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Wholesome Wave – Nourishing Neighborhoods Across America

April 23, 2012

Farm fresh ingredients and the desire to serve are a winning combination for both Wholesome Wave and Executive Chef Duane Keller at 14K Restaurant.  Chef Keller’s belief that only the freshest ingredients should be used in his dishes, along with strong ties to community outreach projects made the Hamilton Crowne Plaza and 14K Restaurant a natural choice to partner with Wholesome Wave for their third annual meeting.

Finding affordable, local produce can be even more difficult when you have to make every food dollar go as far as possible to feed your family.

To help combat this problem, Michel Nischan, two-time James Beard Foundation Award winner, founded Wholesome Wave to make fresh, local food more available and affordable. Programs like Double Value Coupon Program encourage SNAP, WIC and FMNP recipients to use their benefits at participating farm markets- keeping the funds within the local communities, providing new revenue streams for small and mid-size farms, and providing the community with more affordable fresh, local food.

The Hamilton Crowne Plaza and 14K are proud to be hosting the Wholesome Wave annual meeting in Washington DC this week. For the Tuesday demonstration, Chef Nischan will join 14K’s Chef Keller to prepare a four-course, locally-sourced meal for 130 guests.

We are pleased to host this year’s additional speakers at the Wholesome Wave meeting:

Jose Andres

Most visitors to Washington are familiar with chef Jose Andres from a visit to one of his restaurants – Jaleo (get the dates and try not to share them), Oyamel, Zaytinya, America Eats Tavern (be sure to visit before that leaves us on July 4th), or if you’re really lucky – Minibar (make reservations 30 days in advance).  Many people don’t know that his tireless efforts to promote affordable fresh food recently landed him on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan manages the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program and authored the 1990 Organic Foods Production Act. She is a proponent of community and urban gardens and was one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People in 2010.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

From a farming family herself, Congresswoman Pingree started an organic farm to sell produce and yarn from her sheep – providing opportunities for knitting and yarn businesses in the community.

Audrey Rowe

As Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service as the USDA, Audrey Rowe is responsible for the 15 nutrition assistance programs designed to provide children and families with better access to food and a more healthful diet.

To learn more or follow the details of the event, follow us on Twitter –!/14krestaurant


Washington’s Winter Wonderland

January 4, 2012

Even though the temperature might drop, things heat up in Washington during January and February. It’s a great time to visit and see the sights without the crowds of summer.

Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend

Each year, a birthday celebration is held for Dr. King on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr. King gave his “I have a dream speech.”

This is also the first year visitors will have the opportunity to visit the new Martin Luther King memorial on the National Mall for Dr. King’s birthday.

Snow Days

While we can’t control the weather, we can help you control where you get stranded. If you have to “shelter in place” wouldn’t you rather be with us enjoying the lounge at 14K Restaurant and a nice warm bed upstairs? Watch our Facebook page for snowed-in specials.

Valentine’s Weekend

We’ve mentioned Tudor Place before – it’s a beautiful home in Georgetown built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter and kept in the family for 6 generations. It’s worth a visit at any time of year for the gardens or the seasonal decorations. And on Valentine’s Day, Tudor Place offers several events to tempt you including a Valentine’s Tea in the afternoon or an evening event that includes wine and chocolate covered strawberries in the conservatory.  There’s even a Valentine’s card workshop for kids. (Tudor Place is a popular venue, so we recommend making reservations soon.)

And of course, watch the 14K Restaurant site for Chef Keller’s special Valentine’s menu.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendar (and make your reservations) for these popular Washington events:

Cherry Blossom Festival – This year marks the 100th anniversary of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Join the celebrations from March 20 – April 27 including daily free performances at the Sylvan Theater, the Blossom Kite Festival, Family Days at the National Building Museum, the Cherry Blossom Parade, a Japanese Street Festival, and more.

4th of July – it’s always a great time, and we’re within walking distance of The National Mall.

Inauguration – I know, I know. But it’s never too early to think about booking your rooms for Inauguration. By the time the election is over, all the prime spots are gone.

