* José Andrés (The Bazaar by José Andrés) will receive the 2010 grand prize from the Vilcek Foundation, “which annually honors the contributions of foreign-born Americans in the areas of art, culture and science” on April 7th at the Mandarin Oriental in New York. [Washington Post]
If so-called gatecrasher couple Tareq and Michaele Salahi wanted to rub elbows with Washington, D.C.’s political elite, they didn’t have to sneak into the White House. CNN recently compiled a compelling list of who lunches where between noon and 2PM on and around the Hill; the Salahis could have simply booked a table at any of these D.C. dining hotspots.
According to CNN, you can find some of our capital’s (and our nation’s) most influential movers and shakers at restaurants including Blue Duck Tavern (the First Couple), Café Milano, Charlie Palmer Steak (serving more than 100 congressmen and senators every week), Johnny’s Half Shell, Lebanese Taverna (Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayo), The Monocle, Old Ebbitt Grill, The Oval Room, Oyamel (Michelle Obama), The Palm (Rahm Emanuel, Madeline Albright, James Carville, and Mary Matalin, among others), Rasika and SEI (both host to the First Lady), and Tosca Ristorante (Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and David Axelrod).
If you’re looking for an opportunity to dine alongside your favorite lobbyist, senator, Supreme Court Justice, or even the President of the United States, you don’t need an invitation — just an OpenTable reservation.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated their 17th anniversary with a local meal at farm-to-table restaurant Blue Duck Tavern this past Saturday night. A hotspot for celebrity sightings, Blue Duck is a magnet for foodies as well. Several weeks ago, Renee Sharrow, who oversees marketing communications for the restaurant, told OpenTable that the Obamas had not yet joined them for dinner, but they were waiting anxiously to host the First Couple. Glad to hear the wait is over and that our nation’s most stylish power couple are continuing to cement their reputation as informed eaters.
President 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.