October 20, 2016

National Italian American Foundation Gala!

We were at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Saturday evening for the annual National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Gala. The conclusion of a multi-day weekend celebration, the gala was an extraordinary black-tie affair featuring more than 1,700 guests celebrating the best of Italy here in the US.

Guests enjoyed a multi-course specialty Italian cuisine and, of course, wine from this year's NIAF Region of Honor, Piemonte. We snapped Deana Martin, daughter of American icon Dean Martin, flanked by her husband, John Griffeth, and Lena Prima, daughter of legendary musician Louis Prima.

For more than 40 years, the NIAF's gala has been a staple of the DC social calendar and an event that thousands of Italians from across the United States and Italy anticipate. Italian Americans who have made great strides in the community were honored, including pro football Hall of Famer Franco Harris, flanked by Bryan and Chiara Rich and Lorenzo Montanari.

A historic moment for everyone in the ballroom: legendary singer/songwriter and honoree Tony Renis sang his hit Quando, Quando, Quando for the first time in 30 years! He is pictured here with his wife, former Italian prima ballerina Elettra Morini.

Perhaps the most anticipated part of the dinner was the luxury gift bag attendees received upon departure, including products from more than a dozen Italian partners, including Ferrero Rocher, Lavazza, Alitalia, DelGrosso, Colavita and more! Jim and Jane DuCharme joined Connie Morella

NIAF's mission is to serve as a resource for the community, to preserve its heritage, and to promote and inspire a positive image and legacy of Italian Americans. Most importantly, NIAF aims to strengthen and empower ties between the United States and Italy. Brownstein's Brian and Emily Wild flank Pfizer's Alex Cleveland.

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Paint The Town Red!

We went to the seventh annual Paint the Town Red at the Wonder Bread Factory. We snapped event co-chair Glenn Stewart, who works at the DOJ, being flanked by representatives from event sponsor Grunley—Lauren Grunley and Jennifer Williamson.

Paint the Town Red is a special evening dedicated to raising funds for the American Heart Association, which helps people build healthier lives, free from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and fights against the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. Here, Kristen Hammett, TASC's Dana Moreno, District of Style's Rachel Hallinan and The Ivy's Jessica Berdan.

The night featured specialty cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, music, dancing and a silent auction. Here, Washington Redskins business operations director Chris Weiner with Boizelle Insurance Partnership VP Bret Boizelle.

The party, where guests were asked to wear red or red accessories, was hosted by the American Heart Association's PULSE—a group of local, under 40 professionals in DC striving to engage friends and co-workers to educate, inspire and develop the habit of philanthropy dedicated to changing the health of a new generation. Here, Salesforce's Courtney Lavalleye, PwC's Jessica LaTorre, Salesforce's Alyssa Felix and Advisory Board's Christina Chan.

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Local Natives!

We headed to the 9:30 Club for a special performance from LA-based Local Natives! The band is on tour following the release of its third album, Sunlit Youth, in September. We snapped band members Taylor Rice, Kelcey Ayer, Ryan Hahn, Matt Frazier and Nik Ewing performing their single Villainy to the sold-out crowd. 

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Volksfest DC!

Tuesday night, we headed to Shaw's Tavern for a special performance put on by Gourmet Symphony, VOLKSFEST DC! The Oktoberfest celebration continued Gourmet Symphony's goal of offering experiences that combine food, drinks and classical music in new formats and unconventional settings. We snapped supporters Jeanne Coco, Wayne and Laura Hampton, Bob Coco and his son, Gourmet Symphony's John Coco

Guests were encouraged to wear lederhosen, tracht or other German traditional attire for their costume contest. Here, DC friends Patrick McIntyre, Shane Reppert and Jeremy Steslicki sporting their lederhosen. 

While guests enjoyed the open bar and German food, the polkas & oompahs were played by Barclay Brass

Guests enjoyed German foods curated by Chef Javier Marquina and the unveiling of Atlas Brew Works' seasonal beer: The Emprosator. Here Adriene Horne, Sarah Higbee, Meg Scanlon and Laura Wheeler

DC friends Craig BuckleyAlex Rice and Will Grantham enjoying the beer tastings. 

Heather Mahoney, Travis Holler and Alfredo Flores contributed to this issue.

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Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, join former Scene publisher Margot Machol Bisnow, Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez invite you to join them at Compass Coffee, 650 F St NW, (across from the Verizon Center) to celebrate the launch of Margot's book, Raising an Entrepreneur: 10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers & Change Makers, along with Jayne Plank (mother of Under Armour founder Kevin Plank) For conversation, cocktails, snacks & coffee. Free, books available for purchase: rsvp
Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, Providence Uncorked! a culinary celebration at Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St NW. Guests will sample prepared dishes, sip beer/wine, and mix-and-mingle with over 150 young professionals, entrepreneurs, corporate partners, culinary professionals, and more! Benefits Providence Hospital's areas of greatest need. $65+, info.

