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ashington has long been a proving ground for what journalist David Halberstam called “The Best and the Brightest” in his book of that title about the origins of the Vietnam War. The same could be said of the young “New Dealers” who joined FDR’s crusade to end the Great Depression and all those of the “Greatest Generation” who sacrificed so much in World War II. It is still too early to assess with any historical insight how the problems of the current era compare to those of the past, but of one thing we are reasonably sure: the current crop of under-40 overachievers evaluated for this year’s Young & The Guest List appear to measure up in every way. We’re not just talking about the Obama administration officials and members of Congress toiling to solve the economic crisis or the diplomats who make policy in Afghanistan and Iraq. Washington has progressed beyond the boundaries of domestic and foreign policy to become a world capital of the arts and sciences, commerce, communication, and education. Those in the forefront of change command our attention more than ever and that’s why we approached this issue with great care to compile what can only be, at best, a broad representation of the many young power players making a difference on the Washington scene. They include more than 50 CEOs, 44 media players, 33 in creative fields, and 42 from the Administration and Capitol Hill. Mindful that our readers want more than the proverbial list, we’ve asked a few of those included to tell us about their work and what they do to help to improve their community and the world. We’re also proud of our best Y&GL fashion shoot ever, with nine undeniably attractive participants exploring the enticingly renovated Jefferson Hotel. The issue isn’t entirely devoted to Y&GL– even though our “My Washington” feature is by the District’s first lady, Michelle Fenty, who

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is definitely on the shy side of 40! In this month’s “Inside Homes,” McLean-based interior designer Pamela Hughes handpicks furniture that will turn your pied-à-terre into a showstopper with her guide to living well in your twenties, thirties, and forties. There is plenty to enjoy in our signature coverage of the Washington social scene’s most important events, starting with the Kennedy Center Honors (where we had a catbird’s seat at George and Liz Stevens’ VIP brunch at the Mandarin Oriental hotel), and a long list of WL-sponsored affairs including the Lombardi, Choral Arts Society, and Taste of the Stars galas; the Washington Ballet’s Jeté Society and “Nutcracker” tea parties; the Kidney and Capital City balls; and the Washington Antiques Show. We’ve added the late R.W. “Johnny” Apple’s favorite Bloody Mary recipe to coverage of a party celebrating publication of his posthumous book, Far Flung and Well Fed, and also have the delicious pleasure of publishing writer Sally Bedell Smith’s differing version of last issue’s story about Gore Vidal’s “mystery photo” of himself with the Kennedys. Enjoy the issue and we hope to see you at a WL-sponsored affair soon.

Nancy R. Bagley Editor in Chief Readers wishing to contact Nancy can email info@washingtonlife.com

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Meghan Blair is the founder of the

dessert shop Something Sweet. Before shifting her career toward baking, she was an elementary school teacher in Arlington, Va. She balances her time between running the store and raising her family, including her two children, Hadley and Grayden.

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Jodi King is a fashion and portrait

photographer based in Washington, D.C. From her education at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York until today she has brought her talents to various publications in the U.S. and exhibitions throughout D.C. She photographed our Y&GL fashion shoot in this issue.

James Cornwell is creative director

and resident hair and makeup artist for PR at Partners Salon and Tim Coburn Photography. He also co-hosts “Fashion BS,” a fashion and lifestyle podcast. Cornwell lends his eye for style to our Young & The Guest List fashion shoot.

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Michelle Fenty

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is wife of Washington mayor Adrian Fenty and a lawyer with Perkins Cole. She shares her favorite Washington spots with us in “My Washington.”

20 experienced architects, interior architects, and interior designers working throughout the U.S., Canada, various Caribbean nations, and Dubai. She has been featured in such publications as Architectural Digest and Veranda, and on HGTV. Her firm, Hughes Design Associates, has offices in McLean,Va. as well as in Sarasota, Fla.

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Tyler Larish is a hair stylist at

Immortal Beloved. He has been styling hair for eight years in Washington and New York City. The looks he creates range from classy and professional to wild fantasy hair. He styled hair for our fashion shoot this month.

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President of Market Management in Marriott’s Eastern Region. He is responsible for leading the hotel operations at 14 Marriott properties in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and four children.

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Lana Orloff heads a style consulting

company, Lana Orloff Style. With many years of experience and a love for shopping and fashion, she offers style and image management, closet and wardrobe organization, and special event styling and

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Charlie Palmer has received critical acclaim for his signature Progressive American cooking, a style built on rambunctious flavors and unexpected combinations with a deep and lasting infusion of classical French cuisine. He combined his creative cooking spirit and flair for business to open 13 notable restaurants across the country, including Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington, D.C.

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for ABC7 news in Washington, focusing on the White House and Capitol Hill. His daily challenge: sum up the entire day’s political headlines in two minutes and make it interesting and in-depth.

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Raise a Glass Washingtonians can sample international wine and cuisine this winter without leaving town at the first annual Capital Wine Festival. Hosted by The Fairfax at Embassy Row, the event offers opportunities to enjoy wine and food pairings prepared by Jockey Club chef Levi Mezick, through March. Participating wineries include Frog’s Leap (Feb. 3), Joseph Phelps Vineyards (Feb. 10), Cliff Lede Vineyards (Feb. 17), and Pio Cesare (Feb. 24), just to name a few. Dinner and reception prices vary from $125 to $145. Call 202-736-1453 for more information and to make reservations. www.capitalwinefestival.com.

Get Cultured Looking for a great place for an in-town “staycation”? Park Hyatt Washington has a perfect package for art lovers seeking a much-needed escape. The hotel partners with the Corcoran Gallery of Art through April with a “Culture at the Park” deal, combining posh lodgings with an opportunity to view historic art. The package includes a complimentary upgrade to a Park Deluxe room, an exclusive docent-led tour of the Corcoran’s new exhibit “Turner to Cezanne,” welcome goodie bag, valet parking, and two beverages of choice to enjoy in the hotel’s lounge. Available through April 25. Park Hyatt Washington, 24 & M Streets NW, 202-789-1234, www.parkhyattwashington.com.

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The Ultimate Power Breakfast Croissants, pancakes, and fruit, oh my! When it comes to ultimate power breakfasts, it’s hard to beat Adour at The St. Regis. Situated in the heart of the K Street corridor, the luxe locale with premium service is the perfect place to conduct business breakfasts or just enjoy coffee and a perfect croissant before a busy day gets started. WL Pick: Maryland Crab Florentine with asparagus and hollandaise sauce. 923 16th and K Sts. NW, 202-5098000, www.adour-washingtondc.com.

by the numbers 14,500 TONS OF CHIPS ARE CONSUMED IN AMERICA ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY (FEB. 7).

