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GTC Hosts Learning Lunch on Design Legacy of Jacobsen Architecture

February 6, 2013

February 6, 2013 at The George Town Club (Photo by: Judith Beermann) February 6, 2013 at The George Town Club

Seems fitting that in the same spot where Capital architect Pierre L'Enfant discussed plans for this Federal City that Simon Jacobsen should dazzle 40 well-heeled Georgetowners with images and recollections of Jacobsen Architecture's 50-year quintessentially American (modern) history.

As evidenced by last week's 'Relaunch Party,' the historic The George Town Club (GTC) has truly begun a new era.

Elizabeth Miller listening to Simon Jacobsen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Elizabeth Miller listening to Simon Jacobsen

While firm's founder (and father) Hugh Jacobsen was feeling under the weather, son regaled the crowd following a glowing  introduction by Elizabeth Miller. "We plan to reinvogorate The Club ... I know we can do it ... with the talent pool in DC!" Elizabeth reocgnized Bo Blair (updated menu) and Andrew Law (design interior) for their commitment to transforming The Club, starting with this new series of lectures.

Ruth and Simon Jacobsen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ruth and Simon Jacobsen

"I'd like to thank the Academy ... " began Simon, "and my wife Ruth for taking care of home and family, while I'm spreading architectural joy and fabrics around the world."

"My father was transformed from a beer-drinking surfer artist into one of the greatest architects of the 20th century," Simon continued. Jacobsen Architecture is a "very specialized firm with 12 people and between 15-28 projects at one time."

Andrew Law with Amy Kuhnert and Janice Day (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Andrew Law with Amy Kuhnert and Janice Day

"We start from the floor plan out, turning plans into three dimensions ... often with a collection of little buildings." One of the firm's signature design features, those white pavilions, provide an aesthetically spare clue to what's inside. "We design all the furniture inside too," he explained.

Recently launching a partnership with Georgetown-based ARCHER, Simon showed examples of custom client furniture now available through the The Jacobsen Collection. From beds to sofa tables to seating and Halo chandeliers ... all their furniture is made in the USA.

Boxwood Winery cave (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Boxwood Winery cave

"We set furniture on their own islands of carpet," another iconic feature of Jacobsen's light-flooded rooms with and "egg crate bookcases which can be modified for shoes, salt shakers or firearms ... and wine," as Simon took the guests through a virtual tour of Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, VA.

Robert Lautmen 1923-2009 (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Robert Lautmen 1923-2009

And with all the whiteness of the interiors, the bookcases (when filled with books) "are turned into a wall of color."

Other signatures of the Jacobsen design ethos: custom millwork, floor-to-ceiling entrances, no baseboards, no visible gutters, and "ever mindful of the vicar, bar areas easily closed off."

Ending the talk with a poignant homage to Hugh's life-long friend and Jacobsen Architecture's "symbiotic partnership with one of the greatest architectural photographers, the late Robert Lautman," Simon graciously thanked Lautman for so eloquently capturing the essense of Jacobsen architecture.

Jacobsen white pavilions (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jacobsen white pavilions

For membership information, visit The George Town Club or email membership@georgetownclub.org.

Betsy Rackley, Ruth Jacobsen, Simon Jacobsen and Colman Riddell (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Betsy Rackley, Ruth Jacobsen, Simon Jacobsen and Colman Riddell

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John Riggins Shares a Table at Tony and Joe's with a Snakehead

January 28, 2013

"It tastes way better than it looks," said the grinning Super Bowl MVP, NFL Hall of Famer turned TV host, John Riggins as he tasted his first bite of Snakehead Fish.

Grilled Snakehead with chimichurri, sweet potato chorizo flauta and advocado sauce (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Grilled Snakehead with chimichurri, sweet potato chorizo flauta and advocado sauce

After 40 years of football, Riggins was ready for a change. "I always loved fishing, hunting and cooking," he told The Georgetown Dish. "And now I travel around the country in pursuit of extraordinary hunting and outdoor adventures." Each episode of "Riggo on the Range" ends with John preparing a gourmet meal.

Monday night, those honors were reserved for the team at Tony and Joe's Seafood Place at Washington Harbour.

(Photo by: John Riggins) "Riggo on the Range"

Thank Greg Casten, Tony Cibel, ProFish and area top chefs for hosting an evening of cocktails, oysters and a five-course seafood meal complete with the pièce de résistance: Snakehead Fish.

Over 180 guests were treated to the hospitality and excellent dining on the Potomac for which Tony and Joe's has long been known.

And all for a great cause, or rather two great causes  ... to raise funds for The Oyster Recovery Partnership and Miriam’s Kitchen.

