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The annual spring tradition of peeking into 10 amazing historic homes, the Georgetown House Tour, kicked off Wednesday evening with a lavish Patron’s Party at the home of Bill Dean.
Frida Burling, Georgetown's own, created the Patron’s Party sixteen years ago to raise additional funds for the Tour. The first Patron’s Party was hosted by author Kitty Kelley.
This year's Hosts are Jill and Capt. Scott Altman. A veteran of four NASA space flights, Altman spent more than 50 days in space and commanded the final two Hubble servicing missions. He also flew F-14s in the movie “Top Gun.”
When the women of St. Johns Episcopal Church ran the first tour 85 years ago, Georgetown had streetcars and Herbert Hoover was President. Today, St. John’s continues to welcome its neighbors and guests for a special day of touring, tea and music.
Patrons and host committee members mingled with party co-chairs Avery Miller and Elizabeth Miller and 350 (up one hundred from last year!) oh so chic guests.
Cocktails and champagne flowed freely as hors d'oeuvres were served under a tented patio and tree-lined pool area.
Inside, guests enjoyed an exquisite buffet and bar service while catching up with friends throughout the elegantly appointed, quintessential Georgetown residence.
The 2016 Georgetown House Tour is Saturday, April 23rd. Doors open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
For tickets, visit Georgetown House Tour.
For those not yet acquainted with Praline, you must go immediately. Far and away the best bakery and bistro in the Washington, DC area. Praline is celebrating it's 10th birthday next week, on April 20th. Croissants for breakfast, crepes for lunch, and steak frites for dinner. Don't forget to try the walnut dacquoise!
Authentic French pastries, macarons, breads, cakes, and their signature praline brioche, in honor of chef Patrick Musel's home town of Lyon. Yes, that's the same Patrick Musel from The White House. Joining him and his stellar team of bakers are Susan Limb (also from the First Family's pastry kitchen) and Ally Bolin, children's book editor, turned pastry chef. A lifelong passion for baking became a business when she started at Praline after completing the pastry program at L'Academie de Cuisine (where she met Susan and Patrick). All three are now partners.
The design for "Praline 2.0" is signature Jacobsen with a centerpiece 1970's 60-quart Hobart mixer painted in the company's flagship "kissable pink." Around the mounted mixer (weighing in at 900 pounds) are 100 Praline boxes swirling from the mammoth device that extends all the way up the cathedral ceiling. As Simon Jacobsen explains, "We're redefining the store with this concept, the design showcasing the legacy work of our firm: soaring cathedral ceiling, eggcrate book shelves modified for baked goods, and a thematic sculptural element." And what better place than the vibrant district of Mosaic for this modern, whimsical confectionery. Sweet!
Praline Bakery is located at 4611 Sangamore Road in Bethesda, MD. Mosaic location (planned opening late summer 2016) is 2985 District Avenue, Suite 140, Fairfax, VA.
Talk about a perfect pairing. Famed French crystal manufacturer Saint Louis (oldest in Europe) launches their new "Twist 1586" collection of hand-blown stemware at Consider It Done and Red Hen co-owner /sommelier Sebastian Zutant is pouring! Moët, that is.
Look for Zutant's latest culinary venture to open this month. All Purpose (after the flour) is his new "casual cool" Roman Tratorria at 9th & N Streets NW. And nominated for a James Beard award too. More reasons to raise our Saint Louis stems.
And what's so special about the "Twist 1856" champagne glass?
"Reinventing the iconic Venetian stripe, the twist pattern, clearly visible when empty, disappears when wine is poured, rendering the glass transparent, acting as a magnifying glass to show off the bubbles," Consiter It Done owner, Timothy Albrecht explains.
Albrecht's special guests had a chance to be the first in the city to sip with a "Twist" and peruse the latest from Bernardaud (including Jeff Koons' limited edition Yellow 'Balloon Dog' and 'Sol', a cheery and luminous collection featuring a new shape of plate call Astre), Versace, Seguso, Baccarat, Moser, and more ... all nestled among antique porcelain figurines, original oil paintings and hand-painted mosaics.
Every visit to Consider It Done is a world-class museum walk where the treasures can come home with you.
Consider It Done is located at 7806 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, MD. Tel: 301.654.8690