NFTE is Nifty

At Wednesday night's annual NFTE Dare to Dream Gala, the big announcement was that NFTE was changing it's name. But how!? Why!? NFTE was so nifty! Well, it still will be. The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship will now be the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship. Still totally NFTE.

And the cause of the program is totally nifty as well. Since 2006 I have been a supporter of this middle/high school elective course that teaches youth to build up their potential and consider creating their own businesses.

The speaker's podium was a veritable roundrobin of rockstars. From Gala Chair Don Peebles, speakers Senator Mark Warner, Mayor Adrian Fenty, and Honoree Mark Ein, to Mistress of Ceremonies (and 17 year old entrepreneur) Jada Nicome, attendees had the chance to learn a bit about why entrepreneurs are interested in helping other entrepreneurs to succeed. And a showcase of the students' wares allowed them an introduction to the youths' business plans - and the chance to be an early patron!

A big thank you to Vice Chair Caroline Alexander for allowing me to join her at her table and network with some professional, philanthropic and personable new friends.

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LTL: Chas. Schwartz & Sons Vintage/Estate Jewelry

Paul Pastor of Chas. Schwartz & Sons talks with me about how vintage and estate jewelry sales are hot items in the current economy.

Natalie Merchant in Town for Poetry Performance

You just might spot Natalie Merchant in your wanderings around the District today.

She and some other special guests are in town for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Poetry Foundation's announcement of the 2009 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

Twelve of the 53 state champions will advance to compete in the National Finals on Tuesday, April 28. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will award a total of $50,000 in scholarship prizes and school stipends. Singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant will give a special performance of poetry-inspired songs. Special guest judges include radio personality Garrison Keillor, actress Tyne Daly, poets Patricia Smith and Luis Rodriguez. Scott Simon of National Public Radio will serve as master of ceremonies.

Suited for Change

I won't be able to attend this worthy event because I will be at Print vs. Post with Andrew Keen and Peter Shankman, but in case media is not your cup of tea...

My friend Barbara Merola is chairing an event for Suited for Change, the Suite PurSuit After Party, on the May 13th from 8:30 - 11:00. Suited for Change provides professional clothing and ongoing career and life skills education to low-income women to increase their employment and job retention potential and to contribute to their economic independence.

Tickets to the event at Hudson Restaurant (21st & M Street) are $25 - including 2 drink tickets courtesy of Emperor Vodka - with 100% of donations used to expand Suited for Change career and life skills programs and ensure women have the confidence and tools to achieve economic independence. Check here for tickets and more information.

The District Dish @ Peacock Grand

Tonight we filmed The District Dish at Peacock Grand Cafe, which is celebrating it's first anniversary this week. Massive thank you goes out to owner Shahab Farivar, who was overly generous and hospitable. Can't wait for you to see this week's webisodes with some 'big time' guests! Wednesday will be Becky Lee, finalist on Survivor: Cook Island!

The popular K Street spot, which is sister to the perhaps-most-popular-brunch-spot-in-DC, Peacock Cafe, on Prospect Street in Georgetown, serves similar fare. We enjoyed some yummy pizza - I highly recommend the seafood pie... with shrimp, calamari and capers, it's a tasty treat you won't expect!

Smithsonian YB Gala: Roaring Twenties

The Wall Street crash of 1929 might have ended the era, but it certainly didn't kill the spirit! The Roaring Twenties were a time when everything seemed to be feasible through modern technology - much like today!

In celebration of the time when amusement, fun, lightness and Jazz were King, the Smithsonian Young Benefactors will hold their annual gala on Saturday, May 16 (8 - 11 p.m.) at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture (8th and F streets NW).

Lindy Hop and Charleston to the big band music of Raggs & The All-Stars, and feel good knowing that proceeds from ticket sales (for a limited time $90 members/$140 non-members) and auction purchases will benefit The Smithsonian Associates and the Young Benefactors’ Culture4Kids Fund, which provides opportunities for local youth to attend Discovery Theater performances and Smithsonian Summer Camp.

*The Smithsonian Young Benefactors is the largest museum-based membership organization of more than 1,000 young professional Washingtonians who are devoted to the future of the Smithsonian Institution. Members are culturally interested, active professionals who support the Smithsonian by building awareness, fundraising events and volunteer activities.

K Street Kate and The District Dish need an intern!

If you are a student looking for college credit in journalism/communications, or perhaps just interested in learning about new media, consider applying for an internship with K Street Kate/The District Dish.

Learn about personal branding, blogging, web site design, booking guests for talk show appearances, and so much more. The best candidates will have some experience or knowledge of new media and the in's and out's of DC.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter detailing why you are interested in the position to kate@kstreetkate.net by Wednesday, May 6th. Finalists will be asked to produce a video resume explaining their interest. Finalist videos will be available on K Street Kate TV.

The Keen/Shankman Media Showdown!

Do you believe that new media is leading to a new age of news journalism? Or do you think nothing can trump tradition? Or maybe you're a communications professional who is still taking it all in??

K Street Kate is sponsoring a can't miss media event in Washington, DC that will help you to make up your mind on the debate: Print vs. Post.

Recently, Andrew Keen has fueled the fire by declaring the demise of Web 2.0, but Peter Shankman holds strong to his belief that new media will lead us into a new generation of news journalism.

On May 13, 2009 these media personalities will finally come together to debate the benefits and consequences of traditional and new media. Moderator, Dr. Mark Drapeau will facilitate this timely and essential discussion. Nomatter which side of the debate you find yourself, you won't want to miss it!

When: May 13, 2009, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Where: TBD

Purchase VIP and General Admission tickets on the website.

Paula Mendoza Jewelry Designs

I got a ton of compliments on my jewelry last night... and it wasn't even mine! HUGE thank you to Paula Mendoza for lending me a pair of her gorgeous emerald earring designs to complement my cocktail dress for a busy evening of charity activities.

Paula is more than your traditional Colombian beauty. She is a passionate, exuberant and talented artist who takes inspiration from the world around her. Her current collection, Cave of Wonders, drew from her experiences travelling to Vietnam.

What I love most about Paula's art is the rawness and nonconformity. Instead of shiny polished emeralds, she chose instead uncut stones and amorphous shapes that bring out the true beauty and personality in the woman who wears them.

See for yourself! Paula Mendoza jewelry can be found around DC at:
Keith Lippert Gallery
Saks Jandel, and
Tabandeh

Celebrate to Educate

Last night at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, the most well-dressed crowd in Washington gathered together to celebrate education and the work of the Lazarus Foundation.

Highlights of the evening were the selection of the attendee-chosen "best dressed" awards, which won $500 gift certificates to Bloomingdale's (women) and Zegna (men), a raffle for a trip for two to Jamaica - we were only 1 number off!!! - and a brief keynote given by Vernice Armour, America's first African American female combat pilot.
At left, Pamela takes pictures of Tiffany Carter and Paula Mendoza before selecting her best-dressed choices.

Amer Ahmed, Matt Lowe and his mother, always willing to help a worthy cause.

Dr. Mark Drapeau and Kathleen Kenney just met, but they are already complimenting each others' sense of style.

The first cocktail party fundraising event held by the Lazarus Foundation will be followed by a golf tournament held in Montego Bay, Jamaica in May.

Georgetown House Tour Patron's Party

Unfortunately a quick stop on a busy night, the Georgetown House Tour Patron's Party is now a K Street Kate annual tradition.

The Patron's party was the grand idea of the one-and-only Mrs. Frida Burling, who at 93 years young has her hands in more community and philanthropy activities than any of us could ever hope to! It is a celebration in appreciation of the owners who have allowed their homes to be on the tour and of those volunteers who work so hard to make the day a beautiful and successful one.

This year's party was held at St. John's church adjacent to the DC Design House (which is the church rectory). The DC Design House showcaes the talents of 15 area designers to benefit Children's National Medical Center. Our favorite room may have been the library, designed by Sarah Wessel.

Check it out for yourself at the Georgetown House Tour this Saturday, April 25th!

Party Night!

Tonight we're partying like it's Thursday... because it is!

But on your party pumps and meet me out at either:

The Georgetown House Tours Patrons party - this event is in appreciation for the homeowners, businesses, and volunteers who serve to make the annual Georgetown House Tour an incredible and memorable experience. C.C. Chritakos will be on The District Dish Friday telling us all about this year's house tour and what goes into making the event such a spectacular one. You especially won't want to miss the DC Design House. Special thanks to Nancy Margaret Ray Adler for her generous hostessing for tonight's event.

Celebrate to Educate - benefiting The Lazarus Foundation, who's mission is to provide at-risk and disadvantaged high school and college youth financial support, educational services and counseling. Tonight at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, for only $100, you will enjoy an open bar from 6-9 and the chance to win prizes, including a raffle for a trip for 2 to Jamaica! Plus, DJ Neekola is spinning, so you know you'll need your dancing shoes on!

