January 9, 2015


Last night we headed to the Reagan Building to kick off the New Year with its annual Sparkle Lounge.

The customer appreciation celebration was full of event professionals and vendors who had worked together on the stunning and sparkling decor. We snapped Kaspersky's Rachel Bare, Eric Jaw and Christopher Reilley, and TCMA's Olivia Russell.

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The delish hors d'oeuvres included lobster risotto in eggshells, beef tartare cones and mini beet salads. Guests also helped themselves to a caviar bar. Here, Global Ties' Jennifer Clinton and Greg Houston bookend the South African Embassy's Desmond Moreki and Ndumiso Mngadi.

Our sweet tooth was satisfied with nitrogen ice cream, graham cracker spoons with chocolate creme, and alcohol-infused marshmallows. Here, TCMA's Karen Shao Coberly and Jim Polhemus, and Share Our Strength's Courtney Smith.

There was plenty of Moet champagne and guests enjoyed cocktails at the open bar. Here, Host DC's Lyndsi Armenio and Erin Kelley, and Alex Citrin.

TaylorMade Experience's Stephanie Janeiro, Christina Taylor and Jae Regala.

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Apps of Steel!

Welcome your body to the digital age: Inner Voice Fitness uses state-of-the-art technology that combines in-person sessions and personalized fitness/nutrition apps. Founder Josh Henkin, PhD, tells us the program is designed for the busy, traveling executive, offering customized workouts and locating nearby gyms, running trails, tracks, and swimming pools wherever you travel. Also accessible: nearby healthy eating options and restaurants. Josh says unlike traditional models of personal training, Inner Voice Fitness uses in-person interaction with clients several times per year, plus direct, 24/7 access to your trainer by phone, video chat, email, or text message. Apps for smartphones and tablets provide one-button access to everything from nutrition planning to personalized exercise demos. Use the same device to enter in your workout details while you exercise. Sound like a plan? For more info on our sponsor, click here.


Industry Takeover Night!

We went to Graffiato for its final Industry Takeover Night, as chefs from Mike Isabella's restaurants converged to say goodbye to the popular monthly party. We snapped him flanked by Sticky Fingers' Doron Petersan and The General Design Co.'s Soung Wiser

Chefs served complimentary late night snacks at the first floor pizza bar. Proceeds from the cover charge were donated to Fit to Fight by MIC, which helps chefs and restaurant industry contestants focus on their own health: to lose weight, live healthier lifestyles and give back to charity. Here, Kapnos Taverna's Greg Basalla, G by Mike Isabella chef de cuisine Elliot Drew, Graffiato chef de cuisine Jose Adorno and forthcoming Yona executive chef Jonah Kim.

Graffiato RVA chef de cuisine Matt Robinett with Pepita Cantina's Adam Howard and Lee-Ann Brown

Actress Ariane Rinehart, Opower's Ian Rinehart, PwC's Grace Adamson and The Advisory Board's Noah Rowland

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Speed Networking!

Last night we also headed to the Laughing Man Tavern for some food, fun and speed networking hosted by the DC AD Club, the premier industry organization for area advertising pros. We snapped the evening's sponsor, Creative Circle's Bailey O'Connell, Tiffany Green and Katie Thompson.

45 professionals exchanged business cards and became LinkedIn pals after 30 minutes of speed networking. Here, Mac Mannes' Chris Huebner, &Pizza's Debbie Kaplan and Capitol Communicator's Paul Dunning.

Guests snacked on veggies, chips and dip. Here, MNI's Jay Vilar and DDC's Jim Scott Polsinelli.

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Friday, January 9

11:00 AM, The Washington Winter Show is DC's answer to the Antiques Road Show, at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20, ticket good for entire weekend. Continues through Sunday, info.

(All Day), Opening Reception featuring Frank P Phillips at Studio E Partners, 4938 Hampden Lane, #312 Bethesda. Free, info.

7:00 - 8:30 PM, Book Talk: Histoires Des Francaise D'Amerique at L'Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming St NW. Author Jacques Bodelle will discuss and signs his book. $10/AFDC members; $15/general, info.

7:00 PM, Matthew Malone and Kurtis Ceppetelli present: Composite Allusions showcasing their most recent work at the DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW. Free, info.

Saturday, January 10

6:00 – 9:00 PM 2nd Saturday Art Walk, featuring artists and studio exhibitions at The Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd. Lorton, VA. Free, here.

Saturday, January 10

8:00 PM, Elvis' Birthday Fight Club at Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. Elvis-themed burlesque numbers featuring Candy Del Rio, Reverend Valentine, Nona Narcisse. $20, info.

3:00 PM, NSO Family Concert & Musical Instrument Petting Zoo, 151 T St. NE. Free, ticket required for entry, info.

Sunday, January 11

8:00 PM, Creative Music at The Fridge, 516 8th Street SE. rear alley entrance. Featuring: Anthony Pirog and the Brian Settles trios. $15, info.

11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, FINAL day of The Washington Winter Show, DC's answer to the Antiques Road Show, at Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20, info.

12:00 PM, Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor Exhibition at the Thomas Jefferson Building – Library of Congress, 10 First St. SE. Free, info.