Last night’s cooking demo, tasting and book signing with Marcus Samuelsson did not disappoint! I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the event. Delicious Ethiopian food was served by the owners of the well-known D.C. establishment, Etete (oh the lamb!), and I met several local food bloggers: State Dinner; DC Loves Food; DC Fud; and Mrs. Wheelbarrow.
Chef Samuelsson was resplendent. Not only did he teach as he was giving the demonstrations (we learned how to prepare gravlax, tips for buying fresh fish, and the secret to cooking the perfect fried chicken), but he told us a few of the captivating stories from his Swedish and Ethiopian upbringing that have influenced his cooking. His sense of humor and worldly perspective were the real treat of the evening. We were given tastings of his gravlax on cornmeal pancakes, lump crab cakes with corn salsa, and fried chicken and greens. The icing on the cake was him signing his cookbook for me.