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Recap: Quench’s Two-Year Anniversary Party

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One of the Bitches’ favorite restos, Quench, just recently celebrated its second year anniversary. While the eatery is still fairly young, you’d never know it by their accomplishments. Quench was recently awarded the title of Wine and Beverage Program of the Year from the Restaurant Association of Maryland for the second year in the row, a first for the state of Maryland. Needless to say, a fabulous fete was in order to celebrate!

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My best Bitch, Karissa, joined me on the trek to Rockville to help ring in the eatery’s second birthday. By the time we arrived, there were a fair number of people there all imbibing on craft cocktails and enjoying the spread that was laid out for guests. We greeted the general manager and found a spot at a table lit with candles.

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The first order of business was making sure we each had a cocktail in hand. Karissa and I both ordered the Bitches Brew, named after this little ole’ website. The cocktail is concocted with a lychee-rose puree, vodka, lemon juice, orgeat, and prosecco. It’s terribly delicious and nearly impossible to order just one. It’s light, refreshing, and has a delectable fruity twist.

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After our drink orders were placed, we decided to check out the fare that was laid out for party goers. There was mostly finger foods such as house-made potato chips, avocado and edamame hummus, watermelon gazpacho, kale chips, and specialty herb-laden popcorn.

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Quench undoubtedly knows what they’re doing in the kitchen. Even simple everyday finger foods are turned into gourmet masterpieces that far surpass your average party food. The kale chips were crispy and full of flavor, as were the house made potato chips. Karissa took the healthy route, sampleing the hummus and pita bread. She let me steal a bite and before long we were both scraping the plate to finish off what was left of it.

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While guests were mingling, the Quench staff walked around with more trays of the delicious fare. By this point I was absolutely famished. Poor Karissa was trying to tell me a story and all I could do was salivate and hunt the food that was making its way around the room.

The first dish we had the pleasure of sampling was the half hot dogs complimented by ketchup and mustard. Karissa and I forwent the bread, but we both agreed that the dog was cooked perfectly and had a hint of smokey flavor. The same conclusion was also made about the sliders that found their way to our table.

One dish that stood out among the rest was the macaroni and cheese egg rolls, if not solely for the sheer inventiveness of the dish. The crispy shells filled with noodles were accompanied by a large bowl of melted cheese. Karissa fondly referred to them as “all American Chinese food” for the rest of the evening.

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The star dish of the evening was undoubtedly the brisket. It was crispy around the edges, tender and juicy in the middle. We both kept an eye out for this dish all evening. If nothing else it made us plan our next trip to Quench right then and there, just so we could get another taste.

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After a toast to the eatery’s anniversary, it was time to roll ourselves back to Virginia. Happy Birthday Quench! Cheers to many more years of fabulous food, bold beverages, and a funky atmosphere. If you’d like to get in on the fun, sign up for the restaurant’s weekly Saturday craft cocktail class, or head to brunch.

Quench
9712 Traville Gateway Drive
Rockville, Md.

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