Free Flapjacks!

Stack enough pancakes to reach 31.5 miles in the sky and you'll see how much griddle goodness IHOP gave away last year during National Pancake Day.  But if you're like us, you'd rather munch on 'em than measure 'em - so here's how to get your flapjacks for free!

In celebration of National Pancake Day on March 1,  IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer guests one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes (7 AM - 10 PM)  But you're also invited to do some good in exchange for the deliciousness.  Donations made at participating IHOPs will raise awareness and funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  

The District Dish: Rachael Glaws

Event organizer, Rachael Glaws gives the dish on the upcoming A Chic Affair, a boutique luxury event for the modern bride, taking place Sunday, March 13, 2011 at the Historical Society of Washington.

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Oscar Night!

Major Lewis, Denise Dunn and
Adrienne Robinson
The American Red Cross in the National Capital Region celebrated 2011 Oscar Night at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Sunday evening with a black-tie Ball and viewing party.  This event was the only local official Academy-sanctioned viewing party of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards.
Event Chair Joe Carden with Fiance

Guests predicted award winners while sipping cocktails, nibbling on pre- hors d'oeuvre popcorn and other passed items, then noshing on a full buffet.

Laura Chavez, Rachel DeMita and
Kelly Collis
A major fundraising activity for the Red Cross, volunteers and staff were actually able to put their preparedness activities into action during the evening, responding to a potential seizure scare just moments after kicking off the awards performance

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Aaron Jackson Makes Jete Society Dance Party Go Gaga

The 10th annual Jete Society Dance Party to benefit the Washington Ballet was a carnival creation at a "secret location" on the Georgetown Waterfront Saturday night.  Complete with fire breathing, circus performers and some magic movements by the Washington Ballet dancers.  

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Leigh Macdonald
"I always look forward to Jete dance's a fierce night out with with fun energetic people," said Aaron Jackson, choreographer for the evening's high-energy showcase entertainment set to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face."

"I chose Gaga because I am a fan! I love that she takes risks in her wardrobe, beliefs... I also think she is a inspiration to individuals trying to find themselves and their identity."

The sold-out event for young professionals not only financially supports the ballet's programs but also showcased the talent of the city's local performers, such as Jackson. 

"During my eight seasons [as a dancer with] the Washington Ballet, I choreographed for each Jete Dance party.  Getting in the studio for creation on talented dancers...there is nothing like it! It's the best 'high' ever!!"

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The District Dish: John Thiero

Having an event in DC?  John Thiero of Thiero & Associates has some suggestions for what you need to know when planning your party.

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Nigel Barker Talks Top Model Tricks and the "Beauty Equation"

"I certainly never considered naming it 'Skin Deep,'" America's Next Top Model judge, high fashion photographer and author Nigel Barker said as he spoke about his new book at a VIP signing event at Eden's Green Room Thursday night.

Instead, "Beauty Equation" is a tome about his theme of true beauty and body image - complete with tips and tricks for amateur photographers and advice for the aspiring model.

So what's Barker's formula for finding a fashion model?  Being easy on the eyes doesn't hurt.  But that doesn't sum it all up.  "I [also] look for things like authenticity.  I look for a sense of humor.  I look for passion. I look for something that's going to bring your eyes alive.  You hear it all of the time on America's Next Top Model...  Personality is key."

GLEEful Fundraising @ Hudson

Hudson Lounge transformed into the Glee Club Karaoke Room Thursday night as scenesters stepped up to the mic for some good old high school fun to benefit their four legged friends in Fashion for Paws.

Event Host and Fashion for Paws Fundraising Model Rachel DeMita (at right with Charles Chamberlayne) started off the singing in Spice Girls' style... with lots of favorite tunes continuing throughout the night.

Guests put away their usual cocktail minis and suits for a dress code of  high school chic - complete with ripped jeans, sexy plaid and geek glasses - and enjoyed "Glee" themed cocktails including the Root Beer Float, Cherry Slush, and the Dream a Little Dreamsickle as well as food prepared by Hudson Chef Demetrio Zavala (below with Managing Partner Alan Popovsky flanking Stef Woods and Nicole Siobal).

