Wildboar turned me on to Art and Soul restaurant in Washington D.C., where Travis, tkern is sous chef. My wife, business partner and her husband attended a symposium there last week and we took my cousins from Arlington to A and S on Friday night.
Six of us made it to A & S, with four of us getting caught in miles of cherry blossom traffic, having to take a subway for several stops to the restaurant because the car was having mechanical problems. My cousin turned around and drove it to his mechanic and then took subways all the way back to the restaurant. Once off the subway we got lost finding the place!
BUT all of agreed it was worth it. Our meal was terrific, with Travis coming out to explain multiple courses, mostly charcuterie. He promised more, but we literally waved the white flag and got the entree's. When Travis came out after dessert (terrific) we applauded.
I could've spent a few hours in the kitchen talking knives with Travis and Mike, (a chef there who posts on KKF, but I forgot his forum name). They have great leather rolls and their knife collections are impressive. Got to see handles from Apicus, Martell, Adam Marr and others. kaeleb should be proud that both of them admired the handles he put on my knives, particularly the MAC bread slicer. I brought my six knives, declared the set finished, and both of them said, "That's what you say now." They have dozens and want to get more.
This knife comradeship is interesting. All my guests thought I knew Travis for years and couldn't believe we'd never met before.
Anyone passing through D.C. needs to put aside a long evening for dinner at Art and Soul with Travis and Mike.