Diners can see how an up-and-coming D.C. chef and a Southern cooking vet work together at an upcoming charity dinner benefiting City Blossoms.
Thomas Madrecki of Chez Le Commis and former McCrady's chef Jeremiah Langhorne (who's looking to open a place of his own here) are hosting an Octopus' Garden fundraiser June 20. The pair will be grilling up seafood (including octopus) and barbecue chicken, and making salads and other items as well. Tickets to the event are $20. More info here.
It's one of two pop-up events Madrecki has in progress after Union Kitchen lost its lease (that's where Chez Le Commis had been planning to be based for awhile as a semi-regular wine bar). On June 29, he'll head to Dolcezza for a $135 six-course dinner with unlimited wines, including rare wines from his own cellar that he promises are "very geeky." "We're going to get very over-the-top and ridiculous with it," he says.
Madrecki is looking for a new venue at which to host semi-regular events (which would be less expensive than the Dolcezza one), and is in talks for one space but not divulging details yet. He has no plans for a permanent restaurant, though. "I think D.C. is missing a place you can frequent, have a great meal and not spend a ton of money," he said.
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