Food & Folklore
Chef Search Episode #1
Murals for Zora
When we spent the afternoon in the kitchen with Decoyise Brown, our featured player in today’s Washington Cooks, she had decided to challenge herself and try a chocolate cake she’d never made before.
Decoyise Brown’s family and friends know just how blessed they are. The Waldorf resident makes a mean seafood quiche and all manner of soups and fruit juice punches. But more than that, she has a baker’s magic touch.
When talking to Garret Fleming, executive chef of D.C.'s Southern eatery, Eatonville, you may first have to learn this: Fleming hales from Charleston, S.C., and his culinary mind-set is all Southern, probably all the time.
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Taste refined takes on southern cuisine at Eatonville, where hush puppies ($8) are filled with a fondue of rock shrimp and leeks.
African American culinary historian and cookbook author Jessica B. Harris says her latest book, "High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey From Africa to America" (Bloomsbury), is more about narrative than recipe.
Last month, Harris made an appearance at the Northwest eatery, Eatonville, a theme restaurant that celebrates the life of author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, to talk about her new book at the restaurant’s Food and Folklore series.
So, if you’re in the D.C. area and looking for a bit of local history and great down home cooking, remember to check out Eatonville. Make sure to bring back some mac and cheese for me.
Found in the historic U Street corridor, Eatonville Restaurant will not only tantalize your taste buds but bask you in an experience that is absolutely enchanting, especially on Sunday afternoons for brunch. Prepare yourself for Southern inspired cuisines that will be reminiscent of eating great food at home with family and friends.
This ‘Better Know a District’ feature is a bit unexpected. We were in the city Saturday morning, about to head back to Clarendon when I got a sudden hankering for comfort food. I’m from Texas, and when I get a hankering like this, I want a down-home, Sunday supper, soul-nourishing type of meal.
A few weeks ago, we happened to have breakfast at a Southern restaurant called Eatonville.... Clint and I split an order of Shrimp and Grits, and it was absolutely amazing! Sauteed shrimp, tomatoes and spinach over a bowl of jalapeno and cheddar grits. Topped with gravy. Wow, I never knew ground corn could taste like that.
A few weeks ago, my chum Mary Anne O'Boyle and I had lunch atEatonville, right in the middle of the nation's capital.
That's right—not only is "Eatonville" here in Orange County, Florida, but it's also in Washington, D.C, at 14th and V streets NW.
The real deal here: fried green tomatoes and pan-fried, cornmeal-crusted pork chop with green tomato chutney.
My life is changed. I have found my last
What? No, I'm not dying. I'm just saying that if I were headed to the lethal injection chamber, I know how I'd want to spend my last culinary moments - at Eatonville.
I have sat down to write this blog post about six times. At first I
couldn't figure out why I was having so much trouble writing about Eatonville. Had I lost my
blog touch? Was my brain so turned off from my two week vacation out
from behind a computer I could no longer write witty posts about fried
chicken and sweet tea?
Then it dawned on me (as I opened the Blogger window for what feels like the millionth time):Eatonville is just plain good...
Washington (CNN) -- Andy Shallal's small
business is a rare success in a sea of hard-luck stories.
To walk into the restaurant Eatonville in Washington, D.C.
is to enter a world dedicated to the memory of Zora Neale Hurston,
the Harlem Renaissance writer best known for her book, Their
Eyes Were Watching God. Murals depicting scenes from her
life and literature grace the walls, and the menu offers up her
favorites like shrimp and okra.
In Eatonville the town (outside of Orlando, population 2,400), there are porches where stories are spun, so naturally there must be a "porch" in Eatonville the restaurant."
Most restaurants aren't quite this literary.
U Street's Eatonville is inspired by author and playwright Zora Neale Hurston, who attended Howard University in the 1920s and founded the university's student newspaper before going on to write the well-know "Their Eyes Were Watching God."
The District’s most exciting, new restaurant—Eatonville—is pleased to present Zora Neale Hurston biographer Valerie Boyd at 4 p.m., Sunday, November 15.
Eatonville, the U Street NW restaurant that pays tribute to author/anthropologist Nora Zeale Hurston, will bring the story to the table at monthly “Food and Folklore” events. The initial dinner on November 13 will feature some of Hurston’s favorite dishes, including fried green tomatoes, hushpuppies, crispy catfish with shrimp remoulade, hopping john and cinnamon tea cake.