Art and Soul Showcases Local Growers at Reopening

Art and Soul, the modern American, southern—inspired DC restaurant, reopened this week with a showcase of its artisanal partners, and Reston Limousine was there with food blogger Lalaine Estella Ricardo!

Art Smith, the celebrity chef, cookbook author and restaurant owner, along with executive chef Wes Morton, threw a tasting party to introduce their updated dining room and menu at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. Pixie Windsor, of Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot, pointed out the knickknacks and decorative pieces around the room her store provided.

But people don’t come to Art and Soul to comment on the lighting fixtures or rug pattern. Servers passed trays of short rib sandwiches with cabbage on biscuits, pork shoulder sliders with pickled relish, goat cheese and caramelized onion quiche, boudin balls, an array of desserts, and of course, Smith’s famous fried chicken, which disappeared within seconds of leaving the kitchen.

Farmers and growers offered tastes of organic greens and farm-fresh eggs. Geechie Boy Mill, Capital Teas, Flying Dog and Gruet Winery served their wares, and the house bartenders mixed a curious Glorious Gin concoction with grapefruit that looked better than it tasted.

The restaurant is shifting its focus to a fine-tuned, artisanal farm-to-table menu that at first might seem to contradict home-style southern cooking. But if you’re cooking with butter and bacon, it’s hard to go wrong — farm fresh and organic or not.

Got your reservations? Make the occasion memorable and book your transportation now by calling 1.800.546.6141, emailing or visiting

Photos by Cecilio Ricardo

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