National Press Club

Fourth Estate Italian feast to feature popular cookbook author Domenica Marchetti, Jan. 23

December 26, 2013 | By Susan Delbert, executive chef |

Popular Italian cookbook author Domenica Marchetti will sign her latest book and host a five-course dinner on Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Fourth Estate restaurant.

The dinner will draw from her latest cookbook, The Glorious Vegetables of Italy, and will include Italian wines, such as Piemonte and Sardenga, specially paired with the dishes. The menu is listed below.

National Press Club members can purchase tickets for $150 per couple and $80 per single. Non-member tickets are $170 per couple and $90 for per single. Tickets include tax, tip and one signed cookbook.

To purchase tickets, click here.

Each ticket includes a signed copy of the cookbook; couples receive one book. Members must be signed in to the Club website with a membership number and password to get the discount.

This is Marchetti’s fourth cookbook. She signed books in November at the National Press Club Book Fair, where she also offered samples of the Orange Polenta Cake that will be featured at the Jan. 23 dinner.

Her other cookbooks include The Glorious Pastas of Italy, Big Night In and The Glorious Soups and Stew of Italy. The newest cookbook features 270 pages of recipes and photographs by San Francisco photographer Sang Anis.

The Glorious Vegetables of Italy was recently named by the New York Times as one of 2013’s notable cookbooks. Ron Brooks has also put together some stellar pairings of Italian wines.

Please address questions or any dietary restrictions to the Fourth Estate, 202 -662-7638.

The menu

Hors d’oeurvres, with wine or eer, including Taleggio and Onion Crostini, Potato Croquette, Peppers and Tuna Crostini

Arugula, Fennel and Blood Orange Salad with Fleur de Sel paired with Argiolas Vermentino Sardenga, Italy 2012

Littleneck Clam Stew with White wine, Pancetta, Winter Greens and Tomatoes paired with Cerreto Arneis, Piemonte, Italy 2012

Locally-made Seasonal Sorbet from Silver Spring, Maryland

Grilled Lamb Spiedini on a Bed of Eggplant, Tomato, Olive, and Caper Caponata paired with Allegrini Palazzo Delle Torre,Veneto, Italy 2010

Carrot Polenta Cake with Marsala and hint of Citrus paired with Cerretto Moscato D'Asti, Piemonte, Italy 2012