Impress Your Guests with An In-Home Private Chef Experience From this DC Duo

Jaclyn Jermyn, Kelly Magyarics and Kristen Schott | August 5, 2019 | Food & Drink


The curried corn bisque with pan-seared salmon, cockle clams and beech mushrooms cooked in palm oil

Chef Eric Adjepong likes to say that when he was growing up, he watched Julia Child’s The French Chef as much as the Power Rangers. The lifelong foodie and finalist on the latest round of Top Chef saw an opportunity to turn his love of dinner parties into a business when his now-wife, Janell, asked him to cook for some of her friends. Thus, Pinch & Plate was born. That was back in 2015. Today, the do-it-all private dining experience (the duo comes into your home or event venue to cook and serve a seasonal multicourse menu from Eric, with floral design and decor via Janell) has partnered with Cork Wine Bar & Market to offer elegant vino pairings. Owners Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts curate the list, which could include the 2007 Monsecco Gattinara. As for food? Eric once prepared venison that a client had brought back from a hunting trip—a roulade of the loin with a juniper jus from the bones. He welcomes whimsical requests too. “We had a client that had an inside joke with her guests [about] pound cake,” says Eric. “So I... incorporated it into the dessert. They loved it.” Four-course meal from $165 per person, pairings from $40 per person,


Photography by: pinch & plate