Hollywood on the Potomac

The Best of 2015

January 3, 2016

“I had a boyfriend who broke up with me and I was crying,” Fox News Anchor Maria Bartiromo told an audience of almost 2,000 at the 40th Anniversary of NIAF Gala at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel about a puppy love.  “I was so young and I remember saying to my mom, ‘Don’t tell anyone, I don’t want anyone to know this – just us.’ Well, she left my bedroom and went right upstairs and told my father, proceeded to call my sister, told my brother. And it was such a lesson for me because in my family my problem was everyone’s problem. I think as a kid, that had an enormous impact on me because I realized and I thought that I could do anything, because it didn’t matter; whatever I did, even if I failed, I had my family.”

Italian life is all about La Familia. “This is the way that we were raised and this is the value of the culture that we celebrate tonight. It must have been so hard to leave a place where you had so much safety surrounded by friends and family,” she said of her ancestors, “but they had that much hopefulness and optimism that if you came to America you could start anew, create a better life for your family; and frankly that is exactly what they did.”

That Italian experience was backed up by others: That sense of family and family support that is one debt of gratitude we owe to our ancestors, and that is a legacy that not only supported our families, but was a great investment in America. “We have become fully a part of the American Dream,” said John Cavelli. “Those are terms that Governor Cuomo spoke very eloquently about at the Democratic National Convention. – that we are a part of the mosaic: ‘We can make it all the way with the whole family in tact.'” As for the boy that broke Maria’s heart?  As newly inducted NIAF Hall of Fame singer Connie Francis would say: Who’s Sorry Now?

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Columbia Unfiltered

December 29, 2015

Forget Starbucks: The Embassy of Colombia has the best coffee in town…… just ask guests who attended a coffee tasting reception at the Residence of Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón and his wife Pilar.  While it’s true that the iconic Colombian farmer “Juan Valdez” didn’t show up on his famous mule Conchita, hundreds of others did. Valdez, of course, has been the symbolic branding face of 100% Colombian Coffee since the ’50s.

The occasion featured world renowned coffee from the regions of Antioquia, Huila, Cauca, Caldas and Sierra Nevada brought in by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation.  Rather than explain all the nuances, get on the social list!

Hollywood on the Potomac had a chance to chat with Amb. Pinzón at the recent private screening of Gabo at The Motion Picture Association of America where he emphasized how the country has transformed – a message he is most adamant about.

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La Soirée

December 23, 2015

Artist Pascal Blondeau brought a lot of guests to the holiday festivities at the residence of The Ambassador of France Gérard Araud to hang out with him – literally.  Decking the boughs of a massive pine tree – traditionally decorated with candy canes, angels and garlands or the Star of Bethlehem – the hanging miniature stuffed polar bears were a tribute to the recent UN climate change conference held in Paris.

“Never have the stakes of an international meeting been so high, since what is at stake is the future of the planet, the future of life,” President François Hollande of France told a packed United Nations audience at the convention held at a nearby suburb of Paris. “I believe, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., that there is such a thing as being too late.  And when it comes to climate change, that hour is almost upon us.  But if we act here, if we act now, if we place our own short-term interests behind the air that our young people will breathe, and the food that they will eat, and the water that they will drink, and the hopes and dreams that sustain their lives, then we won’t be too late for them,” said President Barack Obama.  The Paris agreement: A done deal!

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