We’re so excited for this November’s Signature Chefs Auction, which benefits the March of Dimes. It’s one of D.C.’s premier social events that highlights the city’s culinary masters. The gala brings together food-lovers for an evening of wine, cocktails, and amazing food. Make sure you get tickets to the event early; it always sells out.
A huge number of chefs serve up their very best at the annual gala event, and we got the chance to chat with one of our favorites, Chef Geoff Tracy of his namesake restaurants Chef Geoff’s, Chef Geoff’s Downtown, Chef Geoff’s Tysons Corner, LIA’S, and Chef Geoff’s Rockville.
How does your brunch philosophy differ at each restaurant? What are your favorite dishes?
Philosophy is the same. Give them a little hair of the dog, and fill them up. Brunch, after all, is two meals in one.
What do you eat for brunch?
I’m a waffle and real maple syrup guy. And I adore sausage.
Mimosa or Bloody Mary?
I love spicy Bloody Mary’s. Mimosas don’t have enough punch.
You own six restaurants in the DC area, but recently moved to New York. How is that transition going?
Living in two cities simultaneously is pretty much a pain in the ass. I’m perpetually on the Acela. But bitching about it isn’t gonna help. And if you are going to live in two cities, NYC and D.C. are the best because of proximity and what each city has to offer.
Any plans to open a restaurant in New York?
I’m in a 12-month holding pattern. NYC is intriguing but my life is pretty complicated right now.
Bitches Who Brunch is expanding to New York this fall. How does the brunch scene in New York compare to Washington?
That’s exciting. Congrats! I will follow for new ideas. My go to spot for brunch in the UWS of NYC is Good Enough To Eat. We go with the kids. I have friends who go to much hipper places and hang out all day Sunday drinking bloodies … but they don’t have three kids aged five, five, and six. I had a great brunch at the top of the W hotel recently here in D.C. I was there with my brother on the day he was getting married. Just a bunch of groomsmen drinking bloodies and enjoying the view before church. Great times.
You’re married to journalist Norah O’Donnell, a host for CBS This Morning, how do the two of you handle being in the spotlight as a power couple?
In a city of 8 million, the spotlight isn’t very bright. Although I’ll admit to booking all our reservations under her OpenTable account. It gets us a better table about half the time.
What’s the best thing about being married to a journalist?
My wife gets to do a lot of amazing things. Sometimes I get to tag along. She is also incredibly talented and gorgeous. Everyone should watch the show. It’s excellent.
You’re supporting the March of Dimes Signature Chef’s Auction again this year. Why is this cause important to you?
The March of Dimes is a great organization. My son Henry and I spent one night in the NICU on the day he was born out of an abundance of caution. But looking around there were many other little ones there that night whose stay was going to be far longer and battle much harder.
What are you looking forward to most about the event?
To find out how much money gets raised for this great cause … so bring your credit cards, folks!
Any other chefs you look up to or admire?
Locally I really admire how talented and successful Jeff Black has been as a chef, restaurateur, and businessman.
Where do you eat when you’re not cooking?
Last batch of restaurants in D.C. that I have been to are Black Salt and 2 Amys. Last batch in NYC I have been Marea and Harlow. All were outstanding.