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A Fork by Any Other Name

July 16, 2012

They opened in April and now they need your help. La Forchetta, the new Italian Wesley Heights restaurant owned by Hakan Ilhan (Chef Roberto Donna's in the kitchen) is asking patrons to participate in a new name selection process. 

Guests can visit La Forchetta and submit their proposed name choice and contact information starting Monday, July 23rd through August 15, 2012.

A decision for the new name will be made and announced on the afternoon of August 16. The person responsible for contributing the best name, determined by Hakan and his team, will be rewarded with a donation of $2,000 in his or her name to be given to the charity of their choice. Owner Ilhan presently has a few name choices he is considering ,but wants to see if the community presents a better option for his restaurant before finalizing his decision.  Even if the top name is not picked over Hakan candidate, the winner will each be awarded the $2,000 donation prize as runner-up in the contest.

“Despite filing trademark and trade name registrations before opening, another business in the Washington area with a similar name has expressed concerns about possible confusion of our name with theirs. "Since we have only recently opened, and are happily becoming one of Washington’s most popular new restaurants, we have decided to search for a more distinctive identity,”" states Hakan Ilhan. "“Guests can be assured that the menu and prices will not change and Chef Roberto Donna will continue to provide his legendary cuisine under the new name.”"

La Forchetta is located at 3201 New Mexico Ave. Suite E, NW. Tel: 202.244.2223


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What a Derecho!

July 1, 2012

A weather term we hadn't heard often, but now will define the violent storm hitting the Washington, D.C. area Friday: Derecho. It's a Spanish word meaning 'straight' and refers to a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of a bow echo. Indeed.

3200 block of O Street Saturday (Photo by: Judith Beermann) 3200 block of O Street Saturday

The good news is most of Georgetown retained power from the violent storm but the damage from falling trees was quite extensive.

 


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Renowned Japanese Art Specialist at Bonhams Monday

June 21, 2012

A Laquer Single Case Inro by Shibata Zeshin. Sold for $471,818. (Auction 20189, Lot 266) (Photo by: Bonhams) A Laquer Single Case Inro by Shibata Zeshin. Sold for $471,818. (Auction 20189, Lot 266)

Bonhams Auctioneers’ Director of Japanese Art, Jeff Olson, will be in Georgetown Monday June 25th to meet with clients (by appointment) for upcoming sales in London and New York City. The Japanese department at Bonhams dominates its respective market, allowing consigned Japanese pieces to yield significantly more than their estimated values.

“Bonhams is now the only international auction house actively growing our department to make Japanese art a major focus of our business,” notes Dessa Goddard, Vice President and Director of Asian Art at Bonhams North America. “We now support the largest staff of internationally renowned specialists in Japanese art in the industry.”

A Late18th Century Ivory Netsuke of a Shishi. Sold for $415,620. (Auction 19548, lot 14 y*) (Photo by: Bonhams) A Late18th Century Ivory Netsuke of a Shishi. Sold for $415,620. (Auction 19548, lot 14 y*)

The auction house’s unique emphasis on its Japanese department has allowed it to break multiple world records for Japanese art sales. Under Olson’s leadership, Bonhams broke the record for highest selling Inro at an auction this May with a piece that sold for $471,818 (over ten times its pre-auction estimate). In 2011, the department also broke the record for the highest selling Netsuke at an auction with an ivory netsuke of a shishi. This piece sold for $415,620.

To make an appointment for a free consultation regarding Japanese Art, call Martin Gammon at202.333.1696.

Bonhams is at 2902 M Street.

A Fine Cloisonne Enamel and Partial Plique-a-Jour Square Bowl. Sold for $227,592. (Auction 20190, Lot 333) (Photo by: Bonhams) A Fine Cloisonne Enamel and Partial Plique-a-Jour Square Bowl. Sold for $227,592. (Auction 20190, Lot 333)


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