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Free Expo Italiana Showcases Tastes, Sounds & Products

October 1, 2015

To celebrate its 40th birthday, the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is bringing back the popular Expo Italiana. On Saturday, October 17, Expo Italiana will showcase Italian food and specialties, wine, fashion and culture, as part of the foundation’s 40th Anniversary Awards Gala weekend. 

Mark your calendars:  Expo Italiana – free and open to the public -- will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, in Exhibition Hall C, from 9:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

David Greco owner of the famous Mike’s Deli of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, N.Y., will prepare old-fashioned sandwiches and Italian specialties as a complimentary lunch for all guests.

Vendors will present new Italian brands as well as top-of-the-line products from Italy in pop-up boutiques. See the latest Italian luxury cars; sample Peroni Nastro Azzurro beer, enjoy espresso at Lavazza Café; sip limoncello, one of Italy’s most popular liqueurs; and indulge in Dolce Gelati.

There will be an exciting auction preview during Expo Italiana. Guests can bid on vacations in Rome and along Italy’s Amalfi Coast, including Sorrento, or take home the latest Ferragamo handbag. For book lovers, a collection of illustrated books published by Rizzoli, including “Giorgio Armani,” written by fashion designer; “Maserati: The Evolution of Style” and a library of Italian cookbooks from The Silver Spoon Kitchen donated by Phaidon, will be available to take home.

Pinstripes of Georgetown also will set up an indoor bocce court with demos, instructions and celebrity games. Children and families are welcome to join the fun. There will be face painting; Italian story time; folklore dance performances and presentations; a sing along and live music to dance throughout the day.

Italian artist and Italian language educator Simona Rodano will appear at 2 p.m. as La Fata Italiana (The Italian Fairy), and present a musical learning program for children. The fun, interactive performance will teach Italian language and culture through song and dance.

Special to the event is NIAF’s Exhibit of Italian American Culture and a photographic exhibit showcasing the life in southern Italy. Guests can also learn about Italian dual citizenship, genealogy, language and travel programs.

NIAF is also hosting a wine tasting for lovers of Italian wines alongside the expo and later in the afternoon, at 1:30 p.m.  Enjoy a special wine tasting and antipasti with a sommelier.  The ticketed wine event is $150.

For more information about Expo Italiana, contact Stephanie Gordon at 202-939-3107.  For the ticketed NIAF Wine Tasting & Antipasti, contact Xavier Atizol at 202-939-3100 or for events and ticket information for NIAF’s 40th Anniversary Awards Gala Weekend, visit

The National Italian American Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage and culture of Americans of Italian descent.

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Beasley RE Expands to Palm Beach

September 1, 2015

Beasley Real Estate, a market leader in luxury real estate in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, announced Tuesday the opening of its newest office -- in Palm Beach, Florida.

With this development, Beasley Real Estate has moved beyond being solely a regional firm.  The expansion evolved over the past year as Beasley agents have realized a need to provide this benefit to their Washington clients.  With this new boutique office, that business will expand for not only existing clientele, but throughout the state of Florida, said Beasley real estate representatives.  

 “I am extremely proud and excited to add this office to a list of resources available to our agents and their clients, which opens up an array of new business for all of us to serve.” said Managing Partner Jim Bell.  “The Palm Beach market has always been synergistic with our core client base and we are excited to be present in this vibrant marketplace.”

Palm Beach is prized for its sunny climate, golf and tennis resorts, entertainment centers, the boating life, restaurants galore and beautiful homes.

Beasley Real Estate’s Palm Beach office is at 515 North Flagler Drive, P300. The office is scheduled to formally open Oct. 1, 2015. 

Beasley Real Estate is widely recognized and has received numerous awards this year including a #4 ranking from the Washington Business Journal for Top Independent Residential Real Estate Companies in the Washington region.  Other awards include The Wall Street Journal’s/REAL Trends’ Top Thousand and America’s Best Real Estate Agents Awards and Washingtonian Magazine’s Best Agents & Top Producers.

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Indoor Pool, Wine Cellar, Patio to Entertain: No Luxury Spared

August 4, 2015

Breathtaking it is!  

The kitchen (Photo by: Beasley RE) The kitchen

At $2,295,000, the Woodley Park contemporary home at 2820 31st Street NW, gets into a WOW! factor.  Indoor Olympic-size pool with a wall of French doors to open in warm weather, a wine cellar, of course, and a patio to never leave with your friends, family and colleagues. 

This home -- offered by Beasley Real Estate --is beautifully situated on a lush and secluded 9,790 square foot landscaped lot. There are grand rooms; a living room, dining room, and family room --  all with their own private terraces.

Pool that opens to outside (Photo by: Beasley RE) Pool that opens to outside

If you like to keep in shape, this is for you: there is a sauna, steam and exercise rooms

There is a beautiful main floor master bedroom with two walk-in closests and two en suite baths; three additional bedrooms, five more baths,, a dazzling kitchen, and a two-car garage.

Wine storage area (Photo by: Beasley RE) Wine storage area

It is located in the heart of Woodley Park on a quiet nine-house street -- a few blocks to fine schools, shops, restaurants with cuisine from around the world, Rock Creek Park, the National Zoo, and, the Metro.

It is 6,924 square feet of luxury, wonderful for grand-scale entertaining and comfortable casual living.; a peaceful retreat that is an oasis in the city.

The agents are Sheila Mooney, 202-302-4321,; and Ty Hreben, 323.775.3825,


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