Daily Roast

We all scream for Italian gelato

July 5, 2011

Although it’s for the trade only, if you see people with badges coming out of the Washington Convention Center for the next few days licking their chops, you’ll know the purveyors of high-end frou-frou foods have hit town. The Fancy Food Show is a delicious coup for the District because this is the first time the National Association for the Food Trade Inc. is holding its summer show outside of The Big Apple.

Taste buds will be sent into overdrive.

Chief Gianluigi Dellaccio and his children at the baseball stadium (Photo by: Dolci Gelati) Chief Gianluigi Dellaccio and his children at the baseball stadium
D.C. master pastry chef Gianluigi  Dellaccio, once an Italian water polo champion player before he switched professions, will scoop out samples of some of the 200 Dolci Gelati flavors he has being getting rave reviews about  every place he goes.  Dellaccio, a former executive pastry chef at Galileo restaurant, distributes to various restaurants and to Dean and Deluca in Georgetown, Whole Foods, Yes Organic Market and Taylor Gourmet. 

Also, while you can’t feed the animals at the National Zoo, you can feed yourself Dolci Gelati‘s gelato sold there in food carts.  The Washington National’s baseball stadium is still another venue.

There'll be some 2,500 exhibitors from 81 countries and regions showing 180,000 specialty foods and beverages at the Fancy Food Show; upwards of 25,000 attendees are expected to nibble their way thru the displays.

The show, from Sunday thru Tuesday, is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America.  The Italian Trade Commission, the show’s largest international exhibitor, plans gelato-making demonstrations, wine tastings, fresh-pressed juices, and olive oil.

Korea will create a pop-up restaurant run by Korean-born Chef Akira Back from Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Las Vegas’ Bellagio Resort & Casino.   Jamaican exhibitors will show off new twists on jerk seasonings.

Other international exhibitors include Wales, Kenya, Botswana, Bulgaria, Egypt, Israel, India, Chile, Russia, Barbados, Tunisia, Peru, Australia, Sri Lanka, Greece, Morocco, Argentina, China and France.

“We’re on track for a great show,” says Ann Daw, president of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Inc.

Foodies are foodies wherever they go. So expect fancy food folks to trek over to Georgetown and U Street to try some of our home-grown restaurants.  Even though non-trade folks can’t get in, they can look for the items to begin gracing kitchens, menus and shelves at favorite restaurants, caterers and groceries.

Click here to share your thoughts.

Summertime, and the livin' is...

June 27, 2011

A few lines of poetry for our readers in the month of June, with no sign that the fresh young beauty of this month will fade...


In The Summer

In the summer
I stretch out on the shore
And think of you
Had I told the sea
What I felt for you,
It would have left its shores,
Its shells,
Its fish,
And followed me.

by Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998), translated by B. Frangieh and C. Brown

To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.

by Emily Dickinson

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

by Gertrude Jekyll

Photography by Tom Quiggle

Click here to share your thoughts.

Fans wonder re Riggleman resignation II

June 23, 2011

And at Old Glory: Marshall Seedorff (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) And at Old Glory: Marshall Seedorff
Jim Riggleman’s resignation on Thursday as manager of the Washington Nationals was certainly a surprise to Washington’s baseball fans.  After all, the Nats had just won their afternoon game, which was the 11th win out of their last 12 games and were over over 500 for the first time since 2005.  But apparently Riggleman wanted a commitment to be the team’s manager next year, which he wasn’t getting.  So, win or lose, he quit right after the game.

 A Nats fan: Corey Cochran (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) A Nats fan: Corey Cochran
We spoke to fans on the street and in sports bars.  In the 3rd Edition on Wisconsin Avenue, Georgetown, Joe Roth found the “situation weird” and thought “something else is going on.” Laira Kolkin said straight up: “Good for him.”  

And in Old Glory, on M Street, Marshall Seedroff, was surprised:  “It certainly was out of the blue."

Further east, Corey Cochran, sitting at a sidewalk restaurant on P Street, Logan Circle, wearing a Nats cap, complimented Riggleman: “He said what he was going to do and he did it.”  Also on P Street,  runners were “frustrated, devastated [and found it] unbelievable.”


The team will play the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

in the 3rd Edition: (left) Joe Roth, Hoya Houck, Laira Kolkin, Key Houck, Amber Jones, Nina Bajaj and Zeshawn Uddin (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) in the 3rd Edition: (left) Joe Roth, Hoya Houck, Laira Kolkin, Key Houck, Amber Jones, Nina Bajaj and Zeshawn Uddin



Click here to share your thoughts.