Politics on the Plate: An Inside Look at Serving Powerful Diners in Washington

Featuring panel of female & male culinary leaders in DC area, such as Amy Brandwein, Centrolina; Maria Trabocchi, Trabocchi Restaurants, & Ashok Baja, CEO, Knightsbridge Rest. Group

  • In Washington D.C., where the nation’s business is often conducted at restaurant tables, politics have always been on the plate. This town’s restaurants are run by specialists who know how to handle the elected officials, Cabinet secretaries, White House staff, lobbyists and TV pundits who are regular clientele. But lately, spurred by social media, the country’s politics have entered their dining rooms. And, even the most experienced have had publicized politically-charged incidents.
  • This forum will explore this distinctive element of DC dining. Longtime area restaurateurs will share their experiences and give insight into how they handle the heightened political mood in DC’s dining rooms.
  • Hosted by the DC chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier www.LesDamesDC.org, an international organization of women in food, beverage and hospitality industries, and moderated by veteran journalist Carol Joynt, herself a former restaurant owner, the event promises to pull back the curtain on serving DC’s who’s who.
  • Moderated by: Carol Joynt, award-winning author, journalist, former restaurant owner and host of The Q&A Cafe
  • Panelists:
    • Ashok Bajaj, CEO, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group which includes Bombay Club, Rasika, Oval Room Amy Brandwein – owner, Centrolina & 3-time James Beard Foundation nominee
    • Ruth Gresser – founder & owner, Pizzeria Paradiso restaurants
    • Laurent Menoud - general manager, Café Milano
    • Maria Trabocchi –co-owner, Fabio Trabocchi Restaurants, which include Fiola, Fiola Mare, Del Mar, three locations of Sfoglina, Fiola Miami, and Fiola at Dopolavoro Venezia
    • William Washington - director of operations, Schlow Restaurant Group and former general manager BLT Prime in the Trump Hotel
    • Stephanie Wilkinson - owner, The Red Hen, Lexington, VA‚Äč

When: 3-5 pm, Monday, October 14, 2019

Where: National Press Club, Ballroom, 14th & F Streets, N.W., just two blocks from Metro Center
Metro, Parking: Metro Center; several private garages within a few blocks.
Attire: Business
Reservations: $39/person for current Wharton Club members and their guests only. Includes light desserts, and coffee/tea; cash bar. You must reserve in advance on our site. We have only a limited number of seats, so Members may purchase seats only for themselves and up to three guests, if desired. (Photo: on the Natl Press Club website, press.org)

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3:00PM - 5:30PM Mon 14 Oct 2019 ( Timezone: Eastern )


The National Press Club
529 - 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045 USA

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