Meet the Chef: Sebastien Rondier, After Peacock Room

Meet the Chef: Sebastien Rondier, After Peacock Room

By Lisa Comento, Foodable Contributor

Follow the red brick sidewalks of Georgetown walking east along P Street and they will lead you to After Peacock Room. This quaint fine-dining bistro is only a few blocks from Wisconsin Avenue and a true dining gem. Restaurant owner and interior designer, Heewon Ra, recently hired accomplished Executive Chef Sebastien Rondier, formerly of Decanter at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Meet the Chef

Born in Le Cher, France, Sebastien credits his grandparents on his mother’s side as his cooking inspirations — from his grandmother’s cooking to his grandfather who woke up nearly each morning at 6 a.m. to tend to the garden and farm animals. Fresh eggs, poultry, fruits, vegetables and herbs were on the family’s daily menu.

Photo Courtesy of Chef Sebastien Rondier

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Local Chefs & Artisans Support No Kid Hungry at Taste of the Nation D.C.

Local Chefs & Artisans Support No Kid Hungry at Taste of the Nation D.C.

By Lisa Comento, Foodable Contributor

Last week, the National Building Museum housed Taste of the Nation in Washington, D.C. This event draws foodies from throughout the D.C. metropolitan region eager to sample artisanal small bites such as ceviche, braised pork sliders and gnocchi crafted by local chefs. Wine bars and local distilleries along with more than forty local restaurants were spread out around either side of the main floor.

Behind the Scenes

Share Our Strength was founded in 1984 in response to the famine in Ethiopia by sister-brother team, Bill and Debbie Shore. The Taste of the Nation fundraiser is organized by Share Our Strength to support their No Kid Hungry campaign to fight childhood hunger in America. The campaign aims to educate families across the country on how to prepare healthy and affordable meals. This dynamic campaign also connects children to nutritional programs at their schools such as school breakfasts and summer meals. 

The Cocktail Highlights

During the event, local bar Mockingbird Hill, located in the fast-growing Shaw neighborhood, served their Anda-Lucian, a refreshing drink comprised of Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum, Alexandro Sherry, fruit juices and bitters. 

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Restaurant Nora and the Leading Lady Chef Behind the Concept

Restaurant Nora and the Leading Lady Chef Behind the Concept

By Lisa Comento, Foodable Contributor 

Restaurant Nora opened its doors in 1979 and won America's first certified organic restaurant. Many years later, the concept continues to thrive on the creativity and culinary innovation of chef and owner, Nora Pouillon, along with the support of her two partners, brothers Thomas and Steven Damato who have been with her since day one.

How it All Started and the Chef's Idyllic Childhood on the Farm 

Nora grew up in Austria where her father leased a working farm in the Alps during World War II. She recalls even as a toddler being fascinated by farm life- from watching how the farmer’s wife milked to cows and separated the milk from the cream. Then her grandmother made for the kids to have with strawberries and cake from the fresh whipped cream. It was at this early age, where she started learning from her grandmother about the different parts of a chicken and how to prepare them.

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