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Best Thing We Ate

Best Thing We Ate: Kristen Kish's Snapper at the James Beard Celebrity Chef Dinner

By Rina Rapuano
August 8, 2014

The Dish: Steamed snapper by Top Chef winner Kristen Kish
The Price: $200 for the reception, dinner and wine pairings
Tasting Notes: We know 200 smackers is a lot to pay for dinner, but this was no ordinary dinner. On Monday, the James Beard Foundation’s Celebrity Chef Tour rolled into The Source, offering a succession of dazzling dishes by both local and national talent. We were treated to Korean panchan from chefs Danny Lee and his mother Yesoon Lee of Mandu; quail satay from chef Eric Ziebold of CityZen; steamed snapper by Top Chef winner Kristen Kish; a spicy eggplant tower (our second favorite dish of the night) from recent James Beard Award winner Vikram Sunderam of Rasika; cumin lamb chops by celebrated Szechuan chef Peter Chang; and a lime and sesame dessert by The Source’s pastry chef Duane Copeland — all paired with beautiful wines and a cucumber soju. Of all the stunning dishes served that evening, our favorite was the delicate and complex preparation by Kish, who served a perfectly steamed snapper with shiitake consomme and shavings of black truffle. Considering this is the second such dinner held in DC this year (one was also held at  Kapnos in April), we think there’s a good chance the series will return. When it does, we suggest you go ahead and plunk down the money.

Places Mentioned

The Source

Fine Dining • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food27 Decor24 Service24 Cost$68

Korean • Dupont Circle

Food23 Decor16 Service20 Cost$28

Korean • Mount Vernon Square

Food23 Decor16 Service20 Cost$28

Indian • Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Food28 Decor25 Service26 Cost$51
Rasika West End

Indian • West End

Food28 Decor25 Service26 Cost$51

Greek • U Street Corridor

Food- Decor- Service- CostM
Peter Chang's Tasty China II

Chinese • Sandy Springs

Food25 Decor20 Service18 Cost$24
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