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Taste of F.C. Judges Talk Potlucks, New Foods & More

Ross Litkenhous, Running for Falls Church City Council

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?
Exercise, hydrate and finding the right pair of pants that stretch at the waist.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that’s opened in the past five years?
Here in town it’s Space Bar.

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook?
Patrick O’Connell, chef and owner of the Inn at Little Washington.

4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be?
My grandmother Naomi, aka Nanny. She was unbelievable in the kitchen. She passed away in 2016 at the age of 94 and I miss her laugh and turkey dressing almost daily.

5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week?
The healthiest would be sushi. The most unhealthy would be the three all beef hotdogs I ate in one sitting.

6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be?
Chili-Mac

7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out?
I’d say 80 percent eating in and 20 percent eating out.

8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy?
If it’s buffalo wings or pizza, it’s an under-appreciated delicacy.

9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis?
Kale.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal?
Either wine or beer.

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak?
Simple bone-in ribeye. Medium Rare.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it?
Snow Cream. It’s a hybrid of shaved ice and ice cream.

13. Favorite ingredient?
In the fall, it’s Marmite.

Eliot Corwin, Owner of Advantage Trainers

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?
A good workout to build up a decent appetite.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that has opened in Falls Church in the past five years?
It’s hard to think of a place that’s opened recently but I’m always up for trying something new.

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook?
Alex Guarnaschelli.

4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be?
Gordon Ramsay’s beef wellington

5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week?
I typically eat pretty healthy but I did get a chicken bake from Costco last week.

6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be?
Carnitas, slow roasted pork shoulder. It’s easy and feeds a lot of people.

7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out?
Mostly at home because I like to cook but I’ll go out once or twice a week.

8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy?
Under-appreciated delicacy, I love leftovers.

9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis?
Salads, I know they’re good for me but I make really bad ones.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal?
Depends on the meal but in general I’ll take a cocktail with my meal.

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak?
The larger the cut the better and medium rare to medium.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it?
I had a Thai ceviche with coconut and mango.

13. Favorite ingredient?
Limes, I love anything that is bright and acidic.

Tori McKinney, CEO, Realtor at Rockstar Realty

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?
Skip dinner the night before and only sample fruit the morning of.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that’s opened in the past five years?
Space Bar. Who doesn’t like Grilled Cheeses and tots?!

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook?
Aaron Sanchez, met him in New Orleans at St. Roche Market.

4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be?
Halley McKinney, my daughter, and her seafood chowdah! It’s restaurant quality!

5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week?
Healthiest – Fruit from my hotel breakfast. Unhealthiest – Sweets at afternoon tea at The Wolsely.

6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be?
Wine is always my potluck contribution ;)

7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out?
Rarely eat at home, almost never.

8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy?
Underappreciated Delicacy. Half of my meals are from leftovers.

9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis?
Kale.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal?
Definitely wine with dinner.

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak?
One of my guilty pleasures is a solid Ribeye, medium of course.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it?
Tandoori Venison. It was fantastically flavorful

13. Favorite ingredient?
Mushrooms.

Nader Baroukh,  Former City of Falls Church Mayor

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?
I have a healthy appetite, so no special preparation. However, I will bring my wife and daughter with me to help.

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that has opened in Falls Church in the past five years?
I love them all.

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook?
Ming Tsai. Great at incorporating western and eastern cooking.

4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be?
Ming Tsai – roast chicken with sticky rice stuffing. But anything my wife makes is just as good.

5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week?
Healthy – I had some fruit this week. Unhealthy – too much ice cream.

6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be?
I can’t cook, so anything that I can buy from a local grocery store.

7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out?
50-50

8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy?
I am not a fan of leftovers.

9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis?
Cereal bars.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal?
Depends on the meal.

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak?
Ribeye medium rare.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it?
Not so unusual. But I love sushi.

13. Favorite ingredient?
Ice cream…makes everything better.

Dr. Peter Noonan,
Superintendent for
Falls Church City Public Schools

1. Do you have any special methods to prepare for being a Taste of Falls Church judge?
I will not plan to eat much the morning of so I will come hungry!

2. What’s your favorite restaurant that has opened in Falls Church in the past five years?
Love the Plaka Grill and the Plaka gyro.

3. Who’s your favorite celebrity chef or cook?
Bobby Flay of course!

4. If you could have one dish prepared by one person, who and what would it be?
Anything from the grill by my dad who passed away 3 years ago.

5. What’s the healthiest and unhealthiest thing you’ve eaten in the past week?
The healthiest thing that I have eaten recently is salad. The unhealthiest thing I’ve eaten recently is definitely some onion rings

6. If you had to prepare one dish for a potluck, what would it be?
Black bean, red onion, corn, and avocado salad.

7. How often do you eat at home versus how often do you eat out?
Home 3-4 nights a week and out 3-4 depending on how many night events and meetings I attend that go late.

8. Are leftovers a cost-saving necessity or an under-appreciated delicacy?
Cost saving for sure.

9. What is your least favorite thing you make yourself eat on a regular basis?
Eggs.

10. Wine, beer or cocktail with a meal?
Wine

11. What cut and temperature do you like your steak?
Ribeye, medium.

12. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten in the past month and how was it?
Raw Abalone – don’t need to try that again…

13. Favorite ingredient?
Green Chile