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CAG Wins Georgetown Iron Chef Cook-Off

April 9, 2013

Cooks for the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) won the cook-off championship Monday night at the new Capella Hotel Georgetown on 31st Street.

On the winning team were CAG President Jennifer M. Altemus, John Girouard, Colleen Girouard, Kallie Seniff and Betsy Cooley.

Capella Chef Jakob Esko displays ingredient (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Capella Chef Jakob Esko displays ingredient

The Capella reception for the Georgetown Business Association, Georgetown Business Improvement District and CAG featured a Georgetown Iron Chef competition on the patio right next to the C&O Canal. The ingredients were supplied by the hotel’s restaurant. The expertise was by the participating competitors.

Among the judges were Sonya Bernhardt, publisher of the Georgetowner newspaper, Jakob Esko, executive chef at the hotel, and hotel GM Alex Obertop.  Or at least we think so, because judging was done behind closed curtains in an interior dining room, although the cooks did their slicing, dicing, frying, and whatever out on the patio for all to see on a beautiful night. The winning dish was a yummy combo of fish and vegetables, said Esko.

The Capella has been doing a series of events to celebrate its recent opening.

Better luck next time: Bill Starrels, Janine Schoonover, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said, Rokas Beresniovas (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Better luck next time: Bill Starrels, Janine Schoonover, Cecilia Browning, Riyad Said, Rokas Beresniovas

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If Shakespeare Had A Camera....

March 10, 2013

Chateau de Chambord (France) in the clouds (Photo by: Nina Dunn) Chateau de Chambord (France) in the clouds

The Shakespeare Theatre Company will exhibit a selection of images created by world-travelling photographer Nina Dunn, who brings 24 works from her European collection to the Sidney Harman Hall from March 28 through June 2.  

Dunn’s photographs will be displayed and offered for sale during the run of the company’s Hero/Traitor Repertory featuring the productions Coriolanus and Wallenstein. Sidney Harman Hall is at 610 F Street NW.

Dunn’s work translates the beauty and spirit of Shakespeare’s Europe through vivid photographs taken from unconventional perspectives, said a Shakespeare Theater Group statement.

St. Petersburg skyline (Photo by: Nina Dunn) St. Petersburg skyline

“I am excited to use this exhibition to help the Shakespeare Theater Company and honored to have my work shown in this spectacular venue,” said Dunn who resides in the DC Palisades neighborhood.

Dunn has a fine artistic eye which it comes to highlighting light, color and shape to create graphic details with show-stopping results. 

Ed Zakreski, STC’s chief development officer, says, “the passion Nina has for her photography is clearly visible. We are thrilled that she has chosen to generously use her talent to benefit the theater.”

Amalfi Coast beach (Photo by: Nina Dunn) Amalfi Coast beach

All proceeds from the purchase of the framed photos and acrylics will benefit the artistic and education programs of the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Dunn is a STC patron and Bard Association member.

Dunn has practiced her photography alongside her practice of law, which includes a range of international trade and investment, securities law and national security matters.

She has traveled the world for her legal work and to pursue her devotion to photography.

For additional information on the photographer and her work, visit

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A New IPod Touch Is The Prize

February 27, 2013

Now and through Friday March 15, to celebrate its first anniversary, Beasley Real Estate is running a contest for all new and current mobile app clients. The prize: a new iPod Touch

All a user has to do is download the Beasley Real Estate mobile or iPad application and then enter the contest by visiting The user will be asked a question about the Beasley Real Estate App to complete their entry into the contest.

Beasley Real Estate will randomly select the winning entry on March 16, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.  The winner will be notified by email.   The prize will be only the iPod Touch hardware and does not include data plan, contract, or accessories. 

All of the Beasley’s mobile applications are free resources for clients and all consumers in the DC, VA and MD markets.

The Beasley Real Estate apps allow users to:

  • Perform a home search based on your unique, current location
  • Google maps connection allowing users to find attractions and services near a home
  • Share property information with their friends and family
  • Find nearby restaurants, schools, shopping and more
  • Connect directly with a Beasley agent
  • Save searches and favorite spots.
    Tyler Jeffrey (Photo by: Beasley RE) Tyler Jeffrey

In other news, Beasley Real Estate has announced that Tyler Jeffrey, one of Washington, D.C.’s top performing agents, has joined the company. Jeffrey sold more than $25 million in properties in 2012. 

“Tyler is a great addition to Beasley,” said Jim Bell, founder and managing partner at Beasley. “I have watched him become one of the area’s top performing agents. He embodies our core values, most importantly sharing our ‘client first’ approach to real estate.”

To learn more, visit Beasley Real Estate.

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