This crazy weather is wreaking havoc on my appetite. One day I am craving hot soup and the next I’m sweating, parched and in need of a freezing cold smoothie. What the heck? I think the cold is here to stay … I mean, but who knows. But what we do know is that winter, whether the weather matches or not, starts Friday, December 21st and for the 13th year in a row, one of our favorite chefs, Todd Gray, invites you to dine at his Equinox Restaurant (where I love the fireplace!)
The popular ritual to celebrate the change of seasons will feature Chef Grayâ€™s signature cuisine that showcases the mid-Atlanticâ€™s rich bounty in tune with the rhythms of the earth. Sip selections from acclaimed new Delaplane, Va. winery RdV Vineyards and groove to local roots-rockers The Walkaways.
Whet your appetite for mischief with passed hors dâ€™oeuvres such as Fatty Crab Beignets with Caper RÃ©moulade, Crispy Duck Spring Rolls with Napa Cabbage, 24-Hour Brisket with Silver Dollar Brioche, and Rare Tuna with Nori Chips, Cucumber and Shaved Radish. Party from station to station and enjoy Agnolotti of House-Made Ricotta with White Truffle Butter and Winter Squash Mirepoix, Pancetta-Wrapped Cervena Venison Medallions with Parsnip Leek PurÃ©e and Pear Shallot Jus, and Smoked Apple Chestnut Soup with Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms and Celery Root Gremolata. Let sinfully sweet Apple Cider Beignets and Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars with “Dip-n-Dots” excite your taste buds.
Savor every bite paired with coveted Lost Mountain 2009 and Rendezvous 2009 from RdV Vineyard, the internationally lauded winery and 16-acre vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Meet maverick winemaker Rutger de Vink who is helping to put Virginia wine on the world map.
The Equinox Winter Solstice Party is $100 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations are requested. Call (202) 331-8118 for reservations or visit Equinox on the web at www.equinoxrestaurant.com for more information.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.