This year marks the acclaimed Inn at Little Washington's 40th anniversary, and there is certainly reason to celebrate. The restaurant and Chef Patrick O'Connell have garnered five James Beard Awards, five Diamonds from AAA and two Michelin stars. It has become the longest tenured Five Star restaurant in America.

Over the course of 2018 the Inn will celebrate O'Connell's 40-year legacy as the “Pope of American Cuisine” with four events focused on philanthropy, historical preservation and relationships.

The next event, Mount Vernon—Bringing History to Life, is scheduled for June 16. This first large-scale event will celebrate America’s founding father, who as a young surveyor laid out the streets of “Little” Washington. A spring garden party on the lawn at Mount Vernon will recreate the experience of being a guest at Washington’s table in the 18th century. Much of the produce served at the dinner will be used from the estate’s gardens, which have been cultivated for more than 250 years. Top chefs from across the country will be present and honored as culinary pioneers. The night will conclude with a fireworks display over the Potomac River. French Ambassador Gérard Araud will serve as honorary chair.

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