Nibbles And Sips Around Town: Meet the 2014 StarChefs Washington DC Area Rising Stars And 12/16 Gala at Union Market

Ben Thompson of The Rock Barn with assorted charcuterie.
Ben Thompson of The Rock Barn with assorted charcuterie.

Mark your calendars now for one of DC’s best dining events. On December 16, 2014 the 2014 StarChefs Washington DC area Rising Stars Gala will be at Dock 5 at Union Market. There’s even a special VIP reception where swells can sip champagne and nibble on Petrossian caviar before the awards ceremony and tasting gala dinner. The celebration will feature local foods, chefs, bartenders, roasters, brewers, artisans, and sommeliers.

The fundraiser for DC Central Kitchen will be hosted by Bryan Voltaggio former Top Chef and Top Chef Master finalist and Chef/Owner of Volt, Range, Lunchbox, Family Meal and Aggio. Co-Hosts are Jason Alley of Comfort, Bertrand Chemel of 2941Nadine Brown of Charlie Parker Steak, Chris Ford of Range, Stefan Trummer of Trummer’s on Main, Nick Stefanelli of Bibiano and Katsuya Fukushima of Daikaya. The winning chefs will prepare all the food on this fabulous night and I will be there. Will you?


 Tickets and information are here.

Drum roll, please!!! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you DC’s newest culinary royalty.

Phillip Perrow and Caleb Shriver of Dutch & Company.
Phillip Perrow and Caleb Shriver of Dutch & Company.

DC Chefs

Kyle Bailey of The Arsenal at Bluejacket  – Pork Loin, Chanterelles, Asian Pears, Red Quinoa, and Pecans.

Mike Friedman of Red HenCavatelli, Heirloon Squash, Mushrooms, and Sage.

Matthew McGhee of RANGE Octopus, Lentils, Wheat Berries, and Pistachio.

Joe Palma of Bourbon SteakFluke Crudo, Furikake, Golden Beets, Herb Jus, Baby Turnips, and White Shoyu.

Aaron Silverman of Rose’s LuxuryPork Sausage and Habanero-Lychee Salad.

Johnny Spero of minibarAustralian Lamb, Cucumbers, Whey, and Dill.

Beef Tartare from Lee Gregory and Thomas Leggett of The Roosevelt.
Beef Tartare from Lee Gregory and Thomas Leggett of The Roosevelt.

Virginia Chefs

Ian Boden of The ShackPretzel Gemelli, Virginia Ham, and Mustard Sauce

Austin Fausett of Trummer’s on MainDuck, Foie Gras, Popcorn, Wild Rice, and Balsamic Reduction

Lee Gregory of The RooseveltWagyu Tartare, Egg, Squid Ink Bread, and Pickled Watermelon.

Phillip Perrow and Caleb Shriver of Dutch & Company Rye Perfect Egg, Cured Salmon, Quinoa, and Cumin Yogurt.

Joe Sparatta of HeritageFlounder, Smoked Potatoes, Spinach, and Brown Butter.

Maryland Chefs

George Marsh of Parts & Labor Lebanon Bologna.

Graeme Ritchie of Volt Wagyu Short Rib, Malt, and Salsify

Community Chef

Mike Isabella of KapnosAustralian Lamb with Grain Salad.

Concept Chef

Nathan Anda of Red ApronTête de Pho.

Pastry Chef Giane Cavaliere of Rogue 24.
Pastry Chef Giane Cavaliere of Rogue 24.

DC Pastry Chef

Giane Cavaliere of Rogue 24Sour Cherries, Valrhona Chocolate, Cola, and Pistachios.

Maryland Pastry Chef

Sarah Malphrus of Woodberry KitchenButtermilk Sorbet, Oat Granola, Sorghum, and Peaches.


Derek Brown of Columbia Room, Eat The Rich, Mockingbird Hill, The Passenger and Southern Efficiency Oloroso Float.

DC Artisans

Dave Coleman and Mike McGarvey of 3 Stars Brewing CompanySouthern Belle Imperial Brown Ale.

Austin Fausett of Trummer’s on Main – Duck, Foie Gras, Popcorn, Wild Rice, and Balsamic Reduction.
Austin Fausett of Trummer’s on Main – Duck, Foie Gras, Popcorn, Wild Rice, and Balsamic Reduction.

Virginia Artisans

Evrim Dogu of Sub Rosa BakeryRosemary Sea Salt Flatbread.

Benjamin Thompson of The Rock BarnPickled Okra Dog, and Assorted Charcuterie

Maryland Artisans.

Jay Caragay of Spro Coffee French Press Ethiopian Lekepipto.


Bryan Tetorakis of Rogue 24The Martyr.

DC Sommeliers

Brent Kroll of Neighborhood Restaurant GroupPairings with winners’ dishes.

Julian Mayor of Bourbon Steak Pairings with winners’ dishes.

Maryland Sommelier

Julie Dalton of Wit and WisdomPairings with winners’ dishes.

Host Chef

Franck Loquet of iCi Urban Bistro VIP reception – Petrossian Caviar.

See you there!

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