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14/01/16 Press Release

Ankara Launches Crossroads Dinner Series

Debuts Traditional Turkish-style Meyhane in April
Regional Foods and Wines Highlighted

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Washington, DC – (January 14, 2016) – To further introduce Washingtonians to the delights of Turkish cuisine and culture, Ankara introduces their new Crossroads Dinner Series focused on the intersection of food, wine and decades old traditions enjoyed throughout the region. The series begins in February with neighboring Georgia, which shares many culinary similarities to Turkey, and continues in March and April with a deep dive into Turkey. All dinners begin at 6:30 p.m. Reservations with a credit card are required. Reservations can be made at the restaurant, by going here http://www.ankaradc.net or on Eventbrite (see links below).

“Turkish cuisine is so diverse with a basis in regional traditions, history and geographic influences on agriculture,“ said Ankara’s Marketing Director Erin Gorman. “So we wanted to create these authentic experiences to give our guests an opportunity to explore the different regions of Turkey and other cuisines heavily influenced by the country.”

The dinners are as follows:

  • A Southwest Georgian dinner on Wednesday, February 3 in partnership with Jenny Holm of The Georgian Table and Georgian Wine House. Guests will enjoy a four-course menu featuring culinary specialties from the Adjara region in southwestern Georgia known for its historical connection to Turkey. It will be paired with one-of-a-kind wines from Georgia including amber wine, which is fermented in a traditional clay vessel that is buried underground. Cost is $65 per person including tax and gratuity. A vegetarian option will be available. Make a reservation online here: Eventbrite
     
  • Tokat and the North/Central Anatolian regions of Turkey will be featured on Tuesday, March 15th. The four-course menu focuses on foods popular in the heartland of Turkey, including Ankara’s take on the famous Tokat Kebab, along with wines from Diren, an award-winning family owned winery in the Tokat region that was recently featured in The Washington Post. Master Sommelier Andrew Stover will serve as guide for the dinner. Cost is $65 per person including tax and gratuity. Make a reservation online here: Eventbrite
     
  • The restaurant will transform into a traditional Turkish Meyhane (pronounced may-HAH-nay), a gathering place for food, wine and music, on Wednesday, April 6th. Guests will enjoy a traditional Meyhane style dinner featuring the meze, salads and fish dishes enjoyed throughout the region as well as regional wine and raki. Tables will be grouped in long rows, emulating the communal, relaxed, sharing environment of a Meyhane. Roaming musicians playing traditional music will further set the stage for this beloved and often very lively Turkish dining and drinking experience. Typically a Meyhane lasts 3 hours and is ideal for groups. Cost is $80 per person for the multi-course meal that includes hot and cold meze, a fish entrée, dessert, coffee, wine or raki. Tax and gratuity is included. Make a reservation online here: Eventbrite
     

For interview requests, full menus, and more, please contact Danielle Tergis at 202-643-9503 or danielle@thetergisgroup.com.

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11/11/15 Press Release

Ankara Unveils New Wine List Focused On Emerging, Indigenous Grape Varietals

Highlights Wines of the Region

Washington, DC – (November 10, 2015) – In recognition of the renaissance Turkish wines are currently experiencing and to salute Turkey’s role as the origin of wine making dating back thousands of years, Ankara introduces a new wine list with an emphasis on lesser-known indigenous grape varietals and wines of the region. The new wine list emphasizes Turkish wines as well as wines from Greece, Georgia and Italy. Grape varietals found solely in Turkey such as Emir (eh-MEER), Narince (nah-RIN-cheh), Kalecik Karasi (kah-LE-chic KAR-ah-sehr), Boğazkere (bow-aahs-KEER-ee) and Öküzgözü (oh-cooz-Go-zoo) are a sampling of the lesser-known varietals found on the list. Ankara partnered with Sommelier Andrew Stover, one of Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers, to create the highly curated list. The new wine list is available now. See it here.

“Turkish wines and indigenous grape varietals are perfect for adventurous wine lovers interested in trying something a little more off the beaten path, but we hope all our guests will embrace the opportunity to try wines that are new to them,” said Erin Gorman, Ankara’s marketing director.

“Many of the Turkish wines on the new list are indigenous grape varietals that are unknown to most guests but offer comparative flavors to some of the internationally known grape varieties with which they are familiar. So the list is organized by flavor profile and includes short flavor descriptions for each wine to make it easy to understand the wines,” said Stover.

In a nod to the viticulture of the Mid-Atlantic region, the list also includes selections from local winemakers as well.

To encourage guests to explore these new wines and grape varietals, all wines by the bottle are ½ price on Monday’s and a selection of wines by the glass are available during Happy Hour for $5. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Happy Hour drink prices are also available from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday during lunch.

For interview requests, full menus, photos and more, please contact Danielle Tergis at 202-643-9503 or danielle@thetergisgroup.com.

