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NIBBLES & SIPS/Raw Silk Hosts a Wine-Paired Dinner

Jordan Wright
By Jordan Wright
Posted on Jul 22,2009
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,
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Courtesy photo <br />Jasmine & Tarun were born and raised in New Delhi and met online in a chat room. Their new restaurant Raw Silk is the newest addition to Old Town's cullinary scene. Says Tarun,
Courtesy photo
Jasmine & Tarun were born and raised in New Delhi and met online in a chat room. Their new
restaurant Raw Silk is the newest addition to Old Town's cullinary scene. Says Tarun,
"We lived 10 minutes from each other...It was simply destiny. We were two of the early
users of the Internet in India - and boy was it slow! We serve the food we grew up with."

Old Town’s latest addition to Indian food, Raw Silk, is hosting four-course Chilean and South African wine-paired Indian dinner on Monday, July 27, at 719 King Street in Alexandria.

Photo by Flickr/faeryboots <br />
Photo by Flickr/faeryboots
"One of our special recipes is Chaat Papri - a typical street food
in Delhi," says Tarun. "However, all dishes are inspired by Chaiji
(Jasmine’s grandmother). She could turn anything into a tasty meal.
Be it Chhole Chawal (chickpeas and rice), Aloo Prantha or even a
plain omelette, it kept all of us licking our fingers!"

Little known is that Chile was among the countries that saved the French wine industry, back in the late 19th Century when nine-tenths of all European vineyards were destroyed during a devastating blight. No wonder those wines are so divine, they’re actually French!

During a recent wine tasting with notable oenophile, Bartholomew Broadbent, I had a chance to sample some surprising South African wines.  For the dessert course Raw Silk will be serving a South African Robertson Almond Grove Late Harvest Noble Riesling with your choice of mango kulfi or kheer.

Here’s a clever way to save on your trip to Greece this summer.  Dupont Circle’s Mourayo is offering a hot deal for $40 worth of food for $20.  If your palate says, “Feed me Greek!” drop by this spot and fake it.  Go here to get your coupon...
                                                                 
Inox Restaurant in Tysons Corner will be celebrating the soon-to-be released Nora Ephron-directed, “Julie and Julia”, with a three-course tasting menu featuring some of Julia Childs’ favorite dishes.  Executive Chef Jon Mathieson’s connection was as one of the chefs at Julia’s 90th birthday party celebration dinner.   He’ll be paying tribute with vichyssoise, tarragon chicken or beef brisket, salad and her famous cherry clafouti.  
 

Raw Silk management team
Raw Silk management team

I met her on an escalator at the Fancy Food Show in Manhattan too many years ago to count. She was gracious, as always, and looked at me as though she were surprised but delighted to have encountered me in such a way.  Come to think of it, that’s how she’d look at a juicy chicken she was just about to carve up...
             
As one of Slow Food USA’s pioneers since 2000, Alice Waters continues to influence policy in DC.   Its inaugural Slow Food Nation 2008 event with over 50,000 people in San Francisco was the largest celebration of American food in history.
 
Last week Slow Food DC launched our area’s “Time for Lunch” program in advance of the upcoming school year.  They plan to encourage real food in schools with this campaign of “eat-ins” on Labor Day in communities across the country.  They’ll teach farm-to-school programs and school gardens.  Since everyone’s antennae are sky-high on the topic of good nutrition for our kids, we’re eager to get on board.  

How can you get involved?  Check out this link for details and maybe Michelle Obama will drop into your kid’s cafeteria for lunch...
 

Photo by Shariff elSheikh/Local Kicks<br />Morou is back! He's left Old Town and is now ensconsced in Crystal City with Kora. Here a trip down memory lane with a picture of a Local Kicks-sponsored dinner benefitting the Alexandria Seaport Foundation at his Old Town digs, Farrah Olivia. <br />
Photo by Shariff elSheikh/Local Kicks
Morou is back! He's left Old Town and is now ensconsced in
Crystal City with Kora. Here a trip down memory lane with a
picture of a Local Kicks-sponsored dinner benefitting the
Alexandria Seaport Foundation at his Old Town digs, Farrah
Olivia.

