Posts Tagged ‘Cathal Armstrong’

Chef Cathal Armstrong on His Mother’s Influence

As a coda to our short hymn to a mother's influence on chefs and restaurateurs, I turn to Cathal Armstrong, chef and owner of this year's Best Restaurant. Here's what Armstrong had to say about his "mam":

D.C. Chefs and Restaurants Come Home Empty-Handed at the Beard Awards

After watching one D.C. nominee after another strike out last night at the James Beard Foundation Awards — from Komi's Johnny Monis in the Rising Star Chef category to CityZen's Amanda Cook in the Outstanding Pastry Chef category — I thought for sure José Andrés would win the Outstanding Chef medal. I mean, Andrés had all […]

The Filter Experience: Good Underground Coffee

Whoever decided coffee was a social lubricant, deserving of a sunny space filled with tables and couches and vibrant conversation, has never really stopped to examine the culture of java drinking. Haven't they noticed that it's the first liquid of the day, when most humans are still fighting with their reptilian brains and trying to […]

Making Sense of the Repetitive James Beard Nominations; RAMMYs to Announce its Nods Tomorrow

As many of you know already, the James Beard Foundation Tweeted its way through the nominees this morning for its annual Beard Awards. The D.C. market fared well once again, both in the restaurant/chef and journalism categories. Don't worry, I'm not here to toot my own horn. I'm here instead to point out a potentially […]

Cathal Armstrong on Food Critics

Next week, we here at WCP will drop our annual Best of D.C. issue, which has required a lot of remedial eating on my part, including a recent dinner in the Tasting Room at Restaurant Eve. Carrie and I dined there on Saturday, and the only strange thing about the experience was that neither one […]

Area Chefs and Restaurateurs Claim 18 Noms on the Beard Semi-finalists’ List for 2010

Just call Derek Brown, left, Mr. Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Y&H is a behind on this (hey, if you want excuses, I got a million of 'em!), but I wanted to offer my congratulations to the local semi-finalists for this year's James Beard Awards. It's an impressive list, one filled with many of Y&H's […]

This Week’s Greatest Hits on Young & Hungry

Cincy natives were livid over Y&H's Skyline Chili post. Mother Nature dumped 30 inches-plus of powder on our heads this past week, so it goes without saying the most-read item was...Orr Shtuhl's Aug. 11 post on Budweiser's Select 55. (Insert garbled invective here.) Fortunately, we've stopped counting that post a long time ago. So here's […]

Sno’Body Knows the Troubles He’s Seen: The Cost of Closing Down Restaurant Eve

Everyone, it seems, is obsessed with the amount of money local jurisdictions are spending on snow removal, but consider how much money local restaurateurs are losing due to the storm(s). And then consider that they can't exactly apply for federal disaster relief. Cathal Armstrong, the chef/owner of Restaurant Eve, Eamonn's and The Majestic, figures he's lost […]

More Good Causes: Celebrity Chefs Cook Your Sunday Supper for Charity

The rest of the non-profits around the metro area — you know, the ones that don't have their hand in Haitian earthquake relief — must feel like the location scout for Avatar. Really damn underappreciated. But in this economy, many non-profits are getting hit with a double whammy: The need for their services has increased, while […]

Venison at Eve: The Flavor Is Not in the Fat

Cathal Armstrong, riding high with his venison saddle Last Friday afternoon, I watched Cathal Armstrong slice the sirloin out of a venison saddle so deep-purple it looked like the Restaurant Eve chef was butchering Barney. The saddle comes from Shaffer Venison Farms in central Pennsylvania, where the owner plants specific trees and shrubs on which […]