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Mezzes & More!
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July 23, 2013

Mezzes & More!

Last night we went to Mike Isabella's new restaurant Kapnos at 14th & W for a mezze tasting.

We tried a selection of appetizers, including delish grilled octopus, gin lemonade cocktail, and rose wine on tap. We snapped local bloggers, Florida Girl in DC's Tammy Gordon, Cupcakes for Breakfast's Nikki Rappaport, and Frijota's Alejandra Owens.
Johnson Chimney Jumbo

Owner/executive chef Mike Isabella joins chef de cuisine George Pagonis in the kitchen. Kapnos, the Greek word for smoke, specializes in Mediterranean small plates.

K Street's Kate Michael, Michael Andrews (custom tailor extraordinaire of Michael Andrews Bespoke), and Capitol Cooking's Lauren DeSantis.

Kapnos' Grace Miller is with Art Jamz' Michael Clements, who's flanked by BYT's Svetlana Legetic and Philip Runco.


We went to the first anniversary party for RaiseDC, a self-proclaimed social and fundraising experiment, at Malmaison over the weekend. We snapped its co-founders Brendan O'Connor and Ryan Ulbrich with One Love Massive CEO Molly Ruland and Allison Starks.

The vibrant event focused on RaiseDC's core values: social concern, community engagement, and advocacy. Guests enjoyed music by three different performers and a photo booth with goofy props. Here, Hyatt's Jonathan Fisch, Marriott's Kaitlin Lyngaas, Ben Ross, and StandUp for Kids' Jamie Caswell.

The bash raised funds and awareness for eight local organizations: 826DC, Perry Center, Miriam's Kitchen, Higher Achievement, StandUp for Kids DC, DC Greens, Earth Conservation Corps, and Thrive DC. Here Kate Ulbrich, Mitzi Lawer, and Kelley Opitz.

Martha's Table!

Last night we headed to Cork Wine Bar on 14th Street for the 5th annual Martha's Table Happy Hour Fundraiser. Guests enjoyed (what else?) a full wine bar and wine tasting. We snapped HHS' Zach Baron with attorneys Greg Sobolski and Meng Xi.

A pop-up fashion boutique was set up in Cork as part of the fundraiser, and guests enjoyed a jazz trio from the Duke Ellington School. Here Eanna Orns, assistant to Martha's Table CEO Patty Stonesifer, joins McKean Defense's Lisa Rendzio.

Travis Holler and Merjan Bubernack contributed to this issue.

Where To Be Scene:

Wednesday, July 24, DON'T miss the HOTTEST ticket of the summer!!! Only 1 match remains for the Washington Kastles with Martina Hingis; meet and greets still available. more info

Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 — 9:00 PM, Enjoy a complimentary sampling of Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum at Shelly's Back Room, 1331 F St NW. With a minimum purchase of $12, info.

Saturday, July 27, 8:00 PM, Hinge presents Neon Tuxedo Disco ft. Miami Horror DJs Mr JPatt & Chris Burns at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $34-$99, info

Tuesday, July 23, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Washingtonian's Yappy Hour at Lyon Hall, 3100 Washington Blvd Arlington. $10, includes one cocktail, several appetizers, puppy treats and gift bags, info.

Tuesday, July 23-27, 9:00 PM, Bethesda Outdoor Movies: Stars on the Avenue at Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle, Norfolk and Auburn Ave., Screening: The Princess Bride. Free, info.

Wednesday, July 24, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Mini Golf at the Museum at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. special late night mini golf hours, $5, info.

Wednesday, July 24, 8:00 - 10:00 PM, Top Chef Viewing Party at multiple participating locations. Chef Richard Sandoval is competing in this year's Top Chef Masters. Cheer him on at one of his restaurants. $5 margaritas, info

Wednesday, July 24, 5:00 PM, Beer Tasting & Brewing in the Age of Pirates at National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. $40, includes exhibition, sampling glass and artisan charcuterie, info.

Thursday, July 25, 3:30 - 5:00 PM, WIIT Charitable Trust High Tea at the Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Benefits Girls Inc. $50, info.

Thursday, July 25, 6:00 PM, New Hope Housing Young Professionals Summer Happy Hour at Public Bar, 1214 18th St. NW. Benefits New Hope's Alexandria shelters. Donations at the door, info.

Thursday, July 25, 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Transatlantic Toast to Liberty at One Lounge, 1606 20th St. NW. Benefits Young Britons Foundation, info.

Thursday, July 25, 7:00 PM, New Documentary Screening: Fly By Light at Woodrow Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. $13-$4, enter code: SHARING, info.

Thursday, July 25, 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Opening Reception: Paradox of Masculinity with Painter Martin Swift at Above the Bike Shop, 2503 Champlain St. NW. Free, info / rsvp.

Thursday, July 25, 8:00 - 11:00 PM, Smithsonian After-hours Event: Yuri's Night at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $15/general, $25/VIP, includes special tastings, info.

Thursday, July 25, 8:00 - 11:00 PM, Sumeria Summer Social with the Madison at Smith Point, 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW Benefits Crittenton Services of Greater DC. $15, info.

Friday, July 26, 5:00 - 8:30 PM, Jazz in the Garden at National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, 700 Constitution Ave. Free, info.

Friday, July 26, 7:00 PM, DC's 1st Drive-in Movie Theater at Union Market, Florida & 6th NE. Free. show: The American President, info.

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