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#1 Michael Landrum

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 06:15 PM

Sundays only, beginning Sunday April 1, Ray's The Steaks will transform into A Place at the Table, a temporary format and temporary home for a new concept I've been working on.

Each Sunday will be dedicated to an organization which endeavors to improve the lot of under-served communities and which will receive the direct donation from the dinner service as descibed below. Three tiers of dining options are offered and in one way or another our full menu is available.

For more insight and information, check the Post tomorrow.

Thanks for everything,

Michael

Ray’s The Steaks presents:

A Place at the Table

$25 Per Person

Your Choice of:

Caesar Salad
Mixed Baby Field Greens With Balsamic Vinaigrette
Sherried Crab Bisque
Burgundian Onion Soup Au Gratin
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North Atlantic Salmon–Grilled, Spicy Diablo Style, or Blackened
Hanger Steak (Onglet)–The Richest, Most Intensely Flavored Cut
Entrecote–Lean End of The Rib; Ideal For Medium-Well and Well Done
Sirloin Diablo–Top Loin Grilled With Our Secret Chipotle Marinade, Garlic and Grilled Onions
Portobello Mushroom Caps–Balsamic Glaze or Spicy Diablo, with Broccoli, Grilled Onions and Aged Bleu Cheese
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Dessert Selection

$30 Per Person

Choice of Soup or Salad As Above
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New York Strip
New York Strip With Brandy Mushroom Cream
New York Strip Au Poivre–Seared With A Cracked-Black Peppercorn Crust, With Port Wine-Peppercorn Sauce
The Black and Blue New Yorker–New York Strip Au Poivre With Aged Bleu Cheese Sauce
The House Special–New York Strip Au Poivre With Brandy Mushroom Cream, Topped With Bleu Crumbles
Rib-Eye With Horseradish Cream Or Blackened With Cajun Spices and Garlic
Filet Mignon With Brandy Mushroom Cream, Aged Bleu Cheese Sauce Or Bearnaise
Filet Mignon Au Poivre–Seared With A Cracked-Black Peppercorn Crust, With Port Wine Peppercorn Sauce
Chateaubriand For Two–With Mushrooms, Onions and Your Choice of Sauce;Rare, Medium Rare, or Medium Only
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Dessert Selection

$35 Per Person

Choice of Soup or Salad As Above
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20 Ounce Custom Cut New York Strip–Rare or Medium Rare Only
The Cowboy Cut–A 28 Ounce (At Least!) Bone-In Rib-Eye, With Grilled Onions and Horseradish Cream
Twelve Ounce Filet–Rare or Medium Rare Only
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Dessert Selection

ADD ONS:

Cold-Smoked Norwegian Salmon–With Caviar, Capers, Cream Cheese and Red Onion......8.95
Blackened Jumbo Sea Scallops–Topped With Sauteed Garlic......8.95
Jumbo Scampi–Grilled with Wine, Garlic and Herbs, Spicy Diablo Style or Blackened.......8.95
Fresh Italian Buffalo Mozzarella and Garden Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Field Greens, Balsamic Vinaigrette......7.50

Sauteed Mushrooms...4.00 Fresh Broccoli Crowns...5.00 Grilled Red Onions...3.00

$10 per person will be directly donated to announced charity. (No solicitations, please).
If no dessert is ordered, the donation will be $12.


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Posted 20 February 2007 - 06:39 PM

Brilliant!

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 06:48 PM

You go Michael! Even though we have all know that you have always given back, maybe this will raise community awareness. For my husband and I, we consider it our duty to give back a percentage of what has been given to us. If every business and individual would give back even a miniscule amount like 1% of your net, (or gross), what a differance it would make.
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 09:45 PM

Congrats, Michael, on getting there, and so quickly!

Probably a silly question, but will patrons of A Place at the Table (great name) be given the opportunity to donate additionally on top of the $10/$12?

TOTAL: $30
TIP: _________
ADD'L DONATION: __________
TOTAL: __________

Thanks for giving us all the chance to contribute through all these years!
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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:00 PM

Michael, two questions:
  • Will the regular RTS reservation policy (put your name down when doors open for later table) be in effect for "A Place at the Table", or will you modify it in some way?
  • Do entrees on Sundays still come with mashed and spinach? I didn't see them itemized on the a la carte sides list.


