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Georgetowners Kick Off House Tour in Style

April 21, 2016

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.

Robin Jones, Jill Altman and Elizabeth Miller (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Robin Jones, Jill Altman and Elizabeth Miller

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

Kitty Kelley and Christian Zapatka (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kitty Kelley and Christian Zapatka

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.”

Bob Laycock and Tom Vogt (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bob Laycock and Tom Vogt

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.  

Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Barbara Crocker and Amy Strobe (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Constance Chatfield-Taylor, Barbara Crocker and Amy Strobe

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.  

 

Ann Shack, Ray Kikulski and Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ann Shack, Ray Kikulski and Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller

Cocktails and champagne flowed freely as hors d'oeuvres were served under a tented patio and tree-lined pool area.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Inside, guests enjoyed an exquisite buffet and bar service while catching up with friends throughout the elegantly appointed, quintessential Georgetown residence. 

Michelle Seiver and Laurie Kusch (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Michelle Seiver and Laurie Kusch

The 2016 Georgetown House Tour is Saturday, April 23rd. Doors open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Krista Johnson and Erica Schille (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Krista Johnson and Erica Schille

For tickets, visit Georgetown House Tour.

Dennis and Marnie Kenny with Joe and Hilary Gibbons (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dennis and Marnie Kenny with Joe and Hilary Gibbons

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


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Jacobsen Designs Praline Bakery in Mosaic

April 12, 2016

Ally Bolin, Patrick Musel, Susan Limb with praline brioches (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Ally Bolin, Patrick Musel, Susan Limb with praline brioches

Praline Bakery of Bethesda has hired Jacobsen Architecture, LLC to create the first of many new but smaller "Praline 2.0" bakeries in the Mosaic District of Fairfax, VA.

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.

60-Quart Hobart Mixer to be painted (Photo by: jacobsenarchitecture.com) 60-Quart Hobart Mixer to be painted "kissable pink"

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.

 


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Saint Louis Does it With a Twist

April 4, 2016

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.

Michelle Nicole Desrosiers of Moet Hennessy with Brendan Sinatra (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Michelle Nicole Desrosiers of Moet Hennessy with Brendan Sinatra

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.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann) "Twist 1856" champagne glasses

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.

Yann Rowland shows Timothy Albrecht Bernardaud's Panarea limited edition vase (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Yann Rowland shows Timothy Albrecht Bernardaud's Panarea limited edition vase

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, SegusoBaccarat, Moser, and more ... all nestled among antique porcelain figurines, original oil paintings and hand-painted mosaics. 

Sue Albrecht and Dennis Zutant (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Sue Albrecht and Dennis Zutant

Every visit to Consider It Done is a world-class museum walk where the treasures can come home with you.

Cheers!

Consider It Done is located at 7806 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, MD. Tel: 301.654.8690

 

 

 

Timothy and Joan Albrecht with Peter Baca (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Timothy and Joan Albrecht with Peter Baca

Yann Rowland shows Timothy Albrecht Bernardaud's Panarea limited edition vase (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Yann Rowland shows Timothy Albrecht Bernardaud's Panarea limited edition vase

Bernardaud's 'Sol' Collection (Photo by: bernardaud.com) Bernardaud's 'Sol' Collection

Bernardaud's Yann Rowland with chef and caterer Jan Van Haute (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Bernardaud's Yann Rowland with chef and caterer Jan Van Haute

Jeff Koons' Yellow Balloon Dog (Photo by: bernardaud.com) Jeff Koons' Yellow Balloon Dog

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)


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