Styles Saving Second Base

There was fashion and a fix on 14th Street Saturday night.

Michelle Cross Fenty, champion of the Capital Breast Care Center, joined the organization's Executive Director, Beth Beck and WUSA9's Surae Chinn to get their fashion fix at Rue 14. The boutique's best helped to fight a breast cancer crisis in the local community, assisting in a fundraising effort to provide comprehensive, culturally appropriate screening services to promote health and wellness to women in the DC metropolitan area, regardless of their ability to pay.

(Image credit: Jacob KS Kim Mrs. Michelle Cross Fenty, with Capital Breast Care Center staff)

Spinach Pop-Up...Sales Strong as Popeye?

Now you see it... now you don't! Unless you were lucky enough to literally pop in, you would probably miss a pop up shop, but these temporary treats are becoming the latest generational trend.

Saturday afternoon, Georgetown's Proper Topper advertised a two day scoop sale, put on by writer and vintage fashion hound Betsey Lowther (at left with blogger of If you didn't pop in to scout it out, you missed the merchandise.

Temporary storefronts, or sometimes shops-within-shops, are meant to appear only to disappear. And Lowther's threads disppeared within hours.

Her reason to pop-up was a need to clear her closets for new vintage finds, but she agrees that at least the idea of pop-ups may be permanent.

"[Pop-ups] have new, exciting things that shoppers otherwise might not have a chance to buy," she said. They literally pop up to generate buzz for fledgling companies, increase sales for established brands, or provide a low cost means of inventory and market research.

Considering the amount of vacant store space in DC, Pop Ups popping up could be a possibility.

Joining in on the Chorus

Even if you can't sing a note, there's a place for you in the choir. Just ask the folks at the annual Choral Arts patronage get-together - doing less singing and more sipping - at the historic Georgetown Club last Friday night.

"We are all about music, but we do know how to throw great parties," said Choral Arts Director of Development Emily Riffle.

Fundraising checks came in as the champagne poured, all with a mission to promote DC's 45 year old chorus - one of the major Choral Arts organizations in the US - and nurture critical and creative thinking through music for all age levels.

"Yes, we are good at mixing music and fun," added member Nancy Margaret Ray Adler (with Riffle, above left). "The December Gala is probably my favorite. We look forward to it every year!"

Led by esteemed Artistic Director Norman Scribner, the symphony choir has sung under some of the world's most distinguished conductors. Their upcoming Musical Evening in Russia has already sold out the 1,000 seat St. Matthews Cathedral.

The District Dish: The Dreamscapes Project

The Dreamscapes' Project Frontman Keith Center dishes with us on bands they've been compared to, who they would want to play with, and why they are releasing their latest album with a new method of distribution.

K Street Kate has your release for February!

Also find out why the hosts have a love/hate relationship with Dave Matthews... and why that even matters...

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Some Wonder-ful Work

Why a school for the performing arts in upper Northwest and why a capital campaign to raise money for this cultural education? Coincidentally, the showcase exhibit currently on display at Duke Ellington High School is 'Why Ellington?'

"Ellington is public education that works," claims Head of School Rory Pullens.

Moved by a lack of real programs for DC students, Peggy Cooper Cafritz co-founded the Duke Ellington School for the Arts about 35 years ago. She "felt deeply that arts could provide a ticket to a better life."

Now tickets, such as those to Thursday night's Stevie Wonder concert at the Kennedy Center, may be just the thing to help the school to stay alive. With arts education funding difficult to secure and voices calling for a closing - or relocation, the popular public high school seeks support from famous alumni and others in the arts community, like Wonder.

"Stevie recognizes the importance of arts and academic excellence," Pullens says, "and the importance of giving back."


More than a resource for Bridezillas (bratty brides got berserk!), new website Weddzilla claims to be all that nearly newlyweds need for the perfect big day.