And if that isn't enough... my good friend Tony Hudgins is opening the newest Velocity Five Restaurant and sports bar tonight at 2300 Clarendon Blvd. The patio will be open to enjoy some wonderful weather!

Sweet Charity

How sweet it is! The Heart of America Foundation®'s annual Sweet Charity event and Chocolate Fashion Show is coming up on Monday, May 11, 2009 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Mandarin Oriental (1330 Maryland Avenue).

What should you expect at Sweet Charity?

A special celebration of literary classics - the theme of The Des Alpes Chocolate Fashion show...

Sweet and Savory treats from over 40 of Washington, D.C.'s award-winning chefs...

Former NFL star, Ken Harvey in attendance and accepting the Hero of the Heart Award...

Other special guests, including Duff Goldman, Food Network star and Owner of Charm City Cakes and Analeigh, Winner of America's Next Top Model Cycle 11...

And ME to be wearing the Sweet Charity costume!

Don't miss it! Purchase tickets at www.heartofamerica.org ($95 advance purchase$115 at the Door$760 group of 10 tickets) For VIP tickets, call Michelle Mobley at 202.347.6278

Toby Keith @ NPC

I promised Victoria Michael some great country tunes if she would accompany me to hear Toby Keith speak at a luncheon at the National Press Club today. I didn't deliver. TK didn't sing a note. (Dolly did!)

What TK did do was a lot of talking about how the media misrepresented his songwriting intentions and didn't give him due credit for his work with the USO... completely unpaid work which he does because his Father was a serviceman, and though Toby never served, he has ultimate respect for those who make sacrifices for our freedoms.

He'll be leaving in a day or two on an 11 day tour to entertain the troops with almost 25 unique concert performances.

Even with coaxing we couldn't get a few bars of "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue" out of him, but we did get this quip... "I'm not sorry I wrote the song. Not sorry I'm patriotic. And I never apologize."

Mayor Fenty Unveils DC Green Agenda

It was hard to bite my tongue and not tell you about this one in advance, but the day is finally here!

To commemorate Earth Day 2009 (that's actually tomorrow (Wednesday), people!), Mayor Adrian M. Fenty today announced the Green DC Agenda - a blueprint for a healthier, more sustainable city, including action items from agencies across the District Government.

“When it comes to the environment, we strive to set an example for cities across the country and around the world,” said Mayor Fenty. “The Green DC Agenda demonstrates how our agencies are prioritizing environmental stewardship, and will drive the District toward being as green as humanly possible.”

Through seven themes, you can see DC's commitment to greening in: Homes, Schools, Neighborhoods and Community, Parks and Natural Areas, Transit and Mobility, Business, Jobs and Economic Development, and City and Government Operations.

“What we are building is really a government model of sustainability and accountability,” said George Hawkins, Director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE). “We also have a Green Pledge, where District residents can commit to doing their part.”

Other big news at the plan unveiling... plans to increase the District’s tree canopy from 34.8 percent to 40 percent. As a first step toward the canopy goal, Mayor Fenty, Directors Hawkins and Klein, Chief Procurement Officer, David Gragan, and representatives of Casey Trees planted 9 trees of various species and sizes at River Terrace Elementary School in Ward Seven.

Toby Keith is Coming!

Ok all of you country music fans! Toby Keith is coming to the National Press Club for a luncheon tomorrow, and K Street Kate has an extra ticket for one lucky reader.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

Use a form of media (e-mail, twitter, video, blog comment...get creative!) to explain to me why you should be chosen to attend. (Don't forget to let us know how to get in touch with you!) The most unique will have the chance to meet Mr. Keith and see if he's "As Good as [He] Once Was."

Winner announced by 10 pm this evening.

Good luck!

Miss Maryland Galaxy 2009

Miss USA was crowned last night, and just hours before, some local ladies were crowned as well. But they won't be competing for Miss USA, they will be competing for the title of Teen Miss, Miss, Ms. and Mrs. Galaxy International.

I served as an emcee, along with the fabulous Isaac Thweat, for this competition in Rockville, MD yesterday afternoon. The Galaxy pageants provide an opportunity for women of all ages and life situations to boost their self confidence and compete to be a Queen.

Evaggelia Zervos (above, right) took home the 'Miss' title last night, and was so shocked and surprised that she didn't even understand that her name had been called!

At left is the new 'Teen Miss" winner, Alexis Gore, with some of her court.

And here I am with Ms. Belleza Latina 2009, Yolanda Makle (@Yolanda_Makle on Twitter), a national titleholder (who happens to be local) who was visiting - and generously helping backstage!




