Hollywood on the Potomac
“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.”
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.
The art world duked it out in typical congressional fashion when Art Soiree and Suspicious Package joined forces at The Ritz Carlton in Georgetown. In case you’ve forgotten what that means, it was one night for the Republicans, one night for the Democrats – and never the twain shall meet. It was about political ideologies and party lines as in ‘IT’S LEFT & IT’S RIGHT’ and all about the midterm elections edition, so you had to take sides.
It was a look back through artistic commentary and critique on Democrats and Republican alike during each respective night. The night with the highest attendance being the deciding factor on who will win this year. Looked like typical gridlock to us as both nights were filled to capacity.
The cartoons on display were a solo exhibition by KAL, i.e. Kevin Kallaugher. KAL is the editorial cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun.