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Savannah Cupcake Owner Debuts Cookbook

January 21, 2015

The owner of the gourmet cupcake company, Savannah Cupcake has launched her first cookbook. When Bambi Frazier, Savannah, Georgia reporter and television news anchor turned business owner and Better Bites author sat down with The Georgetown Dish, she explained why a cookbook and why now.

The idea for the cookbook came from my husband who learned early on that I loved to bake. One evening, I decided to whip up some banana bread. Chan watched me in absolute awe and kept saying, ‘You're just making it?  And then he'd laugh a little. ‘I can't believe you're just making it!’

“No one in his family had ever baked from scratch ... there was a lot of cooking, but not baking,” she said. “My family was the opposite. We might have a simple dinner, but you better believe there was a pan of homemade something somewhere to be found. We were living in Savannah and there was so much great, rich, and delicious southern food there, inspiration was easy."

(Photo by: Bambi Frazier)

A natural passion for baking and an overwhelming response from family and friends led Frazier to create a cupcake company fondly named after her favorite city. Savannah Cupcake is now available locally exclusively at Ben’s Chili Bowl and directly online.

But still no cookbook, “Then, life happened, literally. We got married, had our first child and that cookbook got shelved. Fast forward. Two more kids, a move to DC, all three children in school, and now that cookbook is done.”

A testament to how much she loves to cook, Better Bites recipes are also a window into Frazier’s family life. From Aunt Romaine’s potato salad that includes a tip from sister-in-law Tiffany, “to grate the onions. This way, she says, you get the flavor without biting into crunchy pieces.” … to how Chan captured her heart, “This man can fry a mean piece of fish.” The recipe, as good the next day for breakfast “paired with some creamy grits and a dab of hot sauce …”

Ever served asparagus too tough to eat? A tip before roasting: “Simply hold a piece with each hand on either end. Bend the asparagus and when it breaks, discard the tough end and use the edible portion as a measuring stick to determine where to cut the other pieces.”

Then there’s sautéed cabbage children love. ”When I grew up, the only way we ever ate cabbage was from a slow cooker. I wasn’t a big fan of it so I came up with my own way to make cabbage. It’s fast, healthy and so good, my daughters even eat it!”

And yes, the book contains some of Frazier’s signature desserts and a never-before shared cake recipe that can be turned into cupcakes!

From breakfast to dessert, Better Bites has fast, simple and delicious meals passed down from generation to generation and made with love.

Better Bites is available here.

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Anne Geddes Unveils Portraits of Survivors of Meningoccal Disease

January 14, 2015

Kate Healy (Photo by: Anne Geddes) Kate Healy

"My career has been about capturing the innocence and vulnerablity of youth," explained world-renowned photographer and children's advocate, Anne Geddes.

At the Toolbox Art Gallery in Dupont Circle Wednesday evening for the the first U.S. exhibition of Protecting Our Tomorrows: Portraits of Meningcoccal Disease, Geddes introduced her portraits of 15 survivors of meningcoccal disease.

Anne Geddes in front of twins Ellie May and Sophie (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Anne Geddes in front of twins Ellie May and Sophie

Best known for whimsical and captivating images of newborns, the Australian-born photographer shared how this project has been the most meaningful of her 30-year career. "When my two daughters were under five, we were living in Aukland, New Zealand, and there was an outbreak of meningcoccal disease."

Having witnessed first-hand the sudden and often deadly impact of this bacterial infection made Geddes passionate about raising public awareness of a preventable disease and "empowering parents to protect their children."

An aggressive, fast-acting illness that can cause death within 24-48 hours, the disease most often affects children and teenagers. While four strains of the disease are included in routine childhood vaccinations, the B strain is not. With initial symptoms that mimic cold and flu, warning signs are a stiff neck, sensitivity to light and a rash. "Recognize the symptoms, act quickly and decisively, and check with your doctor," advised Geddes.