More on the political food front.  Our area’s leading TT’s (top toque) expression of concern for the harp seal, was showcased at DC’s Policy Tuesday.  

Working with the Humane Society of America, Cathal Armstrong and his wife, Meshelle, along with Todd Gray and wife, Ellen, are throwing a party to bring awareness to the Protect Seals campaign and to honor the participants of the Canadian seafood boycott.  This private bash will feature DJ Josh Madden and celeb photog, Nigel Barker (America’s Top Model).  

Guests nibbled hors d’oeuvres from Restaurant Eve, Equinox and others and sipped their way through hand-crafted cocktails from Todd Thrasher, Derek Brown, Tad Carducci and Damon Deyer...

KOI is coming. The restaurant, whose other outposts are in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Bangkok bumps up DC’s profile as the hot city to be in. Raspberry mojitos, sake cosmos and sushi, it’s already a celeb magnet.  With Buddha Bar slated to open soon…we’ll be Hollywood East...
 
Robert Wiedmaier’s BRABO is opening an outdoor patio in the pretty courtyard of his popular Old Town restaurant.   Should be fun for Sunday brunch with the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar to go along with their signature Belgian waffles...
 
Do New Yorkers know porkers?  

Photo by Flickr/travfotos<br />KOI is coming, with its raspberry mojitos, sake cosmos and sushi, it’s already a celeb magnet.
Photo by Flickr/travfotos
KOI is coming, with its raspberry mojitos, sake cosmos
and sushi, it’s already a celeb magnet.

We’ll find out when Hill Country, NY’s highly acclaimed BBQ joint, gives the competition a “cue” throwdown next year from their new location on 7th Street.  

Founder and CEO, Mark Glosserman, a Bethesda native is excited to return to the area where his family still lives.  Think Texas-style barbeque smoked low and slow over Texas post oak. Note to Texas State Society…they’ll show Texas college football on large screens and kick it with an ongoing roster of Austin-style roots music with country, rock and blues bands.
 
Love Greek food?  Crazy for seafood?  Kellari Seafood Taverna, another NY export will be taking over the old Jimmy’s on K Street.   They’re known as one of the top Greek restaurants in NYC.  
 
Local Chef Ryan Morgan has left Art and Soul.  Will someone please tell me where this ultra-talented chef is?
 
Former Iron Chef, Mourou Ouattara, will be in his new Crystal City digs, Restaurant Kora, later this month.  He’ll be cooking, con amore, with an Italian menu.  I’ll keep you posted when I catch up with him next week before the soft opening.
 
Getting too hot and steamy for you to cook out?  

Let Chef Michael Soper handle it.  Union Street Public House hosts a Great Grill Out on July 30th. Roasted corn and summer veggies, steak, quail, lobster tails, wild halibut, scallops and in-house baked bread straight from the grill plus wine and beer pairings.  Dessert is grilled pound cake with whipped cream and berries.  Yum!  All for $49 tax and tip included.
 
Bookbinder’s short-lived restaurant in Old Town is toast.  Burnt toast.  That’s what no advertising can do.  Only a few locals even knew they were there.  Columbia Firehouse is the latest occupant in the S. Saint Asaph Street location.  The walnut paneled upstairs will be an elegant chophouse-style menu, downstairs an American brasserie.  
 
Dishing it up with Jordan@whiskandquill.com.


Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks<br /> Union Street Public House is hosting a Great Grill Out on July 30, with roasted corn and summer veggies, steak, quail, lobster tails, wild halibut, scallops and in-house baked bread straight from the grill plus wine and beer pairings.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
Union Street Public House is hosting a Great Grill Out on
July 30, with roasted corn and summer veggies, steak, quail,
lobster tails, wild halibut, scallops and in-house baked bread
straight from the grill plus wine and beer pairings.






Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks <br />See ya Bookbinder's, hello Columbia Firehouse.
Photo by John Arundel/Local Kicks
See ya Bookbinder's, hello Columbia Firehouse.







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