Chefs Taking Action

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We all must state that today and every single day we stand with the Asian community, not just here in the DC area, but in our country and everywhere. The hate crimes against Asian Americans and the racially motivated violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to increase and have been fueled by dangerous rhetoric. We stand by as allies and will use our voice and platforms as a way to stand together, in solidarity, and speak out against hate and support our AAPI community members and industry colleagues. Ways to financially show your support: 

Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate
This take out dinner series started by Kevin Tien, along with 45 other chefs, intends to raise funds through take out meals and dining experiences to donate to Stop AAPI Hate, while raising awareness through collaborative meal offerings and dining experiences by local DMV chefs. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, and together, The DC culinary community and its patrons can help stop it. Each ticket/meal sold buys a 5-course to go meal for two people, with proceeds going to Stop AAPI Hate. For more information on these weekly dinners, click here

EmbraceRace Dinner at Anju
The Anju team is partnering up with guest chefs and mixologists for a special charity dinner to raise funds and awareness for EmbraceRace, a non-profit organization aiming to educate young children on matters of race and bias in an effort to raise a brave new generation that’s thoughtful and informed. They will be collaborating with industry titans for an eight-course dinner including Paola Velez (Compass Rose, Maydan, Bakers Against Racism), Masako Morishita (Otabe by Masako), Tae Strain, Rock Harper (Queen Mother's), Bobby Pradachith & Al Thompson (Thip Khao), Lucas Sin (Junzi Kitchen Nice Day NYC) and Eric Sze (886 NYC). Tickets are $225 per person, and you have the option of adding a beverage pairing curated by Phil Anova and Al Thompson. Reservations are available via Resy, with two seating options at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. April 21st. 1805 18th Street NW. anjurestaurant.com/reserve 

Habibi Sofra Club
Chef Michael Rafidi, owner of Albi and Yellow in The Yards, will kick off a monthly guest chef dinner series beginning Sunday, April 25th. The Habibi Sofra Club will begin with Top Chef season 12 winner and L.A.-based chef Mei Lin of Daybird, and will feature a collaborative tasting menu prepared alongside Rafidi and served during dinner at Albi. From 11:00 a.m.to 2:00 p.m. that day, Lin will offer a special pita sandwich at Yellow, the restaurant’s adjacent cafe, pulling inspiration from the menu at her new fried chicken sandwich shop. The subsequent participating chefs will similarly design a special pita sandwich for Yellow and partner with Rafidi for a one-night-only Sofra tasting menu at Albi. Tickets for the debut dinner with Rafidi and Lin are now on sale for $150 per person. The evening’s menu will blend culinary perspectives from both chefs, with snacks, small plates and desserts. For each dinner, wine director William Simons and the beverage team at Albi will curate a unique offering of wines and cocktails designed to complement the visiting chef’s culinary style, while staying true to the character and irreverence of the restaurant’s noteworthy beverage program. Other chefs in the series lineup include Jeremiah Langhorne, The Dabney (Washington, D.C.) - May 16 (tickets on sale May 4); Michael Solomonov, Zahav (Philadelphia) - June 13 (tickets on sale June 1); Danny Lee, Anju, Chiko, and Mandu (Washington, D.C.) - July 11 (tickets on sale June 29); Michael Mina, The Mina Group (San Francisco) - August 15 (tickets on sale August 3). A portion of proceeds from the series will support EmbraceRace, an organization dedicated to helping parents raise children who are brave, informed, and thoughtful about race. 1346 4th Street SE; albidc.com/habibi-sofra-club