Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jameela Hassan Tapped as Pastry Chef at Macon Bistro & Larder

Pastry Chef Jameela Hassan

From our friends at Macon Bistro & Larder...

Macon Bistro & Larder’s Executive Chef Dan Singhofen is pleased to announce the appointment of Jameela Hassan as pastry chef for the French/southern-inspired neighborhood restaurant located in Chevy Chase. She brings to her new position 12 years of professional experience. At Macon Bistro, she is reunited with Chef Singhofen. Hassan worked as the pastry chef at his three-star-rated restaurant Eola (2013.)

Hassan is a fourth-generation Washingtonian who first fell in love with cooking by watching the passions of Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless, and Julia Child on public television. After spending two years in the mountains at the Allegany College of Maryland, she returned to Washington, DC. The opportunity to jump into pastry again came at Peter Smith’s PS’7’s Restaurant (2007), where the chef’s “everything-made-in-house” philosophy proved a pivotal influence on her culinary pillars.

Through stints at Againn (2010), The Hamilton (2011), and her work with Chef Singhofen, Hassan acquired extensive knowledge and experience in baking and pastry arts.  She most recently served as part of the opening team at Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola Mare. Hassan joined Macon Bistro & Larder in April 2015 as the larder manager and was promoted to the position of pastry chef in June.

Hassan is excited about the return of summer and the bounty of fresh produce for her desserts. New to the menu are White Peach and Blackberry Cobbler with Whiskey and Cinnamon Ice Cream. Hassan has also recently introduced a Smoked Pecan Pie, Chocolate-Cream Pie, Vinegar Pie, as well asa Cheese Pie and Cinnamon Sugar Donuts with Chocolate Sauce. Desserts range from $7 to $9, and if one is looking for gluten-free or dairy-free desserts, Hassan weaves them seamlessly into her menu. One can indulge in dessert at the restaurant, or buy confections to take home from the Larder including seasonal mini-pies such as Honeyberry-Rhubarb and Sour Cherry-Blueberry, as well as tempting Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Macon Bistro & Larder is known for reinterpreting southern cooking through the lens of a French bistro. The restaurant is located at 5520 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20015, and is open for dinner, Tuesday through Thursday, from 5-10 PM, Friday and Saturday, from 5-11 PM, and Sunday, from 5-10 PM.  Brunch is served on Sunday, from 10 AM to 2 PM. The Larder opens at 2 PM daily, and the bar opens at 4 PM daily. For reservations please call (202) 248-7807 or visit www.maconbistro.com.