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Bernie Sanders Supporters Go for 'Revolutionary' Food

Sanders speaks at a Get Out the Vote rally in Manchester, N.H. (Meredith Dake-O'Connor/CQ Roll Call)

D.C. residents supporting Sen. Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., in the New Hampshire Caucus will meet Tuesday night at Marx Café Revolutionary Cuisine, appropriate enough for a campaign that bills itself as a political revolution. The “Bernie Sanders New Hampshire Victory Party ” gets under way at the Columbia Heights haunt at 7 p.m. "Wear your Bernie gear, get pumped up, and prepare to fall in love again!" the notice from Bernie Sanders for President says.  

In the invitation, organizers also ask Sanders supporters to call people in Nevada and South Carolina, home to the next two presidential contests, to encourage votes for their man. Phone banking centers are located at American University and in Arlington and McLean, Va., this weekend.

Food Network Star Keeps Bumping Into Politics in Eat Tour of D.C.

Ducote (middle) and McCoy (right) on Food Network Star. (Photo courtesy of Food Network)

With Mardi Gras quickly approaching, celebrity chef Jay Ducote, the self-proclaimed "food ambassador for South Louisiana," spent a week eating his way through Washington and shared his thoughts on how hard it is to get away from politics in D.C., even when you try.  

His main event was dinner at Acadiana on Feb. 2, which he hosted with the National Beer Wholesalers Association. He led the 20-person event through a Louisiana-themed beer-pairing dinner. “For the record, I feel like Acadiana did a remarkable job with the food,” he said. “Several of those dishes could have served at any restaurant in Louisiana without anyone blinking and eye.” Ducote studied economics and political science at Louisiana State University. “[College] taught me that I didn't want to be a politician or even involved in politics for the rest of my life,” he said. “So of course we did a Mardi Gras-themed beer dinner in D.C. the day after the Iowa Caucus. I can't go anywhere in this town without politics coming up.”  

A Sprinkling of Snowmageddon Specials

What else are you doing this weekend? (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Snowmageddon 2016 is coming, and the Metro is going off line, people are hunkering down and it's going to be cold. For those looking for a friendly watering hole to wait out the storm, here's an HOH list of area establishments celebrating the snow weekend — as should you! Enjoy! H Street Special Special : $1 off all drinks for every 6 inches of snow. Locations : Little Miss Whiskey’s, Jimmy Valentine’s, the Pug, the Argonaut.  

Bar : Bayou Bakery Special : $2 cups of gumbo, $18 Abita beer buckets, all specialty cocktails for $6, $3 cups of chili, $5 bowls of chili and $3 beers. Location : Capitol Hill, Courthouse. (Note: Specials subject to change by location) Bar : Slate Wine Bar Special : 1 Snack and 1 Drink for $10 from 12-7 p.m., 1 Snack and 1 Drink for $15 from 7-10 p.m. Location : Glover Park. (Note: Deal does not extend to Sunday) Bar : Due South Special : $6 food and drink deals. Location: Yards Park. (Note: Ice Yards 2016 is postponed from Saturday to Sunday )  

Congressional Hits and Misses: 2015 Thanksgiving Edition

In honor of Thanksgiving, Heard on the Hill looks back at the times this year when food was the only thing on lawmakers’ minds.

Bison Lovers to Stampede Rayburn Tonight

(Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate agreed to designate Nov. 7 as National Bison Day, but the bison lobby hopes for thunderous herds Wednesday night on Capitol Hill.  

Rayburn's Gold Room hosts the 4th annual Congressional National Bison Day Reception, featuring crowd-pleasing bison sliders, booze and a cupcake tribute to the big-horned mammal.

Time for Boehner to Break Out the Bubbly

Boehner whipped out the tissues one last time. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Speaker John A. Boehner received a special delivery before the House gaveled into session Thursday morning.  

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema was spotted bringing champagne into the speaker's office. Asked if the bottle was for Boehner or incoming Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., the Arizona Democrat told HOH it was for the Ohio Republican and quipped, "Don't you think he needs it more?" Sinema added that Boehner earned it, a sentiment shared across Capitol Hill in his final hour.  

Capitol Hill to Hoist Cup for Lincoln Chafee

Courtesy of HOH tipster.

It's been a hectic week on Capitol Hill, so what better way to top it off than by toasting the latest failed presidential candidate? At least, it appears that's what the folks at I.J. Review were thinking. The media outlet announced Friday it was hosting a "Cheers to Chafee" happy hour Friday evening, honoring Democratic presidential hopeful Lincoln Chafee, who said Friday that he was dropping out of the race .  The flyer shared with HOH notes, "Drinks on us."  

So those Chafee supporters looking to drown their sorrows, or his opponents cheering his demise, are encouraged to head to Barrel Whiskey Bar, located on Pennsylvania Ave. Southeast, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Food Court: DCity Crew Branches Out at Wicked Bloom

Ben Matz, left, and Jason Bolko mix a drink called "Sunny and 75" at Wicked Bloom. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

By all accounts, fledgling bar Wicked Bloom Social Club has started off with a bang — a rollout facilitated in no small part by a certain mind-blowing menu item.  

“I honestly didn’t think it was going to be the only thing people would want to talk about. It’s kind of taken on a life of its own,” Rob Sonderman, pit master at critically acclaimed sibling establishment DCity Smokehouse, said of the jaw-dropping “Smokehouse Bomb." He unleashed the all-in-one feast — featuring a waffle composed of grilled mac and cheese subsequently smothered in beef-and-bean-y chili, zesty pulled pork, smoky barbecue sauce, molten queso and soothing sour cream — late last month on unsuspecting diners, shortly after this neighborhood spot (1540 North Capitol St. NW) officially debuted.  

Slam Brews, Crack Claws to Your Heart’s Content on H Street

Queen Vic toque Ryan Gordon is migrating Saturday roughly a block-and-a-half east in order to oversee an all-you-can-eat crab feast hosted by Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar at 1104 H St. NE.  

The fall fiesta is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., and is projected to feature steamed and spiced Maryland blue crabs (large), assorted sides — including pork belly potato salad, sausages, corn and house-made grits, among other offerings — and free-flowing kegs of Evolution Craft Brewing Co.’s   Lot #6 Double IPA, Primal Pale Ale and Alpha Six American Blonde Ale.