Cathal Armstrong is the Pied Piper of St. Patrick’s Day in Washington DC.
He will be the Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade – a natural choice since he is a Dublin native and runs seven restaurants in Alexandria, VA, including recently opened Society Fair (See Super Chef‘s article).
He is also popular at the White House because he champions children’s nutrition through his nonprofit Chefs and Parents. The Foundation partners with the local schools in Washington DC area to improve school lunches and educate children about healthy eating.
This year’s parade, the 41st, will step-off at noon, Sunday, March 11, 2012 on Constitution Avenue, N.W. from Seventh to Seventeenth Streets. Once you’ve watched the parade, it’s time to follow Cathal to one of his restaurants in Alexandria, VA, including:
will be offering its signature, annual, seven courses, aptly named ‘An Irish Feast.’ The celebration dinner is signature to the Tasting Room, and includes Chef Armstrong’s refined twist on traditional Irish favorites using key ingredients such as Cashel Blue Cheese, Guinness, White Pudding, Irish Whiskey, Salmon, Wild Flowers, and Dublin Spice.
The Majestic will offer a traditional lunch of Irish Spiced Beef Sandwich; house cured corned beef and sauerkraut on house made rye bread. A dinner of House Cured Corned Beef and Boiled Potatoes with parsley, braised cabbage and mustard sauce is sure to warm the Irish soul.
There will be Irish dancers at Virtue Feed and Grain and Irish breakfast to go at Society Fair.