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DC Women Food Entrepreneurs offer Holiday Market - Gift Baskets & Chef Dinners

December 12, 2020 - 3:00pm
Women Food Entrepreneurs Holiday Market
Chef Dinners and Gift Baskets Available to Support Women Owned Food Businesses
(Washington, DC – November 30, 2020) – A collection of women-owned food businesses in Washington, DC has launched Women Entrepreneurs Holiday a virtual culinary holiday extravaganza  offering delicious food gift ideas like chef dinners and curated food-themed gift baskets available for pickup and delivery throughout December.
Women-owned businesses participating include:  Ben’s Chili Bowl, Brookland’s Finest, Centrolina, Cork Wine Bar, Equinox Restaurant, Hank & Mitzi's Italian Kitchen, Ice Cream Jubilee, Letena Ethiopian Restaurant, Maydan, Pizzeria Paradiso, Ris, Sloppy Mamas, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats, Taqueria Nacional, Teaism and The District Fishwife.
Several women chefs have collaborated to create four-course dinners, priced at $90 for two persons, that may be enjoyed at home. These dinners are being offered for pick-up or delivery on Friday December 11, Saturday December 12, Friday December 18 and Saturday December 19. A lavish Italian dinner is being prepared by Chefs Amy Brandwein and Caitlin Dysart, Centrolina; Ruth Gresser, Pizzeria Paradiso; and Jamie Leeds, Hank & Mitzi’s Italian Kitchen.
A seafood feast dinner is being crafted by Ris Lacoste, RIS; Ann Cashion, Taqueria Nacional; Fiona Lewis, District Fishwife and Ellen Kassoff, Equinox Restaurant. All dinners may be ordered with wines and cocktails.
Culinary gift baskets, priced at $100, will be filled with an assortment of food and beverage treats from many DC area women-owned fooderies. 
Orders may be placed at:
The holiday effort, coordinated by Diane Gross of Cork Wine  Bar,  follows the fall launch of The Women’s Food Fest organized by Ruth Gresser (Pizzeria Paradiso), Fiona Lewis (The District Fishwife, On Toast) and Micheline Mendelsohn (Good Stuff Eatery, We, The Pizza, Santa Rosa Taqueria)  who brought together the dozens of women in the area who have made their careers in the food industry.​ The Women's Food Fest is led by the DC chapter of the James Beard Foundation Let’s Talk forum, to which many DC-area  women restaurateurs belong.
A full list of participating women food entrepreneurs:
Dinner #1 Italian Feast
Antipasti - Italian Cheeses & Cured Meats, Broccoli Rabe & Cannelini Beans with Toasts, Olives, Pickled Carrots & Onions
by Ruth Gresser, Pizzeria Paradiso
Pasta - Pumpkin & Burrata Raviolini in Sage Butter, Amaretti Cookie
by Amy Brandwein, Centrolina
Main - Savory Herb Rubbed & Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Warm Potato & Kale Salad and Fennel Pickles
by Jamie Leeds, Hank & Mitzi’s Italian Kitchen
Dessert - Butterscotch Budino, Apple Compote, Salted Caramel & Cinnamon Crostini
by Caitlin Dysart, Centrolina
Wine Add on Options from Italian Woman Winemakers $35:
by Ruth Gresser, Pizzeria Paradiso
White - La Colombera Timorasso Il Montino (Elisa Semino)
Red - Foradori Teroldego
(Elisabetta Foradori)
Dinner #2 All About Seafood
Smoked Salmon Rillettes and Deviled Eggs 
pickled vegetables, fennel crisps, celery hearts, cornichons
by Ris Lacoste, RIS
Mexican Sopa de Pescado
shrimp, fish, chilies and herbs
by Ann Cashion, Taqueria Nacional
Chilean Sea Bass Wellington 
Chilean sea bass (NZ), prosciutto, sage, parmesan and puff pastry, frisee salad with roasted winter squash and citrus vinaigrette.
by Fiona Lewis, The District Fishwife
Warm Banana Caramel Bread Pudding
bruleed bananas, crispy honey tuile, milk chocolate sauce
by Ellen Kassoff, Equinox Restaurant
Cellar Choice of Red or White: $35
curated by RIS' Wine Director
Gift Basket #1 – Sweet & Bubbly
Walnut Biscotti
by Ruth Gresser, Pizzeria Paradiso
Organic Earl Grey Tea and Ginger Scone Mix
by Lela Kiran, Teaism
Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
by Doron Petersan, Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats
Best Loved Plant Based Recipes in Decorative Box
by Ellen Kassoff, Equinox Restaurant
Cranberry Orange Bread
by Ris Lacoste, RIS Restaurant
Baklava Mini Box
by Yamrot Ezineh, Letena Restaurant
Oatmeal Cream Pie
by Shannan Troncoso, Brookland's Finest
Ice Cream Sundae Toppings 
by Victoria Lai, Ice Cream Jubilee 
Pares Balta, Cava NV
Curated by Diane Gross, Cork Wine Bar & Market
Gift Basket #2 – Savory and Rich Red
Original Half Smoke Pack
by Sonya Ali, Bens Chili Bowl
Marinated Olives
by Ruth Gresser, Pizzeria Paradiso
Hog Smoker Packet (two BBQ sauces and spice rub)
by Mandy Neuman, Sloppy Mama's
Infused Organic Olive Oil Dip
by Yamrot Ezineh, Letena Ethiopian Restaurant
Brookland’s Finest Pasta Sauce
by Shannan Troncos, Brookland's Finest
Home-made Pasta
by Jamie Leeds, Hank & Mitzi’s Italian Kitchen
“Eye” gift bag made by Syrian refugees with Maydan Recipes
by Rose Previte, Maydan
La Giaretta, Valpolicella ‘Volpare'
Curated by Diane Gross, Cork Wine Bar & Market