Washington column for Oct. 12

Patrick O’Connell cooks for Puerto Rico

A dream team of chefs will join the Michelin Guide to create a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience, with proceeds benefiting Puerto Rico disaster relief.

Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington, Pineapple and Pearl’s Aaron Silverman, and Minibar’s José Andrés will together create a nine-course dinner for a limited number of guests on Oct. 18 at Pineapple and Pearls, which will offer two seatings over the course of the evening.

This delectable event follows the announcement of Michelin Guide’s 2018 ratings for Washington DC-area restaurants, which will take place on Oct. 17th.

DC’s first Michelin Guide was launched just last year, establishing the Washington area as a culinary destination — an unlikely designation just a generation ago.

“Washington, D.C. has always been an important city for Michelin, but it has only recently started to get recognition as a full-fledged culinary destination,” said Michael Ellis, international director of the Michelin Guide. “Thanks to chefs like Patrick, José, Aaron and so many incredibly talented women and men in this city, dining in the D.C. area has become a truly extraordinary experience.”

The celebration of fine food, wine and culinary star power will serve to provide much needed resources to José Andrés’ charitable organization, World Central Kitchen (WCK) and to UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund. World Central Kitchen was founded on the belief that food can be an agent of change.

The organization has expanded globally and has developed into a group of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty. Most recently, José and the World Central Kitchen chef team traveled to Puerto Rico to spearhead relief efforts, preparing more than 130,000 meals for those in need. UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund was established to help those affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, as well as the Mexico City earthquake.

For more information regarding seating, please visit www.pineappleandpearls.com. Reservations are now being accepted. For those who are unable to attend, but wish to donate to World Central Kitchen, you can do so by visiting https://www.worldcentralkitchen.org/donate.

Gallery opening

Gay Street Gallery has a new exhibition opening on Saturday, Oct. 21. Paintings will be on display by Becky Parrish and Kevin H. Adams, glasswork by Diana Branscome and wooden vessels by Frederick Williamson.

Parrish, an art teacher and gallery director, is known throughout the region for her “abstract representational” still life paintings, portraits and floral compositions. Branscome’s ethereal glass creations of art are usually formed from recycled glass. The original materials provide the “genetics” that define each work. Williamson’s striking wooden bowls are made from sections of fallen trees, most from within a 30-mile radius of his home in Crozet. Adams, whose studio adjoins the gallery, presents new paintings of architecture in the Virginia landscape.

Refreshments will be served during the reception from 4 to 7.

Ham and oysters

It’s time to take a break from mowing the yard, painting the fence, or working in the garden. Head down to the Washington Volunteer Fire Department this Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m., for its Ham and Oyster dinner.

They are having a spread that you won’t believe. The menu consists of Fried Oysters and Oyster Stew, Baked Ham and Country Ham, casseroles, side dishes, vegetables, and for that person with the sweet tooth they will have lots of desserts. The cost will be $25 per person and $10 for children 10 and under. All proceeds will go toward a new tanker.

WBC news

Washington Baptist Church will celebrate its 135th Anniversary this coming Sunday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.

The “Old Time Religion” worship service in the sanctuary will include special music, and a performance by the Youth Drama Club highlighting WBC’s history and heritage. Everyone is welcome to attend, and encouraged to dress casually so that they can go directly from the church to the annual “Churches and Community Picnic” that will take place at the Rappahannock County Park this coming Sunday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 4. It has become an annual tradition for area churches to get together in the park with residents and guests of Rappahannock County to share food and fellowship.

Participating churches include: Amissville UMC, Church Without Walls, First Baptist, Novum Baptist, Rappahannock Methodist Charge (Flint Hill, Sperryville Willis Chapel), Reynolds Memorial Baptist, St. Peter, Trinity Episcopal, UUBridge, and Washington Baptist.

The event includes games for all ages, live music, and much more. Sponsored and coordinated by Washington Baptist Church, the picnic is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend and enjoy a great fall afternoon together. Those attending are encouraged to bring a favorite side dish or dessert to share. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided.

Art show

R.H. Ballard shop and gallery are ready for fall! They have a group art show right now with new landscapes by Meg Walsh, Lena Murray, and Lynn Mehta. They also have a big gallery exhibit coming up with a soft opening on Oct. 28 with new work by Jeanne Drevas and Nol Putnam. The shop is also fully stocked with all of the Ballards’ new finds for fall.

The Ballard’s front windows is decorated with beautiful displays for the Fall season. Photo by Joanie Ballard

It’s been a busy time for all the shops and galleries in town. The Ballards are having lots of fun with their fall window displays (as you can see in the picture to the left).

Have a wonderful week!