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Chef Todd Gray sprinkles his version of manna on a seafood kebab at Manna, Gray's restaurant in the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.<br>Dixie D. Vereen/For The Washington Post

Is a biblical food the next foodie fad? This chef thinks so.

Last year, as Todd Gray and his wife, Ellen Kassoff, prepared to open their 165-seat, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at the Museum of the Bible, they faced a culinary conundrum. The name they had settled on for the eatery was Manna, a reference to the food God sent down to the Israelites after their escape from Egypt in the Bible. But if the restaurant was to be called Manna, they wanted to be able to serve it to their guests.



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