The sixth annual Sips & Suppers took place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on January 25. One of the city’s leading culinary fundraisers, the annual celebration is the brainchild of cookbook author Joan Nathan, California sustainable food pioneer Chef Alice Waters, and the district’s beloved Chef José Andrés, who served as hosts for the weekend. All proceeds supported the fight against hunger in the nation’s capital, and more than 60 nationally renowned chefs, artisans, mixologists, brewers and viticulturists joined in the effort.
The Local Palate was honored to be able to attend this year’s festivities, and here are my top three takeaways from the night.
D.C. is a great place to eat and drink.
We knew this already, but Sips & Suppers really nailed the point home. From the tasty tidbit from Taylor Gourmet Deli (complete with an addictive gorgonzola whip), to the cocktails of Capital Kombucha (making cocktails healthier) and Jeff Faile (Iron Gate’s master mixologist), to the numerous gelato offerings from the upstairs “dessert row,” D.C. is serious about its culinary culture, and it shows.
Alice Waters is just as inspiring in person.
Obviously, we admire the gracious grand-dame of the farm to table movement, but in person, she was hands-on involved in this event, thoughtful, and present with everyone with whom she interacted. A true inspiration who illustrates how positive passion for something can be the catalyst for big changes, meeting her at the VIP pre-party was a serious highlight.
Virginia wines are on the ascendant.
Wine from the Old Dominion state was a-flowing at this event, but we’ve been seeing – and sipping – it a lot in the last year, and its taste, quality, and availability is on the rise. Virginia has 17 wine trails and close to 250 wineries, so it’s time for you oenophiles to start exploring the varieties and variations flowing from this East Coast viticulture.