Happy Birthday Superior Motors & Chef Kevin Sousa. July 30 is the Day, Superior Motors in Braddock is the place

And Chef Kevin wants you to know that you're invited.. They're planning to have a very down to earth celebration that will include some of Chef Kevin Sousa's signature street food dishes from years past, Millie’s Homemade Ice Cream setting up an Ice Cream Float bar (spiked & spirit free), the ‘Ga’hed Cuz’ (Pittsburghese for “Go ahead, cousin”) speakeasy bar, a cigar lounge, live music from DJ Selecta, Beauty Slap, Princess Nostalgia, and Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide, plus the second annual August Fetterman water balloon toss.  Word i that tickets are going fast.  Get yours at https://www.exploretock.com/superiormotors/event/65782/anniversary-party-2.

In Memoriam Jean=Louis Paladin


Oui, Oui Jean-Louis!
Kingbird Pays Tribute to Jean-Louis Palladin on the 40th Anniversary
of when He Debuted at The Watergate Hotel


A beloved gastronomic trailblazer, and a proud proponent of sustainably sourced ingredients, Jean-Louis Palladin forever changed the culinary landscape – not only in our nation’s capital, but in the entire country – when he arrived at The Watergate Hotel in August 1979 to open his restaurant, Jean-Louis at The Watergate. Forty years later, a tour de force of French-born chefs is curating an exquisite evening homage, as well as a month-long tribute, to their French comrade. On August 8, 2019, in commemoration of this four-decade milestone, the legendary chef Jacques Pépin, and Kingbird executive chef Sébastien Giannini, will work side-by-side in the kitchen where it all began, along with Palladin’s former executive sous chefs Jimmy Sneed and Larbi Dahrouch, to prepare a five-course dinner for a one-night-only prix fixe fête [$300/person], presenting exact, signature dishes that portray the legacy of Jean-Louis Palladin.
This culinary culmination will bring in his children, Verveine and Olivier Palladin, and a behind-the-scenes introduction to the development of the Jean-Louis Palladin documentary film to be released in 2020.
For all of August 2019, Kingbird restaurant will honor the maestro with a month-long, Three-Course Prix Fixe Menu from Kingbird’s executive chef, Sébastien Giannini, for $69 [plus tax and gratuity,] showcasing Palladin’s customary selection of local and regional ingredients from farmers with whom he maintained longstanding relations during his tenure. Jean-Louis Palladin’s cookbook, Jean Louis: Cooking with the Seasons, will be the inspiration for all of the dishes. Each week will focus on one of the four seasons that was the primary driving force behind Palladin’s menu creations.
Lamb from Jamison Farm will be spotlighted for a week of spring, and scallops from Browne Trading Company for a week of summer – naming a few of the purveyors whose ingredients will be back in the kitchen. These labors of love, crafted in the kitchen by Giannini, involve the kind of fanatic sensibility that ensures a touch of Jean-Louis Palladin in every dish – Giannini will approach them with the same intensity and playfulness understood in Palladin’s dishes, once before.


Spring [August 1 – August 10]
Chilled Main Lobster “Tartelette”
Lamb Folie Folie Jamison Farm
Fig Mousse
Summer [August 11 – 17]
Red and Yellow Grilled Bell Peppers
Sautéed Scallops
Apricot Tarte Tatin
Winter [August 18 – 24]
Gently Cured Icelandic Cod
Filet Mignon Rossini
Blood Orange Mousse
Autumn [August 25 – 31]
Sea Urchin Flan
Noisette of Roasted Venison Loin
Profiteroles with Pear Sorbet, Chocolate Sauce


Fun fact: Legend has it that Palladin famously convinced the owner of Browne Trading Company to put on a wet suit and scoop scallops from the ocean floor by hand, as opposed to dredging. The technique coined the term “Diver Scallops” and helped make the Trading Company a premiere supplier of seafood in the United States. Although Palladin closed the doors to Jean-Louis at The Watergate in 1996, and later died in 2001, his legend lives on … this August at Kingbird.


The August 8, 2019 dinner will begin at 7:30PM, and is open for registration for the first 50 guests that sign up on Eventbrite. Dinner is $300, per person, including wine pairings, and exclusive of taxes and gratuities. Guests will have the rare opportunity to meet Jacques Pépin, Jean-Louis Palladin’s children, Verveine and Olivier, and the Creatorand Executive Producer of the Jean-Louis Palladin documentary film, slated to be released in 2020.

