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No Rubber Chicken at this year's J-J Dinner

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Jun 22,2011
Filed Under Restaurants , Local Tastes, News , Community,
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Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Patsy Ticer greets guests at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent Auction.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Patsy Ticer greets guests at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and
Silent Auction.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Held at The Carlyle Club for the first time this year, the Alexandria Democratic Committe's 2011 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner differed from previous years.
 
"No rubber chicken dinner this year!" offered Brian Moran, the new Chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Patsy Ticer's family joined her at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent Auction.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Patsy Ticer's family joined her at the ADC
Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent Auction.

Instead, this year’s event featured a Best Chef Alexandria competition with chefs from 12 local restaurants participating.

More than a dozen local restaurants participated, including Divine Dining, Evening Star Café, Joe Theisman’s, La Bergerie, Mai Thai, Old Plantation Oyster Company, Pork Barrel BBQ, Port City Brewing Company, RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria, St. Elmo’s, Southside 815 and T.J. Stones.

RedRocks was pronounced the winner for their stunning assemblage of dishes including asparagus-wrapped prosciutto; meatballs; a selection of house-cured meats, and an assortment of crostini, including a turnip-prosciutto, artichoke puree, and goat cheese and salmon.

Accepting the award were Chef Angel Mendoza, Co-owner Doug Baj and General Manager J.B. Knapp.

Mendoza explained the process he uses to cure meats that are used in many of the dishes at RedRocks.

Judging was done by Chef Rock (former TC Williams alumnus Rahman "Rock" Harper), and by ballots completed by guests at the event.

A variety of dishes were served by the other chefs, such as slow-simmered barbecue from Pork Barrel; oysters from Old Plantation; mac and cheese from Southside 815 and egg rolls from Mai Thai.

J.B. Stearns, Angel Mendoza and Doug Bag accept the Best Chef Alexandria award at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent Auction.
J.B. Stearns, Angel Mendoza and Doug Bag
accept the Best Chef Alexandria award at the
ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent
Auction.

The genesis came from ADC Chair Clark Mercer and former vice chair Julie Jakopic.

“People loved the new format," said Dak Hardwick, the ADC's vice chair for finance and administration. "I've been fielding emails all weekend about it. The part that attendees really liked was that they got to sample food from Alexandria restaurants that (a) they had never been to, or (b) had never heard of before. Some said that as a result of the event they were going to try these restaurants."
 
A silent auction featured political memorabilia as well as local donations from the new Cycle-Studio, La Bergerie, The Carlyle Club and others.

State Senator Patsy Ticer was honored for her many years of service. She was introduced by her nephew, Angus King, the former governor of Maine.

“I also want to recognize the incredible career of State Senator Patsy Ticer, who we have been very fortunate to have serving us in Richmond, and before that, as Mayor and City Council Member," said Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille in a written statement. “Patsy exemplifies the type of leader we should all have representing us in public office; she carries herself with dignity and grace while still advocating strongly on the issues she believes in, including the environment, education and health care.”
 

Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Nora Partlow from St Elmo’s Café participates in the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent Auction.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Nora Partlow from St Elmo’s Café participates in
the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and
Silent Auction.

Also attending the event were Rep. Jim Moran, State Senator George Barker, Del. Adam Ebbin, Del. David Englin, Vice Mayor Kerry Donley, Councilwoman Del Pepper, Councilman Rob Krupicka and Clerk of the Court Ed Semonian.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Jim Moran and Adam Ebbin are some of the guests at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent Auction.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Jim Moran and Adam Ebbin are some of the
guests at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening
and Silent Auction.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Political memorabilia are available for auction at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent Auction.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Political memorabilia are available for auction
at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and
Silent Auction.


Photo by Gale Curcio<br /> <br />Guests listen to the singing of the national anthem at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson Evening and Silent Auction.
Photo by Gale Curcio
Guests listen to the singing of the national
anthem at the ADC Jefferson-Jackson
Evening and Silent Auction.






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