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March 31, 2011 
Miss America, Rolling Stones & Top Chefs!

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Last night, we met the Rolling Stones keyboardist, the Secretary of Agriculture, and Miss America. (No, they're not the same person.)


We stopped by RIVERS Restaurant at the Watergate to meet Miss America and the Top 11 pageant finalists, right after they sang the National Anthem at the NRCC Gala at the Building Museum. We snapped them surrounding Best Marketing’s Liz Sara.

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They’re in DC this week to raise awareness about the Miss America program. Earlier in the day, they took a cherry blossom sightseeing cruise on the Capital Elite, one of the DC Entertainment Cruises fleet. We guess they always look good, despite the weather.


Trees and 'Stones!


Who can resist an invitation with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell? Last night, we also went to a celebration of the International Year of Forests at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Chuck, who’s a certified tree farmer, gave Tom a copy of his book, Growing a Better America.

Chuck joined The Second Amendments, a bipartisan band of Congressmen --Thad McCotter (R-MI), Kenny Hulshof (R-MO), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Dave Weldon (R-FL) --to play You've Got to Change Your Evil Ways, and 'Stones classic Brown Sugar.

Kentucky State Forester Leah MacSwords, American Forest Foundation CEO Tom Martin, and USDA Deputy Undersecretary Jay Jensen in the lobby, where Forest Exchange Boxes were displayed, created by children across the country.


Top Chefs!


We joined four of Washington's top chefs at GW Tuesday for a discussion on healthy eating and locally sourcing food. We snapped Todd Gray (Equinox Restaurant and, opening next month, Watershed), Nora Pouillon (Restaurant Nora), José Andrés (Jaleo, Café Atlántico, Oyamel, Zaytinya), and Spike Mendelsohn (We the Pizza, Good Stuff Eatery).


We caught Jose backstage talking to a surprise audience guest: White House Chef Sam Kass. Both have been actively involved in Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign. For more, don't forget to subscribe to the new Dining Bisnow; it comes out on Fridays.


Shopaholics for a Cause!


We went to the bi-annual District Sample Sale in two floors of an empty downtown office building Tuesday benefiting DC’s E.L. Haynes Public Charter School. GW’s Abbi Custis and Lesley Grier are with Occasions Caterers’ Kate Brannack.


Attendees, like Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran, scoured the racks, as 20 trendy boutiques, including Urban Chic, Ginger, The Shoe Hive, and Hysteria, offered huge bargains on their end-of-the-season clothes. Knowing a portion went to a good cause, plus enjoying cocktails, cupcakes, and hors d'oeuvres, didn’t hurt.


Two of the event co-founders, KPMG’s Shannon Haley and Neiman Marcus’ Liberty Jones, (along with co-founders Barbara Martin, Jayne Sandman, and Mary Amons) were happy with the turn-out.


Popchips’ Lauren Pomponio, 94.7 FM’s Tommy McFly, Popchips’ Heidi Myers, and Vorsight’s Candace Rapp played in the lounge.


Caitlin Byrnes, Jessica Sidman, Mary Kate Rasa, and Kristina D’Ambrosio contributed to this issue.


Thursday, March 31 from 6:30-10:00 PM, join 826 DC for An Evening with James Franco at the Hotel Monaco, 700 F St. NW, to raise funds for 826DC's free literacy and tutoring programs. VIP Reception, dinner. Tickets: $1000 VIP/$250 General Admission at www.826dc.org or joec@826dc.org.

Thursday, March 31 from 6:30-8:30 PM, join the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to kick off its 20th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Campaign at District Restaurant & Lounge, 2473 18th St. NW. Laura Evans of Fox 5 and former DC radio host Brian Egan emcee - 703-399-2918 or  shannon.york@lls.org.

Thursday, March 31 from 10:00 PM- Close, check out Party in the Patio at Smith Point, 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Join the Madison for this fundraising event benefitting No Greater Sacrifice (NGS). Suggested $5 donation, info.

Thursday, March 31 from 6:00 - 10:00pm visit the 50Give Tour Half-Time Party (benefits Falling Whistles) at Tommy Joe's, 4714 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda. $10 donation includes drink specials, raffle, and giveaways - info.

Thursday, March 31from 6-8 pm, at Dandelion Patch in G’town Park Mall, 3222 M St NW, for  Friends, Fashion & Fundraising to Benefit Fashion For Paws. Fornash hosts a trunk show, Queen Bee jewelry by Allison Priebe Brooks donates 100% of her proceeds to F4P, and Ladies DC celebrates this special evening dedicated to our furry friends. RSVP

Thursday, March 31 beginning at 9:00 PM, visit Thirsty Thursday Paw-ty (a Fashion For Paws Event benefiting the Washington Humane Society at Tattoo Bar, 1413 K St. NW. Drink specials and prizes. $15 donation at the door ($5/students) info

Thursday, March 31 beginning at 6:30 PM, join Daughters of Vartan for Cocktails for a Cause, a special fundraising event for Women's History Month at One Lounge, 1606 20th St NW. Benefits Mer Doon and the Armenian Bone Marrow Registry; suggested donation $10, info

Thursday, March 31 from 2:00 – 8:00 PM, visit the Cherry Blossom Betsey Party at Betsey Johnson Georgetown, 3029 M St. NW. Preview spring’s new collection, cupcakes, cocktails - info


Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, launch of Food Truck Thursdays Happy Hour at Chinatown Coffee Co., 475 H Street NW.  Every Thursday it will host a different food truck with drink specials and entertainment  – info

Thursday, March 31 from 6:30pm - 8:30 PM, visit the opening reception of Revive by Michelle Peterson-Albandoz at Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. Free, open to the public, info

Friday, April 1 from 6:00-9:30 PM, check out the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man of the Year DC Launch Party at Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW. Enjoy a complementary glass of champagne to launch a 10-week fundraising drive to fight blood cancers. $10 minimum donation, info.

