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Watergate Hotel's 50th Anniversary Dinner Salutes Jean-Louis Palladin

July 18, 2017

The Watergate Hotel's Executive Chef Michael Santoro has convened locally and nationally revered chefs Michael Laiskonis, Paul Liebrandt, Brian McBride and Robert Wiedmaier to salute legendary French chef Jean-Louis Palladin. Palladin helmed the hotel’s famed Jean-Louis Restaurant, and this ticketed July 25th dinner will take place at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Kingbird

Chef McBride's Glidden Point Oyster (Photo by: The Watergate Hotel) Chef McBride's Glidden Point Oyster


The five-course dinner is timed to the 50th anniversary of the city's most iconic hotel. Tickets to The Watergate Hotel 50th Anniversary Jean-Louis Tribute Dinner can be purchased here, with reservations beginning at 6:00 pm, subject to availability.


“We’re thrilled to celebrate The Watergate’s 50th anniversary with a tribute dinner to the chef who put this hotel’s restaurant scene on the map -- Jean-Louis Palladin,” said Michael Santoro, Executive Chef of The Watergate Hotel.  “It is extremely humbling and exciting to carry on the culinary legacy of this property, today.”


The $250 prix-fixe dinner will salute Jean-Louis’ famous French cuisine with curated wine pairings. Highlights of the five courses include:

 Glidden Point Oyster, Avocado Mousse, Shassetra Caviar, Kalamansi Lime– Chef Brian McBride

Mosaic of Madai, Smoked Peach, Coconut – Chef Paul Liebrandt

Variations of the Maine Lobster, Tomato verrine, Charcoal grilled tail, Demitasse of claw with tandoori spices – Chef Michael Santoro

Gateau of Foie Gras, California squab, Bordelaise sauce – Chef Robert Wiedmaier

Vanilla Parfait, Raspberry Coulant, Pistachio Cake, Lime Cream – Chef Michael Laiskonis

Chef Liebrandt's Mosaic of Madai (Photo by: The Watergate Hotel) Chef Liebrandt's Mosaic of Madai


Chef Santoro assembled a team of chefs who have a deep connection to Jean-Louis and worked closely together to curate a French-inspired menu that will be prepared by the all-star group at Kingbird. Leading D.C. restaurateurs and business partners Brian McBride and Robert Wiedmaier, Robert Wiedmaier Restaurant Group of the famed Marcel’s and touted newcomer, Siren, were delighted to celebrate the memory of their late friend and the iconic property. Chef Wiedmaier followed in Jean-Louis’ footsteps as Executive Chef of The Watergate Hotel in 1996.


“Jean-Louis Palladin was one of the first chefs I met when I moved to DC in 1986, we were scheduled to cook a dinner together at the Building of American States. He invited me to his restaurant in the middle of the day, made me a cappuccino and proceeded to write our menu in calligraphy while we shared ideas at a dining room table in the beautiful Watergate Hotel. On that day his hospitality and talent inspired me as it still does today,” said Chef Brian McBride.


Chef Santoro's Maine Lobster (Photo by: The Watergate Hotel) Chef Santoro's Maine Lobster

Chef Robert Wiedmaier added, “In 1996, I received a call from the Watergate Hotel asking if I was interested in the executive chef position… I made sure I had Jean-Louis’ blessing before accepting and even threw him a going away party.”  He continued, “It was an honor to be the executive chef of the Watergate Hotel, and opening Aquarelle.  Ask anyone in the world where the Watergate Hotel is and they know it’s in D.C.!”


The significance of The Watergate’s 50th anniversary and impact of Jean-Louis extends far beyond Washington, D.C. New York based chefs Paul Liebrandt, who in 2000 at the age of 24 earned the distinction of youngest chef ever awarded three stars by the New York Times while at Atlas restaurant, and Michael Laiskonis, the James Beard Award-Winning pastry chef most recognized for a critically acclaimed tenure at Le Bernardin, echoed sentiments that they’re privileged to commemorate the D.C. landmark and legendary chef Jean-Louis Palladin. Chef Laiskonis continued, “his influence on American cooking has informed a generation of chefs.”

Chef Weidmaier's Gateau de Foie Gras (Photo by: The Watergate Hotel) Chef Weidmaier's Gateau de Foie Gras


The Watergate Hotel reopened in June 2016 with new vibrant spaces such as The Next Whisky Bar, Kingbird, Top of the Gate, and Argentta Spa. The hotel’s current design, following a $200 million-dollar renovation by its current owners, Euro Capital Properties, captures the essence of the property’s retro roots, paying homage to its past while simultaneously paving the way for a new chapter to be written.


The Watergate Hotel is located at 2650 Virginia Ave NW. 

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Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection Through Sept. 4

June 4, 2017

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is hosting an exhibition of its masterworks through September 4, 2017.


Joseph Hirshhorn, whose 1966 gift to the nation of nearly six thousand works led to the creation of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, was a passionate and knowledgeable collector. He amassed art by some of the greatest figures of modernism, such as Auguste Rodin and Willem de Kooning, and took risks by supporting emerging artists. Since its opening in 1974, the Hirshhorn has carried on its founder’s legacy through an active and ambitious program of acquisitions. Its highly regarded collection charts the development of modern and contemporary art from the late nineteenth century to the present, across the world, and across media.


“Masterworks from the Hirshhorn Collection,” a new rehanging of the third-level permanent collection galleries, features highlights of Joseph Hirshhorn’s original gift alongside some of the newest additions to the collection. Featuring more than 75 works in virtually all media, the exhibition includes several major artworks returning to view after more than a decade, such as Jean-Paul Riopelle’s 1964 Large Triptych, as well as in-depth installations devoted to some of the most important artists in the collection.


More than a dozen paintings and works on paper by Willem de Kooning are exhibited alongside sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, creating a riveting conversation between two of the 20th century’s greatest figurative artists. Other cornerstones of the collection on view are Constantin Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse I (1909–10), Edward Hopper’s Eleven A.M. (1926), Ed Ruscha’s The Los Angeles County Museum on Fire (1965–68), Louise Bourgeois’ Legs (1986/cast 2008) and Ron Mueck’s Untitled (Big Man) (2000).


The exhibition is augmented by a special loan of Peter Doig’s painting Spearfishing (2013), which hangs alongside richly colored canvases by Francis Bacon, Richard Diebenkorn and Wifredo Lam.

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34th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk June 3 & 4

May 29, 2017

The Dupont-Kalorama Museums Consortium is hosting its 34th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk June 3 and 4, 2017. 


Five diverse museums will open their doors free of charge for this weekend long celebration in one of Washington, D.C.’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Discover Anderson HouseDumbarton HouseNational Museum of American Jewish Military HistoryThe Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House free of charge.


Dumbarton House is celebrating its grand reopening after completing a major construction project this past winter. Visitors are invited to tour the newly reinterpreted museum and explore an exciting new exhibit, The Exchange, featuring a rarely exhibited original printing of the Articles of Confederation (1777) and a 2nd edition of The Federalist [Papers] (1818). Visitors will look back at some of our nation’s early debates around establishing a democratic republic and then be asked to reflect on current democratic principles of America. Enjoy light refreshments throughout the weekend and participate in the democratic process by sending postcards to your elected officials in support of an issue they care about.


Continue the celebration on Sunday, with the seasonal kick off of Sunday Serenity Yoga at 10:00 am in the tranquil East Park.

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