Culinary Star Carla Hall DC: Swizzle Chill Magazine

Culinary star and D.C. favorite: Carla Hall

Carla Hall, who has co-hosted the ABC network show “The Chew,” now in its final season, and a headliner in D.C.’s Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show the past two years has deep D.C. roots and an impressive career. Take a look at some of her career highlights and close ties to the nation’s capital: Hosted the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2018 at the Lyric Opera in Chicago.

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Julii at PIke and Rose to Open September: Swizzle Chill

Rising star Sasha Felikson tapped for Julii, an upcoming French-Mediterranean concept at Pike and Rose

The French-Mediterranean concept from the founders of fast-casual CAVA and Cava Mezze should be opening by September at Pike and Rose. Ted Xenohristos, Ike Grigoropoulos, and Dimitri Moshovitis—the same three innovators who founded the CAVA and Cava Mezze concepts—are launching Julii. Their new project, Julii, is a sit-down restaurant and the CAVA founders have hired Sasha Felikson of Doi Moi fame as executive chef.

Sasha Felikson is a culinary mover and shaker in Washington, D.C.

One such chef is Sasha Felikson, a finalist for the 2017 Rising Culinary Star of the Year Award at the RAMMYS. As the executive chef of Doi Moi, his energy and passion for serving great food and tapping into global inspiration is well known and unrelenting. Felikson helped open Menu MBK in Penn Quarter. Sasha Felikson is now headed to Julii, a French-Mediterranean concept created by the founders of the popular fast-casual CAVA chain.

Chiko After Dark July 2018 Swizzle Chill Magazine

Chiko After Dark Series continues in July with Adam Greenberg, Brandon Langley from Coconut Club

Fine-casual Chiko, fusing Chinese and Korean dishes with upscale creativity, will be hosting its After Dark Series with an event July 20, 2018. Featured special guests are Chef Adam Greenberg and Bartender Brandon Langley of the upcoming Coconut Club in D.C ... The special menu starts at 9:30 p.m. Chiko’s Eat the Menu kitchen counter tasting opens promptly up at 10:30 p.m., priced at $50.

Is Georgetown, D.C. still a place for restaurants?

The Georgetown M Street corridor has seen significant changes over the last two decades. Once a party destination for college students, the neighborhood has matured into a real estate trophy district, attracting top retailers. It still draws tourists from around the world, but with its diversity of college students being lured from surrounding schools, including the Georgetown University main campus and George Washington University, the customer base can often skew young and diverse.But with its renaissance, is it still a place for restaurants?