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January 3, 2011 
 
 
Welcome Back!

Visit our friends at Maoz Vegetarian near Dupont Circle for a vegan-friendly meal that meat-eaters will love too. 1817 M Street. Info here.

 
We welcomed the new year with friends and family at parties across town. Happy 2011!
 
Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld, who’s flanked by NBC 4’s Barbara Harrison and his wife Nancy.

Friends and neighbors of the Halle-Lamm family rang in the new year at an elegant black tie dinner for 40 with lobster and rack of lamb, before counting down to midnight. We snapped Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld, who’s flanked by NBC 4’s Barbara Harrison and his wife Nancy.

 
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Morgan Lewis’ Peter Halle and his wife, former ABA president and White & Case’ Carolyn Lamm hosted the dinner at their Forest Hills home. They’re with US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, Liz Friedman, Ambassador for Internati

Morgan Lewis’ Peter Halle and his wife, former ABA president and White & Case’ Carolyn Lamm hosted the dinner at their Forest Hills home. They’re with US Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, Liz Friedman, Ambassador for International Communications Phil Verveer, and US District Court Judge Paul Friedman.


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NYE with the ’Skins!

 
Christal Golston, with her husband ’Skins DE Kedric Golston.

We also stopped by the ’Skins Midnight Masquerade Ball at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons for New Year’s Eve. The party's organizer, Christal Golston, is with her husband ’Skins DE Kedric Golston.

Skins guard Derrick Dockery, with Dr. Alex Naini, former ‘Skin Ade Jimoh and wife Liz Jimoh.

Guests mingled with current and former players, and enjoyed an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment; two Super Bowl tickets were auctioned. Here, ‘Skins guard Derrick Dockery, with Dr. Alex Naini, former ‘Skin Ade Jimoh and wife Liz Jimoh.


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NYE at Smith Point!

 
UGA’s McCay Mercer, Frances Backus, Jane Blair, and Lauren Page.

We also stopped by the packed Smith Point in Georgetown on Friday to ring in 2011 with friends. Guests enjoyed an open bar and cover songs by local band Sick Feed. UGA’s McCay Mercer, Frances Backus, Jane Blair, and Lauren Page.

 
DLT Solution’s Paul Cross, Bloomingdales Heather Guay, HelloWashington’s Danielle Kambic, and David Freeman.

DLT Solution’s Paul Cross, Bloomingdales Heather Guay, HelloWashington’s Danielle Kambic, and David Freeman.


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New Year’s Day!

 
Bill and Betsy Delphos, Whitney Delphos, Deniz Sarhaddi, Sean Wehrly; (standing) Jacob Mullin, Catherine Pitcher, Ryan Wegman, Jordan Delphos, and Mike Wallace.

Bill and Betsy Delphos hosted their popular New Year’s Day party at their McLean home, serving delicious crab and corn chowder. We snapped: (seated) Whitney Delphos, Deniz Sarhaddi, Sean Wehrly; (standing) Jacob Mullin, Catherine Pitcher, Ryan Wegman, Jordan Delphos, and Mike Wallace.


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Congrats to Equinox!

 
Todd and Ellen Gray

Congrats to Todd and Ellen Gray, honored by Foodservice Monthly as 2011 Foodservice Leaders of the Year. The popular duo owns downtown’s Equinox Restaurant—and the soon-to-open Watershed. We snapped this of Todd last year with one of his talented cooks, Alan Miniacci, at Sugar and Champagne, a fun event they’ve supported for 10 years to raise funds for the Humane Society; mark your calendars now for this year’s, Feb 1.


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Congrats to Angie!

 
Angie Goff on the birth of her baby, Adora, named after Angie’s grandma, here with proud dad Robert Ellis

And congrats to WUSA 9’s Angie Goff on the birth of her baby, Adora, named after her grandma, here with proud dad Robert Ellis on her first stroll outside at the holiday tree at Reston Town Center.


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Congrats to Fridge and the Terps!

 
Ralph Friedgen, Adrian Moten

And congrats to popular UMD head coach Ralph Friedgen, who went out in style with a 51-20 win over ECU at the Military Bowl. The coach, who will be replaced by Connecticut’s Randy Edsall, is here with senior linebacker Adrian Moten. And congrats to Maryland football for winning its fifth bowl game in 10 years under the Fridge. Thanks to Alan Lessig for the photo.