Thursday, October 20

6:00 – 10:00 PM, #AwakenTheNight Release Party at Bourbon (Adams Morgan), 2321 18th St NW. Includes drink tastings and swag bag for first 20 people. Imbibe cocktails while talking to the people behind the #barrelmagic. Free, info.

6:30 – 8:00 PM, History & Hops featuring The Public Option at The Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW. $30, includes unlimited tastings, snacks, and tours of the historic home of DC's most successful brewer, Christian Heurich, info.

5:30 – 8:00 PM, Getaround DC Launch Anniversary Party at WeWork Manhattan Laundry, 1348 Florida Ave NW. Join founder Jessica Scorpio for drinks, snacks, and swag. Free, info.

6:00 – 8:00 PM, Opening of Molas: Dress, Identity, Culture (Panama) at National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St and Independence Ave SW. This exhibition presents molas sewn and worn by Kuna (Guna) women, well known souvenirs and collectibles.  Free, info.

Friday, October 21

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Grand Opening & Block Party at REI, 201 M St NE. Festivities with award-winning music, s'mores, and campfire lounging at the Wunder Garten. First 500 people receive a limited-edition CamelBak water bottle + promotional card, info.

7:00 PM, join author Rabih Alameddine for the signing and discussion of The Angel of History at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave NW. Free, info.

7:00 PM, Fair Chance Butterfly Bash 2016 at The National Museum Of Women In The Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW. Honoring Debbi and Ernie Jarvis w/media personality Paul Wharton to emcee. Enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dancing. Benefits the organization committed to improving the lives of DC's underserved children. $190, info

​Saturday, October 22

8:00 AM, 2016 National Capital Area Kidney Walk beginning at Freedom Plaza, Benefits the National Kidney Foundation. Walk or donate, to help nearly 100 communities to raises awareness and funds lifesaving programs that educate and support patients and their families, info.

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM, Hirshhorn Fall Fest at Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave at Seventh St SW. Performance piece Woman in E, complimentary beer tastings, music-making tours of Ragnar Kjartansson, and screening of Kjartansson's A Lot of Sorrow. Free, info.

Thursday, October 27, 6:30 PM, Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Key To The Cure 2016 Event, ambassadors Halle Berry and Christian Louboutin have partnered this year to raise funds for Tigerlily Foundation for its programs supporting women before, during and after breast cancer. Light bites and sips will be served, music by DJ Neekola and chic shopping. Use hashtag #PassporttoSaks. Donations, info.
Friday, October 28, 6:30 – 11:00 PM, Mary's Center Annual Gala Noche Tropical: Un Carnaval at The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW. Every year, Noche Tropical brings together more than 500 Washington-area business and community leaders for an inspirational evening of dinner, dancing, casino games, auctions and much more. Purchase a $50 raffle ticket to win a yacht outing for 25. $325, info

​Saturday, October 22

12:00 – 4:00 PM, Cathedral Commons Fall Festival & Craft Beer Showcase at Cathedral Commons, 3401 Idaho Ave NW. Food and drink for purchase, contests and tours. Free, info.

12:00 – 4:30 PM, Swedish Festival at House of Sweden, 2900 K St NW. Celebrate 10 years with concerts, artist talks, dance lessons and more! Free, info.

1:00 – 4:00 PM, Pumpkin Palooza at District Wharf Gangplank Marina, 600 Water St SW. Beer garden, live music, games, pet costume contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, prizes! Free, info.

2:00 – 6:00 PM, Shawlloween at Glen's Garden Market (Shaw), 1924 8th St NW. Food specials, tastings, chocolate pretzel dipping, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and apple bobbing. Free, info.

8:00 – 11:00 PM, 9th annual Affairs of State Gala: Young Professionals in Foreign Policy at City Tavern Club, 3206 M St NW. Join DC's nextgen foreign policy leaders for an evening of celebration, music, cocktails, and a silent and virtual auction. Benefits YPFP. $99, info.

Sunday, October 23

12:00 – 4:00 PM, Shucktoberfest 2016: The Maurice Electric Warehouse at Union Market, 500 Penn St NE. $75, all-you-can eat food and drink, games, live music, football viewing lounge, info.

1:00 – 4:00 PM, 5th annual DC Pie Fest at Bourbon (Adams Morgan), 2321 18th St NW. All-you-can-eat pie contest w/ some of the city's best home bakers competing for prizes and glory, with the city's fans doing the judging. $15/entering a pie or $25, info

1:00 – 5:00 PM, NextDayBetter x Washington DC (RESILIENCE) at Impact Hub DC, 419 7th St NW. Celebrate Filipino American History Month w/ talks, food, drinks and music. Theme: Resilience - how might we build more resilient communities. $25, info.