Thursday night's launch party at the National Museum of Women in the Arts sought to show that nuptials are not an untameable monster but rather a way to "bring your love story into your wedding," according to advice guru Sharon Naylor. Fellow guests of honor included Cake Baker Ron Ben-Israel, Etiquette Expert Diane Forden, and Invitation Innovator Lisa “Ceci” Johnson, on hand alongside vendors ranging from the "Will you?" to the 'I do."

Our favorite piece of advice to the crowd? “You can have your cake and eat it too!" a promise from Ben-Israel who claims his cakes won't pack on the pounds. A welcome vow, indeed!

(Anna-Sian Eigen contributed this post and pictures.)

Style Spotters

With Lucky Magazine on the lookout, stylish shoppers were snapped in fashions from Georgetown's CUSP Thursday evening. Host and blog writer Betsy Lowther encouraged everyone to try on the trends before nabbing the latest look - a nude draped sheath - for her own covershoot.

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Socially Speaking

At the root of networking is the need to make a connection. This was the topic of my speech at the monthly Work It, Girl Lunch, Laugh & Learn luncheon of Reston entrepreneurs and other professionals Wednesday afternoon.

Business babes like Julie Canellos of Stella & Dot, Dana Johnston of Nicole-Leigh Designs, and Penny Germanis an independent consultant for Rodan & Fields were among those who ate and asked questions about...creating a conversation (particularly with conversational media), innovation, differentiation and how to create and maintain a personal brand.

(Photo courtesy of Theresa Young, Founder, Work It Girl)

Local Designers ROCK Pink Fashions

Pink Jams Founder Christa Floresca and the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce create a fashion frenzy of fuschia (and soooo many other pinks) to benefit breast cancer charities and a local fashion fund, with a live concert by the Charm City Devils to really rock the runway.

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Because everyone wants a little gold man to put on a shelf...

Oscar Night® DC is Washington’s only official, “Academy-sanctioned” viewing party for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards®. With only 52 Oscar Night® America events nationwide, Oscar Night® DC is the exclusive event for the DC market, benefiting the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region.

Sunday, March 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m. - midnight

National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue Northwest

TICKETS (purchase here):
General Admission - $100
VIP Admission - $175, includes VIP section with premium bar, official 82nd Academy Awards program and swag bag.

Eggciting News

The White House Easter Egg Roll, an annual tradition to celebrate the start of Spring that dates back to 1878, is Monday, April 5. Everyone wants to take part in the hunt, but to do that, you literally have to win the lottery.

For the hook-up on how to enter... click here now. The lottery is open from February 25th - 28th.
*A maximum of six tickets will be issued per order. Children age ten and under, along with their families are invited to attend. There must be at least one child ten years old or under and no more than two adults per group. Tickets are required for every attendee.

The District Dish: Hoarders

You know you're fascinated by A & E's "Hoarders." We all are! For some reason we can't take our eyes away from the trainwreck that is created when someone (usually with multiple cats) has a hoarding disorder.

Matt Paxton of Clutter Cleaner explains about how they find hoarders, how his business helps these people, and dishes on some of the stories you really want to know.

*Dirty job alert!*

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Out of My League

An average Kirk meets a "perfect" girl... but can a "5" really expect to date a "hard 10?"

This is the question asked by the sometimes inappropriate, but oh so realistically raunchy new film "She's Out of My League" which held a preview screening at the Georgetown Loew's Tuesday night. Screen stars Alice Eve and Krysten Ritter stopped by after the viewing to dish on dating and drama with the audience.

"Right now, I'm dating someone who is way better looking than I am ," admits Ritter, of Veronica Mars fame. "So I'm kind of out of his league."

Against all odds - and against all logic - the concept of "league" may actually be lost when love enters the picture.

"We filmed this car scene where I lean over and kiss [Kirk] for the first time," says Eve. "I thought that was really sweet."

"She's Out of My League" is available in theatres March 12.

