Signature Chef’s Auction Event is Around the Corner
I can’t wait for this year’s March of Dimes Chef’s Signature Auction event coming up. The Signature Chefs Auction is on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 6:00 PM at the Ritz-Carlton on 1150 22nd Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037. This is one of Washington, D.C.’s premier social events highlighting the city’s culinary masters brought together for an elegant evening of wine, cocktails and dining. Over 30 restaurants are participating this year!
My Chat with Chef Javier Romero of Taberna Del Alabadero
The Taberna del Alabardero is a renowned Basque restaurant in Madrid owned by Luis Lesama – a Madrid classic. The Taberna Del Alabardero opened its doors in Washington DC in 1989. Born and raised in Madrid, Chef Javier Romero drew inspiration to become a chef from his grandmother. Oh my gosh cute and sweet and he can cook, ladies that is a triple threat!
I got to chat with Chef Romero and find out what he would eat every day of his life if he had to and what he likes to do when he’s not working the grueling schedule of a top chef.
My Interview with Chef Romero
Vanessa: There seems to be no two better things in the world then Food and Family. The restaurant industry is known for its grueling and demanding hours…So what do you like to do on your off time with your family and friends?
Chef Romero: On my free time I like to spend it with my wife and travel to different cities when possible
Vanessa: If you had to eat one thing every day for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chef Romero: Tortilla de Patata- traditional potato and egg omelet with ali oli
Vanessa: What kind of grub did you grow up on and who taught you to cook?
Chef Romero: My grandmother taught me how to cook…from traditional Spanish stews, paella and more
Sorry ladies he’s taken but you can check him and his paella out on Wednesday Nov. 14th at the event. Buy your tickets now!
Now on to the Cocktails Mixology 101
I asked two of the best mixologist participating at the Signature Chefs Auction event what their favorite cocktail was that they had ever created.
Participating mixologist Anthony Rivera of Last Exit answers the Sexual Chocolate (Chocolate and Cayenne infused Sloop Betty Vodka, Mata Hari Absinthe, Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters). Sounds like a win win situation to me!
Jo-Jo Valenzuela of Occidental, who is the Signature Cocktail Chair for this year’s event recommends his delicious cocktail concoction called the “Portónator”
What’s in it Jo-Jo?
Glassware: Turkish Rub-Rimmed Highball Glass
1 part Urfa Pepper
1 part Aleppo Pepper
2 parts Kosher Salt
2 oz Pisco Portón
.75 oz Fresh lime juice
1 oz Fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
.25 oz Angostura Bitters
Garnish: Lime Wheel
Come see the line up of talented mixologist and chefs participating at this year’s event. All for a good cause!
Article by: Vanessa Camozzi, Blogger In Chief