The power of food

28Sep10

* I know that it has been awhile since I shared my adventures in cooking and baking here. Please indulge me as I do something new in this space and let me know what you think! *

Tonight I had the privilege and pleasure to join DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) and some of their supporters for the first annual Capitol Hill Pizza Toss.  The event was held at Spike Mendelsohn’s , of Top Chef fame, newest restaurant, We, The Pizza and featured a member of the United States Pizza Team showing off her tossing skills.

Karen, member of the United States Pizza Team, shows how it’s done.

DCCK, for those of you that aren’t familiar, is an incredible organization here in Washington, DC that works to address the interconnected issues of poverty, hunger and homelessness in a sustainable way through job training, meal distribution and supporting local food systems.  I’ve had the opportunity to volunteer in their kitchen, and the work that the do, the reach that they have in this community is truly inspiring.  We all know how powerful food can be- food brings people together, food is comfort, and food evokes memories of fond times spent together.  The reality is that for many people in this country, and around the world, a meal on the table at the end of the day isn’t a given.   So, as someone who recognizes just how darn lucky I am to be able to bake to my hearts content, to whip up a gourmet meal just for the heck of it, I also feel it’s my duty to shed some light to the great work that is being done to end hunger.  I hope to feature more of the great work of DCCK in the coming months.

DCCK will be hosting an incredible foodie event, and fundraiser, “Capital Foodfight 2010” on November 11 at the Ronald Reagan Building.  Capital Foodfight will be a truly knock-out event featuring signature dishes from 60 restaurants, incredible auction items (check this one out- http://www.dccentralkitchen.org/ripert-dinner.php how cool would that be?) and a line-up of celebrity chefs including: Jose Andres, Tom Collichio, Eric Ripert, and more!

At tonight’s pizza toss, three of the battling chefs that will be featured at Capital Foodfight tested out their dough-slinging skills (Scott Drewno, The Source; Will Artley, Evening Star Café; Victor Albisu, BLT Steak).  It was great to see these guys a bit out of their comfort zones, and I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves for the on-stage chef battles in November!

Chefs Drewno, Albisu and Artley prepping to toss their pizza dough.

If you have a chance to go to We, The Pizza, I thought their “forest shroomin pie” was delish- great earthy mushroom taste with a subtle fresh hint of thyme.

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2 Responses to “The power of food”

  1. 1 Jessica

    YAY for new posts! I am hoping to get back to DC someday and will definitely try to hit this place up – very cool that you are involved in DCCK.

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