October 26, 2016

Loving Premiere! Chefs Take A Stand!

We were thrilled to be inside the much-anticipated National Museum of African American History Monday night for the DC premiere of Loving

The groundbreaking film celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed in the film by Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton), who fell in love and were married in 1958. 

The film focuses on the couple's struggles in a society that didn't yet accept integration in the home and their real-life courage and commitment as an interracial couple. Richard and Mildred, who got married, spent nine years fighting for the right to live as a family, relocating from a small town in Virginia to the inner city of Washington, DC. We snapped producers Oge Egbuonu and Ged Doherty

The civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry, a love story that has become an inspiration and was bound to hit the big screen. Here, Comcast's Antonio Williams, The Beat's Tiffany Cross, NAACP's Nicholas Wiggins

A special screening was held for guests in The Oprah Winfrey Theatre following a chic cocktail hour in its lobby. Here, National Association of Counties' Jacob Terrell and Anthony Jamison with CET Academic Programs' Kim Sine

The film will be in select theaters Nov. 4 and is expanding nationwide in the weeks following. Here, NBC producer Mosheh Gains, his mother, Michele Bland, White House correspondent Kristen Welker, and NBC Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland

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Chefs Take a Stand!

Last night, we headed to the National Network to End Domestic Violence's annual Chefs Take A Stand gala at the Convention Center. NNEDV is a group of domestic violence survivors who have been supporting victims in need for more than 25 years. We snapped the host committee members: Cindy Southworth, Jenny Backus, Deb Chandler, Jonathan Lindsley, Kim Gandy, Leslie Harris and Ben Hammer, and Facebook's Karuna Nain posing in the photo booth.

CTAS is a fun and casual evening where local chefs serve some amazing food for a great cause. Some of our favorites were The Partisan's bacon duck confit, Dolce Vita's deconstructed Caesar salad, and Hula Girl's root beer sticky ribs. Here, Allstate's Bridget Hogan, Jeff Williams and Jon Van Arsdell with GMA's Maggie McClain.

The mixologists created unique cocktails like Range's macchu pisco with green tea, cardomon and rose, and MIC's homemade hibiscus apple cider with brandy and pineapple rum to go with Swiss Bakery's pastries and BRABO's dark chocolate cremeux. Here, World Wildlife Fund's Juliana Camargo, Katz, Marshall & Banks' Avi Kumin and Debbie Katz, surrounding POGO's Halle Zander.

Guests went home with door prizes, Alex + Ani bracelets and a swag bag with a CTAS drinking glass and Kerry Washington's purple purse tassel. Here, survivor Cheryl Leaman and her husband, Carlo Lannandrea, jazz artist Ski Johnson, Prezza's Cate Timmerman and AASHTO's Penelope Weinberger.

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Affairs of State Gala!

We went to the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy's ninth annual Affairs of State Gala & Fundraiser at the City Tavern Club. We snapped YPFP communications VP Radim Dragomaca, State Department's Courtney Barnes and Kolby Kee.

The YPFP is an organization for international affairs professionals who want to grow in this ever-more-necessary field. Here, CrossBoundary's Jake Cusack with YPFP president J.P. Price and McLarty Associates' Eliot Pence.

The gala featured over 400 of DC's next generation foreign policy leaders gathering for an evening of celebration, music, cocktails, and silent and virtual auctions. It's one of the best experiences Washington has to offer. Here, Public Citizen's Rachel Clattenburg, Cleary Gottlieb's Jenny Paul and Dentas' Laura Jennings.

Proceeds from the event will support Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, the global organization that turns aspiring young professionals into innovative, inspiring and impactful leaders. Here, Town & Country Animal Hospital's Courtney Katsur, Integrated Dermatology's Hyland Cronin and Georgetown University Law's Kerissa Barron.

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Friday, October 28, 6:30 – 11:00 PMMary'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

Friday, October 28

9:30 – 4:00 PM, The Smithsonian Food History Roundtables at The National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave NW. Join leading researchers, practitioners, and thinkers come together to address big issues around food in America. Roundtable with happy hour to follow (6:00pm), info.

6:00 – 7:00 PM, Picture This! Live Animated Comedy Show DC Debut at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St NW. Free, tickets are first come first served, info.  

6:30 PM, Brightest Young Things' 8th annual Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival at The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St NW. Featuring: Bridget Everett, Michael Ian Black, and more TBA. $25-$30, info.  

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Halloween Hunt & Tour at The Mansion on O Street, 2020 O St NW. Includes self-guided tour of our themed rooms and secret doors. $35, info.  

4:00 – 10:00 PM, Final MarketSW of the Year at Southwest Waterfront. Back for the final night, guests enjoy local vendors, artists, food trucks, musicians, and DJs. Free entry, info.  

Saturday, October 29

10:00 AM – 5:30 PM, The Smithsonian Food History Festival at The National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave NW. Hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, chefs, local organizations, experts, museum curators, students, and more. Free, info.

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6:30 PM, 30th Anniversary Lombardi Gala at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW. Cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and awards presentation. Honoring: Chris Mortensen, Bonnie Roberts, and Chunling Yi, PhD. Benefits Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Prices vary, info.

1:00 – 9:00 PM, Rock the Core Cider Festival at The Yards Park, 355 Water St SE. $35, includes three sessions of unlimited tastings (30 ciders and 20 beers), lawn games, and some of DC's best food trucks, info.

12:00 – 7:30 PM, Nightmare on M Street Halloween Bar crawl,  1716 I St NW. The biggest, best, and longest running Halloween Party in DC. No lines, no cover – drink specials at most of DC's bars along M Street. Prices and locations vary, info.

6:00 – 10:00 PM, 2nd annual Let Them Eat Cake Halloween Soirée at L2 Lounge, 3315 Cady's Alley NW. Evening of masks and unique costumes inspired by Queen of France in the 18th Century. $20, info.

Sunday, October 30

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Daybreaker DC: Morning Masquerade Sundaybreaker at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St NW. Yoga, dance party, live performances and specials. Free coffee, healthy juices & breakfast treats, info.

12:00 – 7:00 PM, Haunted Pop-Up Party at Town Tavern, 2323 18th St NW. Music by DJ Heat & Rye Bread, Redbull/Jager/Captain Jack-O-Blast specials, costume contest, giveaways and more. Benefits Halloween Kids Costume Drive provided by Feed It Forward DC, $20-$50, info.  

Monday, October 31

5:00 – 9:00 PM, Day of the Dead in the Round Robin Bar at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Enjoy one cocktail, sugar skull face painting, and specials. Free, info.  

8:00 PM, Rockin' Mansion Halloween Costume Party at The Mansion on O Street, 2020 O St NW. Live DJ, themed treasure hunt, chocolate fountain and treats to dip; cash bar $25, info.