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Founding Glutie Wins Grand Prize from Women Chefs

November 18th, 2008 by Brooke

Last Sunday, two of the three gluties (Brandi and Brooke) were at the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs’ “Crowning Cuisine” fundraiser at Willow Restaurant. (Mandy, we missed you.) The event was a blast. It was brimming with people and around every corner there were delectable finger-foods and free-flowing wine. Not a lot of the food options were gluten-free – there were a lot of tarts and toasts – but it didn’t matter one bit. The ambiance was lively and it was all for a good cause.

The chefs were a sight to see, parading around in their whites and each donning a pin plugging her “calendar girl” month…for they are now the beautiful stars of “Crowning Cuisine: More than Sugar and Spice” – a new 12-month calendar and recipe collection. You can get yours at their website and a number of participating locations (mainly their fabulous restaurants).

The night hit a high note when Adrian’s raffle ticket was called as the winning number for the grand prize: a year’s worth of exciting, monthly culinary adventures with many of the area’s top women chefs! Indeed, several of the prizes have “glutenous” adventures attached to them. While I do not expect or require the chefs to completely amend their planned activities, I’ve heard through the grapevine they have learned that one of their “winners” is living a gluten-free lifestyle. So, I’m interested to see what they make of our year-long relationship.

Take a look at the prizes for the first quarter:

JANUARY — Bonnie Moore (Chef Instructor, L’Academie de Cuisine) and Melanie Parker (Pastry Chef, Equinox)

Start the year off in grand fashion with private cooking lessons from two of the area’s top chefs — Bonnie Moore and Melanie Parker! You and 9 of your friends will hit the kitchens at L’Academie de Cuisine to prepare a meal while learning fundamental culinary skills that will last a lifetime. After you learn how to cook like a pro, you’ll be able to eat like a king or a queen!

FEBRUARY — Ris Lacoste (Chef/Owner, ris {opening early summer 2009}; Corporate Chef, Rock Creek Bethesda and Rock Creek at Mazza)

Ris Lacoste will help you and 7 friends stave off the cold winter doldrums with a bowl — make that four bowls — of your favorite winter soups. Some potential candidates include New England Clam Chowder, Manhattan Clam Chowder, French Onion Soup, Split Pea Soup, Senate White Bean Soup and Portuguese Kale Soup, but the possibilities are endless. You provide the ingredients and Chef Lacoste will handle the rest!

MARCH — Aimee Suyehiro (Chef/Owner, Argia’s Italian Restaurant) and Amy Brandwein (Executive Chef, Fyve)

Go behind the scenes in the kitchen of Argia’s restaurant in Falls Church, Va., where Chefs Aimee Suyehiro and Amy Brandwein will teach you and 5 guests how to make Italian favorites such as homemade mozzarella and pasta.  Afterward, you and your guests tuck into a Sunday Italian family-style luncheon.

The prize is certainly a big deal! Big enough that the Washington Post gave us a mention.  I promise to write about all of my experiences throughout the year.

*Special thanks to my friends at Vanguard Communications for inviting Adrian and me to the event!

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