Kingbird | 2650 Virginia Avenue NW, Washington, DC
 202.827.1600 | @kingbird_restaurant





Special Awards at the 2019 Fancy Food Show

Congratulations to the following who were recognized with Awaeds by the Specialty Food Association.  Interesingly most of them have been Guests of our Program over the years, several of them more than once.  We are pleased to add our Congratulations on the will deserved Honors..

Receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards were Benny Curl of Byrd Cookie Co., who spurred distribution of Byrd Cookies from Harrods to Hong Kong and beyond; https://www.byrdcookiecompany.com/; Ariane Daguin of D’Artagnan, who grew a meat and game business by organizing small farmers and promoting conscientiously raised meat, https://www.dartagnan.com/’ and Bob Moore of Bob’s Red Mill, who founded America’s whole grain movement, https://www.bobsredmill.com/. Inducted into the SFA’s Hall of Fame were Robert and Margaret Garcia of RW Garcia Co., Inc, https://rwgarcia.com/, Allison Hooper and Bob Reese of Vermont Creamery, https://www.vermontcreamery.com/, Shawn McBride of Foah International LLC, https://www.fona.com/, Ahmed Rahim and Reem Hassani of Numi Organic Tea, http://nomatea.com/, and Stewart Reich of Hanson Faso Sales & Marketing, http://www.hansonfaso.com/

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Exciting News from Michter's

Our Great Good Friends from Michter’s just sent us exciting news.  In July, Louisville based Michter’s Distillery will begin shipping its 2019 release of 10 Year Single Barrel Rye. Because Michter’s continues to experience whiskey shortages, it is anticipated that this will be the only bottling of the distiller’s 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye this year. This July release will mark the first release of whiskey by recently named Master Distiller Dan McKee. “In my years at Michter’s, I’ve seen how incredibly focused our previous Master Distillers Pam Heilmann and Willie Pratt have been on waiting to release whiskey till it was just right,” said McKee. “Working with our Master of Maturation Andrea Wilson, I will continue that tradition of only releasing whiskey that makes us extremely proud.” Michter’s President Joseph J. Magliocco commented, “Before he moved up to the position of Master Distiller, Dan did a fantastic job in the role of Distiller at Michter’s and was a key member of our tasting panel. Having worked with Dan for some time now, I know that our distillery is in great hands.” The 2019 release of this 10 Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Rye exemplifies the Michter’s style of Kentucky rye. “Of course, the mashbills for our rye whiskeys include the distinctive rye grain by definition, but they also include a good amount of corn and malted barley resulting in a rich rye with layers of delicious flavor that complement the spice notes in the whiskey,” said Andrea Wilson. For more, https://michters.com/.

Rancho Gordo's Steve Sando Responds to Trump Tariffs

Effective immediately, in response to threatened tariffs on Mexican imports and continual assault on the immigration and refugee problem along our southern border, Rancho Gordo, in conjunction with our Mexican partners Xoxoc, is adding a 5% charge to all of our imports from Mexico and 100% of this money will be donated to No More Deaths, a humanitarian group based in Arizona that provides water, medical assistance, along with search and rescue and legal service to immigrants.  More details on their blog http://www.ranchogordoblog.com/2019/06/announcement-our-response-to-trumps-proposed-tariff-on-mexican-imports.html

Fancy Food Show NYC Javitz Center June 23-25

.If you want to know about the Best and Latest in Gourmet Food and Drink, this is your One-Stop place to be. Organized by the Specialty Food Association, this Trade Event fills every corner of the Giant Convention Center .  For more information go to http://www.specialtyfood.com, and pack your most comfortable Shoes.

Pittsburgh-based Sommelier wins competition for South African Wine Cup

When OTM heard that Adam Knoerzer, Dean of Drinking and head of educational programming at Palate Partners & Dreadnought Wines in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh had earned a spot to compete in the national finals in the https://www.wosa.co.za/Sommeliercup/ naturally  we invited him to join our program, The competition, which is held every three years, tests sommeliers’ knowledge of South African wine, with the ultimate prize of a trip to South Africa in September to compete against other national finalists. We just got the exciting news that Adam won the Final in NYC last weekend, so he will represent the US in Cape Town in September. Adam will continue sharing his knowledge of South African wines through his South African Wine Safari class series in Lawrenceville. https://www.palatepartners.com/  for details, and don’t miss the opportunity to hear our conversation with Adam in Sunday’s OTM Episode.

Leah Chase, In Memoriam


RIP Leah Chase - Our Interview with Leah at 2006 James Beard Awards. In memory of this Great NOLA Landmark and her passing at the Ripe Old Age of 96.