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#1 DonRocks

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:24 PM

This evening, March 14th, 2009, marks the end of Mark Slater's illustrious tenure at Citronelle. The great sommelier, who accepted the national 2007 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service, has chosen to take the next step in his long and storied career.

And congratulations to Citronelle for landing the outstanding talent Kathy Morgan, who worked previously at 2941 and Tosca, and who will be wearing the tastevin for Citronelle beginning next week.

There is a big, big Part Two to this story, which I am not yet at liberty to disclose, but which will become public knowledge in the next 24-72 hours. Suffice it to say that it's a happy ending for everyone, and that we'll all be seeing more of Mark in the immediate future.

Once again, congratulations to Mark, Kathy, and Citronelle. Stay tuned, and brace yourself...

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:46 PM

Ohhh Ohhh I love it when good things happen all around for everyone. :rolleyes: Congrats to all!

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:03 AM

Congratulations Mark and Kathy!

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:51 AM

Whoa that's huge.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 03:39 PM

Congratulations Mark.....cannot wait to hear about part deux

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 04:31 PM

There is a big, big Part Two to this story, which I am not yet at liberty to disclose, but which will become public knowledge in the next 24-72 hours. Suffice it to say that it's a happy ending for everyone, and that we'll all be seeing more of Mark in the immediate future.

Once again, congratulations to Mark, Kathy, and Citronelle. Stay tuned, and brace yourself...

The only way this will be a happy ending for "everyone" will be if Mark continues to make his enormous knowledge and experience and kind wisdom available to those of us in the DC metro area. But congratulations anyway, Mark [although I feel like this is Cassidy leaving Sundance].

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 05:13 PM

The only way this will be a happy ending for "everyone" will be if Mark continues to make his enormous knowledge and experience and kind wisdom available to those of us in the DC metro area. But congratulations anyway, Mark [although I feel like this is Cassidy leaving Sundance].

Thank you all for the kind words and wishes.
John: I fully intend to up the ante:rolleyes: in the wine world in DC and beyond in a far more populist manner than my past would permit.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 05:54 PM

Thank you all for the kind words and wishes.
John: I fully intend to up the ante:rolleyes: in the wine world in DC and beyond in a far more populist manner than my past would permit.

Wow huge news! Certainly looking forward to seeing what you are going to do.

Congratulations!

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 05:55 PM

up the ante:rolleyes:

That is clever and awesome...

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 08:26 PM

Crap, the line for a table will spill out across the river now!

Congrats to all, and especially to the lucky diners of Greater Washington.

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:48 AM

Mark, what ever you do you will be great at it and have a huge following!! Looking forward to seeing you soon where ever that may be...R

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 06:45 AM

That is clever and awesome...

Indeed. Congratulations, Mark. :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 07:36 AM

up the ante:rolleyes:

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 09:17 AM

Congratulations Mark!

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 09:19 AM

I am inspired by your leap of faith. Congratulations!

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 11:02 AM

Our absolue best wishes, Mark. You were as fine of an ambassador as I've ever met in a restaurant. You will not be replaced.

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 01:00 PM

This evening, March 14th, 2009, marks the end of Mark Slater's illustrious tenure at Citronelle. The great sommelier, who accepted the national 2007 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service, has chosen to take the next step in his long and storied career.

And congratulations to Citronelle for landing the outstanding talent Kathy Morgan, who worked previously at 2941 and Tosca, and who will be wearing the tastevin for Citronelle beginning next week.

There is a big, big Part Two to this story, which I am not yet at liberty to disclose, but which will become public knowledge in the next 24-72 hours. Suffice it to say that it's a happy ending for everyone, and that we'll all be seeing more of Mark in the immediate future.

Once again, congratulations to Mark, Kathy, and Citronelle. Stay tuned, and brace yourself...

Congratulations to Mark, Mark you are the king, this is undisputed. Hope to see you in part two. Exciting!
Congratulations to Kathy!
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 01:20 PM

Okay, it's official: Mark will become Director of Wine and Service at the Ray's family of restaurants beginning later this week.

Hopefully Mark or Michael will provide supporting details, but until then: Please don't just show up to Ray's The Steaks assuming Mark will immediately be working the floor (although he will be at some point). For now, I'm sure there is much behind-the-scenes work to be done.

Congratulations to Mark, Kathy, Citronelle, and Michael.

Cheers,
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 01:22 PM

Will we soon see a Ray's the Grapes?

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 01:23 PM

Can't wait to see the Slater vs. MoCo Liquor Board cage match. My money is on Mark!

Congrats all around...

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 02:21 PM

(un)holy mackerel! This will be quite a combination! Great news for everyone.
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 02:47 PM

So I'll finally be able to realize my dream of pairing a $22 steak with a $900 Burgundy . :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 02:54 PM

So I'll finally be able to realize my dream of pairing a $22 steak with a $900 Burgundy . :rolleyes:

So Mark's going to spend all his time at Hellburger right? <_<

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:01 PM

So Mark's going to spend all his time at Hellburger right? :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:54 PM

Will we soon see a Ray's the Grapes?

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Yes. Yes we will.

