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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 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2007, Qatar got its first Boeing aircraft and, "since then," said Vos “we’ve been taking delivery of a new plane every month.”
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
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.
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.
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.
Senator Kennedy was buried at Arlington National in August 2009, alongside his brothers John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy.