Executive (Shew) Chef David Shewmaker

Apr 24

Shewmaker eats waffles with chocolate in Oost-Vlaanderen Copyright 2012 Cynthia Connolly

All photos copyright 2012 Cynthia Connolly

Executive Chef and friend of alunchboxblog.com David Shewmaker has a new blog/site that’ll be well worth your time to follow, www.Shewchef.com. I wanted to take a moment to encourage you all to tune in. His culinary tricks of the trade and the great events his shop spearheads not only provide great culinary moments in time here in Washington, but also great ideas for you to recommend to other shops around the country and, for my readers, around the globe.

He also brings terrific insight about running a kitchen, working with the folks who bring experience, and frankly, the elbow grease needed to keep a growing concern operating well:

“Being hired to work in a kitchen is not dependent on ones age, race, or education. Hiring is based on ability, and promotion is based on strengths. I have two sous chefs, both from the same country, but separated by over 30 years in age and the experience of a brutal civil war. Both have earned their place as leaders in my kitchen.”

 

Another fairly frequent piece of the Meridian Pint business is in-store events. Beer and Food pairings, Food Day celebrations, and next up the biennial District of Columbia Arts Center gala:

“Biennial fund-raising event for DCAC, a non-profit visual and performing arts center in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. This is a unique event that showcases the talents of local area chefs and artists who collaborate to create a display of food and art. 6:30 is Cocktail hour accompanied by music and appetizers created by visual artists. 7:45 is the Main Course where tapas style samplings of chef/artist creations are presented. Finally, desserts and coffee are accompanied with performances by musicians, poets and performance artists.

“I will be collaborating with Cynthia Connolly, Photographer. She will be showing her slide show of the farmers/vendors she has worked for in the DC area. Bev Eggleston/Eco Friendly pork will be served kindly donated by Bev himself, as he appears in her slide show, and if we are lucky, Bev will also be appearing at this event!”

photo copyright 2012 cynthia connolly

This photo to the left is of Bev Eggleston in Times Square taken by Cynthia Connolly while she was working on her Farmer Documentation photography project. Parts of this project will be shown at the Cuisine Des Artistes in May at Meridian Pint.

These in-store events are magnificent ways to both learn about the food and to create community–the kind of experience sorely lacking in America generally, yet offered in profusion throughout Europe.

Recently, David and our mutual friend Cynthia went on a beer, cider, and cognac tasting trip throughout Normandy, Belgium, and several other parts of the lowlands. The pictures were so engrossing, made you wanna be there.

Terrine for One at L'Ebouchoir in Paris 45 rue de Citeaux 75012 Paris Copyright 2012 Cynthia Connolly

But the story behind the photos was even more interesting: evenings revolving around time spent, music played (Cynthia’s a banjo player as well), and dances danced (They’re a great pair of dancers together and David’s also a Rag Morris dancer). They met with local brewmasters, cidermakers, cognac-iers(!), entrepreneurs, and fellow artists making a living bringing art and food together.

At any rate, in the spirit of this life of the Renaissance man that David is, he is now going to begin driving a website full of ideas, events, and promise.

Join me as we explore his RSS feed and get the dish on “what’s what” in American cuisine touched by the spirit of the life behind the food.

Address for L'Ebouchoir on Cynthia's hand Copyright 2012 Cynthia Connolly

All photos copyright 2012 Cynthia Connolly

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