Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pleasures of the Table Supports Share Our Strength at Taste of the Nation DC

Had a wonderful night at Taste of the Nations Share our Strength.  The National Building Museum is a tremendous venue, literally and figuratively.

The first character I ran into was Dean of Dino Rustic Italian Restaurant.  He serves up some of the finest Italian in DC.  Authentic.  If you'd like to see a review of his restaurant check it out here: http://pleasuresofthetable.blogspot.com/2011/10/dino-in-dcnow-thats-amore.html

These guys are having a good time at the Graffiato/Bandolero booth.  George Pagonis is on the left and Ryan Jones on the right.  George is the Sous Chef at Bandolero and Ryan is the AGM.  Mike Isabella has a good crew working for him.

Bryan Voltaggio was dealing with the papa razzi.

Max Kuller showing his mad skills with the sherry.  Actually, he was just practicing with water this year. 

As I was saying about the venue....beautiful.

This is Mikey Maksimowicz of Rogue 24.  He got a haircut!  Lookin' good Mikey.

This was the dish of the night.  Admittedly I wasn't up to trying everything in the place.  There are a lot of participants to visit.  This particular item was deviled eggs with smoked trout and something crunchy on top.  I can't tell you what it was, but I can tell you that one of the un-sung great chefs of DC made it. 
. Haidar Karoum of Proof and Estadio is true talent who never fails to impress.  Keep Rockin'!

Thanks for reading.  Next up will be a post about the day I spent at Busboys and Poets in a seminar for people who want to open restaurants in DC.  It was presented by ThinkLocalFirstDC.com.

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