Restaurants 3.0

Mike Isabella comes back to DC, fresh off of his "Top Chef" run, to open a restaurant.

Restaurants 3.0

by Erin Hartigan | DC magazine | April 28, 2011
A lot can happen in a year. Less than 12 months ago, restaurateur Hilda Staples had one restaurant, Frederick’s Volt, which she co-owns with Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio. Now, Staples has an ownership stake in two of this year’s most anticipated new restaurants: Rogue 24 by R.J. Cooper and Graffiato by Top Chef All-Stars runner-up Mike Isabella. This might seem stunning, but for Washington’s current unprecedented restaurant renaissance.

Northern Exposure

U.S. Chief of Protocol Capricia; Portrait by Joshua Cogan

Northern Exposure

by Karen Sommer Shalett | DC magazine | April 28, 2011
Capricia Penavic Marshall understood a political secret long before the pundits figured it out: As Ohio goes, so goes the nation. Having grown up in Cleveland in the ’60s, her parents’ kitchen table was a metaphor for the country’s immigration story. The daughter of a Mexican mother and Croatian father—whose own adopted siblings were Italian—Marshall’s family’s Thanksgiving dinners included the Russian family down the street, while Sundays rarely passed without tamales, mole and a visit from the Lebanese family across the way.

A Cut Above

False mango sponge cake; Photography by Greg Powers

A Cut Above

by George W. Stone | DC magazine | April 28, 2011
“It’s refreshing.” That’s what my friend remarked after five courses of Spanish gluttony within the hushed plushness of Taberna del Alabardero, the most anachronistic restaurant in town and easily among the most transporting. Refreshing? When’s the last time a 10,000-calorie feast in a 22-year-old restaurant felt refreshing? But it was—and that’s a warning to all those new acrobatic restaurants out there desperately trying to fly high.   

Pour Relations

Terri and Pete Kight; Photography by Jesse and Whitney Chamberlin

Pour Relations

by Stephanie Davis Smith | The Atlantan magazine | April 28, 2011
It’s unclear how many bottles of wine we might drink tonight. Terri and Pete Kight, proprietors of several vineyards, are hosting a wine dinner in their Brookhaven home, and row upon beautiful row of Pinots, Chards and Grenaches cover the expanse of their large mahogany dining room table. Riedel stemware is lined up on every available surface like little glass soldiers ready to march into battle. In the kitchen, acclaimed chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union is wedged behind the island with his band of hurried sous chefs.

Toying Around

Chef Zeb Stevenson; Photography by Sarah Dorio

Toying Around

by Katie Kelly Bell | The Atlantan magazine | April 28, 2011
Tucked inside the historic Georgian Terrace Hotel, Livingston sits directly across from the Fox Theatre—the marquee glow is very “bright lights and big city” through the gauzy sheers on the restaurant windows, giving the dining experience a unique Broadway feel.  

Richie Rich

Photography by Alex Martinez

Richie Rich

by Katie Kelly Bell | The Atlantan magazine | April 28, 2011
Haunted by his surprising defeat in Top Chef’s fourth season, Atlanta’s Richard Blais finally brings home the title (and $200,000) in a grueling Top Chef: All-Stars battle.  

The Simple Life

A grilled cheese sandwich made with Great Hill blue cheese and a mizuna salad with grapes

The Simple Life

by Michael Nagrant | CS magazine | April 28, 2011
You don’t want Jay-Z rapping nursery rhymes. Sure, maybe he penned a few lines like “roses are red…” in his journals growing up in the Marcy Projects in New York, but his genius is manifest in the sharp parsing of ghetto life with complex rhyme schemes. If he stuck to traditional meter and botany, well, he’d have serious problems. This is initially how I feel about chef Martial Noguier and his new Gold Coast restaurant, Bistronomic. Why would one of Chicago’s best chefs set his sights on simple rustic French food?   

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Back to Business

Designer Maria Pinto in the Mark Shale location; Portrait by Jason Robinette

Back to Business

by Amalie Drury | CS magazine | April 28, 2011
Maria Pinto has always been a mistress of reinvention. She’s done it before, when the post-9/11 downturn and embezzlement by a former employee forced her to shutter her ready-to-wear business in 2002. And even though just a few short years ago she was hailed as a superstar in publications ranging from Vogue to Women’s Wear Daily, Pinto is reinventing herself once again with a new job as creative director of women’s fashions for the Chicago-based Mark Shale stores.

Orient Impress

The Peninsula Chicago at night

Orient Impress

by Amalie Drury | CS magazine | April 28, 2011
It was supposed to be the biggest bash of 2001: a lavish, no-expense-spared grand opening party for The Peninsula Chicago. The small, Hong Kong-based luxury hotel chain had pulled out all the stops for its third U.S. outpost. (The first opened in New York in 1988; today there are nine locations total around the world.) Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, with interiors by San Francisco-based BAMO, the 20-floor, 339-room Peninsula Chicago at the corner of Superior Street and Michigan Avenue couldn’t have been better situated.
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