The three partners of Passion Food, LLC -- Chef Jeff Tunks, David Wizenberg and Gus DiMillo -- are most accurately described as restaurant entrepreneurs. Pursuing the truest passions in food and wine is the guiding philosophy of the partnership, which has pioneered a new breed of an American eatery where imaginative food and wine are accompanied by gracious hospitality, comfortable surroundings, and outstanding value. Passion Food was established in 1998 with their first restaurant, DC Coast; and now includes Ceiba, Acadiana, PassionFish, District Commons, Burger, Tap & Shake, Fuego Cocina y Tequileria and Penn Commons.
From the outset, the restaurants have been garnering outstanding reviews from publications such as Bon Appetit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Esquire, Travel & Leisure, Wine Spectator and The Washington Post. Their success is clearly due to the unique strengths that each of the three partners brings to Passion Food.
David Wizenberg's exceedingly acute business acumen and intuitive skills make him a master negotiator. He also oversees the extensive, cuisine-specific wine programs of all three restaurants. A native of Baltimore, Wizenberg came to Washington to join Capital Restaurant Concepts, where he met Passion Food partner Gus DiMillo.
Gus DiMillo brings to the team a keen sense of style, service and attention to detail. With his razor-sharp savviness, DiMillo assumes responsibility for service and marketing of the restaurants. His extensive management experience has been primarily in his hometown of Washington, D.C., and in 2003, The Capital Restaurant and Hospitality Awards committee named Gus DiMillo the Hospitality Ambassador of the Year.
Jeff Tunks, a longtime Washingtonian and native of Texas, is the third partner in Passion Food, LLC, and is the driving force behind the Chef-driven cuisine at all of the restaurants. In 2003, The Capital Restaurant and Hospitality Awards committee named him Chef of the Year.
DiMillo, Wizenberg, and Tunks are active leaders in the community by supporting civic and charitable organizations. All three have given their time and service to Taste of the Nation's Benefit for Share Our Strength, Food and Friends' Charity, the Humane Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Zoo's Zoofari, to name a few. Together, the partners of Passion Food, LLC are making their mark in the nation's capital, and raising the bar for others.
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