DC restaurant pioneer Chef Nora Pouillon will be receiving the The James Beard Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award in Chicago on May 1, 2017.
Pouillon, born in Vienna in 1943, has attributed her commitment to healthy dining to her parents. After more than 40 years in the US, she has helped define contemporary American Cuisine.
A longtime advocate for increasing the quality and nutritional value of the food supply, Pouillon opened Restaurant Nora in Dupont Circle in 1979. The restaurant became completely certified organicin1999 making Restaurant Nora the first certified organic restaurant in the United States.
Over the years, Nora has received awards from many culinary and organic organizations. In 2009, she was the first recipient of the Genesis Award from Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, which recognizes a woman who has achieved a true ‘first’ in the culinary profession. In October of 2011, Chefs Collaborative inducted her into their Pioneers Table.
In addition to her work supporting the organic food movement, Nora champions for a cleaner environment so future generations can also enjoy life on Earth. She sits on the board of directors of the Amazon Conservation Team, the Environmental Film Festival, FRESHFARM Markets and Earth Day Network.
The chef is also an author, having penned the 2015 memoir My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today as well as a cookbook: Cooking with Nora.
On December 31st, enjoy a a year's end performance at The Hamilton Live by Old 97's with Vandaveer, a Louisvill KY-based indie folk music project, spearheaded by singer-songwriter Mark Charles Heidinger.
Although they became one of the most enduring bands in the alternative country-rock catalog, Old 97′s drew inspiration from a broad range of genres, including the twangy stomp of cowpunk and the melodies of power pop. Formed in 1993 by frontman Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond, the group spent the bulk of the decade posed on the brink of mainstream success, issuing albums that often drew warm reviews but never yielded a substantial hit. Old 97′s tightened their sound as the decade drew to a close, retaining their bar-band vigor while introducing a stronger pop/rock sound on albums like Too Far to Care and Satellite Rides. Miller also mounted a solo career in the early 2000s, but the band remained together nonetheless, continuing to release material with their original lineup intact into the following decade.
Following the 2013 release of the EP Waylon Jennings, featuring songs the band recorded over a decade earlier with the man himself, the Old 97’s have confirmed the April 29 release of their new album and ATO debut Most Messed Up — a revealing, 12-track meditation on 20 years in music that finds them at their raucous, boozy best. It’s “a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician’s life, loves and lubrication,” says music critic Bill Flanagan. Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Nourallah, Most Messed Up also features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.
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Spend a fun-filled evening at the National Gallery of Art December 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
Tour the newly renovated East Building, enjoy magnificent works of modern art, film, networking, music by local artist and DJ Adrian Loving, and an original modern dance piece by DEVIATED THEATRE directed by Enoch Chan and choreographed by Kimmie Dobbs Chan.
Admission is free; pre-registration required. Register here.