Hollywood on the Potomac

Oscar Countdown: 12 Years a Slave

February 16, 2014

In our countdown to the Oscars, we continue with Best Picture. Our previous countdown eliminated everything else so guess that means we are going with 12 Years a Slave.

"12 Years a Slave is a 2013 British-American historical drama film and an adaptation of the 1853 memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup, a New York State-born free negro who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. in 1841 and sold into slavery. He worked on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before his release. The first scholarly edition of Northup’s memoir, co-edited in 1968 by Sue Eakin and Joseph Logsdon, carefully retraced and validated the account and concluded it to be accurate.

This is the third feature film directed by Steve McQueen written by John Ridley. Chiwetel Ejiofor starred in the leading role of Northup. Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt and Alfre Woodard featured in supporting roles. Principal photography took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, from June 27 to August 13, 2012, on a production budget of $20 million. The locations used were four historic antebellum plantations: Felicity, Magnolia, Bocage, and Destrehan. Of the four, Magnolia is nearest to the actual plantation where Northup was held.”  Wikepedia

12 Years a Slave is what we would call a perfect movie: Perfect editing – Perfect casting – Perfect character performances.  Had it not been for editing, our backup choices American Hustle and Gravity, (which we didn’t expect to like, but did) could have made this a toss-up.  En fin, we’re going with 12 Years a Slave for Best Picture.


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Pinstripes!

February 9, 2014

“In 1971 I was ten years old and bowling. That’s when I got inspired …  ten years old bowling in Cleveland…. it was great way to have fun and that’s how it got started,” said Dale Schwartz – Founder/CEO of Pinstripes at the Georgetown opening.  “Georgetown is our fifth location.  We started in Chicago.  We are redefining entertainment in a really quality way – great food, great atmosphere, great service – just good community quality fun!”

Pinstripes is the latest addition to the newly renovated GTown Park that pretty much gobbles up the entire facility, occupying 34,000 square feet of first and second floor space where everything begins with a “B” – Bowling, Bocce and Bistro.

“We’re a community venue,” added Sandie Montgomery, event director for Pinstripes who flew in from Chicago. “Our food is terrific, phenomenal. We have our mom and tots in the morning, we have our corporate lunches and we also have a gorgeous ballroom that seats 250 people as well as our more intimate dining area bistro.  We’re basically an Italian-American concept featuring a wine cellar of Italian wine.”


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Truffles, Truffles, Truffles

January 27, 2014

It was all about truffles (often referred to as “diamonds of the kitchen”) at the home of Winston Lord where friends gathered to celebrate “Sips and Sups” – a major celebration of food and community in the Washington, DC metro area. That would be as in Mini Duck Pate en Croute, Croque Madame with Black Truffle, Arancini, Steat Tartate or Cheese Fondue Ravioli with Shaved Black Truffle of Atlantic Turbot with Vermouth Emulsion, Lee, Black Truffle.  Anyway, you get the point, truffles made their way from France and Italy into the Winston home.

Sips and Suppers” began with Alice Waters, an American chef, restaurateur, activist and author famous for using organic and locally-grown ingredients to raise the awareness of homelessness and hunger in the nation’s capital and to promote efforts to develop sustainable and local solutions to these challenges.

On Saturday, Sips celebrated the contribution young people make to feeding and supporting their community at the Newseum featuring top artisan chefs and mixologits preparing their signature dishes and drinks and featuring a live jazz band. On Sunday, Suppers featured some of the country’s finest chefs preparing meals in approximately 30 private homes throughout the city to benefit DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table.

 


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