Spy Museum hosts Monthly Community

Many will tell you it's the best museum in the city - but it's one of the only that is not free to the public. Regular admission will set you back $18, unless you sign up for a the International Spy Musuem's new Community Nights (free!), held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Check out the world's largest publically displayed collection of international espionage artifacts. Explore interactive exhibits about disguise, surveillance, threat analysis and more! Discover the history of spying - they even did it in Biblical times! Read more and to sign up here.

Saks Benefit for Washington Ballet

Thursday night at Saks, there were five positions of fashion.

1st: Saks, THE Artist Agency, and the Washington Ballet teamed up for a first rate evening of fashion and fun at the Chevy Chase store.
2nd: Models from THE (K Street Kate, included) walked the 'runway' wearing Saks trends for Spring.
3rd: Host, Barbara McConaghy explained how to mix and match each outfit to get the most out of every trend.
4th: Guests enjoyed the show, seminar, and shopping!
5th: Proceeds from the evening benefited the Washington Ballet.

The Washington Ballet is preparing for their season closer, pastForward. What will you be wearing?

The District Dish Launch Party

Thanks to all who came out for our launch party for The District Dish! New webisodes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday... but check out these pics to see how we dished it out for our grand launch (more will be posted to our Facebook Fan Page - are you a fan??):









Let's Talk Live Launch Party

Tuesday night's Let's Talk Live launch party at West Elm was a celebration of the talk show on News Channel 8 that I've been working on since January. (I do the sales segments...)

Hosted by DC Magazine, the guests were an eclectic mix of the city's finest, including many who have already been featured on the show and those who want to hobnob with the movers and shakers. I was totally hobnobbing.

Pictured, I am with George Worrell and LaNora Williams-Clark, image by Moshe Zusman.

Juli B Shoe Contest

I'm never one to keep you from getting all the great news on deals around the city... so when Peter Abrahams of Modern Luxury asked me to post this, I knew I couldn't keep this contest to myself. Enter to win... and read Juli B as your complement to K Street Kate for all the great features of the city.

Founding Farmers is Good and Green

Being green is gold these days, and with the additional environmental focus of the current Administration, expect Earth Day Celebration 2009 to be wind-turbine blowin' big time!

Here in the District, we have such a grand sustainable story to tell - not the least of which is the latest and greatest on the 'food front.' Did you know DC had the nation's first certified organic restaurant? (Restaurant Nora is YUM!) And more are adding to the mix every day.
Earth Day 2009 marks a very special and very significant occasion for Founding Farmers . Wednesday, April 22, the restaurant will be officially certified as the first LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) restaurant in the District of Columbia, and the first full-service, upscale-casual restaurant in the entire United States to achieve LEED® Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

“We have set a new benchmark for restaurants to be more environmentally friendly with LEED Gold certification of Founding Farmers,” said Dan Simons, Principal of Vucurevich Simons Advisory Group, the management and operations company for the restaurant. “This is an important achievement, not only for the hospitality industry, but for the ownership collective of more than 42,000 American family farmers whose food we bring directly to Founding Farmers,” added fellow VSAG Principal Michael Vucurevich.

“The certification of Founding Farmers is a prime example of how, through buildings, human systems integrate with natural systems,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. “The LEED credits are designed to address environmental, social and economic imperatives, and Founding Farmers should be commended for striking that dynamic balance with each meal they serve.”

LEED certification of Founding Farmers was based on a variety of green design and construction features that provide sustainability to the community and surrounding environment, including:
Energy Star appliances for over 80% of all eligible appliances such as freezers, refrigerators, dish machines, cooking appliances and 4 LCD televisions; an efficiency exceeding HVAC System that monitors indoor air quality; the purchase of green power credits for 50% of electricity consumption; waterless urinals and low flow lavatories; and reclaimed and recycled materials and finishes.

And that's not all the green they've got. Founding Farmers has the best fried green tomatoes in town.

Check out Founding Farmers at 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Reservations available on Open Table.

Get Trunk... for Pediatric Aids/HIC Care

It's fundraising time! Your social calendars will be bursting this Spring with a barrage of exciting events, all for great causes.

We know everyone supports different charities, so we'll bring it all to you and let you decide... On Sunday, April 26th, DC-based designer Dana Ayanna Greaves will be helping to raising money for Pediatric AIDS/HIV Care, Inc. with a fashion show sponsored by The Dunes (a creative concept company launching DC-based artists, designers and musicians).