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(Right) The dining room at Adour at The St. Regis is a great choice for power breakfasts.

New in Town Quotable Old age is like everything else.To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young. – Theodore Roosevelt

Fashion Forward

Don’t miss the wide selection of designer brands at POSH, a new consignment store in D.C.

How POSH Diane von Furstenberg dresses and D&G pants in a next-to-new shop? That’s what you will find at POSH, Washington’s newest luxury consignment store. Founder Julie Visperas caters to budget-minded shoppers looking for great deals on high fashion finds from Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Christian Dior, and Louis Vuitton (among many others). So, next time you feel like buying something new, skip the sale racks and head to POSH. 1828 18th St. NW, 202-4602100, www.aposhconsignment.com.

Finder’s Keepers Love is in the air Surprise that special someone this Valentine’s Day after a visit to Sylene of Washington where you can spice up the night with something extra special like a chemise ($95) from the Boudoir Collection by Elle MacPherson. Sylene of Washington, 4407 South Park Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-654-4200, www.sylenedc.com.

Hip Home Stylings If you are looking to spruce up your home décor this year, make sure to stop by Sukio Design Co. for the latest in art and interior accessories. Founder Desiré Greene hopes to bring the hip U Street corridor atmosphere to her showroom with work by such renowned designers as Michele Varian and Jonathan Adler. Located in the Dekka Showroom, 1338 U St. NW, 3rd floor, 202-9861370, www.sukio.com.


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Join Washington dance enthusiasts and social swells at the opening night performance of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, followed by dinner and latenight carousing on the Kennedy Center’s Roof Terrace. Proceeds support the company’s outreach programs. The Kennedy Center; 7 p.m.; $500; black-tie; contact Ariel Metzger, 202-636-8745, ariel@campbellpeachey.com. JETÉ SOCIETY DANCE PARTY

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Get your dancing shoes out for this always-entertaining fête for young supporters of The Washington Ballet. From special performances sponsored by company members to great music and drinks, it’s a can’t-miss event. House of Sweden; 9 p.m.; tickets start at $95; cocktail attire; contact Sara Lange, 202-362-3606, ext. 123, slange@washingtonballet.org.

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Young professionals get an opportunity to network with a great local organization while enjoying cocktails and dancing in support of So Others Might Eat’s efforts to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Corcoran Gallery of Art; 8 p.m.; $85; sponsorships starting at $250; black-tie optional; contact Susan O’Neill & Associates, 301-3208232, somejrgala@oneillevent.com.

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The presence of the Washington area’s most critically-acclaimed and successful restaurateurs helps to ensure a tasty event that raises sponsored awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The evening includes delicious “tastings” from over 40 top restaurants plus silent and live auctions, and a special raffle. National Building Museum; 5:30 p.m.; $350; business attire; contact Jeanie Torchio, 703-351-5171, jeanie.torchio@stjude.org.

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NATIONAL PRESS FOUNDATION DINNER Septime Webre, Ashley Taylor, and Winston Bao Lord at the 2009 Jeté Society Dance Party. (Photo by Tony Powell)

The Women’s Committee of Washington National Opera’s “An Evening in Paris” gala promises an enchanting night of cuisine and sponsored entertainment devoted to the “City of Light.” Embassy of France; 6:30 p.m.; starting at $250; host committee tickets are $500, with sponsorship packages starting at $1,000; cocktail attire; contact WNO Special Events, 202-2952437, specialevents@dc-opera.org.

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The National Press Foundation recognizes journalistic achievement and its awards dinner is one of the Washington press corps’ most eagerlyanticipated annual gatherings. Count on seeing at least a thousand journalists, major politicos, corporate executives, and trade group officials at the event. Don’t miss out on all those hot ticket pre- and post-dinner parties. Hilton Washington; starting at $300; business attire; contact Kerry Buker, 202-6637282, kerry@nationalpress.org. Mardi Gras Celebration

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Join Meridian International Center’s THIS for Diplomats supporters for an evening of casino games, hors d’oeuvres, champagne and sponsored New Orleans Hurricanes with a silent auction benefiting the organization’s propgrams assisting local diplomatic families. Meridian International Center; 7-11 p.m.; $100; costume, national dress, or black-tie attire; contact 202-232-3002.

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Raise a glass with members of the Young Professionals Council to support the Starlight Foundation’s work to provide entertainment and sponsored family activities for seriously ill children. District Restaurant & Lounge, 2473 18th St. NW; 7:30 p.m.; $100; $130, VIP tickets; cocktail attire; contact: info@starlightmidatlantic.org

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This exclusive, art-centric event features live music and dancing in the museum’s historic galleries. Proceeds support public programs at the American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 7 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m., gala reception; starting at $150 for the reception only; cocktail attire; contact 202-633-8534, americanartevents@si.edu.

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FRENCH TOAST: Always one of the most anticipated holiday events of the year, the Choral Arts Society’s Gallic-themed gala was a perfect way to begin a “Joyeux Noël.” French Ambassador Pierre Vimont served as honorary chairman of the evening, which featured classic French carols during the performance in the Concert Hall, followed by dinner on the Roof Terrace. A surprise highlight was a performance by former Steely Dan and Dooby Brothers guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter that kept everyone on the dance floor late into the night. IN THE CROWD: Alan Schlaifer, Deborah Carlston, Cinnie Fehr, Susan Reichardt, Jenny Wallace, Eric Gates, Kazakhstan Amb. Erlan Idrisov and Nurilla Idrissova, Marilyn Pederson, and Jean and Don Wolf. View all the photos at www.washingtonlife.com!

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A MAJOR CAUSE: With glamorous auction items, a luxury car raffle, dinner, and dancing, the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer Center Gala is always over the top. “Lombardi is a gift to our city,” said co-chairwoman Tanya Potter Adler, who honored Molly and Mark Decker with the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award. The Gala has raised over $17 million for cancer research at Lombardi. A MAJOR MOMENT: Garry O. Whipkey of Pohanka Lexus turned over the keys of a snazzy new Lexus convertible to raffle winner Emmebet Selassie. View all the photos at www.washingtonlife.com!

