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"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.
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.
Visit Pie Sisters for more information and orders. Pie Sisters is located at 3423 M Street. Tel: 202.338.7437
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.
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.
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).
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."
Guests enjoyed cocktails and a fabulous buffet including Serendipity's famous foot-long hot dogs, All in Nachos and Frrozen Hot Chocolate.
"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.
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.
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.