Who is Dana Ayanna Greaves? you may know her as Artistic AYA, a local artist and designer who combines high-art craftsmanship with street style to create unique paper jewelry and one-of-a-kind frocks that have sold in local boutiques and national museums! You may have seen her label in Lucky Magazine, VenusZine Magazine, DC Magazine, Daily Candy, The Washington Post and on The Today Show.

Here's the info on the event:

WHEN: Sunday, April 26, 2009 from 3 to 6 PM with VIP after-party to follow from 6 to 9 PM. Tickets can be purchased online as well as at the door.

WHERE: LeftBank Bistro & Lounge (2424 18th Street, NW)

WHY: The Dunes will donate 100% of the proceeds from this event to Pediatric AIDS/HIV Care, Inc due to the recent increase in HIV exposure in the DC community.

You'll enjoy live entertainment courtesy of DJ Collins Hughes and local band Tennis System as well as limited open bar from 3 to 4:30 PM. VIP tickets get you limited open bar, a complimentary swag bag filled with various items from Yelp!, Radiance Medspa and Crooked Monkey and more, as well as admission to the after-party at Metropolitan, Napoleon Bistro Champagne Lounge, with complimentary champagne and DJ set from 6 to 9 PM.

Catwalk and champagne to benefit our community - hope to see you there!

Nats Home Opener

It was a bittersweet afternoon for the Nationals Home Opener today. All set for a great game against the Phillies, and with a packed stadium of fans on both sides, the tragic happened. Sportscaster and Hall of Famer Harry Kalas collapsed in the broadcast booth at the ballpark this afternon and was pronounced dead by the time he arrived at GW Hospital.

He will be remembered as a beloved voice of both the NFL and MLB, and ironically was just awarded his 2008 World Series Ring last Wednesday, in what was his final home game in Philadelphia.

The tragedy put a somber tone on this afternoon's game, which was played well by the Nationals, but not quite well enough. Yet the seats were full and a sea of red waved their rally caps to the bitter end.

*On a personal note, we find out if I got the Nationals weekend female host position on Wednesday, so that only gives you two days left to vote for me. Either text N3 to 71855 or vote online here.

Third Annual JLW Literacy Walk

As a way of honoring Meg Graham’s legacy of leadership and service to the Junior League of Washington and many worthy causes, the Third Annual Junior League of Washington’s Literacy Walk to Benefit the Meg Graham Scholarship will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2009. Proceeds from the Walk will benefit the JLW Meg Graham Scholarship Endowment...Celebrating Service and Leadership, an annual scholarship program available to graduating seniors of Washington D.C. public and charter schools who have shown outstanding volunteerism.

The two-mile walk will start at 9:00 a.m. at Montrose Park, 3099 R Street, NW, in Washington DC. It is open to the public with a $25 registration fee for adults and a $15 fee for individuals under the age of 18. Click here to register online. There will be no on-site registration.

We'll be walking and hope to see you there!

First Dog News - LEAKED

Someone let the dog out. But no one knows who!

The Obama's new dog, a Portugese water dog now named "Bo" was not supposed to make his public debut for some days - with the Washington Post set to get the exclusive story on the much anticipated first pet. Yet yesterday, someone registered the website http://www.firstdogcharlie.com , which published a picture of the pup, along with a cute Q and A with the dog, which it said was originally named Charlie.

The pet was a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy, and it is rumored that the girls named the Portie "Bo" because their grandfather's nickname is Diddley.

Happy Easter!

Here's to hoping your Easter baskets are filled with all of your favorites. Ours has lots of Cadbury mini-eggs and no peeps. Enjoy!

Newsbabes Bash (Against Breast Cancer)

Join the Newsbabes and the Pink Blog Ambassadors on May 13th at Lotus Lounge for a special night to combat Breast Cancer. Together we can make an impact and help to end breast cancer.

Your $35 donation can register you for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to walk with those of us who will be walking in the annual event in June... or sleep in for the cure, any and all donations will be accepted!

If you can't make it, but are still interested in walking the Komen Race for the Cure, consider joining the team I will be walking with, Team Madison. Or to make a donation towards my personal fundraising goal. Thanks for all of your support!

Alchimie Forever

I love trying new products, so it was a real treat for me when Rachel Johnson of Alchimie Forever sent me some antioxidant refining scrub from the shop at 2440 M Street NW. I've been using it the recommended once or twice weekly now for about a month and can honestly tell you how happy I am with my skin (yes, even with all of my anxieties and the serious stress I put my skin through every day!).