Writer's Block: One Night Only

Bianca Grimaldi (at left with husband Dave Grimaldi) celebrated the first anniversary of the Washington Writing Group with a sweet soiree at CoCo Sala Tuesday evening.

Clients and supporters of the grant writing firm got a taste of Grimaldi's talents - both in script and culinary selection.

"After a decade working in public health services, I fell into grant writing," Grimaldi explained. " I love the idea of contributing to the public welfare, and we've grown so much in our first year!"

Her aptitude for writing grant proposals - she's managed asks from $10,000 to $30 million - is apparently matched by a food fetish.

"My favorite reality show is Top Chef," she says as she takes a bite of the goat cheese and beet lollipop she chose for the evening's menu. "I would want to be Padma Lakshmi on that show so that I could say whatever I wanted."

Grimaldi is rarely at a loss for words, however. To make light of the expression, she even named the night's speciailty cocktail the Writer's Block.

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Quelle Surprise!

It's exciting for those of us who seek the city's secret spots to happen upon a hidden gem. (And I'm a francophile - so this one couldn't be better!)

DC proper boasts a variety of bistros and cafes, but who knew that just about a mile outside of the city, an upscale authentic, and somewhat rustic, French "farm" could charm us in Chevy Chase?!

La Ferme, with it's cozy fireplace, live musical entertainment, private balconies, and French country decor is not solely a special occasion spot, but an elegant experience and a marvelous meal. Les oiseaux tell us Warren Buffet is also a fan!

Check it out - and tell them K Street Kate sent you.

Spinning the Money Wheel

It's not about win or lose - it's about helping by playing the game.

Former Redskin Darryl Pounds joined Chairs LaVar and Trishia Arrington (at right) and other hosts to put on a National Kidney Foundation signature Casino Night fundraising event late last week.

Texas Hold 'Em, blackjack, a money wheel and Wii Golf and Guitar Hero... not to raise one's blood pressure, but to fight this second leading risk factor for kidney failure.

Arrington and Pounds, the latter citing hypertension in his family history, hope to reduce instances of high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease as well as promote organ donation.

(Photos courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area.)

Pink on Parade

Raspberry, salmon, coral, fuschia, rose, and blush. All of these pinks will be on parade tomorrow night (2/24/10) when Pink Jams!, in partnership with the Greater Washington Fashion Chamber of Commerce, present headliner Betsey Johnson and 14 hot local designers in an one of a kind pink fashion show.

A signature garment from each participating fashion designer will rock the runway - and then be up for auction to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Which shade best suits you??

Pink Fashion ROCKS - Tickets available here.

Longview Gallery, 1234 Ninth Street NW
(Closest metro is Mt Vernon Sq/7th St.-Convention Center)

Receptions begin at 6:30pm.
Runway and live music show starts at 7:30pm.
Silent Auction immediately following.

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The District Dish: Sophie Pyle

Blonde Charity Mafia starlet, Sophie Pyle, joins us to dish during The District Dish's first anniversary LIVE taping at Public Bar. Does DC have a Blonde Charity Mafia? How real is this show? And how does Sophie feel about the way she was portrayed?

Find out about the DC reality show that started them all.

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A Helping...

Today is National Pancake Day, and you can imagine what we suggest you to do honor the date. How about tucking into a hot pile of buttermilk pancakes topped with thick syrupy goodness and a side of support for a local charity?
For five years, IHOP - that's the International House of Pancakes - has been celebrating National Pancake Day with a giveaway and an ambitious goal. Back in 2006, IHOP set its sights on a cumulative $5 million for charity by 2010 and hopes to reach the goal in this final year. "We are flipping for ‘five in five’ with our 2010 National Pancake Day campaign” says Carolyn O’Keefe, IHOP’s Senior Vice President of Marketing. "IHOP [has] raised more than $3.25 million to support Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities since... 2006. The day has become a tradition."

