New Restaurant to Combine Japanese Concept, Latin Flavor

Sakerum, a new sushi bar, Asian-Latin restaurant and cocktail lounge, will open just blocks away from the intersection of 14th and U Street (2204 14th St NW) this spring. Owner Stephanos Andreou’s vision for the two-story3,300-square-foot resto-lounge is based on the Japanese concept of the izakaya, a warm, welcoming gastropub, tinged with the flair of a Latin lounge.
The first floor will house Sakerum’s colorful sushi bar, led by chef Khan Gayabazar, formerly of Fujimar and Maté. The second floor boasts a retractable, glass rooftop, which will accommodate up to 90 guests. Sakerum’s menu of sushi and Latin-inspired Asian dishes will offer an exciting blend of flavors and cultures based on innovative recipes. 
Mixologist Gina Chersevani, of Union Market’s Buffalo & Bergen, is responsible for Sakerum’s beverage program, which will produce fresh sugar cane on-site for cocktails and drink flights. Chersevani’s cocktail menu will perfectly complement Chef Gayabazar’s fare, and guests will enjoy both in an environment that is upscale and warm.  
“D.C. is primed for a restaurant and bar like Sakerum, which brings together two incredibly vibrant cultures under one roof,” says owner Andreou. “We want our guests to always feel like they’re getting the best of both worlds, from a culinary and cultural standpoint.” 
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Artesa Releases Two Exclusive Wines from Top Vintage

Artesa just released two of its most exclusive wines from an outstanding vintage: Artesa Estate Reserve Chardonnay 2013 and Artesa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2013.

These memorable releases from the Estate Vineyards combine the delicate aromatic expression, which is a signature of Carneros Napa Valley’s cool climate region, with a bright acidity and concentration that stems from the stone soils and higher altitudes of the Artesa estate.

“We have so much working for us naturally in our estate vineyards, and 2013 was an ideal growing season to showcase it all,” said winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper. “We farm over fifty blocks planted at the highest elevations in Carneros Napa Valley. Our estate yields spectacular Chardonnay and Pinot Noir fruit with the kind of minerality, structure and character that you simply can’t achieve in many places.”

The philosophy of winemaking at Artesa is to always be true to where the grapes are grown. Diogo-Draper hand-harvests the Estate wines by block, then practices wild fermentations to further preserve the character of the vineyard. 2013 benefitted from a long growing cycle marked by early bud break, and excellent fruit set and berry development. As Diogo-Draper explains: “The benefit of an early season like 2013 is the ability to let the crop hang longer allowing optimal ideal flavors to develop. 2013 was a great vintage in the vineyard and in the cellar, allowing us to find beautiful components for our Estate wines.”

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Heavy Seas Beer Featured on Baltimore-Based Carnival Cruise Ship

Baltimore-based Heavy Seas Beer is featured on Carnival Pride, a Carnival Cruise Line ship homeported in Baltimore.

Heavy Seas’ pirate-themed Loose Cannon and Crossbones beers are the latest locally brewed beer to be featured on a Carnival Cruise Line ship.

“Craft beer continues to grow in popularity and we’re very pleased to expand our beverage menus to include an array of refreshing and satisfying beers from some of the top breweries in the country,” said Eddie Allen, Carnival’s vice president of beverage operations.  Allen noted that Carnival also offers its own private label draught beer, ThirstyFrog Red, which is available throughout the fleet.

“Heavy Seas Beer is proud and excited to partner with Carnival Cruise Line to introduce our unique, boldly flavored craft beers to a new audience,” said Fred Crudder, director of marketing and hospitality for Heavy Seas Beer. “It’s time for Heavy Seas on the high seas!”

Heavy Seas Beer was founded in 1995, and its award-winning portfolio features beers for all tastes and occasions. From crisp, light-bodied session beers, traditional European styles and dynamic American craft specialties to strong barrel-aged beers, the company brews a full spectrum of beers.

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