Little Black Blog dropped by the Washington Court Hotel last week for An Evening with Celtic Chefs, a night benefiting the Washington Ireland Program. The evening featured samplings from several area chefs, including Cathal Armstrong (Restaurant Eve Food Group), Zach Dunphy (Againn), Darren Hendry (Bobby Van’s), Michael Marrone (Galway Bay Restaurant), Tracy O’Grady (Willow Restaurant) Geoff Tracy Chef Geoff’s, LIA’s). Guests were invited to taste each chef’s creation at the tasting stations set up around the ballroom.
Our favorite was the caviar-topped deviled eggs from Cheff Geoff’s, which were the perfect combination of hearty and manageable as we paired our bites with libations from the sumptuous open bar.
Accompanying the foodie event was a silent auction, which was comprised of many fabulous items and experiences. According to Ambassador Michael Collins, Irish Ambassador to the United States, “The Washington Ireland program is a unique opportunity for Irish students to learn about the American political process and how Washington DC really works. Ireland’s relationship with the United States is one of our most important and it is essential that future Irish leaders appreciate that relationship. WIP helps to make that happen.”
More than 450 young adults from Ireland have graduated from WIP, representing twenty-five different universities throughout the UK and Ireland. Many graduates are now emerging in important careers in politics, law, business, communications, education and community organizations. As they move into critical leadership roles, they retain their connection with WIP and continue to give back to their local communities through an active alumni network.