How’s this for a tasty tease? The Dare to Eat a Peach at The Inn at Little Washington ($238 tasting menu, 309 Middle St., Washington, Va., 540.675.3800) initially confuses guests. But when they dig their forks in, they realize it’s forged from mousse and a core of poached peaches. “We love playing with our food,” says gourmand Patrick O’Connell. He’s not the only one.
Lupo Verde Osteria (4814 MacArthur Blvd. NW, 202.506.6683) corporate pastry chef Dayron Santamaria offers up the Forbidden Apple ($15) to tempt modern-day Adams and Eves. A red-dyed white-chocolate glaze covers citrus white-chocolate vanilla-bean mousse; small, diced and roasted spiced apples; spice cake; and a chocolate stick. A basil leaf adds a natural touch. Accompanying it all are an almond cookie, raspberry sauce and a clear citrus gel. It’s garnished with edible flowers.
Meanwhile, Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Ave. SW, 202.554.8588) dessert dynamo Christophe Frigara crafts the hotel’s namesake ($8) into a dainty treat hiding marmalade and mousse made from the star citrus. Getting your recommended daily serving has never been so sweet.