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April 5, 2011 
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Last night, we joined chefs and mixologists from more than 80 top DC restaurants for Share our Strength's Taste of the Nation at the Building Museum.


We snapped LongView Gallery's Siobhan Gavagan between Graffiato's Mike Isabella and Rogue 24's RJ Cooper, who previewed dishes from their soon-to-open restaurants. RJ is also Chef Chair of the event for the third straight year.

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Jorden Burt's Eric Combs, Sutherland's Evan Taylor, Lululemon's Carolyn Manning, and LongView Gallery's Suzi Molak.

Bibiana's Nick Stefanelli, BLT Steak's Victor Albisu, and PS7's Pete Smith went head-to-head in a cooking showdown. Nick took home the win.

Share Our Strength founder/exec director Billy Shore tells us his favorite dish was Mike Isabella's beef panini. The event raised more than $200,000 to fight child hunger.

Share Our Strength restaurant committee member Cindy Chang, Deloitte's Emilia Retta, and Department of Labor's Jennifer Amore.




We sipped one-of-a-kind cocktails at the 1869 Society's sold-out Artini at The Corcoran Saturday night. 12 DC restaurants created art-inspired cocktails for the evening; guests voted for their favorite. We snapped Podesta Group's Katie Beck, Heather Freeman PR's Lindley Thornburg, DOJ's Brooks Weilbacher, and Hill staffer Maureen Beach.


FINRA's Leavy Mathews, Arts for the Aging's Janine Tursini, and Hamiltonian Gallery's Jacqueline Ionita.


Guests walked through the gallery between drinks and dancing to DJ Neekola's music. Gannett's Tessa Wilkin, Booz Allen's Emily Hunt, KPMG's Danielle Holyoke, and Booz Allen's Hillary Lerner.


The prize for best drink went to Coleman’s Juice by Art and Soul’s Ronald Flores, which was inspired by a William Christenberry sculpture. Here, Robert Indiana Catalog Raisonné’s Erin Barnes and Lakeside Medical's Brenda Jacobson.


For Love of Sight!


The Foundation Fighting Blindness hosted the For Love of Sight Visionary Awards dinner at Mellon Auditorium last week. NBC News' Andrea Mitchell emceed; the foundation has raised $425 million in 40 years as the leading non-government retinal research funder.


DDC Advocacy’s B.R. McConnon, Brownstein Hyatt’s Judy Black and Charlie Black. Thanks to Dave Roddy for the photos.


Design House!


We got a sneak peak at this year’s Design House at 3134 Ellicott St NW, completely redecorated by the area’s top designers. Liz Levin Interiors’ Stuart McCormick and Liz Levin redid the foyer. All the designers donated their services, and all proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital.


Barbara Franceski Interior Design redid the family room. There’s a preview party on April 8; it opens officially the next day for a month.


Jessica Sidman and Caitlin Byrnes contributed to this issue.

TODAY thru Saturday, April 16, from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM, visit FLASH Crystal City exhibit in the penthouse (12th & 13th Floors) of 2450 Crystal Drive in Arlington. Relax in the photo lounge and sip great wine and beer from the Washington Wine Academy.  The final night, 4/16 closing party sponsored by Bisnow with DJ Adrian Loving. Don’t miss out; this is your last opportunity to see this explosion of photography in Crystal City – open to the public, info.

Tuesday, April 5 from 6:00-9:00pm, join Gather the Jews for happy hour and awards for Guy & Girl of the Year at One Lounge, 1606 20th St NW. Donations and raffle support Victims of Terror Fund through The Jewish Federation. Drink specials with $5 donation. Info.

Tuesday, April 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, join Executives Without Borders and World T.E.A.M. Sports for Miles of Hope at Smith & Wollensky, 1112 19th St NW, to support wounded veterans and other participants as they make an historic bike ride to Gettysburg. Presentation by Ambassador L. Paul Bremer. Tickets: $15, info

Tuesday, April 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, visit The Corcoran Gallery of Art ’s Put a Corc in It at the Renaissance M Street Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave NW. Light hors d' oeuvres and cocktails and group exhibition Road Trip Memories series. Open to the public, info

Tuesday, April 5 from 6:45-9:00 PM, enjoy a performance by SheshBesh at the American University’s Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The Arab-Jewish ensemble of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Middle Eastern and classical music plus original compositions. Open to the public, rsvp.

Tuesday, April 5 from 8:00-10:00 PM, test your trivia at Stump!

Trivia at Madam’s Organ Restaurant and Bar, 2461 18th St. NW. Compete in teams of up to 6 to win gift certificates - info.

Wednesday, April 6 from 9:00 PM-12:00 AM, join Videotheque and the American Red Cross for a Discotheque Fundraiser to Support the Relief Effort in Japan at Science Club, 1136 19th St. NW. Donations benefit the disaster relief fund, info

Wednesday, April 6 from 1:00-2:00 PM, check out Nature’s Notebook: Exploring the Pace of the Planet from Your Own Backyard at the Department of the Interior Museum, 1849 C St. NW. Enjoy this presentation of the science behind the blooming cherry blossoms. Free to the public, info.  

Wednesday, April 6 beginning 6:30 PM, join N Street Village for its Annual Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 1300 Maryland Ave, SW.  Cocktails and hors d' oeuvres begin at 6:30pm, dinner at 7:30pm. Tickets: $500, info

Wednesday, April 6 beginning at 7:00 PM, visit the Sitar Arts Center celebrating its students’ work at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St NW. Enjoy performances, Mexican food and drinks hosted by Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan. Tix starts at $250. info

Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM, visit the Celebration of Hope Gala benefiting the Wellness Community at The Fairfax, 2100 Massachusetts Ave, NW. Tickets: $250, include reception. Seated dinner, awards program, raffle and live auction –  info

Thursday, April 7 from 6:00 – 8:30 PM, join the AprilMay Foundation for Talk Teal at Muléh, 1831 14th St NW, to combat sexual assault and abuse. Cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cupcakes by Frosting, music by Deejay Neekola. Tickets: $35 at info.  

Thursday, April 7 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, join Art Soiree and CSAAC to celebrate the cherry blossom season and a great cause at L2 Lounge, 3315 Cady's Alley NW. This is the first exhibit in its ART CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE series presenting cherry blossom inspired work by adults with autism. $10 donation, rsvp.

Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM, visit the CrisisLink Annual Gala - Link Up and Live at the Carnegie Institution for Science, 1535 P St NW. CrisisLink is the area’s leader in crisis and suicide prevention, intervention, and response services. $150/person, info.


Friday, April 8 from 6:30-9:30 PM, join the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative for its 2011 Spring Gala at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW.  Enjoy fine wines, appetizers, a silent auction and music on this night of awards and honors, with Honorary Chair Mayor Vincent Gray. Tickets: $75, $125/VIP info

Saturday, April 9 from 8:00 PM-12:00 AM, check out the Fashion for Paws 2011 Runway Show at the National Building Museum, 440 G St. NW. This cutting-edge fashion show benefits the Washington Humane Society. Tickets: $95, info.

Sunday, April 10 from 6:00-10:00 PM, check out the 8th Annual Blue Jeans Ball at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Rd. NW. Enjoy food and drink tastings, a silent auction and support the Capital Area Food Bank with Honorary Event Chair Mayor Vincent Gray. Tickets: $150, info
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