There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Celebrated chef José Andrés appeared on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” Wednesday (read the transcript here) to plug his new pop-up restaurant, America Eats Tavern, located in the former Cafe Atlantico space in Penn Quarter. Proceeds from the pop-up benefit the National Archives and its exhibit, “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” In the interview, Andrés discusses the various old-fashioned American recipes on the menu and their histories and also dishes up his plan to reintroduce Americans to a particular oft-forgotten fruit.
ANDRES: …. [the Archives] want to make sure that no dish, no ingredient, no person is forgotten like paw-paws. How that the most amazing American fruit, 95 percent of America, doesn’t know about?
[HOST NEAL] CONAN: Paw-paws.
ANDRES: We are bringing paw-paws. We have reference of Lewis and Clark crossing to the West, eating paw-paws. We have reference of early 1500s, Hernando De Soto, one of the first Europeans to come to Florida. I found a peace treaty between United States of America, 1826, and the Indian tribes of Illinois talking about who was going to keep the paw-paw groves. In September, you’re going to come to America Eats Tavern and you’re going to find paw-paws from Ohio, form[sic] Maryland, from Virginia.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture