Carla Hall was featured in today's Washington Post Food Section in an article entitled Carla Hall is 'the most visible black person in food.' Now she wants to take soul food mainstream. The article profiles Carla's new cookbook Carla Hall's Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration (Harper Wave), which arrives Oct. 23. Click here to read the entire article.
Pati Jinich was featured on the front cover of the October 9 edition of The New York Times Dining section, Forget The Wall: Pati Jinich Wants to Build a Culinary Bridge to Mexico. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/09/dining/pati-jinich-mexican-food.htmlx
Cathy Barrow was featured in the September 16 issue of the Washington Post Magazine in an article about moving and downsizing her kitchen, Kitchen Compression Confidential: How I Downsized the Most Important Room of my House, written by Bonnie Benwick. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/kitchen-compression-confidential-how-i-downsized-the-most-important-room-in-the-house/2018/09/14/dd7d8aca-9fc5-11e8-83d2-70203b8d7b44_story.html?utm_term=.f11eac3b6c29
Najmieh Batmanglij publishes Cooking in Iran:Regional Recipes and Kitchen Secrets (Image Publishers) on November 2. Overcoming myriad daunting challenges - emotional, political, and logistical - Naj spent five years, travelling 10,000 miles on a deeply personal journey to reexamine her culinary roots in the country from which she was exiled 39 years ago. Hers was a mission to preserve the rich and historically significant culinary foodways of Iran before they are lost "under the bulldozer of modernity."
Nancy Tringali Piho completed a dietetic internship through Iowa State University and is now a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Nancy has specialized in food and nutrition marketing communications for more than twenty years. She is also the director of Shopping for Health, a program for supermarket dietitians.
Linda Roth was profiled in the August/September 2018 edition of Food Service Monthly as a D.C region food publicity pioneer. https://foodservicemonthly.com/linda-roth-restaurant-publicist-and-game-changer/
Carole Sugarman is serving as chairperson for the Capital Area Food Bank's Empty Bowls Bethesda funraiser for the third consecutive year. Last year's event was its most successful, with 450 tickets sold and nearly $24,000 raised, and funded over 59,000 meals to neighbors in need. See Of Interest for more info.
Susan Barocas wrote of an enchanting Greek immigrant who bakes sweets from cherished recipes to celebrate the Jewish New Year and family. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/for-this-greek-immigrant-jewish-new-year-brings-back-sweet-memories--and-foods--of-home/2018/08/31/a3fc1a9a-ab0b-11e8-8a0c-70b618c98d3c_story.html?utm_term=.c4404840ae21
Domenica Marchetti's article "Just Roast the Whole Thing" appeared in the September 12 edition of The Washington Post Food Section. http://www.pressreader.com/usa/the-washington-post/20180912/283102774949535
Michelin Stars to Dames!
Maru Valdez's and business partner Chef Ryan Ratino's Bresca, in Logan Circle, received its first Michelin star. *
Polly Wiedmaier's and Chef Robert Wiedmaier's restaurant, Siren by Robert Wiedmaier, at The Darcy hotel in DC, earned its first star in the famous restaurant-rating book, the Michelin Red Guide. *
*The honors were announced on September 13.
The Michelin Guide is the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide that awards up to three stars for excellence. It was originally published in 1900 by the Michelin brothers, Édouard and André, to boost auto tire sales and offer useful information to motorists. In 1926, they decided to provide professional reviews of restaurants giving a star to worthy establishments. Only in 1931 was a hierarchy of 0-3 stars created and in 1936 the criteria for the three star awards were published.
Hurrah! Sheila Crye, Johanna Mendelsohn Forman, Debra Moser, Vickie Reh, Susan Soorenko and Tambra Raye Stevenson
Sheila Crye directed five week-long, half-day youth cooking camps this summer at her Silver Spring home and led many to compete in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair on August 10. There her Young Chefs bakers won two grand champion ribbons, six blue ribbons, four red ribbons, three white ribbons and one yellow ribbon.
Johanna Mendelsohn Forman gave a keynote speech at the World Food Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark on August 30, sponsored by the Danish Ministry of Food and Agriculture. She spoke about Gastrodiplomacy in Times of Uncertainty. Johanna also conducted workshop on global food heritage. On September 11 she will be a speaker at the Museum of Modern Art's Salon series in New York on Gastrodiplomacy as way to build community.
Debra Moser's and Mitch Berliner's MeatCrafters was featured on WJLA's Kidd Around Town on Friday August 24. Host Kidd O'Shea toured MeatCrafters USDA plant and joined in the making its popular Skinny Salamis.
Click here to view: www.facebook.com/kiddoshea/videos/322050235020983/.
MeatCrafters and Central Farm Markets also was featured on Nycci Nellis' Industry Night show August 27. http://industrynight.fullserviceradio.org/
Vickie Reh's book, The Wine Table: Recipes and Pairings from Winemakers' Kitchens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018), released September 4, details her experiences visiting and cooking with 18 winemakers in France and Italy, exploring their food and wine cultures and celebrating their understanding of the best dishes to accompany their vineyards' offerings. https://www.skyhorsepublishing.com/9781510730830/the-wine-table/
Susan Soorenko's Moorenko's was listed in Visit Montgomery as one of the best ice cream spots in Montgomery County, Maryland. https://visitmontgomery.com/eat-drink/best-ice-cream-spots/
Tambra Raye Stevenson, will lead a healthy kids cooking demo and story time of her "Where's WANDA" book series at DC Veg Fest's Kids Zone, Saturday, September 15 at the Yards Park; appear on News Channel 8 Saturday, September 8 at 11:30 a.m. and lead a breakfast session during Chesapeake Food Summit on September 25 at Union Market.
