This past Sunday, I went to Bethesda to visit one of my favorite restaurants in the area: Q by Peter Chang. Although I've been there many times now, I didn't really know what to expect on this particular visit: it was a special event celebrating the Lunar New Year.
Instead of seeing all the dining tables in the main room of the restaurant, smaller tables were set up all throughout, each one a mini station with a particular food, demonstration, or cultural performance. You got cooks demonstrating how dumplings are made on one table, while at another, an elderly Chinese gentleman creates calligraphy. There were stations for hot pot (spicy!), piggy baos (so cute!), Peking Duck (yum!) and musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments. There was certainly a lot of things to see and eat and do!
For me, it was also exciting to see so many people come out to learn a little about Chinese culture and celebrate one of its most important holidays. There were restaurant regulars, adventurous foodies, and even entire families at this this special event.
And equally as cool was the fact that it was a whole family affair for the Changs. Chef Peter was there, manning the hot pot station alongside his mother. Chef Peter's wife, Lisa, was there, along with daughter Lydia.
I had a great time and as I was leaving, I heard that they were planning to do this again next year–possibly on a larger scale. If they do, I'd highly recommend coming out!
Q by Peter Chang
4500 East West Hwy
Bethesda, MD 20814