Saturday, January 14, 2012

Looking Forward to Giving Back

Portrait of Alice Waters being presented to
the National Portrait Gallery on Jan., 20, 2012

We love our community and always look for ways to give back. So, we’re proud to participate in several fundraisers for some invaluable organizations. DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table both provide excellent, much-needed services in the DC area. Sunday Night Suppers, presented by Jose Andres, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters, is on Jan. 22. Todd will be one of a group of chefs preparing dinners in 20 private homes for this benefit. To see the impressive roster of participating chefs for Sunday Night Suppers and to register, please visit the event registration page.
Alice Waters is also the subject of an award-winning portrait being donated to the National Portrait Gallery here in DC (as shown in the graphic at top). On Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. Todd will participate in this “farm-to-gallery” chefs’ reception to celebrate the occasion, “A Taste of Portraiture, The Art of Organic: An Evening With Alice Waters.” Following a talk with Alice Waters, the chefs’ reception will feature light fare by Todd, Jose Andres, Cathal Armstrong, Haidar Karoum, Nora Pouillon and others. Info & tickets: registration page.

To benefit our animal friends, we’re co-hosting the 11th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair, a fundraiser for the Washington Humane Society (WHS) on Feb. 1 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. We’ve hosted this for several years. This year’s event honors local crusaders against animal cruelty. The reception showcases fine sparkling wines and tastes from the DC area’s most talented chefs, including Jose Andres, Cathal Armstrong and Robert Wiedmaier. More than 40 restaurants will serve tastes of their specialties, ranging from Sticky Fingers Bakery to BLT Steak. Leashed dogs are welcome—and we’ll serve treats just for them at the Doggie Bar! Tickets & info: WHS website.


January 9–22, Winter Restaurant Week: Todd Gray's Watershed Restaurant: Join us for an extended Winter Restaurant Week. We are offering special 3-course Lunch and Dinner menus. Lunch is $20.12; Dinner is $35.12. Wine pairings will be available for $15 additional, and beers will be offered at our Happy Hour prices. Please contact us for reservations.

Sunday, January 15, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: For Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday celebration weekend, Todd Gray’s Muse at The Corcoran will present MLK Brunch, featuring a special menu with some of Dr. King’s favorite dishes, including Martin’s Skillet Cornbread, Reverend King’s Collard Greens with Sweet Onions and Smoked Pork, and The Reverend’s favorite Pecan Pie. Relax over brunch in the glorious Corcoran Gallery atrium while being inspired by live music from DC  gospel group, Mutual Agreement. Please contact us for reservations.

After brunch, take in the Gallery’s excellent “30 Americans” exhibit, “a wide-ranging survey of work by many of the most important African American artists of the last three decades,” now extended through February 12. As always, Muse guests receive a $5 discount on Corcoran Gallery admission.

February 5: Superbowl Sunday: Todd Gray’s Watershed Restaurant will host a Superbowl viewing party featuring Happy Hour prices.

February 14: Valentine’s Day: We are presenting a special Valentine’s Day menu at Equinox. Please call 202-331-8118 for reservations.

February 17, 7–10 p.m.: Todd Gray’s Watershed Restaurant: Friday Night Skipjack Shrimp Boil: Following the great fun of our Fish Fry, Oyster Roast and Game Roast events, we’re ready to party again with another family-style Friday Night Dinner! This one will features shrimp seasoned with our signature Skipjack spice. As always, we’ll keep things lively with music by a local group and feature a local beer. Price is $75, all-inclusive (2-for-1 rate for our NoMa neighbors in zip code 20002). Watch this space for more info! Please contact us for reservations.


Pamela’s Punch events-website editor Pamela Sorenson featured us in her preview of Sugar & Champagne.

Equinox Executive Chef Karen Nicolas was interviewed by Kelly DiNardo for Food Network’s City Eats’ blog, The Plate.’s Olga Boikess selected Equinox as one of “10 Options for Healthy Dining in DC.”

G-Free Foodie blogger, K.C. Pomering interviewed Todd.

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