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CALLING ALL STARS: Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic gathered over 400 local luminaries to help families coping with the stress and financial hardship of a child with a serious illness. The black-tie event featured cocktails, live and silent auctions, dinner, and dancing to a local disc jockey. MSNBC correspondent Norah O’Donnell served as emcee, renowned auctioneer Tom Weschler took the live bids, and entrepreneur Jeff Zell was honored for his contributions to the cause. Sponsors included Belfort Furniture, Korn/ Ferry International, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, National Geographic, realtor Jim Bell, and the Bank of Georgetown. The gala co-chairwomen were Allison O’Connor, Kerry Troup, and Staci Walkes. View all the photos at www.washingtonlife.com!

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WHEN A HERO COMES ALONG: The March of Dimes and Women in Technology co-hosted a black-tie event to recognize exceptional women in the technology field who devote time to community volunteering. The evening included a top notch silent auction, great live music, and an awards ceremony highlighted by keynote speaker Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. IN THE CROWD: Lydia Gizdavcic, Dolly Greenwood, Lee Hevner, Vonda Rhodes, Jerard Kemp, Sue Hoffman, Ted Haddad, Elizabeth Wilmot, Shameka McCaskill, Colleen Galo, and Peter Adler. View all the photos at www.washingtonlife.com!

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worthy cause, fill a massive ballroom with a thousand true believers, throw a New Wave icon into the mix, and you’ve got a truly memorable evening – one that raised $1.15 million for the National Kidney Foundation. OLD FAVORITES: The black-tie crowd got fired up for the 90-minute concert by Blondie, the quintessentially American rock band founded more than three decades ago by singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, who launched into spirited renditions of “Heart of Glass,” “Rapture,” “Call Me,” and “The Tide is High” (this year’s ball theme). View all the photos at www.washingtonlife.com!

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PROMOTING FAIRNESS: The Justice Project gathered Washington luminaries for its first-ever benefit honoring Sen. Patrick Leahy with the inaugural Kirk Bloodsworth Justice Award. Named for the first Death Row inmate exonerated due to DNA evidence, the award recognized Leahy for his dedication to the judiciary system. HONORING JUSTICE: William Robinson, Gary Dennis and Kathy Black-Dennis, Nick Peters, Jennelle Root, Michael Ressegue, Chris Tate, Edwin Colfax, Angela Williamson, and Amy Jeanguenat. Susan Bachurski, Nina Muller, John Shore, and Bobby Muller

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TREASURE HUNTERS: Washington’s Old Guard sampled snazzy cocktails (shrimp and otherwise) as they admired paintings, furniture, books, porcelain, and other vintage antiques amid a setting more reminiscent of the Smithsonian Institution’s hallowed halls than an “Antiques Roadshow” set. PURCHASING POWER: Big-time spenders snagged Ming Dynasty curios and Directoire chairs while benefiting the Antique Council’s Thrift Shop Charities, which funds healthcare and educational services for children.

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HITTING HIGH NOTES: The folks running the D.C. Jazz Festival know how to put on a good show. At the annual benefit at the Madison Hotel, guests dined while being serenaded by Cuban clarinetist and saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda, and vocalist Freddy Cole, the brother of the late Nat King Cole. Proceeds benefited next year’s festival and various youth culture programs in the Washington area. ALL TOGETHER NOW: Angie Fox, Sunny Sumter, Danielle Rappaport, Valerie Santos Young, and Sofia Lam. Valerie Santos Young and Charles Fishman

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COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE: Jack Davies, Kay Kendall, and Raul and Jean-Marie Fernandez hosted friends and supporters at a cocktail reception celebrating the tremendous success of The Town Hall Education, Arts & Recreation Campus (THEARC). The $27 million facility has provided thousands of Southeast Washington residents with a place to learn and enjoy state-of-the-art theater, gymnasium, computer lab, art gallery, and music and dance studio facilities. CELEBRATORS: THEARC co-founders Christopher Smith and Skip McMahon, Ande and Mae Grennan, Michael and Mariella Trager, Jimmy Lynn, Jack and Leah Gansler, and Paula and Robert Hisaoka. View all the photos at www.washingtonlife.com!

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Patti Scialfa and Kennedy Center honoree Bruce Springsteen at the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors. (Photo by Joseph Allen)

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Sites and Sounds The Daily Caller launches, Journopalooza’s ‘Suspicious Package,’ and a star-studded Kennedy Center Honors Brunch By Janet Donovan

OUT TO LAUNCH So many people came to Juleanna Glover’s house to help inaugurate the Daily Caller that partygoers looking to find the website’s founder, Tucker Carlson, had to call him on their cell phones. The Daily Caller went live on Jan. 11, adding yet another must-read for news junkies – who should probably file a sleep deprivation class action suit against Matt Drudge. (After all, his Drudge Report pretty much started the phenomenon). Has Tucker finally hit his stride? We hope so. He’s hosted or been a guest on all the major cable networks with multiple writing positions along the way. The consensus according to radio talk show host Bill Press: “If anybody can cut through, thrive, and survive, it’s Tucker. He’s always fresh and different.” Guests included media stalwarts Ann Compton and Christopher Hitchens as well as hip young reporters Emily Heil of Roll Call and Kiki Ryan of Politico. The big surprise of the night: “Plamegate” scandal figure I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby circulating – mostly unrecognized – in the supposedly politically-savvy crowd. Tucker’s take: “It hasn’t been a big month for sleeping. The launch has been an adventure. Ten years from now, when virtually all news is delivered digitally online and there are hundreds of sites doing pretty much exactly what we do, I’m sure we’ll have competitors. As of today we have only friends.” BRING IT ON You didn’t have to be an employed journalist to take part in Journopalooza II benefiting Reporters Without Borders at the National Press Club. If that had been the case, the ballroom would have been mostly empty. In a surge of support for both the beneficiaries of the event and out-of-work colleagues, hundreds

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Above: Tucker Carlson addresses the masses as hostess Juleanna Glover looks on. Right: Christina Sevilla performs at Journopalooza with Suspicious Package.

