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November 15, 2011 


Join Porcelanosa on Thu, Nov 17 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, for a Grand Opening Celebration at its new showroom, 11500 Rockville Pike, to view the latest tile, kitchen, and bath products in its 9k SF "one stop shop." Cocktails, dinner, music. Free. RSVP and more info.

Last night we joined a fun crowd in Crystal City for Bisnow’s Schmooz-a-que at fantastic new restaurant, Memphis Barbeque.

Memphis Barbeque is the first restaurant from sister-brother duo Yolanda George Thurman and Chris George; they flank GM Lauren Moses. They grew up in Memphis and wanted to bring a taste of home to this area. For Memphis BBQ, pork is king, while Texas BBQ focuses on beef; the city also combines the sweetness of Kansas City-style and vinegar of Carolina-style.

Sweet Potato DC

Guests enjoyed two hours of open bar, delicious grilled appetizers and world-class networking. Here, Hilburn Men's Clothier’s Shelly Presley and her husband, Hague Quality Water’s Paul Presley, surround McLean Mortgage’s Stephanie Cafferty and Lindsay Simmons.

Hudson Fall MSDC

Last night we tried traditional southern barbecue, like ribs and pulled pork topped with coleslaw, although we have to admit we loved the barbecue egg rolls. Here, WFP’s Victoria Kilcullen, consultant Julie Mariotti, Tishman’s G.R. Nicholas Holland, and Urban Igloo’s Debbie Kaplan.

Congrats to Barbara Anne Spignardo, who said she’s long wanted to be in The Scene Bisnow and can now cross it off her bucket list. She’s surrounded by Locke Lord's Christopher Hart, Forrest Reid, and John Carpenter.

Memphis Barbeque opens in Crystal City Dec 1; we’re sure they’ll be lined up around the block. Here, TL Solutions’ Mike Gargan with Global Computer Enterprises’ BC Shannon, Amy Afzall and Andrew Craig.


Long & Foster’s David Branch, Red Eagle Development’s Jeff Shinrock, and Verizon’s Patrick Mann.


Cap City!


We’re so excited for the Capital City Ball this Saturday, last night we also stopped by the pre-reception at the Embassy of Croatia. The gala started just four years ago to battle human trafficking; four charities will get a portion of the proceeds. One is WEAVE, whose exec director Jeni Gamble (right) is with Cap City exec committee members John Dunford and Tanya Lynn Sabel.


Acting Croatian Ambassador Vice Skracic center, tells us the Crotian wine they served is the ancestor to California Zinfandel. He’s flanked by executive committee members Bruce Fries and Liz Sara and ZipRealty’s Steve Kann


Guests munched Croatian cuisine like burek, a meat and cheese pastry, and pagaca, a bread you tear in pieces. Here, David Berkey, Courtney’s House founder Tina Frundt, Morgan Stanley’s Douglas LaBossiere and his wife Gloria, and Bernstein VP David Greene and his wife Gayle.


Just a few tickets are left for Saturday. We saw McDermott’s Sarah Preis, USAID’s Micaela White, and HRSA’s Deanna McPherson.

Jersey Boys!

We loved humming along to the songs of The Four Seasons at the opening night of the popular story of the band, Jersey Boys, at the National Theatre Saturday. Between Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, and Walk Like a Man, we can’t pick our favorite. Thanks Joan Marcus for this photo.


At the cast party at Carmine’s, we snapped Michael Lomenda and John Gardiner, who play The Four Seasons’ Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito. Before grabbing a bite of eggplant parm, they told us they love the cast’s camaraderie.


Carmine’s made a special peach cocktail. We snapped Jen Rider, ABC 7’s Natasha Barrett, and TBD’s Katherine Amenta.


Joseph Leo Bwarie, right, was able to reach really high notes in his role as Frankie Valli. He’s with BroadPoint Technologies’ Don Carnevale and Mix 107.3’s Chilli Amar.


The show’s in DC until Jan. 7, when it heads to Portland. Here, NBC 4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer and his wife Holly, Harry Reid’s Josh Alcorn and his wife Windows Catering’s Brianna—whose grandfather is the Four Seasons' Bob Gaudio, and BBO’s Temah Briggins.


Caitlin Byrnes and Heather Mahoney contributed to this issue.

Thursday, November 17 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, join Porcelanosa for its Grand Opening Celebration at the new Porcelanosa showroom, 11500 Rockville Pike, to view the latest tile, kitchen, and bath products in its 9,000 sq ft ‘one stop shop’. Cocktails, dinner, live music. Free, info / rsvp.