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Oldest Gondola at the National Gallery of Art

One of the oldest surviving gondolas from Venice is now on view on the mezzanine of the East Building at the National Gallery of Art.

Complementing the exhibition Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals, the gondola, on loan from The Mariners' Museum, dates from the mid-19th century and was once owned by American painter Thomas Moran. (While in Venice, Moran and his wife - typical tourists - hired a personal gondolier, and subsequently purchased his boat and brought it back to the United States.)

Check it out, now through May 30, 2011.

Capital CAREaoke

Some journos can carry a tune, and some can't.  But they all CAREd on Tuesday night as they participated in Capital CAREaoke, a fundraising dinner and karaoke "contest" to benefit Childhelp.

Reporters raved about Luke Russert's rendition of Springsteen's "Born to Run," Ed Henry's feather boa and Topper Shutt's, um... style??  But congratulations have to be given to Tommy McFly, who not only sang solo, but also successfully panted through all of the words in "We Didn't Start the Fire."

$150,000 was raised.  Egos were lowered.  Children were helped.

Marker's Mark Leaves its Mark at Town Hall

It was a mixer.  As long as that Maker's was mixed with Coke, Ginger Ale or water!

Fans of the dark liquor flocked to Glover Park's Town Hall Wednesday night to cheer for Kentucky in every way, enjoying Maker's Mark specials while Kentucky vs. Arkansas hoops played on TV.

Maker's Mark Brand Ambassador John E. Vicker's Smith, II was on hand to emblazon anything anyone wanted in the famous wax, giving attendees like Adair Hendrickson, Laura Johnson, Matt Duff and Hall McMillan marked momentos of a night of bourbon and basketball.

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The District Dish: Todd Wilson

Professional Boxer/Businessman Todd Wilson dishes on his upcoming match - and how he realized he was meant for the ring.

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"Irreverent" Author Jill Kargman: "Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut"

"The funny thing is, I don't even like coconut!" author Jill Kargman laughs at Ginger Boutique Tuesday night when asked her whether she prefers Mounds or Almond Joy.  Launching her latest, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut,"  which is her first foray into non-fiction, Kargman continues her crazy comedic writing career with a collection of playful essays and observations.

Surrounded by some of her closest friends, to include Sharon Bradley, Mary HaftMichelle Jaconi, Stacy Kerr and Susanna Quinn, she's described as "irreverent" - and she likes it!

"One review said the F word and I are BFFs" she joked.  "And to that I say, if Chris Rock can say it, then why can't a Mom of three?"

Unapologetic about the language and clearly not experiencing writer's block, Kargmen dished on her next dark-humored project even as she was signing autographs for her current memoir release.  "I got the idea for this one while my husband and I were at a party sharing which celebrity we would most want to sleep with."

(In case you were wondering , her pick was Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.) 

New in the Neighborhood: Jake's American Grille

Jake's Bar
Grandpa's the gimmick.

 Edwin “Jake” Jablonski now has a battleship themed cocktail and culinary tribute to his life and career, and you have Chevy Chase's newest eatery, Jake's American Grille, which opens Friday, February 25, 2011 (5018 Connecticut Avenue, NW).
“I have never been one to come up with a gimmick for a restaurant concept,” says Gaynor Jablonski, known from such eateries as The Ugly Mug, Maddy’s Bar & Grille and District 2. “[It] should always just be great food, great service and a great atmosphere. But this spot is a little different...because it honors the memory of [him].”

Jake fought for our country and you'll be fooding for it, noshing on an upscale Americana menu and washing it down with an array of domestic beers on tap while basking in the glory of Grandpa's tribute photographs, articles and awards.

Honor and remember: The good old days have gone gastronomic.

Bold & Beautiful

Local luxury makeup line Founder Michelle Coyle isn't into naughty.  Haughty sure piques her passion though.  Combining her love of cosmetics with a desire to help countless causes, Coyle named Haughty - which literally means 'arrogantly proud' - with a mission of success through strength.

"One of my core beliefs [is] that true beauty comes from empowering others," said Coyle, already planning cosmetic line partnerships with a focus on addition to pretty.

