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Top Chef Masters dinner featuring top scoring dishes by Susur Lee offered at ZENTAN June 24.

Top Chef Masters Finalist, Susur Lee. Photo courtesy of Bravotv.com

ZENTAN, located in Donovan House hotel, is offering Washingtonians the opportunity of a lifetime — to have an authentic Top Chef Masters judge experience! For one night only, ZENTAN will offer a five-course dinner featuring top scoring dishes from Executive Chef Susur Lee’s appearance on this season of Top Chef Masters on BRAVO. On Thursday, June 24, guests can make reservations to enjoy Chef Lee’s famed dishes, including his winning Roast Chicken Curry dish, for which the Top Chef Masters judges awarded him the highest ‘elimination round’ score in the show’s history – an amazing 19 1/2 stars!

The five-course dinner will include Chef Lee’s culinary creations such his signature dish, the 19-ingredient Singapore Slaw with salted plum dressing as an appetizer, which is one of my personal all time favorite dishes, followed by Roast Chicken Curry and Korean Style Skirt Steak with Roasted Cauliflower and Austrian Dumplings. Other courses may include the Indochine Roasted Leg of Lamb with Lamb Meatballs, Pine Nuts, and Dry Cherry Sauce from episode 7, the Royal of Steamed Scallop with Cantonese Black Bean Sauce, Dim Sum Shrimp and Crab Croquette, Tuna with Wasabi Mousse, Pickled Cucumber, and Artichoke with Charred Sea Bream, and the Lamb Thailandaise with Chiang Mai Sausage, Peanut and Green Curry Sauces, Mint Chutney and Polenta, all from the final episode 10. For dessert, guests will be treated to an assortment of sweets from the Top Chef Masters wedding episode.

Diners will also have the opportunity to meet the world renown Chef Lee, who will be signing copies of his book Susur Lee: A Culinary Life. His book artfully describes his creative journey and evolution to becoming a master chef. The book itself is as amazing as the Chef himself. Full of history and personal anecdotes, the two volume  — one describing Susur ’s development as a chef, the other featuring his most sought-after recipes —are bound together in an intricate and innovative presentation that resembles a Chinese puzzle box. Another masterpiece by Susur. The book will be available for purchase at the restaurant for $40.

Reservations to experience this once in a lifetime and unique dining experience with Susur Lee are available from 6 PM to 9 PM exclusively on June 24th. Priced at $140 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), guests will have the exclusive opportunity to enjoy Susur’s impressive dishes from Top Chef Masters. These mouthwatering recipes have been tested by the judges, and on this particular evening will be paired with champagne or premium sake.

Check out recipes from Susur Lee’s Top Chep Masters dishes such as Berries with Light Cream Chees (episode 5); East Meets West Fruit Plate with Blackberry “Ravioli” & Thai Basil(episode 4 -See photo on right); and Sockeyed Salmon, Paprika Potatoes, Almond Slivers & Almond Milk (episode 4).

ZENTAN is located in Donovan House – a Thompson Hotel (1155 14th Street, N.W.) For more information and reservations call 202.379.4366 or visit www.zentanrestaurant.com

New *Pages*: Dining In & The Daring Kitchen

Have you noticed the new tabs on Dining in DC’s home page? Well there are two new pages (“tabs”): Dining In and The Daring Kitchen.

Dining ‘In’ is a place where I will blog about all of my attempts to cook recipes out of  Chef’s cookbooks, such as Michel Richard, Susur Lee, Jose Pizarro, and others.

So as of June 15, 2010 I am officially a “Daring Cook.” So, if you aren’t familiar with The Daring Kitchen, the breakdown is that on the 17th of every month, members, known as Daring Cooks or Daring Bakers, have access to a forum where a challenge with one new recipe is posted by an alternating host on the Daring Kitchen’s site. Each member then creates the exact same recipe, records the process and then posts about it on their personal blogs on a designated date. There over 4,500 members worldwide including individuals from all over the world. The group began in 2006 when two ladies baked the same recipe then blogged about it.  And that’s what started the ball rolling … My first recipe will be July 2010! Wish me Luck!

I hope that you enjoy the new features as much as I will enjoy sharing my adventures in Cooking with all of you!

DC Food Blog Happy Hour at Zentan, June 2.

Our monthly DC Food Blogger Happy is rapidly approaching. For June, we’re going to be meeting up at the Donovan House hotel’s ZENTAN — the very hip and happening Asian-inspired restaurant, known for it’s superb sushi located at 1155 14th street NW. Come meet and mingle with your fellow food bloggers on Wednesday, June 2, at 6:00 pm.

