Hollywood on the Potomac

Cultural Perfection

June 5, 2017

Written by guest contributor Joe David

 

The Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center was rocking last week when over one thousand guests gathered in the atrium for the popular ninth-annual 2017 Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge (ECC), sponsored by TCMA (a Drew Company).

 

Among the guests gathering in the atrium and overflowing into adjoining rooms to sample the generous servings of food and drink were some of Washington’s most prominent diplomats, socialites and VIPS. Singers, dancers, and bands distracted the partygoers by filling the rooms with the exotic sounds and rhythms from around the world. As enjoyable as the music was, as professional as the entertainers were, the focus of the evening was still the food, which was prepared with authentic skill by embassy chefs trained to magically transform the familiar (chicken, fish, lamb and beef) into something unique and delicious with their gilded fingers. Many of the guests showed their appreciation for all the chefs hard work by lining up eagerly for a taste, some even for seconds of their favorite dish.


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Unmasking Washington!

May 28, 2017

No one expected Kate and Wills to show up in Washington so soon after her sister “Pippa” Middleton’s nuptials, but they did – May 24th to be exact. It’s hard to resist any invitation from Gérard Araud, the Ambassador of France, let alone a blow out uber champagne party at the residence to say farewell after years of keeping Washingtonians very happy. Araud also served as France’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was previously posted in DC.

 

“I’ve been told I have to be brief, to be light and I shouldn’t cry,” Araud told a crowd of about 400 who by the time he hit the podium were on their 3rd glass of bubbly – make that four.  “Let’s say that it’s au revoir for me, which means that we will meet again and maybe we meet again in three weeks or three months, but I’m sure that we’ll meet again. I have spent in all, eight years in this country. As you’ve noticed, I didn’t get rid of my accent and actually, when I was much younger, – a long time ago, – I spent four years in Washington, DC.  So in a sense, I have been getting used to this … and so  now that I know you so well, I really have the impression that I have to stay with you.”  Everyone would second that and after the election of President Emmanuel Macron we are hoping there might be a chance of cancelling the recall.


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The Hamptons!

May 22, 2017

“When you mix them all together, it’s mayhem,” author Holly Peterson told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book launch in her honor at The Jefferson Hotel in Washington, DC for her latest tome it Happens in the Hamptons hosted by Constance Milstein, Tammy Haddad, Kathy O’Hearn, Hilary Rosen, Juleanna Glover, Carol Melton and Heather Podesta.

 

The mix refers to any summer community whether it’s Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket or Aspen or Amelia Island or other lake communities. “When you have a summer community, the difference between the classes is shown in Technicolor, especially in the summer. You often have a group of people, often one-percenters, who are coming in for the summer and invading with their second homes or their rentals, or certainly people with a lot more means who have enough money to vacation or own a second home. Then you have the whole rest of the local population. You have a huge clash of cultures, of classes, and of different backgrounds intermingling,” she explained.

 

“For any writer, that tension is our lifeblood. That’s what the book is really about. The book is about the class conflict that’s going on that is railing this country and politics and everything everybody’s talking about these days. But it’s wrapped up, hopefully, in a sexy, fun little present of life in The Hamptons with these ridiculous new money people who are worth half a billion dollars, these hedge fund guys, and old money people who have grown up in country clubs for generations, who have a lot less money, but are still by all measures well-off. Then there is a very vibrant local population of AV technicians and vintners and restaurateurs and teachers and painters.”


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