Courtesy of Kraze Burgers

Free fro yo 

While there’s no such thing as a free lunch, there is such a thing as a free dessert, starting today and continuing until Sunday at Kraze Burgers. If you’ve been to Woodmont and Elm Streets recently, you’ve probably seen the gigantic banner above the restaurant, announcing the frozen yogurt giveaway. The Korean-originated chain recently completed a dessert bar expansion into the former Haagen Dazs space.

The freebie will feature a small frozen yogurt (either plain vanilla with a tart finish, or strawberry), plus toppings of your choice (among the 20 offerings).

Soon, the new space will also serve regular ice cream milkshakes, yogurt smoothies, pastries—and beer. As far as I know, you’ll have to pay for those.

Kraze Burger, located at 4733 Elm Street in Bethesda, will be giving away frozen yogurt today and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m.

Custom oysters coming to Black’s

On the heels of their latest restaurant hit—Pearl Dive Oyster Palace in downtown D.C.—Black Restaurant Group owners Jeff and Barbara Black have another interesting project in the works.

They’ve commissioned two oyster farmers to raise mollusks specifically for them in the Chincoteague Bay. Called Old Black Salts and Black Pearls, the new oysters promise to have a briny start and a sweet and nutty finish. They’ll be ready by the fall of 2012, where they’ll be served exclusively at Black’s Bar & Kitchen in Bethesda, BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant on MacArthur Blvd. and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack in the District’s Logan Circle.

The oyster farmers will be interviewed this coming Sunday, June 10, at Black’s Bar & Kitchen, during a brunch and live taping of the 1500 AM radio show Foodie & The Beast.

At the event, Black’s will also be unveiling a new summer drink menu featuring old-style Caribbean cocktails, plus an expanded outdoor bar area. The luau-style brunch will include a whole suckling pig, other Hawaiian-themed food items, and a complimentary drink from the new cocktail menu. The brunch goes from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the radio taping takes place between 11 a.m. and noon.

Tickets are $50 per person (exclusive of tax and tip).  Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Black Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports children’s’ health. Advance reservations are recommended; call 301-652-5525.

Dinner and a movie, all in the same place

iPic theaters give new meaning to the “dinner and a movie” night out. The all-in-one dining and cinema destination, slated to open in the Pike & Rose center on Rockville Pike in the fall of 2014, offers table service for Premium Plus ticket holders in the theater (as well as blankets, pillows and leather recliners). 

Pike & Rose, a mixed-use development, will occupy the space that currently houses the Mid-Pike Plaza at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Rockville Pike.

At iPic, you can also have dinner first in Tanzy, the artisanal Italian restaurant that’s part of the complex. If you’re in a rush, you can grab some truffle fries at Tanzy Express on your way into the show. And after the movie, you can nurse a mojito at Salt, the in-house cocktail bar.

iPic joins other upscale cinemas in the works in Bethesda—including the upcoming ArcLight in the Westfield Montgomery Mall, and Silverspot, in the new Rock Spring Centre development. 

For Latin lovers

Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, an Ohio-based chain, will be opening in early 2013 in the North Bethesda Market (across from Whole Foods Market and Brio Tuscan Grille). The restaurant features dishes from Cuba, the Latin Caribbean and Central and South America, plus—as to be expected—an extensive selection of rum drinks.