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A Toast to the Inauguration & A Cool Second Term

January 15, 2013

il Canale Ristorante & Pizzeria, Georgetown, is having some political fun with its specials offered during Presidential Inauguration Week, Thursday January 17 through Tuesday January 22. 

It’s all wrapped up in a price of only $45 (excludes tax and tip).  First start off with the Happy-Days-Are-Here-Again Toast of a glass of sparkling prosecco. Then go for the Barack Appetizer which is a platter of crispy tender calamari and zucchini. 

You can order from three entrees: The POTUS (Supreme di pollo ai funghi misti) or The Michelle (linguine alle vongole which is pasta with cockle clams served with a cherry tomato and white wine/garlic sauce) or the Mr. Speaker (Branzino al Cartoccio which is Mediterranean Sea bass filet baked in parchment paper with mixed vegetables.  From there, have an Entitlement Dessert because you deserve it (tiramisu).

For an after- dinner drink, the special menu offering is A Lift-Up-Your-Spirits Lemoncello.

Between each course you get The Laissez-Faire (all you can eat fresh bread baked on the premises in an open oven).

Il Canale is located at 1063 31st Street. Tel: 202-337-4444.


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Rock Island Jewelry Trunk Show at Dalton Brody Jan. 12-13

January 7, 2013

Meet Rock Island Jewelry designer, Corky Davidov THIS WEEKEND ONLY at Dalton Brody.  Her one-of-a-kind collection of necklaces and cuffs will be on display and available for sale between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm on January 12th and 13th.

"Rock Island has many meanings for me. My grandfather worked for the Rock Island Railroad, and as a young child, I collected rock crystals that I found in the gravel around my house in Little Rock, Arkansas. My family traveled around the country in those days, and I carried my box of crystals with me wherever I went. It was the beginning of my years as a collector of all things small and portable, notably early plastic jewelry and buttons. I still have that collection."

Corky Davidov necklace (Photo by: rockislandjewelry.com) Corky Davidov necklace

For jewelry designer, Corky Davidov, her years as a painter, illustrator, and fashion writer, and collection and passion for 1930's Bakelite led her to co-write her first book, “The Bakelite Jewelry Book” with Ginny Redington Dawes. Following that success, Davidov wrote “Victorian Jewelry-Unexplored Treasures" in 1990.

Recently, she found a box of her mother's 1920's and 30's rhinestone brooches and has used them or inspiration in  her current collection."I love designing and making them. They are as close to rock crystals as I can get and I think of these lovely, brilliant stones in their creative settings as precious new discoveries."

For more information about Corky Davidov's designs, email: rockislandjewels@gmail.com

Dalton Brody is located at 3412 Idaho Avenue NW.  Tel: 202-244-7197

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Georgetown Jingle Raises Spirits and Funding for Pediatric Care

December 17, 2012

Sunday, Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC and the deisgn community held the seventh annual Georgetown Jingle, a family-friendly holiday extravaganza, to benefit Medstar Georgetown University Hospital’s pediatric oncology programs.

Seventeen holiday-themed trees and vignettes in the Hotel's lobby were on display and sold during a silent auction.

2012 Geoorgetown Jingle Event Chairs (Photo by: Kevin Allen Photo) 2012 Geoorgetown Jingle Event Chairs

Arlington-based designer Michael Roberson was the 2012 design chair and selected, with her committee, the participating designers. This year, Sandi Hoffman of Sandi R. Hoffman Special Events created the majestic centre tree in the Hotel lobby. The theme for her centre tree is “The Shaker Abecedarious” based on the 1880s children’s alphabet book A Peaceable Kingdom by Alice Provensen.

The other 2012 participating designers, with their themes were:

  1. Barry Dixon Interiors (Barry Dixon) – Holiday Punch - a Taste of the Holidays
  2. Sandra Meyers Interior Design (Sandra Meyers) – Bells Will Be Ringing
  3. Darlene Solutions (Diane Darling) – Martini Tree
  4. JDS Designs (David Herchik & Richard Looman) – Santa’s Candy Land
  5. Samantha Friedman Interior Design (Samantha Friedman) – Lego Tree
  6. Chistopher Patric Interiors (Christopher Patrick & Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice) –Season’s First Snow
  7. Alter Urban, LLC (John Coplen) – Winter Wonderland Dollhouse
  8. Case Design (Allie Mann) – Suesstacular
  9. Patrick J. Baglino Jr. Interior Design (Patrick J. Baglino, Jr.) – Journey to Oz and Back
  10. The Velvet Frog (Debbie Henry) – Believe
  11. Dolci Gelati & JDS Designs, Inc. (Nick Beck Anastasia Kessler) – La Dolce Vida
  12. Corcoran College of Art & Design ASID ( Kate Roberson & Whitney Osterhout) – Deconstructed Textile Tree
  13. Barnes Vanze Architects (Miriam Dillon & Evelyn Smith) – Festival of Italian Torches
  14. Darlene Molnar LLC & ETSK Design (Darlene Molnar & Sara Knowles) – Storybook Tree
  15. The Queen Bee (Allison Priebe Brooks & Paul Baldwin) – 12 Days of Christmas
  16. Housework Interiors (Dee Thornton) – Paint the Holidays

Children enjoyed sweet holiday treats provided by Georgetown Cupcake, PAUL Bakery and Dolci Gelati; and pictures with Santa, courtesy of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty. Santa's "goodies" were cortesy of Sugar & Ice.

This year's Winter Wonderland was organized by six local designers that organized gingerbread decorating, edible necklaces,  party hats and ornaments.

Patient Ambassador, Caroline and Tully Leung (Photo by: Kevin Allen Photo) Patient Ambassador, Caroline and Tully Leung

Guests enjoyed live entertainment by the singing sensation Pamela Stanley, star of the hit show Diva. Culinary creations and libations from top area chefs and restaurants includedBOURBON STEAK, Rouge 24, Proof, Bibiana Osteria Enoteca, Graffiata, The Source and more. In addition to these gourmet tastings, Four Seasons offered delectable tapas and passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar courtesy of Blue Moon.

The Georgetown Jingle benefits the pediatric programs at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. The funds raised by the 2011 Jingle have established a pediatric bone marrow transplant unit in collaboration with Duke University Hospital, funded unique patient rooms that inspire and support the healing process and funded the special initiatives for the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program.

The funds raised by the 2012 Georgetown Jingle will continue to support the operational and training facilities for the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. The programs are directed by Dr. Aziza Shad, one of the region’s most respected oncologists.

Over the past six years, the Georgetown Jingle has raised USD 1.5 million for these pediatric programs.

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