We might be more than half way through August, but Washington D.C. Restaurant Week 2013 is just getting started! Beginning today, over 240 Award Winning Washington D.C. restaurants will be serving up specialty three course menus during lunch and dinner. Each lunch costs just $20.13 and dinner is $35.13. Restaurant week is one of the best opportunity’s to try out new restaurants at affordable prices. Of course I’m most excited to announce that The Grill Room at Capella Washington, D.C. will be one of the participating restaurants. The Grill Room’s Executive Chef, Jakob Esko and the rest of the team are excited to share their Contemporary American inspired menu, featuring organic seasonal ingredients with attendees.
I had the gracious opportunity to step in the kitchen during the menu planning & preparation stages to see what was cooking. One dish that had me intrigued was the making of the Yellow Corn Soup. I couldn’t take my eyes off the colossal amount of fresh corn on the cob, fennel, leaks and garlic just simmering away- the aroma was magical! The colors and combination of flavors was unforgettable and blended perfectly together. I could not help but ask Chef Jakob for the recipe, and he was kind enough to share it.
And here it is, for you as well–
15 ears corn
4 bulb fennel
2 bunch leek
Chicken st0ck ¾ gallon
2 qt cream
1 oz. cumin
1 oz. curry
1.2 oz. smoked paprika
1.4 oz. cayenne
4 cloves garlic
½ lb. butter
Dice and then sweat the garlic, leeks and fennel in a pot until translucent. Add corn and season with paprika, cumin, curry, cayenne and salt. Cook for 5 minutes. Add enough chicken stock to almost cover the corn. Bring to a boil. Add 2 quarts cream and bring to a boil. If soup is too liquidy, let it reduce until slightly thickened consistency. Blend well and strain through a fine-meshed strainer.
For those of you who are not here with us in Washington, D.C. I highly suggest trying this recipe at home. To all the locals, I encourage you to make your reservations and join us as we celebrate the kickoff of Summer Restaurant Week starting today through August, 30th!
For reservations, please click here or call The Grill Room at 202-617-2424.