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October 03, 2008

The Art and Soul of Capitol Hill

Art Smith
After 10 years as Oprah's personal
chef, Art Smith has moved on to his
own ventures.

AP Photo

by Beata Loyfman

Capitol Hill is brimming with activity these days. Between political battles, economic crises, and the egos amidst it all, you can safely say that it's one of the most tension-filled spots in the country. And what's the best thing for relieving tension? Food and wine, of course!

That's why we're very excited about the opening of Art and Soul, the new DC restaurant at the Liaison hotel. What's more, Oprah's favorite chef, Art Smith, is at the helm, so you know it'll be hearty eating. Dishes like country pork chop with red eye gravy, and horseradish- and beet-cured salmon hoecake (sort of like a cornmeal pizza--hey, I didn't make it up) will really hit the spot.

And the wine? Glad you asked. Art and Soul just got the first ever Chianti Classico from Italian wine producer Santa Margherita. I've already taken the liberty of sampling this new bottling, and let me tell you, it's rich, flavorful, and you won't need an oenology degree to enjoy it. If this sumptuous Sangiovese doesn't loosen up the tension on Capitol Hill, nothing will.

While at dinner, don't be surprised to find yourself dining next to one of the presidential candidates. Senators Obama and McCain could probably use a breather from all the dry economic discussions. Just don't make any sudden moves; those secret service agents are trained to react first and think second.

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