20 Fabulous Singles: Barton Seaver

They’re smart, funny, successful, and available—for now

By: Ann Limpert, Garrett M. Graff

Barton Seaver, 27

Job: Chef at Cafe Saint-Ex and Bar Pilar. Education: St. Albans, associate’s from the Culinary Institute of America. Hometown: Grew up in DC’s Mount Pleasant. Now lives in Columbia Heights. Dream date: I’m a big fan of going to shows—at the Studio and Shakespeare theaters or Blues Alley. Then we’d go have Champagne. What are you looking for in a mate? Confidence, concern for the environment and other people, intelligence, and joie de vivre. Deal breakers: Smoking and jealousy. Last movie you saw: I sat through half of King Kong and walked out. I don’t really like movies, and I don’t own a TV. Your favorite book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck and The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx because of the enormity of emotion and the purity of the relationships. Hidden talent: I was an avid singer when I was younger. Now I just sing to my sous chefs, and they think it’s weird. How would you spend a lazy Sunday? I’d go to an early-morning Spinning class, then the Dupont Circle farmers market, brunch at Tabard Inn, and then a mix of reading, walks, and naps. Favorite date spot: The bar at Cashion’s Eat Place.