Described as a “reverberating restaurant,” it’s safe to assume that thriving beat at Dirty Habit, housed in Kimpton Hotel Monaco Washington DC, comes from the influences of Edgar Escalante, executive chef. Diners and imbibers can expect expertly crafted libations, innovative shared plates, edgy design and an inviting urban patio in D.C.’s bustling Penn Quarter.
Escalante brings his Mexican flair to Dirty Habit’s international cuisine. However, while born and raised in Mexico City, he began his career at 19 as a cook in his family’s Italian restaurant. After working his way up to sous chef — the staff at the restaurant didn’t know his mother was the owner — he set off for Spain to hone his skills at Barcelona’s Michelin-starred Rocamoo. From Spain he launched a catering business in Mexico City before heading to SLS South Beach. Today he is changing dishes on a seasonal basis to evoke the flavors of winter, spring, summer and fall in our nation’s capital.
WHICH FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? AND ON THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM, WHAT IS ONE INGREDIENT OR FOOD YOU HATE TO USE?
It would be a burger with extra bacon. We all know burger is one of the unhealthy foods out there, but we also know how good and satisfying this food is! One ingredient I hate to use has to be squid … and only because I’m allergic to it and I haven’t been able to cook with it.
WHAT DISHES WOULD YOU SERVE AT A PRIVATE DINNER PARTY?
I would definitely serve one dish that keeps evolving with me: watermelon tartare. And of course, my Mexican heritage has to be present every time. So you will definitely see some aguachiles, mole, some salsas and, of course, the crowd favorite, tacos!
WHAT WAS THE FIRST MEAL YOU EVER PREPARED ON YOUR OWN?
Carbonara — yes, you heard me right! Preparing carbonara was my first meal I ever made for myself when I was about 6 years old. After watching my grandma doing it a million times, I had to try it out; and let me tell you, it was a revelation for me.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN ONE DISH, WHICH DISH WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
I believe it has to be vegan risotto, because every time I want to explain it to someone, I always compare it to a techno song. It hits you right there on the spot; what makes it different is it comes with different layers of flavors, and that makes it unique.
WHICH CULINARY TREND WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISAPPEAR?
The idea of restaurants doing to-go food service is trendy now. I understand that, at this time, this is a usual thing to do because it helps the food industry bounce back, but I’m hoping once we get over this pandemic, restaurants lessen to-go food service. I believe it lowers the overall experience when eating the food out of the to-go containers.
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The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
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