Zena and Meshelle raise funds for the Lee Initiative through #nakedchefs.
"Sibling business partners Scott and Don Avellino of Revivalist Spirits are keeping the charitable momentum going right here in D.C., a city with its industry also in need. Six D.C.-area hospitality professionals took part in the latest round five of “naked” photos in an effort to raise money for The LEE Initiative — a restaurant workers relief program created by Lindsey Ofcacek and Chef Edward Lee. "
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The RAMMY award-winning farm to fork favorite housed in Silver Spring, MD is known for its remarkably fresh and well-priced dishes that can also be found catering some of the hottest events in the DMV. See our interview with Founder Zena Polin to get the scoop on how they keep their food delicious and customers coming back again... and again
Have you always been a restaurateur? What influenced you to pursue this line of work? This is the first restaurant I’ve co-owned, although I worked in the catering industry for about 10 years. In 2008, I moved back to DC from Puerto Rico, where I had a marketing and public relations firm. I appeared on Planet Green with Emeril Lagasse on a show called Craving the Caribbean. I always loved cooking and food and the show motivated me to do challenge myself to do something different
I got my first tattoo during the pandemic, which I can’t imagine I would have gotten without having lived through the challenges of this year. It’s a vegvísir—an Icelandic magic stave that “helps the bearer find their way through rough weather even when the way is not known.” That sums up how the pandemic has affected me and our industry. I felt so lost, but I found the strength to find my own way forward. —Zena Polin, restaurateur
Click to read more about it in the Washington City Paper, by Laura Hayes.
Polin .... have pulled together a decent wine, craft beer and cocktail list, careful to create both original and familiar drinks with high-quality spirits. They’ve even crafted a brunch Bellini with cantaloupe that I’d order again without hesitation or embarrassment. For its drinks program alone, I’d argue that the Dish and Dram is providing a serious community service.
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The French Laundry Cookbook that I bought on a trip to the French Laundry, which was also the first prix fixe dinner of that kind for me. And every part of the experience blew me away —- including meeting Chef Thomas Keller, except I was so full of food and wine that I was too tongue tied to say anything! I read every recipe over and over again and it still has pride of place in my kitchen. -Zena Polin, Co-owner of The Dish & Dram and The Daily Dish
Take one fiery redhead, fold in some travel, add a dash of politics, a bushel of education, a full cup of community involvement, a rasher of entrepreneurism, gallons of travel and mix well. The finished product is Zena Polin, co-owner of the multi-RAMMY Award-winning restaurants The Daily Dish and The Dish & Dram.
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