Archive for April 19, 2011

 Distinguished Chefs of DC Series:

Hands-On 5-Course Cooking Class Featuring Napolitano Cuisine by Iron Chef Roberto Donna 

When: Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Price: $125.00 if purchased by 5 p.m. Friday, May 13

Where: Chef Donna’s Private Residence in McLean, VA   (The exact address will be included in your order confirmation; the location IS NOT Metro accessible – closest metro is 20 minutes away and there is no bus route).

In this series of exotic fare from around the world, Professionals in the City invites you to cooking demonstrations of palate-pleasing cuisine, exquisitely prepared and presented by the country’s finest chefs. Each event is independent with a different renowned chef. You need not attend them all. As an extra, you will not only eat the lavish meal prepared, but you will be provided with written recipes for this meal.

Internationally and renowned Iron Chef Roberto Donna invites you to his home to enjoy a fabulous opportunity to cook with him, hands on, in his kitchen. Class will be held in his private residence in McLean, Virginia and includes signed apron, recipes, and a 5-course lunch with beverage. You’ll learn how to make spectacular Napolitano dishes to include: Macaroni Timbale, Minestra Maritata, Linguine & Lemon Sauce, Insalata di Rinforzo, and Soft Amalfi Coast Lemon Cream. Roberto will teach you all about Italy’s great variety of flavors and tastes while utilizing fresh ingredients available at our local farmer and Italian markets.

Born in the Piedmont region of Italy, Roberto Donna arrived in Washington, DC at the age of 19 with almost a lifetime of cooking school education from his native Torino and throughout Europe. In 1984, he opened the highly acclaimed Galileo. The addition of his Laboratorio and Osteria had made Chef Donna’s restaurant a destination for those seeking the finest in Italian cuisine. Wine Spectator called Galileo one of the “10 Best Italian Restaurants in America,” and continuously honored Chef Donna with its Grand Award of Excellence for Galileo’s comprehensive wine selection. Among the many accolades bestowed upon Chef Donna, one of the most notable came in 1996 when Galileo was named one of the twenty finest Italian restaurants in the world by the President of Italy. Roberto recently opened Galileo III in Washington DC, but will continue to host intimate cooking classes at his home. Enjoy cooking with one of America’s top chefs in his kitchen!

If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know prior to the class by sending an email to or calling us at 202-686-5990. Chef Roberto is happy to make changes to the menu to ensure that you have an enjoyable lunch!

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS: The address and directions will be on the confirmation page immediately after you register. Please write them down. The address and directions will also be emailed to you in your order confirmation immediately after you register. If you do not record the address and directions that are listed on the confirmation page, and if you do not receive an email confirmation within an hour of registering, please let us know by emailing us at or calling us at 202-686-5990.

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Steve Aoki

DJ Steve Aoki.


Embark on after-work adventures at the Freer and Sackler Galleries with Asia After Dark. Mix, mingle, and sip specialty cocktails while checking out musicians, performances, traditional cuisines, and Asian art and art activities.

Interested in volunteering? Let us know.

Saturday, May 14, 6:30–10:30 PM
Freer Gallery of Art

A Tribute to Japanese Art and Fashion

The Freer and Sackler Galleries present the first Asia After Dark of 2011 with a deep awareness of the tragic events that have unfolded in Japan and offer fervent wishes for the safety, recovery, and well-being of our Japanese friends.

Join us for an evening of tribute to the magnificent art and fashion of Japan. View Japanese art in the galleries, then create and send messages of hope to friends and family in Japan. Enjoy dance beats by the legendary DJ Steve Aoki and DJ Cassidy Karakorn, as well as sake cocktails and sushi bites. Interact with models wearing Harajuku fashions. Contribute wishes of well-being to a group poetry project and watch as it transforms throughout the night.

Asia After Dark will host a give-by-text rally to benefit Japanese earthquake victims.


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Tickets include one free drink.
$22 advance
$25 at the door (limited number; cash only)

Suggested attire: Harajuku fashions or kimonos
Must be 21 years old with a valid photo ID to attend.

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