Cafe Milano Hosts Book Party for Samantha Sault's 'Moon Washington DC'

"At the end of the day, everyone comes together to have a cocktail," explained local journalist-turned-author Samantha Sault, who started writing Moon Washington DC in February, 2017. With an eye to visitors, Samantha says her new book also has a lot of tips for long-time locals. 

Kevin Chaffee introduces Samantha Sault to guests (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kevin Chaffee introduces Samantha Sault to guests

Kevin Chaffee, introducing the author to several hundred guests Monday evening at Cafe Milano, "We have Michelin and other travel guides, and tonight, Washington has a Moon Guide."

Matthew Lauer (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Matthew Lauer

Thanking her host committee, Cafe Milano and husband Matt, glancing around the room,  Sault noted, "We have people here from the Trump and Obama adninistrations, all the way back to ... Reagan," As guests laughed, she continued, "everyone who makes up the fabric of the city. DC is resilient. There's no better time to visit DC."

Katie Abbott and Karin Tanabe (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Katie Abbott and Karin Tanabe

Neighborhood by neighborhood, including the first walking tour of Anacostia and the Navy Yard, the author introduces monuments, nightlife, bars and restaurants, all with a nod to their historic significance. She doesn't consider herself a foodie, "The best meal is a roast chicken," but she does think the DC dining industry is definitely maturing. Three of her favorites, too new for this edition, are: Rake's Progress, Primrose, and Garrison.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

Samantha Sault began her career at policy journals, including The Weekly Standard, where she wrote about national politics as well as fashion and pop culture. For nearly three years, she wrote a weekly column for The Washington Times with her arts, culture, and nightlife picks for locals. She has covered international fashion weeks in New York, London, and Hong Kong and has also managed communications for the organization that lobbies on behalf of American fashion brands and retailers.

Samantha Sault and Maria Abad (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Samantha Sault and Maria Abad

After growing up in the metropolitan DC area, Samantha has a deep understanding of both how Washington works and has evolved, and a genuine love for the swamp. She learned how to use the Metro from a young age, first to visit Smithsonian museums as a child, and later to attend concerts and break curfew as a teenager. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a BA in government and politics, she moved to Dupont Circle, where she has lived for more than 10 years.

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)