Here's the fun part: From 7 am - 10 pm, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer guests a free short stack (3) of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes, and in return, ask guests to donate what they would have paid for the pancakes (or more!) to their local children’s hospital or another designated local charity.

Giveaway goods (pancakes) over the last five years would stack up more than 53.5 miles high! How high is your helping?

'Indefensible' ...and Innovative

Rockin' and radical, The Dreamscapes Project really understands surround sound. The band continues its "Twelve Days Project" - releasing one track from their forthcoming album for free (for twelve days) each month in 2010 via a must-read DC media source.

This month, K Street Kate has your folk-rock fix, releasing ʻIndefensibleʼ exclusively for twelve days. Artistic interpretations of the track will be created by operatic metal band Cassandra Syndrome, up-and-coming photographer Justin Rodgers, writer Carl Conway and film maker Sabrina Cooper.

“We received an amazing response to the ʻTwelve Days Project,'" said band frontman Keith Center, whose interview on The District Dish will air a few days into the project (2/26/10), in conjunction with a concert that evening at Fat Tuesday's to benefit non-profit Food and Friends. "We are really excited to continue the momentum."

Starlight, Starbright

The Starlight Mid-Atlantic Foundation is all about stars - and their inner glow.

"This experience inspired me to do more volunteer work,"claimed Sanam Toossi (at left), one of the committee members who joined sponsors and supporters for the annual cocktail chic winter gala Saturday night.

Guests like Ms. Watson, the mother of a child with sickle cell anemia, shared Starlight's impact on her life, toasting the organization, the "stars" and local artist Cayan, whose rap performance kept toes tapping and eyes twinkling all night.

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Of Operas and Encores

Two guests at the Washington National Opera's annual Midwinter Fete Saturday evening were especially excited about the red and black costumes worn by supernumeraries to create "An Evening in Paris."

"The costume designers really work magic," said Jen Corey, Miss DC 2009, with her roommate, Morgan Pursley (at right), between the food, dancing, auction and Parisian street entertainment at La Maison Francaise.

"Each outfit was redesigned from something worn on the stage. They are recycled!"

Both employees of the WNO, Corey and Pursely are particularly proud of the opera's resourcefulness. But it is no mere operatic coincidence that the French word for "again" is encore.

Corey took recycling as her service platform to Miss America, while Pursley allowed her to bring it home with her as well. The two recently decorated their entire apartment with re-purposed items from the local Goodwill.

"We're all about reusing and recycling," Pursely said. "[Our apartment] is awesome -- and brilliant on the budget."

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Pounding the Pelosi Pinata

Conservatives can either disagree with those who lean left - or they can whack at them.

CPAC 2010 conference attendees were invited to participate in a "Night for the Right" last Friday at Georgetown's George nightspot, put on by the new Civic Forum PAC. The biggest draw of the evening? The contentious - and much criticized - chance to take a shot at a sweets filled paper mache donkey... the "Pelosi Pinata."A birthday girl in attendance that evening took the first - and only - hit at the floating animal representing the House Speaker. She felled it with one strong swipe, then shared... dumping the candy contents all over the bar.

Sanchez Joins Resurgent Republic

Big news for author and local leading lady, Leslie Sanchez. She has been named to the board of directors for Resurgent Republic, a new interest group co-founded by GOP heavyweight Ed Gillespie and pollster Whit Ayres to advance conservative policies and proposals.

Sanchez, a vet of the most recent Bush administration, now heads her own communications shop, The Impacto Group; is the author of two books; and serves as a frequent commentator on CNN, FOX and other networks. Sanchez joins other GOP vets such as Haley Barbour, George Allen, Mary Matalin, Vin Weber, and Bill Paxon on the Resurgent Republic’s board.

See Sanchez's recent appearance on The District Dish to dish about political chicks, the focus of her latest book, “You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe.”

Katie Kindelan contributed this post.


Voted on by we're-not-sure-who, some of DC's "Best Dressed" were invited aboard the Odyssey cruise ship for a cool outfit/cash bar voyage down the Potomac Thursday night (2/18).