Our dear friend, Jane Olmsted, a 16-year supportive Dame, passed away on July 14. Before retiring, Jane was the assistant manager of the Sulgrave Club in D.C., where she meticulously coordinated hundreds of events, and a restaurant reviewer for The Courier. The daughter of a U.S. Navy Admiral, Jane grew up in China and on U.S. Naval bases. She was a graduate of Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a talented and collected watercolorist who studied painting at American University and Corcoran School of Art. In her eighties, Jane studied advanced Italian and regularly traveled to Italy, often accompanied by Evan Kleiman, cookbook author and host of NPR's "Good Food." Jane was a 50-year member of the Junior League of Washington, D.C., and an avid gardener and award-winning floral arranger. She was also a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames and a board member of the Culinary Historians of Washington (CHoW). She will be sorely missed.
Sophia Maroon's Dress It up Dressing's new Sesame Tahini won a Silver Sofi Award for Best Salad Dressing at the Specialty Food Association's spring gathering. It also won a Good Food Award on January 19 in San Francisco so we're thrilled! The Sesame Tahini is one of three new dressings Dress It Up Dressing launched this spring. The others, Ranch and Caesar, make up a line of seven.
Debra Moser and husband Mitch Berliner are proud to announce the newest Central Farm Market location at Westfield Montgomery. The market launched on May 5 will be open every Saturday from 9-1:30 from May-November. The market boasts over 45 vendors and artisan food producers along with distillery tastings, music and regular chef demos.
Julia Rutland's article on Skyline Drive appears in the May issue of Southern Living Magazine. https://www.southernliving.com/travel/virginia/skyline-drive
Susan Soorenko's Moorenko's Ice Cream is thrilled to announce the early June opening of its historic Ellicott City ice cream shop! They are are hiring and looking for managers and scoopers. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Janet Yu was recognized as a Chinese-American community leader by the Montgomery County Council during Montgomery County's Asian American and Pacific Islander Month and presented with a proclamation in a special ceremony.
Aviva Goldfarb's piece on dining in Santa Barbara, Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Santa Barbara, Calif. ran in the April 19 edition of The Washington Post's Travel section.
Kristen Hartke's article, In New York, Following in David Bowie's Footsteps, appeared in the April 19 editor of The Washington Post's Travel section.
Pati Jinich was awarded Outstanding Personality/Host for her Pati's Mexican Table,by the James Beard Foundation. Pati's show airs locally on WETA Washington and is distributed Nationally by American Public Television
Bettina Stern and Suzanne Simon plan to open a second Chaia, serving delish vegetarian tacos, in DC's Mt. Vernon Triangle neighborhood this autumn. Stay tuned!
Summer Whitford was profiled in Food Service Monthly by Alexandra Greeley, Food and Wine Dive Summer Whitford. http://foodservicemonthly.com/food-wine-diva-summer-whitford/
Susan Barocas focused on the incredible egg in The Washington Post's March 20 Food Section cover story, Why We Need Eggs For Passover. Also, Susan is headed to Vancouver, BC on April 11 to present the keynote and a workshop at LimmudVancouver, one of an impressive global network of gatherings that celebrate the different aspects of Jewish life, culture and religious practices.
A glimpse of Janet Cam's life was featured in the CTGN (Chinese Global Television Network) Recipe for Life segment on February 15. https://america.cgtn.com/2018/02/15/recipe-for-life-janet-cam. Janet has also passed the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust's Level 1 for wine. Founded in 1969, the London-based WSET is regarded as one of the world's leading providers of wine education through rigorous courses and exams.
Dames are clearly the experts. Janet Yu and Pati Jinich were consulted in Tim Carman's Q&A column: in The Washington Post's March 26 Going Out Guide. https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/restaurants/are-servers-at-asian-restaurants-really-judging-your-request-for-a-fork/2018/03/26/f44ca23a-2d4d-11e8-b0b0-f706877db618_story.html?utm_term=.b3257be6f92e
Amy Brandwein is a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Mid Atlantic.
Pati Jinich was a guest on ABC7 WJLA "Let's Talk Live" on March 1, promoting Women in Gastronomy. http://wjla.com/news/lets-talk/celebrating-food-with-pati-jinich as well as on WTOP News. https://wtop.com/food-restaurant/2018/03/3-ingredients-go-a-long-way-in-weeknight-cooking/ Pati is also a finalist for the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding TV Host for her PBS cooking show, Pati's Mexican Kitchen.
Paula Shoyer's recipe for chocolate quinoa cake from her new book The Healthy Jewish Kitchen was featured in Food52 as a Genius Recipe.
Nancy Hart's and husband Jerry Trice's Gunther & Co. was featured in Baltimore Magazine's 50 Best Restaurant 2017 and Nancy was profiled in its Meet the Makers, unsung restaurant heroes. http://www.baltimoremagazine.com/2018/3/5/50-best-restaurants-in-baltimore. Also, Nancy and Jerry are active in No Kid Hungry and are hosting their annual fundraiser for Chefs Cycle on April 10th at their restaurant. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-no-kid-hungry-chefs-cycle-fundraiser-at-gunther-co-tickets-41841363645. They will be riding 300 miles in Santa Rosa May 15-17.
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