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1776 Brings on Chef Aaron Butler from Red Hen to Oversee East Coast Food Program


Washington, D.C. — 1776 announced today Chef Aaron Butler has joined the company to manage its food program for the Crystal City and Washington, D.C., campuses.

Butler comes to 1776 from the popular Bloomingdale restaurant, Red Hen, where he served for three years as sous chef. He prepares lunch daily for the Crystal City campus. He also will manage the food service for some of 1776’s signature Washington events.

“We’re trying to build a community. You have all of these disparate groups of startups in different areas and different industries that are probably all facing the same issues,” Butler said, as featured in the Washington Business Journal. “But they are so singularly focused on their issues with their company that they become kind of isolated.”

Butler graduated from Georgetown University with an economics degree and worked in the financial services industry for 13 years. He later finished first in his class at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and worked in the kitchens of Bibiana Osteria in Washington, D.C., and the award-winning McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina.

Follow @ChefAaron1776 on Instagram and Twitter to check out his creations and view his weekly menus. Next time you visit, come hungry!

About 1776

1776 is a public benefit corporation that scouts and funds high-growth startups around the world focused on solving society’s most fundamental challenges in sectors like education, energy, transportation and financial services. Launched by co-CEOs Donna Harris and Evan Burfield and headquartered in Washington, D.C., with additional campuses in Dubai, New York City and San Francisco, 1776 serves hundreds of startups and institutions worldwide through its innovation curriculum, mentorship, investment and programming. It hosts more than 500 international events per year that attract heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs, influential investors and global press. For more information, please visit and follow @1776 on Twitter and @1776vc on Instagram.