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Last week, we were invited to drink for charity. No, really! We attended “Chefs Behind Bars” hosted by Art and Soul on the glorious rooftop at The Liason Hotel. Proceeds from the event benefitted No Kid Hungry.

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The event had a DJ, food, a silent auction, and not to mention, wonderfully crafted cocktails by the city’s best chefs including Art and Soul’s Wes Morton, Amy Brandwein of Alba Osteria, Matt Hill of Lyon Hall, Spike Mendelson of Bernaise, Jesse Miller from Bar Pilar, Dmitri Moshovitis from Cave Mezze, Johnah Kim of Pabu, and Nick Stefanelli of Bibiana.

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The cocktails were a mix of the familiar and the bizarre including a drink from Dmitri Moshovitis that included squid ink, Grey Goose Vodka, harissa syrup, St. Germain, and lemon called the Melani. However, the one that pushed us out of our comfort zone the most was the “Diamond Brady” from Spike Mendelson of Bernaise, which featured a gin oyster shot, chili infused bourbon/sherry vinegar and a lightly brined egg yolk. (We don’t get many oysters up in the Midwest!)

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Other cocktails included Jonah Kim’s Nobel Stanley, which featured Makers 46, vanilla syrup, lemon, chocolate bitters, sage, aged sherry vinegar and soda. And, Jess Miller’s Let’s Get Naked featuring Cazadores Tequila, smoked pineapple and peach shrub slushie. A perfect ending to a hot day in DC!

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Want to experience Chefs Behind Bars yourself? You’re in luck! They’re throwing another party on July 30th at Buffalo and Bergen with all proceeds benefitting No Kid Hungry. Get your tickets before they sell out! Can’t attend but want to donate to the cause? Visit No Kid Hungry for more information.

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One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 31,000 kids in Washington, DC. The good news is that this is a solvable problem. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need to nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals and by teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals at home. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 107 million additional meals.Links:Cheap Jordans cheap snapbacks.

by Jaclyn Jecha
Photo credit Dan Jecha

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