Fashion Washington's Betsy Lowther and Fashion BS's James Cornwell and Elaine Mensah were among those who enjoyed the disco dancing adventure on the high seas.

OhMyGodImTim writes on the website, "btw – winning best dressed in DC is kind of like winning gold at the special olympics, you get a prize if you manage to put together an outfit that doesn’t involve a navy blazer and khakis." We don't agree, but do think a navy blazer and khakis is perfect attire for a boating bash.

(Images captured by Victoria Sanders)

District Sample Sale!

Tickets for this sale shopping event sell out quickly every year - especially the VIPs, since you don't just want, you need that extra precious hour to peruse before the crowds pack in.

Get up to 90% off of your favorite area boutiques... but not if you didn't grab your ticket fast enough!

Curling Q's

If you thought it was like bowling... or shuffleboard on ice... you were pretty much right.

Curling is that team sport in the Olympics that you wonder about, but find oddly fascinating. The rocks are especially riveting this year, as the USA women's team is in strong contention for a medal.

The object is to get the stone to come to rest in the target - or knock out another stone that stands in its way. And it's harder than it looks!

To take your turn, visit the Hilton Garden Inn this Saturday from Noon to 6 PM for the Capital Curling Expo, a chance to watch Olympic curling, see video tutorials, meet curling experts and practice your sliding skills.

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The District Dish: City Shop Girl

Discounts, deals and other daily consumer news e-mails, CityShopGirl Publisher Kelly Collis Fredrick dishes with us about savvy shopping... and the prospect of introducing a CityShop'Dude'!??

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Beauty & the Blog

Beauty is skin deep... and shared fastest by word of mouth. "Have you tried the newest serum by La Mer??... I just adore the new coral shades Estee Lauder has out this Spring!!"

This grassroots gabbing is why Neiman Marcus invited a handful of the city's most stylishly fearless fashionistas to a seminar of beauty basics and bests in-store Thursday evening. Writers Stephanie Green, Chandler Ramelli and Rachel Cothran were among the ladies that learned which specific cremes to use exactly where for softness, youth and lustre - while it appears make-up may may see the one tool trend going multi-purpose.
And big new won't just be coming from their lips, but also on them. Attendees were the first to preview Chanel's new lipsticks, set to release in 30 shades this Spring. While the pink 'Gabrielle' will be exclusive to Neiman Marcus, 'Lune Russe' is what we're talkin' about.

Meet the Madisons

Founded just over six years ago, the Madison has become one of Washington's premier women's organizations. And it's also one of the most exclusive.

"This may have been our most limited year in history for new members," said Membership Chairman Josie Taylor at a party to introduce the handful of new women added to the Madison's membership roster, held at L2 Thursday night.

Membership is capped at 100, and criteria for acceptance involves age, education and community involvement, as well a sisterhood with current active members.

"So many women in DC want a sense of belonging, to give back to the community and to meet like-minded friends," Taylor explained.

"When I first came to DC, I felt the same. I was a Southern transplant who didn't know many people, but found in the Madison a group of girls that have a lot of my interests and want to be philanthropic."

But limited membership space creates a lust for inclusion.

"We had to turn a lot of people away this year," Taylor sighed. "The girls we selected were really the cream of the crop."

(Image: Josie Taylor, far left, with new Madison members)

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DC Fashion Week KickOff

A trio of international designers presented collections Wednesday evening at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Photography by Samantha Strauss.
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Cars & Crimes

He confessed to 30 murders and other untold cruelties, but Ted Bundy couldn't get away - not that kept him from trying to have a getaway car!

Thursday the National Museum of Crime and Punishment (NMCP) welcomed a new and notorious vehicle to its main lobby floor - the car of infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. This 1968 VW Beetle was used in a slew of women’s murders from 1974-1977.

