Richard Naples has been known to drink the vinaigrette remaining in his salad bowl, and has been tinkering in the kitchen since he was a small tyke helping his grandmother tend garden and harvest figs. This is a man who deeply knows (and deeply loves) food. Stop by the CHCM cooking demonstration table this Saturday from 10am-noon to sample and fall in love with some of the inventive cook’s salad and vinaigrette offerings….
As a board member of Slow Food DC, Richard has brought his love of food and technical know-how together to help SFDC further its mission of good, clean, fair food. He loves to get creative with seasonal salads and what dressing will complement them. His desserts and jam are also legendary (at least to friends and family, including the brother for whom he made 200 jars of jams as wedding favors).
Since moving to Takoma Park in 2000 Richard has been a regular at the Takoma Park Farmer’s Market, but makes regular visits to multiple markets now that he lives on Capitol Hill. He has even been able to bring his interest in food to his work at the Smithsonian, with a monthly collaborative “Cooking from the Collection” feature on the Smithsonian Libraries’ blog. Richard feels that cooking can be a fun and creative pursuit, and fundamentally believes that good food is a human right and an act of love.