Posts in Connect
A Conversation with Chef Cedric Maupillier - Convivial

Last month I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Cedric Maupillier, chef and owner of Convivial – one of the hottest dining spots in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC.  Dressed casually in gray slacks and a navy blue polo shirt, the French-American chef shared stories about preserving heritage through food, what it means to be an American, finding success on his own terms, and learning to live in the moment.

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Food, Love, and the Afterlife

Food as an expression of love extends beyond the living through Hindu funeral rituals known as Shraadh. This past Monday was the first day of the 2018 Shraadh period. My family has been having feasts honoring my father and other relatives during this period for several years now. While Shraadh meals range from simple to elaborate, I've always seen them as meals that are meant to be shared with others in remembrance of our loved ones.

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Culinary Wabi-Sabi: Embracing Imperfection in the Kitchen

I've been thinking a lot about the Japanese philosophy of Wabi-Sabi – specifically, Wabi-Sabi in the kitchen Pared down to its essence, Wabi-Sabi is the art of finding beauty in imperfection, appreciating the simplicity and depth of nature, and accepting the natural cycle of life.  For me, Wabi-Sabi in the kitchen is about being intentional and intuitive in how we prepare our meals.  It is less about exact measurements, and more about improvising with the ingredients you have on hand.  It’s about slowing down, enjoying the process and truly experiencing the food you’ve prepared.  

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Planting Roots, Preserving Traditions and Creating a New American Dream

The time period I grew up in was one of integration as opposed to assimilation - meaning that my parents and their friends were able to incorporate traditions from their homelands into their new lives in America – they were creating a new American dream.

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