The first of such pairings coincides with the launch of Haughty Cosmetics on March 10th at Hudson Restaurant and Lounge (6-9 PM), where ticket sales and additional donations will benefit Becky's Fund to address domestic violence awareness and education.

*Ladies, want to a chance to win a Haughty lipgloss?  'Like' our Facebook page and tell us what makes you feel beautiful!

Today: On the Rocks, With Salt

Tip your hat to tequila, salt and lime - it's National Margarita Day!  Despite the time and temperature being a touch off for this unofficial holiday, here are some suggestions for snow day sipping:

  • Rosa Mexicano tops the list with their unique frozen fruity margs - including pomegranate, the restaurant's most popular.  Pair it with a side of that oh-my-goodness guacamole and your sombrero is set.
  • If you head over to Oyamel for Happy Hour today - or any weekday 4:40 - 6:30 PM, when you can enjoy a classic margarita for $4 along with $4 taco specials. Si!
  • Capitol Hill insiders know about Tortilla Coast, a hidden spot behind the House Office buildings.  Diplomatically speaking, it's the perfect place to talk politics while sharing a pitcher.
  • Lauriol Plaza is a constant - and consistent - favorite.  Though frozen margs are often ordered, their classic cocktail on the rocks (salt, no salt) sure satisfies!
  • Or, check out Los Cuates in Georgetown for some margarita madness and try some authentic dishes from south of the border.  


The District Dish: Natalie Cartner

Dogographer Natalie Cartner dishes on her animal art - and how she uses her talents both to create canvases for pet owners and support local charitable causes.

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Threads of Unity

Saturday night, Nomi Ansari's fashions were showcased in a benefit for Fashion for Pakistan, a non-profit dedicated to victims of the Pakistani flood, held at the Westin Arlington Gateway.  Hosts Nauman and Sofia HD and charity Founder Shannon Grewer sold out the fashion fete which featured male and female modern traditional Pakistani clothing.

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Sheridan's Purposeful Poker Strategy: "Drink Lots of Maker's Mark"

This weekend, a sold out crowd participated in the Chance for Life poker tournament, raising money to combat children's cancer, at the City Tavern Club. Last year's champion, Win Sheridan, who went on to compete in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, returned to defend his title. 

"Considering it was only the 6th or 7th time I played poker, I had zero expectations of staying in that long much less winning," said Sheridan.  "It truly was one of the most random things to ever happen to me!"

"I'm really not much of a poker player but had a lot of fun, as always," he said of returning this year to try again for the winning spot.  "This event raises a lot of money for children's spinal cancer research."

"If I had any strategy it was to drink lots of Maker's Mark... and I employed that same one this year.  But I guess lightening really doesn't strike twice in the same place!"

Sheridan made it to the 5th table, but was eliminated.  Players like Sheridan helped Chance for Life raise thousands for the cause.

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District Sample Sale Tickets Released Tuesday 10 AM

Ladies (and Gents!) you know these tickets always sell out, so don't twiddle your thumbs thinking about it - buy your VIP tickets to the best boutique shopping event in the city, the District Sample Sale!  

The 10th annual District Sample Sale is coming on March 29th to a brand new location - 2101 L Street - offering savings of up to 90% at some of your fave fashion spots, including Ginger, Green & Blue, Proper Topper, Urban Chic, Wink... too many to name!  

This year's savvy shopping soiree benefits the E.L Haynes Public Charter School.  Tickets go on sale first thing Tuesday morning (10 AM) at 

Crystal City Wine Walk

Lace up your sneakers and cleanse your palette, it’s time to start training for the Crystal City 1K Wine Walk! This awesome - and alcoholic - activity is taking sipping to the streets the weekend of February 26-27th.

Presented by the Crystal City Business Improvement District in partnership with the Washington Wine Academy, this Wine Walk tasting tour promises “racers” the opportunity to enjoy and learn about between 30-40 wines as they make their way through the shops and interior walkways of Crystal City.

Choose from half-hourly "heats" (between 2 and 5 PM) to strut and sip through a series of hydration stations staffed by Washington Wine Academy experts. 

Tickets, $30 /person, available here. 

