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Thursday, May 7, 2020

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It’s Mother’s Day once again, but oh so different from 2019. No chance of taking mom out to her favorite restaurant and enjoying a family meal together to toast the lady. But despite lockdowns and quarantines, there are options. You won’t be able to sit in a restaurant, but many restaurants offer carry out and delivery for special Mother’s Day menus.

Chef Robert Wiedmaier offers special Mother’s Day pick-up menus at his Wildwood Kitchen (10223 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, 301-571-1700; wildwoodkitchenrw.com) and Lock 72 (10128 River Road, Potomac Village Shopping Center, Potomac, 301-299-0481; lock72.com) restaurants. The three-course menus for both restaurants, priced at $50 per person, consist of asparagus and goat cheese salad, lobster and shrimp “mac-n-cheese” and roasted rack of lamb. Cocktails and wine can be ordered as well for an additional cost, as can fresh orange juice and champagne. Curbside pick-up is available on Saturday May 9 between noon and 3 p.m. at Wildwood and 2 to 7 p.m. at Lock 72. Heating instructions come with the containers.


Butter Me Up is a virtual breakfast pop-up operating out of the HalfSmoke restaurant (651 Florida Ave. NW, 202-986-2079; halfsmoke.com). Sandwiches have original names and are filled with traditional breakfast items as well as unusual combinations of ingredients, highlighting local products and home-grown goods. Dishes are available for carryout and delivery seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Complimentary delivery is available for residents within a one-mile radius of the restaurant. Other delivery options are also available. Butter Me Up offers a rotating selection of breakfast sandwiches, coffee, tea and two cocktails available a la carte.

ProFish (1900 Fenwick St. NE; profish.com) advertises “from our dock to your door.” It sells “wholesale to the public.” For Mother’s Day, the company has available fresh lobster meat, black sea bass and Ivy City Smokehouse products. There are a number of pick-up places in the area and delivery to some ZIP Codes.

Chef Cathal Armstrong is offering an unusual event at his Kaliwa (75 Wharf St. SW, 202-516-4379; kaliwadc.com) restaurant: a Mother’s Day virtual dinner class. At 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, he will guide participants who have picked-up their dinner kits in the preparation of a three-course dinner consisting of lobster salad, scallops with asparagus and duck breast with scalloped potatoes. RSVP for the event can be made at events@kaliwa.com. The $175 price includes the kit with its three-course dinner for two persons, the class and three bottles of wine.

Calvert Woodley (4339 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-966-4400; calvertwoodley.com) wine and liquor shop, which has been closed for several weeks, reopens for pick-up only this week. Customers are not permitted in the store. Orders must be placed online and pick-up will be from cars outside the store. Some cheeses in half-pound quantities, pre-packaged, will also be available.

Cork Wine Bar (1805 14th St. NW, 202-265-2675; corkwinebar.com) has two Mother’s Day specials, both priced at $100: a brunch package consisting of fried chicken, biscuits, salad, lemon poppyseed cake and a mango-orange mimosa, sufficient for two or more; and a virtual cooking class for a seafood jambalaya. The meal kit for the jambalaya includes two bottles of wine.

There are, of course, non-meal possibilities as well. For example, mail-order chocolates from Sees Candies (sees.com) or caramels from Monastery Candy (monasterycandy.com), although not in time for this Sunday, make delicious gifts for mom any time.

Another option, since we are all at home, is baking a cake for her. Here is an easy and delicious chocolate cake to bake for mom, and anyone else in your household:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together:

1 stick butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 c. hot water or coffee
3 good Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 c. sour cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour.

Pour batter into a round 8-inch baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. When cool, remove from pan, cover with icing or powdered sugar.

We all have or had mothers. So enjoy being with yours, thinking of her or remembering her on this cloistered Mother’s Day 2020.

• Corinna Lothar is a Washington writer, critic and frequent contributor to The Washington Times.


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