Saturday, December 22, 2012

DC Spotlight: Friday Nights at Elizabeth's Gone Raw

While many people apparently spent the Mayan apocalypse gorging on junk food, I am proud to say that I chose a much healthier way to celebrate December 21, 2012, which did not, thank goodness, turn out to be the end of the world. 

Instead, I had dinner at DC's only raw-vegan restaurant (a much more upscale place than my last raw food dining experience in Saint Augustine, Florida). 

Elizabeth's Gone Raw is the brainchild of Elizabeth Perry, the owner of a local catering company, who (according to the website) committed herself to a raw-vegan diet after being diagnosed with breast cancer.  The restaurant, which doubles as a private event space for the catering company, is open only on Friday nights and is located in an ornate townhome-style building in downtown DC.  Each week the $75.00 prix fixe tasting menu (with optional wine pairings for $50.00) is published on the restaurant's website. 

I began what could have been my last evening on Earth at the elegant bar located on the first floor, where I sipped on a creative craft cocktail made with organic juices and snacked on the restaurant's signature spicy kale chips.  The chips, which are highly addictive, are also brought to the table during the meal and available for purchase to take home.

Spicy kale chips

The (unapocalyptic) tasting menu for December 21, 2012, and pictures of each course can be found below.  The hen of the woods mushroom soup was my favorite dish, followed by the "bacon" wrapped dates.  Most of the dishes substitute nuts and seeds for animal products, which probably explains why everything was surprising filling.  By the time the tagliatelle entree arrived, I was full!

Elizabeth's Gone Raw tasting menu for December 12, 2012

"Bacon" wrapped date

Warm corn & hen of the woods soup

Beet & apple ravioli

Lemon chamomile sorbet (an excellent palate cleanser)

Banana squash tagliatelle

Chocolate espresso "cheese" cake
TIP:  Because the restaurant is small and open only on Friday nights, reservations are required.  

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