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Dishing with The Dish

August 12, 2012

On a sultry August evening, The Georgetown Dish contributors, those that weren't on vacation or traveling on business, convened at their favorite neighborhood bistro, Puro Café for a summer get-together.

Chef Howsoon (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Chef Howsoon

New Puro chef, Howsoon dazzled guests on the patio with wine, mozzarella-filled ravilo, crostini with salmon and herbs, warm pita with spicy feta cheese, tzatziki and hummus, roasted eggplant, olive tapenade, and Moroccan spinach spreads.

Ada Polla, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Bill Rice (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ada Polla, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Bill Rice

You know their work, now meet the faces: 'Community Palette' (Peter Rosenstein), 'King Cake' (Ada Polla), Leslie Kamrad, 'Off the Tracks' (Constance Chatfield-Taylor), Bill Rice, 'Living Lite' (Katherine Tallmadge), 'Runaway Spoon' (Janet Staihar) and 'À La Carte' (Judith Beermann).

Rashid Hassouni, Janet Staihar, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Leslie Kamrad (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Rashid Hassouni, Janet Staihar, Constance Chatfield-Taylor and Leslie Kamrad

A nod to owner Rashid Hassouni who gracously hosted The Georgetown Dish for this private outdoor celebration.

Janet, Constance and Leslie (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Janet, Constance and Leslie

Conversations ran the gamut ... from politics (taking the pulse on Mayor Gray's tenure and Romney's VP choice) to travel (the wonders of Abu Dhabi and Qatar), and back to Georgetown (the changing landscape of business and best consignment shopping), these local journalists caught up.

A little wine later, plans for a day trip to New York City shopping trip via Vamoose (we're talking serious consignment here) and more weekly treks to area farmers' markets for healthful local produce, thanks to a knowing nudge (and offers for tested recipes) from our celebrity nutritionist, Katherine Tallmadge.

Judith, Peter, Janet and Constance (Photo by: The Georgetown Dish) Judith, Peter, Janet and Constance

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Invest in Real Estate with Fundrise

August 8, 2012

The Miller brothers have a new venture. On Tuesday, Fundrise announced the launch of its website, providing an online platform that "democratizes real estate investment, by empowering local individuals to purchase securities representing shares of ownership in local real estate and share in potential profits of new businesses."

Debuting its first investment offering in Washington, D.C.'s Atlas District, Fundrise is offering D.C. and Virginia residents the opportunity to purchase equity in Fundrise 1351 H Street, LLC, which owns The Maketto Building -- the future home of Maketto, a hybrid food and fashion market by the teams behind the restaurant Toki Underground and DURKL, a D.C.-based American streetwear company.

The money raised will be used to renovate the building and install the interior infrastructure for Maketto. The fashion and food destination plans to open in early 2013. Fundrise 1351 H Street, LLC aims to continue to involve shareholders after the offering has completed, inviting them to participate and engage in the restaurant's development process.

 1351 H Street NE Fundrise 1351 H Street LLC - Washington DC $76,600 Invested $325,000 Goal 35 Investors View Investment Offering. Own equity in real estate on H Street NE   (Photo by: Fundrise) 1351 H Street NE Fundrise 1351 H Street LLC - Washington DC $76,600 Invested $325,000 Goal 35 Investors View Investment Offering. Own equity in real estate on H Street NE
About Fundrise

Fundrise is an online investment platform that lets local individuals invest in, own and build local places, such as real estate, restaurants and small businesses. Fundrise selects potential investments and offers securities to the public through its online investment management site. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Fundrise was founded by brothers Benjamin and Daniel Miller, along with team members Kenny Shin and Brandon Jenkins.

Benjamin and Daniel are also co-founders of Popularise, the online neighborhood crowdsourcing site, as well as Managing Principals at WestMill Capital Partners.

About WestMill Capital Partners

WestMill Capital Partners is a real estate investment company focused on the acquisition, financing, and development of retail-entertainment and urban, mixed-use properties in Washington, D.C.

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Suitsupply Coming to Georgetown

August 5, 2012

Don’t let the name fool you. While Suitsupply may conjure a warehouse full of overstock menswear, the reality is something quite different, and exciting. You’ll see for yourself later this month when they open their first Washington, D.C. store at 29th and M Streets.

Nish de Gruiter in Bourbon Steak (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Nish de Gruiter in Bourbon Steak

It all started in Amsterdam 10 years when a young law student named Fokke de Jong needed to make some extra money. He started selling clothes, hosting trunk shows where he sold suits to fellow students and employees who worked in the offices on campus. The business took off but not before De Jong noticed how many steps were involved in the distribution of high-end suits, so he decided to launch a company that took out the middleman.

“It’s by now a familiar business concept, but not done before with luxury men’s clothing,” says Market Maker, Nish de Gruiter. “We’re a vertically integrated company, so we design, manufacture, buy and operate everything in-house. We source all raw materials in Europe and only use Italian fabric. Manufacturing is mainly done in the Far East.”

(Photo by: Suitsupply)

After opening 35 stores in Europe, Suitsupply arrived in New York last year.

And what’s so special about Suitsupply?  At the time of the Soho opening, Wall Street Journal reported on a blind test using two suit experts who were asked to review the quality and make of six suits. Suitsupply tied with Armani for first place in quality. The Armani suit retailed for $3,600 and the one from Suitsupply was $614.

2012 Dutch Olympics Team Outfitted by Suitsupply (Photo by: Suitsupply) 2012 Dutch Olympics Team Outfitted by Suitsupply

“We’re all about fit, quality and service,” de Gruiter continued. “Instead of keeping the tailor in the back room, we bring him out into the middle of the store … like seeing chefs prepare your meal in an open kitchen. You come in, try on what you like and it’s altered to fit you right there on the spot.” Or you can order online as you're walked through a detailed self-measuring process.

Suitsupply carries sizes ranging from 36 short to 50 long and up. Accessories include ready-to-wear shirts, ties, shoes, socks, bags and more.

And about that name? "de Jong wasn't thinking about the American market when he started, and besides in Dutch it sounds different," said de Gruiter.

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