Photo courtesy of Osteria Morini
The first Lumber Shed restaurant is officially open and already the space is seeing crowds. Osteria Morini brings upscale, Italian dining to the neighborhood, not far from a few other neighborhood favorites. I know many of you feel strongly about your local Italian options, as evidenced by the comments on a review from one of our oldest Italian restaurants.
As the website explains, Osteria Morini is named after Chef Michael White’s mentor Gianluigi Morini, the owner and founder of acclaimed restaurant San Domenico in Imola. The restaurant draws strongly from White’s personal experience in Emilia-Romagna, where he worked under Chef Valentino Marcattilii for seven years. And in Italian, “osteria” means a place where the owner “hosts” guests.
Osteria Morini approaches its menu in a way that encourage guests to order a little bit of everything by offering an array of small plates. I personally love that approach over a massive bowl of pasta that leaves me feeling stuffed at the end of my meal. [Read more →]
Tags: Food·Italian restaurants·Lumber Shed·New Business·restaurant reviews
The Hill is awesome. We all know that. But if you think its just the quaint streets and great restaurants and shops that make it that way, then look a little deeper.
There are so many nonprofits whose work in and contribution to the community go a long way toward making the Hill the enriching place that it is. So take a moment, now that you’ve finished your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday shopping, to give a gift to your favorite nonprofit on Giving Tuesday, especially those in the neighborhood.
Does Giving Tuesday really make a difference? Yes! This is the second year of the nationwide initiative and last year’s results were amazing. Two of the larger processors of online donations (Blackbaud and DonorPerfect) recorded an average increase of 50% in donations compared to the prior year, before the launch of Giving Tuesday. DonorPerfect also saw their average gift increase by 25%.
Here are just a few local nonprofits with Giving Tuesday campaigns. Please feel free to recommend other Hill nonprofits in the comments. There are so many in the neighborhood that do amazing work! [Read more →]
by Caroline Angelo on Flickr
Ice skating? Check. It’s that time of year! I love this creative shot from the National Gallery Rink. It’s just a brisk walk down the Hill, and I’m looking forward to our Flickr pool’s take on ice skating at Canal Park too. The opening of that rink has been delayed due to a ruptured pipe in the rink’s pump room. Officials think it will be open by mid-December. We’ll keep you posted on when to plan your opening day skate there.
Tags: Canal Park·Hill's Eye View·National Gallery Ice Skating Rink
Next year marks the 200th anniversary when Washington burned in the War of 1812. It also marks the 150th anniversary when Confederate forces attacked Fort Stevens, a Civil War outpost located near Missouri and Georgia Avenue, NW.
I will return to these two important moments in history many times in the next months and year, but first I want to start with a Capitol Hill connection to the battle of Fort Stevens. In fact, a hospital located at Capitol Hill’s Lincoln Park played an important role in the battle.
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Tags: Battle of Fort Stevens·civil war·history·Lost Capitol Hill·Robert Pohl