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Cherry Blossom Festival Inspired Italian Dinner Parties at Via Umbria

March 7, 2017

In honor of the Cherry Blossom Festival, Via Umbria is hosting a series of three Italian Dinner Parties: March 23rd through March 25th, with cherries infused into every dish. 


Grab a seat at Via Umbria's communal table in their Laboratorio Kitchen. There's a single fixed menu each night (with a vegetarian offering possible with advance request) and one seating at 7:00 pm.


Starting with Insalata di Mache e Ciliegie, followed by Goat Cheese stuffed Ravioli in a butter and sour cherry sauce, Pork Filet stuffed with Dried Cherries as the main, and topped off with Crostata con Ricotta e Ciliegie this dinner will be the perfect addition to your Cherry Blossom festivities.


All guests sit communally at one table. Each course is served at the same time and their Chef will join you at every course to describe what has been prepared and to answer any questions you may have. Pre-purchased tickets are required to join the dinner and can be purchased online (see below) or by calling 202.333.3904 or emailing


Tickets are not refundable and can’t be switched to a different date or time but they are transferable to other people. Italian Dinner Parties feature their CYOB concept - Choose Your Own Bottle - where you can purchase wine to accompany your dinner from our downstairs enoteca, affording you an incredible selection of hard-to-find Italian wines at retail prices.


If you plan to purchase wine please arrive early to allow enough time to speak with the sommelier and to fill your order, but in any event, please arrive a few minutes before the start time in order to assure timely seating. All guests planning to consume alcohol must have valid government-issued identification. Menus are subject to slight change due to market availability. Pricing does not include 10% DC meals tax or optional gratuity.


Register here for Thursday, March 23rd dinner. 


Register here for Friday, March 24th dinner.


Register here for Saturday, March 25th dinner.

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Georgetown University Study Shows Mindfulness Effective

February 14, 2017

Recently published in Psychiatry Research, a Georgetown psychiatrist has demonstrated learning mindfulness meditation during an eight-week course resulted in a lower stress response in people with generalized anxiety disorder. 


In contrast, an eight-week Stress Management Education course, with general tips on the importance of good nutrition, sleep habits and other wellness topics resulted in a slight rise of such biomarkers.


“Anxiety disorders affects an estimated 15 million Americans each year,” says Dr. Elizabeth A. Hoge, an associate professor in Georgetown University Medical Center’s psychiatry department who led the study. “Mindfulness meditation training is relatively inexpensive and doesn’t carry a stigma or have the side effects that many medications have. Our study suggests that mindfulness meditation may be a helpful treatment strategy for people with anxiety.”


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Coco Chanel and Lela Rose Showcase Style at 2017 Washington Winter Show

January 15, 2017

Chanel Portrait and suit gifted to Jeffie (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Chanel Portrait and suit gifted to Jeffie

"There's nothing like going to meet Coco Chanel and being told you're badly dressed." For Jeffie Pike Wesson, accompanying her mother, painter Marion Pike to meet the iconic designer in her Paris atelier in 1967, it was the start of a lifelong friendship and the unexpected gifting of a very special Chanel suit shortened expressly for her. 

Featured at this year's The Washington Winter Show (WWS), aptly themed,"The Art of Style,the loan exhibit of Marion Pike's portraits and Chanel couture fashion curated by Amy de la Haye, marked the first time this collection has been shown in North America.

Held at the Katzen Arts Center on the campus of American University, the weekend of events celebrating antiques with dealer talks, guided walks, galas and receptions, is also an annual benefit for children and families through services provided by the Bishop T. Walker School for Boys, THEARC and the Founders Board of St. John's Community Services.

The Booker T. School for Boys performs at WWS luncheon (Photo by: Judith Beermann) The Booker T. School for Boys performs at WWS luncheon

Introducing fashion designer Lela Rose Friday, WWS, Executive Director Jonathon G. Willen noted, "With 432 guests, this is the largest turnout ever for our luncheon."

After a concert by The Bishop T. Walker School for Boys, Lela Rose regaled the audience with stories of how she started, from her hometown of Dallas to the Parsons School of Design, and working with designers before launching her first bridal collection in 2006.

Lela Rose signing copies of (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Lela Rose signing copies of "Pret-a-Party"

Passionate about "the intersection of food, fashion and fun," the ebullient designer expanded her successful clothing lines with the mantra,"Eat Drink Dress Lela." Following the luncheon, Rose signed copies of her new entertaining book, Pret-a-Party.

For more information about the Washington Winter Show, visit their website here.

G. Sergeant Antiques (Photo by: Judith Beermann) G. Sergeant Antiques
Village Braider Antiques (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Village Braider Antiques
Brennan & Mouilleseaux (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Brennan & Mouilleseaux

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