Celebrity Chef Jose Andres, who has been an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, claimed Saturday on Twitter that he was booted from a D.C. hotspot because Ivanka Trump didn't want to see him. But after Trump reached out indicating she had nothing to do with the restaurant's decision to bar Andres entry, Andres was forced to backpedal from his accusation and apologize.
Andres was, apparently, trying to get into an an annual invite-only after-party for the tony Alfalfa Dinner at Cafe Milano when he was turned away by security. Aggravated, Andres assumed he was barred because the First Daughter was a guest of the club and she didn't want to be confronted with her father's detractors. After taking a selfie with the doorman, Andres posted an angry missive on social media.
Thank you @CafeMilanoDC Franco Nuschese! I was a guest of the #alfalfaclubdinner2018 “everyone”welcome to the after party, but I’m the only individual not allow in? Is because @IvankaTrump told you so? You should be ashamed of yourself Franco.@washingtonpost pic.twitter.com/iJ5wQM18Z6— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) January 28, 2018
Cafe Milano quickly responded, assuring the chef that Ivanka Trump did not handpick the after-party guests and that Andres simply wasn't on the list to get in.
Of note, the dinner and after party are different guest lists. Also, Ivanka Trump had no role on determining event attendees. Franco 2/2— Cafe Milano (@CafeMilanoDC) January 28, 2018
Ivanka Trump also, apparently reached out, and Andres, confronted with his own mistake, was forced to admit that the error was all his and not the First Daughter's.
Thank you @IvankaTrump for reaching out. I believe now that you personally had nothing to do.— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) January 28, 2018
Let’s now work on what’s important: Immigration reform, where #DACADreamers and Undocumented citizens will become part of a strong USA. With secure borders. With economic growth.
Strangely, though, after an extended "conversation" with Cafe Milano over what both parties called a simple "misunderstanding," Andres seemed concerned that his apology to Ivanka could be seen as some sort of implicit endorsement of her father's policies.
Hours after the apology, he fired off a cheap shot, seemingly implying a cover-up between Ivanka and the cafe and suggesting that Washington, D.C. was somehow "changed" because he wasn't allowed to join a private party.
But someone with connections to her made the call to not let me in...Could Be she didn’t know, but it did happen....and this is not the Washington we know... https://t.co/47F2Ohjerk— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) January 29, 2018
Conspiratorial leftists were quick to agree, though Andres offered no further proof.