The District Dish: Matchmaker Christie Nightingale

Wishing that cherub had been a bit more steady with his aim this Valentine's Day?  Matchmaker Christie Nightingale of Premier Match dishes on how to best connect with Cupid during the month of love.

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Beauty & the Blogger

Liberty Jones gives the scoop on last night's Beauty & the Blogger event at Neiman Marcus.  Find out what trendsetters will be talking about for Spring... and what one has to do to get one of those grabworthy giftbags!!?

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Water Cooler Convo: 5 Apps You May Not Know About

From fashion finds to travel tips and now even the confession of your sins, there really is an "app" for everything. Today we're telling you about five unique apps you may have never heard about, but may desperately need!

Confession: The Catholic Church comes into the digital age. Recently approved by the Vatican, this app offers absolution- confess your sins to a priest in a digital “confessional booth.”  

SoleSearch:  A different kind of soul... and what may be the world’s first mobile sneaker boutique app! Users can search for sneaker shops by location or store name - and snag those sneaks before the hipsters hound 'em.

Voice DJ: Control your music playlist with specific voice commands. Built with language search technology, this app allows you to select songs, artists and playlists... all with the sound of your voice.

Don’t Dial: There are certain things you just don't drink and do.  Operating heavy machinery and odes to the ex included.  This app prevents you from doing something you may regret manana by locking out certain phone numbers for up to 24 hours.

AppBox10-in-1 app for the on-the-go operative.  Check it - a currency converter, countdown clock, units conversion table, tip calculator...  It’s like the Swiss Army App!

Kastles Keep Venus, Serena, Add Sam Querrey

Team tennis talent secured a return to the Nation's Capital earlier this week, as the Washington Kastles claimed both females #6 and #12 in the world, Venus and Serena Williams (respectively) and male ranked #18 in the world Sam Querrey in the World TeamTennis (WTT) Marquee Player Draft.  The rest of the 2011 Kastles roster will be determined during the March 15 WTT Pro League Roster Draft.

“We are thrilled to have Serena and Venus back in Washington to lead the Kastles, and for Sam to join them,” said team owner Mark Ein. “With all three on board, we are once again positioned to compete for the league championship.”
                                                                                                                                                                           “I am ecstatic over the return of Serena and Venus and the addition of Sam, which once again makes us the most talented team in the league,” said Kastles head coach Murphy Jensen. “I am excited to start this summer’s journey to bring the King Trophy back to D.C. for the league’s best fans.”

Popular players John McEnroe (New York Sportimes) and Anna Kournikova (St. Louis Aces) will also return to compete against Washington during the 2011 season.  The Kastles full 2011 schedule and information on ticket sales will be released in early March.

Ball on the Mall Responds to President's Budget

Just days earlier, President Obama released a budget which cut funding for National Mall restoration efforts.  But Wednesday night at Cities Restaurant, purposeful young professionals couldn't be deterred.  Fundraising for The Trust for the National Mall was in full force. 

The L'Enfant Society, the Trust's younger set, not only renewed its commitment to raising funds for the Mall's repair and restoration efforts at this Ball on the Mall kick-off event, but also announced a plan to expand into park servicing around the country, according to Trust President Caroline Cunningham.
"It's not just sod.  Jefferson was threatening to take a swim in the Potomac," quipped L'Enfant co-chair David Vennett.  "There is a lot of work to be done, but I am confident that we can do this."

The Trust for the National Mall received a boost of interest late last year when comedian Jon Stewart announced the organization as the recipient of donations during his Rally to Restore Sanity.  Some $700,000 has been secured toward a goal of over $300 million.

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Cupid Cashes in at Hudson Singles Mixer

Cupid's arrow was aimed at Hudson Tuesday night - shooting straight for the singles as Sunanda Patel and Sara Trab Nielsen organized a Mixer & Date Auction to bid away any Valentine's Day doldrums.

Eligible bachelors and bachelorettes
helped the pair of do-gooders raise almost $4,000 toward their goals for participation in the annual Fashion for Paws runway show, with crowd favorite Amie Piddington bringing in the highest bid - $750 - from a certain notable bachelor with a big... boat.

