Small Bites: Bethesda’s Chef Jose Andrés Is at It Again—This Time Feeding Thousands of Hurricane Florence Survivors in North Carolina
Plus: A little over a year after opening, Buredo in Wildwood Shopping Center closes; The Spot Asian food hall announces happy hour specials
via World Central Kitchen Twitter
Celebrity Chef Jose Andrés departed for Wilmington, North Carolina, last week to join a team of culinary workers who were setting up kitchens in shelters across the state to feed volunteers and first responders affected by Hurricane Florence.
As of Monday evening, Andrés and his team—Chefs For Carolina—have served over 80,000 meals with World Central Kitchen, an international culinary relief organization that’s involved in the operation, according to CNN.
“Wilmington is cut off because water is high, we keep cooking For New Hannover, Columbus, and Brunswick, Pender County etc! feeding some neighborhoods were people have no food! We are proud we’ve been the only Feeding operation for food relief last 6 days more 60k meals!” Andrés tweeted Monday.
The renowned chef, who owns dozens of restaurants throughout the U.S., including Jaleo in downtown Bethesda, recently published a book, We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, about the efforts of his team of volunteers to provide hundreds of thousands of meals after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico last September.
Andrés, who has been reporting his activities daily via Twitter, said he and the culinary team are working with the American Red Cross, National Guard and North Carolina Emergency Management Operations.
“Proud to be supporting the amazing women and men serving our country and helping save lives here in North Carolina! Today we worked with the @NationalGuard to deliver food to 5 shelters in Columbus County and fed search&rescue!,” Andrés tweeted Saturday.
Buredo closed in Westwood Shopping Center
Bethesda’s Buredo, known for its burrito-sized sushi rolls and other Asian cuisine, has closed in the Wildwood Shopping Center on Old Georgetown Road. The restaurant first opened in July 2017 after a small delay.
Posts expressing disappointment over the closure began appearing on social media last week, but the food chain with several locations throughout D.C., would not confirm its Bethesda location had shut its doors.
The owners instead displayed a sign on the front entrance of the now-defunct eatery thanking its loyal customers for their business.
“We’ve decided to consolidate operations and locations. Catering will still be available to the area via our website. Please visit us online at eatburedo.com for locations and delivery partners. Buredo,” the sign said.
Rockville Asian food hall announces happy hour specials
The Spot Asian food hall, which opened in July in downtown Rockville, is offering a special happy hour promotion of 20 percent off all food items from 2 to 5 p.m. through Friday. In the hall, patrons can find a mix of foods and treats, including Taiwanese Bubble tea and fried chicken, Hawaiian style poke, authentic hand-pulled Mandarin noodles and freshly made dumplings, and Alpaca desserts, including Taiwanese snow cream and Hong Kong egg waffle ice cream. The Spot is located at 255 N. Washington St.