Hollywood on the Potomac

'The 33'

October 29, 2015

We’re fairly certain that prior to Aug. 5th of 2010 nobody knew what a Fénix Capsule was.  All of that changed when a copper and gold mine collapsed and ignited disaster in Chile, trapping 33 men underground and keeping millions of viewers attached to their TV screens.

“With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed men. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a test of the human spirit.” IMDb

Lou Diamond Phillips – who plays Luis “Don Lucho” Urzúa the shift foreman and who took a leading role while the miners were trapped and helped make more accurate maps of the cave for the rescue crews – engaged reporters and camera crews on The Red Carpet before joining Congressional Members and other Washington players.  “Great art is often life affirming, and this movie is life affirming.” he says of his role.

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Gateway to Edgy

October 26, 2015

According to some dictionaries, watergate is defined as the gate of a town or castle opening on to a lake, river, or sea. We define it as an incident that occured during the 1972 US presidential campaign and a series of scandals that followed during the Nixon administration; or as The Free Dictionary puts it: “When a group of agents employed by the re-election organization of President Richard Nixon were caught breaking into the Democratic Party headquarters in the Watergate building, Washington, DC. The consequent political scandal was exacerbated by attempts to conceal the fact that senior White House officials had approved the burglary and eventually forced the resignation of President Nixon.”  No matter the variances of definition, Watergate will forever symbolize both luxury and political scandal.

For years, the adjacent Watergate Hotel was the watering hole of the rich and famous, heads of state, visiting dignitaries, and most notably the Watergate buglers.  We’re not sure how it fell into disarray and shut down almost a decade ago …… but the legend is back after years of collecting dust and memories.  Hollywood on the Potomac attended a Washington Post panel event in 2012 with all of the Watergate players in tow, including Woodward and Bernstein, the then cub reporters who broke the story as well as Editor Ben Bradlee who approved the courageous journalistic move.

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HRC Chefs Night

October 22, 2015

“I’m with Edible DC Magazine; a local food magazine and I volunteer every year for this event in drag ….. so I  come over to help and it’s a great opportunity. I just love seeing all the chefs and bartenders come out to support equality.”  Had he not been in drag, we may have recognized him; but that not being the case, here is the photo – let the I.D. contest begin.

Edible DC Magazine launched a little over a year and half ago, backed by the award winning Edible Community. “Releasing each issue is like dropping your kids off at the first day of school, you question all your decisions from editorial to design. The good news, after a year and a half with lots of bumps and bruises we are thriving.” The mission of Edible DC is to nourish, support, educate and celebrate the growing local food community within and surrounding Washington, D.C.  and on the farmers, growers, fishers, home cooks, chefs and others who energize the culinary community.

Anyone who skipped lunch before the Chefs for Equality event at the Ritz-Carlton is probably having buyer’s remorse.  Suggestion: Skip the scales.  But thank you Chefs, we’ll get over it.  Those would include West End Bistro, Birch & Barley, Carmine’s, Bar Pilar, Mango Tree, Cafe Dupont, District Commons, Matchbox, Slate Wine Bar, The Daily Dish, 1789, Lincoln, Bourbon Steak, Central Michel Richard, Dolci Gelato, City Perch, Susan Gage Caterer’s, Dog Tag Bakery, and least we forget – Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats!

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