Fall Comes To The Grill Room At Capella Washington D.C.

Fall at the Grill Room

September is a bittersweet month.  It’s not easy saying farewell to gorgeous summer days, weekends by the Potomac River, and classic summertime dishes and cocktails in Georgetown.  But as the autumn leaves arrive and the seasons begin to change so do my taste buds and I begin to crave the richer warmer dishes and cocktails that warm the soul.  Fortunately my timing is impeccable as Capella Washington D.C.’s Chef Jakob has begun to create the fall menu for The Grill Room.

Fall at the Grill Room

The fall menu launch will take place on Wednesday, September 25th, but as your Capella Insider I’ve gotten a sneak peek.  Chef Jakob shared with me that he loves root vegetables and slow-braised dishes with rich flavor, just like he grew up on year-round in northern Sweden.   Each dish will incorporate these fall ingredients with the continuation of grilled meats and fish on the bone.  One dish I’m most eager to taste is the grilled Turbot served alongside a fried oyster!

Speaking of oysters, The Grill Room will be incorporating a local microbrew called, Port City Porter for his Autumn Braised Calf and Oyster dish.   The addition of this local brew will incorporate rich flavors of bittersweet coffee, dark chocolate, and a very complex malt character enhanced by yeast fruitiness.

Even better, The Grill Room will continue partnering with Stachowski’s Market, utilizing their homemade fall inspired ingredients.  Get ready for blood pudding spiced with Spanish Pepper, made with pig and beef blood.  Enjoyed with a tender suckling pig, Chef Jakob promises an absolutely delicious dish.

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In addition to the new fall menu, Chef Jakob is teaming up with two Michelin Star Chef’s, Chef Hans Borén & Chef Johan Björkman on October 22nd at The Grill Room.  Together, these chefs will be offering the public two lunches and two dinners, using locally sourced ingredients to bring Scandinavian cuisine to DC!  Stay tuned with me to find out all the details and ticket information for this event.  You can also contact The Grill Room at 202-617-2424 or e-mail thegrillroom.dc@capellahotels.com for more details.

A Georgetown Staycation

Staycation in Georgetown

Living in Washington, D.C. has been one of the best experiences of my life.  I moved to Foggy Bottom, a short walk from Georgetown, back in June and I couldn’t be happier!  I love that Washington, D.C. is full of entertainment and activities suitable for everyone.  When I learned that Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown was featuring a Georgetown Staycation Package with tickets to The International Spy Museum, I knew this was an educational experience I had to try out for myself.  My friend and I checked into the hotel on Friday and enjoyed dinner in The Grill Room.  Then Saturday our adventure began.

We met Angel, our Capella Personal Assistant, in the main lobby entrance, where she had all our Spy Museum tour tickets and information ready to go!  Angel had also arranged for a taxi to take us from the hotel to the International Spy Museum, a short 2.5 miles away from Capella.

Staycation in GeorgetownThe tour itself was incredible!  We learned how espionage helped in the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI and WWII and other American conflicts.  My favorite part of the tour was the comprehensive exhibit of all the James Bond movies.  There was definitely something for everyone — from the history buff to the film fanatic.  After taking peek at all the museum had to offer, we hit up the gift shop and made our way outside where our taxi was waiting (Angel had planned ahead!).

Once we got back to the hotel we headed over to Key Bridge Boathouse.  Fortunately it was the perfect day for a picnic (prepared by the hotel), and we sat under the colorful umbrellas and watched the boats, kayaks, canoes and paddle boarders set sail on the Potomac River.  I would have to say it was a perfect Saturday for getting to know Georgetown just a little better.

Staycation In GeorgetownThe Spy Museum and Key Bridge Boathouse are just two activities you can partake in while visiting Georgetown.  Be sure to ask your Capella Personal Assistant for additional ideas!

 

To book your Staycation at Capella DC click here or e-mail us at res.dc@capellahotels.com.

The Grill Room: A Transformation

The Grill Room

I will never forget the preopening phase of Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown and all the incredible work that was put in to creating this magnificent property.  Being a food and restaurant lover, I was also interested in the creation of The Grill Room and how exactly the designers would transform an empty space into an ultra-luxury restaurant.  I began to take short videos of the construction back in December. Each week I would take another video in the same place and throughout the different spaces so I would be able to create a time lapse when The Grill Room was complete.  Never could I have imagined that the space would turn out as spectacularly as it has!

The Grill Room

It is great to now see The Grill Room (and The Rye Bar) bustling with action from locals and visitors alike.  Executive Chef, Jakob Esko and his skilled culinary team are spinning out local contemporary American dishes and specializing in, bone-in meats and side table preparations that have to be experienced.  I can’t wait for you to have a taste for yourself!

But in the meantime take a look at what went into creating this signature space:

www.thegrillroomdc.com
Reservations: 202-617-2424

Celebrate 4th of July With Capella Washington DC

4th of July at Capella Washington DC

As a new resident of Washington, D.C. there is one holiday that I cannot wait to celebrate, and that is the 4th of July.   The history and excitement surrounding this day is unbelievable and unlike any other city in the country.  As the 4th approaches, I cannot wait to see the city’s culture come alive to honor the past and continue to strive for tomorrow.  For those who live in the city, I’m sure you know the contagious aura of excitement leading up to and during the celebration of Independence Day.  This has only increased with the addition of Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown as one of the city’s premiere destinations.

