Sips & Suppers: Celebrated Chefs, Cookbook Authors, Artisans & Mixologists Unite to Raise Funds & Awareness for DC-based Charities – DC Central Kitchen and Martha's Table

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Saturday, January 23rd (Sips) & Sunday, January 24th, 2016 (Suppers)

2016 has arrived, and locals and visitors alike are invited to kick off the New Year in a delicious way with Washington DC’s premier philanthropic event, Sips & Suppers. The annual weekend event, which raises funds and awareness for the two leading charities in the fight against hunger and poverty in the DC region, will take place on Saturday, January 23rd and Sunday, January 24th. This remarkable partnership between DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table is in its eighth year and will again be hosted by food luminaries Joan Nathan, José Andrés and Alice Waters.

Sips & Suppers has become one of the District’s biggest culinary weekends, bringing over 75 of the country’s leading chefs together to help combat hunger and poverty in the nation’s capital.

Event attendees will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the most celebrated chefs, cookbook authors, artisans, and mixologists not only from the DC area, but also San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, even from Italy and France. Notable participants at Sips include Beefsteak, Buffalo & Bergen, Brookland’s Finest, Cava Mezze, Carlyle, Jaleo, Brabo, Rappahannock River Oysters, Tico, Gordon Biersch, Tabard Inn, Gordy’s Pickle Jar, Sweet Lobby, Red Apron, The Shaw Bijou, Dog Tag Bakery, Don Ciccio & Figli, Firefly Farms Creamery, and Ghibellina, among others.

Tickets are the perfect gift for family, friends, and DC food lovers, and a wonderful way to give back to the community in Washington, DC.

Sips
When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Where: Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; Washington, DC)
Ticket price: $125 per person, general admission; $200 per person, VIP admission* (see details below)
For tickets, visit: https://2016sips.eventbrite.com
All proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table: $70 of the general admission ticket price is tax deductible; $115 of the VIP ticket price is tax deductible.

Suppers
When: Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Where: In over 30 homes throughout the DC metro area
Ticket price: $600 per person
All proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table: $500 of the ticket price is tax deductible.
For tickets, visit: https://suppers2016.eventbrite.com

Make a weekend of it.
Special combined ticket price for Sips & Suppers: $645 per person
All proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table: $545 of the ticket price is tax deductible.

*VIP Sips Experience at the Newseum
VIP guests receive advanced entrance to the exclusive Sips VIP lounge beginning at 6:30 pm along with one outstanding new cookbook from a participating chef who will also be available to sign the cookbook. The acclaimed chefs and their cookbooks include April Bloomfield (A Girl and Her Greens), David Guas (Grill Nation), Steven Satterfield (Root to Leaf), Michael Solomonov (Zahav) and Alice Waters (My Pantry). VIP guests will rub elbows with celebrated chefs and cookbook authors, and will enjoy a selection of delicious bites and beverages. Wines will be provided by the sustainably grown estate wines of Gustafson Family Vineyards of Healdsburg, California. Food will be prepared by some of the most acclaimed chefs in the DMV, including Caitlin Dysart of 2941, Katsuya Fukushima of Daikaya, Josu Zubikarai of SER, and K.N. Vinod of Indique. In addition, the VIP lounge – located on the second floor of the Newseum – will remain open to VIP ticket holders throughout the evening providing a dedicated open bar and a variety of seating areas.

Sips & Suppers is made possible by the generous support of Whole Foods, the Newseum, The Ritz-Carlton Washington, DC, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Beverage Seay, Lanson Champagne, Perfect Settings, Wüsthof, and many more dedicated partners who can be found at http://www.sipsandsuppers.org/sponsors.

Information on ticket sales and volunteering for this year’s event can also be found on the website.
For the latest updates on Sips & Suppers, follow @SipsSuppers on Twitter, @sipsandsuppers on Instagram, or like Sips & Suppers on Facebook.