Zentan Sushi and Sashimi. Photo by L. Shapiro

ZENTAN provides appetizer-size small plates from 5 to 7 p.m. Snack on $7 dishes such as seaweed salad, shrimp tempura with brown butter miso and beef tartare in Chinese wonton chips topped with a poached quail egg. Also, enjoy $7 happy hour drink specials such as the Spicy Thai — chili-infused vodka, St. Germain elder flower liqueur, sake and cranberry juice — and Mango Rose, a mixture of vodka, mango puree, fresh-squeezed lime juice and rose water.

Come meet, mingle, and chat with fellow food bloggers. Whether you’re a regular DCFBHH attendee in need of a reminder or you’re interested in putting a face to a name for some of your favorite local food bloggers, come have a snack with us. It’s the first Wednesday of every month so put it on your calendar now.

Also, now the DC food bloggers have a new Facebook fan page, a virtual space to hang out, converse, and get to know each other.  If you are a food blogger (or a food lover) feel free to “become a fan.” We’ll be posting future events via Facebook, so it’s a great way to keep up on what’s going on. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to the DC Food Blogger Facebook page.

A lot of people make these happy hours happen.  As always, thanks to the planning committee:

Arugula Files
Beer Spotter
Biscuits and Such
Capital Cooking
Capital Spice
Common Man Eats
Dining in DC
Gradually Greener
Johnna Knows Good Food

Modern Domestic
Thrifty DC Cook
We Love DC

Hope to see you there! If you plan to attend, if you plan on attending, please RSVP to the DC Food Blogger Facebook page.Thanks! See you there! And feel free to repost this flyer on your blog to spread the word.

Zentan is jazzing it up this spring with Blue Mondays and Lucky 7’s happy hour.

Photo by Lisa Shapiro

Internationally famed Chef Susur Lee introduced DC diners to his inventive global Asian cuisine with ZENTAN, located in the Donovan House – a Thompson Hotel (1155 14th Street, NW) almost a year ago, in June 2009.  Within one year, Washingtonians have become dazzled by Chef Lee’s Asian fusion menu featuring favorites from Shang in NYC and his restaurant, Lee in Toronto and have recognized ZENTAN as part of the community — which was part of the plan, according to Brett Blass, Regional Vice President of Operations and General Manager. Since its opening last spring, ZENTAN has participated in DC’s Restaurant Week sponsored by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and Destination DC, Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, a benefit for child hunger, and has celebrated various holidays by offering special menus such as the Chinese New Year and the Cherry Blossom Festival. Not only is ZENTAN a great place to celebrate a special occasion or support a local charity, but it is also a popular spot for nine-to-fivers to frequent for an after work cocktail or an early evening social.

Known for its sensational sushi, global Asian cuisine, and chic trendy décor, ZENTAN is jazzing it up this spring with a new “Lucky 7’s” Happy Hour and “Blue Mondays,” which includes live jazz music. The new happy hour menu will feature $7 wines by the glass and $7 small plates which will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The small plates perfect for sharing include some of Zentan’s classic dishes: Seaweed Salad; Sweet Chili Wings; Steamed Pork Dumplings with preserved vegetable chili sauce; Shrimp Stuffed Chinese Donut with sweet and sour sauce; Tempura Shrimp with brown butter miso, edamame, lemon; Fluke Sashimi with jalapeño, grapefruit and cilantro and Steak Tartar with poached quail egg, wonton crisps. Zentan’s sleek bar, with ample seating and communal tables, offers wines by the glass at $7 with choices such as Fattoria Bibbiani, Chianti, Italy ’08; Four Vines, “Naked” Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, California ‘08 and M. Lawrence, ‘SEX’, Brut, Rose, Suttons Bay, Michigan NV, Lakefront IPA, Wisconsin or Voices in the Mist, Junmai Nigori sake is also available.

In addition, ZENTAN is offering the perfect way to jazz up the week with “Blue Mondays.” Live jazz will be performed every Monday evening from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Led by bassist Tommy Cecil, the featured jazz trios will include some of Washington’s most talented musicians, playing standards and jazz classics.  To complement the tunes, Zentan is offering Blue Moon Beer for $5 each. Specialty cocktails also sooth away the day such as the Progression Punch made with vodka, rum, Blue Curacao, sour mix, orange juice and topped with sprite and the Blue Note with rum, orange juice, pineapple, Blue Curacao, sour apple pucker. Enjoy the “Lucky 7’s” array of small plates offered for just $7, perfect for sharing at the bar. A selection of the menu is also available at the exclusive rooftop pool bar, ADC (Above DC).

ZENTAN is always coming up with enticing new promotions and imaginative special tasting menus. Stay tuned for what they come up with for summer — it will be sizzling for sure.

Zentan (Donavan House)
1155 14th Street
Washington, DC 20005