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History and Cuisine Collide at GFWC-Hosted Women's History Month Event in Washington, D.C.


Contact: Peter Charbonneau                                                                                                                                        For Immediate Release
P: 202-347-3168 ext. 144
E: PCharbonneau@GFWC.org

GFWC to discuss women’s role in shaping restaurant business while D.C.-based Neighborhood Restaurant Group showcases ‘healing with fresh foods’

February 28, 2014 (Washington, D.C.) – The General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Neighborhood Restaurant Group join thousands of organizations and communities across the nation in celebrating Women’s History Month throughout March with an event on Thursday, March 13, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at GFWC’s national headquarters in downtown Washington D.C. The event will explore women’s influence in shaping the field of home economics, creating the role of homemaker, the restaurant business, and serve as a showcase for NRG’s newest venture--the recently re-opened Iron Gate restaurant.

The event will offer attendees the opportunity to feed their minds as well as their appetites. In addition to a presentation by GFWC Women’s History and Resource Center Manager Brian Coburn on the history of the Iron Gate, Jenn Crovato, a catering director for the Neighborhood Restaurant Group and author of the cookbook Olive Oil, Sea Salt & Pepper, will talk about healing with fresh foods, while demonstrating recipes from the book and offering samples to the audience.

As an added treat, attendees will enjoy a taste of the past and present as original Iron Gate recipe Butterscotch Rolls and an exclusive dessert from the new Iron Gate are served.

Reopened in November 2013 under the direction of Executive Chef Anthony Chittum, the Iron Gate serves local-sourced dishes inspired by Greek, Italian, and Sicilian influences. It was recently touted by the Washington Post as “the most romantic of this year’s crop of fresh faces.”

The Iron Gate has a unique place in the history of GFWC, which acquired the Spanish style stables that ultimately became the restaurant when it purchased the house at 1734 N Street in 1922. The Iron Gate would go on to serve as horse stables, tea room, home economics demonstration house, and eventually the longest continually running restaurant in D.C., until its closing in 2010.

Since 2009, the GFWC Women’s History Month Event has hosted scholars, authors, and academics that speak to the accomplishments of women in history. The event is a chance for clubwomen and the public to learn and engage with some of the brightest minds in the field of women’s history and the restaurant business.

The Women’s History Month Event is free and open to the public at GFWC Headquarters at 1734 N Street NW. Please RSVP to GFWC@GFWC.org or 1-800-443-GFWC (4392) by Friday, March 7.




About the General Federation of Women’s Clubs

The General Federation of Women’s Clubs is a unifying force, bringing together local women’s clubs, with members dedicated to strengthening their communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With nearly 100,000 members in affiliated clubs in every state and more than a dozen countries, GFWC members are community leaders who work locally to create global change by supporting the arts, preserving natural resources, advancing education, promoting healthy lifestyles, encouraging civic involvement, and working toward world peace and understanding.

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