A Jean-Louis Palladin Tribute Dinner

Forgotten History

The Watergate Hotel has always been synonymous with luxury and this is why it was no surprise when in 1979, Jean-Louis Palladin, the youngest chef to win two Michelin stars came to America from France and opened Jean-Louis at the Watergate. 

Jean-Louis, like The Watergate Hotel, was never satisfied with good enough and went out of his way to learn about the local delicacies. He worked with the local community encouraging his distributors and friends to raise their standards. In fact, it is said that he was the original Farm-to-table chef and influenced his disciples to do the same.

In 1987 Palladin was inducted into the Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America and by 1993 he had won two awards from the James Beard Foundation. In November 2001 he passed away, but his influence continues to this day. His colleagues and friends felt so strongly about what he stood for that they established a grant to continue teaching chefs to learn about their ingredients from the source. In 2009, the Palladin Foundation was incorporated into the James Beard Foundation, and they work tirelessly to continue his legacy of inspiring young chefs. 

A Dinner in Celebration 

The Watergate Hotel has always taken pride in its heritage and Jean-Louis at the Watergate was an important moment in time, not only for America’s culinary landscape but the hotel itself. 

This August will be the 40th reunion of Jean-Louis’ restaurant opening at The Watergate Hotel, and we have planned a culinary experience in conjunction with his friends and family to celebrate the reunion. 

On August 8th, Jacques Pépin, Larbi Dahrouch and Jimmy Sneed will join executive chef Sébastien Giannini at Kingbird to create a one-of-a-kind 5-course dinner inspired by his cookbook, Cooking with the Seasons. You can purchase tickets here.

A Month-Long Tribute 

If you aren’t able to make the dinner? Don’t worry! We will be honoring this legendary chef all month long at Kingbird Restaurant. Join us each week in August to try a different 3-course menu inspired by one of his signature Seasons menus.

Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of these amazing events that honor a truly bold, passionate and fearless chef.

Cheers to the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

On July 20th, 2019 the United States of America celebrates 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their first steps on the moon. This was an iconic moment in history that is being commemorated with events, TV specials & interviews around the world.

At The Watergate Hotel, we are celebrating in our own way, and for July we have added The Moonwalker cocktail and our take on a moon pie dessert – Moon Crunch.

The Moonwalker is a fizzy, buzzy thirst quencher and retro riff on the quintessential drink mix, Tang. Although, many people think NASA invented Tang that is not actually the case. Tang was introduced to NASA officials as they were searching for a way to transport tasty drinks into space. Even if NASA didn’t invent the tangy powder – what could be more nostalgic and out-of-this-world then a specialty cocktail with Tang? How about drinking this specialty and refreshing cocktail with unobstructed views at The Top of the Gate, The Watergate’s rooftop lounge.

If you are looking for something a bit more decadent, join us at the iconic Kingbird Restaurant where our executive chef Sébastien Giannini puts his own spin on the beloved moon-centric dessert. The Moon Crunch is an inspired twist on the classic Moon Pie, made with moon-hued Macarons, Ice Cream, Mini Marshmallows, and a Silver Leaf. Fun tip: If you hit it with your Moon Crunch with your spoon you can make a “Crater” just like the moon’s surface!

Moon Crunch