5-star Chefs Wow for Friends of Olney Farmers Market

What do you get when you combine 5-star chefs, fine wines and a six-course meal? Nothing better than the Farm-to-Fabulous “5 Star Reunion” dinner and wine tasting at Cesco Osteria & Co2 Lounge in Bethesda, Md., Sept. 25.

Hosted by chef Robert Wiedmaier and organized by Greg Phillips, media consultant for Five Star Charities, the evening promoted farm-to-table dining and benefitted the Olney Farmers and Artists Market. The night started with a reception tribute to Wolfgang Puck and Sandi Hoffman who signed her book, “My Love of Affairs,” while guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, prepared by the talents of Francesco Ricchi, K.N. Vinod, Jeff Buben and others.

Guests mingled while the 5 Star chefs had a blast from the past, preparing a six-course meal and no doubt reminiscing on their days of working at the Four Seasons. The all-star team included chef Robert Wiedmaier, Oliver Beckert, Jason Tepper, Devin Bozkaya, David Rexford and Roberto Donna.

Chefs presented their course with a short speech to the enthusiastic small crowd of new and old friends, who gave a roaring response to each chef and his dish.

From Wiedmaier’s potato blini, topped with Scottish smoked salmon, crème fraiche, a quail egg and osetra caviar to tuna, pretending to be a filet mignon, by chef Devin Bozkaya, the food was an excellent representation of quality, 5-Star work.

Wine flowed from Jackson Family Fine Wines and was paired and poured by Elyse Kudo of Majestic Fine Wines. Kudo presented two Jackson Family Verite Le Desirs from Sonoma County 2003 and 2008 that were named 100-point and 99-point wines respectively.

Both the event emcee, Joe Cochran, Jr., and Wiedmaier spoke to the importance of local farmers and the use of their products in restaurant kitchens. Each chef noted 5-Star kitchen’s high expectation for excellence in every piece of what they do. Wiedmaier learned that demand early in his career from chef Doug McNeill, whom Wiedmaier toasted to conclude the night.


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