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A hearty congrats to all involved!
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:13 PM

Wow to the maximum amount wow can go. When it was first leaked that Mark was leaving Citronelle, I figured that some superstar chef had made him an offer he couldn't refuse to relocate to Las Vegas, where there may still be $900 burgundy moving from celler to table. Landrum wins the jackpot!

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:37 PM

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Yes. Yes we will.

Raise your hand if you don't have enough to do at work...

A hearty congrats to all involved!

Actually, "Ray's the Goblet" was what I was thinking. :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:55 PM

Congrats!
Now please tell us all the changes you have planned, when ray's the net is opening, boxers, briefs or commando, and fav wine :rolleyes:

No more wafer thin mints for me!!!!


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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:57 PM

Actually, "Ray's the Goblet" was what I was thinking. :rolleyes:

Or, if you are handling all the bar service, it could be "Ray's the Spirits."

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 07:54 PM

boxers, briefs or commando

Please don't answer that!

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 08:49 PM

From washingtonpost.com (size and emphasis mine):

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

Okay, I'm challenging this press release which went out today about this piece, which was posted at 5:09 PM (size and emphasis mine):

From: Molly Gannon <Molly.Gannon@wpost.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2009 at 5:31 PM
Subject: Citronelle's Mark Slater Moves to Ray's- The Washington Post First Reports
To: Molly Gannon <Molly.Gannon@wpost.com>

The Washington Post’s Going Out Gurus first report that after 11 years on the job, Mark Slater stepped down as sommelier and bar manager at Michel Richard Citronelle on Saturday night. His next move might surprise you. He'll be the director of wine and service for all of Michael Landrum's restaurants -- so that's Ray's the Steaks, Ray's the Classics and even those restaurants that are still in development (looking at you, Ray's the Catch).


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Posted 16 March 2009 - 09:23 PM

From washingtonpost.com (size and emphasis mine):

Okay, I'm challenging this press release which went out today about this piece, which was posted at 5:09 PM (size and emphasis mine):

First, Congratulations to Mark on the great news. I always knew you were a populist. Second, a word to Donrocks: You should contact the Washington Post and ask them to correct their error. This was a clear donrockwell.com scoop. Third, questions: will there be a leak investigation? How did Rockwell get this scoop? Was the leak authorized or the information declassified?
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Posted 16 March 2009 - 10:01 PM

How did Rockwell get this scoop?

Jon, there was the small matter of a 1 trillion dollar bailout incentive involved. :rolleyes:

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 10:16 PM

Jon, there was the small matter of a 1 trillion dollar bailout incentive involved. :rolleyes:

Landrum don't need no stinkin' bailout!

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:59 AM

Wowsers!!

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:21 AM

Nice to know that the Going Out Gurus read DR.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:35 AM

Listen -- You hear that vast sucking sound in Georgetown? -- it's the sound of DC talent flying across the river to VA

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 07:53 AM

This excites me.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 10:47 AM

Mark, what wine would be suitable with Nashville Hot Chicken?
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Posted 17 March 2009 - 11:54 AM

I would love if these distinguished gentlemen opened a "wine cafeteria" of sorts. No frills, large space (maybe w/ patio or rooftop), back to the basics with an immense selection. Wine bars have become more about atmosphere than consumption IMO. Hurray for populism!

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 12:00 PM

I would love if these distinguished gentlemen opened a "wine cafeteria" of sorts. No frills, large space (maybe w/ patio or rooftop), back to the basics with an immense selection. Wine bars have become more about atmosphere than consumption IMO. Hurray for populism!

Yeah -- Mike and Mark's "Winorama" :rolleyes:

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 08:58 AM

It is more interesting to find great wine which have a great value than keep buying well-known (from everybody) expensive wines.
I am sure Mark will have at least more pleasure to find those wines .
Maybe he got tired of the wine's snob?
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Posted 18 March 2009 - 09:31 AM

It is more interesting to find great wine which have a great value than keep buying well-known (from everybody) expensive wines.
I am sure Mark will have at least more pleasure to find those wines .
Maybe he got tired of the wine's snob?

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Posted 19 March 2009 - 09:23 PM

Listen -- You hear that vast sucking sound in Georgetown? -- it's the sound of DC talent flying across the river to VA

It's music to my ears! This is wonderful! This makes Mark Slater much more accessible to me (and others) as I can count on one hand and have fingers left over my visits to Citronelle's, but Rays, I head to every chance I get after arriving at DCA!

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Posted 23 March 2009 - 02:11 PM

I cannot imagine Citronelle without you Mark! You were an integral part of Michel’s family. You will be missed by a lot of friends over there. I wish you all the best in your new job!

Congratulations Citronelle, Kathy and Michael!

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:58 PM

First, Congratulations to Mark on the great news. I always knew you were a populist. Second, a word to Donrocks: You should contact the Washington Post and ask them to correct their error. This was a clear donrockwell.com scoop. Third, questions: will there be a leak investigation? How did Rockwell get this scoop? Was the leak authorized or the information declassified?

It's because of the company I keep.

You need to stop doing these "fluff" pieces and get some gravitas.

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