Politics on the Plate: An Inside Look at Serving Powerful Diners in Washington, October 14, 2019 3-5 pm National Press Club
In Washington D.C., where the nation’s business is often conducted at restaurant tables, politics have always been on the plate. This town’s restaurants are run by specialists who know how to handle the elected officials, Cabinet secretaries, White House staff, lobbyists and TV pundits who are regular clientele. But lately, spurred by social media, the country’s politics have entered their dining rooms. And, even the most experienced have had publicized politically-charged incidents.
This forum will explore this distinctive element of DC dining. Longtime area restaurateurs will share their experiences and give insight into how they handle the heightened political mood in DC’s dining rooms.
Hosted by the DC chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier www.LesDamesDC.org, an international organization of women in food, beverage and hospitality industries, and moderated by veteran journalist Carol Joynt, herself a former restaurant owner, the event promises to pull back the curtain on serving DC’s who’s who.
Moderated by: Carol Joynt, award-winning author, journalist, former restaurant owner and host of The Q&A Cafe
Ashok Bajaj, CEO, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group which includes Bombay Club, Rasika, Oval Room
Amy Brandwein – owner, Centrolina & 3-time James Beard Foundation nominee
Ruth Gresser – founder & owner, Pizzeria Paradiso restaurants
Laurent Menoud - general manager, Café Milano
Maria Trabocchi – co-owner, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants, which include Fiola, Fiola Mare, Del Mar, three locations of Sfoglina, Fiola Miami, and Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia
William Washington - director of operations, Schlow Restaurant Group and former general manager BLT Prime in the Trump Hotel
Stephanie Wilkinson - owner, The Red Hen, Lexington, VA
Monday October 14, 2019
National Press Club – 529 14th Street NW, Washington DC
Tickets: $35 (includes light desserts + cash bar)
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TICKET INFO: www.LesDamesDC.org
MEDIA: Media may request credentials by emailing name, media affiliation, phone number to jill@JillCollinsPR.com
Thanks to Hill Center DC for hosting the Les Dames-WCR, November 15, 2017 forum on sexual harassment in the restaurant industry, and to Nycci Nellis for moderating the panel.
Dame Carla Hall "Femm C" of the evening interviews panelists at the Hail to the V event sponsored by Industree.com. The lively discussion was held at E Street Cinema in DC. Dame panelists included Polly Weidmaier, Marcels, Brasserie Beck, Mussel Bar, Brabo, Wildwood Kitchen; Ellen Gray, Equinox, Muse Cafe; Ris Lacoste, Ris, Ris Union Market; Ruth Gresser, Pizzaria Paradiso; and Ann Yonkers, FreshFarm Markets.
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