Sunday, December 14, 2008

DC Gift for Foodies

Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) create calendar and recipe collection to support women in the culinary arts

WASHINGTON, DC — Spice up the holiday season with the perfect gift for the DC foodie in your life with the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (WCR) 2009 Calendar and Recipe Collection! More than just a calendar, it features 23 Washington-area women chefs, restaurateurs and sommeliers, along with an exclusive collection of more than two dozen of their favorite recipes and preparation tips.

The collection of signature recipes features area favorites including: scallop margaritas with tequila ice, watermelon gazpacho with lime and mint, parsnip vanilla crème brûlée, strawberry lemon napoleons, caramelized onion and goat cheese tart, and more.

The ideal holiday gift for any foodie, the calendar can be purchased for $12 (plus $4 shipping & handling) at, or at a variety of Washington-area restaurants. (For a complete list of participating locations, visit the Web site.) Proceeds from the calendar support WCR’s scholarship and internship programs for women in every stage of their culinary arts career.

The calendar and recipe collection features these talented D.C.-area women:

January Bonnie Moore (L’Academie de Cuisine) and Melanie Parker (Equinox)

February Ris Lacoste (ris and Rock Creek)

March Aimee Suyehiro (Argia’s) and Amy Brandwein (Fyve)

      April Barbara Black (Addie’s Restaurant, Black Market Bistro, Black’s Bar & Kitchen, and BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant), Jacqueline Castaldo (Black Market Bistro) and Quanta Robinson (BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant)

      May Laurie Bell (Great Falls Tea Garden at Cathy’s Corner) and Beverly Bates (ici Urban Bistro at Sofitel Hotel)

      June Janis McLean (15 ria) and Odessa Piper

      July Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora) and Ann Harvey Yonkers (FRESHFARM Markets)

      August Susan Soorenko (Moorenko’s Ice Cream Café) and Ruth Gresser (Pizzeria Paradiso)

      September Mary Watson-DeLauder (Lansdowne Resort, Benchmark Hospitality Worldwide)

      October Jamie Leeds (CommonWealth Gastropub and Hank’s Oyster Bar)

      November Laurie Alleman Weber (The Swiss Bakery + Pastry Shop) and Heather Chittum (Hook)

December Tracy O’Grady, Kate Jansen and Alison Christ (Willow Restaurant)

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