TravelZoo offer in Downtown Washington DC

November 23, 2011

Stay at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza in downtown Washington DC this holiday season with a special TravelZoo promotion now through January 30, 2012 (subject to availability).  Our special holiday rates start at $89 per night, and are available Thursday through Sunday over the following dates:

  • November 22-27, 2011
  • December 1-4, 8-11, 15-30, 2011
  • January 1-7, 12-16, 19-22, 27-30, 2012

Stay Monday through Wednesday for only $90 more per night, November 28 – December 14, 2011, and New Year’s Eve is available starting at $179 plus tax.

Reservations must be made by November 30 and pre-payment is not required to receive the special rate. Cancellation is required by 6 pm the day before arrival to avoid a 1 night cancellation fee. Weekend rates start at $89 plus tax. Weekday rates start at $179 plus tax. Rates are based on double occupancy. Each additional adult is $20.

The hotel offers an on-site Starbucks. Parking is available but not included. 14K Restaurant and Lounge offers a complimentary bottle of house wine with the purchase of two entrees 5 – 7 pm daily.

To take advantage of this offer, all reservations must be made through the TravelZoo site using offer code: ILDHK. Learn about holiday activities to enjoy during your stay in Washington.

Christmas in Washington

November 17, 2011
Nutcrackers outside Old Ebbitt Grill

Nutcrackers outside Old Ebbitt Grill

Plan your trip now to experience the all the fun holiday events that Washington DC has to offer. There’s plenty to keep you busy all month long starting with the National Tree lighting all the way through New Year’s Day.

The Capitol Christmas tree arrives in town on Monday November 28th and will be lit by the Speaker of the House during a ceremony on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol on December 6th at 5 pm.

The President lights the National Christmas Tree on December 1st. Tickets are required for that event but the  Pageant of Peace continues all month long on the Ellipse with daily musical performances, Santa’s Workshop and a train.

The weekend of December 3rd brings the Alexandria Holiday Tour of Homes and the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade. Tour some of the historic homes of Alexandria and watch the parade. There’s also a medieval marketplace and holiday pudding competition.

That evening brings the Parade of Lights both in Alexandria and at the 7th Street Harbor in Washington DC. See the boats decorated for the season and on parade.

Every day the Kennedy Center offers free performances on the Millennium Stage at 6 pm (take the free shuttle bus from Foggy Bottom metro). During December a variety of holiday-themed programs are offered – our favorite is always Merry Tuba Christmas on December 7th.

Another annual tradition is Jazz Piano Christmas when the Kennedy Center and National Public Radio bring top jazz pianists to perform their favorite holiday songs.

Washington has wonderful homes that are open to public and decorated for Christmas. A few of our favorites:

It wouldn’t be the holidays without the Nutcracker for many of us. You can take your pick:

  • The Kennedy Center offers the American Ballet Theater December 8 -11th.
  • The Washington Ballet performs the Nutcracker all month long with a local twist – George Washington is the Nutcracker and King George is the Rat King.
  • If you prefer a completely traditional version, West End Cinema will be broadcasting The Nutcracker live from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on December 18th and 19th.

If you prefer singing holiday songs to ballet, head over to the National Gallery of Art for Caroling in the Rotunda on weekend afternoons in December. A curator will also offer Gallery Talks with a curator on The Christmas Story in Art (check the schedule for specific dates and times.)

If ice skating and hot chocolate put you in the holiday spirit, then head outside to the Sculpture Garden and Pavilion Café to strap on your skates. The skating season begins in late November and runs all winter.

And of course, for New Year’s plan to join us at 14K Restaurant and Lounge for our New Year’s Eve Casino Gala Night. We’ll have a full open bar, DJ, dancing, table games, seafood and raw bar, and champagne toast at midnight – for all the fun you want to have. Stay with us for the night and enjoy late checkout and full American breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day.

Make your reservations now and enjoy all the holiday fun Washington has to offer.

Thanksgiving in Washington

November 8, 2011

It’s time to start making holiday plans again. If you have family in Washington DC or if you’re stopping by in town for a few days while you’re traveling, we have plenty going on here to get you in the holiday spirit.


