Thursday, July 22, 2010

August 5th Dining Under The Stars on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Ultimate Summer Supper Under the Stars to be Shared on 
The Woodrow Wilson Plaza
Limited Tickets Remain for the August 5, 2010 Debut of the Urban Farm Table on the Plaza

(July 21, 2010) It’s the first lesson every American learns as soon as they are old enough to sit at a picnic table: summer’s bounty tastes best when enjoyed outside. The event coordinators behind Washington, DC’s annual International Food and Wine Festival have tapped into the mythology of the American cookout and will up the the ante on al fresco dining with the debut of the Urban Farm Table. The occasional series of one-of-a-kind dining experiences launches Thursday, August 5, 2010 with a four-course celebration  prepared by leading local chefs including Todd Gray of Equinox in an exceptional one-night-only setting.

This singular summer supper will be served at long communal tables under the stars in the center of Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004). The Washington Wine Academy will pair sippable summer wines with each dish. Tailor-made for area foodies, the Urban Farm Table on the Plaza will gather like-minded diners together in an unprecedented cityscape and share access to the producers and creators of fine food. The invitation to the Urban Farm Table on the Plaza extends the mission of the International Food and Wine Festival: to connect diners with leading local and international producers and chefs, but for an exclusive, one-night-only celebration.

Says organizer Ellen Kassoff Gray, “The Urban Farm Table on the Plaza is more than a barbeque with a bureaucratic backdrop. We know it’ll be a special evening for our 80 guests and I’m sure it will inspire more people to consider not just what they eat but how they celebrate community.”

The presenting chefs for Urban Farm Table on the Plaza are Olivier Perret of Ici Urban Bistro; Todd Gray of Equinox; Xavier Deshayes of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; and Tiffany MacIssac of Birch & Barkey and ChurchKey.  Note: Chef bios and collaborative menu below.

The “star-studded” evening has been timed for maximum twinkle: canapes will be passed at sunset (8p.m.), and guests will be called to the table at dusk (8:45 p.m.). General admission tickets are $70; $60 for members. Parking will available in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  

Urban Farm Table on the Plaza, August 5, 2010

Canape Reception
Kluge Estate and Winery Blanc de Blanc NV (Charlottesville, VA)

Olivier Perret: Ici Urban Bistro
Sweet Pea Veloute with Grilled Carolina Day Boat Shrimp, Pea Tendrils, Olive Oil Foam
Albrecht Reisling Reserve 2009 (Alsace, France)

Todd Gray, Equinox Restaurant
Grilled Golden River Trout with Summer Succotash, Benton’s Tennessee Ham, Sweet Corn Vinaigrette
Nautilus Pinot Noir 2008 (Marlborough, NZ)

Xavier Deshayes, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Fire Roasted Ayreshire Farm Beef Striploin and Stuffed Baby Zucchini with Morel Mushrooms, Roquefort Beurre “Maitre d’Hotel”
Bodega Weinert Malbec 2004 (Argentina)

Tiffany MacIssac: Birch & Barley and ChurchKey
Jasmine Tea Mousse, Plum Sorbet with Coconut Cream and Yuzu
Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2009 (Italy)

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