of media types surfed adjoining party rooms even after they heard that a “suspicious package” might be somewhere in the building. Fortunately, it was a false alarm. Guests had been talking about a band called “Suspicious Package” and no sniffing dogs were sighted. The band, which consists of investigative reporter Tim Burger, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Christina Sevilla, Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles, the Los Angeles Times’ Josh Meyer, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of HUD Bryan Greene went public after jamming in Toles’ basement. “It’s never too late to find a new hobby,” Burger noted. Other engagements have included Andrews Air Force base, the USS Intrepid, and the embassies of Italy, Germany, Finland, and Denmark. Even former CIA Director Michael Hayden attended one of their events – looking for a “suspicious package” no doubt. Rumor

has it that a concert in Italy may be next. CALL FLO Florence Henderson has a new gig. America’s favorite TV mom (of “Brady Brunch” fame) has gone into role reversal and now dispenses advice to seniors – technologically challenged ones, that is. The mother of four was energetically endorsing her new venture at the Mandarin Oriental brunch preceding the Kennedy Center Honors with son Joe Bernstein in tow. “It’s because of him I joined the tech world after years of avoiding it. I didn’t want to feel stupid around my kids,” the now accomplished web surfer noted. Feeling left out: go to www.flohome.com Honoree Robert De Niro debated Sen. Claire McCaskill on “the public option,” looking far less intimidating than he did in his Oscarnominated role for best actor in Cape Fear; actress Christine Baranski, seated next to Pat and Michael York, graciously chatted with guests who mistook her for novelist Jane Stanton Hitchcock; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi popped by, only to head back to Capitol Hill for a health care vote. Also mingling: honorees Mel Brooks, Grace Bumbry , and Dave Brubeck ; actors Donald Sutherland , Michele Lee , and Ed Norton; Jean Kennedy Smith with her son William Kennedy Smith; and hosts Liz and George Stevens (who has probably received more industry awards than there were guests at the brunch).

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Honoring Esther

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hostess would contemplate, Coopersmith seated Egyptian Ambassador Sameh Shoukry next to Bukova, even though Egypt’s candidate had lost his bid to win her coveted position. “Now, she explained, “I want you to work together.”

Esther Coopersmith

celebrated a big birthday and her appointment as UNESCO’s new Goodwill Ambassador at a dinner hosted by Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and his incomparable wife Yoriko for 100 of the honored guest’s best bi-partisan friends – all of whom are, as one boldfaced name noted, Washington VIPs who “make this town tick.” “There’s only one Esther,” Amb. Fujisaki told his guests (who included Justice Stephen Breyer, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, seven senators, 10 congressmen, and four ambassadors), adding: “I won’t introduce her because you all know her.” Speaking of the first woman to win the U.N. Peace Prize since Eleanor Roosevelt, the dapper envoy credited Coopersmith with “bringing the U.S. back to UNESCO.” “She’s not just the ‘Queen of Washington,’” he proclaimed, “She belongs to the whole world; she is friends with many world leaders. She is our common international asset.” Before the four-course meal of Western and Japanese favorites (including sushi, of course), Sweden’s Eva Hafström pointed out that Coopersmith is always “the first one to reach out” to newly arrived diplomatic spouses in town. “In a city so often polarized according to political party, only Esther brings everyone together,” said Colombian Ambassador Carolina Barco. “She represents the warmth of Washington and always makes sure that all of us [ambassadors and spouses] get invited to a Thanksgiving dinner at her house – the epitome of American holidays.”

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‘BE BRAVE AND SHAVE’ United Arab Emirates Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba allowed his head to be publicly shaved in support of Children’s National Medical Center “Be Brave and Shave” cancer programs. He raised more than $274,000 from friends, family, and colleagues and generously matched the donations – bringing total contributions to nearly $550,000. “Thanks to the tireless work of the team at Children’s National, countless kids around the Above: UAE Ambassador Yousef Al-Otaiba gets world have the support, care, trimmed for charity’s and attention they need to sake. Left: Japanese Ambassador Ichiro push through very challenging Fujisaki and wife Yoriko circumstances,” the handsome with guest of honor Esther Coopersmith bachelor said. “I am proud to personally contribute to the Renée Robinson added that her Kalorama hospital’s continued success.” neighbor and friend of 40 years “always thinks about everyone else first. If she’s feeling bad, HEADING FOR HOME you’ll never know it; we need more Esthers in Rumor has it that politics … and a clash of the world!” principles … are behind the sudden departures The next night, Coopersmith hosted of two of Washington’s favorite diplomatic her own dinner for Irina Bukova, the new couples. After arriving and marrying here three director general of UNESCO (United years ago,Turkish Ambassador Nabi Sensoy and Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural his popular wife, Gülgün, will now call Istanbul organization). Her 88 guests included more home. Bulgaria’s diplomatic newly-weds, than a dozen important ambassadorial couples, handsome Ambassador “Latch” Petkov and his including her Japanese hosts and Russian wife, Boriana Puncheva, are returning to Sofia, Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, whom she thinks where Petkov says his spouse, Bulgaria’s most “looks just like my grandfather did.”Then, in a famous actress, “is always recognized before I move that only Washington’s most indefatigable am.”

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George Vassiliou and Diane Schaefer

French Amb. Pierre Vimont

Bill and Karen Schuiling

Barbara Rossotti

Besty Holleman and Janet Crawford

wl sponsored

Choral Arts VIP Ambassador’s Reception Pete Rowan and Kate Stilwill Hurst Groves and Barbara Sharp

French Embassy Residence

Laurie and Bob Monahan

Photos by Samantha Strauss

HITTING A HIGH NOTE: No one was more surprised than gala chairwoman Tiffanny Gates when Bill Schuiling stepped up and donated $20,000 to the Choral Arts Society at the group’s pre-gala cocktail party. After Gates spoke emotionally about the 150 wounded warriors who would be attending the event, Schuiling declared, “Okay, make it $30,000!” MERRYMAKERS: Roland Celette, Diane Schaefer, Eric Gates, and Emily Riffle. Richard Thompson and Debra Kraft

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Washington Life’s guide to the capital’s most influential under 40 residents

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ur annual Young & The Guest List feature is known for containing the names of accomplished, dynamic, and successful Washingtonians, all under 40 and devoted to making the nation’s capital a place that attracts (and keeps) the best and the brightest. This fifth annual compilation is no exception. During the past year, myriad political and economic events have made waves far beyond the Beltway and more than a few of our players have gotten bigger headlines than seasoned veterans. Our president, after all, is only eight years past the eligibility cutoff to have been listed himself. Many of his young staff included here, have quickly become fixtures in the White House and halls of Congress, to say nothing of the social scene. We have numerous “change makers” from the government, along with major players in the arts and sciences, journalism and business as well as the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. In the spirit of the famous Irish proverb, “praise youth and it will prosper,” we share with you 250plus men and women who dare to dream big and act even bigger.