Purchased by a collector after Bundy's death, the automobile has been stored in a private collection... until its arrival at NMCP. Now it is on view for you and those fascinated by Bundy's boldness and brutality.

(Image: Retired Deputy Chief of Police for the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington, D.C. , Wyndell C. Watkins, Sr. was on hand at the media preview to address questions and offer safety tips., courtesy of the National Museum of Crime and Punishment.)

What Turns You On?

Candid and down-to-earth celebrity talk show host Charlotte Burley wants to know. She turned it on with guest Paul Bronson (relationship coach and matchmaker) to kick-off Season Three of the love, sex and relationship talk show, The Turn On Spot, with a Wednesday night live taping at Jin Lounge.

The selective studio audience of DC locals asked for some provocative pointers - and posed some serious questions, too - including who pays, who asks, and how to handle PDA!

Future episodes of The Turn On Spot are available here.

Victoria Sanders contributed this post and pictures.

Fashionably Late(r)

In spite of the world renowned NYC Fashion Week happening just hours away, DC kicked off its own Fashion Week at the Mexican Cultural Institute on Wednesday night with a trio of international designers featuring Mexico's La Ville, Belgrade's TATA and Milan's Ruben Gonzales.

Event organizers, including Herve Racaud of Planete Chic, touted DC's potential to enter the fashion world in full force, but lamented the timing.

"We are proud to present great designers with huge talent, but will admit that in our search for designers to invite, we came across many who were already participating in New York Fashion Week," Racaud admitted.

"DC has a lot of potential," he said. "People here really love fashion. We just need to bring it to them in the right way."

Audiences agreed -- including one fashionable female fresh off the Miss America stage.

"I'm from New York, so I have lived fashion week," said Jen Corey, Miss DC 2009, who was pulled from her seat at the last minute to participate in Ruben Gonzales' portion of the runway show.

"I loved the event, but really wish some of the designers that participate in New York Fashion Week could have been here. Including more world renowned designers will really give DC and our Fashion Week the opportunity to grow."
(Miss DC 2009, Jen Corey with designer Ruben Gonzalez - photo credit Samantha Strauss)

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Vixen Video's Chandler Ramelli created this video compilation of The District Dish 1st Anniversary party, set to the music of The Dreamscapes Project:

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Extremely Embarrassed

A long-running project, Mortified is the comedic onstage sharing of adolescent journals, angst written poems, forgotten letters and other pathetic musings from the youth vault.

Local author Cathy Alter, who once dreamed she would be a Playboy centerfold, signed herself up to participate in Tuesday night's melodramatic mortification at Town Danceboutique. She claims that she's now more modest - but more than willing to share her shame.

"It's pretty embarrassing to look back at what you wrote when you were younger and admit that you were thinking and feeling that," said Alter. "But at least I didn't idolize Barbara Streisand," she directed at another of the night's performers.

Wearing a vest of pins from her family's last European vacation, she read directly from the teenage travelogue of the "spoiled elitest brat" that collected them. A humorous - and humbling - experience.

'I assumed that our first stop would be... a pilgrimmage to Jim Morrison's grave so I could read a poem I wrote him in AP English," Alter read. When Dad put a stop to that one, she sulked around Europe searching for cute boys and live rock stars.

"I didn't see anyone famous... it was the trip from Hell."

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The District Dish: Pink Fashion ROCKS

Greater Washington Fashion Council President Christine Brooks Cropper dishes with us about the upcoming Pink Fashion ROCKS runway show. on February 24th. Find out about the show, the fashions, and why Charm City Devils and Betsey Johnson are involved for this cause.

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Work It, Girl: Lunch, Laugh & Learn

I'm excited to have been asked to be the Keynote Speaker for a new entrepreneurial luncheon series geared toward female business leaders and hopefuls, Work It, Girl.

Here's your chance to hear me speak on personal branding, the use of social media to accomplish business goals, and the importance of knowing - and effectively sharing with others - who you are and what you stand for... in business and in life!

