Hollywood on the Potomac

Food, Glorious Food

April 7, 2017

Written by guest contributor Joe David


Food from around the world was gloriously served last week during a night of fine dining for 30 select journalists and diplomats at the private Washington, DC residence of H.E. Budi Bowoleksono, The Ambassador of Indonesia and Mrs. Reshanty Bowoleksono. It was an exotic night of delicious food, in which the cuisine representing five countries was featured and served by a formally attired staff of men and women, who unobtrusively attended to the specific culinary needs of each guest.


While the guests chatted and became acquainted over hors d’oeuvres and drinks, the direction of their conversation would suddenly take a turn as they sampled with delight the pleasantly unfamiliar taste of what they were served. To heighten the anticipation of each course to come, in the background  a Javanese gamelan softly played, a video provided scenes from a banquet, not unlike what was unfolding that evening, of happy guests enjoying spectacularly delicious-looking food.

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Happy Birthday Maestro!

April 2, 2017

We’re not sure if Amtrak regular Vice President Joe Biden was caught up in the birthday bash of legendary conductor Arturo Toscanini (1867- 1957) held at Union Station in Washington, DC – but hundreds of others were.  The celebrated chamber orchestra Cameristi della Scala (Milan) held the free concert which was sponsored by Lane Construction.


Pietro Salini, Chairman of Lane Industries Inc. – a leading U.S. construction company specializing in the transportation, infrastructure and energy industries – produced the extraordinary event.

Cameristi della Scala was founded in 1982 and is formed by musicians from the legendary orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in Milan (Italy), one of the most important opera houses in the world. It is acclaimed worldwide for its sensitive interpretations of the chamber orchestra repertory.

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Goût de France!

March 27, 2017

The best restaurant in Washington, DC is at the residence of The Ambassador of France Gérard Araud.  So says he, so say we….and so says the rest of the world who simultaneously celebrated GOÛT DE  FRANCE, LE 21 MARS 2017 – a dinner to celebrate gastronomy worldwide. In 150 countries around the world, restaurants and embassies offered 1500 dinners to celebrate France’s gastronomy by inviting the public to share a “French dinner.” In each participating restaurant, the event paid tribute to a vibrant, open and innovative cuisine, while remaining true to its values of sharing, pleasure, respect for good food and for the planet. The Goût de France/Good France project was organized on the initiative of Alain Ducasse and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development.


In the words of the great French Chef Alain Ducasse: “French cuisine is the interpreter of a cuisine that has evolved towards lightness in harmony with its environment. The common point of this event is generosity, sharing and the love of what is beautiful and tastes good. It will be a delightful interlude and an opportunity to celebrate French cuisine worldwide.”


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