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National Press Club Ambassador Series: Embassy of Switzerland

National Press Club

Monday, September 17, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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The National Press Club will host His Excellency Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, for a fireside chat and sampling of iconic Swiss specialties with wine and cocktails in the Fourth Estate restaurant Monday, September 17, 2018, 6:30 to 9:00pm.  This event is part of the NPC Ambassador Series, designed to welcome foreign diplomats to the Club.  

Martin Dahinden has been the Swiss Ambassador to the United States since 2014. Previously, he headed the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA). As a diplomat he has worked in Geneva, Paris, Lagos, New York, Brussels and Bern.

Ambassador Dahinden will discuss his new cookbook, "Beyond Muesli and Fondue: The Swiss Contribution to Culinary History". All dishes to be served are taken from the cookbook, which include historic dishes invented by famous Swiss chefs and hoteliers, but updated for contemporary tastes.  Menu and wine selection will soon follow. 

Swiss cuisine is rich in anecdotes highlighting Swiss political history and the cultural landscape. Ambassador Dahinden will discuss cuisine as a means of communication, drawing upon his research and personal experiences as a diplomat.

Ambassador Dahinden is also the author of the German-language volume, "Swiss Kitchen Secrets: Faces and Stories Behind Famous Dishes."

The cocktail reception will run from  6:30-7:00, followed by a short address by Ambassador Dahinden.  A question and answer period will occur after the main course is served.  Dessert and a closing cocktail, also from the cookbook, will cap the evening.

Tickets are $20 for National Press Club members and $25 for non-members. Copies of the cookbook will be available for purchase.




MENU SELECTION of Ambassador Dahinden:

Passed hors d‘oeuvres

• Raclette
• Waldorf Salad
• Almond Seville Orange Soup


• Ritz Fizz Cocktail

Second Course 

• Chipotle braised beef short ribs with fried polenta



• Chocolate, coffee, and Baked Alaska



• Mazagran à la Général Dufour

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When & Where

The Fourth Estate Restaurant at The National Press Club
529 14th St NW 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045

Monday, September 17, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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National Press Club

The National Press Club, a private club for journalists and communications professionals, has been a Washington institution for more than a century. It is also a world-class conference and meeting facility that hosts thousands of events each year for sophisticated clients from around the globe. And while these are the Club’s functions, its mission is to be The World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists. It is a social and business organization dedicated to supporting the ongoing improvement of the profession of journalism.

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