13 Jun, 2011

SMPS DC Year End Event at Watershed

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On June 15th the SMPS DC Chapter will be holding their annual End of the Year Event at Watershed, award-winning Chef Todd Gray's most recent restaurant venture. Gray, the mastermind behind critically acclaimed and presidentially approved Equinox, opened the restaurant this spring in the heart of the NoMa, one of Washington's fastest growing neighborhoods. The opening of the restaurant will hopefully spur more cultural interest in the commercial-heavy neighborhood which has begun attracting new retailers and other chef-driven restaurants. According to the NoMa BID, more than 6,000 people moved to the neighborhood in 2010 alone and developers have invested over $3 Billion in the area in the past 5 years. The restaurant is nestled within the Hilton Garden Inn just a block from the New York Avenue Metro Station. The inviting and soothing aquatic-inspired ambience was designed by Paradigm Design and features views down First Street, NE and Constitution Square. The hotel and restaurant were developed by StonebridgeCarras and the core and shell were designed by SK&I Architects.

The venue boasts not only spacious dining areas and an enticing raw bar, but also a breezy patio just in time to enjoy the summer sun. A 2,500 SF Ballroom is also available for functions which can be split into multiple rooms to accommodate different size groups. The space also has floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the patio, which is open to dogs as well. Check out pictures from SMPS DC's venue tour below! While touring the restaurant two lucky SMPS Special Events Committee Members had the great fortune of meeting the charismatic Ellen Gray, Todd's wife and partner-in-food (she is manager/co-owner of both Equinox and Watershed). She mentioned their son, a culinary prodigy at age eleven, helped create the children's menu.

Already adored by local foodies, the menu includes delectable Eastern seaboard specialties such as Maryland crab cake sandwiches, steamed mussels, and pan-fried oysters. In addition to serving brunch, lunch and dinner at the restaurant, lucky guests of the Hilton Garden Inn may also receive room service from the restaurant. Similar to Equinox, the menu features ingredients found locally in an effort to incorporate sustainable practices in the kitchen. In support of urban gardening, Watershed is also planning on growing produce and herbs on the patio to use in the kitchen.

Join the DC Chapter June 15th in the heart of NoMa to experience Watershed's charm and celebrate another successful year!