Ardeo + Bardeo, 2Amys and Pizzeria Paradiso (Dec. 18, 2012).
Meat Lovers, Mark Your Calendars: Range Opens Dec. 18: Celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio's new restaurant Range is sure to please meat lovers and vegetarians alike with its extensive menu and open kitchen (Dec. 4, 2012).
What an Offal Meal! Making Dishes from Organ Meats at Lia’s: Lia’s Restaurant offered a three-course menu of organ meats on a day Americans would be most likely to eat some scary cuisine—Halloween (Nov. 22, 2012).
Olympia Coffee Shop: New Owner, Same Menu: This popular Martin's Additions restaurant has a new owner, but not much else is slated to change (Oct. 31, 2012).
Voltaggio to Provide 'Small Plates' to Cigar Lounge: Civil Lounge in the Chevy Chase Pavilion will feature cigars and spirits, as well as small plates from the kitchen of Bryan Voltaggio's neighboring Range restaurant (Oct. 17, 2012).
Chevy Chase Cafe Terasol Gets Caucus Room Chef: This art gallery/bistro on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, DC, has a new chef, and he's making over the menu (Oct. 16, 2012).
Food Inspectors Find Debris in AMC Popcorn Machine: A routine food safety inspection at Mazza Gallerie's AMC Theatre revealed "unclean food-contact surfaces" (Aug. 31, 2012).
Rosa Mexicano Shows a Little Lemon Love: In August, Rosa Mexicano sold a special lemon dessert, the proceeds of which went toward Alex's Lemonade Stand (Aug. 14, 2012).
Cupcakes Bring out the Love—And the Funds: A fundraiser at Friendship Heights' popular cupcake shop, Frosting Bakeshop and Coffee Bar, raised $537.08 to help a little girl fight leukemia (Aug. 14, 2012).
Frosting's Feel-Good Cupcakes: Friendship Heights' popular cupcakery, Frosting Bakeshop and Coffee Bar, pulled out all the stops to create one-of-a-kind Ruby Red Velvet cupcakes—with special, handmade ladybug toppers—to sell to help support young Ruby Kahoun's fight against acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Aug. 8, 2012).
Delayed Opening for Voltaggio's Range Restaurant: The restaurant will open later than originally planned in the Chevy Chase Pavilion, Bethesda Magazine reported (Aug. 7, 2012).
New Restaurant Takes Over Former M Cafe Space: Mi Cocina is slated to open in the former M Cafe space in The Collection at Chevy Chase in March 2013 (Aug. 3, 2012).
Persimmon Restaurant Closes for Renovations Persimmon Restaurant is closed for a few months as it undergoes renovations, Bethesda Magazine reported (Aug. 1, 2012).
Rosa Mexicano's Chef Lukis, Grill Master: Rosa Mexicano's Chef Lukis shares grilling tips with Chevy Chase Patch (June 11, 2012).
Details Emerge on Range, Voltaggio's Latest Restaurant: Bethesda Magazine shares the details on the new restaurant slated to open later in 2012. (June 4, 2012).
Readers' Choice: Clyde's of Chevy Chase: Clyde's of Chevy Chase won a Reader's Choice poll for best Mother's Day brunch (May 11, 2012).
Persimmon Picks: Wasabi Oysters, Mushroom Soup: Fourteen years on, Persimmon Restaurant—on the Bethesda-Chevy Chase border—still delivers on its promise of a fine dining experience (May 4, 2012).
Readers' Choice: La Ferme Restaurant: Patch readers chose La Ferme Restaurant, in Chevy Chase, as their favorite power lunch spot (March 30, 2012).
Readers' Choice for St. Pat's Day: Frosting, A Cupcakery: Patch readers chose the Friendship Heights cupcake shop as their favorite place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day (March 16, 2012).
Rosa Mexicano: Crowd Pleaser: Newly opened Rosa Mexicano draws in the crowds (March 13, 2012).
Readers' Choice: Meiwah Restaurant: The Chevy Chase eatery won 21 percent of the vote in the Patch Readers' Choice Chinese restaurant poll (March 2, 2012).
Blue 44—Feels Like Home: This restaurant on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase, DC, draws families and students who crave good food at reasonable prices. If Sunday night was any indication of a typical evening there, Nardelli has achieved his goal (Feb. 24, 2012).
Crowd Protests 'Unfair' Employment Practices Outside Capital Grille: Protests against Darden's policies are not new, nor are they limited to Friendship Heights (Jan. 19, 2012).
UPDATE: Fresh Guac, Pomegranate Margaritas Coming to Friendship Heights on Jan. 28: Mexican food aficionados in Friendship Heights won't need to wait much longer to get their fix of freshly-made guacamole and frothy margaritas. (Jan. 17, 2012; updated Jan. 18, 2012).
Juice Up, Detox With Purée Artisan: Amy Waldman, a Chevy Chase resident, opened a fresh juice bar in downtown Bethesda (Jan. 11, 2012).
Chef Voltaggio Plans Autumn Opening for Chevy Chase Restaurant: The celebrity chef is planning a new restaurant in Chevy Chase (Jan. 9, 2012).
Kick-start Exercise Goals with Frosting FIT: Looking for some running buddies to help you stick to your resolution to exercise more this year? If so, you're in luck (Jan. 5, 2012).