Our celebrated, in-house culinary team blends seasonal ingredients, regional flavors and international inspiration to create innovative dishes presented in uncommon ways.
Meet Our Culinary Team
Executive Chef for the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center since 2001, Xavier Deshayes leads a talented culinary team in DC’s premier event venue—the site for some of the city’s most notable meetings, special events and weddings. With a passion for sourcing local and sustainable products, he is on the forefront of developing environmentally conscious menus.
Whether you’re planning a lunch, themed coffee break or an elegant formal dinner our team can craft a culinary experience that will impress all guests. Discover our creative cuisine, artfully prepared.
Creative Menu Concepts
The National Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature fundraiser, Pink Tie Party, brings together Washingtonians dressed in their finest pink attire to kick off spring and raise funds to support the Festival’s mission. As an annual sponsor of this event it offers a great opportunity for our culinary team to showcase their creative abilities. The dish featured is “Flower Power,” Executive Chef Deshayes’ take on a Seasonal Salad with Fresh Flowers Toasted à La Minute – the flavor of the edible flowers was enhanced with a homemade nasturtium vinaigrette.
Beginning in the early summer months and into the late fall, Wilson Plaza turns into a bustling farmers market every Friday with lots of local produce vendors at Capital Harvest on the Plaza. Inspired by the Andalusia region of southern Spain, Executive Chef Deshayes locally sourced all of the ingredients needed for this seasonal dish, creating a refreshing Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho Soup. Not only is the presentation cool, but it is the perfect way to refresh during the hot summer months.
Our annual client appreciation event, Sparkle Lounge, is a great opportunity for our catering and events team to showcase how our culinary offerings and event spaces can be reimagined and transformed. Our talented Pastry Chef, Shane Goettlicher, created miniature cupcakes that resembled succulent plants presented in mini terra cotta planters to complement the botanical, Zen garden event theme. Assorted flavors included Carrot Cake, Red Velvet and Apple Spice.
Specializing in multi-ethnic cuisines and menus with a modern-day twist, our talented culinary team offers an array of catering options and is willing to work with you to ensure your special day is nothing short of spectacular.
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