Carla Hall and more of D.C.’s ‘Top Chefs’ Come Together to Inspire the Next Generation of Aspiring Chefs

Washington, D.C. – March 26, 2012 – On the heels of being one of 10 charities selected to participate in Food & Wine magazine’s “Chefs Who Make Change” campaign, Common Threads will bring together some of DC’s most influential chefs, Members of Congress, foodies and business elite to celebrate cultural diversity on the plate during “An Evening with Common Threads – Chefs Celebrating Children in the Kitchen.”  Hosted by two-time James Beard Award winner and Common Threads founder Art Smith, along with co-hosts Chef Carla Hall and Mary Beth Albright, the evening will raise funds to support the non-profit organizations life changing hands-on cooking classes. The event will be held on Thursday, April 26th, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, an Affinia Hotel and Art and Soul (415 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20001). Tickets are $150 per person.

Each chef will be teamed up with Common Threads most promising students to give the ‘Small Thread’ a once in a lifetime opportunity to work side by side with a culinary expert.  In addition to enjoying tasty bites of globally inspired cuisine, guests will also be treated to a scotch and whisky tasting with Ewan Morgan, Diageo master of whisky. Two of DC’s hottest mixologists will be serving their award-winning handcrafted signature cocktails – Artini “fan favorite” mixologist Ronald Flores from Art and Soul and the much-lauded Alex Bookless from Passenger.  Guests will also enjoy sophisticated world music sounds from DJ Matt Johnson of Signature Talent.

Participating chefs include:

  • Carla Hall, Alchemy by Carla Hall
  • Pedro Matamoros, 8407 Kitchen Bar
  • Ravi Narayanan, Acacia Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Wes Morton, Art and Soul
  • Mario Raymond, Circle 525
  • Ethan McKee, Circle Bistro
  • Michel Richard, Citronelle and Central by Michel Richard
  • Susan Watterson, CulinAerie
  • Dean Gold, Dino
  • Jeff Tunks, District Commons
  • Mike Isabella, Graffiato
  • Jamie Leeds, Hank’s Oyster Bar
  • Dennis Marron, Poste Moderne Brasserie
  • Jacob Hunter, Matchbox
  • Susan Soorenko, Moorenko’s
  • Nora Pouillon and Todd Woods, Restaurant Nora
  • Sara Polon, Soupergirl
  • Orlando Amaro, Station 4
  • Scott Drewno, The Source
  • John Critchley, Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar

Tickets can be purchased online at https://secure.tecture.com/commonthreads/eventtickets.aspx?eventId=87. For more additional information on the event, please go to http://events.commonthreads.org/eventlist.aspx.

Founded in 2003, Common Threads teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals based on the belief that through hands-on cooking classes, childhood obesity can be prevented and the trend of generations of non-cookers can be reversed. All while celebrating cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common.

In the Common Threads’ Cooking Skills & World Cuisine after-school program, students “travel” with their imaginations to a different country far outside of their neighborhoods, by learning about and preparing healthy recipes indigenous to that country each week. Each class in the 10-week session builds upon the skills and knowledge from the previous weeks, giving these mini chefs a toolbox that will last a lifetime.  Common Threads currently operates in four Washington, DC locations including: CulinAerie with Bancroft Elementary students, E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Charter School, Tyler Elementary and The Washington Middle School for Girls at The ARC.

Sponsors include: Nestle, Stouffers, Nestle Waters, Diageo, Wal-Mart, Abbott, American Beverage Association, Food Marketing Institute, Coca-Cola, National Turkey Federation, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Retail Federation, Quicken Loans, Washingtonian, Acme Paper & Supply Co, Method-designs.com, Pamela’s Punch and The Tergis Group.


About Common Threads

Common Threads, a non-profit organization, teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals based on the belief that through hands-on cooking classes can help prevent childhood obesity and reverse the trend of generations of non-cookers, while celebrating cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common. The organization reaches nearly 1,000 children, ages 8-12, annually across 18 sites in Chicago, two sites in Los Angeles, four in Miami, and four in Washington, D.C.  Common Threads is proud to be part of an exclusive group of charities hand selected for Food and Wine magazine’s “Chefs Make Change” campaign that brings together 10 superstar chefs to make the world a better place. For more information on Common Threads, please visit www.commonthreads.org.  Follow Common Threads on Facebook & Twitter.

For more information and for high resolution photos:

Danielle Tergis, The Tergis Group



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