Mike Isabella Selected as Official Chef for Diner en Blanc DC 2017


On Saturday, August 26, 4,500 Diner en Blanc guests will take over a public Washington, D.C. location from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. for an evening of fine food, wine and celebration. This year, award-winning D.C. chef and restaurateur Mike Isabella has been selected to create and assemble six unique picnic basket options for Diner en Blanc guests to choose from.

Isabella developed each menu to satisfy 4,500 palettes and meet all types of dietary restrictions including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Isabella used influences and ingredients from his 10 restaurant concepts, which feature French, Italian, Spanish, Asian, Mexican, Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisines.

Basket 1 – Requin French Picnic x Mike Isabella

Dips + Spreads served with gaufrettes and crudite

Deviled lamb rillettes, macerated cherries, pickled mustard seed, eggplant-tomato ratatouille, fennel, garlic, shallot, herbs, chicken liver mousse, tomato + soppressata jam


Carpra Sarda (goat’s milk, aged 6 mo.), Raclette spring brook (cow’s milk aged 2-4 mo.), Point Reyes Original Blue (cow’s milk aged 5 mo.), Taleggio (goat’s milk. Aged 1-2 mo.) all served with cherry mustard + honey comb

Baby Heirloom Carrot Salad

Toasted almonds, ginger, basil, citrus vinaigrette

Blueberry Clafoutis

Lemon curd, toasted almonds

Basket 2 – Graffito Italian Picnic x Mike Isabella

Salumi & Formaggi Board

Salumi: cacciatorini, coppa with apricot mostarda

Formaggi: gorgonzola, dolce, taleggio

Kale Caesar Salad

Romano, croutons, parmesan

Pasta Salad

Roasted tomatoes, pepperoni, broccolini, sweet pepper relish


Lady Fingers, Espresso

Basket 3 – Kapnos Mediterranean x Mike Isabella

Crispy Flatbread + Seasonal Crudite + Assortment of Spreads

Hummus: chickpea, tahini, sultana chutney

Favosalata: yellow lentil, scallions, black garlic, pine nuts

Melizanosalata: smokey eggplant, roasted peppers, walnuts, feta

Marinated Olives

Marcona almonds, kefalograviera cheese, chili

Greek Farmhouse Salad

Tomato, cucumber olive feta, grilled zucchini


Honey, almond, walnut

Basket 4/5 – Yona Bento x Mike Isabella (can be made gluten free)

Seaweed Salad

Mandarin, cucumber, mizuna, sesame dressing

Steamed Edamame

Sesame, nori, togarashi

Chilled Soba Noodles

Summer veggies, sesame, chojang

Fried (or grilled) Chicken Bucket

4 pieces chicken, buttermilk yuzu sauce, heirloom radish slaw, tsukemono Japanese vegetables


Red Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Basket 6 – Yona Bento x Mike Isabella, Vegetarian

Seaweed Salad

Mandarin, cucumber, mizuna, sesame dressing

Steamed Edamame

Sesame, nori, togarashi

Chilled Soba Noodles

Summer veggies, sesame, chojang


Red Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies

The signature Mike Isabella Diner en Blanc picnic baskets are prepared to feed a party of two. Picnic baskets will be sold on the official Diner en Blanc e-store prior to the event.

About Mike Isabella

Mike Isabella was named 2016 Restaurateur of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. He is the chef/owner of Arroz, Graffiato, Kapnos and G in Washington, D.C., Kapnos Taverna, Yona and Pepita in Arlington, Va., Kapnos Kouzina in Bethesda, Md., Requin, a partnership with chef Jennifer Carroll in Fairfax, Va., and a second location of Graffiato in Richmond, Va. His forthcoming projects include Isabella Eatery, a 10-concept food emporium, and additional locations of Kapnos Taverna and Requin.

Outside the kitchen, Isabella appeared on Season Six of Top Chef and Top Chef Duels, and he was the runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars. Isabella also served as a recurring judge on FYI’s “Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown.” He is the author of Mike Isabella’s Crazy Good Italian.

About Mike Isabella Concepts and Catering (MIC)

Mike Isabella Concepts (MIC) is a diverse network of restaurants in the greater Washington, D.C. metro area owned by award-winning chef and restaurateur, Mike Isabella. The full-service catering team creates one-of-a-kind experiences for large-scale weddings, intimate gatherings, and unique corporate events. Visit cateringbymic.com

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