Spending Thanksgiving in Washington DC? Save yourself time (and a lot of dishes) by having dinner with us. Our traditional Thanksgiving buffet dinner has all your holiday favorites, including turkey and all the trimmings, plus a steamship round, Virginia ham, raw bar and a wonderful chocolate display to go with those holiday pies.

After dinner, you can walk down to the White House or over to the National Mall and visit some of the Smithsonian museums, or just enjoy the monuments.

Specials for Holiday Travelers

We want your holiday travels to be relaxing and fun:

Pet Friendly – Can’t bear to leave your furry friend behind over the holidays? The Hamilton Crowne Plaza is a pet friendly hotel with a park right across the street, so you and your buddy can go for walks.

Parking – Driving to visit friends? The Hamilton has packages that include parking on weekends.

AAA Members – We offer special rates for AAA Members as well, so be sure to check those discounts (and bring your card).

Women Travelers – Traveling solo or spending some time with your friends? Enjoy the special amenities of our dedicated women’s floor.

Holiday Shopping

While you’re enjoying your holiday weekend, start your holiday shopping with a walk over to the White House Historical Association, and purchase a unique memento from your Washington visit. Our favorite is the White House Christmas Ornament commemorating the presidency of Teddy Roosevelt.

The Smithsonian museum shops also offer unique gifts. Budding astronomers, aviation and space enthusiasts will find the Air & Space Museum gift shop tempting, while artists will be drawn to the Hirshhorn Museum or the American Art Museum. Those who enjoy crafts will enjoy the Renwick Gallery Store.  You might even find a treat for yourself.

Plan a trip to DC for National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2011

This month marks the celebration of the National Hispanic Heritage Month, and this year’s theme is “Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit.” This is a great chance for Washington to focus on the contributions of the Latin, Central American, South American, and Caribbean communities – and many of the events are free, so you can spend your money enjoying the cuisine, or on souvenirs of your trip.

The Latin American spirit has a colorful vibe unlike any other. With an eclectic mix of cultures, foods, music and traditions, its difficult not to become absorbed into this vibrant community. Growing up in Cochabamba, Bolivia. I remember the colorful scenes of the Carnaval – the women dancing down the street in colorful dresses, the men lighting the fireworks, and the excitement of the children playing on the street. Although these tender memories stayed with me during my time in Washington DC, I am excited to celebrate this month with friends and family and experience the exciting events being hosted this month in the city.


The National Gallery of Art will be presenting a diverse display featuring concerts and films to honor the diverse culture, and offering guided tours in Spanish. On Sunday September 26th, Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, a renowned pianist and composer, will be playing in concert on the West Building in the West Garden Court in honor of this special month, alongside many other Latin American composers and musicians. A film series honoring the bicentennial independence of Mexico from Spain will feature various Mexican films to include Alamar, Lake Tahoe, and Presumed Guilty and will play in the East Building Auditorium of the Gallery.

The National Museum of American History will be featuring special displays, particularly focusing on the Mexican Revolution and the migration of Mexicans to the United States. Later this year the museum will be celebrating Diosa Costello, a prominent Latin performer, artist, producer, club owner, as well as the first Latina on Broadway. Costello donated 11 of her costumes to the Smithsonian for this exhibit.


The annual AFI Latin American Film Festival will be held September 22nd through October 12th at the AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center. The festival will focus on featuring various new films that will be premiering from 18 different Latin American regions.


On September 18th the National Zoo will be hosting a Fiesta Musical with animal demonstrations, Hispanic and Latin music, Latin dancers, and traditional foods and crafts.


Washington DC is also a great place to visit the monuments of various iconic Hispanic figures that have played an important role and contributed to many of the unique events in the history of the Americas. These important individuals include Jose Artigas, Simon Bolivar, Admiral David G. Farragut, Bernardo de Galvez, Benito Pablo Juarez, and General Jose de San Martin.

Also, the United Spanish War Veterans Memorial is located on Memorial Avenueon the west side of the Arlington Memorial Bridge outside Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.