But even those who couldn't ante up enough for their own love cherub still might have gotten lucky.  Attendees played a special sweets version of the game "100," looking for love with a mate to match their candy quotient.

The Royal Treatment: Prince Michael of Kent Comes to Town

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, the first cousin of the reigning Queen of England and the god son of late President Franklin D. Roosevelt, crossed the pond this week for... some kids!

The itinerary included making his very first visit to the British School of Washington Wednesday morning, where Prince Michael toured the facility, spoke with staff and even stopped to read stories to the nursery pupils.  

But while education is a crowning achievement, this royal scoop isn't just about scholarship!  Our spies tell us that he is excited to be a guest in attendance at William and Kate's impending nuptials.  He remembers how, at the age of 5, he was serving as page boy at Will's grandmum's (then Princess Elizabeth) wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

The District Dish: Ebong Talks Taxes

You may think you have time to procrastinate before April 18th comes around this year (That's right, April 18th, find out why when you watch!) but The District Dish's very own Money Man, Ebong Eka, has his pulse on what matters to your purse strings.  Talkin' taxes!!

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Love Letters - and Line Drives - for Literacy

Congressman Joe Barton
Congressmen Joe Barton (R-TX) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) were honored with the Champions for Literacy Award Tuesday evening at the Washington Literacy Council's annual Love Letters for Literacy fundraiser.  

Between readings from local literacy advocates and notable media and political personalities, the Representatives were feted for their commitment to the cause.  Under their leadership over the last four years, the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity had distributed almost $400,000 to causes -including the Council's adult literacy efforts. 

"I think we picked the Washington Literacy Council as our charity because most of the country thinks that Congress can't read," joked Barton.  "But we're really proud to help in this effort.  It's not just about reading, it's about becoming a better citizen... "

Here's to books joining baseball as America's favorite pasttime.   
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Inventors Take Five for Funding

It was a cross between American Idol and The Apprentice at the National Press Club last Friday for National Inventors Day (2.11.11), as TeleBrands invited inventors from around the country to pitch its panel of judges in the hopes of having America's next “must have” product.

Inventors had just five minutes to pitch the panel of judges (Manish Israni, Vice President, Market Research, TeleBrands Corp.; AJ Khubani, CEO and Founder of TeleBrands; Tom Zarzecki, Editor of on why their product should be the next big “As Seen on TV” hit. 

Inventions ranged from...  a backpack that unfolds into a loveseat, a tool that hang pictures and shelves in seconds and a utensil  - the "Frank Former" - that transforms a frankfurter into a hot dog man - as inventor, John Twerdock of Pittsburgh, PA pitched to the judges panel (as seen above).

Vibrant Oaxaca

Mariachis, boleros and grasshopper tacos were just a taste of the presented offerings at the Washington National Opera's MidWinter Fiesta, Oaxaca: Land of Magic and Color last weekend at the Mexican Cultural Institute.  

Ambassador of Mexico His Excellency Arturo Sarukhan and his wife Mrs. Veronica Valencia-Sarukhan welcomed guests for cocktails and culture in what she described as her "second home," a meeting place for the intellectual and artistic from both sides of the border.  

As she offered to tell us about the featured faces of the mansion's wall collage, her sister, also in attendance (the Ladies, at right), told us more about the best of her country's vacation stays on which to bid in the Opera's exceptionally large silent auction.  

Mexican Tenor Jose Ortega's brief operatic program rounded out the Oaxacan traditional evening, whetting appetites for the Opera's remaining 2011 season offerings.

Congressmen, Staff, Journos Play 'Capture the Flag'

Diet Coke kicked it old school Monday afternoon, hosting a “Capture the Flag” tournament to raise awareness and funds for heart health programs in Washington, D.C.

“We all know a woman who may be at risk for cardiovascular disease—a mom, a sister, a friend—that’s why I’m joining Diet Coke in its continuing commitment to The Heart Truth® to raise awareness about the importance of heart health,” said Alana Beard of the Washington Mystics, joining teams made up of Congressional members, staff and local media to compete in the tournament and win $20,000 in donations to local heart health organizations.

“The game was a fun way to get hearts pumping while we helped raise funds for local heart health programs.”

