Though Washington D.C. is finally turning heads on the national culinary scene, there are still a few names and places that linger in memory from a time before all eyes were on our city. “José Andrés” is a name that resonates as a mark of quality with people inside and outside the beltway.
Spanish restaurateur José Andrés Puerta is one of the District’s culinary pioneers, and it’s wonderful to see that even so many years later, many of his creations and projects remain relevant. Barmini/Minibar has long been one of D.C.’s standard bearers for cocktails, with a crew of supremely talented, friendly, and creative bartenders, led by Head Bartender Jose “Chuck” Rivera. As the August air clung thick with record levels of heat and humidity, a group of about thirty of us were ushered into the crisp air-conditioned dining room at Barmini for an after-work, hands-on lesson in crafting classic cocktails. The house punch – with hints of orange peel, lemon zest, and exceedingly refreshing, was a welcome cooling elixir.