Giant Paella In Progress On Vermont Avenue
Today is the spring opening day of the Vermont Ave. Farmer’s Market here in the District of Columbia. In addition to the usual excitement, there is a team of chefs who are in the process of cooking an enormous paella in the middle of Vermont Avenue. Notably, the team is being headed by Jose Andres, D.C. restaurant impressario (Minibar, Jaleo, Cafe Atlantico) and James Beard award winner. Mr. Andres trained under Ferran Adria at El Bulli in Spain, and is often credited for bringing the “small plates” concept to the United States. So this is a bona fide food celebrity sighting, courtesy of my co-worker Brigitte who recognized Mr. Andres immediately. As I write this, the paella is underway (although it will require cooking 35 lbs. of rice, so it may take awhile). With any luck, it will be ready to serve as I am leaving the office. Further reports as events warrant.