A Maryland non-profit, The Oyster Recovery Partnership is committed to producing and planting over three billion disease-free, native oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. The organization rehabilitates oyster reefs by collecting and recycling over 10,000 bushels of oyster shells through a program of collecting them from area restaurants.

Ending chronic homelessness in D.C. is the mission of Miriam's Kitchen by creating meaningful connections with chronically homeless individuals, and placing them in permanent supportive housing.

Greg Casten (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Greg Casten

Back to the Snakeheads. Yes, we're talking about that same 'Frankenfish' discovered in the lakes of Crofton, Maryland ten years ago. "At the top of the food chain and so hard to catch, these fish don't belong here anyway," explained  Tony and Joe's owner, Greg Casten.

Snakehead (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Snakehead

"We're here to create some popularity for the fish," echoed Fisheries Marketing Director for Maryland DNR Fisheries Service, Steve Vilnit.

"One of the problems is that there's no natural way to get rid of them," he continued. Collaborating with John Rorapaugh of ProFish three years ago, the idea was born to hunt the fish and place this "local, sustainable, high quality seafood" on the table. A "tough fish to catch" turned into a Wild West hunting adventure, complete with bows and arrows.

Art Major, John Riggins, Tony Cibel, Lisa-Marie Riggins, and Maggie Major (Photo by: Best Bark Media) Art Major, John Riggins, Tony Cibel, Lisa-Marie Riggins, and Maggie Major

John and Lisa-Marie Riggins (Photo by: Judith Beermann) John and Lisa-Marie Riggins

Raw Oyster Bar (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Raw Oyster Bar

John Riggins and Tony Cibel (Photo by: Judith Beermann) John Riggins and Tony Cibel

NBC4's Wendy Reiger (Photo by: Judith Beermann) NBC4's Wendy Reiger

Steve Vilnit and Scott Drewno, Executive Chef at The Souce Wolfgang Puck (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Steve Vilnit and Scott Drewno, Executive Chef at The Souce Wolfgang Puck

Sarah Walker and Bryan Kent Gomes of Oyster Recovery Partnership (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sarah Walker and Bryan Kent Gomes of Oyster Recovery Partnership

Janice and Andy Ockershausen (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Janice and Andy Ockershausen

Spanish Mackerel Crudo (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Spanish Mackerel Crudo

Boxwood Winery's Rachel Martin with Greg Casten (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Boxwood Winery's Rachel Martin with Greg Casten

Braised Pork Rib Piperade (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Braised Pork Rib Piperade

For details on the Snakehead Harbour Event's chefs and charities, visit Tony and Joe's.


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M Squared: Local Real Estate Brokerage Nationally Recognized for Industry-Leading Innovation

January 27, 2013

As in politics, all real estate is local. So agree Dominic Morocco and Mark Mlakar, founders of M Squared Real Estate. You’ve walked by their corporate headquarters in Georgetown off Wisconsin Avenue, but perhaps you couldn’t see from their architectural studio-like window just what makes this small brokerage firm unique.

Dominic Morocco (Photo by: msquaredrealty.com) Dominic Morocco

“M Squared is a technology development and new media marketing firm that practices in the space of residential real estate,” says co-founder, Dominic Morrocco. “We partner with our consultants and deliver original technology and marketing solutions that enable them to be better agents, delivering better service to their clients.”

As Morrocco explains, “Our idea is to take the technology, graphic design and marketing burden away from our agents. With high standard consistent branding, and unparalleled in-house marketing services, we enable our agents to focus 100 percent on the needs of their clients.”

Sound simple? What it takes to accomplish that is what sets M Squared Realty apart. In fact, Dominic Morocco has made this year’s Inman 100 List, an annual report of the nation’s most influential real estate leaders.

Mark Mlakar (Photo by: msquaredrealty.com) Mark Mlakar

M Squared was also recently recognized by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate’s “Beta Brokerage: An Index of Brokerage Innovation” initiative for their innovative,  next-generation brokerage practices based on five key trends: 1) new approaches to talent attraction, 2) expert sourcing for local content, 3) indentifying and owning trends, 4) implementation of sophisticated marketing and social media, and 5) leveraging technologies to maximize efficiencies.

From transaction management, to listing marketing, to a social media network of over 30,000, M Squared’s custom-built, back-end technology enables their consultants to operate virtually with the company’s in-house marketing and administrative departments, bringing many people together for each transaction. 

And as they grow, with a new office opening in Logan Circle this March, M Squared has no plans to expand outside of Washington, DC. “We believe in doing what we do very well and not getting into areas we’re not familiar with.  We’re a Washington, DC brokerage deeply committed to serving the needs of Washington DC residents.” says Mlakar, principal broker and co-founder.

Inside M Squared's Georgetown office (Photo by: msquaredrealty.com) Inside M Squared's Georgetown office

For more information, visit M Squared Realty.

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