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Francophiles with money to burn will be pleased to see that Columbia Room’s spring menu launching tonight celebrates “Paris in Spring.” The drinks crafted by head bartender J.P. Fetherson will feature French ingredients, and the food pairings from Chef Johnny Spero will match.
The James Beard Award-nominated bar from Derek Brown and Angie Fetherston offers three-course ($79 + tax) and five-course ($108 + tax) tasting menus.
Cocktails include “Into Great Silence,” with Green Chartreuse, jus vert, fino sherry, orgeat, lemon, and grapefruit and the “La Ballade de Paris,” with pommeau, sweetgrass, peychaud’s, trash cordial, cream, and egg white. The so-called trash cordial is a potion made from garnish trimmings like citrus husks and mint stems.
Take a look at the three-course menu below:
Into Great Silence with green chartreuse, jus vert, fino sherry, orgeat, lemon, grapefruit
Food pairing: Spring peas with jambon and tendrils
Rouge terroir armagnac with dry vermouth, cherrykriek cider, crème de mûre, cherry liqueur, aromatic bitters
Rosé with terroir vodka, pineau des charentes, fraise des bois liqueur, rhuberry cider, bitter orange, citrus bitters
Food pairing: Coq Au Vin with chicken skin, mushroom, red wine
The Café Society Cocktail with marc de bourgogne, port, amer, coffee liqueur, beet, crema
Food pairing: Crème Brûlée with caramel powder, creme anglaise, croquant
The a-la-carte menus in the Punch Garden and in the Spirits Library (both of which welcome walk-in guests) will also receive a spring refresh replete with touches from France. Those menus debut April 6.
Columbia Room, 124 Blagden Alley NW; (202) 316-9396; columbiaroomdc.com