Many of the people who participated in the early November four hour blowout at Laboratorio (link below) suggested that I should try to put this together for Maestro, our second world class Italian restaurant, whose spectacular style is quite different from Laboratorio.
It's 28 year old chef, Fabio, was recently nominated for a James Beard Award as the rising star chef in the United States. Maestro also hosted a James Beard dinner in November while was noted in the Wall Street Journal as one of America's top restaurants. My own comments on here have been consistent raves while many feel that this is, overall, the mid Atlantic's best restaurant. Tom Sietsema also lists Maestro as one of his three four star restaurants along with Laboratorio and Citronelle. (The Inn at Little Washington has three stars.)
The dinner will be on Wednesday, February 18th, starting at 7:00PM. We HAVE THE WHOLE RESTAURANT TO OURSELVES!!!!!!! Similar to the smaller Laboratorio we have the room! (Let me repeat: we have the room!!!)There will be a total of fourteen courses (several will be smaller "tastes") including their signature Kobe beef and their incredible grappa risotto. A description of an earlier meal from Maestro is at this link:
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This is a post of mine from January of this year where I called Maestro a two Michelin star restaurant. Having just returned from Italy I am more convinced than ever that it really is!
The cost of the meal is $125 prix fixe. Wine will be from their wine list, either by the glass or the bottle. Maestro's wine list is superb and fairly priced. Vincent, their sommelier, was the sommelier at Jean Louis and has received James Beard recognition.
The final cost of the meal, then, is $125 + wine/beverage + tax + tip. Virginia does not allow corkage; however sales tax is approximately half of the sales tax in D. C. (I think 4.5%.)
Similar to Laboratorio you will be billed individually (or by couple, foursome, etc.). You will also be asked for a $125 credit card confirmation for each person in your group. (At Laboratorio we had nine singles so please, don't anyone hesitate to come solo!)
At Laboratorio the dinner was limited to 30 with another 11 on a waiting list. For Maestro we need a total of SIXTY people to secure the dining room for us for the whole night. (It holds a total of 90-but I am going to limit it to the required 60 to guarantee the same ambience and camaraderie we had at Laboratorio.) All of the tables will be arranged so that they will be in groups of 6, 8 and 10 seats with all as close to the open presentation kitchen as possible (again, similar to Laboratorio). This is an extraordinary arrangement for Maestro-as is the 14 course dinner!
Working from the list for Laboratorio I already have about 30 people expressing sincere interest for the Maestro dinner. I need 30 MORE. I also have to give Maestro a firm commitment by this Friday, the 19th, for this to happen. Therefore, please contact me DIRECTLY AT MY E-MAIL listed above if you would like to join us. If so Maestro will contact you in a week or so for a credit card guarantee. If we do not reach 60 then I will contact everyone to let them know but, honestly, I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think we could do it.
My expectation is that this will literally be the meal of the year, lasting 4 hours or more. Please scroll back in Chowhound's search engine for the hundreds of posts about Maestro over the past two years as well as the 60 or 70 posts about our meal at Laboratorio in early November.
PLEASE DO NOT RESPOND ON CHOWHOUND TO THIS POST. PLEASE, RESPOND TO ME DIRECTLY. CHOWHOUND IS KIND ENOUGH TO ALLOW ME TO POST THE NOTICE OF THE DINNER BUT WE CANNOT TIE UP THEIR BOARD SPACE WITH ARRANGEMENTS.
Thanks again, to everyone.