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For 26-year old executive chef, Daniel Giusti and newest member of the 1789 culinary team, pastry chef Mallory Staley, Sunday morning at this historic Georgetown restaurant was all about “teaching cooking and having fun.”
As Daniel told the group, “It’s the season of the ramps (delicate flavorful wild onions much sought after by chefs with a short season to purchase and pickle).” Continuing a monthly tradition of inviting 12 for lunch, to prepare lunch, that is, March was all about fresh herbs and photogenic vegetables.
With no precise menu, as Daniel says, “Many recipes are wrong,” six chopping boards and 12 pairs of nimble fingers began assembling the ingredients for a seasonally fresh and fragrant meal of grilled chicken, onion soup, green salad with slab bacon (easier to slice than pre-cut), herb and cheese popovers, young Vidalia onions with fonduta (think fondue without the forks), roasted potatoes and turnips. And whipped cream-topped chocolate pudding for dessert.
Maureen Johnston was there with Debbie Cully, lucky recipient of a Christmas-turned-birthday gift for her friend.
Daniel explained, "Rosemary and thyme are roasting herbs (the twiggy kind, not parsley or basil) and best for sprinkling on sliced potatoes."
Mallory demonstrated how to make herb and cheese (cheddar) popovers baked in muffin tins (in every other space to allow for spillovers). Important to spray the pan first, and not to open the oven door while baking.
For information about joining 1789's monthly cooking classes, contact 1789 Restaurant.
1789 Restaurant is at 1226 36th Street. Tel: 202.965.1789
For Benjamin and Daniel Miller, WestMill Capital, their newly launched real estate company, soon to be headquartered inabove Kramerbooks, represents both a continuation of the family business and a nod to a younger demographic.
Since 1967, Western Development Corporation, founded by their father, Herbert S. Miller built more than 20 million square feet of retail, office, and residential space, and some of the first large, urban mixed-use projects in the nation. Here in D.C., Western Development is responsible for Gallery Place,
Focusing on individual businesses -- "the restaurants, retail consumer-centric venues that in critical mass create dynamic corridors," as they told The Washington Business Journal, the Miller brothers, after breaking with Western Development in October 2010, created a $10 million fund to help promising retail and restaurant projects lock down real estate.
While they have no immediate plans to build in Georgetown,told The Georgetown Dish, "We would love to buy a building. There are a lot of little neighborhoods. We're always looking for buildings that residents think are important ... like Griffin Market." He continued, "We want to transform the way communities invest in real estate."
Those indelible war images in U.S. News and World Report, iconic travel shots in National Geographic books and Smithsonian magazine, and portraits, lots of portraits, from presidents to pandas for Newsweek, Life and People. That one of Washington Post publisher, Katherine Graham in Newsweek, and those stunning close-ups of mating bees for Life, they’re all his.
For 35 years, Stephen R. Brown has been traveling the world on photo assignments for news organizations, the travel industry, book publishers, and advertising companies from the place he calls home, Washington D.C. So it isn’t surprising that when this writer turned photographer turned book publisher chose subjects for his first three books, they were all local.
Construction began on the World War II Memorial in 2002, and for Brown, it was the beginning of a two year project, “an opportunity to document from ground zero. ” Over 15,000 images were taken while photographing the construction. The one above was “double truck” published in May 2004 Smithsonian. No other photographer was there to capture the scene as sculptor Ray Kaskey installed his bronze eagles holding laurel wreaths. Of course, having access to the construction cranes helped, and a friend in Bob Dole to secure access and maintain those unique vantage points during those many months. In the end, Brown’s photographs remain the only record, an exclusive look at the making of a national tribute to the American men and women who fought in World War II. And for the aging veterans who made the trip to see it, Brown’s WWII Memorial:Jewel of the Mall is a poignant memento. His ongoing blog on the WWII Memorial records visitors to the Memorial over the past five years.
Another endangered species, the watermen of Chesapeake Bay and the oysters they farm are central to Brown’s newest book, Tidewater: The Chesapeake Bay in Photographs. He explained, “Its living history, this birthplace of America. There was a time when there were so many oysters that in three days they filtered the entire bay”. No more. “And the craft of boat building, also dying”. Many of Brown’s photographs, taken over 30 years hang in local museums, and now, in this exquisite travelogue.
“I’ve always been fascinated by Washington, D.C. It’s a beautiful place.” says Brown. In fact, his first assignment for The Washington Post in 1976 was a photo essay on bike riding along the C&O Canal from Georgetown to Cumberland. Every visitor to Georgetown has tried to take this shot of Washington Harbour.
Intended as a high quality tourist book, DC Photo Book: An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C., is that and more. Comprehensive, with all the major museums (look for the brand new Martin Luther King Memorial in the next printing), it also contains many exclusive shots of the Nation’s Capital captured over 30 years.
“Photography is 90% furniture moving and 10% serendipity”. That’s how legendary portrait photographer, Arnold Newman saw it. Ask Brown and he’ll add, “Sometimes it takes a long time to get the shot”. Thank you, Stephen for giving us all those iconic images we take for granted.
For more information and a peek at this remarkable photographer’s work, visit: www.stephenbrownstudio.com