Rose Previte is a natural host. When describing her first restaurant, Compass Rose, she says “I’ve always dreamt it would be an extension of my living room. I love entertaining and I grew up in a big family where all we did was eat, so it was always my goal to have a place that felt like you were in my home.”
Rose comes from a food-loving Sicilian-Lebanese family. She spent years helping to run her mother's catering business and later her restaurant. She worked at Mike Schuster's Pour House for over six years, while getting a master's degree in Public Policy from George Mason University. Rose married David Greene, NPR journalist and host of Morning Edition, and joined him when he was posted in Russia. In almost three years’ time the couple traveled to 30 countries, absorbing their street and market foods, and the energy of diverse cultures. These travels reinforced her strong commitment to community, and to offering people the chance to taste delicious foods and discover the meaning behind them, which inspired the opening of Compass Rose in 2014.
In the first year it was open, Compass Rose was on every best restaurant list in DC. The Washington Post wrote about its signature dish, khachapuri, seven different times. Compass Rose has been on Eater's 38 Essential Restaurants list since opening and has been mentioned in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. The restaurant won a 2017 RAMMY for best casual restaurant. Rose was featured in the April 2017 issue of Washingtonian magazine as one of D.C.'s “40 Under 40” top professionals to watch. Working with Mike Schuster to open Compass Rose fulfilled a lifelong dream of having her own place in the neighborhood.
40,000 khachapuris later, Rose expanded to create Maydan, which has swiftly gathered accolades since its opening in November of 2017. Eater has written about Maydan eleven times, including it on the hottest restaurants list and the toughest tables to get. The Washington Post called it “the gathering spot we have been waiting for.” Zagat called it ”one of DC’s Most Important Restaurant Openings of 2017,” and it was selected as one of Food & Wine magazine’s top ten restaurants of the year, nationwide.
At both restaurants, every dish tells a story, preserving heirloom recipes from around the world, sharing cultures, flavors and experiences. Humanity is at the core of everything that Rose does, and her natural ability to connect with people and find common ground makes her the ideal host for Check, Please! DC.