Friday, April 1 from 2:00-8:00 PM, enjoy An Evening of Fashion with the Cherry Fund at Caramel, 1603 U St. NW. Models, designers, personal trainers and DC designer Andrew Nowell will gather for free refreshments and conversation benefitting a number of local nonprofits. Free and open to the public, info.

Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2 at 8PM. Washington Improv Theater's Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament returns for it's fifth year! 47 teams. Single-elimination competition decided by a fickle audience; only 1 team will win. Info

Friday, April 1 from 6:00-9:00 PM, join StreetWise Partners for Laugh for a Change DC at District Restaurant & Lounge, 2473 18th St. NW. Enjoy stand-up comedy, food and drink specials, and meet young professionals. Proceeds benefit StreetWise Partners - tickets: $20/presale, $25/door - info.

Friday, April 1 from 8:00 PM-12:00 AM, check out Uniting to Benefit Children, a fashion show to benefit abused and neglected children, at Caribbean Breeze Restaurant, 4100 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington, VA. Enjoy a fashion show, performers, celebrity guests, and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit CASA, Tickets: $75, info.

Friday, April 1 starting at 7:00 PM, check out members of the DC Press Corps battling to be named DC’s Funniest Journalist at the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. Washington Post Cartoonist Nick Galifianakis hosts, PBS’s Miles O’Brien headlines. Enjoy drink specials and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets: $15/presale, $20/door -  info.

Friday, April 1 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, check out the 4th Annual Design House at 3134 Ellicott St. NW. Meet the 21 designers and enjoy lunch and treats from Frosting. Proceeds benefit Children’s National Medical Center, rsvp.

Saturday, April 2 beginning at 6:30 PM, visit the 13th Annual AFCEA Bethesda Children’s Inn Gala at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Enjoy a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting the young residents of the Inn info

Saturday, April 2 Supernatural Soiree, includes catered food and beer/wine with ticket for SCENA Theatre’s haunting production of the award-winning play THE WEIR at H Street Playhouse, 1365 H Street NE. Play runs through April 24 (Thurs, Fri & Sat 8-9:30 pm and

Sunday 3-4:30 pm).Tickets: $18 - $40, www.scenatheater.org.

Saturday, April 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM, join the Young Benefactors Group for Sakura In Springtime at the Saki Asian Grille, 2473 18th St NW, to raise funds for the Institute for Responsible Citizenship and the American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund for Japanese tragedy relief. Cocktails, Japanese small plates, fashion demonstration. Tickets: $25-$35  here.

Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, take part in a good cause at a Bake Sale for Japan at Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street, NW. ALL proceeds will go towards a non-profit organization dedicated to helping support the Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief - www.bakesaleforjapandc.com

Saturday, April 2 from 1:00-5:00 PM, join Circe of Alexandria in kicking off Earth Month with a Beauty for Good salon party at Circe of Alexandria, 123 N. Washington St., Alexandria. Enjoy discounted makeup services with proceeds benefiting the American Rivers Organization, www.CirceofAlexandria.com

Saturday, April 2 from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM, enjoy Cherry Blossom Family Fun Day at The Yards Park, 10 Water St. SW. Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival with crafts for kids and adults, sake tasting, sushi, and martial arts performances. Free to the public, info.

Saturday, April 2 from 8:00 PM-12:00 AM, check out Cherry Blast DC 2011: Art and Music Dance Party, at 700 Water St. SE. Enjoy this multi-media festival party with DJs, visual and performance artists and fireworks. Tickets: $10, info

Sunday, April 3 starting at 1:00 PM, join journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, a sthey discuss and sign their new book, Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families. Free to the public, info.

Sunday, April 3 starting at 8:00 PM, see Lil’ Wayne LIVE at LOVE Nightclub, 1350 Okie St. NE. and an official concert after-party. Tickets: $20+ - info

Sunday, April 3 from 6:00-9:00 PM, check out the Big Dance After Party at The Warehouse Theatre, 645 New York Ave. NW. Enjoy a live DJ following Monologue Madness. Tickets: $5, info

Monday, April 4 beginning at 7:30 PM, join the BSO at Strathmore for its first Chamber Music Series Concert at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville. With A Trio Two Ways. $18/advance; $20/door, info

Monday, April 4 from 7:00-10:00 PM, support Share Our Strength at its 23rd Annual Taste of the Nation DC at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Enjoy food and wine from 75 of the city’s finest chefs, restaurants, mixologists and wine bars, DJs, silent auction. Tickets: $95 - info.

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