Counter Clockwise: Lindsay Czarniak, Rachel Cothran, Mayor Adrian and Michelle Fenty, Clara Brillembourg Chopivsky and George Chopivsky III, and Katie Rost

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Ms. Huma Abedin

Ms. Meghan Blair

Aide, Office of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham

Founder, Something Sweet Bakery

Clinton

Mr. Robert “Bo” Blair His Excellency the Ambassador of the United Arab

Founder and President, Smith Point, Jetties, Surfside,

Emirates Yousef Al Otaiba

and The Rookery

Mr. James Alefantis

Ms. Joanna Block

Owner, Buck’s Fishing and Camping and Comet

President, Kiron Global Strategies

Ping Pong; President, Transformer Gallery; Arts

Mr. Cedric Bobo

Activist

Vice President, The Carlyle Group

Mr. NEIL ALPERT Director of Institutional Relations, Washington

Ms. Ericka Boone

National Opera

Manager, Boone & Sons Jewelers

Ms. Roshanak Ameli-Tehrani

Mr. Christopher Boutlier

Entrepreneur and Film Producer

Interior Designer, Boutlier Design

Ms. Amy Baier

Mr. Spencer Boyer

Board member, Children’s National Medical Center

Director, International Law and Diplomacy, Center for American Progress

Mr. Bret Baier Host, “Special Report with Bret Baier,” FOX News

Mr. J. Quinn Bradlee Author, “A Different Life”

Mr. Andrew Baldwin Advocate, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery,

Ms. Greta Brawner

U.S. Navy

Host and Producer, C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”

Mr. Douglas Barnes Mr. William T. Brawner Jr.

Owner, Destination Polo

Policy Analyst, Calibre Systems

Mr. Vinoda Basnayake International Associate, Patton Boggs LLP; Co-

Mr. F.B. “Fritz” Brogan III

founder, Night Life Agency, Inc.

Co-Owner, Gin and Tonic and Kitchen

Ms. Stephanie Baucus

Ms. Pamela Brown

Associate Director, Office of Intergovernmental and

Reporter, ABC7 and NewsChannel 8

Public Liaison, Department of Justice

Mr. Warren Brown Mr. Zeno Baucus

Owner, Cakelove

Associate, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Mr. Austin Bryan Mr. Greg Behrman

Global Account Manager, Pingtone

Member, Policy Planning Staff, U.S. Department of

Communications

State; Best-Selling Author

Ms. Nellie Boone Benhard Director of Sales and Marketing, Boone & Sons Jewelers

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Ms. E. Coventry Burke

Mr. Peter Cherukuri

Ms. Jen Corey

Fundraiser, The Nature Conservancy

General Manager, Huffington Post Washington

Apprentice, Washington National Opera; Miss District

Bureau

of Columbia 2009

Mr. Timothy Chi

Mr. James Cornwell

CEO, “Wedding Wire”

Creative Director, PR at Partners; Co-Host, “Fashion

Mr. Ebs Burnough Deputy Social Secretary, The White House

Mr. Caron Butler

BS”

Forward, Washington Wizards; Founder, Caron’s

Ms. Clara Brillembourg Chopivsky

Coats for Kids Drive

Associate, Foley Hoag LLP

Mr. Desmond Butler

Mr. George Chopivsky III

Coordinator, Corcoran Museum of Art and College of

Reporter, The Associated Press

Vice President, Simpson Property Group

Art + Design

Ms. Donna Byrd

Mr. Karim Chrobog

Ms. Alexandra Cousteau

Publisher, “The Root.com,” Washington Post

Producer, 18th Street Films; Founder, Tangier

Founder, Blue Legacy International, EarthEcho

Company

Pictures

International; Emerging Explorer, National

Mr. Nicholas Cambata

Mr. Michael Coe

Co-Founder, 8112 Studios

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice

Mr. Philippe Cousteau Jr.

President of Government Relations, The Hawthorn

CEO, EarthEcho International; Owner, Azure

Group LC

Worldwide; Chief Ocean Correspondent, “Animal

Ms. Rachel Cothran Blogger, “ProjectBeltway.com”; Special Events

Geographic Society

Mr. Hunter Campbell Associate, GBA Advantis

Planet”

Mr. Jared Cohen Ms. Alejandra “Ali” Campoverdi

Author, Children of Jihad

Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff, The White House

Ms. Lindsay Craig PR and Communications Manager, Ann Hand LLC

Mr. Elbridge Colby Ms. Sarah Cannova

Yale Law School Public Interest Fellow

Co-Owner, Sassanova

Ms. Anna Chaley Croll Director of Marketing, Latin Concepts

Ms. Marissa Coleman Mr. G. John Cecchi

Guard and Forward, Washington Mystics

Assistant Vice President, The IDI Group Inc.

Director of Scheduling, Office of the President, The

Mr. Chris Cooley Mr. Drew Chafetz

White House.

Tight End, Washington Redskins

Ms. Monique Currie

CEO and Co-Founder, Lovefutbol

Ms. Anne Corbett Mr. Sam Chaltain

Executive Director, Cultural Development

Washington Director, The Forum for Education and

Corporation, City of Washington

Democracy

Forward, Washington Mystics

Ms. Lindsay Czarniak Sports anchor and Reporter, NBC4

Mr. Peter Corbett Mr. Arun Chaudhary

Ms. Danielle Crutchfield

Ms. Brooke Daley

Founder, iStrategy Labs

White House Videographer Left to Right: Angie Goff, Caron Butler, Amy Holmes, Becky Lee, Dominique Dawes, and Ali Compoverdi

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Count Renaud De Viel Castel

Student, Georgetown School of Law

Author and Blogger

Manager, Veolia Transportation

Ms. Kate Damon

Mr. Michael Dove Countess RENAUD De Viel Castel (ANAïs)

Owner, Kaze Design

Ms. Jill Daschle

Co-Founder and Artistic Director, The Forum Theatre

Public Relations and Fashion Consultant

Mr. Mark Drapeau

Managing Director, EnTrust Capital

Mr. Philip Deutch

Director of Innovative Social Engagement,

Mr. Nathan Daschle

Managing Partner, NGP Energy Technology

Microsoft

Executive Director, Democratic Governors

Partners

Mr. Josh DuBois

Association

Ms. Dominique Dawes

Mr. Raymond “Tripp” Donnelly III

Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and

President and CEO, RepEquity Inc.

Neighborhood Partnerships

Mr. Matt Dornic Editor, FishbowlDC; Director, Quinn Gillespie & Associates

Ms. Jayne Sandman dufour

Motivational Speaker and President, Dominique Dawes LLC

Ms. Tara De Nicolas

Mr. Jeff Dufour

Director of Marketing and Communications,

Mr. Ross Douthat

Washington Humane Society

Director, Fingerprint DC

Editor, Go Daddy!

