Pope-themed food, drinks celebrate papal visit

WASHINGTON — Pope Francis is set to visit the U.S. soon and many businesses are gearing up with some papal-inspired foods and drinks.

Hungry and thirsty people can celebrate the pope’s historic visit to D.C. with a sandwich, a beer or a meal at a “Pope’s Table.”

Check out some of the pope-themed treats:

  • Beginning Sunday, Sept. 20 and continuing all that week, Brookland Pint in D.C. will be serving a lineup of two dozen Pope-inspired beers. Some simply have a religious theme, such as Epic’s Big Bad Baptist. Others are Trappist beers brewed by monks, such as St. Bernardus Tripel.
  • D.C.’s Embassy Row Hotel is throwing a Pope Party on Tuesday, Sept. 22 on its rooftop, with all proceeds going to So Others Might Eat. There will be a DJ and TV monitors set up so you can follow the pope’s movements. The $25 tickets include one glass of Malbec.
  • D.C.’s Rumors restaurant has a limited edition Pope Sandwich made with marinated grilled chicken breast, chimichurri and holy land relish (it’s a condiment widely used in the eastern Mediterranean). The $10 sandwich is served with potato chips, and half of the profits from the sale of the sandwich will be donated to the St. Maria’s Meals program. The restaurant’s Luis Valle tells WTOP, the sandwich is only available for a few weeks, at least through the pope’s visit.
  • Every Buca di Beppo restaurant has a “Pope’s Table” surrounded by statues, photos and other tributes to popes past and present. Michael Pirerra, Paisano Partner (General Manager) at the D.C. location on Connecticut Avenue tells WTOP its table can hold 10-18 people, and it has a bust of Pope Francis on it. Give the restaurant a call if you’re interested in booking it.
  • Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza in D.C. is offering a Pope’s Pizza based on the yellow and white Vatican flag. The pizza is made with marinated golden tomatoes, mozzarella and ricotta. The pizza is $15, or you can grab a smaller $6 version during happy hour from 4-7 p.m.

If you’re willing to take a drive, several Philadelphia and New Jersey breweries have come up with special Pope brews available for sale only near where they’re made:

  • YOPO Pale Ale (You Only Pope Once) by Cape May Brewing Company of New Jersey
  • Trinitas Cellars in Napa Valley has a limited edition 2012 Cabernet Franc for the Pope, called — of course — Cabernet FRANCis. It’s available online for $75 a bottle.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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