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ABOUT ANKARA

Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Father, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The menu features the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes.  Ankara will serve lunch Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; dinner Monday – Sunday from 5 p.m. – 12 midnight and brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Happy Hour is available on the patio and in the bar Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. to – 7 p.m. The restaurant seats 120 indoors & 115 al fresco on the patio. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. Reservations can be made by going to Open Table or by contacting the restaurant directly. For more on Ankara, go to www.ankaradc.net, follow on Facebook and Twitter or call 202-293-6301.

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27/08/15 Press Release # , , ,

Ankara Restaurant Celebrates 4th Annual Turkish Heritage Month this September

Washington, DC (August 25, 2015) – In honor of September’s recognition as Turkish Heritage Month, Ankara restaurant celebrates Turkey’s rich and diverse culinary heritage with special promotions and offerings throughout the month. Designed to expand guests’ experiences with Turkish culture and cuisine, guests will enjoy specially priced Turkish wines, Turkish Restaurant Week prix-fixe menus and regional delicacies all month long.

“Food and drink is such an integral part of Turkish culture, so Turkish Heritage Month is a wonderful opportunity for us to offer our guests even more ways to engage in the many aspects of Turkish culture, cuisine and hospitality,” said Marketing Director Erin Gorman.

Special promotions include:

  • 7th Annual Turkish Restaurant Week September 12 – 20. Recognized by the Washington City Paper as the “Best Culinary Event of 2014,” Turkish Restaurant Week is a week-long celebration of Turkish cuisine. Ankara will offer a special three-course prix-fixe lunch ($18) and four-course prix-fixe dinner ($30). Drinks, tax and tip are not included. Reservations are recommended. Menus are available here. Follow on Twitter @DCTurkRestoWeek. For more information, go to www.turkishrestaurantweekdc.org.
  • Half-price Turkish wines September 21 – 27. A selection of Turkish wines will be offered by the bottle including native grape varietals such as boğazkere, a red grape known for its big tannins; and narince, a white grape known as the “Queen of Anatolia” whose grapevines also produce leaves used for dolmas. International varietals, often blended with native varietals, offered include chardonnay (with narince), sauvignon blanc (with sevilen) and syrah (with kalecik karasi). Half-price bottle prices range from $15 – $24. The full wine list can be seen here. (Offerings based on availability.)
  • Introduction of monthly specials focused on regional delicacies not often found on restaurant menus. More details available upon request.

Follow: #TurkishHeritageMonth

For interview requests, full menus, photos and more, please contact Danielle Tergis at 202-643-9503 or danielle@thetergisgroup.com.


ABOUT ANKARA

Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Father, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The menu will feature the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. For more on Ankara, go to www.ankaradc.net, follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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04/06/15 Press Release

Ankara Launches Weekend Brunch on June 13

Celebrates Famous Turkish Breakfast (Kahvalti)

Washington, DC – June 4, 2015. The newly opened Ankara restaurant, a celebration of good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey, will launch their new brunch on Saturday, June 13. Brunch will be a delicious celebration of the famous and beloved Turkish breakfast (kahvalti), traditionally one of the most important elements of Turkish cuisine. It will be served Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Brunch is available for $37 per person, plus tax and tip. It includes tea, a traditional Turkish breakfast accompaniment, and a choice of Mimosa, Bloody Mary, or cranberry juice cocktail with house vodka vodka or gin. Full menu is below.

As experienced in breakfast salons and restaurants throughout Turkey, guests will start off with Van Kahvaltisi – a broad selection of small plates of savory and sweet items including bal (honey), peynir (cheeses), zeytin (olives), recel (fresh fruit jams), tomatoes, peppers and more to be shared with the table. Additionally, they can select items from a range of egg, meze, salad and pide dishes.

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30/04/15 Press Release

Ankara Restaurant Announces Opening Date

Offers lunch, dinner and alfresco happy hour Celebrates famous Turkish breakfast with Sunday brunch

Washington, DC (April 30, 2015) – Ankara, a celebration of good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey, announces its opening date. The restaurant will do a soft-opening with limited lunch and dinner service starting Thursday, May 14 and will officially open its door for lunch, dinner, happy hour and Sunday brunch on Wednesday, May 20. This upscale-casual dining experience will celebrate the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. The menu will feature the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. The restaurant will offer lunch and dinner, a weekday Happy Hour during patio season and a Turkish-inspired Sunday brunch. Dinner prices range from $6 to $16 for soups, starters, salads and pide. Dinner entrée prices range from $16 – $29. Desserts range from $7 – $9.

The culinary team at Ankara draws on a deep knowledge of classic and contemporary Turkish cooking as well as the many regional influences on Turkish cuisine to create a menu that pays homage to the varied tastes of Turkey and will take diners on a culinary tour of the country.