Ever since I first discovered that the hotel would feature an exclusive rooftop bar, lounge and infinity pool, my first thought was “I can’t wait for fireworks on 4th of July”!  The hotel local in the heart of Georgetown is exceptional and it’s no surprise to me that Mr. Horst Schulze, CEO of Capella Hotels & Resorts, chose Washington D.C. as the flagship American home for the next chapter of our brand.  The rooftop perfectly captures the spirit of the city, and will be the place to watch the firework show with the company of great friends, family and loved ones.

The rooftop, unlike The Grill Room and The Rye Bar (which have already become favorite local hangouts) is exclusive to hotel guests.  Consequently it has remained a bit of a mystery.  So I thought I would take this opportunity to paint a picture of what it is like.

4th of July at Capella Washington DCFrom the moment I step off the elevator it is almost as though I am on top of the world!  All around are unobstructed views of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks.  From the Washington Monument to the Kennedy Center to the Potomac, nothing else quite captures the breadth of the city like this view.  The rooftop offers an array of unique accommodations.  For those craving a bit of liveliness, the bar and lounge area are a great place for spending time in a group.  Meanwhile there are more intimate seating options as well if you are looking for a more private moment.  For me, there is nothing like the infinity pool.  I love to relax in the water while taking in the city below.  The rooftop is truly a versatile space!

4th of July Capella Washington DC 2 In order to give locals and visitors alike a chance to experience this unique venue, Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is offering a one-night package for the 4th of July that includes dinner, entertainment and of course the perfect setting for celebrating our nation’s Independence.  Hopefully I will see you there!  You can contact the Capella Washington, D.C. reservation team at (202)617-2410 for additional information or you can book online HERE.

Father’s Day At The Grill Room

The Grill Room

Father’s Day is celebrated differently across the world.  In America, a woman named Sonora Louise Smart of Arkansas inspired the national observance of Father’s Day.  The story goes that Sonora lost her mom when she was a teenager and she helped her father, a farmer by the name of William Jackson Smart raise all her younger brothers.  Her family eventually moved to Spokane, Washington and after witnessing all the things that her Dad did for her and her siblings, Sonora decided to approach a local Church organization and ask them to help her recognize the fathers in their community.  June 19, 1910 was the first official Father’s Day celebration. (Read more here).

Yesterday, Capella Washington, D.C. hosted the first ever Father’s Day celebration at The Grill Room.  One guest I had the pleasure of speaking with was John Oliver Smith of Lima, Ohio.  He is the father and stepfather to eight children – seven boys and one girl.  As I sat with John on the outdoor terrace, enjoying a delicious Chesapeake Egg Benedict, I was reminded of how history repeats itself in many surprising ways.  John represents all the father figures, who are patriarchs that give so much of themselves to make others happy.  It was a pleasure to sit down with him and get to know his family and honor and appreciate the love our father’s bring to each and every family across the world.

The Grill Room

During our breakfast, John spoke happily to me about how the outdoor seating on the C&O canal felt very European, much like sitting along an Italian canal, or sipping coffee at a Paris café.  “The whole ambiance had a city vibe but was tucked away in such a quiet and luxurious location, with unbelievable architecture,” says John.  I couldn’t agree more and was so delighted that he was able to relax and enjoy this special day in such a peaceful and gorgeous setting.

If you were not able to be here to celebrate this past weekend, there are plenty of other opportunities.  I highly suggest looking into the Fourth of July special, with rooftop views of the firework show at the National Mall!  To see a description of this package and specials for this year, click here.

Capella DC’s Luis Colmenares

Luis Colemenares

Mr. Colmenares, how do I even begin?  Luis Colmenares is the most whimsical, funny, friendly and caring friends I’ve ever met.  His smile, contagious laughter and personality instantly brighten your day.  As the Lead Personal Assistant and Chief Concierge at Capella Washington D.C., Luis heads the hotel’s team of personal assistants and is charged with ensuring that guests’ individual tastes and expectations are fully satisfied.

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Anytime any of our team members or guests needs a suggestion for activities, hot new places to eat/drink, or a new happening event in town, Luis never hesitates and has the best suggestions!   I remember going out to dinner together at one of his favorite restaurants in D.C. and every single server, bartender and manager knew Luis and treated him like he was family.  Having served as concierge at the Capital Hilton Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental and the Hotel Monaco, Colmenares’ knowledge of how Washington works in unparalleled.

I felt so honored to be able to sit down and interview Luis.  He is a legend in the industry and was recognized as “Concierge of the Year” in the 2012 Where Magazine Silver Plume Awards, one of the highest awards in the industry!  Working together the past seven months has been amazing and I wanted to share some insider details with you about our favorite D.C. Concierge!

Luis Colemenares

How long have you lived in D.C.?

I’ve been in D.C. for 26 years. I consider myself a native, and love the European flair of D.C. and how and easy and accessible it is to get around!

What is your favorite hobby?

I LOVE to cook everything and anything! I am not picky but when I do get homesick I like to eat black beans, rice, fried plantains, pulled beef and the lovely Arepas that my mom used to make me growing up in Venezuela.

What is one of the most unique experiences you’ve had with a guest in your career?

I will never forget when I had a guest request a live violinist playing when they walked into their room for the first time- taking “setting the mood” to the next level!

What are the top two requests you get most often from guests?

Touring the White House & The Bureau Of Printing and Engraving.

What is your favorite newspaper?

The Sunday New York Times- the arts, travel, and book review sections are fabulous! This is one of my ultimate favorite things to do, especially with a cup of tea!