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ENO: Designed For Wine

October 14, 2013

Slated to open this month, ENO Georgetown is the company's sixth wine bar, and the first on the east coast. The ENO brand, which originated in Chicago, is known for its relaxed approach to wine appreciation and for its welcoming ambience.

Wine Directors, Jeffrey Barrentos and Jay Janney (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Wine Directors, Jeffrey Barrentos and Jay Janney

The Georgetown Dish had a sneak peek at this cozy three-story wine bar with exposed brick, and architectural grey detailing.  Two climate-controlled wine cellars, one visible through glass doors and a stunning two-story high chandelier/mobile made out of wine barrels are the bar's only decoration.

Deconstructed wine barrel chandelier (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Deconstructed wine barrel chandelier

Jeffrey Barrientos, the new Wine Director had this to say, “What excites me most about ENO is the opportunity I have to start a relationship with guests, and build an interested and invested wine community. This is not just about me telling everyone what I love on our list, but about listening to our patrons on their preferences and, along the way, introducing them to our unique offerings.”

Barrientos intends to offer hundreds of selections from both the Old World and New. He will also showcase several Virginia wineries including King Family Vineyards, Paradise Springs Winery and Barboursville Vineyards. Approximately half the bottles on the menu will be priced under $50. ENO will also feature 50 wines by the glass, eight on tap, with prices starting at $9.

New plumbing, historic brick (Photo by: Judith Beermann) New plumbing, historic brick

Barrientos looks forward to hosting informal meet-and-greets with some of the winemakers, chocolatiers and cheese makers featured in ENO’s food and beverage program. These sessions will give guests a chance to chat with artisans and winemakers in a casual and intimate setting. 

The bar will feature flights, complementing the selection of food, much from local producers including charcuterie selections from Stachowski’s Market in DCchocolate truffles from Virginia confectioner Gearharts and cheeses from Calkins Creamery in Pennsylvania and Cherry Glenn Goat Cheese Co. in Maryland.

Welcome to the neighborhood, ENO!

ENO Georgetown (Photo by: Judith Beermann) ENO Georgetown

ENO is located at 2810 Pennsylvania Avenue.


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The George Town Club is Back!

October 6, 2013

"We wanted to keep it relevant without an ounce of trendy," interior designer Andrew Law told The Georgetown Dish.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Imagine an historic venue famous for entertaining diplomats, socialites and leaders in business, government and academia, a place where art, politics, design, technology, wine, food and passionate people all come together - updated for the 21st century. 

That's what Bo Blair, Debbie Winsor, Elizabeth Miller and Andrew Law, The George Town Club's Dream Team, have done.

Elena Tompkins, Andrew Law and Elizabeth Miller (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Elena Tompkins, Andrew Law and Elizabeth Miller

A few months ago, we showed you what was in the works, and Friday was the big reveal for members and friends. The first thing you notice is that the inner door has been moved to the right, so as you enter, your vision is unobstructed to Volta Place across the street, three rooms away.

Jacob Kainen in the library (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jacob Kainen in the library

Old and new members have joined together to reinvent and reenergize this Washington institution centered around a lively new programming schedule, an updated menu (and new chef), and an openness to new ideas.  Now the spaces reflect that vision.

GTC President Sharon Casey and VP Lynn Doran (Photo by: Judith Beermann) GTC President Sharon Casey and VP Lynn Doran

With the objective of retaining the rich carved millwork, upholstered seating bones (but slipcovered in ticking) and The Club's centuries old coziness, designers Andrew Law and Debbie Winsor went to work.

First things first."We took down the draperies and opened up the windows," explained Law. They moved paintings and antique prints, long stored away, and brought them out to rooms floored in sisal and washed in sunlight (and into a refurbished bathroom). Against a backdrop of white painted walls and brick, and grey trim, the art now dazzles.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Thanks to George Hemphill and Hemphill Fine Arts, a stunning retrospecitve of American abstract expressionist painter, Jacob Kainen, graces the salon and library. Consider this art exhibit the first of many for the salon/club.

You'll find Janus et Cie wicker blending seamlessly with a Restoration Hardware sideboard. Add a dash of palmetto  and driftwood, and the decor is elegant, inviting, modern, and ... relevant.

A world-class club for the neighborhood.

Karen & Rick Murphy with Robin & Jeff Jones (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Karen & Rick Murphy with Robin & Jeff Jones

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Prints in the loo (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Prints in the loo

Miguel Izquido and Bo Jonsson (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Miguel Izquido and Bo Jonsson
Andrew Law and Lenore Winters (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Andrew Law and Lenore Winters

The new door (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The new door


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Georgetowners Come Out in Force to Support Jack Evans for DC Mayor

September 29, 2013

Two hundred Georgetowners came to The Powerhouse Sunday afternoon for a Bluegrass and BBQ fundraiser to support their neighbor and city council member, Jack Evans in his run for DC Mayor.

Jedd Wilder with John and Chris Evans (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jedd Wilder with John and Chris Evans

There was fun for the whole family, with toddlers crawling around inside a cardboard house, tattoos for all with 'Jack Evans for Mayor' a popular design choice, and a photo booth for family portraits.

Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans and Davis Camalier (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nancy Taylor Bubes, Michele Evans and Davis Camalier
To the music of the Joe Marton Band, long-time friends and business leaders mingled, and congratulated the candidate in the historic warehouse along the C& O Canal, the former office of Western Development Corporation, now a multi-level events space.

Greg Casten, Julie Chase and Paul Cohn (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Greg Casten, Julie Chase and Paul Cohn

Jack Evans thanked his supporters, hosts Herb and Patrice Miller, and his family.

Joe Marton Band (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Joe Marton Band

Evans, representing Ward 2 since 1991, is the longest serving lawmaker on the DC City Council.

Noting the enormous changes that have occured over the last 22 years, he said, "The city was in free-fall ... In 1993, this was the murder capital of the country. After the Federal Goverment took over in 1995, and Anthony Williams became mayor ..." the city's reputation slowly changed, and now"is the most vibrant in America."

Jack addresses his supporters (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jack addresses his supporters

"We have a 1.5 billion record surplus, more cranes than any other city, and we've come a long way since we were known as the city with exploding manhole covers."

Noting that the Millers have now moved to 14th and P Street, Evans told the enthusiastic guests about the profound changes that have occured downtown, from a place of drugs and crime to one with block after block of new restaurants. The 14th Street Whole Foods is now the company's highest grossing store.

Vowing to bring equal access to jobs and prosperity throughout the district, Evans plans to bring his message to every ward in the city.

This event was hosted by Jennifer Altemus, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Lynda & Davis Camalier, Kristen & John Cecchi, Colleen & John Girouard, Nancy Jacobsen, Deb & Ben Johns,  John Lever, Eileen McGrath,  Patrice Miller, Dale & Melissa Overmeyer,  Ginger & Stuart Pape, Elizabeth Miller & Dan Sallick, George & Frederica Valanos.

Jennifer Altemus leaves with a sign for her lawn (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jennifer Altemus leaves with a sign for her lawn

Paul Cohn, Linda Roth Conte and Rob Wilder (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Paul Cohn, Linda Roth Conte and Rob Wilder

Dan Sallick and Elizabeth Miller (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dan Sallick and Elizabeth Miller

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

 


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