2016 Participating Suppers Chefs include: Jake Addeo - Bibiana • Matt Adler – Osteria Morini • Victor Albisu – Del Campo • Will Artley – Nonna’s Kitchen • Cathal Armstrong – Restaurant Eve • Adam Barnett – West End Bisto, Ritz-Carlton • Kathleen Blake – Rusty Spoon (Orlando) • April Bloomfield – The Spotted Pig (NYC) • Elisabeth Bourgeois – Les Mas Tourteron (France) • Amy Brandwein – Centrolina • Sean Brock – McCrady’s (Charleston, SC) • Erik Bruner-Yang – Maketto • Jeff Buben – Vidalia • Peter Chang – Peter Chang’s • Bertrand Chemel – 2941 • Tony Chittum – Iron Gate • Simone Cormier – Whole Foods • Michael Costa – Zaytinya • Seth Bixby Daugherty – Real Food Initiative (Minnesota) • Luciano Del Signore – Bigalora (Detroit) • Scott Drewno – The Source • Austin Fausett – Trummer’s on Main • Mike Friedman – The Red Hen • Mark Furstenberg – Breadfurst • Spike Gjerde – Woodbury Kitchen • Todd Gray – Equinox • David Guas – Bayou Bakery • Carla Hall – Carla Hall Petite Cookies • Makoto Hamamura – Crane & Turtle • Christopher Hirsheimer & Melissa Hamilton – Canal House • Daniel Heinze – McCrady’s (Charleston, SC) • Mike Isabella – Kapnos • Haidar Karoum – Proof • Sam Kim – 1789 • Aglaia Kremezi – Cookbook author (Greece) • Ris Lacoste – Ris • Mourad Lahlou – Aziza (San Francisco) • Jeremiah Langhorne – The Dabney • Jamie Leeds – Hank’s Oyster Bar • Alex Levin – Osteria Morini • Anthony Lombardo – The Hamilton • Marjorie Meek-Bradley – Ripple • John Melfi – Oval Room • Nico Monday – The Market (Glouchester, MA) • Akhtar Naweb – Table • Kaz Okochi – Kaz Sushi Bistro • Charles Phan – The Slanted Door (San Francisco) • Simone Proietti-Pesci – Le Delizie del Borgo (Italy) • Vickie Reh & Jodie Steiner – Via Umbria • James Rexroad – Buck’s Fishing & Camping • Frank Ruta – The Grill Room • Steven Satterfield – Miller Union (Atlanta) • Ed Scarpone - DGBG • Jason Schreuder – Cork • Alon Shaya – Shaya (New Orleans) • Adam Sobel – RN74 (San Francisco) • Michael Solomonov – Zahav (Philadelphia) • Regina Stanley – Artcliff Diner (Martha’s Vineyard) • Nick Stefanelli – Masseria • Vikram Sunderam – Rasika • David Tanis – Cookbook Author • Fabio Trabocchi – Fiola • Marc Vetri – Vetri (Philadelphia) • Susan Wallace – Black Salt • Alice Waters – Chez Panisse • Rob Weland – Garrison • Joe Yonan – (Washington Post & Cookbook author) • Bill Yosses – Former White House Pastry Chef

About Sips & Suppers
José Andrés, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters proudly present Sips & Suppers: two extraordinary evenings featuring the country’s finest chefs in support of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, organizations that serve the neediest individuals in the nation’s capital. On January 23rd, 2016, Sips will feature artisans, chefs and mixologists preparing their signature dishes and drinks. On January 24th, 2016, Suppers will feature celebrity chefs as they prepare dinners in homes throughout the city. For more information on the event, visit http://www.SipsandSuppers.org.

About DC Central Kitchen
For more than 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has pioneered a new model of using food as a tool to change lives. The organization provides nutritious meals to 80 nearby nonprofit partners, equips unemployed men and women to begin culinary careers, and engineers successful social enterprises that advance its mission and creates good jobs for those served by the program. Through job training, healthy food distribution, and local small business partnerships, DC Central Kitchen offers path- breaking solutions to poverty, hunger, and poor health. For additional information on DC Central Kitchen, please visit http://www.DCCentralKitchen.org.

About Martha's Table
For over 35 years, Martha's Table has worked to support stronger children, stronger families, and stronger community by increasing access to education, food, and opportunity in Washington, DC. Martha's Table's work is organized into three initiatives: Healthy Start, Healthy Eating, and Healthy Connections. Martha's Table runs 22 free, monthly pop-up grocery stores throughout the city, as well as McKenna's Wagon, a daily mobile food truck for the city's homeless and hungry. In addition, the organization operates two Martha's Outfitters thrift stores, where in crisis families and individuals can shop for clothing and household items for free. Martha's Table also offers premier early-childhood and out-of-school time education programs to children 3 months to 13 years, whose parents would not otherwise have access to quality education for their children. For additional information on Martha’s Table please visit http://www.MarthasTable.org.

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