In addition to Beard, Washington Redskins player Chris Cooley (above left) played a spirited game on the National Journal team, which helped the Association of Black Cardiologists walk away with $2,500 for their heart healthy efforts.

But it was the CQ Roll Call team that was the tournament's big winner, representing The Links Incorporated on the court and winning them a $10,000 check.

Washington D.C.'s Powerful Voices Working In Unison

Fox News teammates James Rosen, Bret Baier (center)
Megyn Kelly and Molly Henneberg at
Childhelp’s Capitol CAREaoke. Photo credit Jan Miller

They are used to hold the microphone.  But now they need to carry a tune! 

Working in concert… for children who are abused and neglected, DC journos are set to participate in Capitol CAREaoke for Childhelp on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at the Ronald Reagan Building.

Founder Rebecca Cooper (ABC7) gathers just a few of her closest buddies on the beat, to include:
James Rosen, Shannon Bream and Bret Baier (FoxNews), Dana Bash (CNN political reporter), Jack Evans (DC Councilmember), Anita Brikman (WUSA), Paulie Harraka (NASCAR driver), Doug Hill (Meteorologist, WJLA), Topper Shutt (Meteorologist, WUSA), Luke Russert (NBC News), and K Street Kate's Kate Michael who is singing with other locals in lifestyle Pamela Sorensen, Kiki Ryan, Elizabeth Manresa, Hillary Howard, Betsy Fischer, Matthew Cooper, and Joe Lockhart.

This annual fundraiser provides resources for children who need Childhelp's services -- children who are being abused or neglected -- by helping to provide direct services to children and families working to overcome child abuse.  Help out in harmony!  Tickets are available here.

DC's Oscar Night Events Kick Off with City-Wide Film Hunt

Film buffs who know movie scenes from the nation's capital (shown in major motion pictures) had the chance to win VIP tickets to the Red Cross Oscar Night® America 2011 Sunday afternoon as they participated in a movie scavenger hunt around the city.

To kick-off its fourth annual Oscar Night®, the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region and the D.C. Office of Motion Picture and Television Development joined forces to host the hunt, giving participants instructions and clues to guide them to locations around the city where famous films have been shot. Over 150 people showed up to scour the city's real-life film set... and the winning team finished in just over 45 minutes!

*Oscar Night® America 2011 is the only official Academy-sanctioned Washington, D.C. viewing party and is one of the major fundraising activities for the Red Cross. The black tie event will be held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. on February 27, 2011.

The District Dish: Meredith Fineman/

What began as a blog about her own first dates has turned into a J-Dating sensation!  Meredith Fineman of Fifty First (J) Dates joins The District Dish hosts for an awesomely appropriate Valentine's Day episode full of   funny, flirty and fowled-up dating stories that you won't want to miss!

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DC Cupcakes' Sweet Second Season

Sophie and Katherine Kallanis, owners of Georgetown Cupcake and featured in TLC’s DC CUPCAKES, kicked-off season two of the show with a special local premiere screening and cupcake decorating contest at Yachad’s Our City Film Festival Sunday night.   

"That was the first time we ever saw [the episode] too, and it was pretty true to life," admitted Katherine of the evening's entertainment, which included the sisters responding to a challenge to create a larger than life glow-in-the-dark cupcake guitar for a Sweet Sixteen birthday. 
"For a lot of our episodes we are successful, but there is one in this season where we aren't," she continued.  "It's a lot of trial and error and a lot of struggle involved.  Sometimes things don't go as planned."

"There are some moments when I wish I didn't act like I did in that situation... But you're seeing what it's really like to work together as sisters.  How we've intereacted our entire lives together has kind of been a comedy show."

"We thought it would just be the two of us sitting around, frosting cupcakes in our tiny little shop on Potomac Street.  Little did we know how busy we would be," Sophie added.  "After this event we're probably going back to the shop and getting ready for Valentine's Day tomorrow!"

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Ted Garber Makes His Music at the the Millenium

DC singer/songwriter Ted Garber performs on the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage, wowing the crowd with his unique blend of alternative counry/pop/rock, some life experience lyrics and a crowd-sourced new bearded look.

