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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 06/13/2007

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By Erin

Restaurant Week dates have been announced, so it's time to start thinking about where to dine. It's still too early to book reservations at most of the promotion's top participants. In the meantime, there are hot deals at two popular D.C. restaurants. Also this week, it's fun to get stinky with cheese and new chefs take the helm at three restaurants.

Week for Summer Deals
Get your appetites ready. The 2007 summer Restaurant Week will be held from Aug. 6-12. The list of participating dining spots won't be announced or finalized for at least another month, but you can bet that certain reliable Restaurant Week favorites -- including DC Coast, Vidalia and Corduroy -- will be involved.

Newcomer Hook has a special spot on its Web site for a future Restaurant Week menu, so it's probably safe to assume that sustainable seafood will be available for $30.07 that week. Where are you most excited to eat?

1789 Reasons to Go
If you cannot wait for a dining deal, 1789 is spicing up its summer menu with three courses for $36. The special pays tribute to warm weather with spring and summer favorites including halibut with peas and mint, asparagus salad, scallops with fava beans and plenty of berries for dessert.

To take advantage of the offer, print up this coupon from the restaurant's Web site.

A Final Deal
Cleveland Park's Dino offers its Menu della Sera: a three-course dinner for $24 Sunday through Thursday until 7:30 p.m.
The offer includes several appetizers, including summer polenta and saltimbocca, a choice from entrees such as an organic rotisserie chicken or pappardelle with wild boar and any dessert.

While They're Ripe
Little did I know when I used to laugh at all of the stinky cheese on "Ren and Stimpy" that I would grow up to fall in love with the gooey and pungent goodness that is strong cheese. For those out there who share that love -- or want to learn to love it -- Cheesetique is hosting a redux of its popular class on strong cheeses. Entitled "Cheese Your Neighbors Will Smell," the class will feature washed-rind cheese from around the world. The class is $20 per person and lasts about 90 minutes with drinks and snacks provided. Each one will take place at 7:15 p.m. Available dates are: June 20-21, June 28, July 10-11 and July 17-18.

New Faces
Just in time for summer concerts, the Roof Terrace Restaurant at the Kennedy Center has two new talents in the kitchen. Chef de Cuisine Karen Hayes, formerly of 1789 and Marcel's, has assembled a menu with dishes that include halibut with Asian pesto and lamb sausage with artichokes and goat cheese fondue. Pastry chef Bruce Connell, who studied under Antoine Westermann, offers a sampling of summer flavors, including a peach and rhubarb cobbler and a special chocolate dessert topped with a chocolate phantom display in conjunction with the Center's production of "The Phantom of the Opera."

Downtown dining is a little sweeter with the appointment of Joy Ludwig as pastry chef for both the Oval Room and Bombay Club. Ludwig comes to Washington from New York's acclaimed Jean Georges where she worked with Johnny Iuzzini, the 2006 James Beard Award-winner for Outstanding Pastry Chef. Ludwig's menus promise to complement the cuisine at each of the neighboring restaurants with seasonal items like a rhubarb-strawberry bread pudding at Oval Room and mango creme brulee with cumin shortbread cookies at Bombay Club.

--Erin

By Erin  | June 13, 2007; 1:34 PM ET
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