There was a French trade show at the Embassy in Washington featuring plenty of cheese, spirits, wine and products from tableware to chocolate. I was invited by Stephanie Ridgway who many of us know for her tireless
work on behalf of Mount Gay, but today she had the Remy Martin thing going on with Cointreau Noir -- a blending of Remy Cognac and the orange-based Cointreau.
At the table was the dapper Edward Orfori who has represented Remy and top brands, including The Macallan, as long as I have been in DC. While at the table we were joined by the radiant Annie Boutin-King of The Ritz-Carlton Washington and then by the private dining guru of Passion Food Hospitality of Darnell Howell. Soon we had enough for a foto quorum. YES, I will have another sip of Cointreau Noir ... with one ice cube please.
Then it was on to the Ayr Hill Gallery to see Mary & David Supley Foxworth and their artistic cakes from MallowDrama -- with their fondant canvas for the brush strokes of the pastry chefs.
On the way back to the car, I walked by Bazin's on Church where I saw chef/owner Patrick Bazin rushing a pan of the hot sausages to their booth at their Oktoberfest a block away. His popular Vienna restaurant proved to be the hot station for locals visiting the family street fair. There I ran into Kelley Gillespie of CSI -- Capitol Services Inc. who is also heads the March of Dimes fundraiser October 27 in Washington.