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Congrats to Pam!

 
Pamela Sorensen
And congrats to Pamela Sorensen who, while the rest of us were partying, was training for the Scope It Out 5k for Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation on the beaches of Corolla, NC, in the Outer Banks. Since her blog is Pamela's Punch, she named her team for the March 20 run Power Punch.

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Congrats to Elliott!

 
Elliott Bisnow

And congrats to our Elliott Bisnow, named by MSNBC’s Beltway blog to #16 on its list of 35 under 35 who changed DC in 2010.

 

Kristina D’Ambrosio and Heather Mahoney contributed to this issue.


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WHERE TO BE SCENE:

 

Monday, January 3 from 10:00 – 11:00 PM, enjoy a Food Network Viewing Party at Founding Farmers, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Chef Robert Irvine will showcase Founding Farmers' Devil-ish Eggs Combo for The Best Thing I Ever Ate reinvented classics episode. Chef Irvine sampled the decadent snacks while visiting Washington, DC. Open to the public, www.WeAreFoundingFarmers.com.

Monday, January 2 beginning at 6:00 PM, enjoy Lower Dens, the latest local band to perform at Millennium Stage – The JFK Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW. Hailing from Baltimore, the band is performing for free, info: 202.467.4600 or kennedy-center.org.

Tuesday, January 4 beginning at 8:00 PM, enjoy a Drink and a Movie, a FREE double feature and themed drink specials event at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Continues until the 5th - open to the public, info: 202.667.4490 or www.blackcatdc.com

Wednesday, January 5 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, join DC Food Bloggers for its first January 2011 Happy Hour at Lyon Hall, 3100 Washington Blvd. Happy Hour deals include house-made franks & brats for $5, $5 SJF Cocktails, 1/2 price wine by the glass, and $3 Session beers. Lyon Hall will be extending their happy hour until 7:30pm. Open to the public, rsvp.

Wednesday, January 5 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, enjoy a Winter Display and Train Exhibit at Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallen Ave. Wheaton, MD. Lightshow via train winds through a miniature tree farm and forested parkland in the south conservatory. Free and open to the public, info: 301.962.1400 or www.brooksidegardens.org

Wednesday, January 5 from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM, visit the Blank Space SE Open House, Anacostia’s new destination for creativity to see an exhibition of photography courtesy of Critical Exposure. Urban Artistry will perform from 5-7pm. Open to the public, 202.365.8392 or www.blankspacese.com

Thursday, January 6 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, visit Yelp's Most Wanted Party at the National Crime and Punishment Museum.  Enjoy three hours of fun including exhibits on crime: investigate the filming studios for America's Most Wanted, fire off laser bullets at the shooting range and participate in a simulated high-speed police chase. Free and open to the public, info/rsvp: www.yelp.com

Thursday, January 6 beginning at 7:00 PM, historian Edmund Morris reads from and discusses Colonel Roosevelt, the final volume in his trilogy on the life of President Theodore Roosevelt (the first volume won the National Book Award) at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. A book signing follows. Info: 202.364.1919 or www.politics-prose.com

Thursday, January 6 from 6:30 – 11:30 PM, visit Exposed: The Poloroid Retrospective opening party at Sova Espresso and Wine, 1359 H St. NE. “Exposed" gathers more than 1,000 instant photos snapped by local photogs for what is sure to be an exercise in nostalgia. Info: 202.397.3080 or Exposed-The-Polaroid-Retrospective

Saturday, January 8 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM, WAG at the first annual Winter Wag-A-Thon with all proceeds benefitting the Washington Humane Society at Energy+Light+Control, 3214 O Street NW (downstairs).  Tickets: $10/person, (at the door or in advance) Includes silent auction with custom built dog homes; portraits, hotel stays; and gift cards. www.winterwagathon.org.

Tuesday, February 1 from 6:00 – 10:00 PM, Crystal Couture is calling for fashion designers in a unique T-Shirt Design Competition! Fashion designers of all skill levels are invited to submit proposals for custom T-shirt designs for the Feb. 1st judging and fashion show. The top designs will be showcased by professional models on the Crystal Couture runway and professionally photographed. Deadline is January 7 –awards include $200 cash and $100 to Morton’s – info: couture@crystalcity.org or www.crystalcity.org.

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