October 22, 2021


The fine art of fashion

A Classic Luxurious Yacht Constitution Meal Cruise Is Launching In DC

The Patriot, one of two mid-century luxury yachts launching for non-public parties in DC this summer season. Photograph courtesy of Vintage Yacht Charters.

When we consider of a evening meal cruise on the Potomac River, it’s commonly a ticketed buffet on a mega-motorboat. Long long gone are the days when Washington’s elite hobnobbed on Sequoia, the presidential wood yacht. Classic Yacht Charters, a new business launching in DC this summer months, aims to convey some of the previous-planet charm and romance back to the drinking water with two midcentury vessels offered for little personal parties. Chef Bin Lu, an alum of Pineapple and Pearls, CityZen, and Bourbon Steak, is at the helm for catering—anything from jaunty picnic lunches to sunset cocktail events or multi-system dinners.

“The vision is as simple as producing a typical, previous-school luxury yacht encounter,” says co-founder Nick Dowling, who’s launching the business with Washington native and captain Tommie Williams. “You get on a attractive boat with varnished mahogany, have a great cocktail, watch the monuments.”

Larger sized parties—weddings, birthdays, corporate events—might e book Patriot, a 72-foot Burger motor yacht that was tailor made-designed in 1961 for pharmacy tycoon Charles Walgreen Jr. The American-produced boat, which has two temperature-managed salons, three staterooms, a skybridge, and spacious decks, was refitted this year and styled with a vintage 1960s vibe. Independence, a 1976 Bruno & Stillman Down East Yacht, is marginally more intimate at 42 toes with indoor and outdoor spaces covered in varnished mahogany. Evening meal, brunch, and cocktail cruises on the two are readily available for up to 12 guests, although dockside gatherings can accommodate 30 and 15 visitors on the larger and scaled-down vessels.

As you’ve possibly guessed, these rides are not cheap—charters start off at $2,000 for 4-hour bookings, when prices escalate as guests personalize menus, bar deals, and other features. Routes can also be decided on an individual basis—whether company are extra intrigued in viewing DC monuments, or having absent from the town and heading up toward Mount Vernon. Other possibilities incorporate all-working day river cruises, personal winetastings, and right away stays. The boats are now docked in Navy Lawn, but may possibly be in a position to select up travellers at several waterfront destinations. 

Chef Lu will not be serving the type of delicately well balanced food items he organized as a head chef at Pineapple and Pearls, the two-Michelin-star tasting area exactly where he put in the past 5 yrs. As with even luxurious mega-yachts, both of those boats contain restricted kitchen area quarters. But Lu claims that won’t stop him from having innovative with the catering menus, depending on what visitors want.

“The intention is the meals will match with the atmosphere—a vintage, midcentury-modern-day concept,” says Lu. Dinner could possibly include things like a burrata salad with grapefruit and sherry vinegar or cod sautéed in mustard sauce, even though the bar is stocked with bubbles or the makings for gin-and-tonics.

Bookings are currently being taken for June by means of New Year’s Day. You can obtain a lot more information on the web page

Food items Editor

Anna Spiegel handles the dining and drinking scene in her indigenous DC. Prior to becoming a member of Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA method in New York, and held different cooking and creating positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.