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Great Scott, Elizabeth's recipe for success

September 27, 2011

She blew into D.C as a Katrina hurricane evacuee while attending graduate classes at Loyola University in New Orleans and has been stirring things up ever since.

Elizabeth Scott (Photo by: Len Depas) Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth Scott has managed one of the city’s best-loved restaurant groups, created her own media company, co-founded a culinary academy for young adults, written a book, and turned baking into a therapeutic art.  And oh yes, recently nominated by Washington Business Journal for The 40 Under 40 Awards honors, which recognizes the area’s top business leaders and owners under 40.

All, while handling a life-changing experience of her own.  Exactly a year ago, a fall that broke her ankle so severely she was on bed-rest for five months (and home-bound for ten) made Elizabeth face the possibility of never walking again. As she explained, “I've been an athlete my entire life, having won state championships and even pursuing a goal of being in the Olympics, so the reality of not being able to walk, having to reclaim my life and redefine who I was and my purpose in life, was the greatest challenge I've faced in a long time.” It was during her long recovery that Two Bitches Bake was born, a blogging journey filled with “a little bit of bitch’n and a whole lot of bake’n.”

With the help of top-notch surgeons and continuing therapy, she’s walking again, “slowly, and it won't ever be the same. But if I have to live the rest of my life with a limp, or wearing cowboy boots (my signature), just so that I would be able to create Cohn's Kids, then it was all worth it, and I'd do it all over again."

The Mayor with Cohn's Kids (Photo by: Cohn's Kids) The Mayor with Cohn's Kids

(Photo by: Eats Good Media)

It was a match made in culinary heaven. She was born and raised in her family’s Birmingham, Alabama bakery, managing it at 15. Local restaurateur, Paul Cohn launched a host of Washington restaurants, bars, and clubs including many Georgetown landmarks:  J.Paul’s, Old Glory, Paolo’s Ristorante, and The River Club.  She managed his company, Capital Restaurant Concepts before blending a passion for food with keen business acumen to launch Eats Good Media, a for-profit hospitality consulting firm.

Cohn's Kids at work (Photo by: Cohn's Kids) Cohn's Kids at work

It came together while Elizabeth was still on crutches and in a cast, but “the kids I got to work with every day had far greater challenges than I did, and ever would, and they were my inspiration.”

Summer 2011 marked the launch of Cohn’s Kids, a dream and vision of Elizabeth Scott and Paul Cohn two years in the making.  Working with local chefs, restaurateurs and local business leaders, Cohn's Kids helps young adults learn the whole spectrum of skills necessary to run a restaurant; from cooking preparation, recipe and menu development, to kitchen management.

A non-profit with a mission to educate, empower, and develop future culinary and hospitality leaders, The Cohn's Culinary & Hospitality Management Academy works closely with the city’s disadvantaged youth and the District of Columbia's Department of Employment Services and the Summer Youth Employment Program.

Paul Cohn and Elizabeth Scott with culinary academy winners (Photo by: Cohn's Kids) Paul Cohn and Elizabeth Scott with culinary academy winners

Of the 100 students that applied, 20 were accepted and 10 completed the program and graduated, making them eligible for year-round training and development. Several students have also gained full time employment upon graduating from the academy.

The WBJ 40 Under 40 Award winner will be announced October 27, 2011. You can vote here.

And her book? Well, that’s another story.


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Inspiring journeys begin with Qatar

September 24, 2011

Washington party planners take note. Start with a happy hour reception of Champagne and Cabrales stuffed dates and rosemary lamb skewers at the downtown offices of Qatar Airways, follow with a Reston Limousine ride to Dulles International Airport, and serve a gourmet dinner at the Qatar terminal. In-between, introduce the dazzling award-winning airline, its exotic destinations, stellar service, and add a private tour of a Qatar Boeing 777 and airport operations.

National airline of the tiny gulf state, Qatar is famous as the home of Al Jazeera TV and being one of the world's wealthiest countries.

Sales manager, Bill Schachte in front of Qatar oryx logo (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sales manager, Bill Schachte in front of Qatar oryx logo

Starting as a regional carrier, Qatar was re-launched in 1997 under the country’s leader, The Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, whose vision has turned Qatar Airways into a leading international airline with 14 hour non-stop service from Washington to Doha.

