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Chefs plan sequel to inauguration dinners

Joan Nathan and chef Daniel Boulud at the party Nathan hosted to kick off last year's Art.Food.Hope dinners. (James M. Thresher for The Washington Post)

Remember this time last year, when Barack Obama's inauguration drew a slew of chefs to town for benefit dinners at private homes? The Art.Food.Hope dinners raised over $100,000 for local anti-hunger organizations Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen.

Well, mark your calendars, because on Jan. 24, the benefit is happening again, this time under the name Sunday Night Suppers. Some 30 chefs from the District and elsewhere will take the night off to cook the benefit dinners at 15 homes around the city. The dinners will be chaired by tapas guru José Andrés, "Top Chef" host Tom Colicchio, cookbook author Joan Nathan and local-food pioneer Alice Waters. (Last year, you may recall, Nathan kicked off the Art.Food.Hope event with a party that featured, among other things, a life-saving Heimlich maneuver by Colicchio when she started to choke on a piece of food.)

In addition to Waters, the chefs slated to cook this year include Gabriel Kreuther of The Modern in New York, Charles Phan from the Slanted Door in San Francisco, Fabio Trabocchi of the Four Seasons in New York (formerly of Maestro in Tysons Corner), and DC chefs Todd Gray of Equinox, Jeff Buben of Vidalia and Brian McBride of Blue Duck Tavern.

Each party will have 20 guests, smaller than last year's. Local farmers are also supporting the event, and many are attending the dinners. This year, there will be a special cocktail reception hosted by Waters that will include a presentation of clips from a new documentary film "Hungry in America."

For information about attending or hosting a dinner, email Brian MacNair at DC Central Kitchen.

-- Jane Black

By Jane Black  |  December 29, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Chefs  | Tags: Jane Black  
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