Braving the Elements, Slogging Through the Crowds, Eating Thanks to Whole Foods: Inauguration 2009

Up at 6:30 a.m., out the hotel door at 8:00 a.m., a bit of my homemade granola rumbling in my stomach, lubricated with some 2% ultra-high-temperature milk. Down to the Third Street tunnel, completely devoid of cars, looking for all the world like the set of Wall-E the movie. But there were people there, thousands … More Braving the Elements, Slogging Through the Crowds, Eating Thanks to Whole Foods: Inauguration 2009

Palette Didn’t Deliver: Inaugural Dining on the Streets of Washington, DC

After much anticipation, we arrived at Palette for our inaugural luncheons-inspired menu yesterday at 12 noon on the dot. Alas, unbeknownst to us, the chef only parades that menu during the dinner hour. So it was a burger and fries and a turkey club for us. Both excellent, perhaps the best burger ever, served on … More Palette Didn’t Deliver: Inaugural Dining on the Streets of Washington, DC

Eating in Washington, DC Hazardous to One Food Writer’s Health …

News has it that cookbook author and TV chef Tom Colicchio of the Craft empire saved New York Times food writer and cookbook author Joan Nathan’s life last night. According to a local blog, the DCist, “The big save happened at a benefit for D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, where luminaries of the food … More Eating in Washington, DC Hazardous to One Food Writer’s Health …

The Willard Hotel, and a Near Brush with Obama’s Motorcade

See all photos (unedited) by clicking HERE: Last night’s dinner at the historic Willard Hotel almost didn’t happen because as we walked down 15th St., we couldn’t cross the street because the police had cordoned off the street to await the Obama motorcade’s passing through on the way to Blair House. But at one point … More The Willard Hotel, and a Near Brush with Obama’s Motorcade

At the Edge of Change: Blogging Live From Washington, DC and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Starting tomorrow, after tonight’s dinner at the Willard Hotel, “Gherkins & Tomatoes” will share every tiny crumb possible with readers about G&T’s food experiences during the inaugural frenzy in Washington, DC. A most pressing concern is how to get some food into the VIP area for the Swearing-In ceremony on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. It … More At the Edge of Change: Blogging Live From Washington, DC and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Uber-Chef Alice Waters Comes To Washington: Inauguration Week’s Best Dinner

Alice Waters deserves more main-stream press recognition. Follow the link to see the detail about Alice’s Restaurant (!) taking shape in Washington DC, where $500 gets you the best meal in town. (Note that $350 of that lump sum will end up in the coffers of local soup kitchens, and rightly so.) Aided by a … More Uber-Chef Alice Waters Comes To Washington: Inauguration Week’s Best Dinner