8th and Upshur St, NW courtesy Ruta del Vino
From a press release:
“Ruta del Vino has launched its spring menu, the first menu of its new Executive Chef, Wille Harner. A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Chef Harner has cooked in Bologna, Italy; Lima, Peru; under Jeremy Fox at the Michelin-starred Ubuntu in Napa Valley; and more recently in Washington at restaurants ranging from Casa Luca to Whaley’s.
Harner’s first menu brings back guest favorites like queijo coalho, a firm Brazilian cheese grilled over wood and finished with garlic-infused olive oil and oregano, and introduces new dishes like a Colombian cazuela de mariscos , a coconut milk-based seafood stew, as well as a vegetarian version of Ruta’s popular parrillada.
“We always felt like vegetarians wanted something with a kiss of wood smoke for dinner, so we’re happy Wille’s given us the ability to offer that now,” said co-owner Justin Logan. The parrillada vegetariana features calentado -stuffed chile, purple Peruvian potatoes, the aforementioned queijo coalho , as well as a rotating seasonal vegetable, served with house-made tortillas and three sauces.
Ruta’s wine list offers a range of exclusively-Latin American wines for pairing, including a white Pinot Noir from Patagonia, three exceptional Uruguayan Tannats, a top Brazilian sparkling wine, and an increasing number of Mexican wines. “We understand that we’ll have access to a number of the top wines from Valle de Guadalupe in the coming weeks, which we’re really excited to introduce to our guests!” Logan pledged.”