UPDATED—Endless Questions: Giada Talks Clinton, WillKat and Mike Isabella


UPDATED: Giada is right. Giada told Endless Simmer’s Russell Warnick that Top Chef Alum Mike Isabella planned to open a new restaurant in Georgetown. Simmer’s Stefanie Gans (gansie) called Isabella for confirmation. He denied it. Turns out, the scoop was meant for Washington Post’s dining critic Tom Sietsema and the restaurant is actually in the works.

Eater has the dramatic play-by-play of the restaurant announcement.

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This past weekend DC hosted the 6th annual Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, a collection of salsas, olive oils and oddly, British cashmere scarves. Not only is it an opportunity for small businesses to present their products to the masses, it’s also a chance for your favorite celebrity chefs to hawk a few books. Guy Fieri was presented to 2,500 military spouses by Dr. Jill Biden while Paula Deen pimped out her Caribbean cruise and Smithfield Ham. The envy of every straight guy out there, I got to speak with Giada De Laurentiis, and yes, she’s as hot in person as she is on TV, even with the cold she was suffering at the time.

Giada spoke of her time cooking for Prince William and Kate, what she’d cook for Bill Clinton and a little gossip about DC’s very own Mike Isabella…

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Stuff the Bus: Food Drive Takes Over DC

Hey there. Quick service announcement.

For those of you in the DMV, Venga is teaming with DC Central Kitchen for a two-week city-wide food and donation drive. I’ll be helping “Stuff the Bus” tomorrow at the weekly food truck convention known as Farragut Fridays.

Come out to help support the city’s hungry by donating canned or boxed goods (acceptable goods list) or giving plain old money (onsite or online) while you wait in line for your food truck-sponsored lunch. If you can’t make it tomorrow, check out the full Stuff the Bus schedule, which runs all next week.

What: Stuff the Bus Food Drive
When: Friday, September 23 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where: Farragut Square, between I St, NW and K St, NW and Connecticut Ave, NW and 17th St, NW
Bring: Non-Perishable Goods or Money* (Cash, Credit Card, Check)

*And if giving to a good cause won’t provide you with enough warm and fuzzies, read more to check out the discounts you’ll recive for donating.

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