Epit-of-Eves makes throwing a party easier through its catering and chef services. Instead of slaving over a hot stove or whittling a toothpick than can perfectly spear a mini meatball, hosts can leave the food prep to the professionals. Catered dinner services provide meals that are customized for each guest, with fresh ingredients grown locally and no preservatives or additives. And personal chefs can cook meals in homes, with customers choosing from a variety of cuisines or requesting a specific meal.
Using the same recipes they use at home, Herbal Thai’s owners prepare traditional Thai dishes using time-honored family recipes and incorporating scintillating Thai herbs and spices. Friendly staff members plop plates of pad thai and panang curry in front of patrons as fish fillets sizzle under a three-flavor sauce in the kitchen. Twice a month, Herbal Thai’s cooking classes introduce amateur chefs to the process of crafting Thai curry and soup using raw shrimp, vegetables, and mushrooms. During both class and dinner, a panoply of aromas fills the restaurant with the tangy notes of chili-lime dressing and curry powder.
The cooks at Sierra's Grill & Taqueria have plated heaping portions of classic and contemporary Mexican cuisine since 1989. Fish tacos with pico de gallo and guacamole join house specialties such as the Acapulco Princess—crabmeat, baby shrimp, and white-wine sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla—which is served atop a single pea. The cuisine masters also fuse American flavors into Latin American recipes, crafting empanadas stuffed with buffalo chicken and served with sticks of celery. Cocktails such as margaritas and beers such as Dos Equis and Shiner Bock complement each meal.
Cuba de Ayer Restaurant owners Jessica and William Rodriguez ensure their dishes demonstrate what the Washingtonian dubbed "the mandate of the Cuban restaurant: The food should never be too fine or too fussy." Their menu lets the traditional food speak for itself, from the marinated pork that arrives draped in sautéed onions to the hearty black beans and rice that accompany thinly-sliced steaks.
Steaming plates load tables inside the cozy dining room, which sports rich oxblood walls decorated with colorful artwork. Guests relax in snug booths with cups of café con leche and sweet tres leches cakes, a decadent alternative to glasses of milk.
Soretti's specializes in serving a robust menu of authentic, home-style Ethiopian fare, which is traditionally eaten with injera, a light, spongy flatbread that serves as an edible utensil. For dinner, embark on a culinary odyssey with the gomen be-ayib, (collard greens with homemade cheese, herbed butter, and toast, $6.95) before tongue-hopping to the veggie combo #1 ($11.50), which features red lentils, cabbage, potatoes, split peas, string beans, carrots, and tomato salad. Meatier dishes including the beef tibs ($11.50) sautéed with jalapeño, onions, and herbs, cater to carnivorous cravings. Soretti’s also features a lunch menu and traditional weekend coffee service with eggs, toast, and omelettes. With its butter-hued walls and cozy tables, Soretti’s interior is as warm and inviting as diving off a springboard into a tub of margarine. Reservations are recommended for parties larger than six.