<<EDIT 10/5/09 1:00 PM – Talk about good timing!  As if you needed an added incentive to join us on Wednesday night, we just received a press release from CommonWealth announcing their new Chef de Cuisine, Abigail Fellows.  Fellows comes to CommonWealth from Hank’s Oyster Bar, where she also worked for Chef Jamie Leeds as head chef, and has also worked at Matchbox, Breadline and the Jefferson Hotel.

So don’t overlook your old favorites when you’re ordering at Happy Hour, but be sure to save room for some of the new tastes that have just been added to the menu – tempting dishes like pork pies, smoked salmon on toast, and duck confit risotto.>>

FoBloHaHoAfter the unqualified success of last month’s DC Food Blogger Happy Hour, there were plenty of guests who just couldn’t wait to do it again.  For us, one of the best things to come from the gathering was the fact that we now had names and faces to go with the various blogs we follow (and some new ones we’ve started to follow).  So we started chatting with Mary at the Arugula Files, Amelia at Gradually Greener, Jenna at Modern Domestic, Catherine at We Love DC, and Orr the Beerspotter to put together another Happy Hour Poste-haste.

The general consensus at September’s Happy Hour was that plenty of people were interested in making this a monthly occurrence.  For the sake of consistency, we decided to keep the events on the First Wednesday of every month, and we set about finding the perfect place for Round Two.  Maybe it was Orr’s involvement, or maybe it was a nod to the cooling temperatures (ummm…), but we decided to seek out a location with an emphasis on warmth, comfort…and beer.

The criteria: Metro accessible, good food and good beer – we are food bloggers, after all – and room for about 50 people to have a good time indoors.  We kicked a few ideas around before the obvious answer emerged: CommonWealth Gastropub in Columbia Heights.  Can you say Scotch Eggs and Imperial pints?

We’ll be gathering this Wednesday in the bar area just to the right of the entrance.  From 6 to 8 PM, they’ll be welcoming our group (and anyone else who comes in, as we don’t have the space exclusively reserved).  As an added incentive to get there early, CommonWealth’s Happy Hour special runs every weekday from 4 to 7 PM; you can enjoy $4 premium rail drinks, half-price domestic drafts and American wines by the glass, and $2 off specialty cocktails.  You’ll be able to order food from the standard menu which includes such favorites as the aforementioned Scotch Eggs, stuffed fried olives and Welsh rarebit. 

We’re looking forward to seeing all of you there – but it would be a huge help (for logistical purposes) if you’d drop a note in the comments section to let us know if you’re planning to attend.  That way, we can give CommonWealth a ballpark figure of how many folks we’re expecting.

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to shoot us an email – capitalspice@gmail.com.

See you Wednesday!