Friday, November 18 (all day), the Northern Virginia Women’s Business Conference at the National Conference Center, 18980 Upper Belmont Place, Lansdowne, VA. $210, info.


Tuesday, November 29 from 6:00 – 9:30 PM, the Washington Business Hall of Fame at the Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW. Proceeds help support children’s education through Junior Achievement. $800, info.

Tuesday, November 15 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Fundraiser: Avatar of A Dream at Indulj Restaurant & Lounge, 1208 U St NW. Proceeds benefit Dreaming Out Loud. $5, rsvp.

Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, the National Press Club’s 34th Annual Book Fair and Author’s Night fundraiser. Proceeds benefit scholarships and training for journalists. $5, info.

Tuesday, November 15 from 5:30 - 8:00 PM, #DCTweetup 27 at Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW. Enjoy this ‘non’-networking event for locals to put a face to a Twitter handle. Drink specials, rsvp

Tuesday, November 15, from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, DC Entrepreneurship Week Happy Hour at the Lost Society, 2001 14th St NW – register

Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 PM, the Signature Chefs Gala, hosted by the March of Dimes - National Capital Area at The Ritz Carlton, 1150 22nd St. NW. $200, info.

Wednesday, November 16 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM, L’Arte DiDare: the Art of Giving philanthropic auction and reception, presented by the Young Benefactors Group of the Institute for Responsible Citizenship, at the Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct., NW. $25, info.   

Wednesday, November 16 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Washington Ballet's Jeté Society Happy Hour at Topaz Hotel Bar, 1733 N St., NW. A portion of proceeds go to support its scholarship fund – info.

Wednesday, November 16 at 6:00 PM, the de Pizan Honors Gala, hosted by the National Women’s History Museum, at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. $250, rsvp

Wednesday, November 16 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation Gala – Be Beautiful, Be Yourself at the JW Marriott, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $500, info.

Wednesday, November 16 from 7:00 - 10:00 PM, Shoot for Change: PROJECT INSPIRATION at L2 Lounge, 3315 Cady's Alley, NW. Win a trip with photographer Walter Grio to cover Fashion Week in NY 2012. $20, rsvp required – info.

Wednesday, November 16 beginning at 7:00 PM, The Foundation for Social and Cultural Advancement’s 3rdAnnual Benefit Gala: Investing in the Whole Woman at the OAS, 17th St. and Constitution Ave. $100, info.

Thursday, November 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Jazz for Life Foundation’s Celebrity Bartender Fundraiser with Jazz artist Ski Johnson at District 2 Bar & Grille, 3238 Wisconsin Ave. NW – info.

Thursday, November 17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Loaves and Fishes fundraiser at Caramel Boutique, 1603 U St. NW. The silent auction benefitting Loaves and Fishes in its efforts to serve the homeless. Info.

Thursday, November 17 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM, Work Your Wardrobe to benefit Dress for Success at Urban Chic, Georgetown, 1626 Wisconsin Ave NW. Bring a donation of lightly-used professional attire for 20% off your purchase – info.  

Thursday, November 17 from 7:00 - 11:00 PM, Fashion Fights Poverty, featuring the Cold Fronts, at The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Pl. NW. $10, rsvp required - info.

Friday, November 18 at 8:00 PM, visit GALA Hispanic Theatre for a performance by Flamenco Algarabía and a special artist reception, part of the Annual Fuego Flamenco Festival , 3333 14th St NW. $40/single, $25/senior, student and military – info.

Saturday, November 19 from 6:30 – 11:59 PM, the 31st Annual Kidney Ball, featuring entertainment by KC & the Sunshine Band, at the Hilton Washington, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW. $350, info.

Saturday, November 19 from 8:00 – 11:59 PM. The Capital City Ball at the historic Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle NW. Open bar, dinner buffet, live band and silent auction. Proceeds support Bridge to Freedom, Courtney's House, HIPS and WEAVE $125+, info.

Saturday, November 19 beginning at 8:00 PM, Dancing in the Starlight, to benefit The Children’s foundation MidAtlantic, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $95, info.

Sunday, November 20 from 7:00 – 8:00PM, Enchanting Women Foundation presents The Phenomenal Woman 2011 Gala at The TOPAZ HOTEL, 1733 N St. NW - rsvp.

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