The Dish: Top Chef Valentine’s Day Dinner

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The Pink Line Project and Mike Isabella team up for Cuisine Contra, a romantic soiree that defies the ordinary.
By Nevin Martell

Top Chef All Star Michael Isabella

Top Chef All Star Michael Isabella (Photo courtesy of Pink Line Project)

Add a little star power and mystery to your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Cuisine Contra, a one-night-only Valentine’s Day bash organized by the Pink Line Project, promises to deliver both in spades (or hearts, as the case may be). Top Chef All-Star Mike Isabella, owner of the forthcoming Graffiato, will be preparing an Italian dinner at a top secret D.C. location that will only be revealed a few days beforehand. Organizer Philippa Hughes is tight-lipped on where Cuisine Contra will take place, though she was quick to promise that the space is “truly spectacular.

Over the course of the evening, the open bar will offer beer, wine and a signature cocktail starring Saint Germain elderflower liqueur, while servers will be passing out aphrodisiacs. To keep guests entertained, the Pete Muldoon Quartet will play jazz standards, diners can listen to readings in the poetry café and four performance artists – Holly Bass, Sabrina Mandell, Kelly Bond and Melissa Krodman –  will walk around to inject unexpected moments into the proceedings.

Tickets are $125 each and every attendee will be entered to win a pair of business class tickets to Paris on OpenSkies Airlines. Organizers urge diners to dress “sensual, surprising, silly, suave, sultry, and smart,” which makes Cuisine Contra a sassy, stylish and stunning proposition.

Cuisine Contra is on Monday, February 14 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

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