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.
Timothy Long owns a Management Consulting Business, Belmar Innovations LLC, in Alexandria, VA. Tim has a BSBA from West Virginia University and an MBA from Averett University. Tim is the President of the Santa Claus Yacht Club (SCYC) in Alexandria, VA. The SCYC helps families in need in the local community. Tim also has prior charity experience thru Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Friends United for Need, and the Planet Hollywood Ambassador Program.
Dear Members & Friends,
We hope this email finds you safe and sound. Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have been unable to hold events such as our beloved DC Crab Cake Competition, and we miss you! Because of this lull in DCFBC activities, all memberships will be extended by six months. We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing you at future events!
The DC Food and Beverage Collective was established to educate and enrich our community through creative food and beverage experiences. Proceeds from DCFBC events are used to combat food scarcity in our community and to provide scholarships and training opportunities for culinary students.
DCFBC recently donated $1,000 to World Central Kitchen to support Chef Jose Andres’ efforts to provide nutritious meals for first responders and community members in need.
The following is a recap of DCFBC’s 2019 accomplishments:
Reflecting on 2019 and how DCFBC did with bringing to life its mission we can report that four organizations (Bread for the City, DC Central Kitchen, Martha’s Table, and Miriam’s Kitchen) each received $1,500 to carry on their missions.
At the 14th Annual Crab Cake Competition at Ivy City Smokehouse DCFBC awarded the winning chef Anna Bran-Leis of Taqueria del Barrio a $1,000 prize to support an intern at the restaurant. Scholarships representing $800 were presented to 4 culinary students who competed in the student competition at the same Crab Cake Competition. The winner, Courtney McMurray received $500, and runners up Sewan Gounso, Page Polk, and Johnnie Limes each received $100 courtesy of DCFBC members Francine Berkowitz and Amy Snyder.
Funds were raised for the above donations and scholarships through fun-filled and informative events. Our first event of the year was a beer tasting at Port City Brewing featuring cheese from Cheesetique. Pappe was the scene for a lovely brunch. As mentioned before, the 14 th Annual DC Crab Cake Competition at Ivy City Smokehouse was another success filled with some innovative crab cakes, fresh oysters, Ivy City’s smoked salmon, a seafood chowder, good beer, and lovely wines. We settled into summer with Rosé All Day at RIS featuring delicious food pairings with a number of delightful rosés. Chiko presented our members and guests a Crab Week brunch featuring the unique flavors that only Chiko can offer. A truly delightful lunch featuring tacos and margaritas took place at Taqueria del Barrio where flavor and hospitality reigned supreme. An upstairs dining room held an appreciative group for a superb dining experience at Anju allowing members and guests to partake of the fabulous cuisine at one of DC’s newest dining delights. And the year closed out with a Holiday Cheer Bar Crawl in the Shaw neighborhood, featuring food and drink from Chaplin’s, Calico, Espita, TallBoy, and Baby Wale.
The year 2019 ended with DCFBC counting 600 followers on Facebook and 223 on Instagram.
We want to thank all of you who attended last year’s events and helped us to raise money for the previously mentioned charities and scholarships. Without you we wouldn’t be.