IN THEIR OWN WORDS David MarriotT

Regional Vice President, Marriott International

W

ith four kids under the age of eight, it’s not easy to get out on the Washington, D.C., social scene. But Carrie and I make an exception when we can help an important cause like the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society. For us, it’s personal. Carrie’s mom has multiple sclerosis, and we’ve seen the challenges she and others face everyday. We’re so close to a cure, we can’t hold back. So we’re regulars every year at the Ambassadors’ Ball and the Women on the Move Luncheon to support MS research. Community service is at the core of the business my grandparents Alice Sheets and J. Willard Marriott built together in 1927. They believed that giving back to the community was the right thing to do and good for business. My parents, Donna and Bill Marriott, live by their example everyday. We’ve been fortunate with the success of Marriott International to be able to create a family foundation named after my grandparents. This month the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation donated a half million dollars to the Red Cross for the Haitian Relief effort. Watching people, especially children, suffer through the devastation of that earthquake breaks my heart. At Marriott, we have hundreds of Haitian employees, especially in south Florida. They’ve been holding daily prayer groups in hopes that family members survived the quake and will continue to survive the devastation. While government can do a lot, I’m a big believer in the power of individual generosity and the spirit of giving that opens up a bigger world to each one of us.

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Ms. Rachel Eddins

Ms. Carolina Furukrona

Director of Special Programs, Kimball Stroud and

Director for Development, Smithsonian Archives of

Associates

American Art

Ms. Raquel (Rocky) Egusquiza

Mr. Dean Garfield

Vice President, Member Value, AARP

President and CEO, Information Technology Industry Council

Mr. Xavier Equihua Managing Partner, Federal Strategies Group, Inc.

Mr. Robert “Bo” Garza Musician and Co-Owner, Thievery Corporation

Mr. Jon Favreau Director of Speechwriting, White House Office of

Mr. patrick gavin

Communications

Staff Writer, Politico

Ms. Sarah Feinberg

Ms. Lauren Gentile

Senior Advisor to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel,

Director of Sales, Irvine Contemporary Gallery

Executive Office of the President

Mr. Chuck Ghoorah Mr. Adrian Fenty

Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Cvent

Mayor of Washington, D.C.

Inc.

Ms. Michelle Fenty

Ms. Jessica Gibson

General Operations Consultant, Inter-American

Key Account Manager, Constellation Wines U.S.

Development Bank

Ginuwine

Ms. Betsy Fischer

R&B Singer

Executive Producer, “Meet the Press,” NBC

Mr. Billy Glading Mr. Alan Fitts

Founder and President, Candid Career, LLC; Team

Travel Deputy, White House Office of the First

Member, Washington Bayhawks

Lady

Ms. Angie Goff Mr. Matt Flavin

Traffic Anchor, WUSA-TV; Co-Anchor, “WUSA

Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy,

9NEWS NOW”; Blogger, “Oh My Goff”

The White House

Mr. John Goodwin Mr. Calvin Fong

Federal Liaison, National Rifle Association;

General Manager, Gucci Tysons Corner

President, The Capital Club

Ms. Angela Fox

Mr. Garrett Graff

President and CEO, Crystal City Business

Editor in Chief, Washingtonian

Improvement District

Mr. Ande Grennan Mr. Adam Frankel

Owner, Sperry Tents of Nantucket; Associate,

Senior Presidential Speechwriter, White House

Frankline Haney Company LLC

Office of Communications

Ms. Mae Haney Grennan Philanthropist Top to Bottom: Austin Bryan, Donna Byrd, Timothy Chi, Marissa Coleman, Jared Cohen, Ashley Taylor, and Coventry Burke.

Ms. Kate Marie Grinold Business Development, IT.com

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Ms. Kristin Guiter Media Relations Manager, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design

JESSY TOLKAN

Mr. Carlos Gutierrez Student, Georgetown University Law Center

Ms. Erika Gutierrez Junior Account Executive, FingerprintDC Communications

Ms. Wendy Adeler Hall Vice President of Marketing and Philanthropy, Adeler Jewelers

Ms. lani hay Founder, President, and CEO of Lanmark Technologies

Mr. Chris Hayes Senior Washington Editor, The Nation

Ms. Kate Shaw Hayes Associate Counsel to the President, The White House

Ms. Heather Higginbottom Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, The White Housel

Ms. Kathy Hollinger Director, Office of Motion Picture and TV Development, District of Columbia

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Executive Director of the Energy Action Coalition; Political Director at Green For All

I

n a packed Copenhagen meeting last month, presided over by former Vice President Al Gore, I found myself tucked into a corner seat at the table trying to raise my voice above the many world leaders tasked with negotiating the logistics of my generation’s future. I may be 4’10,” but I learned a long time ago that speaking passionately on behalf of my peers can double my presence in even the most daunting of scenarios. Reminded of this maxim, I all but shouted what I wished all our leaders – local, national and global – could truly hear: that lives can be built and national problems solved if we invest in a green economy now. My insistence resulted in an introspective hush in the debate, and as I left the meeting, Vice President Gore approached me with a warning I’ll never forget, “Jessy, protect your heart this week.” He was right, of course. The negotiations were a colossal disappointment, and my heart was broken. Young people, including myself, who voted for President Obama in 2008 thought the change we wanted would become reality, and a year into his presidency we’re still being offered solutions that fall short of scientific benchmarks and being told to wait for the now-tenuous passage of lackluster legislation that is merely a small step in the right direction. On the one year anniversary of the historical 2008 presidential election, the “It’s Game Time, Obama!” initiative was launched in which thousands of young Americans banded together to ask the President to meet with youth leaders, give an address to the nation outlining his strategy, and attend Copenhagen in person. This work culminated in the White House’s first-ever Youth Clean Energy Forum, when we met with senior officials to discuss our vision for the new decade. Our decade. Moving forward, my heart will likely be broken again before we achieve our objective of securing a clean and just energy future. I am confident, though, that my generation has the numbers on the ground and in voting booths that it will take to keep our leadership in check. I believe that as we usher in a new decade we will make the lifestyle adjustments and establish the businesses that will create green jobs and spark our struggling economy.

