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D.C.’s Restaurants Celebrate The Cherry Blossom Festival

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From March 20 through April 27, 2012, Washington welcomes the return of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and area restaurants are showing their support serving up creative cherry-inspired cocktails and dishes. This year marks the 100th Anniversary and there is much to celebrate at the table.

Situated in the Southwest Waterfront at 1101 4th Street, SW, Station 4 is offering a prix fixe, cherry-inspired three-course menu priced at $35 per person (tax and gratuity not included) crafted by Executive Chef Orlando Amaro. Menu highlights include Seared Foie Gras with Marcona Almonds Powder, Dried Cherry Jelly and Rosemary Crusted Lamb Strip Loin with Arzak Potato, Bordelaise Syrup and Sous Vide Cherries. To finish off the meal, Chef Amaro will be serving up Cherry Essence Chocolate Lava Cake with Cherry Cabernet Sorbet. Valet parking is available for $10 per car. For reservations or additional information please call 202-488-0987 or visit the website.

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar, located at 801A 9th Street, NW (9th & H Streets), will offer two cherry dishes in addition to their regular a la carte menu during dinner service. Guest can select the Salmón con Salsa de Guindas, Cherry BBQ Glazed Grilled Salmon Fillet with Roasted Sweet Potato Mash and Fennel-Cherry Blossom Salad for $23 or the Pastel Rustico de Cerezas, Warm Cherry Clafouti with White Chocolate Ice Cream for $8. For the perfect pairing, a cherry blossom cocktail will also be available for sipping during the five-week festival. Priced at $9, the Vanilla-Cherry Coke is made from a combination of Cuba Libre Rum (Aged Five Years) infused with Cherry Brandy and topped with Coca Cola Classic. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 202-408-1600 or visiting the website.

Legal Sea Foods has a four tempting dishes on the a la carte menu in honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival available exclusively at their Chinatown location. Highlights include the Red Salad with Radicchio, Crumbled Gorgonzola, Candied Pecans, Dried Cherries and Balsamic Vinaigrette for $7.95; Cherry Glazed Atlantic Salmon with Watercress Salad and Potato Gaufrettes for $24.95, as well as Surf-n-Turf of Grilled Hanger Steak with Cherry Demi Glaze, Crab Stuffed Potato and Haricot Verte for $29.95. For a sweet ending, Legal will serve a decadent Cherries Jubilee with Vanilla Ice Cream priced at $5.95. Cocktail enthusiasts will appreciate Legal’s Cherry Blossom made with Cherry Heering, Lemon Juice, Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters, topped with Cava for $9.95. The Cherry Blossom creations are exclusively available at their Chinatown location at 704 7th Street, NW. 202-347–0007.

Park Hyatt Washington, located at 24th and M Streets, NW, 20037, is offering up a special Sakura cocktail that will be available in the Park Hyatt Lounge and Blue Duck Tavern during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Priced at $14, the Sakura cocktail is made from a combination of Prairie Organic Vodka, Cherry Puree, Cherry Syrup, Cherry Bitters, Va de Vi Sparking Wine and garnished with a Cherry. For reservation for additional information please call 202-419-6755 or visit the website.

1789 Restaurant is serving up two Cherry Blossom Festival creations for the 100th Anniversary of the Festival. Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo is planning a dish of Pan Roasted Duck Breast, cherry quinoa, crispy duck confit and duck consume priced at $36 and for dessert, a special Fried Cherry Pie by Pastry Chef Mallory Staley is $9. With complimentary valet parking, 1789 Restaurant on 1226 36th Street, NW, is a must for intimate dining and reservations can be made by calling 202-965-1789. For additional information please visit the website.

Hank’s Oyster Bar, located at 1624 Q Street, NW, 20009, is enticing guests with a fresh salad and two cherry libations during the five-week festival. The Cherry Salad is made with Bibb Lettuce, Gorgonzola Cheese, Cherries, Cherry Vinegar and is priced at $11. For the perfect pairing, the beverage team has crafted two cherry-themed cocktails for guests to enjoy. Priced at $11 each, Beverage Director Dana Mosbarger’s Cherry Stone Blossom is made from a combination of Vodka, Sake, Fresh Squeezed Lemon and a Splash of Tart Cherry Juice while Mixologist Megan Coyle’s Anne’s Cherry Coke is made with Rye infused with Sour Cherries, Toasted Walnuts and served with Coca Cola Classic. For more information visit the website.

Also in Dupont Circle, Agora, located at 1527 17th Street, NW, 20036, is pouring a special cocktail during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Priced at $9, the Kiraz Cicegi, which translates to Cherry Blossom in Turkish, is made from a combination of Southern Comfort, Yeni Raki, Cherry Juice, Mint, Agave Nectar and garnished with a Lime Wedge. For more information or reservations, please call 202-332-6767 or visit the website.

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