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Jasmine and Tarun were born and raised in New Delhi and met online in a chat room. Their new restaurant Raw Silk is the newest addition to Old Town cullinary scene.

Jasmine and Tarun were born and raised in New Delhi and met online in a chat room. Their new restaurant Raw Silk is the newest addition to Old Town cullinary scene.

By Jordan Wright – Food Writer
July 2009

Old Town’s latest addition to Indian food, Raw Silk, is hosting four-course Chilean and South African wine-paired Indian dinner on Monday, July 27, at 719 King Street in Alexandria.

Little known is that Chile was among the countries that saved the French wine industry, back in the late 19th Century when nine-tenths of all European vineyards were destroyed during a devastating blight. No wonder those wines are so divine, they’re actually French!

Photo by Flickr One of our special recipes is Chaat Papri - a typical street food in Delhi

Photo by Flickr One of our special recipes is Chaat Papri - a typical street food in Delhi

During a recent wine tasting with notable oenophile, Bartholomew Broadbent, I had a chance to sample some surprising South African wines. For the dessert course Raw Silk will be serving a South African Robertson Almond Grove Late Harvest Noble Riesling with your choice of mango kulfi or kheer.

Here’s a clever way to save on your trip to Greece this summer. Dupont Circle’s Mourayo is offering a hot deal for $40 worth of food for $20. If your palate says, “Feed me Greek!” drop by this spot and fake it. Go here to get your coupon…

Inox Restaurant in Tysons Corner will be celebrating the soon-to-be released Nora Ephron-directed, “Julie and Julia”, with a three-course tasting menu featuring some of Julia Childs’ favorite dishes. Executive Chef Jon Mathieson’s connection was as one of the chefs at Julia’s 90th birthday party celebration dinner. He’ll be paying tribute with vichyssoise, tarragon chicken or beef brisket, salad and her famous cherry clafouti.

Raw Silk management team

Raw Silk management team

I met her on an escalator at the Fancy Food Show in Manhattan too many years ago to count. She was gracious, as always, and looked at me as though she were surprised but delighted to have encountered me in such a way. Come to think of it, that’s how she’d look at a juicy chicken she was just about to carve up…

As one of Slow Food USA’s pioneers since 2000, Alice Waters continues to influence policy in DC. Its inaugural Slow Food Nation 2008 event with over 50,000 people in San Francisco was the largest celebration of American food in history.

Last week Slow Food DC launched our area’s “Time for Lunch” program in advance of the upcoming school year. They plan to encourage real food in schools with this campaign of “eat-ins” on Labor Day in communities across the country. They’ll teach farm-to-school programs and school gardens. Since everyone’s antennae are sky-high on the topic of good nutrition for our kids, we’re eager to get on board.

How can you get involved? Check out this link for details and maybe Michelle Obama will drop into your kid’s cafeteria for lunch…

More on the political food front. Our area’s leading TT’s (top toque) expression of concern for the harp seal, was showcased at DC’s Policy Tuesday.

Working with the Humane Society of America, Cathal Armstrong and his wife, Meshelle, along with Todd Gray and wife, Ellen, are throwing a party to bring awareness to the Protect Seals campaign and to honor the participants of the Canadian seafood boycott. This private bash will feature DJ Josh Madden and celeb photog, Nigel Barker (America’s Top Model).

Guests nibbled hors d’oeuvres from Restaurant Eve, Equinox and others and sipped their way through hand-crafted cocktails from Todd Thrasher, Derek Brown, Tad Carducci and Damon Deyer…

KOI is coming. The restaurant, whose other outposts are in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Bangkok bumps up DC’s profile as the hot city to be in. Raspberry mojitos, sake cosmos and sushi, it’s already a celeb magnet. With Buddha Bar slated to open soon…we’ll be Hollywood East…

Robert Wiedmaier’s BRABO is opening an outdoor patio in the pretty courtyard of his popular Old Town restaurant. Should be fun for Sunday brunch with the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar to go along with their signature Belgian waffles…

Do New Yorkers know porkers?

We’ll find out when Hill Country, NY’s highly acclaimed BBQ joint, gives the competition a “cue” throwdown next year from their new location on 7th Street.

Founder and CEO, Mark Glosserman, a Bethesda native is excited to return to the area where his family still lives. Think Texas-style barbeque smoked low and slow over Texas post oak. Note to Texas State Society…they’ll show Texas college football on large screens and kick it with an ongoing roster of Austin-style roots music with country, rock and blues bands.

Love Greek food? Crazy for seafood? Kellari Seafood Taverna, another NY export will be taking over the old Jimmy’s on K Street. They’re known as one of the top Greek restaurants in NYC.

Local Chef Ryan Morgan has left Art and Soul. Will someone please tell me where this ultra-talented chef is?

Former Iron Chef, Mourou Ouattara, will be in his new Crystal City digs, Restaurant Kora, later this month. He’ll be cooking, con amore, with an Italian menu. I’ll keep you posted when I catch up with him next week before the soft opening.

Getting too hot and steamy for you to cook out?

Let Chef Michael Soper handle it. Union Street Public House hosts a Great Grill Out on July 30th. Roasted corn and summer veggies, steak, quail, lobster tails, wild halibut, scallops and in-house baked bread straight from the grill plus wine and beer pairings. Dessert is grilled pound cake with whipped cream and berries. Yum! All for $49 tax and tip included.

Bookbinder’s short-lived restaurant in Old Town is toast. Burnt toast. That’s what no advertising can do. Only a few locals even knew they were there. Columbia Firehouse is the latest occupant in the S. Saint Asaph Street location. The walnut paneled upstairs will be an elegant chophouse-style menu, downstairs an American brasserie.

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