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January 18, 2012 

Cupcakes, Wine

& Foodies!

Join us for our Back To Business Schmooze & Style-O-Rama on Monday, January 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres from The Galleria’s premier restaurants, an open bar and music!  Find out more and register here.


We joined over 100 guests at the first Foodie and the Beast, DC’s only food-themed radio show, live at Carmine’s for lunch.


It’s live once each quarter, though hosts David and Nycci Nellis tell us they had so much fun, they’d love to do it more often. We snapped them with Carmine’s CEO Jeffrey Bank.

Everyone enjoyed Carmine’s signature savory fare paired with mimosas. Here, PR guru Amber Pfau with husband PWC’s Mike.

We snapped the travelers: ABB Technology Ventures’ Grant Allen and Katherine Kennedy, who just got back from a coast-to-coast whirlwind holiday tour, Carmine’s Jennifer Wolinski in from NY, and Venga’s Winston Lord looking tan from his trip to St. Barts.

Fidelity’s Gyimil Rutherford, Young Entrepreneurs of America’s Darcy Waugh, and real estate development expert Marta Lopez.


King Pinz at Sterling Women!


Perseverance and dedication to your dreams are two of the biggest keys to success in business, entrepreneur Diane Reedy told fellow businesswomen at our sponsor’s January Sterling Women luncheon. With her husband Gary, Diane opened King Pinz Luxury Lanes and Sports Grill in the Village at Leesburg in June 2010, and its success led to a major expansion last summer. The couple has a history of operating successful family entertainment centers in NoVa, including several Planet Play locations and Centreville Minigolf and Games. She’s with our great sponsor, Reston Limousine CEO Kristina Bouweiri, founder of the Sterling Women monthly networking group. Next month's speaker is sure to be a big draw: Emmy-award-winning journalist Jan Fox. Find out more about the lunch here. Learn more about our sponsor Reston Limousine here.


Cupcake Wars!


We stopped by Bourbon Adams Morgan for the Cupcake Wars All-Stars Viewing Party on the Food Network. Sticky Fingers’ founder Doron Petersan and head baker Jenny Webb won the competition in March 2011 and have now become the first vegan bakery to win Cupcake Wars All-Stars.


They had to make 1,000 cupcakes for the American Music Awards inspired by famous groups. Guests got to try their Salt-n-Peppa, Rolling Stones Brown Sugar, Man in Black Johnny Cashew, and Chuck Berry cupcakes that helped them win. We snapped DC Prep’s Erika Barry, Cultural Tourism DC’s Sam Edelstein, White & Case’s David Courchaine and FASEB’s Stefan Bradham.


There was a lot of cheering from the jam-packed bar. Here, Jenny Webb’s DC Rollergirls teammates The Karen Mary Co’s Karen Eakes, Room & Board’s Camille Morin and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace’s Jessica Wolf.


Wine Walk!


Over the weekend we went to the Crystal City Shops for the annual 1K Wine Walk sponsored by the Washington Wine Academy and Crystal City BID. Hundreds laced up their sneakers and sampled more than 30 wines at stations along the course. At the Cabot booth, we snapped WTP's Angelica Rodriguez (second from left) with her friends, the government's Kelly VanBuskirk, Brooke Peloso, Kaitlyn Beyer, Bianca Simak and Sarah Waddell.


GMU law student Mariam Al-Koshnaw, HP Enterprise Services' Kristy Bootz, C2 Education Centers' Aubrey Arnold, and her mom Ginger enjoyed South African wines and French bread at station 4.


Kathleen Wilson, who got caught by our flash, Smith and Noble's Jill Kahn, Neediest Kids' Amy Ginsburg, CSC's Sheryl English, the government's Marsha Edney, and accountant Greg Schlegel.


Station 3 featured delicious Tortilla de Patata (Spanish omelet) from Jaleo. Here Hill staffer Allison Witt, Tonya Lauridsen and Jennifer Bolton who’s visiting from NY.


Rooting DC!


