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July 1, 2008


One of the great new condominiums of the region has opened its doors: Lionsgate, in the heart of Bethesda. We believe it will become a well-known landmark of luxury and convenience. See their ad to right, and tell 'em we sent you!


Did you think Washington closed down for the summer?  No way, plenty of parties still—some of them put on by those great mags that usually cover them.


That's the soiree Capitol File held for beautiful young people at National Harbor last Thursday. Here, on a boat ride from G-Town to get there, were Philippe Cousteau, founder of Earth Echo International (and, yes, grandson of Jacques) with friend Victoria Michael.


The party continued at the Gaylord Hotel (now the biggest hotel on east coast, in the middle of National Harbor), where Sarah Rosenwinkel, biz dev whiz at Wireless Simplexity, along with real estate developer John Cecchi and Miss DC 2008, Kate Marie Grinold, danced the night away.


Also mingling: Matt Lowe of NERA Economic Consulting and Amer Ahmed of Williams & Connolly law firm, with Tara DeNicolas with the Washington Humane Society and Kristen Good.


Things have come full circle when the real estate crowd (Kettler founder Bob Kettler, left) and techies (AOL Vice Chairman and Caps Owner Ted Leonsis) dress alike. We saw them Friday night at the E Street Cinemas for the debut of Ted's latest documentary, a hit at Sundance, called "Kicking It," which follows down-on-their-luck folks from several countries who use their soccer skills to compete for a "Homeless World Cup." The point of the movie is people can kick  drugs and alcohol and anger by channeling their energies into sport. "It all starts with a ball," Ted says.


Other investors, and believers, in the movie: local tech mogul Raul Fernandez, wife Jean-Marie, and Washington Life publisher Soroush Richard Shehabi, who co-hosted the after-party. Raul and Jean-Marie plan to spend parts of their summer at their house in Miami and hiking, biking, and riding with kids in Telluride.


One of the stars of the movie, former homeless soccer player Greg Holley from Charlotte, right, came in for the party; with him Washington Life Editor-in-chief Nancy Bagley and Kicking It producer Rick Allen. Greg, nicknamed "Swagger" by friends, tells us he's working on a CD.


GeniusRocket CEO Mark Walsh with former XM Satellite CEO Hugh Panero. Mark says he's busy creating viral videos for Heinz in its launch of spicy jalapeno peppers; his firm puts out "RFBs"  (Requests for Brilliance) to readers of its site to design ads for clients. As for Hugh, who's been counting his money in semi-retirement as the world awaits an XM-Sirius merger, he says he's become "butler, driver, and banker" for his 11 and 14 year old kids.


Amazing how that event has mushroomed into a must attend for all foodies—hat's off to the late Joan Hisaoka for this master culinary creation. And, now, the envelope:
2008 Chef of the Year Eric Ziebold of Cityzen with 2007 Chef of the Year Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve.
Rising Culinary Star of the Year Barton Seaver (chef and co-owner of Hook, formerly chef at Cafe St. Ex.) with Esquire and Wine Spectator's John Mariani.

Fine Dining of the Year went to Equinox: owners Todd and Ellen Gray (and son, in front) with staff membes and Bon Appetit editor-in-chief Barbara Fairchild (far right). 

And now for those of you who like to sink your teeth into all the food details:

Neighborhood Gathering Place of the Year: Hank's Oyster Bar
Hottest Bar Scene of the Year: Central Michel Richard
Power Spot of the Year: The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Voters' Choice Restaurant of the Year: The Monocle
New Restaurant of the Year: The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year: Equinox
Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year: Poste Brasserie
Chef of the Year: Eric Ziebold, CityZen
Restaurant Employee of the Year: Joel Guagliano, Zaytinya
Pastry Chef of the Year: Heather Chittum, Hook
Wine and Beverage Program of the Year: Passion Food
Restaurant Manager of the Year: Molly McWhorter, Chef Geoff's Rising Culinary Star of the Year: Barton Seaver, Hook

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