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Blacksalt Encourages You to Raise a Glass in September to Support Children with Diabetes

Barbara and Jeff Black.

Washington, DC (August, 2, 2011) – Black Restaurant Group has set a goal to raise $200,000 to build a new state-of-the-art kitchen that is part of a $5 million expansion at the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex to support children with diabetes.

Chef/Owners Barbara and Jeff Black of Black Restaurant Group are encouraging customers to toast John Anthony Vineyards as Owners Michele and John Anthony Truchard graciously donated 56 cases of its 2009 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc to help in the fight against juvenile diabetes.  Throughout the month of September, each of the Black Restaurant Group restaurants will pour this wine for $12 a glass, and profit proceeds will be donated to the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex.

The Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex will include four comprehensive care areas – a family reception and resource center; a clinical center; a multi-functional educational center; and simulation labs. Nutritional education and management is a cornerstone of diabetes care. To this end, Chefs Jeff and Barbara Black are in the process of raising funds to build a fully equipped teaching kitchen as part of the simulation labs. The kitchen will be a new edition to the Black Restaurant Group, this time serving the needs of children and families with diabetes by providing a realistic stage for food education and healthy cooking. To date the Black’s have raised approximately 50 percent of their target goal so community support is crucial to raise the additional $100,000 in 2011.

John Anthony Vineyards 2009 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Each of the Black Restaurant Group restaurants will pour this wine for $12 a glass.

The blanc fruit incorporated into John Anthony Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc comes from two small vineyards in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, one on the edge of the western mountains and the other almost due east along the Vaca Range foothills.  The lower valley experiences warm days and cool nights throughout the growing season, allowing for a longer hang-time.  This enhances flavor development while retaining acidity.  The fruit for this wine is harvested three weeks later than other Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs in order to allow development of tropical, stone fruit and citrus flavors.

Participating locations: BlackSalt Fish Market & Restaurant is located at 4884 MacArthur Boulevard, Washington, DC, 20007; Black’s Bar & Kitchen is located at 7750 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD; Addie’s is located at 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD; and Black Market Bistro is located at 4600 Waverly Avenue, Garrett Park, MD.

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