Join me on February 24, 2010 (11:30-1:00) for Work It, Girl: Lunch, Laugh, & Learn at the
Hyatt Regency- Reston Town Center (1800 Presidents Street, Reston, VA, 20190)

$35 gets you 5 treats:
1. A gourmet, hot buffet lunch provided by Hyatt Regency
2. A question card for the signature Icebreaker game (we've been told there's just no describing it...)
3. A chance to shop vendors all while still getting paid for "working"
4. A chance to win fabulous door prizes
5. An opportunity to meet other likeminded fab females who are working it!

A Year's Worth of Dish

Thank you to all of the viewers - and my fellow team on The District Dish - for making our first year an amazing success. And to all who came to our interactive LIVE taping of the first anniversary episodes at Public Monday night... sincerest thanks for making memories with us!

The experiment that became a first-of-its-kind talk show speaks - from the mouths of DC's own local personalities - of the incredible culture of the capital city and the lifestyle growth we have experienced of late. Exciting and entertaining, topics vary with every episode.

From sports with Michael Wilbon to politics with Councilman Catania, a poker face with Rhett Butler to outerspace with Karen McBride of NASA's Mission to Mars. And coming up...

You'll have to watch to see who's dishing!

(Images courtesy Samantha Strauss (MetroMix) and Vithaya Photography)

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Food War

This is no food fight, this is war!

A new Travel Channel series, Food War, will debut this Spring, showcasing iconic foods from across the country, including DC's famous "Jumbo Slice."

Blindfolded judge, Lisa Shapiro, author of Dining in DC, isn't quite sure why pizza was being featured as DC's most notable nosh, but she's looking forward to April when she can finally dish on the deepdish. "Judges and participants have been sworn to secrecy until the airing," she apologizes, but admits there definitely was a preferred pie.

"I know what I like," she says. "Thin, hand-tossed... not overly greasy. I want to be able to taste the cheese and tangy tomato sauce. Pizza Mart and Jumbo Slice both offer a 'Jumbo Slice'...but they do not taste the same."

Find out what will win the war... and if other judges, including Carla Hall from Top Chef, can agree on DC's most scrumptious slice.

(Image: Mike (Pizza Mart Owner), Rhett (Pizza Mart Ultimate Fan), Carla Hall and Lisa Shapiro)

The District Dish: Adam Clampitt

Before he was called up to serve in Afghanistan, Adam Clampitt was running for an At-Large seat on the DC City Council. How much of a difference does a year make? What did he miss most about the city while he was away? And will he try his DC Council run again??

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According to Jim Belushi...

Emmy-nominated actor (and star of According to Jim) Jim Belushi is at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City this afternoon (10:30 - 1:30) on a mission to find millions of Americans who may be at risk for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and don't know it.

Belushi, whose father battled COPD, said, "Every four minutes someone dies of COPD. There are 24 million people out there that have it - and only half of them know."

He is encouraging those who come to see him to answer just five questions that will help tell if they are at risk for COPD (chronic bronchitis, emphysema.. or both!) and enter for a chance to win an Ultimate NASCAR Weekend and other giveaways.


Don't forget your tickets!! Snow or shine... we're dishing!
Keith Center, Frontman for band, The Dreamscapes Project
Sophie Pyle, Blonde Charity Mafia
Matt Paxton of Clutter Cleaners, as seen on A & E's "Hoarders"

A Very Vancouver Way to Let the Games Begin

While DC has had the snowiest winter of the last hundred years or so, Vancouver has had it's warmest on record. So a move to relocate the Olympic Winter Games to our Canadian Embassy was in effect - or at least a watch party for the Opening Ceremonies!
Close to 1,000 people anticipating athletics showed at the Embassy Friday evening. And while Vancouver was opening the games in an indoor arena with fake snow, DC held an open air viewing outside on a huge jumbotron accompanied by a live ski demo and ice sculpting.
Inside, guests took up the spirit of competition, playing popular winter sports on Wii while mingling for photo ops with Ambassador Michael Wilson and other notables.
(Photos © 2010 by Patrick G. Ryan,

An Affair of the Heart

Friday afternoon's 62nd annual "Affair of the Heart" luncheon at the Marriott Wardman Park was a celebratory fundraiser for heart research and education -- and a testament to the loyalty of those who support the American Heart Association.

