This is mostly a gardening blog, but I just had to share this with you because August 21, 2010 was a memorable day for us. We were guests at Chef Art Smith & Jesus Salgueiro’s wedding. We enjoyed an entire day of planned festivities. We met some great people and feasted on incredible food… sensational.
We found D.C. to be a beautiful, clean and organized city with a calm vibe. Don’t get me wrong, it still has the energy of a big city, but we didn’t feel congested. Grayson and I took tons of pictures and lots of mental notes about all the greenery. For such a big, concrete jungle… D.C. is very green. We did a lot of sightseeing.
After the morning blessing at the Lincoln Memorial, we walked to the National Mall and then went back to our rooms to get ready for the lunchtime ceremony.
It was really, really stressful trying to keep my kids away from Art’s cake. My 3-year-old kept slinking over to it and trying desperately to stick a finger into it. Even my 9-year-old, who knows better, was fighting the urge. Art & Jesus cut into the cake and People magazine took pictures. Later, after most people had left the ceremony, I heard that pieces of cake were being passed around.
I looked and looked to no avail. I went and stood by the cake to admire its beauty with another couple for a while. Apparently this was not the cake that was being passed around. However, somebody walked up and cut a small piece. I was offered a bite and I couldn’t say no. (I felt like Elaine from Seinfeld eating the piece of forbidden cake from her bosses office fridge while she did the jig).
OMG… this cake was the best cake I think I’ve ever tasted. Duff Goldman of the Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes” made it. It was flavored with white chocolate, raspberry, almond amaretto cream and cardamom pistachio. Sorry, Art… please don’t be mad at me.
The lunch celebration was a barbecue feast with the TLC Pittmasters (Myron Mixon and Warren Sapp) and a whole slew of celebrity chefs. Click here for a breakdown on who did the cooking. I flipped over Lee Ann Wong’s potato salad. The BBQ and lunchtime ceremony was held at the Liason Capitol Hill hotel in Art’s restaurant, Art & Soul.
Maybe I should be more in-the-know about who the important guests were, but T.V. is low on my priority list these days. I found out who the celebrity guests were from the internet after the wedding. I noticed that John Dingell, a Congressman, was on the list of guests and I looked him up. When I saw his picture on Wikipedia, I remembered seeing him at the wedding. I remembered him because he had given me a big smile and said, “hi”. At the time, I figured he must have been related to Art. How could he be the longest currently serving congressman and be so down to earth? It made me realize that I need to pay more attention to who is in our Congress instead of who’s in America’s Got Talent. Note to self: Grayson and I are going to make this a project in homeschooling this year.
Art’s fried chicken is the best. His right-hand gal, Iris Davis, from Art’s Chicago restaurant, Table 52, helped him create the recipe. That’s right... you read that correctly… the buttermilk fried chicken recipe! Click on recipe to start making your own. Iris… girl, you are awesome!
The nighttime celebration was my favorite. It was a poolside fiesta on the rooftop of the Liason Hotel. Best friends of Art, Daniel and Renee, the owners of Lucini Olive Oil, were sponsors of the evening. I just love Lucini Olive Oil. Actually, I love all their products.
Keste Pizza & Vino from New York set up three ovens on the rooftop and made incredible, gluten-free pizza.
This wedding celebration had soooo much to offer. It would have been impossible to experience it all. I think we had a tad bit of sensory overload. I’m sure everybody has their own story to tell. The food at the evening, poolside event was completely vegetarian. I never tried the hot dogs and I’m kicking myself for that. I didn’t even see them. Well, at least I got to try that cake.
We all received a “thank-you gift bag”. It was better than Christmas. Actually, it was a lot like Christmas… when I was 12. I couldn’t wait to see what was in there and I wasn’t disappointed. Click here if you want to see the list of goodies. My mom brought me a gift bag from an Elton John party from the Oscar’s a few years ago that rocked. Art & Jesus’ gift bag was just as good. Each of the wedding bags had custom designed sandals by Jesus from a company called Okobos. I have to show you…
Art raised over $10,000 for his Common Threads foundation for children. He’d asked for donations to the foundation in lieu of wedding gifts. I’m sure he’s going to have more money trickling in too. I heart philanthropy… just keep the money moving.
My daughter is going through cupcake withdrawal now and keeps telling me “she has to go back”. We will. We definitely will. It was a lovely wedding and a perfect setting. For a great picture album with tons of people pictures from the wedding, check out Candid Candace’s blog.
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