Hollywood on the Potomac
By contributor Donna Shor
Once a year Barry Glassman, president of McLean’s Glassman Wealth Services, puts down the stock quotes and takes up a ladle in the effort to fight the illness affecting 700,000 plus brain tumor sufferers in the U.S.
Utilizing his culinary skills, he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research and offer comprehensive care to victims across the nation.
At Saturday night’s Twelfth Annual Chef Night, he succeeded yet again. As the event’s fame has spread, supporters jumped from 150 last year to 230 this year partying at The Powerhouse, a new venue in Georgetown big enough to hold the sizable crowd.
This is the repurposed building on Grace Street that housed the power source for the old paper mill nearly 100 years ago and later stored Georgetown’s streetcars. It’s a gorgeous space in industrial-chic style, with two huge floors and a terrific overlook down from the second – a great party venue.
It was a pitch perfect evening of elegance for the 45th Annual Meridian Ball. The sky was clear, the moon was full and the October air was crisp and cool. As one guest remarked: “If you can find a better one let me know.”
The ball is a staple event for Washington influencers that celebrates the work of the Meridian International Center whose mission is hinged on bringing together people from around the world to create international awareness and understanding.
The evening attracts a mix of media, ambassadors, politicos and diplomats–the best-of-the-best in Washington turns out for this evening and this year did not disappoint. A blend of VIPs from dozens of countries crowded the historic house and garden mingling with dozens of government workers who were breathing a sigh of relief that they could be out and celebrating now that the infamous shutdown had ended.
We’re not sure what H.E. Ramón Gil-Casares, The Ambassador of Spain, was being served aboard his transatlantic flight to and from Madrid on official business, but those of us who dined on salmon tartar, lamb medallions with sauteed potatoes, pineapple and melon sorbet served with La Val-Albarino – Rias Baixas 2011 and Toro 2008 courtesy of Moet Hennessy at his Foxhall residence preceeding The Meridian Ball – we want to say thank you!
“Welcome to the Spanish house,” said Charge d’Affairs Juan Manuel Molina. “We are celebrating our long cooperation with Meridian House. We have a long history, founded about forty-five years ago. Today, dialoque is very important in a global society. We are very happy to be here with you and appreciate your cooperation. I would like to raise my glass to all of us and celebrate together our common friendship especially on international understanding in these interesting times. Muchissimas gracias.”