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José Andrés Cooks With Gwyneth Paltrow; Hill Country's First Year in DC; Eater's Young Guns

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JOSE ANDRES WIRE—You know how sometimes you're just hanging out at home in London and José Andrés emails you offering to make dinner and it's so freaking awesome? Gwyneth Paltrow knows. In the latest edition of her newsletter GOOP, Paltrow recounts an evening spent with the Spanish chef.

PENN QUARTER—New York-based Hill Country expanded into Penn Quarter just last year and this week Eater chatted with owner Marc Glosserman about the barbecue restaurant's opening here in DC, a difficult buildout within an old building and plans for the future.

YOUNG GUNS—Today, Eater announced the launch of Eater Young Guns, an annual roll call of the next guard that seeks to identify the up-and-comers of the restaurant world. Anyone can make a nomination so head on over to Eater for the details.

SPIKE MENDELSOHN WIRE—Word trickled out this week that Spike Mendelsohn is working on a third concept that unlike his other fast-casual restaurants would be more of a French bistro. The team is looking at spots in Georgetown and Capitol Hill, though nothing is confirmed yet.

SHAW—New York chef Marcus Samuelsson is officially the consulting chef over at the Howard Theatre's supper club, which will reopen in April serving dinner and a weekly gospel brunch.

GEORGETOWN—Last weekend, Mike Isabella held a preview dinner series of his forthcoming Mexican restaurant Bandolero at the new LivingSocial event space. Eater was there and grabbed a copy of the menu so you can see what could possibly be in store when Bandolero opens this spring.

AWARDS SEASON—The James Beard Foundation announced the long list of semifinalists for their annual restaurant world awards this week and DC acquitted itself well in terms of representation. Notably, both Fiola and Little Serow made the list for best new restaurant.

TYSONS CORNER—The week started off on a bad note with news over the long weekend that Michel Richard had shuttered Michel, his restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, on Sunday.