Sunday, June 12, 2016

José Andrés Celebrates 14th Annual Paella Festival at DC-Area Jaleos

From our friends at Jaleo...

Signature Festival Returns June 20 - July 3 with Kick-Off Party and Guest Chef Juanjo López Bedmar

Chef José Andrés celebrates one of Spain's most iconic dishes with his 14th annual Paella Festival from June 20 - July 3, featuring creations alongside guest chef Juanjo López Bedmar from Madrid. Guests can enjoy specialty paellas, tapas, wine pairings and more at all DC-area Jaleos. The festival kicks off with an all-inclusive party on Tuesday, June 21, at Jaleo Crystal City. For $30, guests can enjoy an assortment of paellas, tapas, sangria, wine, beer and specialty cocktails. A live band and flamenco dancers will also join the party to celebrate this annual DC favorite.

This year's paella festival menu is a special collaboration between José Andrés, Jaleo Executive Chef Ramón Martinez and special guest chef Juanjo López Bedmar. Recognized by Michelin, Chef Juanjo's restaurants are known worldwide for their award-winning Spanish cuisine. Menu highlights during the festival include:

• Fideo negro con pulpo - Black fideo pasta paella with octopus
• Arroz de verduras, algas y setas de temporada  - Rice paella with seasonal vegetables, seaweed and mushrooms
• Arroz meloso de carrillera Ibérica y setas - Rice paella with Ibérico pork cheeks and wild mushrooms
• Albondigas de ternera y tocino Ibérico con mini patatas - Ibérico pork and veal meatballs with baby potatoes
• Falsa Torrija - José's nod to Spain's take on French toast

WHEN & WHERE: 14th Annual Paella Festival: June 20 - July 3, 2016 at all DC-area Jaleos.

Kick-off party: Tuesday, June 21, 5:00 - 8:30 PM, at Jaleo Crystal City, 2250 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

HOW: For tickets to the June 21 kick-off party, visit

ABOUT: Under the direction of Chef José Andrés, Jaleo offers an award-winning assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere. 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

For more information visit and follow on, Twitter & Instagram @jaleotapasbar, @jaleobethesda or @jaleocc.