We’re super-pleased to say that Graffiato has two nominations in Express Night Out‘s 2011 “Best Of” contest: Best New Restaurant and Best Restaurant Owned by a “Top Chef” Contestant. Even better, Chef Mike Isabella is up for Best Chef! Help us secure the trifecta: vote early, vote often!
How good is the food at Graffiato? Alyson Jacobs at WRQX 107.3, apparently not a meat eater, had — and loved! — our wood oven-cooked Bone Marrow dish. And, of course, the Prosecco on tap.
… and had the nicest things to say about us in his online chat today: “knockout” food, “deceptively detailed and boldly flavored dishes,” and more. We couldn’t ask for a better start out of the gate! Thanks, Todd!
Formally known for his talents at the stoves, on Saturday, July 2 Mike Isabella will showcase his athletic skills from the mound at Nationals Stadium. Watch Mike throw out the first pitch of the first game in a double-header against the Pittsburgh Pirates, scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm. After the game, catch a bite and a brew at Graffiato in Chinatown.
Anxious to taste Chef Mike’s food, but can’t make it to Graffiato in Washington, D.C., this summer? Join him for an intimate five-course, Italian-inspired dinner at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City on August 23. Tickets and a look at the menu and wine pairings are available on the the James Beard Foundation website.
Graffiato is still under construction, but the culinary drought we’ve all been experiencing without Mike Isabella’s creations is about to end. In February, there are four opportunities to taste and see what Chef is working on for Graffiato.
February 12 – International Wine & Food Festival
Catch Mike’s live demo on how to prepare spiced beets, chocolate and fresh-made ricotta. Then linger to sample the dish.
February 14 – Cuisine Contra
Spend Valentine’s Day with the Chef you love most at a fun event combining food, drink, art and music. The location is a surprise, but the chance to win roundtrip airfare to Paris is not!
February 17 – Italian Inspiration: An Evening with Chef Mike Isabella at Boffi Georgetown
The American Institute of Wine & Food hosts a reception with Chef at the dapper and contemporary Boffi Georgetown showroom. Sample Graffiato-inspired snacks and local Virginia wines. Tickets available to non-AIWF members. E-mail Carolyn Margolis for tickets and information by February 14.
February 20 – No. 68 Project – a discourse in dining
No. 68 Project is a series of unique dining experiences combining playful chef-driven cuisine with talented artists’ installations for an intimate group of diners to explore and discuss throughout the evening. Chef Isabella kicks off the series on Sunday, February 20. See the No. 68 Project Web site for more info and an exclusive invitation.