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Chef Delgado Infuses American Dishes with Unique Latin and Asian Twists

By Helena Tavares Kennedy At the Holiday Inn Washington-Dulles International Airport, new Executive Chef Shannon Delgado is bringing cuisine to a whole new level, especially for brides and grooms seeking a unique culinary experience for their special day, a rehearsal dinner, or celebration. Chef Delgado’s culinary career began at a five-star hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and he completed his training at The Art Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to his new role in Dulles, he worked at multiple Hen Quarter locations in the Washington, D. C. area with world-renowned Master Chef Fred Raynaud, one of only forty master chefs in the United States. “In February of this year, I was excited to take on the Executive Chef Position at O’Malley’s Pub Sterling and the Holiday Inn Dulles,” said Delgado. “My family is so important to me, and this …

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The Conche Adds Chocolate Panache for On-site or Catered Wedding Events

By Jane Fullerton Lemons For couples looking to add a special flair to their wedding festivities, The Conche in Leesburg will add a sumptuous layer of chocolate to any event. Couples can hold events at the region’s premier chocolate-themed restaurant, or catering services are available, said General Manager Samet Yuksekgonul. “We put a lot of love and passion into our offerings, and we don’t cut any corners,” he said. “We use the highest quality ingredients and don’t pinch pennies when it comes to creating something memorable and meaningful.” The restaurant — which is located at 1605 Village Market Blvd S.E., in the Village at Leesburg — can seat 68 guests and hold a standing reception for up to 150 guests. In addition, the outdoor patio seats 18 guests. All of those spaces can be used for wedding ceremonies or receptions, rehearsal dinners, …

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