Chef José Andrés is one of the 100 most influential people in the world, according to Time magazine. This is the second time the D.C. chef/entrepreneur’s landed on the Time 100 list, having appeared for the first time in 2012.
Chef Emeril Lagasse penned a tribute to Andrés for the magazine, writing that the chef is a “hero whose greatness transcends culinary excellence. His relief efforts in natural-disaster-stricken places like Haiti and Puerto Rico have had profound and lasting effects. By providing meals to people in dire and desperate situations, he not only ends their hunger—he offers them a powerful sense of hope for the future.”
Nando’s is almost ready to open at the Pike & Rose development in Maryland. A new location of the chicken chain opens on Monday, April 23, at 922 Rose Avenue in North Bethesda. This is Nando’s 42nd location in the US. The Pike & Rose outpost’s grand opening will happen on Saturday, April 28 with all sales donated to Walter Johnson High School’s music program and students from the program will perform during the opening.
Next week, Nighborhood Restaurant Group will donate one dollar from every check paid by guests at all 15 of its restaurants to NRG’s nonprofit Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture. That includes spots like Hazel, Iron Gate, Bluejacket, and more. It’s happening from Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27, and funds will go to Arcadia Veteran Farm Incubator, an initiative that helps military veterans find new careers in agriculture. This is timed to coincide with the Spring2ACTion online giving day on April 25.
Royal Wedding Fever
Here’s another spot in Washington for royal watchers who are all over Meghan Markle and Prince Henry’s nuptials. The Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC will broadcast live televised coverage of the ceremony and festive events in Empress Lounge and serve a royal tea complete with finger sandwiches and scones. The Royal Wedding Tea Party will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and reservations are required. Seating is $58 per adult and $27 per child.