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Pie Sisters sweeten Regency Row

December 21, 2011

"We grew up baking," Erin Blakely told The Georgetown Dish. Our dad has a local tree service business, and mom would mass-produce blueberry and peach pies. All handmade, and that's what we continue to do." For the three Blakely sisters (Erin, Allsion and Katherine) it's a family affair. 

Katherine, Allison and Erin Blakely (Photo by: Pie Sisters) Katherine, Allison and Erin Blakely

Planning to open the first week in January, the charming bakery on M Street's Regency Row directly facing Key Bridge, is currently taking phone and email orders.

They use only local produce, hand-peeling the fruit and offering customization with pie crust initials and other decorations.

The pies come in three sizes: cuppie ("as accessible as a cupcake"), 7" serving four to five people, and the 9" that serving eight. Starting in January, they will offer vegan and gluten-free.

Holiday pies (Photo by: Pie Sisters) Holiday pies

Visit Pie Sisters for more information and orders. Pie Sisters is located at 3423 M Street. Tel: 202.338.7437


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Serendipity 3 hosts The Georgetown Dish Awards and Holiday Party

December 19, 2011

Monday evening, The Georgetown Dish celebrated the holiday season at Serendipity 3. It was an occasion to recognize outstanding Georgetown businesses and to mingle with friends. 

Dish publisher Beth Solomon thanked Serendipity 3 owners Britt Swan and Rodrigo Garcia, together with manager Ron Newman for their gracious hospitality in welcoming over 200 guests to their iconic restaurant.

Britt Swann, Vincent Orange and Janine Schoonover (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Britt Swann, Vincent Orange and Janine Schoonover

ANC 2E Commissioners Bill Starrels, Charles Eason, Councilmember Vincent Orange, Commissioner Jeff Jones (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) ANC 2E Commissioners Bill Starrels, Charles Eason, Councilmember Vincent Orange, Commissioner Jeff Jones

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans was on hand to present The Georgetown Dish 2011 Ports and Recreation Award to Robert vom Eigen, president of Friends of Georgetown Waterfront Park.

Interest in converting the industrial Georgetown waterfront into a park began in the 1960s and grew in the late 1990s under the leadership of Illinois Senator Charles Percy. This lead to the formation of the Friends of the Georgetown Waterfront Park in 2005.

Jack Evans and Katherine Evans, widow of Roland Evans (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jack Evans and Katherine Evans, widow of Roland Evans

Ann and Robert vom Eigen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ann and Robert vom Eigen

Chichie was recognized for half a century of  grooming Washington's most beloved members of the  family (including White House pets). Long-time Georgetowner and widow of Roland Evans, Katherine Evans, spoke about encouraging Chichie to move her business to Georgetown over 45 years ago, so she would be closer to her French poodle, Hubert (named after Hubert Humphrey).

Chichie and Katherine Evans (Photo by: The Georgeotwn Dish) Chichie and Katherine Evans

Bonni Braverman, Chichie and Dr. Tina Alster (Photo by: Neshan Nalthchayan) Bonni Braverman, Chichie and Dr. Tina Alster

Beth Solomon and Luca Pivato (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Beth Solomon and Luca Pivato

Team Recoup (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Team Recoup

Luca Pivato, CEO of Recoup was presented with the eCommerce Philanthropy Award for the first ever cause shopping channel that brings together consumers, businesses, non-profits and sponsors. Started in November, Georgetown-based Recoup enables you to "buy what you like, save what you want, support what you love, all with a single click." 

Hillary Leeb, Erica Finklestein and Elizabeth Grazioli (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Hillary Leeb, Erica Finklestein and Elizabeth Grazioli

Cecilia and Stephanie Browning (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Cecilia and Stephanie Browning

Guests enjoyed cocktails and a fabulous buffet including Serendipity's famous foot-long hot dogs, All in Nachos and Frrozen Hot Chocolate.

John and Monica Divney with Robb Hoffheins (Photo by: Judith Beermann) John and Monica Divney with Robb Hoffheins

Chuck Thies and Peter Brooks (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Chuck Thies and Peter Brooks

 


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Siri meet Über

December 14, 2011

"JFK said that Washington is a city of southern efficiency and northern charm. We like to think Über is bringing southern charm and northern efficiency to D.C. transportation," Travis Kalanick told The Georgetown Dish. Über's CEO is in town this week for the official December 15th launch of the on-demand private driver service already in six U.S. cities and, as of last week, Paris.

Rachel Holt with Paris map (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rachel Holt with Paris map

In beta testing here for less than a month, over 2,000 clients have already signed up. 

Travis had the idea back in 2008, living in San Francisco where it was tough to get a cab when you needed one, especially with the hilly terrain.

Now that almost everyone has access to a smart phone, the technology has caught up with his idea. Launched in San Francisco in June of 2010, Über has quickly expanded to New York, Boston, Seattle, Chicago and now D.C. 

Washington D.C Über  'ground traffic control' (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Washington D.C Über 'ground traffic control'

It's been 18 hours since I met Über, and it's hard to imagine an ordinary cab ride again. You download the free app and Über asks you where you'd like to be picked up. A driver is dispatched, and usually arrives within a few minutes. It's a black Town Car, Mercedes or SUV and it's ready to take you wherever you want to go.

While you're waiting, for your driver, you can call or text. When the ride is over, you can rate the service.

Since you've already registered with a credit card, no cash is needed.  Depending on the traffic and destination, the cost is a little more than a cab ride, or may be even cheaper with a group or multiple drop-offs.

 

Über lunch at Graffiato restaurant (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Über lunch at Graffiato restaurant

Über's Rachel Holt and Travis Kalanick (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Über's Rachel Holt and Travis Kalanick


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