Hollywood on the Potomac


November 6, 2017

In celebration of Capital One’s newly launched SavorSM card which encourages people to come together to create memorable moments around food, guests gathered at the newly reestablished District Wharf at what some are dubbing “the coolest new waterfront in the country” where renowned celebrity chef Bryan Voltaggio prepared and served a custom four-course meal.  It’s called the Priceless Table!  It was.


About Voltaggio: Bryan is the executive chef and owner of four restaurants including VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal, and RANGE. As a finalist on Top Chef Season 6, Voltaggio is the first chef to compete on both Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. The James Beard Foundation Award finalist co-authored the cookbook, VOLT.Ink, with his brother, Michael and HOME. As a father and chef, Voltaggio is a passionate philanthropist and supports Share Our Strength (SOS) in their fight against childhood hunger. He has raised close to half a million dollars over the last five years to support innovative school breakfast programs, meals for achievement, and the national No Kid Hungry campaign. He lives with his wife and high school sweetheart Jennifer and their children in his hometown of Frederick, MD.


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'The Long Road Home'

November 2, 2017

Martha Raddatz is fearless in our view, but she calls it smart. Not only is she a reporter with ABC News, she is the network’s Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, reports for ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir, Nightline and other network broadcasts, but she actually covers her stories on the ground in places most would fear to tread.  We wondered where her guts came from so we asked her at the Premiere of The Long Road Home shown at National Geographic based on her best-selling book.  “First of all, if anybody says to act like you’re fearless, they’re crazy because you shouldn’t be fearless, you should be smart. I  go home after two weeks,” she told Hollywood on the Potomac. “I think you have to feel passionate about what you do.I  feel passionate about this story, I feel passionate about the fact that 1% of our population, less than 1% of our population, serves and for those families I just feel a profound responsibility to tell those stories.”

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'Sisters First'

October 30, 2017

“It reminds all of us, that people with public profiles are human beings too,” said Mark Dybal while introducing Barbara Bush and her sister Jenna Bush Hager at a book party in their honor for  Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life at The Jefferson Hotel co-hosted by Mark, Connie Milstein, Tammy Haddad and Anita McBride. “This is what we call Washington 60 Minutes,” said Haddad who took over the mic. “It’s such a great book because it’s so uplifting, it makes me jealous that I don’t have a sister.”


Book synopsis: “In this funny and heartfelt memoir, the twin daughters of President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush offer their perspective on growing up in the public eye. Hager (a correspondent for NBC’s Today Show) and Bush (CEO and founder of Global Health Corps) describe their early childhood in Midland, Tex.; attending public high school while living in Austin’s governor’s mansion; and coming of age in the White House under the close scrutiny of the public, the press, and the Secret Service.

Some of the anecdotes are hilarious, as when then–Vice President George H.W. Bush (known here as “Gampy”) set out on a nighttime search for his young granddaughter’s misplaced stuffed animal, with a band of Secret Service agents trailing with flashlights, or when prankster Jenna’s water broke at her baby shower (even her husband didn’t believe it because the sisters had fibbed in the past). There are many loving reminiscences of the sisters’ close relationship and of the bond they share with their parents, advice and guidance from their grandparents (with some witty one-liners from grandmother Barbara “The Enforcer” Bush, who said to her son, “I don’t care if you are the president of the United States, take your feet off my coffee table”), as well as sober reflections on the war in Iraq, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the tough and sometimes unpopular decisions the authors’ father made while in office. Readers will be entertained by this charming, wild, and wonderful pair of life stories.” Publishers Weekly

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