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Nevin Martell, Katie Wilmeth and Isaiah Freeman-Schub | Photo: Courtesy Image | April 15, 2013
DC’s April issue is all about men—from what they’re coveting to where they’re going to who they’re wearing. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a masculine mashup of the people, places and products dictating the city’s style. Read on for the five must-haves you need right this minute.
To be a pro pitmaster you need the right equipment. Grillworks hand-forges hypercustomizable stainless steel grills that have been used by culinary big shots James Beard and Bobby Flay. One-of-a-kind builds can cost north of $30,000, but might include a cold smoke rack, fire cage or giant rotisserie. “I watch crazy genius chefs in action for inspiration,” says owner Ben Eisendrath. Check out one of the barbecuing behemoths at R.J. Cooper’s Gypsy Soul in Merrifield when it opens later this year. 202.758.7425, grillery.com
The forest is chef Kyle Bailey’s pantry. To add rare flavors to his new American cuisine at Birch & Barley, he forages for wild plants at Arcadia farm in Alexandria. “It’s so exciting when you find food growing in its raw form,” he says. “You can pick it and just take a bite.” Back at the restaurant, which is really a man cave masquerading as a restaurant with its menu of 555 artisanal beers, Bailey adds accents like purple chive blossoms to his entrees. 337 14th St. NW, 202.567.2576, birchandbarley.com
Is your carry-on keeping up with that roomy spot in first class? Burberry Prorsum’s unabashedly luxe Traveler bag is. Its supple alligator exterior may warrant a seriously hefty price tag, but its relaxed shape is made for tossing in your essentials and spontaneously jetting off for the weekend. $47,000, Burberry, 1155 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.463.3000, burberry.com
At Society Fair, it’s all about the meat market. In-house triple-threat Dan Fisher is the Old Town restaurant’s butcher, charcutier and co-owner, and he’s leading a carnivorous program that features everything from hard-to-find cuts of meat (think antelope and boar) to a monthly homage to red-blooded animals with the popular Beast series. On the third Monday of each month, Fisher and his team host up to 12 carnivorously curious patrons for a demo on how to butcher a whole animal (with accompanying wine and snacks of course). 277 S. Washington St., Alexandria, 703.683.3247, societyfair.net
Designers from Missoni to Berluti took cues from Saharan sands, but Bottega Veneta’s desert boots might be the best version we’ve seen this spring. Rugged but streamlined in buffalo leather, it’s footwear for an urban safari. $790, Bottega Veneta, Tysons Galleria, 703.442.3138, bottegaveneta.com