Chef Robert Wiedmaier's Brasserie Beck in Washington, D.C., was recently REAL certified by the United States Healthful Food Council (USHFC). REAL stands for Responsible Epicurean and Agricultural Leadership; Brasserie Beck meets the REAL standards for nutrition and sustainability.
Mussels, frites and Belgian beer make a great meal at Brasserie Beck in Washington, D.C. — Photo courtesy of RW Restaurant Group
Known for its locally-sourced menu, Brasserie Beck works with local farmers to feature organic foods on its menu. The bar menu features crispy Brussel sprouts; Alsatian grilled flatbread topped with caramelized onions, Gruyere and applewood-smoked bacon; and Beck's ground Angus burger deluxe served with Belgian fries (known as frites).
Bar plates range in price from $5-12 and include pairing suggestions from Beck's extensive Belgian beer list; there are nine selections on draught and over 100 in bottles.
In October, Brasserie Beck will introduce its fall menu, prepared by Chef de Cuisine Anthony Acinapura.
Restaurants that are REAL certified undergo an extensive analysis that includes inspections, interviews, spot checks, recipe audits, menu analysis and a through review of the restaurant's food sources. The certification is awarded to restaurants who demonstrate a complete commitment to nutrition and sustainable practices. The program is voluntary.
Brasserie Beck opened in 2007 and is located on K Street in Washington, D.C. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, as well as for brunch on the weekends.