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Diplomats Gather at Hungarian Embassy For Pulitzer Salon

August 20, 2017

Hungary’s new Ambassador to the United States, Dr. László Szabó and three colleagues from Central and Eastern Europe joined together at the Hungarian Embassy to stress that good political relations must be cultivated with the USA, both in the White House and in Congress.

 “We must make ourselves relevant to America and that requires stating why good relations with Hungary are important,” said Szabo.  Poland’s ambassador agreed, stressing that it is much more powerful to present to the United States that the four nations  are an "alliance” and work as one on key issues.

That is, strength in unity.

Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Laszlo Szabo (Photo by: The Hungarian Embassy) Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Laszlo Szabo

Participating in the seminar were Czech Republic Ambassador Hynek Kmoniček, Polish Ambassador Piotr Wilczek and Slovak Republic charge d’Affairs Jozef Polakovič. Among the issues discussed was the “political leverage” of these “Visegrad Four” nations with the Trump Administration.

Kmonicek, with a smile, noted that three of President Trump’s children are half Czech. The President’s first wife is of Czech heritage. First Lady Melania Trump is from Slovenia, also in Central/Eastern Europe.

Wilczek recalled that Trump has said that “78 percent of the Polish people” in the United States voted for him.

The four officials participated in the Pulitzer Salon, an ongoing activity, named after Joseph Pulitzer, the Hungarian-born American congressman and newspaper publisher. The salon offers an opportunity for American and Hungarian journalists to discuss current Hungarian-American bilateral relations, the integration of the western Balkan region and matters of global importance.

In an earlier Tweet on Aug. 14, the Hungarian ambassador wrote about the Charlottsville, Va., tragedy:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family members of Heather Heyer. Hatred and violence have no place in society.”

At the seminar, only matters relevant to the four countries were discussed.

The Hungarian ambassador is no stranger to America.

He was human resources director for the U.S. pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and spent several years working at the company’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. 

More recently, he was parliamentary state secretary in the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and met with some of the largest U.S. companies and investors.


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Manchester United in Georgetown

July 25, 2017

For the last two days, Georgetown University has hosted one of the biggest soccer clubs in the world.  As a lead up to an International Champions Cup match, the Hoyas hosted Manchester United for two practices and a pre-match press conference.

Although word got around that the Manchester guys were in Georgetown, there was no formal announcement of the practices. That said, local youngsters heard of the practices through the sports grapevine and showed up for autographs.

A practice. (Photo by: Georgetown U. Sports) A practice.

 “One of the unique things of being at a place like Georgetown is having the opportunity to host teams like Manchester United, the Argentine National Team and MLS teams when they come into town to play DC United,” said Georgetown Head Men’s Soccer Coach Brian Wiese.

“It’s special for our guys to get up close and personal and watch some of their idols and heroes from five feet away.”

Man U faces FC Barcelona in the International Champions Cup at FedEx Field on Wednesday (July 26).  This is preseason for the Premiere League giants who have already gone 4-0 while in the United States. 

Georgetown’s Shaw Field has hosted many MLS and international squads including the Argentine National Team in 2015.  The campus is a natural partner for visiting teams from all over the world and Georgetown as well as its student-athletes benefit from so many big time players coming into the region.The soccer student-athletes and coaches were able to volunteer with the team and observe practice as well as meet some of the players following training. 

The match is the final fixture in the states before Man U returns to Europe for its last two preseason contests.


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Il Canale Only DC Restaurant Ever To Win Honor from Italian Experts

June 14, 2017

Il Canale manager Giorgio Greco displays Italian food that helped win the honor (Photo by: il Canale) Il Canale manager Giorgio Greco displays Italian food that helped win the honor

il Canale, Georgetown is the only D.C. restaurant ever to receive the top culinary honor from the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce and the National Institute of Tourism. 

“…we are able to recognize and reward excellent purveyors of Italian food…” the Chamber said in presenting the award to Georgetown’s il Canale and a contingent of leading Italian restaurants in New York City on June 8.

In connection with the award ceremony  was the 7th annual show, “Ospitalita Italiana: The Authentic Italian Table,” one of the best Italian culinary experiences that New York City has to offer, said a statement from the Chamber.

In order to receive Italy’s prestigious National Institute of Tourism’s seal of approval, a restaurant must meet extensive criteria, including a menu of authentic Italian wines and specialty food products. Also, dishes also must be exclusively prepared by Italian-trained chefs.

Joe & Teresa Farruggio at the Il Canale food service table (Photo by: il Canale) Joe & Teresa Farruggio at the Il Canale food service table

Restaurant owner GiuseppeJoe” Farruggio accepted the plaque in ceremonies at the Consulate General of Italy in New York. Presenting the award were Italian Consulate General Francesco Genuardi, and Federico Tozzi, secretary general of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce.

“Ospitalita’ Italiana: The Authentic Italian Table” was held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, where more than 40 certified restaurants participated with tastes of authentic pastas, pizzas and much more.  Il Canale was part of this event celebrating all things Italian. Joe was accompanied by his wife, Teresa, and il Canale manager Giorgio Greco. Il Canale served Cannoli Siciliani and arancini at the show.  Teresa is the creator of il Canale’s arancini.

Said the Chamber in its publicity: “This consortium, founded in 2005, is an association that consists of farmers whose main goal is to bring the best quality Italian foods and wines to the culinary market…. Most member companies own farms or vineyards, and Alba Exports works with them alongside the Italian government to transport their products abroad.”


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