April 15th of this year is the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theatre in 1865. Ford’s Theatre (511 10th St NW) let us know they are running an around-the-clock Lincoln tribute on April 14 and 15 to commemorate his death. Lots of events will be happening to commemorate this day in hostory – check out the event listing here. The press release follows:
FORD’S THEATRE TO COMMEMORATE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION WITH AROUND-THE-CLOCK PROGRAMMING
April 14 and 15, 2015
President Barack Obama to Declare April 15 Day of Remembrance
Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration Performance at Ford’s Theatre to be Simulcast at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and on www.fords.org
Candlelight Vigil Planned for Evening of April 14, 2015
Wreath-Laying Event at Petersen House (Where Lincoln Died) – Morning of April 15, 2015
Remarks by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and James L. Swanson, Author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer
Washington, D.C.— Ford’s Theatre commemorates the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and death on April 14 and 15 with around-the-clock programming at the Ford’s Theatre campus. President Barack Obama will proclaim a Day of Remembrance for President Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death— April 15, 2015.
Plans include: unprecedented access to the Ford’s Theatre Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership throughout the day and night; ranger talks and performances of the Society’s one-act play One Destiny; self-guided or historian-led tours of the Theatre; free midday panel discussions featuring historians and scholars addressing national mourning and legacy; outdoor History on Foot walking tours; a moving evening tribute to Abraham Lincoln, Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration, at Ford’s Theatre on April 14 at 9 p.m., followed by a candlelight vigil on Tenth Street NW that will feature more than 150 living historians in Civil War attire.
The 2015 RAMMY Finalists have been announced by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. We have several neighborhood favorites on the list and Penn Quarter spots dominate Chef of the Year and Restaurateur of the Year – congratulations! The winners will be announced June 7 at the annual RAMMY Awards Gala at the convention center.
Cocktail Program of the Year:
- barmini by José Andrés
Beer Program of the Year:
- Brasserie Beck
Wine Program of the Year:
- Charlie Palmer Steak
Employee of the Year:
- David Sabbadino – Zaytinya
Manager of the Year:
- Atul Narain – Rasika
Service Program of the Year:
Pastry Chef of the Year:
- Kendra Grieco – Fiola
Everyday Casual Restaurant of the Year:
- Hill Country Barbecue Market
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year:
New Restaurant of the Year:
- The Partisan
Formal Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year:
- minibar by José Andrés
Chef of the Year:
- Victor Albisu – Del Campo
- Nathan Anda and Ed Witt – The Partisan
- Johnny Spero – minibar by José Andrés
Restaurateur of the Year:
- José Andrés and Rob Wilder – ThinkFoodGroup
- Mike Isabella – Mike Isabella Concepts
- Fabio and Maria Trabocchi – Fiola, Casa Luca, Fiola Mare
- Robert Wiedmaier, Brian McBride, Frank Shull, and Joe Lively – RW Restaurant Group
Ed. Note (4/14): Another update…soft opening is Wednesday, April 15 and the grand opening is Thursday, April 16 (11 am to 8 pm).
Jetties sandwich shop let us know that their grand opening is not this weekend on April 4 but is now scheduled for
Tuesday, April 14 Thursday, April 16. They will open in the former 1791 Deli space on 8th St NW between G and H Streets NW.
While on our morning doggie walk today, we noticed that the 8th Street Deli (717 D St., NW) has been vacated. Permit postings note the space is undergoing renovation, but it’s not clear if the deli will return or if the space is on the market. Any PQers have an update for us?
The Cherry Blossom Festival officially runs March 20 through April 12 but this week marks the kick off of the bulk of activities. The official Cherry Blossom Festival website lists events but we also like the guide produced by the Washington Post which offers up a nice map and pick of events. Peak bloom is predicted to be between April 11 and April 14 which spans the weekend after next. We always enjoy the official parade along Constitution Ave which this year takes place on April 11.
Our experience is that the best time to view the blossoms without crowds is during the week around lunchtime so we usually walk down to the Tidal Basin for a long lunch to take in the view. The weekends bring maddening crowds but if that’s the only time you can get away, it’s usually easier to use public transportation and/or walk rather than driving.
It’s hard to believe folks but spring is here and that means it’s time for the FRESHFARM Farmer’s Markets to fire up in neighborhoods around DC. This includes our very own Penn Quarter where the market sets up on Thursday evenings from 3 pm to 7 pm on 8th St NW between D and E Streets.
CSA (Community Support Agriculture) subscriptions will be available at the Penn Quarter (and CityCenter) market.
The opening schedule for the markets is listed below and we linked the markets in our neighborhood so you can read up more:
2015 Market Opening Dates & Hours
Wednesday, April 1: Foggy Bottom FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (10th Anniversary)
Thursday, April 2: Penn Quarter FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 4: Downtown Silver Spring FRESHFARM Market, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, April 5: Dupont Circle FRESHFARM Market, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (opens & closes 30 minutes earlier)
Tuesday, April 7: Crystal City FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 9: FRESHFARM Market by the White House. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: H St NE FRESHFARM Market, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 18: St Michaels FRESHFARM Market, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Thursday, April 23: Ballston FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 3: Union Market FRESHFARM Market, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sunday, May 3: Annapolis FRESHFARM Market, 8 a.m. to 12noon
Tuesday, May 5: FRESHFARM Market at CityCenterDC, 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (new closing time)
Thursday, May 7: Ballston FRESHFARM Market, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 16: Mount Vernon Triangle FRESHFARM Market, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
While making our regular grocery shop at Safeway this week, we noticed this signage at 450 K St. NW for a new French cafe, L’Hommage Bistro. We couldn’t find a dedicated web site, but previous reporting around the Web notes that the concept is from the owner of Alba Osteria, Hakan Ihlan, and will be a full-service and carry-out French bistro and bakery. We look forward to sharing more about the anticipated opening date soon.