Gaby Poured at Watergate Hotel to Celebrate Jean-Louis Palladin

Friends and family of legendary D.C. chef gathered to celebrate the life of a legend over a bottle of Château Gaby.


What better way to toast a legendary French chef than with a glass of a legendary French wine?

Château Gaby was proud to have its award-winning Bordeaux red poured at a dinner honoring the late Chef Jean-Louis Palladin on August 8, 2019. Washington, D.C.’s culinary best appeared at the historic Watergate Hotel for a celebration of the completion of a documentary tribute to his life told through the eyes of his daughter, Verveine Palladin.


A Culinary Legend

The Watergate Hotel first welcomed Chef Jean-Louis in 1979 as it tried to revive its reputation following the Nixon scandal. It was there where he crafted his legacy inside the kitchen of the restaurant that carried his name. Today, Kingbird stands where the Jean-Louis restaurant first opened 40 years ago.

“What Mick Jagger is to rock and roll, Chef Jean-Louis Palladin was to the American culinary world,” the program for the evening’s festivities stated.

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Inspired by the Seasons

The evening included the preparation of dishes from Jean-Louis’s Cooking with the Seasons by four top chefs. Jacques Pépin, Jimmy Sneed (Jean-Louis’s old sous chef), Larbi Dahrouch, and Sébastien Giannini, all famous and respected chefs in their own right, gathered to prepare the dishes that made Jean-Louis famous, reminiscing on the memory of their late friend and colleague.

The dinner was part of a month-long celebration of Washington’s celebrity chef, who died of lung cancer in 2001. Jean-Louis was hired in 1979 by the Watergate after being scouted as the youngest chef in France to earn two Michelin stars.

Château Gaby Makes a Stunning Appearance

Château Gaby was the perfect wine to pair with such an exquisite meal. A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the wine has an intense red hue with bright tints. Hints of pretty red and black fruits are complemented by discretely wood undertones. Château Gaby was ranked in the top 1% of Bordeaux wines, making it the obvious choice to pair with fine French cuisine.


A Film to Remember

 The film honoring the life of Jean-Louis, titled In search of a legendary master chef, my Father, Jean-Louis, was produced by Suzi Bittles and her creative studio, King Moon. The event to celebrate the film’s completion occurred on the 40th anniversary of the opening of Jean-Louis within the Watergate.

 “The audience will be emotionally involved as Verveine searches to discover the legend her father is, as the film builds up to the finale crescendo scene, with a historic convergence of these master chefs coming together to celebrate their revered friend in a breathtaking cinematic feast-for-the-eyes,” Bittles said in a statement.

 King Moon is a creative culmination of the work Bittles has created throughout the course of her career. With more than 25 years of experience in styling, casting, producing, and coordinating major advertising, editorial, and fashion shoots, Bittles has crafted a life of storytelling.

 The film is set to be released in full in 2020. Until then, those who knew him best toast a glass of Château Gaby to Washington’s favorite culinary artist, Chef Jean-Louis Palladin

Eric Chalifour