Albi, to open in DC in this fall, practices in Lebanon
|Chef Michael Lee Rafidi|
Michael Rafidi was on a research tour of Lebanon in preparation for opening his own first restaurant "Albi" later this year in the American capital city, and he decided to assemble a team of both local and DC talent to orchestrate a pop-up benefit dinner at Bergerac to benefit Al Majal - a local organization which works to better the lives of special needs adults.
Guests were treated to first course cherry tomato salad with charred wild cucumbers, fromage blanc, and fermented chile vinaigrette - accented with freshly foraged nasturtium flowers - to open the evening, along with Lebanese "Baal" white wine. Next was the arrival of steak tartare with crispy Compté and egg yolk custard as well as harissa-spiced bone marrow with beef cheek jam for the table. Local artisan bakery Roger Le Boulanger prepared fresh "mother dough" bread to pair.
|Chef Rafidi preparing the giant marrow bones|
|"Mother Dough" freshly baked bread|
|As guests arrive, chefs prepare the salad course|
|A jovial full house for Bergerac on a Monday night for the affair!|