The lunch and dinner menus offer a wide array of soups, cold and hot meze dishes, salads, pide (flat breads), grilled kebab and desserts. A tempting range of dinner entrées include Seared Branzino with caperberries, olives, pearl onions, tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette; Braised Lamb Shank with gremolata, roasted eggplant puree with a natural jus; Ali Nazik, a traditional dish from the Gaziantep region that features smoked eggplant and sautéed lamb cubes as well as the signature Ankara Tava, a generous Turkish pilav served with a beef, tomato, pepper and onion sautée.

Lunch guests can also enjoy a selection of sandwiches including a Lamb Burger with feta, cumin, and baby arugula on a brioche bun and Kofte served on pide with sumac onions, grilled tomatoes and peppers in addition to Doner Kebab and others, as well as a range of kebab and pide. Lunch starters are priced at $6 – $16, salads $7 – $8, pides $10 – $12, grilled kebab and sandwiches $10.50 – $13.

Happy Hour will be available on the outside patio during patio season. It will feature rotating drink and food specials designed to appeal to neighbors and the local business community.
Their innovative Sunday brunch menu will be a celebration of the famous Turkish breakfast, Van Kahvaltisi – a broad selection of small plates of savory and sweet items including bal (honey), peynir (cheeses), zeytin (olives), recel (fresh fruit jams), tomatoes, peppers and more. Diners will also select three additional items from a range of egg, salad and pide dishes. They’ll end brunch with a sweet treat compliments of the restaurant. Brunch is available for $35 per person, plus tax and tip.

The restaurant will offer group dining via two flexible semi-private dining areas where groups from 15 to 45 can enjoy special prix fixe menus. Advanced reservations are required

Much like the menu, the design of the restaurant blends modern, contemporary elements with classic traditional Turkish influences. A warm and earthy palate can be found throughout the restaurant, most prominently on the dramatic red painted ceiling that will draw guests in. Wood details as evidenced by the three large group dining tables provide a sense of Old World, stately tradition, while the bar shelves and wine rack made of 100 year old wood bring in a natural and historic feel. Iron-finished chandeliers and slender, antique inspired wall scone lights topped with linen shades bring warmth to the Old World aesthetic. Dila Development and Construction, the Aslanturk family’s primary enterprise, oversaw the construction and design under the guidance of their in house-designer Adam Mayhew.

Lunch is available Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dinner is served Monday – Sunday from 5 p.m. – 12 midnight. Sunday Brunch is from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Happy Hour is available Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. to – 7 p.m.

For interview requests, photos and more, please contact Danielle Tergis at 202-643-9503 or danielle@thetergisgroup.com.


ABOUT ANKARA

Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Father, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The menu will feature the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. For more on Ankara, go to www.ankaradc.net, follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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01/04/15 Press Release

Ankara brings Turkish cuisine & culture to the Nation’s Capital in May

Blends classic and contemporary Turkish foods and menu offerings

Washington, DC – Set to open this May in Dupont Circle, Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. The menu will feature the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. The restaurant will seat 120 indoors & 115 al fresco on their patio. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036.

Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Fathers, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

The culinary team at Ankara draws on a deep knowledge of classic and contemporary Turkish cooking as well as the many regional influences on Turkish cuisine to create a menu that pays homage to the varied tastes of Turkey. A wide array of cold and hot meze dishes from Sigara Borgei (feta cheese and herbs in crispy phllyo), Roasted Eggplant and Peppers with Garlic Yogurt Sauce, Karides Guvec (baked shrimp in tomato and garlic sauce) to Midye Tavasi (fried mussels in a walnut tarator sauce) and favorites such as Imam Bayildi (classic stuffed eggplant and olive oil) will take diners on a culinary tour of Turkey. Entrées include a full complement of grilled kebabs featuring sustainably raised chicken, beef and lamb; grilled branzino and salmon; braised lamb shank, as well Ankara Tava (Turkish pilav served with lamb, peppers, onion and tomato sauté). A rotation of regional Turkish specialties will also be available. The heart of the restaurant features a wood-fired oven that will bake the house-made fresh breads and pide (Turkish style pizzas).

Final menus, operating hours, reservation information, and private dining/event options will be available closer to opening.

For interview requests, photos and more, please contact Danielle Tergis at 202-643-9503 or danielle@thetergisgroup.com.


ABOUT ANKARA

Ankara celebrates good food, hospitality and the heart of Turkey. It is an upscale-casual dining experience that celebrates the rich diversity of Turkish food and culture through a blend of classic and contemporary menu offerings and superb hospitality. Ankara is a labor of love for the Aslanturk family. Father, brothers, wives, cousins and children in both Washington, DC and Ankara, Turkey have come together to create a place that offers superior food, and encourages conversation and celebration amongst friends and family as well as neighbors and business professionals in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The menu will feature the best of traditional Turkish foods as well as newly envisioned dishes. Ankara is located at 1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036. For more on Ankara, go to www.ankaradc.net, follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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