Schedule

THE BELOW IS FROM 2016 - PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES!
The Drink.Eat.Relax. Kitchen Schedule*  
Saturday, April 23rd  
  
2:00pm - Scott Drewno - The Source by Wolfgang Puck Scott Drewno was raised in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes wine region, a rural area known for its vineyards and its family owned farms.  Watching his mother turn fresh, seasonal produce from local farm stands into bubbling pies and cobblers first piqued his interest in cooking and planted the seed for Drewno’s culinary ambition. Drewno joined the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in 1998.  He started as a line cook at Chinois in Las Vegas, where he melded French cooking practices with Asian flavors and ingredients.  After a series of rapid promotions, Drewno was named Executive Sous Chef at Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s celebrated Las Vegas restaurant known for its seasonal American cuisine and celebrity clientele.

 

3:00pm - Kwame Onwuachi The Shaw Bijou – Executive chef and co-owner Kwame Onwuachi is the executive chef and co-owner of The Shaw Bijou in Washington D.C. At 26 years old, Onwuachi brings a unique perspective to the D.C. food arena. His multi-course tasting menu at The Shaw Bijou features refined, yet approachable options, creating a dialogue between him and the guests. The dishes narrate the diverse life experiences that shaped Onwuachi as a chef, including growing up in the Bronx, spending part of his childhood living in Nigeria with his grandfather and traveling the world. A Top Chef season 13 participant and named a “rock star redefining the industry” by Zagat DC for its inaugural 30 under 30 list in 2015, Onwuachi has established himself locally and nationally as one to watch.

4:00pm Victor Albisu - Del Campo & Taco Bamba With more than a decade of experience in fine dining and upscale French, American and Latin American restaurants, Chef Victor Albisu is combining his culinary education with his Latin American heritage to bring a unique style of cuisine to his restaurant concepts. His first full-service restaurant, Del Campo, is an upscale South American grill in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was named a Best New Restaurant of 2013 by Esquire magazine. Taco Bamba, a takeout taqueria that reflects his Cuban and Peruvian roots, opened next to Plaza Latina in Falls Church, Virginia, a Latin market owned by Albisu’s mother. Before pursing independent ventures, Albisu served as executive chef of BLT Steak in downtown Washington, D.C. for more than four years. While at the helm, Albisu cooked for President and Mrs. Obama and led the restaurant to earn several accolades, including Power Spot of the Year in 2012, as awarded by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan 
 
5pm - The Judgement of 1976, 40th Anniversary Edition On May 24th, 1976, a British wine merchant named Steven Spurrier organized a blind tasting in Paris in which French judges compared top-quality Chardonnays from both Burgundy and California and top quality Cabernets from Bordeaux and California.  Much to everyone's surprise (and horror), a California wine rated best in each category.  The scandal resulted in Spurrier's being banned from setting foot on French sold for ten years, and was documented (with a fair degree of comedic license) in the 2008 movie "Bottle Shock."
 
Steven Spurrier arranged a second "Judgement of Paris" in 2006, fully expecting France to crush California on the 30th anniversary of the original humiliation.  California won again.  This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original "shock," Sommelier Jessica Nadeau and Professional Drinker Greg Nivens will present a new spin on the competition, offering seminar attendees the chance to pass their own judgement on the classic White Burgundy vs. California Chardonnay and Bordeaux vs. Napa Cabernet, but also adding in the more recently popular categories of Red Burgundy vs. California and Oregon Pinot Noir and White Bordeaux vs. New World Sauvignon Blanc.
 
It's time for YOU to be the judge!  Come join us for a blind tasting of 3 wines in each of these categories, and cast your vote to become part of history.
Sunday, April 24th
  
2:00pm - Chef Jennifer Carroll Executive Chef/Partner, Requin Jennifer Carroll is executive chef and partner at Requin, a seafood-focused French Mediterranean restaurant to open in Washington, D.C. in partnership with chef/restaurateur Mike Isabella in mid-2017.  Carroll was a finalist and fan favorite on the sixth season of Bravo’s Top Chef, and also appeared on Top Chef: All-Stars, Top Chef Duels, Life After Top Chef and multiple other cooking shows. Prior to moving to the nation’s Capital, Carroll started her own culinary consulting company, Carroll Couture Cuisine, LLC, in 2011, and teamed up with the Marcus Samuelsson Group at the Red Rooster in Harlem as well as his Bermuda pop-up Samuelsson at HP. Carroll served as sous chef at chef Eric Ripert's prestigious Le Bernardin in New York City, and was selected by Ripert to lead the kitchen at 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge when it opened inside The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia in May 2008. Before joining Ripert’s team, Carroll worked in San Francisco as sous chef at both Julia and Café Kati, under chefs Julia McClaskey and Kirk Webber. In her hometown of Philadelphia, Carroll worked at Chef Derek Davis' Sonoma and Arroyo Grill, as well as Neil Stein's Avenue B, under Chef Patrick Feury. She attended Philadelphia's Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Chef Carroll contributes to many charitable causes, including Philabundance, Alex's Lemonade Stand and the James Beard Foundation. She served as Chef Chair for Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation in Philadelphia from 2010-2012.

3:00pm - Matt Baker - Owner, Gravitas What sets Chef Matt Baker apart from others in his field is his consistent passion for cuisine, hospitality and all things local. In his life, food and dining have always come first. His obsession with food started at an early age. During holidays in Houston, Texas, he assisted with preparing cookies and pies with his Grandmother, which led to an enthusiastic enrollment at Johnson & Wales University in Miami, Florida. This past October, Zagat Magazine named Chef Matt a Top 30 under 30 of Culinary Professionals in DC. Still at only 28 years of age, this young Chef’s talent will only continue to grow in Washington as his fervor for fun, whimsical, locally inspired New American Cuisine and dining experience develops. His highly anticipated restaurant Gravitas is slated to open in Fall of 2016.

4:00pm - Danny Lee Co-Owner, Mandu Musician, biologist and legal assistant are a few of the hats Danny Lee tried on before finding his perfect toque as co-owner of Mandu, a traditional Korean restaurant in Washington, DC. No stranger to the restaurant business, Lee’s mother, Yesoon Lee, Executive Chef at Mandu, owned a sandwich shop in Old Town Alexandria, VA in the 1980s and in the late ‘90s, a Charlie Chiang takeaway store at Reagan National Airport. It was at Charlie Chiang that Lee learned the basics of running a food establishment. He cemented his restaurant knowledge at Oceanaire, where he worked under Chef Rob Klink who trained him both on the managerial and culinary side of the food business. In 2006, Lee and his mother decided to open their own restaurant, one that played to their strengths and represented their culinary traditions and culture. They opened Mandu’s first location near Dupont Circle in November 2006 and five years later, the second one in DC’s Chinatown. 

 
Live Music Schedule*
Saturday, April 23rd  
Noon - 1pm Bobby McKey's BoomBox
1pm Junkyard Saints 
3pm The Regal Beagles
Sunday, April 24th
1pm Bobby McKey's BoomBox
3pm Texas Chainsaw Horns
  *Subject to change