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June 23, 2014
RAMMYS & Gatsby!
Last night we went to the 32nd Annual RAMMY Awards at the Convention Center as winners were announced for the best restaurants, chefs, mixologists, and top foodservice industry professionals.
The highly anticipated gala was presented by RAMW, the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, which this year announced winners in 20 award categories. We snapped its new president Kathy Hollinger with Events DC president Greg O'Dell.
Congrats to Ripple, which won both Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year and Wine Program of the Year. Here, its chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley, GM Danny Fisher, and owner Roger Marmet.
The Joan Hisaoka Allied Member of the Year was given to ProFish: Nayely Villegas, Greg Casten, Glenn Casten, and John Rorapaugh.
Embassy of Argentina's Eduardo Tempone and Guillermo Rodelico flank their embassy chef Diego Biondi.
For High School Parents!
Attention parents of high school students! Bisnow's Gen Z is rolling out short summer programs for your kids, 15 to 18, to give them some fun—and start them thinking about their careers. On this Wednesday, June 25, from noon to 2:30 at Gensler's offices in DC, we've got top young guns in commercial real estate to tell them about being developers, brokers, and even asset managers. On Wednesday evening, July 23, the founders of two of DC's best known startups, LivingSocial and Sweetgreen (the healthy food stores and the SweetLife Music Festival) will talk about how they did it—and for the next week, that ticket is just $29. (More info on all events.) Hope to see your kids (and maybe even you) there.
Great Gatsby Ball!
Saturday we went to the International Club of DC Great Gatsby Ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. We snapped Marion Colomer, GWU's KimberlyPendleton and James Francis, with Fanny Legrand.
Guests got a chance to experience the glamor and extravagance of the 1920s exemplified in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby. Here, Alexandria City Public Schools' Marisa Silva, with her parents Sylvia and Ruben Corona.
Guests danced to the Doc ScantlinOrchestra, which played 1920s-era tunes: swing, waltz, tango, and other dance music. Here, Chris Diminick, Embassy of Portugal's Sofia Garcia, and AllPro Solutions' Leonard Abreu.
Guests enjoyed a Great Gatsby dessert feast with wine, champagne, and cocktails. Here, Stephanie Jaspec, Anne Bolen, and Fairfax County Public Schools' CamillaNordh.
We were also at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Friday for the 19th Annual International Special Events Society DC Capital Awards Gala. We snapped Amphora Catering's Angela and George Cholakis bookending Greek Deli & Catering's Kostas and Irene Fostieris.
The event celebrated the best of the best of the local special events industry. Here, Drape Kings' Meredith Greene, who's the new ISES DC chapter president, Hello! DC's Danielle Capecchi, and Atlantic Valet's Joann Chae.
ISES is a professional trade association for the event planning industry. Here, Malmaison's Sarah Peterson, Edge Floral's Steve Ornstein, and Cassie Harwood.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent auction, award ceremony, dinner, and dancing. Here, The Winery at Bull Run's Natasha Hamad, Impact Marketing's Eddie Fam, and Focus Fine Photography's Naz Refaat.
Alfredo Flores contributed to this issue.
WHERE TO BE SCENE:
Saturday, June 28, 2:00 - 10:00 PM, VinoFestDC at Union Market, Florida Ave. & 6th St. NE. Performances by Jesse Boykins III, Eric Hilton – Thievery Corporation, SEE-I and more. $75, concert, art installment, glass of sparkling wine, 4 -hour wine tasting with 8 generous 2oz pours and more. info.
Monday, June 23
5:30 PM, The Men's Event at The Capital Grill, 5310 Western Ave. Chevy Chase. Benefits prostate cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, info.
7:00 PM, discussion and signing with author Tom Rachman about The Rise & Fall of Great Powers at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW. Free, info.
Tuesday, June 24
5:30 PM, Under the Hood, a food-truck live speaker series at Dolcezza Gelato Factory, 500 Penn St. NE. $25, includes talk, food and drink, info.
5:30 - 6:30 PM, Pilates in the Park Tuesdays at Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Ave. and K St. NW. Bring your own mat. Chance to win prizes, light refreshments and quick massages. Free, info.
6:00 PM, NPR PopCulture Happy Hour 200th Podcast Taping Live at NPR Headquarters, 1111 N.Capitol St. NE. Taping and meet and greet with crew – Holmes, Thompson and Weldon. $20, info.
Wednesday, July 16 5:00 PM Schmooze, 7:00 PM Tennis Match, Bisnow Media & Kastles Tennis present our annual Schmooza-Tennis! 2 hour wine and beer bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, & networking with hundreds of fellow business execs! And to cap it off: a match featuring two of the top names in tennis: Venus Williams & Martina Hingis! (Venus' only match in DC this summer) All for the amazing price of only $49! (early bird) at George Washington University Smith Center. 600 22nd St., NW, DC, info.
Tuesday, June 24
6:00 - 8:00 PM, Ladies DC Happy Hour at 1099 New York Ave NW. $12, wine/beer and light snacks. $15/door. info.
6:00 - 8:00 PM, Best Of Washington Happy Hour at Lyon Hall, 3100 Washington Blvd . Arlington. $10, two drink tickets, yappatizers and dog treats. $10 donation to the LLS, info.
6:30 - 9:00 PM, Pediatric AIDS Foundation's 25th Anniversary Celebration Cocktail Reception at Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $75, tickets can be purchased at door, info.
Wednesday, June 25
5:00 - 6:30 PM, Washington ExaminerCongressional Baseball Game Happy Hour at Capitol Lounge, 231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $1 tacos and drink specials, rsvp.
7:30 PM, Under the Hood, a food-truck live speaker series at Dolcezza Gelato Factory, 500 Penn St. NE. $25, includes talk, food and drink, info.