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WHISK AND QUILL / Nation’s Top Toques Visit The White House

Jordan Wright
By Jordan Wright
Posted on Jan 27,2010
Filed Under Food And Wine , Local Tastes,
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Photo courtesy of the USDA<br /> <br />Chef Todd Gray of
Photo courtesy of the USDA
Chef Todd Gray of "Equinox" prepares "Sweet and Zesty Popcorn"
at a Healthy Cooking Demonstartion for First Lady Michelle Obama
and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in October 2009. Gray and 12
other chefs took an early morning trip to the White House Monday
with a tour by White House Chefs Sam Kass and Cristeta Comerford.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. -  An early morning trip to the White House with a tour by White House Chefs Sam Kass and Cristeta Comerford were just desserts for some of the country’s top toques who flew into DC this weekend for a noble cause.  Their goal: To raise money for local charities, Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen.  
 
The visit proved auspicious.  

After torrential rains last night, the dark skies parted and all were greeted with a warm, sunny morning to tour the White House private kitchens and vegetable garden.  

Photo by Jordan Wright<br /><br />Top toques Chow Down at Potenza after White House Visit<br />
Photo by Jordan Wright
Top toques Chow Down at Potenza
after White House Visit

Alice Waters, who had no small hand in influencing the First Lady to plant the organic garden as a teaching tool for local schoolchildren, was part of the group of stellar chefs.

Along the way she noted the small size of the wine closet in comparison to an enormous refrigerator holding a vast supply of soda.  She tsk-tsked and a suggestion was made that sodas be done away with in the presidential manse.  

Do I detect a new initiative?  
 
The previous evening they were paired up with local chefs like Jose Andres, a longtime supporter of DC Central Kitchen; Kaz Okochi of Kaz Sushi Bistro; Bryan Moscatello of Zola and Potenza; Michel Richard of Citronelle; Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve; Nora Poullion of Restaurant Nora’s; Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana; Fabio Trabocchi of DC’s Four Seasons; and DC resident, Joan Nathan, who used her not unsubstantial sway to organize the event she is calling “Sunday Suppers,” pairing up chefs to create their signature dishes at private homes throughout town.
 
Wine selections were arranged by Italian wine journalist Filippo Bartolotta of Le Baccanti, whose suppliers donated dozens of wines (although I heard that some gracious hosts opened up their personal wine cellars to amp up the festivities).  

Grass-fed Dorset-cross lamb was provided by John and Sukey Jamison from their farm in Latrobe, PA.   
 
From Berkeley, CA. came Alice Waters of Chez Panisse and Co-Chef Jean-Pierre Moulle, who has been cooking beside her for 35 years; from Martha’s Vineyard Chef/Caterer/Culinary Instructor Jan Buhrman of The Kitchen Porch; from The Modern in New York City, Executive Chef Gabriel Kreuther and his Pastry Chef Patrick Clark; and from San Francisco, Charles Phan of The Slanted Door.  

Photo by Jordan Wright<br /><br />Chef and food writer Joan Nathan with John and Sukey Jamison of Jamison Farms
Photo by Jordan Wright
Chef and food writer Joan Nathan with John
and Sukey Jamison of Jamison Farms

Chef Elisabeth Bourgeois of Le Mas Tourteron brought her Provencal style from her iconic restaurant in Vaucluse, France.  

In all, there were 23 participating celebrity chefs.
 
It all culminated in a lavish Italian-style brunch at Potenza where owner/host Dan Mesches and Chef Bryan Moscatello marshaled their forces to put on a fabulous spread and thank the chefs for their donation of time and talent.  

It was all very collegial.  You just had to be there.
 
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Photo by Jordan Wright<br /> <br />Chef Jean-Pierre Moulle of Berkeley's famed Chez Panisse restaurant. <br />
Photo by Jordan Wright
Chef Jean-Pierre Moulle of Berkeley's
famed Chez Panisse restaurant.



Photo by Jordan Wright<br /> <br />Chef Charles Phan of San Francisco
Photo by Jordan Wright
Chef Charles Phan of San Francisco





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