The Excimer and scrub is a silky exfoliant that claims to leave the skin soft and glowing - and it does! It is made from cranberries, lychee, papaya, rosemary, and shea butter (wow, if only it was edible!!), and exfoliates, nourishes and protects the skin against environmental stress, leaving skin hydrated, protected, and surprisingly soft.

Rachel and the entire team at Alchimie Forever have plenty of scrub and other products to keep your face and body healthy and happy. If you stop in, please tell them K Street Kate sent you... and says hello!

This is not a paid endorsement.

Georgetown House Tour

If you’re like the rest of us, you drive by and wonder what it would be like to own one… or just to walk inside. Well, now you can! In fact, the Georgetown House Tour has been giving you the chance to tour the historic homes in the city’s Northwest quadrant for over 90 years.

It is one of America’s oldest and most prestigious house tours, attracting thousands of people to view the tour’s annual showcase homes. This year, 12 houses join the tour, as well as the DC Design House, transformed with the best of today’s home renovation and design ideas...

Want to meet Fran Drescher??

Does that nasal voice just drive you wild?? Fran Drescher will be in town next Tuesday (4/14) at the National Press Club for a luncheon speech on her work to combat cancer.

If YOU want the chance to attend the luncheon with K Street Kate and meet Fran - get your clothespins and your camcorders ready! Send in your homemade video on why you should be selected to attend. All entries must 1) be submitted by noon on Monday, April 13th, 2)be done in Fran's signature nasal style, and 3) agree to be posted on K Street Kate TV for a viewer vote.

Send in those submissions to kate@kstreetkate.net!

Celebrity Trainer Mark Jenkins Makes DC Home

Wednesday night at SomaFit in NW Washington, DC Mark Jenkins jumpstarted a fit and fabulous training regimen, and exhausted those of us who just watched him wield the jump rope.


This trainer to the stars, yes- he's toured with Mary J. Blige and others, has returned home to work on giving DC some hard bodies. He's particularly excited about getting in the DC schools to help our youth make hip and healthy choices.



Some big names came out to celebrate mark's DC launch as well, including Michelle Obama's own hairstylist who moved to DC from Chicago at Michelle's pleading request (at left with friends and PR maven Aba Kwawu).





Want to be amazed by Mark? Check out the K Street Kate video and interview with Mark - and then sign up for one of his upcoming classes (yes, there is one including the rope!) at SomaFit starting soon!

White House Garden & Grounds Tour

It's not quite the Easter Egg Roll, but it is a chance to get inside the gate and take a stroll on the nation's front lawn.

The White House Garden and Grounds Tour is this Saturday and Sunday, April 18th (10:00 - 4:00) and 19th (11:00 - 3:00). The tour, which has been a tradition since 1972, begins at Sherman Park (south of the Treasury Building) and includes the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden, the Rose Garden, the Children's Garden and the South Lawn of the White House. The White House Kitchen Garden, a new addition to the South Lawn, will be viewable from a distance.

*Admission is free, but timed tickets are required, distributed beginning at 8 AM at the Ellipse Pavillion behind the White House. Limit--one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. **Garden tours will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather.

A shopping event for the ladies...

Please join K Street Kate and The Connaught Group
for a special Trunk Show Presentation
of the
2009 Spring/Summer Per Se Collection
and 2009 Spring/Summer Carlisle Collection

Featuring private fashion consultations by stylist Lana Orloff

Appointments available for individuals or small groups
April 25-26
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Willard Intercontinental Hotel

To schedule:
www.timecenter.com/carlisle

*Percentage proceeds will benefit The Lazarus Foundation


**The Per Se and Carlisle lines are sold only through trunk shows, eliminating conventional and costly retail overhead. Enjoy superior quality clothing at extremely competitive prices.

Online Voting Now Open for Nats Host Contest!

Make your voice heard - and vote for your favorite (K Street Kate!!) to become Nationals Game Co-Host!

It's so easy. Go here. Simply select one of the contestants, enter your information and click 'Submit.' And, as an added bonus, your vote will then entitle you to a 50% discount on select seats at the following Opening Week games!
Wed. April 15 vs. PHI - 7:05 p.m.
Thu. April 16 vs. PHI - 7:05 p.m.
Fri. April 17 vs. FLA - 7:05 p.m.

You'll definitely want to be at Nationals Park on 4/17 when I (??) make my debut!!

