Mark your calendars now for one of DC’s best dining events. On December 16, 2014 the 2014 StarChefs Washington DC area Rising Stars Gala will be at Dock 5 at Union Market. There’s even a special VIP reception where swells can sip champagne and nibble on Petrossian caviar before the awards ceremony and tasting gala dinner. The celebration will feature local foods, chefs, bartenders, roasters, brewers, artisans, and sommeliers.
The fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen will be hosted by Bryan Voltaggio former Top Chef and Top Chef Master finalist and Chef/Owner of Volt, Range, Lunchbox, Family Meal and Aggio. Co-Hosts are Jason Alley of Comfort, Bertrand Chemel of 2941. Nadine Brown of Charlie Parker Steak, Chris Ford of Range, Stefan Trummer of Trummer’s on Main, Nick Stefanelli of Bibiano and Katsuya Fukushima of Daikaya. The winning chefs will prepare all the food on this fabulous night and I will be there. Will you?
Tickets and information are here.
Drum roll, please!!! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you DC’s newest culinary royalty.
Kyle Bailey of The Arsenal at Bluejacket – Pork Loin, Chanterelles, Asian Pears, Red Quinoa, and Pecans.
Mike Friedman of Red Hen – Cavatelli, Heirloon Squash, Mushrooms, and Sage.
Matthew McGhee of RANGE – Octopus, Lentils, Wheat Berries, and Pistachio.
Joe Palma of Bourbon Steak – Fluke Crudo, Furikake, Golden Beets, Herb Jus, Baby Turnips, and White Shoyu.
Aaron Silverman of Rose’s Luxury – Pork Sausage and Habanero-Lychee Salad.
Johnny Spero of minibar – Australian Lamb, Cucumbers, Whey, and Dill.
Ian Boden of The Shack – Pretzel Gemelli, Virginia Ham, and Mustard Sauce
Austin Fausett of Trummer’s on Main – Duck, Foie Gras, Popcorn, Wild Rice, and Balsamic Reduction
Lee Gregory of The Roosevelt – Wagyu Tartare, Egg, Squid Ink Bread, and Pickled Watermelon.
Phillip Perrow and Caleb Shriver of Dutch & Company – Rye Perfect Egg, Cured Salmon, Quinoa, and Cumin Yogurt.
Joe Sparatta of Heritage – Flounder, Smoked Potatoes, Spinach, and Brown Butter.
George Marsh of Parts & Labor – Lebanon Bologna.
Graeme Ritchie of Volt – Wagyu Short Rib, Malt, and Salsify
Mike Isabella of Kapnos – Australian Lamb with Grain Salad.
Nathan Anda of Red Apron – Tête de Pho.
DC Pastry Chef
Giane Cavaliere of Rogue 24 –Sour Cherries, Valrhona Chocolate, Cola, and Pistachios.
Maryland Pastry Chef
Sarah Malphrus of Woodberry Kitchen – Buttermilk Sorbet, Oat Granola, Sorghum, and Peaches.
Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey of 3 Stars Brewing Company – Southern Belle Imperial Brown Ale.
Evrim Dogu of Sub Rosa Bakery – Rosemary Sea Salt Flatbread.
Benjamin Thompson of The Rock Barn – Pickled Okra Dog, and Assorted Charcuterie
Jay Caragay of Spro Coffee – French Press Ethiopian Lekepipto.
Bryan Tetorakis of Rogue 24 – The Martyr.
Brent Kroll of Neighborhood Restaurant Group – Pairings with winners’ dishes.
Julian Mayor of Bourbon Steak – Pairings with winners’ dishes.
Julie Dalton of Wit and Wisdom – Pairings with winners’ dishes.
Franck Loquet of iCi Urban Bistro – VIP reception – Petrossian Caviar.
See you there!