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    October 17, 2008  

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We've definitely discovered the antidote to economic blues: A great party at a great venue can take your mind off anything. We were thrilled to see over 1,200 of you loyal readers at the Park at Fourteenth Wednesday night, enjoying the endless bounty of its amazing food and drink, working yourself into an admirably Washington-style networking frenzy, and ultimately displaying your impressive civic rectitude as many of you stayed on, quieted down, and watched the final presidential debate, 21 references to Joe the Plumber and all.


You readers should keep the good times flowing and hold all your autumnal and holiday parties at the Park, and invite us to come eat and drink with you cover it with our fine editorial staff. The Park's four spacious floors, elegant décor, flowing bars, efficient staff, and general sizzling glamour all lived up to reputation, and we don't say that just because we're still dizzy with ego at seeing our name decaled onto their windows.


Not to belabor the Joe the Plumber references, but the buffet line mimicked his favorite tool, snaking across the second floor. It was an endless array of crabcakes, jumbo shrimp, blackened salmon, beef tenderloin, seafood pasta, fine cheeses, Caprese and Caesar salads, and specialty cocktails, including our personal favorite, the "Bisnow Energy Cocktail" (seriously, the Club specially created it):  apparently equal parts Barack, John, and Jim (Beam).


Park at Fourteenth owner Marc Barnes, center, is a legend. He also owns Love (in NE DC, second largest club in America, with regular performers like Jay-Z) and is a familiar face on the Vegas strip. His entourage for this photo: Cooley Godward Kronish's Paul Laurence, our own party instigator Elliott Bisnow, Roberts & Associates Elisha Roberts, and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center's Alana Cassidy and Jacie Roberts.


Hines' Scott Meyer, Studley's Adam Schindler and Leo A Daly's Annie Axelrod enjoy the dessert bar; did we forget to mention there was a whole floor of sweets? Adam washed down his chocolate pastry with five-times distilled Ciroc vodka made from grapes picked in the Gaillac and Cognac region of France. So, it tasted like vodka, right? Annie is looking forward to work next week—shocking, until we learned that she'll be at the NAIOP Developer's Conference in Las Vegas!


Beveridge & Diamond's Karl Bourdeau, EFX Media's Cheryl Platt, Turner's Joel Causey, Archstone's Debbie Weinman, and Beveridge's Ed West. Before we interrupted, Joel and Debbie discovered that they are both working on the same mixed-use development (a Bisnow match-up!) at Wisconsin Place in Chevy Chase. Turner is the contractor and Archstone is partnering with Boston Properties and New England Development at the 1.5M SF site (home of the new Bloomingdale's).


The Park’s Leigh Kirchner and Anne Barnes. Think you can throw a bash as good as ours? You’ll need luck, a heck of a contact list, and Anne’s help. Find her here.


USGBC’s Sara Schoen and Committee on Natural Resources’ Marcie Cooperman. Sara confessed that this event was the best party she’s ever been to in DC. We quickly walked away before she could tell us exactly when she moved here.


Smith Group's Johanna Rodriguez, attorney Brendon McParland, and Fentress' Marisa Picard. Johanna (a self-confessed travel addict) and Marisa are heading to Peru for New Year's. Nothing like fireworks over Machu Picchu to ring in '09.


GGA's Amber Kwasniewski, Heather Tierney, Laura Madge, Liz Gallagher, and Kate Ross. Amber and Laura designed GGA's new LEED Platinum offices.


More Studley crew: Bethany Hobbs, Richard Barnett, Aisha Malik, Parker Lange, Diana Sechrist and Timothy Foley. Diana shows off her "Holiday Party" drink—a giant kamikaze shot. Tim says Studley is acting fast to track down a site for Dunder Mifflin's relocation from Scranton. He then spent several minutes outlining needs, including:  30K SF, warehouse space, and room for a ping-pong table. This once again proves our point: alcohol and The Office don't mix.

To hold an event at the Park, email Anne Barnes at anne@park14.com
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