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Tickets still available for Urban Farm Table Dinner Aug 5 with DC’s notable Chefs.

There is something about summertime that gives people the urge to eat outdoors — to soak up the sun and stars and be one with nature.  We can’t help but believe that summer’s bounty tastes best when enjoyed outside. As soon as the weather is warm enough, DC area restaurants open their patios for al fresco dining knowing that people prefer to dine outdoors. The event coordinators behind Washington, DC’s annual International Food and Wine Festival  will debut the Urban Farm Table, a series of one-of-a-kind dining experiences that will launch on this Thursday, August 5, 2010 with a four-course celebration  prepared by leading local chefs including Todd Gray of Equinox and Tiffany MacIssac of Birch & Barley and ChurchKey in an exceptional one-night-only setting: Woodrow Wilson Plaza.

This incredible meal will be served at long communal tables under the stars in the center of Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). The Urban Farm Table on the Plaza will gather diners in an unprecedented cityscape and share access to the producers and creators of fine food. In addition, the Washington Wine Academy will pair summer wines with each dish. The invitation to the Urban Farm Table on the Plaza extends the mission of the International Food and Wine Festival: to connect diners with leading local and international producers and chefs, but for an exclusive celebration. The presenting chefs for Urban Farm Table on the Plaza are Olivier Perret of Ici Urban Bistro; Todd Gray of Equinox; Xavier Deshayes of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center; and Tiffany MacIssac of Birch & Barkey and ChurchKey.

Organizer and co-owner of Equinox restaurant said, Ellen Kassoff Gray, “The Urban Farm Table on the Plaza offers much more than a barbeque with a bureaucratic backdrop. We know it’ll be a special evening for our 80 guests, and I’m sure it will inspire people to consider not just what they eat but how they celebrate community.”

The “star-studded” evening has been timed for maximum twinkle: canapes will be passed at sunset (8p.m.), and guests will be called to the table at dusk (8:45 p.m.). There are still some General admission tickets available for $70; $60 for Tastepost.com members.  Paid parking will available in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. For more information see here.


Urban Farm Table on the Plaza, August 5, 2010

Canape Reception

Kluge Estate and Winery Blanc de Blanc NV (Charlottesville, VA)

Olivier Perret: Ici Urban Bistro

Sweet Pea Veloute with Grilled Carolina Day Boat Shrimp, Pea Tendrils, Olive Oil Foam

Albrecht Reisling Reserve 2009 (Alsace, France)

Todd Gray, Equinox Restaurant

Grilled Golden River Trout with Summer Succotash, Benton’s Tennessee Ham, Sweet Corn Vinaigrette

Nautilus Pinot Noir 2008 (Marlborough, NZ)

Xavier Deshayes, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Fire Roasted Ayreshire Farm Beef Striploin and Stuffed Baby Zucchini with Morel Mushrooms, Roquefort Beurre “Maitre d’Hotel”

Bodega Weinert Malbec 2004 (Argentina)

Tiffany MacIssac: Birch & Barkey and ChurchKey

Jasmine Tea Mousse, Plum Sorbet with Coconut Cream and Yuzu

Saracco Moscato d’Asti 2009 (Italy)


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