Runaway Spoon

Chefs take a busman's holiday and go Italian

October 11, 2011

Coming out of the kitchen, a force of embassy chefs on Tuesday joined foreign dignitaries at Cafe Milano to dine on the healthy Italian cuisine of executive chef Fabio Salvatore

The lunch for 25, hosted by Cafe Milano owner Franco Nuschese, toasted the successful heart-healthy series of food events at the World Bank last month.  Irene Pollin’s Sister to Sister Foundation, whose mission it is to make women aware of the perils of heart disease, was a principal sponsor of the World Bank events.

Cafe Milano's executive chef (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Cafe Milano's executive chef
At Cafe Milano, guests included Bulgaria’s ambassador Elena Poptpdorova Petrova; Nuchjaree Klongsungsorn, wife of Thailand’s ambassador; Eva Hafstrom, wife of Sweden’s ambassador; Andras Tibor Bacsi-Nagy, deputy chief of mission at the Hungarian embassy; and Pernille Florin Elbech, a senior advisor at the Royal Danish Embassy.  

Also among those celebrating were Sister to Sister board members Aniko Gaal Schott, Fariba Jahanbani (regional director of Cartier Inc.), Pennie Abramson, Dr. Dennis Cryer, Dr. Ed Rocella, and Dr. Celia Maxwell of Howard University’s Women’s Health Institute.

The chefs honored at Cafe Milano prepared last month’s healthy meals at the World Bank for employees and select guests. They are Lars Beese of the Royal Danish Embassy, Yordan Dimitrov of the Embassy of Bulgaria, Jitapa Haoharn of the Royal Thai Embassy (Georgetown), Frida Johansson of the Embassy of Sweden (Georgetown), and Viktor Merenyi of the Embassy of Hungary.

Franco Nuschese and Lotti Letanoczky (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Franco Nuschese and Lotti Letanoczky

Sister to Sister’s Vice President for International Programs Lotti Letanoczky, wife of the deputy chief of mission at Hungary’s embassy, and Cafe Milano’s banquet staff created the menu, which included sliced cabbage and lettuce salad, branzino (sea bass), and a fruit and sorbet dessert.  

Lapietra red wine (universally touted as good for the circulatory system) was donated by Nuschese’s Capital Wines, importers from Italy.

Aniko Gaal Schott, Sister to Sister board member (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Aniko Gaal Schott, Sister to Sister board member




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S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g it all out

October 1, 2011

A master trainer with the Washington Sports Clubs (a club is located at The Shops at Georgetown Park and another in Glover Park) was named the 2011 Business Driver of Quarter One among all personal trainers within the Town Sports International network which includes more than 150 facilities in Washington, D.C., New York, Boston and Philadelphia. 

He is Devlin J. Barnes, a former professional soccer player who lives in Northwest DC.

“On a personal level Devlin is the type of trainer that draws you in immediately when you meet him. His warm, friendly, engaging personality allows you to see why his clients continually renew," said Mark Mitchell, general manager for Washington Sports Clubs Gallery Place.

A client said:  “He is expert in training people like myself, who have osteoarthritis. After he started training me, I have no more shoulder pain, no more knee pain, and no more hip pain. For this reason alone, I would give him an outstanding rating.”

Barnes, who has been training for more than six years, has built up a large client base that includes both men and women at varying levels of fitness.  The former pro soccer player entered the personal fitness industry in 2005 as something to do during the offseason.  He quickly saw the effect he could have in people's lives and began training full time the next year.

He moved steadily up the ranks, eventually becoming a master trainer, the highest level among NASM professionals. 

Barnes graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2004 with a sports marketing degree.  He was an All-Atlantic 10 performer and team MVP for the UMass Minutemen.  Following college, Barnes played for the Philadelphia KiXX of the Major Indoor Soccer League before moving to the outdoor ranks with the United Soccer League's Atlanta Silverbacks, Wilmington Hammerheads, Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Real Maryland. He now plays in leagues in the D.C. area.

Town Sports International is the public company that owns the WSC brands, among other clubs elsewhere. Ten are in D.C. and close in Virginia.

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Salutes to Georgetown businessmen Richardson and Nuschese at the festive Russian embassy

September 25, 2011

Two prominent businessmen, developer John Richardson, and hospitality executive, Franco Nuschese, will be honored at the Citizens Association of Georgetown’s annual black-tie gala on Friday, December 2nd at the Russian Embassy. 

The gala is a formal, but entertaining night, with dancing, vodka and caviar, and an elegant buffet, according to co-chairs Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans and Patrice Miller.

Franco Nuschese (Photo by: Cafe Milano) Franco Nuschese

More than 400 residents, businesses, organizations and government leaders are expected to attend the 2011 Georgetown Gala.

"John and Franco are constantly going above and beyond for our community,” said Jennifer Altemus, CAG president.

John Richardson (Photo by: Liz Barentzen) John Richardson
 “I am thrilled we are able to have this opportunity to show how much they mean to us.  It's always such a fun evening and being able to honor them there will certainly add to the festivities.  Everyone should mark their calendars for December 2nd now so they don't miss the chance to say thank you. "

Richardson is a builder who has lived in Georgetown since 1976 while raising his son with wife, Nina, and developing his business. He was instrumental in the transformation of Volta Park, from what was a very run down mess – like an old freight yard—filled with inner tubes and dirt and rocks -- to the beautiful park it is today, “ wrote Liz Barentzen in an oral history interview published on the CAG website.

Nuschese, president of Georgetown Entertainment LLC, is principal partner of Cafe Milano.  By lending his name and financial resources, Nuschese has actively supported many D.C. charitable events and civic activities since the restaurant opened in 1992.  Nuschese also is owner of Embassy Row Catering and Capital Wines, an importer of fine Italian wines.

Russian Ambassador and Mrs. Sergey Kislyak are honorary gala chairs.

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