Wednesday night, Washington VIPs and style-setters were treated to an exclusive glimpse of the United Colors of Benetton Autumn/Winter 2013 collection at the Georgetown flagship store. Washington's fashionable and their families - many attired in Benetton looks - mingled with Benetton USA President & CEO Ari Hoffman, who flew in from New York for the occasion. Benetton-clad honorees included Washington Redskin Reed Doughty, Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn, BET Network EVP & CFO Michael Pickrum, Washingtonian's Kate Bennett, Washington personality Susanna Quinn, author Helena Andrews, and Gilt City's Marissa Schneider were among those honored at the event.
Hoffman was thrilled to honor the historic location: "We're deeply rooted here in Washington. We've been here for over 20 years, and obviously we have this amazing location which is really the cornerstone of Georgetown retail. We bought the building because we believe so much in this location."
"I love Georgetown," Hoffman told me. "It feels like a mix between Europe and Manhattan; if I moved to Washington, this is where I'd live!"
In addition to complimentary Ketel One cocktails, prosecco, wine and light hors d'oeuvres, guests got an early jump on their trick-or-treating at a full-fledged candy bar.
Attendees took home gift bags - outfitted with Benetton headphones and catalogues - and enjoyed an exclusive VIP discount on Autumn/Winter 2013 merchandise. Noting the fashionable vibe, Hoffman said "It's amazing when you see customers - old and new - wearing Benetton, and how beautiful they really look. I'm very proud because I see the clothes in the stores and on the hangers, but here they really come to life with this good-looking crowd."
Don't say good-bye to summer yet. There is still plenty of summer's most lovely seasonal produce, particulary heirloom tomatoes - my favorite - to entertain with, as evidenced by Four Seasons' beautifully prepared Greek Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes, and other recipes from Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes. My recipes were uniquely and beautifully interpreted by the Four Seasons Hotel Executive Chef Douglas Anderson for my presentation, "Four Steps For Strengthening Muscle and Bone - Some Surprises!" exclusively for Four Seasons Health Club members.
Every vegetable in the recipe - the tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, sweet onions, and garlic - can be found at the local Farmers Markets at Rose Park on Wednesday or Dupont Circle on Sunday or any other Fresh Farm Market locations. The possibilities are endless! This is a naturally vegetarian recipe. But for the meat lovers, it's great with grilled chicken or seafood on the side.
"Katherine's Market Recipe," is designed to be delicious, easy, quick, family-friendly, nutritious (heart-healthy & diabetes-friendly), and to highlight produce found at our local Farmers Markets this week. At your Farmers Market, you'll find produce picked at peak ripeness, which means maximum flavor, texture and nutrition. You're also helping save the environment when you buy at your Farmers Market. Here's how ...
Greek Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes
By Katherine Tallmadge, M.A., R.D.
From "Diet Simple Farm to Table Recipes: 50 New Reasons to Cook in Season!"
2 Tablespoons Freshly Harvested Extra Virgin Olive Oil (All Things Olive)
2 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (1 Lemon)
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Oregano or Basil (or 1 tsp dried)
1 Clove Garlic, Minced (optional)
Salt and Pepper to Taste (Salt is not necessary with the cheese and olives)
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and sliced into a half-moon shape
1 onion, peeled and chopped coarsely
1 medium yellow, purple or green bell pepper, cored, seeded, chopped into large bite-size pieces
1 cup pitted Kalamata or other Greek Olives
4 Heirloom Tomatoes, quartered, and cut into large, bite-size pieces
4 ounces Feta or Goat Cheese, broken into small bits
Combine the vinaigrette ingredients in a large salad bowl and whisk until blended. Add the cucumbers, onion, pepper, and olives and toss into vinaigrette. Let sit for twenty minutes to marinate. Add the heirloom tomatoes and cheese when ready to serve.
Tomatoes are one of the "superfoods." Men who consumed 10 or more servings of tomato products a week had a 35% decrease in risk of prostate cancer relative to those who consumed 1.5 servings or fewer per week. This is largely attributed to “lycopene” in the tomatoes, which is also in other red fruits such as watermelon, pink grapefruit and guava. Men with lycopene levels in the top 20% had a 46% decrease in risk of heart attack compared to those in the bottom 20%. Lycopene is a potent scavenger of gene-damaging free radicals. But don't expect to get it from a supplement. You must eat the tomato as you need the whole food to receive the benefits! Here's an explanation...
Lycopene (Red fruits such as tomatoes, watermelon, guava): Many studies have shown that lycopene-rich foods reduce the risk of prostate cancer, but the mechanism behind that reduction was not well understood until now. A recent study found that lycopene has a substantial protective effect against prostate cancer by interfering with the genes that would allow the prostate cancer cells to grow and survive. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends that men take advantage of lycopene’s cancer-preventing effects and fill their diets with foods such as tomatoes, watermelon and guava.
Bottom line: Fill your diet with lycopene-rich foods such as tomatoes, watermelon, and red grapefruit. Remember—the cancer-fighting properties of lycopene in tomatoes are much stronger when the tomatoes are cooked, such as in marinara sauce or tomato soup.
September 26 is the final "Jazz on the Lawn," from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, on the serene and beautifully landscaped Grace Church Georgetown lawn, 1041 Wisconsin Avenue. Last Thursday's performance by the Larry Brown Quartet, to which I brought several friends, was simply sublime.
"Jazz on the Lawn," held every Thursday in September, is an annual tradition at Grace Church Georgetown and on September 26, the final performance, Marshall Keys, alto sax; and Herman Burney, bass, will be playing. "Bring a picnic supper, a bottle of wine if you like, or just come - enjoy great jazz in a beautiful setting," says The Rev John Graham, Rector (Pastor) of Grace Episcopal Church. "There is no charge but donations are gratefully accepted," said Graham, one of the most popular ministers in the area, known for his dedication to helping the homeless, his open-mindedness, and his intellectual - yet spiritual - sermons.
Music on the lawn began in the summer of 2009, and Grace has offered it every year since. It has two purposes: to feature top-flight local musicians, with a special emphasis on jazz, and to introduce the neighbors to Grace Church by inviting them to enjoy the beautiful gardens and grounds.
Grace Church was founded in 1866 by Christ and St. John's Episcopal Churches, Georgetown, as a mission to the dock workers and canal workers of lower Georgetown. "As the neighborhood of lower Georgetown changed, so has Grace," said Graham, "But it's kept its focus on the least among us. The informal, welcoming atmosphere that's characterized this community from the beginning."