Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Jaleo Hosts 12th Annual Paella Festival

From our friends at Jaleo...

Chef José Andrés celebrates Iconic Spanish Dish

Chef José Andrés and his culinary team at Jaleo are proud to announce the 12th annual Paella Festival at Jaleo locations in Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter, Crystal City and Bethesda, during October 6 - October 19. Celebrating one of Spain’s most iconic dishes, the two-week event will feature traditional, regional and innovative paellas from across Spain as well as a specialty cocktail.

A kickoff celebration will take place on Monday, October 6, at Jaleo Bethesda from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM and will feature paella stations and unique cocktails. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased via nvite: nvite.co/jaleopaellafest. Five dollars from each ticket sold will be donated to José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, a humanitarian organization focusing on smart solutions to end hunger and poverty.

For lunch and dinner, Jaleo will feature specialty paellas created by executive chef Ramón Martínez, such as: Fidueà con costilla ibérica y alcachofa, paella of fidueà pasta, iberico pork ribs and artichokes; Meloso de rabo de toro con tirabeques y guisantes frescos, with oxtail, snow peas, and fresh peas; Arroz meloso de bacalao con puerros, alubias y alcachofas, with cod, leeks, white beans and artichokes; Arroz negro con calamar fresco y alioli de membrillo, black paella rice of fresh squid and quince paste alioli; Paella Valenciana, “the original” paella of chicken, rabbit, saffron, lima beans and green beans; Arroz caldoso de bogavante, a soupy paella with lobster; Arroz con verduras de temporada, with seasonal vegetables; and Arroz con Carabineros, with prawns from southern Spain. Paellas will range from $40-$80. The specialty cocktail created by ThinkFoodGroup’s Cocktail Innovator, Juan Coronado, the Mascletá is made with brandy, lemon juice, saffron syrup, plums and egg white and is priced at $14.

When: October 6 - October 19

Where: Jaleo Crystal City (2250-A Crystal Drive; Arlington, VA); Jaleo Bethesda (7271 Woodmont Avenue; Bethesda, MD); and Jaleo Washington, D.C. (480 7th Street NW; Washington, D.C.)

About Jaleo:
Under the direction of Chef José Andrés, Jaleo is an award-winning tapas restaurant with three locations in the Washington metro area, and an outpost in Las Vegas. Jaleo is located at 480 7th Street, NW in Washington, DC, (202) 628-7949; at 7271 Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda, Maryland, (301) 913-0003 and at 2250-A Crystal Drive in Arlington, Virginia, (703) 413-8181, and at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada, (802) 698-7950. For more information, visit www.jaleo.com

About José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup:
ThinkFoodGroup, founded by award-winning chef José Andrés and his partner Rob Wilder, is the creative team responsible for renowned dining concepts in Washington, DC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami and Puerto Rico, including minibar by José Andrés, Jaleo at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and The Bazaar by José Andrés at SLS Hotel Beverly Hills and South Beach. The company also oversees all of the creative and educational efforts for José Andrés, an internationally recognized culinary innovator, passionate advocate for food and hunger issues, author, educator, and television personality. Named to Time’s “100 Most Influential” list and awarded Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation, Andrés is credited with creating the “Spanish food boom” in America. He is the Dean of the Spanish Studies program at the International Culinary Center, and was host and executive producer of Made in Spain on PBS. His cookbooks include Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America. Andrés teaches at Harvard and George Washington University. In late 2010, José Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup launched World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit which aims to feed and empower vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world. For more information, visit www.thinkfoodgroup.com