This weekend is special for my friend Hallie Kuperman. She owns the Century Ballroom, and Friday kicks off The Century’s 15th anniversary party, which this year will be a weekend-long celebration. You are invited. Have you ever seen this place? It’s upstairs in the Oddfellows Hall on Capitol Hill. Shiny wood, swirling dancers, vintage details…it is a timeless place that sends music out of the open windows and into the world, intriguing passersby outside. Those inside feel lucky to be there.
In fact, I remember dancing at The Century’s first anniversary party–how can it already be 14 year ago?–and thinking how amazing it was to be part of such a magical place. I still do. A few years ago Hallie extended that magic right across the hall by creating the restaurant The Tin Table. It’s named after a giant tin fire door they found inside a wall during remodeling. It now proudly welcomes guests into the heart of the dining room, repurposed as a majestic table. I love that they reclaimed this treasure that was stuck, hidden behind walls, and they brought it out into the open for people to sit at and celebrate around.
Chick Pea Fritters. Honey Yogurt, Frisée, Cucumber, Chive Oil, Preserved Lemon
Sturgeon. Shaved Fennel, Red Onion, Red Pepper, Scallion, Harissa Vinaigrette
Braised Beef Short Rib. Creamy Parsnip Purée, Braised Greens, Rapini, Smoked Port Reduction
Cassoulet . Pork Belly, Lamb Leg, Flageolet Beans, Herb Brioche Crumbs
Warm Pear Tart. Cream Cheese Crust, Pears, Praline Ice Cream, Goat Caramel
If you come out to The Tin Table, I hope you enjoy one of these beautiful dishes. Or maybe try the egg noodle tagliatelle with rabbit ragu and black trumpet mushrooms. It’s the soul-feeding kind of dish that makes you feel like your dearest one lovingly prepared it for you after a long day. Especially if your dearest one has a sense of elegance, style, and beautifully balanced flavors.
Whether you come out this weekend to dance and drink a toast to the Century, or you visit another day to sample some of Chef Travis’ creations, I think you’ll find yourself deliciously transported into a place that could be your second (fabulous) home.