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24 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Coconut Cake Challenge’s Final Five!


The idea of having 14 coconut cakes to taste was for some, a dream come true; for others a sweet coconut covered mountain to climb. For a first-time bake-off, Eatonville Restaurant and Church Lady Cake Diaries’ Makes-Me-Wanna SHOUT! Coconut Cake Challenge brought together coconut cake lovers, the curious and the savory set enticed by the [...]

15 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

All Coconut Cake Menu March 19


14 DC area amateur bakers were selected to start their baking engines and bring their coconut cakes to compete in the Makes-Me-Wanna SHOUT! Coconut Cake Challenge Semifinals Saturday, March 19 from 2-4 PM at Miriam’s Kitchen (2401 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/159833. Ticket sales for the [...]

12 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The All-American Cucumber Tea Sandwich


Eatonville’s Executive Chef Garret Fleming made a big splash last night at the National Geographic Museum with…Cucumber, Mint and Honey Tea Sandwiches for a reception for the “America I Am” exhibit, now on display through May at the National Geographic Society Museum.  Chef Fleming’s prep was capture for Eatonville Restaurant kitchen channel. March Food & [...]

23 February 2011 ~ 1 Comment

The “O” Factor in Gumbo


With Mardi Gras coming up (March 8), there’s the temptation to focus on the Gumbo factor. Gumbo’s gotten big in DC and Gumbo aficionados are getting picky. The “Gumbo police” reports range from critical assessments, “Top 10” lists, blogging gumbo, to diners calling their mothers and grandmothers on their cell phones to report “Your gumbo [...]

12 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Coconut Cake Challenge


UPDATED Why coconut cake? At some point in my Church Lady Cake Diaries project, I wanted to do a bake-off.  When I proposed the idea to Andy Shallal for Eatonville Restaurant, he responded, “Eatonville could use a good coconut cake.” Eatonville and I have traveled down this road before when the restaurant conducted a search [...]

04 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

More Food & Folklore


High On the Hog – February Food & Folklore with Jessica B. Harris For February’s Food & Folklore culinary historian and storyteller Jessica B. Harris discusses her new book for which this special dinner is titled — High On the Hog– Wednesday, February 16 at 6:30 PM at Eatonville Restaurant. In High on the Hog:  [...]

27 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

More Sips


Celery Root found its way into a puree garnished with fennel at Eatonville’s New Year’s Eve dinner. That was 2010. This is 2011 and Chef Garret Fleming added another twist for Saturday Night Sips – pickled local turnip and celery root slaw stacked on top of bourbon-braised BBQ veal cheeks on a black pepper buttermilk [...]

23 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Another Saturday Night…


There was no place to be alone tonight inside the home of Greg Nelson and Jose Cunningham, hosts for this year’s Saturday Night Sips, an annual fundraiser to benefit Martha’s Table and D.C. Central Kitchen. Oh what a night especially in the kitchen with several of the area’s top restaurant chefs sharing the island. Chef [...]

16 January 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Zora-Fest continues


This weekend’s Zora-Fest Craft Fair Zeta Phi Beta Sorority celebrates Founders’ Day this weekend. Sorors came to Eatonville on Saturday in their royal blue and white to pay homage to fellow soror Zora Neale Hurston. Zeta Phi Beta was founded on this day (January 16) in 1920 on the campus of Howard University. Chef Garret [...]

11 January 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Chef Garret Preparing Duck Confit (Part 2)

You’ve seen Part 1, now watch Part 2 of Executive Chef Garret Fleming showing how to prepare duck confit for his Duck Confit & Sweet Potato Pot Pie dish, one of the featured items on Eatonville Restaurant’s “Restaurant Week Winter 2011″ Menu!