Posts Tagged ‘chef’

Greenspring Village Chili Cook-Off

It’s been 12 years since I’ve been to Greenspring Village. Back in the day I was an intern at the senior living community when it was starting up it’s news station. More than a decade later it was a huge honor to be invited back to emcee their annual Chili Cook-Off. What I thought was so cool is that  now that little station is known as Channel 6 and they do a LIVE news show every day. Residents often anchor the newscasts! As for the event.. the people were so amazing and the food delicious! Congrats to resident Clint Lambert and staff member Chef Eric for winning Best in Show. Their chili will be entered in the big DC101 Chili Cook-off!


Big Winner Clint!

 

 

Dinner party and the pig

Nothing like some gourmet suckling pig wrapped in crackle to be a reason to congregate! I enjoyed hanging with women leaders in media and business at Art and Soul near Capitol Hill. Executive Chef Wes Morton wowed the crowd of friends with his 4 courses family style dinner. It included an heirloom melon salad and the milk fed pig with egglplant casserole. There was also a local cheese board with fresh honey comb. Apparently honey is the new thing to pair cheese with these days!

Blackbird PR’s Diana Biederman with Allison Butler of Reuters

With the fabulous Carol Joynt

Milk fed pig wrapped with crackle

Local cheese board

Shore is nice

More than 500 people showed up for the opening reception of Chef Jeff Black’s Pearl Dive Oyster Palace. The group raised more than $25,000 which will go towards making a special teaching kitchen. The kitchen will be at the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s Medical Center. The new restaurant dishes out an average of 4,200 oysters a night! PS… did I mention they have a bocce court in the seafood house.  More photos by Andrew Lightman.

Mom who makes Noms

Nikki's white cake with chocolate chip cookie dough filling for baby's 6 month old birthday

I love seeing women start their own businesses. I have the utmost admiration for moms, especially new ones who venture into this world. Meet my neighbor and girlfriend Nikki Hill. She just had a baby like an hour ago and also around the same time decided to start Noms by Nikki. What’s a nom you ask? According to Nik it’s an onomatopoeic adjective based on the sound emitted when something is “oh so tasty.” I can attest her noms live up to it’s definition.

MORE: Noms by Nikki Facebook Page

See exhibit A & B below- the chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream icing she made me. It was gone in 1.5 days.

You can see from her creations she can do just about anything: cake pops, chocolates, cakes, brownies, cookies, you name it.

The Sweet Crab Cake

Brownie pops

Baby Shower Ruffle Cake

 

My Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake aka Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Restaurant Week: Just say “XOXO”

Grab your spoon and fork. Restaurant week is in full swing DC. Here’s a tip for one of OMG’s favorite spots  Art & Soul.  Now through August 28th Art Smith’s famous restaurant (with rockin’ patio) is offering 3-course world class foodfor a fixed price all week.

Mention ‘XOXO’ during breakfast and receive 50% off of Art Start menu items or do it during Sunday brunch and get a round of free mimosas or bloody marys.

MORE: Participating Restaurants

 

Where the beef… meets broadcast

Shawn, Me and Elaine with Chef Philippe Reininger

The weather was perfect for an afternoon lunch with the news gals here in DC. This time we gathered at the new J&G Steakhouse on 15th and Pennsylvania. As we enjoyed appetizing fried calamari and rice cracker crusted tuna we laughed about being moms and the new “Go the ___ to Sleep” book that’s all the rave these days amongst parents. When it was entree’ time we were impressed to find out that the steakhouse is vegan friendly! A couple of the gals had no problem ordering. Halibut in a scallion-spicy chili sauce was a popular pick this day. I was also happy to see they have Sips & Bites from 5-7pm on weekdays where you can get smaller portions of their dishes paired with wine at the wine bar.

MORE: Women of Good Taste Fashion Series

It was also great to chit chat with cityshopgirl turned radio host Kelly Collis who recently helped launch the new morning show on 94.7 FRESH FM. Shout out to Eun Yang for arranging the get together… really enjoyed catching up with all the girls at the table.. Anita Brikman, Lesli Foster, Elaine Reyes and Shawn Yancy!

Beautiful fruit dessert in sangria

Great patio for outside dining

Patio Party: Art & Soul Welcomes Chef Wes

We caught up with celebrity Chef Art Smith (Oprah’s former!) at his yummy eatery Art & Soul on Capitol Hill.

MORE: Cocktail Reception for Art & Soul’s New Chef

Smith who lost more than 100 pounds is changing up his menu reflect living well.  To cut the fat but keep the flavor he brought in new Executive Chef Wes Morton (formerly of Againn) who hails from Louisiana. To toast the new lighter taste… foodies and even Food Network stars celebrated with small bites and southern cocktails on Art & Soul’s popular patio. Watch WUSA9 Thursday morning for more from the party!

Chef Art Smith, Carol Joynt and Mike Hydeck

Chloe Thompson & Kara Batt

Executive Chef Wes Morton

The Next Food Network Star’s Mary Ann Bryant

Quanicia Alston, Beatrice Livioco and Tricia Barba

Art’s patio named one of the top spots to eat outside in America!

Good Cooks Cook-Off

Home-chefs prepare your knives! Cook-off pros Nick Suarez and Theo Peck are bringing ‘The Food Experiment’ cook-off to D.C. for amateur chefs. The competition will be held at the Rock and Roll Hotel on May 15th from 12pm-3pm. Prizes include cash, a trip to Brooklyn and a chance to compete in the All-Star Championship Cook-off.

MORE: To register, purchase tickets, additional details

CASTING in DC: Kitchen Nightmares

A college girl has gotta eat, so when I take my hard earned cash to spend on a well anticipated meal at a restaurant I expect some quality cuisine! Although Washington DC has an array of  prestigious and eclectic restaurants with a reputation for their quality of food, service and interior design, others simply fall short.

Good news – ‘ KITCHEN NIGHTMARES ‘ is casting in DC and the producers are on the hunt for some food establishments that could use a little  bit of guidance from Chef Gordon Ramsay. This is your chance to make a struggling restaurant become successful!

For more details on the casting click HERE!

Know of a restaurant that needs a little makeover?  Send the restaurant’s name, location and reasons for why it’s not doing so hot to:  KitchenNightmares@TheConlinCompany.com.

Written by Joelle de Guise

'Fat Tuesday' ain't over

Mardi Gras celebrations don’t have to necessarily be in New Orleans… Capital Hill’s 18th Amendment Restaurant and Bar certainly thinks differently. Owner Vicky Henderson believes Fat Tuesday is a great way to invite patrons to take a break from the DC scene and escape into a little bit of New Orleans culture while sampling traditional creole platters. Celebrity Chef Teddy Folman helped revamp and refresh the restaurant’s menu for mouth watering Lousiana favorites.

Looking to try a delicious  shrimp po’ boy, gumbo, or traditional king cake?

 Check out the special Mardi Gras Menu HERE!

18th Amendment- 613 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC.

Written by Joelle de Guise

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