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What do chefs do when they’re not getting other people to eat and drink? Eat and drink, of course.
Birch & Barley chef Kyle Bailey, pastry chef (and Bailey’s wife) Tiffany MacIsaac, and beer director Greg Engert are featured hitting the town on their night off in the chef-focused video series called Munchies on Vice.com. Bailey is the first D.C. chef to tape the series, which has featured big name chefs like David Chang, Anthony Bourdain, and Michael White.
And where do they go? None other than the temporarily shuttered Radius Pizza in Mount Pleasant, where former chef and owner Todd Wiss feeds them half the menu. Wiss then joins them at Room 11 as they sip cocktails and talk about cold sores and eating at Olive Garden. The night ends back at Birch & Barley with the largest ham and cheese hot pocket you’ve ever seen (fire-toasted on a Himalayan salt block) and a “foiemelette”—foie gras omelette—prepared for their cooks.
We also learn Bailey’s favorite toast: “She offered her honor, so I honored her offer, and all night long I was on her and off her.” To which MacIsaac shakes her head.