SpotlightThe *Spotlight* page is a compilation of accolades, featured articles, media and/or press about Dining in DC or My other writings as the DC Restaurant Examiner.



National Television Show: The Travel Channel: Food Wars: DC Jumbo Slice (Food Writer Judge)

K Street Kate: A new Travel Channel series, Food War, will debut this Spring, showcasing iconic foods from across the country, including DC’s famous “Jumbo Slice.” Blindfolded judge, Lisa Shapiro, author of Dining in DC, isn’t quite sure why pizza was being featured as DC’s most notable nosh, but she’s looking forward to April when she can finally dish on the deepdish.

Judging of Local Food Contests

The AIWF National Capital Area Chapter and Phillips Seafood, “I love Crabcakes” competition, September 12, 2011

The Food & Wine Festival at the National Harbor: June 13, 2010 — So You Think You Can Grill contest: PA Beef Council website ; The Food & Wine Festival at the National Harbor Official Program (p.9)

Taste of Reston: June 19, 2010 – Guns n’ Hoses Chili Cook-off

Panas Empanada Duponada contest, Dupont Circle Farmers Market, October 2010

Awards/ Snaps! / & coveted Accolades

Named one of Washington Flyer’s Best Travel Blogs, July 12, 2011

CityStream lists Dining in DC as one of the Best of the D.C. Blogs, January 3, 20111

Second Place: Express Night Out Best of … Blog Food


Frozen Tropics mentions, “ Dining in DC Recommends Sidamo”, January 28, 2011

TBD includes Dining in DC’s coverage on the Brown Bag opening, “No freebies, thundersnow delays The Brown Bag, Sticky Fingers to take the spotlight“, January 27, 2011 “DC Restaurant Week Extensions”

Washington City Paper, reports on “Quick Feeding” including the new Cava Grill opening, January 25, 2011

The Washington Post, talks about Dining in DC’s recommendations for spots to warm up, “Books for Ballou: D.C. area blogs“, January 24, 2011

Writing Clippings: RAMW logo

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) Rammy’s 2010 Media Coverage: Rammy 2010 Winners Announced, June 6, 2010

(RAMW): Members in the News: I Love Crabcakes Competition – DC Restaurant Examiner , August 11, 2009

(RAMW): Members in the News: Steeped in History, Columbia Firehouse Restaurant Opens in Old Town Alexandria, August 5, 2009

(RAMW): Rammy’s 2009: RAMMYS 2009: What Recession? The DC Restaurant Scene is Alive and Well, June 7, 2009

(RAMW): Members in the News: Ici Urban Bistro: A First Look, July 19, 2009

(RAMW): Members in the News: Innovative traditional French cuisine next door to the White House, July 16, 2009

(RAMW): Members in the News: Celebrate Bastille Day at Ici Urban Bistro, July 14, 2009

Modern Luxury, Now Re- Open: Equinox Returns!, June 10, 2010

Modern Luxury, Northside Social, April 16, 2010

Modern Luxury, Happy Anniversary, Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar Celebrates 15 years, April 2, 2101

Modern Luxury, In The Mix: The 5:01 Happy Hour at Art & Soul, March 31, 2010

Capitol B, Contributing Writer (August 2009 – March 2010)

August 5, 2009: Steeped in History, Columbia Firehouse Restaurant Opens in Old Town, Alexandria (linkPDF)

August 12, 2009: Julie & Julia Inspires Theatre-goers and DC Area Restaurants (link PDF)

August 24, 2009: Top 10 Picks for DC’s Summer Restaurant Week (link PDF)

September 24, 2009: DC’s New Kids on the Block_ Neighborhood Restaurant Openings (link — PDF)

Belga Cafe Restaurant Website

Food Blogs

SpoonByte’s: Featured Blogger, August 23, 2011

Capital Cooking Show: Spotlight on Dining in DC’s Lisa Shapiro

DC FUD: Veal Burger