Jaleo Celebrates Ninth Annual Paella Festival


Lobster Paella.

Washington, DC (July 7, 2011) – Summer brings the return of Jaleo’s annual celebration honoring Spain’s favorite culinary tradition, paella!  From July 18th thru August 1st, José Andrés and his culinary team at Jaleo will celebrate the ninth annual Paella Festival with a two-week event honoring the delicious dish with specials based on the recipes of special guest Chef Rafael Vidal of Restaurante Levante in Benisanó, Spain.  During the Paella Festival, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of paella specials based on Vidal’s recipes.  The rotating paella specials will be available all day at each Jaleo location and are priced between $34 and $48.

Head Jaleo Chef, Ramon Martinez.

Jaleo brings alive the spirit and flavors of Spain under the direction of famed chef José Andrés, Jaleo offers an impressive assortment of tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, as well as savory paellas, superb sangrias and a fine selection of Spanish wines and Sherries in a festive, casual atmosphere. Created in 1993 by Rob Wilder, Roberto Alvarez, and José Andrés, Jaleo has become a DC institution.

Jaleo’s featured guest Rafael Vidal hales from the small town of Benisanó, which is known to be the birthplace of paella.  His family has prepared paella for kings and queens for the past three generations.  Vidal is famous for preparing his paella in the traditional form over a wood fire.  He is a tireless defender of authentic paella valenciana working with the European Union to have it designated a Guaranteed Traditional Specialty.  True paella valenciana is rice, olive oil, chicken, rabbit, green beans, tomato, water, saffron, salt and a bean called garrofó.

Also, every Sunday starting at 5 PM at Jaleo Crystal City, enjoy gazpacho, unlimited paella and salad, plus flan for dessert, for only $18 per person plus tax and gratuity!

For more photos of the kick off event, please check out the Washington Lobbyist’s Facebook Page.



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