Posts Tagged ‘R.J. Cooper’

Vidalia’s ’24’ Gives New Order to the Multi-Course Tasting Menu

R.J. Cooper's foie gras parfait, part of his "24" menu at Vidalia Twice R.J. Cooper found himself at Bryan Voltaggio's Table 21 at Volt, and twice the Vidalia chef found himself impressed. "Bryan crushed me a couple of times," says Cooper, his choice of words providing a brief glimpse into his old college jock persona. […]

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 […]

Say Hello to the Inaugural Class of the D.C. Dish Hall of Fame

Yesterday, readers of the Young & Hungry newsletter (hint, hint: sign up at right) got first word on who won the D.C. Dish Hall of Fame. Today, we tell everyone the results of our debut contest, which we launched back in October with the idea of sussing out the dishes that best define the D.C. metro area. […]

Hog Snapper at Vidalia: An Ugly Beauty with a Sweet Personality

R.J. Cooper received a call last week from a fish supplier who asked if the Vidalia chef would like to buy a few specimens of this western-Atlantic monstrosity called the "hog snapper," an ugly beauty also known as the hogfish. (It doesn't take much imagination to figure out where the name comes from.) I happened to be at Vidalia for other reasons when Cooper thought […]

Two Things Y&H Didn’t Expect to See at Sou’Wester’s Opening Party: Frank Ruta and Dancing

Ruta emerged from Palena's kitchen, pictured with Maddy Beckwith So how unique was last night's opening reception for Sou'Wester? So unique that Frank Ruta showed up. In all the years Y&H has been covering the dining scene in D.C., I've never seen the semi-reclusive Palena chef and owner at an industry event. I barely recognized […]

Yep, That’s Right, More Photos from the White House Farmers Market

Y&H had a hard time extracting himself from the office by the start of the FreshFarms Market by the White House yesterday, so I missed all the politico-celebrity speech-making. Fortunately, there were only, say, a thousand other journalist covering that angle. So I focused on, you know, the food. It's a farmers market after all, […]

Did Vidalia Use “Inferior” Ingredients During Restaurant Week?

It's not often that a Restaurant Rater forces Y&H to pick up the phone and talk to the restaurateur under evaluation, but capitolfoodies, in their  meticulously detailed critique of Vidalia during Restaurant Week, dropped this small, tactical bomb: After we paid the bill and were preparing to leave the server asked how we enjoyed the […]

Young & Hungry Dining Guide by the Day: Vidalia

One by one, we’re running through the 50 restaurants that made the cut on this year’s Young & Hungry Dining Guide. If you have visited the day’s featured restaurant, let us know what you think. If you’re planning to visit for the first time, tell us about your meal when you return. The influx of […]

How Raw Pig Skin Becomes Deep-Fried Pork Rinds

The History Channel's Modern Marvels gives you an insider's view of something you may not want to see: how pork rinds are made at a Rudolph Foods processing plant. Frankly, it's not as gross as the weiner-making video, but it's still just a massive, industrial process untouched by human hands. If you want a more […]

Don’t Be Afraid to Lick the Sugar Toad

The name of the appetizer sounded like a joke, as amusing as the "What's Up Doc?" entree of rabbit and carrots that chef R.J. Cooper serves at Vidalia. But when my wife asked our waitress about the "sugar toad," the server said it was no joke. It's the nickname of a real Chesapeake Bay fish, […]