Ms. Amy Holmes Contributor and Political Analyst, CNN

Mr. Jason Horowitz Reporter, Style Section Washington Post

Mr. Joseph P. Ireland III Founder and CEO, J.D. Ireland Interior Architecture

Ms. Sassy Jacobs Co-Owner, Sassanova

Ms. Kristen Jarvis Traveling Aide, Office of the First Lady

Ms. Katie Johnson Personal Secretary to the President of the United States

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Mr. Brian Jung

Ms. Jackie Kucinich

Special Assistant to Director of the White House’s

Reporter, Roll Call

Executive Director and Founder, Becky’s Fund

Ms. Julie Lee

National Economic Council Larry Summers

Ms. Anna Lefer Kuhn Ms. Cassidy Karakorn

President and CEO, Access Systems, Inc.

Executive Director, Arca Foundation

Ms. Svetlana Legetic

Associate Director for Consumer Marketing, HRC;

Ms. Aba Kwawu

DJ

Founder, Bright Young Things

President, The ABA Agency

Mr. Sam Kass Assistant White House Chef and Food Coordinator

Ms. Katie McCormick LELYVELD Mr. Reed Landry

Press Secretary to the First Lady

Founder, “Late Night Shots”

Mr. Cody Stephen keenan Speechwriter, The White House

Ms. Emily Lenzner Mr. Philippe Lanier

Executive Director of Media Relations, ABC News

Vice President, Eastbanc Inc.

Ms. Alicia Kersting Artist

Mr. Michael Kosmides

Ms. Marne Levine Ms. Jane Lauder

Special Assistant to the President for Economic

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Origins;

Policy; Chief of Staff of the National Economic

Estée Lauder Companies Board of Directors

Council at the White House

Mr. Matt Lauer

Mr. Isaac Lidsky

Partner, Qorvis Communications LLC

Clerk, United States Supreme Court; Founder,

Owner, Teatro Goldoni restaurant

Ms. Sherri Kraham Acting Vice President for the Department of Policy and International Relations, Millennium Challenge Corp.

Hope for Vision

Ms. Becky Lee

SCOTT THUMAN

Political Reporter, Wjla-abc7 News

H

aving a front row seat to history is an unparalleled honor. The responsibility of reporting it on the evening news is challenging to say the least. That’s the enviable position I’ve been granted for the past few years as the “politics guy” for ABC7 News. I always tell people, “If you’re a journalist and you love politics, there’s no better place, no better time, than here and now.” Whether it’s a seat in the East Room while the President takes questions or sifting through a crowd of thousands at a rally on Capitol Hill, few assignments measure up. I returned to my roots (I was born in Fairfax County) after spending much of my life and the previous decade working in Florida, and constantly looking for ways to get overseas. Assignments in Iraq, Haiti, Cuba, and Germany made me think nothing could satiate my journalistic hunger until an offer to come to Washington popped up. Soon after, I

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IN THEIR OWN WORDS was crossing the country covering one of the most exciting presidential campaigns in history, bringing its exciting twists and turns into the homes of viewers throughout the region. With that, of course, comes a charge I take quite seriously: accurately, fairly, and thoroughly explaining happenings on “the Hill” each night to an audience educated enough to call me out, if I were to err. It is a personal challenge I’m proud to accept when the studio lights turn on each night. My job also granted me the opportunity to live near family again (my brother worked for the FBI here) and eventually meet my beautiful and talented wife, Autria. Who knows where the road will lead, but as long as I’m broadcasting the daily happenings of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, my spot on ABC7 news is “home sweet home.”

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Ms. Rachel Hirschberg Light

Ms. Alyssa Mastromonaco

Owner and President, Hirschberg Strategies

Director of Scheduling and Advance, Office of Presidential Advance, The White House

Ms. Kirsten Lodal Co-Founder and CEO, National Student

Mr. Vijay Mathew

Partnerships Inc.

Coordinator for the National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Program, Arena Stage

Mr. Reggie Love Personal Aide to the President of the United States

Ms. Chelsea Maughan President, The Madisons

Mr. Adrian Loving Co-Founder, Dissident Display Gallery; DJ

Mr. Tommy McFly Host, “The Evening Show” on MIX107.3

Ms. Betsy Lowther Senior Editor, Fashion Washington, The Washington Post

Mr. Joe McGinniss, Jr. Author, “The Delivery Man”

Mr. Rufus Lusk Mr. Andrew McKenna

Artist; Filmmaker

Founder, President and CEO, McKenna &

Mr. Jair Lynch

Associates; COO, Skydance Productions; Managing

Founder, Jair Lynch Development Partners

Partner, GoodSijn Management LLC

Mr. Kevin Madden

Mr. Lamell McMorris

Managing Director, Public Affairs Division, The

Founder and CEO, Perennial Strategy Group

Glover Park Group

Mr. Vineet Mehan Ms. Miriam Mahlow

Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgery Associates P.C.

Director, Strategic Partnerships, Human Rights

Mr. Spike Mendelsohn

Watch

Restaurateur, Good Stuff Eatery

Ms. Kadrieka Maiden Co-Founder and Director of Communications, Style

Ms. Alicia Menendez

& Image Network

Writer and Blogger, “aliciamenendez.com”

Ms. Britlan Malek

Mr. Jim Messina

Clinical Psychologist, Children’s National Medical

Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the

Center

President

Mr. Tom Manatos

Mr. Eric Meyrowitz

Deputy Director, Member Services Office of

Vice President and General Manager, WDCW-TV,

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi

DC50

Ms. Carrie Marriott

Ms. Jessica Meyrowitz

Philanthropist

CEO, JSM Media LLC

Mr. David Marriott

Ms. Maggie Michael

Regional Vice President, Marriott International

Artist

Ms. Jaclyn Mason Fundraiser, Myeloproliferative Disease Foundation

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Mr. Ashtan Moore

Mr. Nicholas Penniman

CEO, Moore Enterprise Solutions

Founder, The American News Project

Mr. Eduardo Morales

Ms. Maria Teresa Petersen

Deputy Director, Generation Change Program,

Founding Executive Director, Voto Latino

Center for Community Change

Mr. Dan Pfeiffer Mr. David Morgan

Communications Director, The White House

Vice President Federal Government Affairs, American Express Company

Mr. Macon Phillips Director of New Media, White House Office of

Ms. Kelly Muccio

Communications

Owner, Lost Boys

Ms. Ada Polla Mr. Ross Mueller

Founder and CEO, Alchimie Forever

Technology Entrepreneur and Advisor

Mr. David Pollin The Honorable Patrick Murphy

President, The Buccini/Pollin Group

U.S. House of Representatives (D-Pa.)

