Eat Like a President: From Washington, D.C. to Washington Place

White-house.jpgPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama dined out in the Big Apple this past weekend. So, where in one of the food capitals of the world did they eat? Blue Hill, naturally. The Obamas are committed to sustainable agriculture as indicated by the new White House kitchen garden, and Dan Barber, chef/co-owner of Blue Hill, is renowned for his role in the field-to-plate movement.

A 2009 James Beard Foundation Award winner, Barber also operates Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit, four-season and pastured livestock farm that provides many of the ingredients served at both Blue Hill restaurants.

2009 James Beard Foundation Award Winners

james-beard-2009-logoThe 2009 James Beard Foundation Award winners have been announced. OpenTable congratulates all the honorees, including:

Outstanding Restaurateur Award: Drew Nieporent, Myriad Restaurant Group. Restaurants include Corton, Tribeca Grill, Mai House, and Centrico.

Outstanding Chef Award: Dan Barber. Restaurants include Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Outstanding Restaurant: Jean Georges

Rising Star Chef of the Year: Nate Appleman, A16

Outstanding Wine Service Award: Le Bernardin

Outstanding Service Award: Daniel

Best Chefs in America, Great Lakes: Michael Symon, Lola

Best Chefs in America, Mid-Atlantic: Jose Garces, Amada

Best Chefs in America, Midwest: Tim McKee, La Belle Vie

Best Chefs in America, New York City: Gabriel Kreuther, The Modern

Best Chefs in America, Northwest: Maria Hines, Tilth

Best Chefs in America, Southeast: Mike Lata, FIG

Best Chefs in America, Pacific: Douglas Keane, Cyrus

Outstanding Restaurant Design: The Publican

Outstanding Restaurant Graphics: The Corner Office

Curious as to why these chefs and restaurateurs have been honored? Reserve a table and find out for yourself.