We joined Rooting DC at Madam’s Organ for a green fundraiser. The free urban gardening forum is hosted annually in February for those who want to improve our city through gardening and greening. They share tips through a monthly e-newsletter. We snapped Sarah Howell, Bea Trickett, Katie Rehwaldt, and David Quick.


Casie Kiel, Heather Mahoney, and Caitlin Byrnes contributed to this issue.



Saturday, January 21 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, Van Metre Homes hosts a Health Wellness and Beauty Fair at Palmer Showhouse, Himalayas Terrace and Destiny Dr. Free, info.


Friday, February 3 from 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM, The National Museum of Women in the Arts hosts La Grande Féte, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Black tie – enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction and live auction. $95/individual or $180/couple, info.

Wednesday, January 18 – 22, (all day), Alexandria Restaurant Week! $35, includes prix-fixe three-course dinner OR dinner for two. For participating restaurants: info

Wednesday, January 18 at 6:00 PM, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents free: Haitian-born soul singing group Rafrechi - Kompa sound, with a dash of hip hop culture, info.  

Wednesday, January 18 at 7:00 PM, join the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities along with The Embassy of Sweden for a special screening of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $10, info.

Wednesday, January 18 at 6:30 PM -7:30 PM, 4th annual Unique Closet Fashion Show hosted by Unique Thrift Store, 10121 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD. Benefits charity. Free, rsvp.

Wednesday, January 18 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, join WISE DC (Women in Sports and Events) for its first 2012 networking event at Positano Ristorante, 4948 Fairmont Ave.  Bethesda.  Meet and greet female executives of Comcast SportsNet. $20, rsvp.

Wednesday January 18 at 7:30 PM, The Embassy of Austria hosts the Contemporary Kurdish Film Showcase at the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free, rsvp.

Thursday, January 19 at 6:00 PM, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents free: Members of the NSO Youth Fellowship Program, an orchestral training program for talented high school instrumentalists, info.  

Thursday, January 19 all day, Vera Wang Fall 2012 Trunk Show at Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave. Chevy Chase. Free, info

Thursday, January 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Wedding Registry Cocktail Hour at Bloomingdales Chevy Chase, 5300 Western Ave. Sip cocktails and sample hors d'oeuvres. Free gift bag, info.

Thursday, January 19 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Take Five! Free Jazz Concert at Kogod Courtyard at Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Sts., NW. Includes printmaking demonstration. Free, info.

Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 PM, The Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel and its signature restaurant, 2100 Prime hosts the Third Annual Capital Wine Festival opening reception, 2100 Massachusetts Ave, highlights the 10 sponsor wineries - info.

Friday, January 20 at 7:00 PM, the Alliance Francaise de Washington presents Silence! Performance bends the boundaries of artistic expression with the absence of sound (silent art forms) at AFDC downtown 421 7th St NW. $15/AF Members, $20/general, info

Friday January 20 at 7:30 PM, Embassy of Austria hosts Migration Standards, an exhibition of redistribution of power and property, 3524 International Court NW.  Free, rsvp

Friday, January 20 at 6:00 PM, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents free performances. Tonight: NSO Prelude: Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform classical works, info.

Saturday, January 21-22 from 2:00 – 7:00 PM, 1K Wine Walk at Crystal City Shops, 2200 Crystal Dr., Crystal City, VA. Walkers can sample more than 30 different wines as they make their way through a fun, indoor course. $40/wine walk or $35/beer walk, info.

Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM, the Washington Ballet's Jete Society Mad Hatter's Dance Party at The Ritz Carlton DC, 1150 22nd St. NW. $95, info.


Saturday, January 21 from 8:30 PM – 12:30 AM, Children’s National Medical Center’s 5th annual Dancing After Dark at the House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. Enjoy cocktails, dessert and dancing. Benefits young patients. $95/individual, info.

Sunday, January 22 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Book Launch Party for Anthony Silard's The Connection at Busboys & Poets, 14th & V St. NW. All proceeds from book sales benefit the Young Leaders Program. Free,  info.

Sunday, January 22 from 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Unveiled: Washingtonian Bride & Groom Magazine Wedding Showcase and Runway Show at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1331 Maryland Ave. SW. $65, info.


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