Pati Jinich and Pati's Mexican Table (American Public Television) segment A Local's Tour of Culiacán received the James Beard Foundation Award for best Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location.
Ris LaCoste’s Ris restaurant’s Care Package menu was featured The Washington Post Weekend section’s Lifestyle article “This Takeout is Tailor Made for a Picnic Even if that Means Your Living Room Floor.”
Toni Tipton-Martin won the James Beard Foundation Award for her book, Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking (2019, Clarkson Potter) in the American category.
Nancy Hart Trice and husband, Jerry Trice, celebrated the fourth anniversary of their Gunther & Co. restaurant opening on May 20.
CiCi Williamson’s article "The big chill: A guide to using your freezer"
appeared in The Washington Post Food section on May 27.
Kristen Hartke wrote an article, “A chef Gave Away 500 sourdough starters and built a community around bread, pancakes and doughnuts,” which appeared in the May 20 edition of The Washington Post Food section.
Janis McLean has been tapped to lead Sound Bites Café’s pared-down team and keep the eatery open this spring. Sound Bites Cafe is the employee dining cafe at the NPR headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. “I am honored to help feed the NPR staff as they work valiantly to keep the news on the air,” says Janice. Janice has instituted strict protocols to keep both her staff and guests safe and well fed.
Julia Rutland’s new book, Foil-Packed Dinners: 100 Delicious, Quick-Prep Recipes for the Grill and Oven debuted May 13 in paperback and kindle editions.
The James Beard Foundation Awards nominee list is in and three of our beloved DC Dames are on it!
Amy Brandwein is a nominee for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic.This is her fourth year to be nominated! Amy’s two restaurants Centrolina and Market and Piccolina are consistently lauded by critics and their take-out during the pandemic were also featured in The Washington Post’s April 3 edition.
Toni Tipton-Martin’s Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African American Cooking (Clarkson Potter) was nominated for the American category for “Books with recipes focused on the cooking or foodways of regions or communities in the United States.”
Pati Jinich’s Pati’s Mexican Table – A Local’s Tour of Culiacán has grabbed a nomination for Television Program, in Studio or Fixed Location. Pati’s show is distributed by American Public Television.
Pati Jinich is one of four Dames gracing the cover of the LDEI Quarterly for a feature Camera! Action! Cook! Dames with TV Cooking Shows.
Johanna Mendelson Forman and Evan Kaplan have launched a curated blog on the Social Gastronomy Movement website to share stories about how food is being used for social impact during these times of crisis. Johanna and Evan will conduct interviews and curate articles that are of interest to the Social Gastronomy Movement network. If you have a story to share, please contact Johanna at firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up for the newsletter.
Paula Shoyer prepared Passover matzo balls April 9 on WJLA's Good Morning Washington and Ratatouille Brisket for Passover on WUSA9's Great Day Washington on April 6.
Susan Barocas wrote A Passover like no other: Embrace a more intimate celebration of the Jewish holiday for The Washington Post.
Erinn Tucker was interviewed by @CGTVNetwork @CGTNAmerica about the Economic Impact of Coronavirus on the Live Events Industry, tourism, and hospitality industry.
Here is a list of Dames and their restaurants and shops that are continuing to serve our communities and keep our industry alive. Please avail yourself of their services and encourage your friends to do the same.
Stacey Adams' Tastings Gourmet Market in Annapolis has added many more staples and much-needed items to her product line so her customers do not have to go to crowded grocery stores. Her staff's sanitizing procedures and graciousness in handling business was noticed by a MD government tourism division employee. She told the staff that during the pandemic, she is promoting and noting local businesses on her bulletin board. She took a pix of the store and staff and said she would be back to shop. For more info, click here.
Amy Brandwein's Centrolina and Piccolina are closed for dining but both restaurants are offering takeout and delivery. Amy's Centrolina market remains open offering her full line of fresh produce, meats and fish as well as staples and wine. All grocery items can be delivered as well. For more information, click here.
Ruth Gresser's Pizza Paradiso restaurants' dine-in services have closed but all her locations, save Old Town Alexandria, remain open for online orders and delivery. Click here for more information.
Ris Lacoste's eponymous restaurant RIS is closed until further notice but began takeout and delivery service today. For more information, click here.
Michelene Mendelsohn and her family's Sunnyside Restaurant Group, which includes We The Pizza, Santa Rosa Taqueria and Good Stuff Eatery, are open for delivery and takeout. As a special service, it is generously offering Kids Eat Free during the COVID-19 pandemic at all of its restaurants.
For more information, click here
Suzanne Simon's and Bettina Stern's Chaia Tacos are closed but continue to offer takeout. Innovatively, they have created a Chaia Enchilada Supper Club with a changing lineup of tacos offerings each day to order on Mondays and Wednesdays for pickup on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. at their Georgetown and Chinatown locations.
Janet Yu's Hollywood East restaurant is closed but continues to offer takeout and delivery services. www.HollywoodEast.com
These Dames are using their talents and connections to help during this crisis.
Mary Beth Albright's Secret Table video series for The Washington Post featured "Top food items to stock up on in case you are quarantined" on March 6. Click here to watch the video.
Jill Collins represents Hook Hall, the event space in ParkView on Georgia Avenue NW that has announced the launch of Hook Hall Helps, a program to assist hospitality industry workers. In partnership with The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, FoodPro and Sysco, Hook Hall employees and volunteers are assembling care kits for pick up at Hook Hall. The kits include shelf-stable foods and paper goods and are distributed from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. daily through the duration of the COVID19 pandemic, as long as supplies last. Also, Industry Family Meals are provided from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. daily as well. The meals are being donated by area restaurants as well as being prepared by volunteer chefs who are creating hot meals from donated produce and perishables. Dozens of restaurants and suppliers have donated food and product. Occasions Caterers has donated trucks to handle delivery and pick up. For details click here.
Nancy Hart Trice and her husband, Chef Jerry Trice, prepare to celebrate the four-year anniversary of their restaurant, Gunther & Co., in May. In the meantime, they are reveling in the fact that the restaurant, once again, is included in Baltimore Magazines top 50 restaurants and reader poll for Best Alfresco Dinning. To read more, click here.
Amy Brandwein, Chef-owner of Centrolina, is a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic.
Ruth Gresser, chef-owner of Pizzeria Paradiso, is a semifinalist for the Outstanding Restaurateur award from the James Beard Foundation.
Polly Weidmaier's and husband Chef Robert Weidmaier's Marcel's restaurant is a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Hospitality award.
Patty Collette of PattyCakes, Inc. was named among the "Most Recommended" wedding cake bakers in Washingtonian Weddings magazine for the 25th consecutive year.
Toni Tipton-Martin , Pati Jinich, Kristen Hartke and Mary Beth Albright all are IACP 2020 Cuisinart Awards finalists. Mary Beth Albright: Corporate Online Video Series, Secret Table. Kristen Hartke: Narrative Beverage Writing With or Without Recipes, Now, There is Zero Proof That Alcohol Makes a Great Cocktail, NPR The Salt. Pati Jinich: Individual Online Video Series, #MustEat and Culinary Television Series, Pati's Mexican Table. Toni Tipton-Martin: Cookbook Awards, Jubilee: Recipes from Two Centuries of African-American Cooking . The winners will be announced March 28 at the IACP annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
Pati Jinich interviewed The Washington Post Food Editor Joe Yonan at the Connecticut Avenue Politics and Prose on Tuesday, February 4 about his newest book, Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking with the World's Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein. In his book's acknowledgements, he thanks Kristen Hartke for her "expert recipe testing, invaluable insight and good-natured outlook."
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