Hollywood on the Potomac

Michelin Guide DC

December 30, 2018

Nothing against tires, but guests that showed up for the Annual Michelin party at the Residence of France weren’t there for tires. Guests indulged in a night of Champagne and gourmet cuisine hosted by Ambassador Gérard Araud and The Michelin Guide DC 2019 team to honor the best restaurants in Washington.  So, how did a tire company become an authority on fine dining?  Joanie Martin, Chief Administrative Officer for Michelin North America, explained it this way: “I’ve worked for Michelin for more than 21 years, including an assignment at our headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Working in the birthplace of Michelin really helped me understand the essence of the Michelin brand at a deeper level. I’ve traveled to cities across the country to represent Michelin with our customers. I have found that US cities like Washington, DC that have Michelin Guides also have a deep sense of identity and pride, which is expressed so beautifully in the cuisine and experiences created by these extraordinary chefs in their restaurants.”

“Sometimes I hear people ask, ‘The Michelin Guide, is that Michelin, the tire company? How are tires related to restaurants?’ The answer to this question is, of course, yes, it is that Michelin,” Martin further explained.  “In the early days of motoring, the Michelin brothers simply wanted to make it easier for people to drive more and enjoy the experience. The Michelin Guide started as a guide to services for the automobiles like fuel and tire repairs, and just a short time later The Red Guide began to include stars that rated the restaurants, the very same ratings framework that continues today.The guides helped establish Michelin as a trusted partner, a companion for trips to enjoy exceptional cuisine that is worth a special journey while also giving motorists the opportunity to use their tires. Nearly 120 years later, the same spirit is in the heart of Michelin’s culture. Our purpose is that we care about giving people a better way forward. In a sense, every trip is a special journey. That spirit and purpose inspire Michelin’s entire approach to mobility. We help make it possible for people and goods to move about affordably and efficiently.”


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Some 'Bests' of 2018

December 26, 2018

Knock Out Abuse: Nothing is more powerful than women supporting other women. On November 1, during the 25th Anniversary Knock Out Abuse Gala, $1 million dollars were raised to benefit women and children who are survivors of domestic abuse. This was a record-breaking year for the 25th  fundraising gala. For the first time in Knock Out Abuse gala history, $1 million dollars were raised through sponsorships, extraordinary silent and live auctions and ticket sales. 

The funds raised are a third more of what was raised in during the 2017 gala. The three chairwomen responsible for this achievement are: Norma Commons Ramsey, Ann Walker Marchant and Denise Grant. The funds will benefit women and children who are survivors of domestic abuse. Beneficiaries are: Crossway Community, Safe Shores, The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, and Bethany House. Kathleen Guinan, CEO of Crossway Community, the recipient of the Break The Silence Award, spoke about the impact of Knock Out Abuse’s support.


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Parties. Parties.

December 23, 2018

Qorvis Holiday Party at Cafe Milano:  “The Holidays are a time of sharing. It’s a great time to bring people together from all parts of the world and all different political ideologies together in different gatherings in DC and that’s what Washington is all about – making positive things happen together, regardless of our ideology or geographic differences.” Matt J. Lauer, Executive VP Qorvis Communications.

The Emperor’s Birthday hosted by Ambassador and Mrs. Sugiyama at The Residence. “Every year we hold a reception to celebrate the Emperor’s birthday but tonight is special because we are not only saying happy birthday but goodbye and thank you. His Majesty the Emperor, who is turning 85, will abdicate on April 30th after 30 years on the Throne. His Majesty is seen as the ‘people’s Emperor’ and known for his kindness and commitment to the public. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, he visited the area sharing a message of comfort and compassion, urging people not to ‘abandon hope’ but to help one other. The past 30 years of His Majesty’s Throne has coincided with an era when Japan-U.S. friendship strengthened and our alliance became the foundation of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Next time, we will celebrate the birthday of the new Emperor, the 58-year-old His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, who will accede to the Throne May 1st.” Ambassador Sugiyama


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