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Valentine's Keg Kill

Continuing its holiday tradition, The Mighty Pint hosted a pre-Valentine's Day Keg Kill Saturday evening, inviting all to grab a cup - or cheer as a spectator - and kiss up to Cupid.

Dividing into two teams, each attempted to be the first to completely tap a keg of beer.  The first to the finish claimed bragging rights and... a shot from the cherub's arrow if they could still stand it.

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Cupid's Undie Run 2011

Hundreds gathered at Capitol Hill's The Pour House Saturday afternoon for the 2nd annual Cupid's Undie Run. This 1.1 mile fun and flirty run around the U.S. Capitol in undies is now an unconventional annual tradition to raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation, with the weekend's scantily-clad festivities netting over $50,000 for Cupid's cause.

See the full gallery of pictures here!

Meet the Madisons

The Madison, a group of 100 gorgeous do-gooder gals, welcomed its newest members Thursday evening at Georgetown's L2 Lounge.  An annual tradition for the organization, Meet the Madisons is a chance to revel and rub elbows with the newbies while reconnecting with veterans.

Door donations were taken for the ladies' charity of choice - this year, No Greater Sacrifice - which helps to send the children of wounded soldiers to college.

The District Dish: Congressional Chorus

We're hitting the high notes with David Simmons, the Artistic Director of the Congressional Chorus, at ACKC. Find out how to catch these singing policymakers at an upcoming performance!

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Creative & Culinary - ArtJamz Peeks and Paints at Lincoln

ArtJamz broke into DC's restaurant scene in a big way Thursday night, holding its post-modern painting party at the soon to be opened Lincoln.

Brushstrokes happened among beats from the DJ and between bites from Lincoln Chef Demetrio Zavala.  And Lincoln's interior design diva Maggie O'Neill worked artfully alongside the budding brush-wielders to lend her support... and maybe a starting sketch!

Already proving to be a favorite evening out activity, Thursday's  pre-Valentine's event brought out some creative couples, including Bryan and Nadine Namoff, Brian and Leigh MacDonald, and Laura Carlson and Jim Tierney.  

Were you spotted & snapped?  See more pictures from the event here!

Nationally-Renowned Matchmaker Michelle Jacoby Plays Cupid for a Cause

Interested singles took advantage of nationally-renowned matchmaker Michelle Jacoby's services Thursday night at a Cupid the Matchmaker fundraiser to benefit candidates seeking to walk the runway in the Washington Humane Society's Fashion for Paws benefit.  

Jacoby, who admittedly acted more as as "wingwoman" than a matchmaker at the evening's event, offered to match couples on site so that no attendee would be spending Valentine’s Day alone.  "If you see someone you want to meet, I'll facilitate the introduction," she told K Street Kate.  "Sometimes people just need a little extra push."

This is decidely different than the way her company, DC Matchmaking, works.  "I only have fifteen clients - so I spend a lot of time perfectly matching each one."  And while Thursday's event might have been about looks and first impressions, she asserts that a true matchmaker considers a more complete personality package.  

"I have a very high success rate.  Over half of my clients are in relationships - or dating with the intent to be in a relationship."  

So what is the secret recipe that leads to love?   "The best 'pick-up line' is a smile," Jacoby says.  "If you're looking to start a conversation, it works almost every time."

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Laying Down the Law: The WPCF Congressional Dinner & Afterparty

Wednesday night, "those who make the laws and those who cover them" came together in the Mandarin Oriental's Grand Ballroom for the 67th annual Washington Press Club Foundation Congressional Dinner.

At one time also called a "Stunt Party," the evening featured a bit of comedy stand-up by emcee ABC News' Jake Tapper (who filled in for Christiane Amanpour as she is on assignment in Egypt) and accompanying almost-as-funny bits by Senators Chris Coons and Kelly Ayotte, Congressman Sean Duffy and Congresswoman Terri Sewell.

The Hill's afterparty took over the ballroom's foyer immediately following the main event, offering more drinks, schmoozing... and a performance by The Second Amendments - a bi-partisan rock/country band which lead Representative Collin Peterson tells us could be a reference to firearm rights... but is actually so named because they replaced his first band, The Amendments, after they broke up.
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