Credit: Leslie Poyourow

Bethesda Baker Crafts Sasha Obama’s 14th Birthday Cake

President Barack Obama’s younger daughter, Sasha, celebrated her 14th birthday in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night. And Bethesda baker Leslie Poyourow, owner of Fancy Cakes by Leslie, crafted a roller coaster cake for the event.

“They wanted a roller coaster,” Poyourow said. “I don’t know if they went on a roller coaster extravaganza, but that would make sense.”

Pouyourow said she has made about seven or eight cakes for the West Wing since Obama took office in January 2009, but this is the first one intended for a member of the president’s family. In the past she has made a cake that resembled a hamburger, a Halloween cake and a Christmas cake for the White House.

Poyourow’s business is at 4939 Elm Street in Bethesda.



Lunchtime Concerts Kick Off at Bethesda Metro Park

Clark Enterprises—as part of its effort to promote the company’s vision of a large park above the Bethesda Metro station—is planning to offer a little food and music at the brick plaza this month. A lunchtime concert series will include local food vendors and feature musicians playing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each Friday at the plaza. This week’s vendors will be Geppetto Catering Company and Fat Frankie’s Pizza. Corn hole and giant chess games will also be set up near the fountain along Old Georgetown Road as part of the concert series.


Clark, under the advocacy group Bethesda Metro Park, is lobbying the community to support its vision of a public lawn to replace the underused brick plaza above the Metro station. However, its vision is competing with that of Brookfield Office Properties, which owns the development rights to the property and is proposing a building on a portion of the plaza. Brookfield is also proposing to redevelop the plaza’s former ice rink into a larger park that could be used for movies, concerts or other performances.


Naples Starts Happy Hour


The bar at Naples Ristorante at Westfield Montgomery. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

The newest restaurant at Bethesda’s Westfield Montgomery mall—Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria e Bar—announced Wednesday it’s launching a happy hour. The Italian restaurant, which makes Neapolitan-style pizzas, will offer $6 cocktails and sangria as well as $6 glasses of prosecco, pinot grigio and merlot during the happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. The restaurant will also serve complimentary Italian cured meats, crostini and margherita pizzas.


The restaurant opened in May on the first floor of the mall’s dining terrace.


Spotluck Celebrates One Year in Business


Spotluck celebrates its one year anniversary at Redwood Wednesday night. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Spotluck—the restaurant discount app—that got its start in Rockville and is headquartered in Bethesda celebrated its first year in business at Redwood in Bethesda Wednesday night. The company that allows users to spin a virtual wheel on their phones and receive a discount at restaurants is the brain child of co-founders Brad Sayler and Cherian Thomas. Since launching the app in Rockville in June 2014 with only Rockville restaurants, the app has expanded to include restaurants in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Friendship Heights, the Kentlands, Adams Morgan and Cleveland Park, Adams Morgan and Arlington.



City Perch Hosting Beer vs. Wine Dinner


City Perch entrance. Credit: Andrew Metcalf

Pike & Rose restaurant City Perch will attempt to settle the question of whether beer or wine should be paired with specific dishes at its beer vs. wine dinner Friday. The restaurant has invited Flying Dog Brewery and Elk Run Winery to pair beer and wine with each dish of a four-course dinner. As each dish is served, representatives from Flying Dog and Elk Run will explain why they chose a certain wine or beer for the pairing. At the end of each course, customers can choose whether they liked the beer or the wine better.

Tickets to the event are $70 per person; call City Perch at 301-231-2310 to reserve a seat. The dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. at the restaurant, which is located next to iPic Theaters at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda.