Cheers to a New Decade!

With 600 wines from over 100 vintners, The 11th Annual Washington DC International Wine & Food Festival welcomed wine and food lovers to the Ronald Reagan  Building and International Trade Center this weekend.  City-wide events started Thursday with a kick-off co-hosted by Peter Smith (PS7's) and  Todd Gray (Equinox) and  a TastePost wine & cheese happy hour reception Friday at The Washington Post. Saturday and Sunday were filled with street fare food pavilions, grand tastings and a Sunday friend-raiser brunch for DC Central Kitchen held at RIS, Ris Lacoste's newest hot spot in The West End.  Some of our favorite premier chefs took the The Washington Post demo stage to demonstrate their expertise: Jose Andres (ThinkFoodGroup), Nic Jammet (Sweetgreen), Claudio Pirollo (Et Voila!), Todd Gray (Equinox), and Patrice Olivon (L'Academie Cuisine), Barton Seaver (Blue Ridge - sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Institute) and Glenn Babcock (Nage). 

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)Dusty Lockhart of ThreeLockharts Communications samples a Chardonnay

Dusty Lockhart of ThreeLockharts Communications samples a Chardonnay

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)Sean Moore & Erik Zambrano of Jana Foods say cheese!

Sean Moore & Erik Zambrano of Jana Foods say cheese!

(Photo by: Judith Beerman)11th Annual Washington DC Wine & Food Festival

11th Annual Washington DC Wine & Food Festival

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)Stefano Frigerio, Founder & President of Copper Pot Food Company with his sauces, jams, and vinegars

Stefano Frigerio, Founder & President of Copper Pot Food Company with his sauces, jams, and vinegars

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)Maryland Wine never tasted so good!

Maryland Wine never tasted so good!

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)Chef Todd Gray shares his savory secrets

Chef Todd Gray shares his savory secrets

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)The International Food Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Building

The International Food Pavilion at the Ronald Reagan Building

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)Standing room only for Todd Gray's gastronomy tips

Standing room only for Todd Gray's gastronomy tips

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)Charlottesville's Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard

Charlottesville's Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyard