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July 16, 2009 
Best of the Best!

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Last night we went to Washingtonian’s annual Best of Washington food and drinks extravaganza; and it was so great, we’re devoting our whole issue to it.

The 1500 tickets sold out early. Everyone was there, even Teddy Roosevelt. He’s never won the Nats Presidents' Race, but the spoils don’t just go the victor. He’s flanked by Cvent’s team: Brittany Spano, Meagan Cullen, Jasmin Vias, and Julia Sheffield.


Held at the Building Museum, the event drew many of the area’s top chefs. Here's Bryan Voltaggio of Volt, the new “it” restaurant people are driving to Frederick for, doing something scary with dry ice.


The Washingtonian super stars: publisher Cathy Merrill Williams, chairman Ellie Merrill, and editor-in-chief Jack Limpert, with the Newseum’s legendary Shelby Coffey, who helped create the Washington Post Style section.


The famous Michel Richard of Citronelle and Central is flanked by his wife, Laurence (right) and The Washington Institute for Dentistry and Toxicology’s Dr. Claudia Cotca.


Corporate Executive Board’s Brittany Peterson, energy consultant Julie Carr, Exec branch staffer Caroline Hughes, and Hill staffer Whitney Koch.


The top chefs were hands on, cooking tasty dishes, and we snapped Bourbon Steak’s executive chef David Varley.


Let’s Talk Live’s Laura Chavis, Dissident Display’s Adrian Loving, and Channel 8’s Abby Fenton.


The Source’s Scott Drewno gave us a choice of pork belly or sweet Maine shrimp dumplings.

Corp Exec Board’s Patricia Graves and Groupon’s Sarah Romer.

Charlie Palmer’s executive chef Matt Hill served up Shenandoah rabbit with Oregon morels, sweet peas, and gnocchi.


Here’s David Deshaies, executive chef of Citronelle.


Judicial intern Clare Cavaliero, Van Eperen’s Allie Gebhardt, lawyer Erin Seder, Zcomm’s Jeffra Trumpower, and JB Creative’s Taryn Nicholas.



Thursday, July 16 at 6:00 PM Get Buzzed for a CURE at Penn Quarter’s Indeblue restaurant 707 G Street, NW, . ArtStream is partnering with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in a fundraiser and Julie Bain, an actress with ArtStream DC, is shaving her head for 2 great causes. 1/2 the proceeds will benefit ArtStream and 1/2 will benefit LLS. Donations of hair will benefit Locks of Love. Info:  Luke Warren 202-679-0107

Thursday, July 16, from 6-8 PM at Georgetown's Fresh Boutique, 1205 Potomac St NW, 5% of the sales go to the JDRF. Complimentary champagne and cupcakes at one of Georgetown’s hippest stores. RSVP to adelair@jdrf.org

Thursday, July 16, 8:30pm – 1:00am, join the Capital Club a night of cocktails and carousing at the 17th Annual Summer Sinatra Soirée featuring DC's premier Sinatra band, SWINGTOWN at the National Building Museum (401 F Street, NW). Tickets: Dames: $65 Gents: $75. (Info.) 


Thursday, July 16 at 6:00 p.m The National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) will host the 6thAnnual National Leadership Awards Dinner, at the Ronald Reagan Building. It honors those in public service; brings together government officials and corporate representatives from around the nation; and anticipates an Administration speaker. tickets $95.00; sponsorship available. To register/for sponsorship, visit www.nfbpa.org.

Saturday, July 18, 2009 from 12:00 noon – 6:00 PM, join the Capitol Polo Club (14660 Hughes Road, Poolesville, MD 20837) for the 3rd Annual Green Cup of Polo to raise awareness of environmental issues and alternate energy and benefit three prominent local environmental organizations, ACORE, EPIC and EarthEcho International.  The afternoon will include 3 polo matches, musical and equestrian entertainment and a wide selection of eco-friendly food and drinks.   Tickets: from $35 (single admission) to $350 (VIP Boxes) (Info)

Tuesday, July 21, 6:00 pm - 10:00pm, join Suited for Change at a Just BEcause Charity Happy Hour at Neyla.  3206 N Street, NW in Georgetown.  Enjoy drink and food specials.  Suggested donation: $10. (Info)

Thursday, July 23 from 5:30-10:00 at Tommy Joes Restaurant (4714 Montgomery Lane in Bethesda) DC SCORES (www.DCSCORES.org) and love.futbol (www.lovefutbol.org) are hosting a happy hour featuring players from the Washington Freedom showcasing their fancy footwork and will feature a Dancing with the Stars-style contest. The players will perform Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha, Swing, Hip Hop, and Rumba! Drink specials, a raffle for amazing items, and the proceeds from the evening will go to DC SCORES and love.futbol.

Friday, July 31  - Sunday, August 2 -  5pm, the 2009 Street Soccer USA Cup, 16 teams representing social and homeless services agencies in 16 cities will compete for the SSUSA Cup Trophy, and a spot on the U.S. National Team that will travel to Milan for the Homeless World Cup in September.  The event takes place at the Washington Kastles Tennis Stadium (11th and H Street, NW)  and is sponsored by The Ted Leonsis Family Foundation, Nike, U.S. Soccer Foundation, Help USA and D.C. United.  Admission is free.  For more information visit: www.streetsoccerusa.org

Saturday, August 1, from 7:30pm - 10pm at Hudson Restaurant and Lounge. 2030 M. Street, NW The Inaugural Street Soccer USA Sports for Social Change Awards Dinner and Auction Join Ted and Lynn Leonsis, Mark Ein, Kenneth Cole, Jean and Steve Case, and many others, including 160 players, to honor philanthropists, athletes and advocates of sports for social change.  Cocktail reception, buffet dinner, and awards and auction. Tickets $150/person and $250/couple; contact: Jeremy@streetsoccerusa.org For info: www.streetsoccerusa.org

Saturday, August 8 starts at 7:00PM, join the Dave Matthews Band for its concert at Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, 7800 Cellar Door Drive BRISTOW VA. Buy tickets now for $75 or $40 depending on seating, at www.livenation.com


Kristina D’Ambrosio contributed to this issue.

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