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Posted 20 February 2007 - 10:55 PM

Michael, two questions:

  • Will the regular RTS reservation policy (put your name down when doors open for later table) be in effect for "A Place at the Table", or will you modify it in some way?
  • Do entrees on Sundays still come with mashed and spinach? I didn't see them itemized on the a la carte sides list.

Still no reservations, but people can put their name on the list starting at 4, when we guarantee that someone will be there, or stop by sooner if you don't mind taking the chance that either Danielle or I will be out on errands.

Mashed potatoes and creamed spinach forever!

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Posted 20 February 2007 - 11:32 PM

If part of the money (or all of it, really) goes to charity, will you start making lunch already? Or do I have to keep giving me money to sodding Boston Market?? I'm across the street, you know. It's not far, now is it.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 12:39 AM

This sounds wonderful! I'll be there at 3:59pm on the 1st.

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 08:20 AM

write up in the weekly dish:

http://www.washingto...7022000278.html

it's all good. nicely done!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:22 AM

Basic question: What is "Memphis style." Ribs with everything? Souther/soul food? Sun records greatest hits on the juke?

Or is that just a different phrase for the old "blue plate special?"

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:28 AM

write up in the weekly dish:

http://www.washingto...7022000278.html

it's all good. nicely done!

The blurb in the Post talks about meals that will be priced at $15 or less. Doesn't seem to correspond with the prices for aPatT listed above. Did the Post make a mistake?

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:29 AM

Basic question: What is "Memphis style." Ribs with everything? Souther/soul food? Sun records greatest hits on the juke?

Or is that just a different phrase for the old "blue plate special?"

Maybe?
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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:36 AM

The blurb in the Post talks about meals that will be priced at $15 or less. Doesn't seem to correspond with the prices for aPatT listed above. Did the Post make a mistake?

I expect the Post is talking about the prices once RTS has moved into its new digs and APAT is running full time in the RTS space. Meanwhile, Michael is gearing up with the Sunday thing.

I think...

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 09:59 AM

Basic question: What is "Memphis style." Ribs with everything? Souther/soul food? Sun records greatest hits on the juke?

Or is that just a different phrase for the old "blue plate special?"


First, kudos to Michael on this very special occassion. What a great mitzvah!

Second, Memphis style "meat & three" generally consists of your choice of one meat and any three sides chosen from a list of "seasonal" veggies. For example, you might choose meatloaf and mac & cheese, candied yams and mashed potatoes as your meat & three. The veggies are generally cooked with pork of some kind unless of course it is a new fangled meat & three that is "vegeterian." The meats change daily while the veggie selection may be the same for days on end.

Another bonus of Memphis "meat & three" are the breads that are served: savory cornbread, dinner rolls and white bread. Tea is sweet unless you ask for unsweetened tea!

Oh, I don't recall that the meat is ever actual Memphis BBQ--> more like meatloaf, fried chicken, broiled chicken, pork chops...

Hmm... think I know where I want to go to lunch today!

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Posted 21 February 2007 - 11:06 AM

The Post also mentions Washington's Best Cheese Steak. I, for want will take one, for the team if you want a guinea pig!
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Posted 22 February 2007 - 12:19 PM

write up in the weekly dish:

http://www.washingto...7022000278.html

it's all good. nicely done!

And Rise sounds pretty amazing, too! Now I know where I'll be for lunch! The best part? The new RTS location and Rise are both less than a mile from my home. Bless you, Michael!!!

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Posted 01 April 2007 - 08:02 PM

What a great concept! For those that are interested, Heros Inc. was the charity chosen for tonight's donation.

I was most amazed at watching the staff turn the place into a restaurant in a flash after the butchering instruction, which BTW was great fun. Keep watch in the other thread for pictures.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 08:45 AM

I am wondering if you are looking for organizations to support with this or if you already have them lined up. I know a GREAT organization start at GWU this past summer, it deals with Darfuri students and I'm not sure if you are only looking for organizations that support this area. If not, Im sure the GWU group (BAANA www.baana.org) would love to raise awareness and funds as Trachtenberg who "supports" the program hasnt supported them at all.
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 08:48 AM

I am wondering if you are looking for organizations to support with this or if you already have them lined up. I know a GREAT organization start at GWU this past summer, it deals with Darfuri students and I'm not sure if you are only looking for organizations that support this area. If not, Im sure the GWU group (BAANA www.baana.org) would love to raise awareness and funds as Trachtenberg who "supports" the program hasnt supported them at all.

