Florida Avenue Grill 70th Anniversary Dinner & Celebration (NEW LOCATION ANNOUNCED: MASONIC BALLROOM 10th & U)
Saturday, October 4, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Due to Overwhelming Response,
We Are Announcing a
NEW LOCATION FOR OUR ANNIVERSARY EVENT:
THE MASONIC BALLROOM AT 10TH & U STREETS
(1000 U ST., NW).
Opened in 1944, the now world-famous Florida Avenue Grill was built with the mission to grow a restaurant that felt like home; where the customers were friends, and soulfully, home-cooked meals made worries go away. Known to be the oldest, continuously-operating, soul food restaurant in the world, a true Washington monument, "The Grill" is a testament to endurance of a small business.
This year marks the 70th Anniversary of the Florida Avenue Grill's founding. It has survived everything from natural disasters and riots, to recessions and gentrification — all while remaining relevant and committed to its ever-changing community. Please join owner Imar Hutchins; former owner Lacey C. Wilson, Jr.; the staff and former staff of the Grill; and DC business, community and political leaders, for a celebration of a true DC icon.
Saturday, October 4, 2014, 7:00pm
NEW LOCATION! At the Masonic Ballroom: 10th and U Streets NW
The evening will include:
7:00pm Reception with live music from jazz quartet featuring Janine Carter Gilbert.
8:00pm Program with Dinner prepared by Florida Avenue Grill featuring our Traditional Menu favorites PLUS a full Vegan Menu as well.
9:30pm Party with DJ The Legendary Chris Washington spinning old-school hip hop and R&B grooves.
On display will be a prize-winning photo exhibit of portraits of Florida Avenue Grill employees by Christine Pearl.
Delicious Traditional Menu to include: Southern Pan Fried Chicken, BBQ Pork Spare Ribs, Collard Greens, Macaroni and Cheese, Candied Yams, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy and Cornbread.**
Vegan Menu to include: BBQ Seitan “Ribs,” Veggie Tuna Nori Rolls, Kale Salad, Vegan Sweet Potato Pie or Vegan Apple Pie, Vegan Sides: Collard Greens, Okra & Tomatoes, Cabbage, Candied Yams and Rice**
** Menu subject to change.
When & Where
Florida Avenue Grill
Founded in 1944, the world-famous Florida Avenue Grill is the oldest soul food restaurant in the country. If you’re not already familiar with the Florida Avenue Grill, here’s what people have to say about it:
“The Capitol’s capital of soul food”, this “DC landmark”, a U Street Corridor “old-school diner” “lined with photos of famous African-Americans”, offers “super-cheap” Southern “comfort food” like “grits”, “half-smokes, cornbread, hash browns and down-home breakfast treats” “with a lot of flavor and even more fat”; so join “all of the local churchgoers in their Sunday best” for weekend brunch “served with a side of sweetness” by an “awesome staff.” - Zagat Guide
The Wilsons "opened the little restaurant in 1944 at the corner of Florida Avenue and 11th Street NW...[and] have been caring for movers and shakers ever since." - The New York Times
A "legendary D.C. greasy spoon whose walls are lined with the mugs of famous fans, [that] is known for doing soul food right." - The Washington Post