Hollywood on the Potomac

'The Profiles'

January 21, 2018

“My faith has been a lifeline for me. It says in scripture ‘I’ve set before you blessings and curses, life and death – choose life.’ And that’s when I had to make a decision to do when I was 20,” film-maker Betsy Kennedy Ryzewicz told Hollywood on the Potomac at an evening presentation on the power of film to change culture at The Fund for American Studies DC’s headquarters!  “I didn’t have a conventional home. My father had died when I was young. I was estranged from my mother and really I just had to lean on a savior. So that’s my personal connection to my faith, and I didn’t come from a religious background. My father was Catholic and I grew up going to a Presbyterian church.”

Betsy graduated from Stanford University and received her MFA from USC School of Cinema Television in Production. At USC, Kennedy was awarded The Jacob Javitz Scholarship and The Harvey Fellowship. She spent most of her time there working on her thesis film on the band Switchfoot. She began her professional career working for Mel Gibson’s Icon production and then The Robert Simonds Company in feature film development. In 2008, Kennedy also created and produced an original 13-episode extreme sports television series starring Kyle Loza.

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Bon Anniversaire!

January 10, 2018

Lynda Webster was born on New Years Day …… the first baby born on New Years Day in Macomb Township, McDonough County, Illinois to be exact.  “I quickly learned it was the worst day of the year besides Christmas to have a birthday. Parents were always hungover, nobody wanted to have a pink birthday cake and nobody even as an adult wanted to go out to dinner that night. In fact Bill (her husband William Webster) always says, ‘What’s for dinner, honey?’ So after all these years of having a very disappointing birthday, with a few exceptions, I decided ‘I’m just going to give a birthday party for myself and invite my most fun friends.’ So you are my most fun friends.”

As it turns out, the fun friends were those who wouldn’t mind putting on an apron and cooking their own dinner – and we thought that was ‘fake news.’  Guests ended up at CulinAerie on 14th Street.  A beeline to the wine bar ensued when we realized it wasn’t ‘fake news.’


Enter Susan Holt who explained everything.  Susan C. Holt, CulinAerie co-founder graduated with honors from L’Academie de Cuisine’s two-year Culinary Career Training Program in 1989 and worked in various Washington, D.C. restaurants for six years, notably Georgetown’s famous 1789, at which she held the position of executive sous-chef for two years. She also worked at The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton for two-star Michelin chef Gerard Pangaud, as well as authoring a newsletter, Tastes and Flavors, for his eponymous restaurant. Susan was an instructor at L’Academie de Cuisine for twelve years, teaching such classical technique-driven classes as bouillabaisse, puff paste, risotto, and soufflés. She has conducted classes at Sur la Table, The US Botanic Gardens, The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, and Montgomery (MD) College, as well as having been featured on Fox Morning News, Good Morning Washington, and The Ask Heloise Show. She is a former Board member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. Translation: She’s good!

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Best of 2017 Parties: Part II

January 2, 2018

Mayor Muriel Bowser, Franco Nuschese and Councilmember Jack Evans (Photo by: Bruce V. Boyajian) Mayor Muriel Bowser, Franco Nuschese and Councilmember Jack Evans

T’was the 16th Night Before Christmas Party hosted by Sara and Ron Bonjean!


No way to describe this one other than to say it’s insane, which is why no one misses it. Each year the Bonjeans invite a surprise guest from La La Land. This year it was Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott. Guests were impressed – they were incredibly gracious.



Everyone that ever went to Cafe Milano was there ... wandering between tents set up for the occasion. Always fun at Milano!


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