In our own 14K Restaurant & Lounge, we will be honoring this special month with complimentary Seafood Tacos with the purchase of two dinner entrees. Chef’s special preparation of these delicious Seafood Tacos reminds me of Mazatlan in Mexico’s Golden Coast featuring fresh seafood served with tomato, shallots, jalapeños, fresh lime, and cilantro mayonnaise – a twist to the traditional Mexican ceviche with North American influence.

Discover some of the great restaurants in Washington serving Latin American and Caribbean food, just a short walk from the hotel.

Learn more about the events scheduled for the National Hispanic Heritage Month.

See our specials and book your room at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza now – be sure to book your table at 14K Restaurant as well.

Dining Out – DC Style

July 13, 2011

Summer is a great time to visit Washington DC and this summer is a great time for anyone who enjoys eating out. There are so many great places to eat in Washington DC – I’ve heard chefs say that we have more kinds of restaurants than anywhere else.

Here are a few suggestions including some that are worth making a special trip while the regulars are away and it’s easier to get a table:

Metro Food Tours offers neighborhood tours through Georgetown, Capitol Hill, Old Town Alexandria, U Street, Eastern Market, Dupont Circle, plus an option you won’t find anywhere else – Little Ethiopia. Washington DC has the largest Ethiopian population outside of Ethiopia and offers some of the best Ethiopian food available plus traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremonies.

If you’ve heard about or visited Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack in New York City, we have now 2 locations in Washington DC – one in Dupont Circle, right on Connecticut Avenue, and one in Nationals Ball Park, so you can grab a burger and a shake while you enjoy a ball game.

Fans of Bravo’s Top Chef can find Spike Mendelsohn at his Good Stuff Eatery or his new We, the Pizza.

Fodor’s offers a great list of some that includes many of our favorite restaurants including Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert, Rasika by the Verizon Center, and Marvin in U Street – owned by one of the members of Thievery Corporation.  Washington Post Food Critic Tom Sietsema offers his Dining Guide to steer you in the right direction by price, location, cuisine and rating.

And no list would be complete without our own 14K Restaurant – enjoy some of Chef Spencer Wolff’s specialties or just unwind with a cocktail on the patio after a day of sightseeing.  And of course, there’s no better place to start your day than with our breakfast buffet or just stop by our in-house Starbucks and grab your coffee to go.

Check our specials and make your reservations now – we’re saving a table for you.

Restaurant Week Returns to 14K

January 12, 2011

Restaurant Week is coming back to Washington, DC on January 17 – 23 which means specially priced 3 course menus for lunch and dinner at 14K Restaurant.

Chef Spencer Wolff has been working on creating the special menus for Restaurant Week and we caught up with him to chat about the process.

What’s different about Restaurant Week Menus?

First you look at the time of year, because you always want to consider what’s seasonal. Then you look at what you did before, so you’re not duplicating previous menus. And you want to be sure it’s interesting. In some respects, it’s promotional, because Restaurant Week is an opportunity to attract new people to the restaurant. At the same time, you don’t want to be overly complicated – we have a broad demographic and we have to meet in the middle. Especially at lunch where we have a largely business crowd and people have less time to sit – there’s a definite focus on getting back to the office.

Who does Restaurant Week appeal to?

There are several different audiences – those who are looking for a low cost meal out and the Washington foodie crowd who schedule their week and will visit 5 or 6 different restaurants to see what everyone is doing without having to break the bank to do it.

How does Restaurant Week appeal to you as a chef?

Most chefs are cooking off the menu, so it’s a nice opportunity to play a little big. It stimulates you from a creative side to do something new. It stimulates your staff and your diner. And it offers your regulars the opportunity to see something new and experience your creative enthusiasm.

What’s your creative process?

Any time you’re creating a menu, first you have to look at your parameters – budget, seasonal availability, number of courses, level of difficulty. Then you consider your flavor pairings. I have a specific palate that I work with – Mid-Atlantic with French and Asian influence. It’s like a beat and you start with one and then draw in different rhythms and start to work it together. Sometimes you have to cut out something that’s really nice on it’s own because it doesn’t work with everything else. And  it should always be building so that you get done and it peaks.

