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June is Pride Month!

Each year in June, we look forward to gathering with the LGBTQIA+ community in acknowledgment for their hard fought freedoms and in celebration of their resilience. 

While we may not get to celebrate in parades and parties this year, nothing can ever cancel the queer community’s pride or our support for them. 

For the month of June we will be offering “Hot Lola’s Dinner for 2” with proceeds going to 

Casa Ruby. 

Casa Ruby is the only bilingual and multicultural organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provides social services and programs catering to LGBTQIA+ people and immigrants.

Through the COVID-19 crisis Casa Ruby has remained open to service their community. They cannot close and ask their clients to call from home. Casa Ruby is their home. For LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness and vulnerability, they are their first responders. The need is greater now, more than ever.

This $75 package includes: 

Two Hot Lola’s chicken sandwich and waffle fries combos, a pint of our Rainbow Sherbet, and a bottle of Filipa Pato 3B Brut Sparkling Rose. 

Our goal is to sell 100 dinners over the course of Pride Month and we need your help to do so.

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With a passion for fried chicken and taste for bold flavors, Chef Kevin Tien offers up his take on hot chicken sandwiches.

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“I became fascinated with cooking at the age of 10. While grilled cheese sandwiches were my specialty, I loved being in the kitchen watching my grandmother cook generous meals that we all shared together. There was no formality with those meals, only love and laughter. 

My mother raised me on her own but a close family friend named Joey Fleur took on the role of father figure in my life. Together, the Fleurs and the Tiens shared in many family meals, some of which make up the happiest memories of my childhood. 

Uncle Joey recently passed away from cancer. We didn’t even know anything was wrong until the very end because he never wanted us to worry.  The name Emilie ran through Uncle Joey's family - from his grandmother to his daughter.  Emilie’s is my tribute to him and to the cherished memories our families created over shared meals. It is my hope that Emilie’s inspires and creates similar experiences for all our guests.”

— Owner / Executive Chef Kevin Tien

Emilie's Owner / Executive Chef Kevin Tien


Originally from Lafayette, Chef Kevin Tien started working in the corporate world after receiving his Master’s degree in Statistical Analysis and Business Analytics from Louisiana State University.  Early on, however, his passion for food and service led him to a career change which then placed him on a culinary path in 2009. After working with various restaurants in Louisiana, Texas, and Washington, D.C., Kevin had an opportunity to open Himitsu, a Japanese-inspired restaurant combining freshness, acidity and herbs, leaning heavily on Latin American and Southeast Asian flavor profiles. After three years, Kevin made the difficult decision to close Himitsu to focus on Emilie's and Hot Lola's. Earlier this year, Tien opened Hot Lola’s, a restaurant specializing in spicy chicken, in Ballston Quarter’s food hall, Quarter Market in Arlington, Virginia.

Kevin’s resume includes working for chefs Aaron Silverman (Little Pearl, Pineapple and Pearl, Rose’s Luxury / only worked at Pineapple and Pearl), David Chang (Momofuku CCDC), Jose Andres (Oyamel), and Tyson Cole (Uchi).

Since the opening of Himitsu in 2016, the restaurant and Kevin garnered national attention and accolades from all corners of the United States. Bon Appetit named his intimate, neighborhood eatery one of the best new restaurants in the country last year, Kevin is a James Beard Finalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year 2018, James Beard Semi-Finalist for Rising Star Chef of the Year 2017, Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs List 2018, was named Washingtonian Magazine’s and Washington Business Journal’s 40 under 40, a semifinalist in 2017 for Eater’s Young Guns Awards, and Himitsu was Eater DC’s editor’s choice for restaurant of the year, and featured in The Washington Post’s Spring & Fall Dining Guides – 10 Best Restaurants 2017 and 2018. Kevin also competed against other contestants in the fierce season 2 of Iron Chef Gauntlet and was named a People Magazine’s “Sexiest Chef Alive” Finalist for 2018.


Emilie’s is a collaborative effort and each member of the team plays an essential role in bringing Chef Kevin’s vision to life. Together this team has over 100 years of industry experience that include several Michelin stars, James Beard nominations, and a variety of other accolades. 

Our mission is to build and strengthen community from the table. We hope to see you at our table soon.

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10:30am-8:00pm, 7 days a week


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1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20003

Emilie's is located on Capitol Hill at the corner of Pennsylvania Ave SE & 11th St SE. 




10:30 AM - 8 PM daily (Take-Out Menu only)

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