Jamie Schanbaum (Photo by: Anne Geddes) Jamie Schanbaum

There are 1,200 cases a year in the US, with a fatality rate of 10-14 percent, and up to 20 percent of the survivors suffer serious life-long consequences, including deafness, brain damage, or limb loss.

Janet Neglia, Associate Director of Medical Services at Princeton University discussed the various strains of the disease, how quickly it can spread on a college campus, and how, through the coordinated efforts of faculty and students, the B vaccine was administered to 98% of students in 2013 following an outbreak at the university.

A global project in partnership with Novartis Vaccines took Geddes across the globe - Australia, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States - to meet and photograph 15 meningococcal disease survivors and their families.

Speaking at the show were two survivors, Kate Healy and Jamie Schanbaum, both of whom are regally represented in this collection of Geddes photographs.

Jamie Schanbaum discusses her case of meningcocal septicemia (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jamie Schanbaum discusses her case of meningcocal septicemia

"I'm lucky to part of this because it made me feel beautiful," Healy told the invited guests. She contracted meningcoccal disease five days after returning from being a counselor at summer camp. She spent months recovering and was left with dark purple scars on her legs.

Schanbaum, a 20-year old college sophmore, was rushed to the hospital with what she thought as an asthma attack. Two days later she learned she had contracted menningcoccal septicemia and over the next seven months lost both legs below the knees, fingers on both hands and multiple skin grafts. She has since graduated and is a paralympic cyclist.

Protecting Our Tomorrows by Anne Geddes is available for free, exclusively on iBooks at iTunes.com/ProtectingOurTomorrows.

Kate Healy speaking about her case of meningcocal disease (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kate Healy speaking about her case of meningcocal disease

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Washington Winter Show Showcases American Naval History

January 8, 2015

Close-up of America's Cup trophy (Photo by: Oliver Devine) Close-up of America's Cup trophy

A preview reception for sponsors, benefactors and designers of the annual Washington Winter Show was held Thursday evening at the Katzen Arts Center at American University.

Over champagne, hors d'oeuvres and a nautically-inspired dinner, VIP guests enjoyed an early viewing of both the Vessels of Victory loan exhibit and the Ports of Call Show, which includes a collection of silver trophies awarded both for victory in naval battles and in competitive sailing over the last 200 years.

Commitee Co-Chair Blair Bourne and 2013 Chair Puffin Travers (Photo by: Oliver Devine) Commitee Co-Chair Blair Bourne and 2013 Chair Puffin Travers

Through Sunday, January 11th, forty-five premier dealers from the United States and Europe showcase a wide range of period furnishings and decorative arts, vintage jewelry, porcelains, ceramics, silver, and architectural garden accents. The event includes dealer talks, guided walks, lectures, appraisals and a Saturday soirée.

J & R Ferris Antiques LLC, Boonville, NY (Photo by: Judith Beermann) J & R Ferris Antiques LLC, Boonville, NY

On Friday, Amy Herman, a former attorney and museum professional, who brings a unique perspective to the arts, will be the featured speaker at "The Art of Perception" lecture and luncheon.  Amy began her career in the museum field at The Frick Collection on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

America's Cup Trophy (Photo by: Oliver Devine) America's Cup Trophy

Not long after working as The Frick's Head of Education, Amy developed an art analysis program that has been adopted by more than just curators, called The Art of Perception. Amy's "students" include the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, Department of Justice, New York City Police Department, as well as major museums, hospitals, medical schools, and universities across the country.

Historian and world-class sailor, Gary Jobson will headline Saturday's lecture along with members of Oracle Team USA. Hobson will moderate a panel and share stories about the Oracle Team's successful defence of the America's Cup trophy.

For a full schedule of events, hours, and tickets, click here.


The Katzen Arts Center American University is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.

James Wm. Lowry Antiques and Fine Arts, Baldensville, NY (Photo by: Judith Beermann) James Wm. Lowry Antiques and Fine Arts, Baldensville, NY

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Brennard Mouilleseauz, Northfield, CT (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Brennard Mouilleseauz, Northfield, CT

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Three floors of antiques and fine art (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Three floors of antiques and fine art

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

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