[No doubt this is a fine organization, but I think suggestions for charities are probably best sent to Michael via PM or email. (I'll leave this up for a few hours because I don't want to appear a grinch.)]

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 09:50 AM

[No doubt this is a fine organization, but I think suggestions for charities are probably best sent to Michael via PM or email. (I'll leave this up for a few hours because I don't want to appear a grinch.)]

I think Michael also said he didn't want to be solicited at all.

$10 per person will be directly donated to announced charity. (No solicitations, please).



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Posted 03 April 2007 - 09:56 AM

I think Michael also said he didn't want to be solicited at all.

I, naturally, assumed he was talking about something else entirely.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 10:02 AM

Thanks guys. The whole messageboard/PM thing is like Russian to me, I cant seem to figure it all out!
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Posted 03 April 2007 - 10:03 PM

I think Michael also said he didn't want to be solicited at all.

It seemed unclear as to which part he was talking about. That said, I offered if he was willing to do a charity for me that I'd match him dollar for dollar and he never replied, so I'll assume it's both.
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Posted 29 April 2007 - 07:07 PM

This must be the best deal in town! I had a fabulous dinner tonight for so little that I felt like I was stealing. But, somehow money went to charity! Crazy! He must be taking a loss on this.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 11:09 AM

Is this deal still in place?

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 05:03 PM

Is this deal still in place?

It has been every Sunday that I have been and my last visit was 2 weeks ago.

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 06:44 PM

It has been every Sunday that I have been and my last visit was 2 weeks ago.

Thank. I went tonight.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 09:55 AM

1 Giant, perfectly cooked NY strip with mushrooms, brandy cream, and bleu cheese
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1 Deeply beefy hangar steak
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6 slices of smoked salmon with caviar, red onions, capers, cream cheese, and nicely textured toasts
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1 White chocolate mousse
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1 Caramelized pecan chocolate cake
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1 Glass Rock Rabbit Syrah
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1 Bowl of crab bisque
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1 Bowl of insanely toasty and hearthy onion soup
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Tax
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Tip
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$93.33
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Two people
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Leftovers
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$23.33 per meal per person
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Metaphor
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Culinary equivalent of a gorgeous woman inviting you up to her place when all you did was hold the door for her.

This really is the best deal in town. If you have room in your belly, I highly recommend the salmon. The chocolate pecan cake was really good, too, although Danielle says it's made off-site and they only have it on Sundays because they have so many dessert covers. It's no key lime pie, though.
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Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:20 AM

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A palce at the table has returned. Every Sunday 10% of sales is donated to the local boys and girls club!

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:53 AM

Is this only at the Arlington location or does it cover RTC and East River as well?

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 11:51 AM

My wife volunteers for the Reading Connection* and the work is at a transitional housing location very close to Ray's the Steaks East River. She has coordinated with Michael Landrum for a Sunday "A Place At the Table" donation to be to this organization. The date is Sunday, September 12th at the East River location and 25% of proceeds on the bistro special will be donated to the Reading Connection. Whether you have wanted to go or try it again this would be a great time to do so.

*The Reading Connection (www.thereadingconnection.org) is a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy to kids in transitional housing through a read-aloud program. The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading. The Reading Connection staff and volunteers read to children in local shelters and community centers each week; work with parents and family members to promote reading and literacy development; and provide free books to children.

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 09:55 AM

My wife volunteers for the Reading Connection* and the work is at a transitional housing location very close to Ray's the Steaks East River. She has coordinated with Michael Landrum for a Sunday "A Place At the Table" donation to be to this organization. The date is Sunday, September 12th at the East River location and 25% of proceeds on the bistro special will be donated to the Reading Connection. Whether you have wanted to go or try it again this would be a great time to do so.

*The Reading Connection (www.thereadingconnection.org) is a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy to kids in transitional housing through a read-aloud program. The Reading Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children and families by helping them create and sustain literacy-rich environments and motivation for reading. The Reading Connection staff and volunteers read to children in local shelters and community centers each week; work with parents and family members to promote reading and literacy development; and provide free books to children.

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