Heads Up Food Writers

Award-winning food writer Jane Black will moderate a panel of local chefs to discuss “their work in setting America’s table” tonight at George Washington University’s Jack Morton Auditorium.

José Andres, owner of several D.C. restaurants including Jaleo, Oyamel, and Zaytinya, has been a guest judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and featured on Travel Channel’s “No Reservations.” He’ll join Nora Pouillon, owner of Restaurant Nora, and Todd Gray, who owns Equinox with his wife, Ellen. Rounding out the panel is Spike Mendelsohn (below), two-time “Top Chef” contestant and owner of Good Stuff Eatery and We The Pizza on Capitol Hill.

The program is sponsored by the school’s Urban Food Task Force, which lists as part of its mission: “to identify and recommend ways in which the university might further support scholarship and instruction on sustainable urban food policies and related issues.”

Black (pictured here), the moderator, was formerly a food writer for WaPo. Her work still appears there and has also been spotted in the NYT, NY Magazine, Food & Wine, and Slate.

The group is no longer accepting RSVPs but some tickets will be available at the door. Doors for the 7:30 discussion open at 7. A dessert reception will follow at 9.