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Viva Farruggio!

October 14, 2013

Giuseppe “Joe” Farruggio, the Italian owner of il Canale in Georgetown, has been honored by Casa Italiana for his business acumen and contributions to promote Italian culture during ceremonies at a Columbus Day Celebration.

Joe’s son Roberto (left), Maestro Fusco & Joe Farruggio (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Joe’s son Roberto (left), Maestro Fusco & Joe Farruggio

The honor was bestowed Saturday night following a Viva Verdi! concert featuring the operas of Giuseppe Verdi at Holy Rosary Church in D.C.

Presenting the award was Maestro Bruno Fusco, an accomplished musical talent and choreographer.  Fusco organizes shows for Casa Italiana of Washington, DC.

Farruggio, born in Sicily, is an avid supporter of the Italian way of life in America as well as a generous contributor to American charitable organizations.

He often returns to his homeland to visit relatives and renew his friendships. On these trips, he also continues his ties with Italian businesses, including wineries and specialty food producers.

Farruggio owns il Canale Pizzeria and Ristorante in Georgetown, and Joe’s Place in Arlington and Vienna.

The opera and presentations were part of 2013 The Year of Italian Culture, which is being celebrated by Italians around the world.




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Alchimie Forever's New Skin Savior

September 24, 2013

Alchimie Forever is celebrating a milestone launch for the family-owned Swiss skin care brand showroomed in Georgetown. Yes, Ada Polla is President, CEO, co-creator, daughter, and contributor to The Georgetown Dish. Long known for their dermatologist formulated, plant-based, anti-aging line, many Alchimie Forever products are made from extracts of basil, blueberries, grape seeds, green tea, rosemary, tomatoes, turmeric and watercress. Yum!

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The long-awaited day cream, Daily Defense SPF23 is the latest in a series of anti-aging products. This one has edelweiss, a tradional Swiss plant which has developed numerous defense mechanisms in order to grow and thrive in high altitudes and protect itself from high-level exposure to UV radiation. edelweiss extract leaves have a layer of filamentary hair on the skin which naturally absorbs UV rays. Alchimie Forever’s signature ingredient, the blueberry, further enhances the formula by helping to quell redness, often amplified by the heat of UV rays, by constricting fine capillaries on the skin. Blueberries are also highly anti-inflammatory and contain multiple antioxidants, including anthocyanins (powerful scavengers of free radicals) and quercetin (an iron chelator that reduces damages caused by oxidants).

Of course, the cream also contains a combination of chemical sunscreens to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays and to ensure a lightweight and non-greasy formula, ideal for all skin types. To maintain the highest level of protection against skin aging, Daily Defense also contains vitamins C and E, both powerful antioxidants, and a gold-standard duo in skin rejuvenation.

Ada Polla says this about the newest launch, “This is a product that every client has requested since we first launched our line! We worked to create a product that would deliver results but also that our clients (and our team!) would want to use daily, every day, forever. The elegance of the formulation is undeniable.”

Available at Alchimie Forever and at 1010 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel: 202.530.3930

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Georgetown Sees Green on PARK(ing) Day Friday

September 19, 2013

Five Georgetown businesses will turn metered parking spots in front of their establishments into temporary, green public spaces on Friday, September 20th to highlight car-free options, sustainability and creativity in the District as part of the city's participation in PARK(ing) Day.

PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

Georgetown participants include Baked & Wired, Malmaison, CycleLife USAFleurir Hand Grown Chocolates and Robert Bell Antiques

This event is sponsored by the Georgetown Business Improvement District.

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