Lana Orloff, Personal Stylist, on The District Dish

If you've ever wondered how you could get a few minutes with a personal stylist without paying beaucoup bucks, we've got that dish on today's new The District Dish! Lana Orloff, who dresses some of DC's most influential, also tells us about new collections coming to DC that professional women are getting excited about.

BULGARI Bling!


Newsflash for a luxury line!

Bulgari is turning 125 this year. Saks Fifth Avenue Tysons Galleria will be hosting an Anniversary Celebration worthy of Bulgari Bling to commemorate the past and the present of this notable company on Thursday, April 16, 5 - 8 pm. All are welcome.

In honor of the anniversary, Bulgari has created a limited edition jewelry collection that has been featured in InStyle and Vanity Fair magazine. A portion of proceeds from this collection's sales will benefit Save the Children, a leading organization creating change in the lives of children in need around the world. (Their latest project, “Rewrite the Future” brings quality education to children in some 30 countries!)

SOFisticated Happy Hour at Sofitel's Le Bar

Thanks to Pamela Sorensen who invited us out to a SOFisticated Happy Hour to celebrate new menu items and new management at Sofitel's Le Bar tonight.

Pierre-Louis Renou has been in town all of about two weeks, so we were all set to toast the suave French General Manager's debut with Cherrylicious martinis and other Le Bar delights.
(Pictured with Dr. Mark Drapeau and Angie Goff)

The District Dish - DC Dating

On the newest webisode of The District Dish, John Michael Scott - a self proclaimed Dating Coach - tells us about what it's like to date in the District. It's not just that guys fear rejection... or is it? And we give you our take on sour women in the area - it's not our fault!

Last night, we filmed new webisodes at BLT Steak. Huge thank you to Manager Adam Williamowsky for setting that up for us, and making sure we got some of those famous popovers. Yum! Be sure to watch Wednesday as we post a new webisode for your education and entertainment.

*Also worth noting - several viewers came to watch us tape live when they heard us announce our location via Twitter and Facebook. Follow us on Twitter at @TheDistrictDish or become a fan of The District Dish on Facebook to hear the latest news.

Washington Redskins Cheerleader Auditions

I was invited to be a judge at this year's Washington Redskins Cheerleader auditions - to select the girls for the 2009-2010 season. The final night of auditions, held at the Bethesda Theater, was packed with the girls' fans and supporters - and 55 women all hoping to make the team.


Each lady had the confidence and the courage to perform two routines (in group) onstage and showcase her hot body in a swimsuit. The judges had the difficult decision to narrow the contestants to 43 (+3 alternates) who would take the field with this year's Washington Redskins.

How to do it? Besides the ever-importance fitness aspect, each contestant needed to exude a certain confidence and presence on stage during her performances.
Get excited about watching these girls dance at games and other appearances - their energy is infectious!




Happy Birthday, Teri!

We wish a very happy birthday to Teri Galvez, one of our close friends and great mentors.

Teri, the Executive Director of the Miss District of Columbia Scholarship Organization and owner of Paradigm Event Management, (shown at left with her family) celebrated a milestone Saturday night at the Columbus Club in Union Station. A true black tie occasion, only Teri herself wore color - her signature fabulous fuchsia.

Teri's big night featured vocal performances, the sharing of many memories, and a roasting by friends who read saved e-mails from over a decade ago. Happy Birthday, Teri! Thanks for inviting us to celebrate with you!

Final Bracket Review, Hudson 'Owner's Suite'

Tying for 7,120th of the NCAA.com bracket poll may not be the greatest, but I'm encouraged to have picked the champion. Congrats to North Carolina!

Whether you were at our "Owners's Suite" party at Hudson to benefit Earth Echo or elsewhere to watch the game, we hope you brought along - and left with - your sportsmanship. But we'll be looking forward to seeing what crazy costumes (or other bets to be paid off) will be showing up on Monday!

Text N3 to 71588

If you were not at the Nationals vs. Orioles Expo game on Saturday night (perhaps you were watching the Final Four instead!?) you missed my audition to be the new Nationals female host - but you can still vote for me to win the job!

I had the priviledge of presenting the 'Random Act of Red' promotion at Saturday's game, where lucky fans who wore red were given game worn alternate red jerseys. What an incentive to rally around the red to support the Washington Nationals! Unfortunately, my mic was not on for most of my 'audition,' so I have to hope that was excitement was just as easily seen as heard.

The selection for the female co-host with Clint will be made on April 17th, so until then, please text in your votes to 71588. To chose me, type N3.

Thanks - and see you at the baseball games!

