Mike Isabella Partners with DC’s Favorite Summer Picnic for Fourth Annual Diner en Blanc

Mike Isabella Partners with DC’s Favorite Summer Picnic for Fourth Annual Diner en Blanc

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Diner en Blanc is back this year for its fourth annual DC pop-up picnic, with a tasty twist. Award-winning DC chef, Mike Isabella, is headlining the food element this year and has curated six exquisite baskets featuring ingredients and recipes from his local restaurants and catering company, MIC (Mike Isabella Concepts). Tantalize your tastebuds with these picnic basket previews. Read it and drool.

Basket 1 – Requin French Picnic

Dips + Spreads served with gaufrettes and crudite

  • Deviled lamb rillettes, macerated cherries, pickled mustard seed, eggplant-tomato ratatouille, fennel, garlic, shallot, herbs, chicken liver mousse, tomato + soppressata jam

Fromage

  • Carpra Sarda (goat’s milk, aged 6 mo.), Raclette spring brook (cow’s milk aged 2-4 mo.), Point Reyes Original Blue (cow’s milk aged 5 mo.), Taleggio (goat’s milk. Aged 1-2 mo.) all served with cherry mustard + honey comb

Baby Heirloom Carrot Salad

  • Toasted almonds, ginger, basil, citrus vinaigrette

Blueberry Clafoutis

  • Lemon curd, toasted almonds

Basket 2 – Graffito Italian Picnic 

Salumi & Formaggi Board

  • Salumi: cacciatorini, coppa with apricot mostarda
  • Formaggi: gorgonzola, dolce, taleggio

Kale Caesar Salad

  • Romano, croutons, parmesan

Pasta Salad

  • Roasted tomatoes, pepperoni, broccolini, sweet pepper relish

Tiramisu

  • Lady Fingers, Espresso

Basket 3 – Kapnos Mediterranean

 Crispy Flatbread + Seasonal Crudite + Assortment of Spreads

  • Hummus: chickpea, tahini, sultana chutney
  • Favosalata: yellow lentil, scallions, black garlic, pine nuts
  • Melizanosalata: smokey eggplant, roasted peppers, walnuts, feta

Marinated Olives

  • Marcona almonds, kefalograviera cheese, chili

Greek Farmhouse Salad

  • Tomato, cucumber olive feta, grilled zucchini

Baklava

  • Honey, almond, walnut

Basket 4/5 – Yona Bento (can be made gluten free)

Seaweed Salad

  • Mandarin, cucumber, mizuna, sesame dressing

Steamed Edamame

  • Sesame, nori, togarashi

Chilled Soba Noodles

  • Summer veggies, sesame, chojang

Fried (or grilled) Chicken Bucket

  • 4 pieces chicken, buttermilk yuzu sauce, heirloom radish slaw, tsukemono Japanese vegetables

Dessert

  • Red Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Basket 6 – Yona Bento, Vegetarian 

Seaweed Salad

  • Mandarin, cucumber, mizuna, sesame dressing

Steamed Edamame

  • Sesame, nori, togarashi

Chilled Soba Noodles

  • Summer veggies, sesame, chojang

Dessert

  • Red Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Diner en Blanc will host 4,500 guests this year in a public DC space. Mike Isabella’s baskets will be available for purchase on the Diner en Blanc e-store. The picnic baskets are packaged in insulated, white Diner en Blanc totes and will cost between $60 – $74. Champagne Jacquart and Friends Label wine will also be available for purchase on the e-store. Bottles run from $16 – $26.

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Diner en Blanc-ers dress to the nines. Awards are quietly given to the guests whom are best dressed, donning the best hat and responsible for the best table top

 

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