By Claire Goldman
The area's top chefs gathered at the Washington Hilton on Tuesday, May 13th to participate in the 24th Annual Chef's Best event. This year, the dinner and auction raised a whopping $765,000 for the DC based charity Food & Friends.
The food offerings were varied and each of the 60 celebrity chefs brought their A game for charity. Chef Susan Delbert of The Fourth Estate at the National Press Club had one of the most popular tables and rightfully so! Her calamari cake lettuce wrap with with lime aioli was a delicious blend of savory and citrus.
Chef James Huff of Pearl Dive Oyster Palace nailed it with a pork ravioli topped with a pork rind for a crunchy and soft texture mix in one bite.
Closing out my lap around the auditorium, was Chef Andre Cote with the home-team advantage. The Washington Hilton chef definitely impressed with a savory dish including pulled pork, cole slaw, griddled pork belly and house made baked beans. Alas the piece de resistance of Chef Cote's table was the perfect ending to the night's food frenzy, bacon ice cream.
Once the 1,500 guest were sufficiently stuffed, the auction began. Some of the big ticket items included a week in Costa Rica donated by owner of JAM Communications Neil Griffin, and 7 nights in Jepun Bali Villas.
I was so impressed with the event and in awe of the donations of time and money to such a worthy cause. Food & Friends will be using the funds raised at the event to serve 1.2 million meals to more than 3,000 hunger children and adults infected with HIV/AIDS. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year's event, what could be better than eating your way through a room filled with 60 of DC tops chefs and all for a good cause?
To learn more and get involved in this important cause visit www.foodandfriends.com.