Semester in Washington - Journalism

K Street Kate was invited to speak to a classroom of students at George Washington University's 'Semester in Washington Journalism' course last Friday on personal branding, blogging, and other aspects of new media.

Students in the course come to the District from around the country to spend a semester interning at various media outlets around the city - from NBC and ABC to the StreetSense newspapers. On the job training is coupled with course content and speakers to round out the experience.

We enjoyed speaking to the young journalists with fellow speaker, New Media Experimentalist Dr. Mark Drapeau. Best wishes to all of the budding writers, editors, producers and on air talents!

Nationals Ticket Discount for K Street Kate Readers

If you are looking to buy tickets to the Expo game against the Orioles - and vote for me to win the Nationals Female host position! - the Nationals have given K Street Kate the ability to offer you discounted seating!

Type coupon code VOTEKATE and click "Continue" to view tickets available in selected seating areas for 25% off!

This promotion will extend to ticket purchases for games on 4/15-16 (vs. Phi) and 4/17 (vs. Fla), but does not apply to Opening day.

Team Tennis: New Fortress for Kastles

Today the Kastles announced the team's 2009 head coach, Murphy Jensen, as well as the 2009 team roster, which includes Leander Paes, (the world’s fifth-ranked doubles player and an eight-time Grand Slam champion!!), Angela Haynes, (the 2006 WTT women’s MVP who is currently ranked 137th in singles and 112th in doubles in the world), Coco Vandeweghe, (winner of the 2008 U.S. Open Girl’s title), and 2008 Kastle Scott “Boom Boom” Oudsema (who finished with the fifth-best singles record among WTT roster players last season).

Serena Williams will also be returning for her second season as a Washington Kastle - yet she makes her only home appearance for the team on July 14 against the Newport Beach Breakers.

The first home game, pitting sister('s team) against sister in a match with Venus Williams and the Philadelphia Freedoms is set for July 7th. Ticket information found here.
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A Perfect 10?

They messed with near perfection... and perfected it!

VitaminWater 10 hit shelves this week, serving up the same vitamin-rich and thirst-quenching tastiness that we all love from VitaminWater, with only 10 calories per serving. (Just keep in mind that bottle from the 7-11 is usually 2.5 servings... but does that matter now??)

The product boasts a naturally sweetened, “supernaturally tasty” way to get the vitamins and nutrients you need throughout the day. Unfortunately for us, it doesn't yet come in our favorite flavor (Focus!!), but we've tasted all four 10 calorie varieties: xxx (acai-blueberry-pomegranate), essential (orange-orange), energy (tropical citrus) and multi-v (lemonade). These new drinks are sweetened with a stevia blend, an herb about 200 times sweeter than sugar, so the sweetness might surprise you.

Vitamin Water has long been a celebrity favorite with fans such as Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Alicia Keyes... and we love it here at K Street Kate. XXX is our favorite VitaminWater 10. Let's us know which one you love.

One lucky commenter will be chosen to win a pack of new VitaminWater10 flavors!

Blake Lively photo credit: Marion Curtis for Startraksphoto.com

The District Dish LAUNCH PARTY


I hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate the success of the show thus far!
Remember - L2 has a strict dress code. Dress to impress - no sneakers.
Capacity for this venue is under 250, so please arrive early to be certain you can join in on the celebration!

HU's WEAR Opening

Walking by Hu's Shoes is like that scene in Breakfast at Tiffany's where Audrey Hepburn just stands outside and gazes in - seeing so many wonderful things to covet, and knowing that nothing bad could ever possibly happen to you in a place where everything is just so beautiful.

Don't just stand on the sidewalk and gawk. Trust me - it's even more delightful inside.

And now, HU's has opened another holy grail shopping experience almost across the street (2906 M St. NW) for the betterment of your body and not just your soles. Tonight's opening party of HU's Wear was like most others - much browsing and bantering without much buying, but I imagine many of tonight's party-goers will be sneaking back in to grab that dress or skirt that caught their eye. The $50 off coupon in their parting fortune cookie makes good incentive for that!

Honestly, Spring's bright color palette is missing from HU's racks, but style is not. HU's caters to Washington's basic but not boring black wardrobe and offers artistic accessories to make up for the lack of pigment pop.

This is truly a beautiful place where nothing bad would ever happen - except to your budget! Most simple dresses were $500+ Lines carried include Vince, Mischen, Barbara Bui, Kaylee Tankus, Veronique Branquinho, Guilty Brotherhood, and Erotokritos among others - such as Devi Kroell who was on hand to help welcome guests and open the store.
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