What should diners be looking forward to at 14K?

Once Restaurant Week is over, we’ll be continuing with a weekly series of fixed price seasonal menus running through February. And of course, we have our Valentine’s Day dinner coming up that’s a very romantic meal.

Restaurant Week Details

Lunch: $20.11 for a three-course fixed-price meal

Dinner: $35.11 for a three-course fixed-price meal

Beverages, gratuity and tax are not included.

Reserve a table at 14K for Restaurant Week.

Washington’s Winter Wonderland

December 6, 2010

You might not always think of Washington DC to bring out the Christmas spirit, but there’s plenty going on here to make planning a special trip worthwhile. If you have a free weekend during the holidays, come see what we have to offer (and it’s more than our special rates).

Concierge Picks

Pageant of Peace – Each year the President attends the lighting of the National Christmas Tree Ceremony in the Ellipse behind the White House. This year’s celebration is scheduled for Thursday, December 9 and includes a concert as well as the tree lighting ceremony. Nightly concerts continue throughout the holiday season.

Holiday Pops – A perennial favorite, the National Symphony Orchesta’s Happy Holidays concert conducted by Marvin Hamlisch includes a sing-along, a Hanukkah song written by Marvin for the occasion, and a host of special guests including Saint Nick himself.

The Nutcracker – The Washington Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker at the Warner Theater casts George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker and England’s King George as the Rat King and has quickly become a Washington holiday tradition.

Holiday Celebrations

NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas – on Saturday, December 11 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts brings out top jazz artists to perform their favorite holiday songs. The program is recorded for broadcast on NPR.

The National Gallery of Art offers free concerts in the West Garden Court of the West Building on Sunday evenings.  The December schedule includes the Jakov Kakoulov and other Jewish composer, Christmas Carols and a Holiday concert including music by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Washington National Cathedral offers Holiday concerts including The Joy of Christmas on December 11 & 12.

Hanukkah begins December 1 and the National Menorah will be lit on the Ellipse near the White House.


Enjoy ice skating in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Art. Weather permitting, the rink opens in mid-November. Skate rentals are available for $3, and a two-hour skating session is $7 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.

ZooLights – the National Zoo’s annual winter celebration when they light up the Zoo and stay open after dark, offering special keeper talks and live entertainment runs December 3 – January 1.

New Year’s Eve

And of course for New Year’s there’s our very own New Year’s Eve Casino Night at 14K Restaurant. You can come just for the party or enjoy the full package that includes a stay at the hotel, breakfast and late check-out. The party includes:

  • full  open bar
  • hors d’oeuvres
  • table games, prize
  • DJ and dancing
  • souvenir hats and horns
  • champagne toast at midnight.

Thanks to Our Friends & Neighbors

November 5, 2010

We’re so often focused on telling everyone why they should visit Washington, DC, we feel like we don’t pay enough attention (at least in this space) to our wonderful neighbors who live and work here all year. We have a great neighborhood – full of people who come to 14K Restaurant for lunch, happy hour and dinner, who book their meetings with us, and who recommend us to friends and colleagues coming from out of town.

And now we’d like to say thanks. Thanks for supporting us. Thanks for being great neighbors.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at your holiday parties this year. If you haven’t already booked, call us now – our space is booking up quickly. Plus, if you reserve your holiday party now, you’ll receive a complimentary weekend getaway for two (including a 2 night, weekend stay at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, with dinner for 2 at 14K Restaurant & Lounge each night).

We also offer discounted group rates for your staff to stay after the party, so they can relax and enjoy the evening, and later take the elevator home without worrying about driving home.

The fine print:  Eligibility for the complimentary two-night weekend stay at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel is based upon a minimum purchase of $2500, and must be booked on or before November 30, 2010. This offer is inclusive of Room & Tax for two adults with Friday check-in and based upon availability. Certain black-out dates may apply. Dinner for two at 14K Restaurant is inclusive of appetizer, dinner, dessert & tax for two adults. Alcohol and gratuities are not included.

**Take the Elevator Home group rate discount is based upon a minimum booking of 10 rooms per night, and based upon availability.



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