As I was walking down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Newseum, I heard rumbling behind me. I turned to see a large ham mounted on an armature rolling past, flanked by two chefs from Zaytinya. It was the twin of the one from the night before (see my last post). At that moment I figured I was in for a good time, and I was right.
The Newseum is a great party venue – you can drink and read the news simultaneously, or just ignore it if you don’t want to get depressed! Just look up for the helicopter hovering over the homemade marshmallows from 1789 Restaurant.
Many of the DC area’s best restaurants were represented by food stations. Cure, Poste, 42 Degree Catering, Tavola, and Eatonville, among others, offered tastes of their specialties. The drinks tables featured cocktails and some dynamite hot chocolate made with Oaxacan chocolate and Azul tequila.
The Rappahannock oysters from last night were back. To get there, one navigated an area lined with artisan products from small local producers. Local bakers, aspiring deli owners (corned beef, mustard, pickles, all house-made), and gelato purveyors showed off their products with justifiable pride.
Maro Nalabandian was making Armenian string cheese. She’s a chef, caterer and cooking instructor and a prime candidate for an OFAM chef demo! Check olneyfarmersmarket.org in the next few months to see if I am successful in recruiting her, and some of the restaurant and catering chefs as well.
Joan Nathan, Alice Waters and Jose Andres were present to discuss the causes that benefited from the evening. DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table both contribute immensely to the well-being of our community not only through providing meals to the homeless and seniors, but also through providing training in culinary jobs. How appropriate that all these terrific restaurants get together to help their programs go forward!