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The Source’s Scott Drewno wins Cochon 555, free bacon tonight

March 14, 2011 - 06:00 AM
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Founding Farmers Bacon Lollis
Complimentary Bacon Lollis at Founding Farmers' viewing party tonight. (Photo: TBD Staff)

Good Monday morning.

Have you had your breakfast yet? If not, here’s a little inspiration to fulfill your most important meal of the day.

The menu for Todd Gray’s upcoming Watershed is out, revealing a selection of smoothies, buttermilk pancakes, and farm egg dishes for breakfast. Gray’s lunch and dinner menus feature items from the restaurant’s raw bar and regionally inspired entrees like pulled pork barbecue, crab cakes, and a grilled 10 oz. New York strip steak. The new restaurant is scheduled to open this April in the Hilton Garden Inn at 1225 1st St., NE.

Scott Drewno claims victory at Cochon 555

Congratulation to The Source’s chef, Scott Drewno, who was crowned the new D.C. Prince of Porc after beating out four other local chefs in this year’s Cochon 555. Drewno’s next challenge will be at the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, where he’ll compete in the finale to claim the title of King of Porc. The annual traveling culinary competition took place Sunday and featured five chefs, five pigs, and five wine makers. The other participants were Jamie Leeds of Hanks Oyster Bar, Bryan Voltaggio of VOLT, Adam Sobel from Bourbon Steak, and Tarver King from Ashby Inn + Restaurant.

New chef at Central Michel Richard

Jason Maddens is the new executive chef at Central Michel Richard, according to a tweet from Tom Sietsema. Maddens was the sous chef at the new Michel in Tyson’s Corner and also served as executive sous chef at 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church. (via Eater)

Founding Farmers on Food Network

Founding Farmers will be featured in tonight’s season premiere of Food Network’s Meat & Potatoes. To celebrate their time in the television spotlight, the Foggy Bottom restaurant will be hosting a viewing party in the bar area on the first floor. Tonight’s episode will highlight Founding Farmers’ Yankee pot roast, fried green tomatoes and the Bone cocktail. The party starts at 9:30 p.m., and the show begins at 10 p.m. And if you’re looking for a good reason to watch the premiere at the restaurant instead of the comfort of your home, here’s one: free bacon. Guests can enjoy complimentary bacon lollies during the viewing.

In other food and restaurant news...

• Restaurant Eve, PX, Rustico made Imbibe’s list of 100 best places to drink in the South. (via Eater)

• After five years, Baltimore-based pastry chef Duff Goldman ended his Food Network reality show, Ace of Cakes, last Thursday. The show followed the operations of his custom cake shop, Charm City Cakes in Baltimore. Although Ace of Cakes may be over, Goldman has no intention of stepping out of the spotlight. The Feast reports that the chef is planning to open a Charm City Cakes in Los Angeles and will document his cross-country move in a new television show.

• If you’re attending D.C. United’s season opener against Columbus at RFK Stadium this Saturday, be on the lookout for some food trucks. According to Washington City Paper, United team officials announced last week that  Eat Wonky, Dangerously Delicious Pies, DC Slices, and BBQ Bandidos will be serving in Lot 8 prior to the game.

• SocialGrub’s Facebook app and Foursquare 3.0 give restaurants more control. (NRN)

• A day in the life of a NASA space food scientist. (GOOD)

• Can dogs survive a vegan diet? (CNN)

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Plan Ahead -- Upcoming food and drink events

• March 14-27 -- Tequila and Mezcal Festival
• March 14 -- Meat and Potatoes Viewing Party at Founding Farmers
• March 14 - A Night with the Beers of Haandbryggeriet
• March 19 -- Makes-Me-Wanna SHOUT! Coconut Cake Contest Semifinals

Sweet Deals

• March 20 -- Free Italian Ice at Rita’s
• March 21 -- Free Nutella latte at Pound on the Hill

Food trucks!


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  1. samsgoodmeats samsgoodmeats

    Sam Hiersteiner

    Mar 15, 2011 - 02:56:36 PM

    I wrote a whole series about Cochon 555 in DC, including a history of the event and interviews with all of the chefs, for anyone who is interested at The final chapter is here:

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