Past Events

Now in it’s ninth year, SAVOR has played host to incredible chefs from across the United States and the world!
SAVOR 2009 started it all when three nationally acclaimed chefs (Thierry Rautureau, Martin Yan, and Scott Drewno) presented a five-course menu with wine pairings and cooking demonstrations.

SAVOR 2010 was a seated five course dinner orchestrated by our visiting Celebrity Chefs (Susan Feniger, Michelle Bernstein, En-Ming Hsu, Sam McGann, and Christopher Ivens-Brown). Each course was planned by a different chef who demonstrated his/her course while guests savored the dish.

SAVOR 2011 was positively ‘Presidential’ with our special guest Chef Roland Mesnier, who served as the White House Executive Pastry Chef for 26 years under five different Presidents—the longest tenured chef ever to serve at the White House. Under Chef Roland’s direction, guests were treated to a State Dinner replica, duplicating an experience only a few select people ever see.

SAVOR 2012 highlighted “Southern Hospitality from Virginia to the West Indies” by presenting the best chefs from these regions (Walter Bundy, Patrick Ehemann, Dino Jagtiani, Franck Mear, Uwe Schluszas and Mario Tardif). Unique southern cuisines, along with exceptional wine pairings, steel drum music and an island theme, made this a night to remember.

SAVOR 2013 rang in five years of the event by inviting all our former chefs to return for a “Reunion Dinner,” while including some exciting new ones to spice things up! Iron Chef Cat Cora joined internationally acclaimed Pastry Chef En-Ming Hsu and 14 others (Todd Gray, Dino Jagtiani, Roland Mesnier, John Sarich, Jason Alley, Sara Ayyash, Glenn Bossie, Walter Bundy, Patrick Ehemann, Lee Gregory, Michael Hall, Eric Lewis, Sergio Mueller and Uwe Schluszas) to create a spectacular evening.

SAVOR 2014 was a celebration of The Doorway’s 30th anniversary and highlighted Chef Maneet Chauhan – a featured judge on Chopped and the author of “Flavors of My World: A Culinary Tour Through 25 Countries.” Joining Chauhan were Caleb Shriver and Philip Perrow of Dutch & Company–Richmond, as well as Michael Friedman of The Red Hen in Washington D.C. all of whom were nominated for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic region by Food and Wine Magazine.

SAVOR 2015 was ‘An Extremely Delicious Way to Make a Difference.’ Headlined by Jeff Corwin of The Food Network’s Extreme Cuisine, this year’s event featured food with an extreme passion for flavors inspired by Corwin’s culinary adventures. Joining Corwin were Chef Justin Ross, Top Chef All-Star and Food & Wine’s the Peoples Best New Chef for the Mid-Atlantic, and Chef Bryan Voltaggio, a finalist on both Top Chef and Top Chef Masters.

SAVOR 2016 celebrated The Doorways’ one millionth night of lodging provided with Chef Spike Mendelsohn of Top Chef and Next Iron Chef. Complimenting the Washington, D.C.-based Mendelsohn were Top Chef alum and James Beard Foundation Visiting Chef Joy Crump and Chef David Dunlap of Quirk Hotel’s Maple & Pine Restaurant.


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