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On Tuesday, February 25th, I had the privilege of attending the 16th annual St. Jude Gourmet Gala at the National Building Museum.  After three years of attending the event, just like fine wine, it seems to get better with age.

When promoting the event online, I was pleasantly surprised to see the event sold-out nearly 2 weeks in advance.  It’s typically attended by the Who’s Who in DC including political and business leaders, local socialites and numerous philanthropists.

This year’s event was hosted by Chef Chair Maziar Farivar of Peacock Café and more than 40 of Washington, D.C.’s top chefs came together to raise support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

If you’re not familiar with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, they are leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases. Unlike any other hospital, the majority of funding for St. Jude comes from individual contributions. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Each year in addition to the cocktail and chef tastings, they host both silent and live auctions.  There seemed to be fewer items in the silent auction but the quality definitely did not disappoint.  They touted the fact they had an autographed guitar from Taylor Swift but I was more impressed with the experience packages like lunch with a congressman and the Audemars Piguet wall clock.

As for my favorites of the night, Lima/Barcode’s Gin & Ginger Punch was by far one of the best cocktails I’d ever tasted.  As for food, Charlie Palmer Steak’s Short Rib Pastrami with a parsnip purée was to die for. Ahh-MAZING. So good they got both of my votes for the night.  The most creative dish was definitely Medium Rare and Astro Doughnut’s collaboration, steak and fries on a donut.

Below are a few pictures from the event.

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For more information about the St. Jude Gourmet Gala, call 703.650.4503 or visit http://stjude.org/gourmetgala.  If you’re interested in donating to St. Jude, click here.

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