Meet the team behind the DCFBC. As a local nonprofit, the DCFBC is devoted to fostering education and enrichment in the Washington, DC food and beverage scene through supporting culinary education, partnering with restaurants and industry professionals, and aiding local charity organizations.
Allison Drewno is a founding member of the DC Food & Beverage Collective who serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors. A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Allison worked in the hospitality industry before becoming a clinical and forensic psychologist. She is the owner of Washington Psychotherapy & Assessment, PLLC, where she works in private practice. When she is not working, Allison enjoys being active in the restaurant community of metropolitan Washington through DCFBC’s charitable works as well as involvement with her husband Scott Drewno of ChiKo and Anju.
Lesley Uhr has been a member of the D.C. Food & Beverage Collective since its inception in 2016 and became a board member in November of that same year. She moved to Washington D.C. to attend The George Washington University Law School for a Masters in Law and has been an attorney with the Federal government since finishing her course work in 2008. Lesley first became attracted to the DC restaurant/bar scene through her husband Steve Uhr, who has been in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. Lesley enjoys the opportunity to be part of DCFBC because the organization not only allows individuals to learn about food and wine, but also provide charitable support to the local community. Prior to moving to the DMV area, Lesley received her Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law (formerly known as Hamline University School of Law) located in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Larry Willett has been with the DC Food and Beverage Collective and one of the founding board members since its inception in 2016. He was also on the board of the AIWF. Larry is currently the Director for Independent Living at Brooke Grove Retirement Village, where he began working in 2009. “Excellent service every time” is the motto at Westbrooke Clubhouse (where independent living residents dine) and sums up Larry and his team’s commitment to the residents of Brooke Grove. Prior to Brooke Grove, he worked at Todd Gray’s Equinox and Gregory Hill’s David Greggory in downtown DC. Larry also spent time as an editor and productions manager. He loves food and drink, and spending time in the kitchen.
Bob Sitnick is a founding member of the DC Food and Beverage Collective and is currently serving as its treasurer. Bob attended the University of Maryland. He was a charter member of The AIWF National Capital Area Chapter and was instrumental in organizing the steering committee to reactivate the chapter in 1990. He is also a member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and is a certified KCBS master judge. Having judged over 160 BBQ contests. Bob is a food, beer and wine enthusiast. His late wife Dana, was a great cook and the award winning editor of the AIWF newsletter.
Chase Langley was born in Washington DC, grew up in Woodbridge, VA, and currently resides in Alexandria, VA. He has been attending DCFBC events since 2016 and was honored to become a board member in 2022. Chase enjoys expanding his knowledge of food, wine, and other beverages. He is excited to assist DCFBC in its mission to support the local community through entertaining and educational food and beverage events. Chase attended universities in Morgantown (WV), San Francisco, Washington, DC, and NYC, collecting various degrees along the way. He is currently employed by the federal government. In his spare time he enjoys attending wine tastings and Caps games, and traveling with his partner, Jasmine.
Jasmine Dawson has spent many years attending and supporting events hosted by DCFBC and was appointed to the Board of Directors in February of 2022. She is a native of Alexandria, VA and has enjoyed watching the local food scene grow and change over the years from one predominated by steak houses and spots to "power lunch" to the vibrant and dynamic restaurant scene that is now found in DC and the surrounding suburbs. By day she can be found teaching English Language Learners reading and English language skills at a Spanish/English dual language elementary school, while her evenings and weekends are filled with travel, restaurants, cooking, wine tastings and cheering on her beloved Washington Capitals.
Dear Members and Friends,
The DC Food and Beverage Collective (DCFBC) would like to thank you for helping DCFBC have a successful 2022. We were able to hold many great events in the DMV area including a beer and cheese pairing at Port City Brewing Company, a rum tasting and distillery tour at Tiki TNT, wine and appetizers at the Italian Store, brunch at Boqueria, Rosé All Day at Stellina Pizzeria, a dim sum brunch and CHIKO Bethesda, a sushi happy hour at Nara-Ya, tacos and tequila at Marsicos 1133 and a lovely dinner and Ris.
We appreciate all these local businesses partnering with us to hold fun and educational events, in addition to helping us raise money in support of DCFBC’s mission. Through the events in 2022 DCFBC was able to make a $1,000 donation to C-CAP for culinary scholarships in the DMV area, a $1,000 donation to DC Central Kitchen and a $1,000 donation to Blessings in a Backpack.
This letter is also a reminder that 2023 membership dues for the DC Food and Beverage Collective are due, and we hope that you will join the organization. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the DCFBC membership dues are tax deductible. Dues for all members will be payable beginning on 1/5/2023 and details on how to pay membership can be found below. The annual membership dues are $35 for a young professional (30 years of age and under), $50 for an individual membership and $90 for a dual (or two person) membership. Please go to DCFBC.org/membership to pay dues via our website or you can mail a check to the DC Food and Beverage Collective at the following address: Bob Sitnick, 6371 Park Rd., McLean VA 22101.
We will continue planning in person events that are educational and fun! In 2023 we have our annual beer and cheese pairing event at Port City Brewing Company on February 26th. We hope to see you there!
The Board of Directors