Featured Expert: Executive Chef Mark Timms
Distinguished Guest: Ambassador of Morocco Aziz Mekouar
Venue: The Jockey Club [Fairfax Hotel]
Venue History: Currently one of five 4-star restaurants in Washington, DC, as ranked by Forbes Travel Guide. Located in the Fairfax Hotel (which was established in 1927), the Jockey Club opened its doors on the eve of President Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. Jackie Kennedy, Frank Sinatra, and Joe DiMaggio were all regulars. Nancy Reagan has a chicken salad named after her, and among the eight presidents hosted along with their first wives, recent notables have included General Petraeus, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vernon Jordan, and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Personal Note: Some of the members of the wait staff and the kitchen are from Morocco, so this encounter was a big honor for them!
- Morocco in the News – August 11, 2011 (moroccotomorrow.org)
- Forbes Travel Guide for Washington, DC Restaurants (4-Star and Higher)