Through the icy aftermath of the snowmageddon blizzard, hundreds came to advocate for heart health and salute Spring as presented by Saks Jandel and the Pamella Roland 2010 Collection... some seeing a fashion show for the very first time!
Christian Blakely, whose girlfriend Alesandra was walking the runway, was thoroughly impressed with his first glimpse of runway fashion. "Of course my favorite was anytime she was on the runway," Blakely gushed. But he was admittedly impresed by the show's mix of typical Washingtonian style combined with some fashion trends from outside of the Beltway.
Adding a little "dare" to DC - we "heart" that!
(Photos courtesy Karleigh Miller)

Papa Throws a Good Party

Who's your Daddy?

Urban Daddy, a daily (male oriented) e-newsletter on local topics of interest, feted its grand launch in DC (and its first non-NYC celebration) Friday evening at the W Hotel.

VentureHouse Group's Mark Ein (right), CNN's Amy Holmes, Christopher Reiter of Muleh and political consultant Juleanna Glover showed up to congratulate DC UD writer Jeff Dufour (top left) who admitted that his personal favorite posts are the restaurant reviews.

Also spotted - Jon Favreau - who reportedly boasted to UD CEO Lance Broumand Friday night that he was one of the first DC subscribers.

The evening's promised "craft cocktails, dangerous desserts and creative eyecandy" included the Maker's Mark Cupcake (by Fancy Cakes by Leslie) and other cups... the exposed ones on the painted models passing plates laden with sexy sweets and other temptations.

Cupid's Undie Run

Cupid's Undie Run took place Saturday afternoon, causing hundreds of barely clad bodies to take to the streets around the U.S. Capitol Building...

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Ivan Carter's Dance Card Too Full?

Excited to snatch a sexy - and sporty - Valentine, many braved the elements for Thursday's Mervis Date & Diamond auction to benefit the Washington Ballet, held at the W Hotel.

Blonde Charity Mafia starlet Sophie Pyle, HOT 99.5's Sarah Fraser and MokiMedia's Dannia Hakki all pirouetted off the auction block for a pretty penny, but the coveted sporty hottie of the night didn't *quite* score a slam dunk.

We have to call a penalty on Ivan Carter who was advertised to be auctioned, but didn't show, and was therefore unavailable for appraisal.

(Image: Ivan Carter, a no show at the Date & Diamonds auction)

The District Dish: Aba Kwawu

We go behind the scenes of some of DC's grandest events with planner and luxury PR maven Aba Kwawu of The Aba Agency.

Find out some of the most coveted venues... and what makes a soiree truly special on this new episode of The District Dish.

Valentine's Day is ANotSoCapitolIdea

"Roses are the Mickey D #6 of Valentine's Day," author Chandler Ramelli claims of the generic gift.

While members of the International Club of DC were anticipating all things romantic at a pre-Valentine's Day party at Georgetown's L2 Lounge, Ramelli was happy to report that this was finally the year she would not be lamenting the lover's day.

"I bought a T-shirt 11 years ago that says 'Ditch Him.' I wear it every year whether I'm dating someone or not... Usually for me, Valentine's Day ranks somewhere near Dante's fourth level of Hell."

But not this year. This February 14th, Ramelli and the new man on her arm are making some big plans.

"We're doing exactly what I want. We're sitting on my carpet with the best cheese pizza in town and then catching a late night movie."

And what did she ask for in place of roses?

"I'd really love for him to fill my car with gas -- and maybe get it detailed."

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