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The Scene Bisnow
Presented by WTOP
January 8, 2013
Tribute to
Robert Egger!

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Last night, we went to A Tribute to Robert Egger, hosted by NBC4's Jim Vance at The Hamilton Live.

Egger, the founder of DC Central Kitchen will head west to launch L.A. Kitchen. We snapped him (second from right) with National Geographic fellow Barton Seaver, Think Food Group acclaimed chef Jose Andres, and former Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman.

DCCK serves up 10,000 balanced meals every day, packed with fresh, local produce. The meals are delivered to homeless shelters, after-school programs, and low-income residents. Washington Jesuit Academy’s Gregory Naleski, Brian Ray, and William Whitaker flank Georgetown University Woodstock Theological Center’s Rev. Ray Kemp (in sweater).

DC Central Kitchen chef Rock Harper, Veronica Rock, and 1789 Restaurant’s Anthony Lombardo.


We joined Ladies DC and Dance Trance for A Healthy New You at Balance Gym Thomas Circle and the after party at Lincoln. We snapped EO’s Christina Frisina, Plan International USA’s Katie Appel, and research associate Tanya Rosenblut. Since everyone still believes their New Year's resolutions will happen, later we joined the group by spending more time with their family and visiting Paris.

Ladies DC is the local chapter of Ladies America, a national network of young, professional women, with over 2,000 local members. Dance Trance DC is a dance fitness company that creatively combines Top 40 music with choreography and aerobics. The evening helped busy women meet their ‘13 fitness goals. Here, make up artist Shadi Mofakhami, Costia boutique’s Emily Diaz, and Beveridge & Diamond’s Justine Nguyen.


A panel of experts shared their best practices to set personal and professional goals in the coming year. Here, Ladies America’s Lindsey Mask, Dance Trance DC’s Sarah Sands, and Sweetgreen’s Alia Khayrullina.

Al Dente!


Roberto Donna, famed chef of Galileo, is now the chef of Al Dente on New Mexico Ave, a fun, informal neighborhood spot with great Italian food. He’s also one of the chefs at two amazing evenings, Sips & Suppers, supporting DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table. On Jan. 26, Sips features top chefs and mixologists preparing signature dishes and drinks at the Newseum for 500 guests. On Jan. 27, Suppers features celebrity chefs creating intimate dinners in two dozen homes across the city. Although Roberto’s dinner is sold out, a few spots remain with other top chefs, so don’t delay: sipsandsuppers.org


Al Dente owner Hakan Ilhan is the embodiment of the American dream. He came here from Turkey and has more than a dozen eateries to his name. He opened Al Dente as La Forchetta in the spring but changed the name in the fall to avoid an argument with a similarly named restaurant.


Why doesn’t our arugula salad look like this? (Maybe because we don’t roast beets, then shave thin slices under the greens?)


Alfredo Flores contributed to this issue.


Tuesday, January 8, 4:00 - 7:00 PM, Suited for Change Sale at Suited for Change, 1010 Vermont Ave. NW, Ste 900. Money raised by the sale supporta the mission to provide free professional attire, and job readiness training to low-income women throughout. Free, info.

Tuesday, January 8, 7:00 PM, DC Tech Meetup #19: Demos & Investor Reverse Pitches at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. Free, info.

Wednesday, January 9, 5:00 - 9:00 PM, Corcoran Uncorked: Grand Opening & Book Party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. meet chefs & sample dishes! Free, info.

Wednesday, January 9, 6:00 PM, Opening Reception: Indigenous Ceremonial Dress of Guatemala at AMA | F Street Photo Gallery, 1889 F St. NW. Free, info.

 Wednesday, January 9, 7:00 PM, MobileMovie Film Festival at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. free admission, info.

Thursday, January 10, - 5:00 9:00 PM, Xchange DC: Fashion Swap at Mellow Mushroom Adams Morgan, 2436 18th St. NW. raise awareness of the fashion industry’s impact on the environment by providing a space for people to exchange ideas, styles and clothing with each other. Free, rsvp.

Thursday, January 10, 5:30 PM, Macy's Inauguration 2013 - Fashion Show- Stepping Out In Style at Macy's Metro Center, 1201 G St. NW. Includes free event with runway show, band, DJ and refreshments, info.

Thursday, January 10, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, Washington Ballet's Jeté Society Happy Hour at Ping Pong Dim Sum (Dupont), 1 Dupont Circle. Portion of proceeds benefit the Jete Society – free entry, info.

Thursday, January 10, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, 2nd Thursday Art Night: Wintry Mix at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Alexandria. The free monthly event to browse studios, interact with artists, and enjoy refreshments while taking part in special monthly programming and activities,  info.

Friday, January 11, 7:00 - 11:00 PM, Bridge to Freedom Foundation Cocktail Gala at The Westin Georgetown, 2350 M St. NW. $50, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, dancing, and a lavish silent auction, info.

Saturday, January 12, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Three Year Anniversary Party at Paradise Springs Winery, 13219 Yates Ford Rd.Clifton, VA. $10, info.

Saturday, January 12-13,1:00 - 5:00 PM, 1K Wine Walk at Crystal City Shops, 2200 Crystal Dr. Arlington. $40, info.


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