Legendary Chef Michel Richard Feted During Week-Long Birthday Dinner Tribute At Central

Central Michel Richard Partner Chipp Sandground, Executive Chef David Deshaies, and Beverage Director/Sommelier Brian Zipin at Tuesday's memorial dinner kickoff (All photographs by Daniel Swartz).
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Downtown brasserie Central Michel Richard is honoring the birthday of its late namesake, with a special celebratory dinner menu, from now through Saturday, March 11th.

A special tribute dinner menu to Chef Michel Richard is temporarily available at Central this week.

The four-course, prix-fixe tribute dinner costs $80/person (with an additional $45 wine pairing option) and boasts several of the signature dishes that Michel Richard passed down to current Executive Chef David Deshaies over the course of his 16-year mentorship.

The late chef was known for his playful “joie de vivre,” as well as his signature chocolate bar dessert.

Patrons will begin the night with Smoked Salmon Terrine with Leeks Tartare and Brioche before digging into a Lobster Ravioli with Citronelle Emulsion second course. The main entree consists of 72-hour Braised Short Ribs with Mushroom-syrah Reduction and dessert comes in the form of Richard’s famed Profiteroles.

Libations served at Tuesday’s private birthday celebration reception.

Tuesday evening, close friends and family of the legendary Washington chef gathered at Central for a private reception held in advance of the first birthday dinner seating. Among the guests in attendance were Laurence Richard (Michel’s wife), L’Academie de Cuisine founder Francois Dionot, Kaz Sushi Bistro owner Kaz Okochi, and Lebanese Taverna owner Gladys Abi-Najm, among many others.

Passed bites served during the reception included Central’s famed Ahi Tuna and Hamburger sliders.

The impact the legendary Richard made on the Washington dining scene is enormous, as described by Washingtonian‘s Ann Limpert when news first broke of the chef’s passing last year. Nowhere is that perhaps felt more than inside Central’s bustling kitchen, which continues to win culinary plaudits to this day.