With CEO Akbar Al Baker at the helm, the airline is rapidly expanding, and its grey and crimson aircraft with indigenous endangered oryx logo, are seen landing at over 100 destinations around the world including Venice, Brussels, Barcelona, Tokyo, and next month, Oslo.

Cocktails at Qatar (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Cocktails at Qatar

Reston Limousine's Christina Diederich invites guests to enjoy the ride (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Reston Limousine's Christina Diederich invites guests to enjoy the ride

Recently named Airline of the Year 2011 by Skytrax World Airline Awards (voted by 18 million travelers), Qatar is one of the world's fastest growing airlines with one of the youngest fleets. In North America, Qatar’s hubs are in Houston, New York, Washington, D.C. and Montreal.

Ranked five star for excellence, Qatar focuses on comfort, cuisine, in-flight entertainment, and award-winning in-flight service. No surprise it's named best business class service and catering in the world.

Guests tour Qatar's Boeing 777 on a rainy evening at Dulles (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Guests tour Qatar's Boeing 777 on a rainy evening at Dulles
Giovanna Palatucci, Ryan Gargiulo, Kierstan Pearce and Christine Sarkis (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Giovanna Palatucci, Ryan Gargiulo, Kierstan Pearce and Christine Sarkis

Dennis Hazell explains Dulles airport operations (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dennis Hazell explains Dulles airport operations

Qatar's Christine Sarkis and Jessica Freedman (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Qatar's Christine Sarkis and Jessica Freedman

Clyde Vick gives guests a tour of ground control (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Clyde Vick gives guests a tour of ground control

The Washington Diplomat's Victor Shiblie stretches out in business class (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Washington Diplomat's Victor Shiblie stretches out in business class

With the next generation Oryx interactive entertainment system and a choice of more than 900 audio and video on-demand options, bedtime won't come easily.

“On Qatar, when the lights are off, we cater to the wishes of everyone … meals served when the passengers want them.” Senior vice president, Bart Vos told guests during a Mediterranean-inspired dinner of tahini-glazed beef, fennel-roasted prawns and phyllo vegetable pouches.

Senior Vice President, Bart Vos addresses guests during dinner (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Senior Vice President, Bart Vos addresses guests during dinner

Dinner at Dulles (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dinner at Dulles

In 2007, Qatar got its first Boeing aircraft and, "since then," said Vos “we’ve been taking delivery of a new plane every month.”

New Doha International Airport scheduled to open 2012 (Photo by: Qatar Airways) New Doha International Airport scheduled to open 2012

It’s not too early to reserve your seat on Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Soccer tournaments in Doha.

Qatar Airways is located at 1430 K Street, NW. Tel: 202.719.0922


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Funeral services for Kara Kennedy held at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown

September 22, 2011

Funeral services for Kara Kennedy, the only daughter of Joan Kennedy and the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy were held this morning at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown.  Kara, age 51, died Friday of an apparent heart attack.

Family members gathered for the morning service.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. arrives at Holy Trinity Church (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Robert F. Kennedy Jr. arrives at Holy Trinity Church

Kara Kennedy will be buried later today in a family plot at Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts. The burial will place her alongside her paternal grandparents, Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy, her aunt Rosemary Kennedy, and her cousins David Kennedy and Michael Kennedy.

Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, son of President John F. Kennedy, was the first family member buried in the plot in August 1963. His remains were later moved to Arlington National Cemetery.

Patrick and Ted Kennedy Jr. lead the pallbearers carrying the casket of Kara Kennedy (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Patrick and Ted Kennedy Jr. lead the pallbearers carrying the casket of Kara Kennedy

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Joseph Kennedy was buried at Holyhood in 1969; David Kennedy in 1984; Rose Kennedy in 1995; Michael Kennedy in 1998; and Rosemary Kennedy in 2005.

Funeral services for Kara Kennedy at Holy Trinity Church at 3513 N Street (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Funeral services for Kara Kennedy at Holy Trinity Church at 3513 N Street

Senator Kennedy was buried at Arlington National in August 2009, alongside his brothers John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.


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