Small Bites: True Food Kitchen To Add Calorie Counts to Meals

Plus: Spice dinner at Wildwood Kitchen; new brunch at Stella Barra


True Food Kitchen staff prepares fruit to serve in the restaurant.

Joe Zimmermann

True Food Kitchen plans to add calorie counts to meals

True Food Kitchen is working to add calorie counts to its menu. The county requires all chain restaurants with more than 20 locations to include a full calorie count of its offerings, and True Food Kitchen now has 23 locations across the country.

The restaurant currently doesn’t include calorie counts because it had fewer than 20 locations when it started its plan review process, according to the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.

The department has been in contact with True Food Kitchen. A spokeswoman for the restaurant said the company is working with a nutrition partner to compile the information, which it will include on the menu “as soon as possible.”

Joe Zimmermann

Washington Post food critic gives ‘good’ rating to True Food Kitchen

Tom Sietsema, food critic for The Washington Postreviewed Bethesda’s True Food Kitchen last week. Though initially dubious about the health-centric mythos promulgated by the restaurant, he wrote that he was ultimately won over by the food. Praising its “good ingredients” and inventive recipes, he gave the restaurant, which opened in June, a two-star “good” rating—a rarity for chains.

The restaurant caters to vegetarians, vegans and people with other diet restrictions, he wrote, but he found most main courses “would look right at home at a more mainstream restaurant.”

“If it starts out preachy, True Food Kitchen has the power to make believers out of skeptics,” he wrote. “Praise the pizza and pass the pudding.”

Wildwood Kitchen hosts Summer Spice Dinner

Lior Lev Sercarz, a specialist on spices who operates spice emporium La Boîte in New York City, will visit Bethesda’s Wildwood Kitchen this Wednesday for a five-course dinner event. The Summer Spice Dinner will feature blends from his book The Spice Companion paired with food from Wildwood Kitchen chef Brandon Shapiro.

The food aims to celebrate the Jewish heritage of Sercarz and Shapiro, with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Pike & Rose’s Stella Barra launches brunch buffet

Via Stella Barra

Stella Barra, a pizzeria in Pike & Rose, started serving brunch at the end of July. The brunch buffet runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and features a menu of roasted corn and poblano egg enchiladas, caramelized French toast, yogurt parfaits and other options. The buffet is $16.95 and bloody Marys, bellinis and mimosas are $3. The restaurant also offers a kids buffet and pancake bar.

202 Donuts & Coffee giving away free donuts

On the first Monday every month for the rest of the year, 202 Donuts & Coffee will be giving away 100 free donuts. The one-per-customer deal starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairmont Avenue eatery in Bethesda.

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