Ms. Kirsten Pollin Ms. Gloria Nauden

Philanthropist

Executive Director, D.C. Commission of the Arts and Humanities

Mr. Omar Popal Co-Owner, Café Bonaparte and Napoleon

Mr. Osmar Nunez-Vilches

restaurants

Founder and President, Maté LLC

Ms. Jen Psaki Deputy Communications Director, The White

The Honorable Glenn Nye

House

U.S. House of Representatives (D-Va.)

The Honorable Adam Putnam Ms. Norah O’Donnell

U.S. House of Representatives (R-Fla.)

Correspondent, NBC; Chief Washington Correspondent, MSNBC

Mr. Santino Quaranta Midfielder, DC United

Ms. Anne Olaimey Director of Office of Business Liaison, U.S.

Mr. Philippe Reines

Department of Commerce

Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of State

Mr. Brian Orakpo

Mr. Roland Reynolds

Linebacker, Defensive End, Washington Redskins

Principal, Industry Little Hawk

Ms. Lana Orloff

Mr. Ben Rhodes

Stylist, Lana Orloff Style

Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, The White House

Mr. Alex Ovechkin Left Wing, Washington Capitals; Founder, Crazy Eights

Mr. Samuel Patten Principal, Sam Patten LLC

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Founder, Something Sweet Bakery

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

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ast summer, I was fortunate enough to open my own dessert shop. Having no business experience, I drew from practice and encouragement from others to turn something that I loved doing into my profession. As a young child I learned to bake from both my mother and grandmother. I loved looking through their recipes and cookbooks, choosing my favorites and testing them out on family and friends as I grew older. Four years ago, my husband Bo gave me an opportunity to bake sweets for his sandwich shop, Jetties, where I started making special-order cakes and cupcakes for birthday parties and desserts for catered events. With my new found confidence I began to think about starting my own business, and that’s where my dream for Something Sweet Bakery began. I knew the most important decision would be the location. With Woodley Park’s young and active restaurant scene, Bo thought that a dessert shop would be a great addition to the neighborhood. Fortunately,

Mr. cory Rice

a space was available – the perfect size and affordable. But my naïveté was apparent when I submitted my design plan to the contractors, for I had no idea the construction and permit process would take so long. In hindsight, it all happened for a reason. While waiting for the completion of the store, I put together the baking team, including my manager, Katie, who shares my philosophy and baking style of traditional American desserts. Together, we put the finishing touches on the shop and opened our doors last August. It’s very gratifying to peak through the kitchen doors and watch an adult squeal because we have their favorite childhood dessert. And while we are still fine tuning things, we’re excited to show that all of the time and effort was worth it.

Architect, Schlesinger & Associates

Music Producer; DJ; Grammy Award Winner

The Honorable Aaron Schock

Mr. Jamal Simmons

U.S. House of Representatives (R-Ill.)

President, New Future Communications; Political

Homebuying Specialist, Express Homebuyers

Mr. Joseph Robert III Board Member, Youth Leadership Foundation

Analyst

Mr. Sheldon Scott Mr. Wyatt Rockefeller

General Manager, Marvin and 18th Street Lounge

Confidential Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Cynné Simpson Reporter, ABC 7

Mr. Barton Seaver Chef; Ocean Issues Advocate

Mr. Michael Romeo

Mr. Nicole Siobal Account Executive, Weber Shandwick

President and CEO, The Michael Romeo Group

Ms. Katie Rost

Ms. Renee Sharrow Marketing Communications Manager, Park Hyatt

Mr. Thomas Snedeker

Washington DC

Director of Finance, New Media Strategies

Ms. Muna Shikaki

Ms. Anna Soellner

Correspondent, Al Arabiya

Vice President for Communications, Center for

Blogger; Model

Mr. Luke Russert At-Large Youth Correspondent, NBC Nightly

American Progress

Mr. Arash Shirazi

News, “Today,” and MSNBC

Mr. Shahram Salemy

President, Bullit Music; Manager, DJ Driis (Idris

Mr. Douglas Sonders

Elba), and Dubfire

Co-Founder, 8112 Studios

Mr. Ali Shirazinia

Ms. Pamela Sorensen

Practicing Physician, Plastic Surgery Associates P.C.

Ms. Christy Schlesinger

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Ms. Samantha Vinograd International Economist, Office of the Middle East and North Africa, U.S. Department of the Treasury

78 NEW 2 diplomats EDITIONS 35 CEOs

Wale Musician

Mr. Lee Wang

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Chief Operations Officer, “Wedding Wire”

Mr. Kevin Warsh Member, Board of Governors, The Federal Reserve System

Mr. David Washington

Founder, “Pamela’s Punch”

Anchor, “Fox 5 News”

Mr. James Speyer

Ms. Aureta Thomollari

Real Estate Associate, Cafritz Co.

Fashion Blogger

Ms. Madeleine Starkey

Mr. Scott Thuman

Writer, “The Scene Bisnow”

Anchor and Reporter, ABC 7

Mr. William “Pepper” Watkins

Mr. Eric Steinhilber

Ms. Jessy Tolkan

Special Projects Manager, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Freelance Photographer

Artist

Executive Director, Energy Action Coalition

Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement

Ms. Becca Glover Watkins Director of Media Relations, Daily Caller

Mr. André Wells Founder, Events by André Wells

Mr. Michael Strautmanis

Mr. Geoffrey Tracy

Chief of Staff to the Assistant to the President for

President, Chef Geoff’s, Chef Geoff’s Downtown,

Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement

and Lia’s

Mr. Lindsay Stroud

Ms. Samantha Tubman

Senior Vice President, Perseus Realty Capital

Assistant to the White House Social Secretary

Mr. Brendan Sullivan, Jr.

Mr. Michael Tuteur

Executive Director, Headfirst Sports

CEO, Votenet Solutions

Ms. Bayanne Surdashi

Ms. Rachel Valentino

Mr. amal zaari

President, The Entente Group

Agent, Long and Foster Real Estate Co.

Special Events Director, Park Hyatt Washington

Mr. David A. Sutphen

Mr. Jason Van Buren

Mr. Dan Zak

Partner, Brunswick Group LLC

Director of Business Development, The Abraham

Owner, Evolution Look

Mr. kirk wiles Owner, Founder, Paradise Springs Winery

Ms. Jessica Yellin National Political Correspondent, CNN

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Ms. Katharine Zaleski

Mr. Qubad Talabany Representative of the Kurdistan Government

Managing Editor, “Washingtonpost.com”

Mr. Kris Van Cleave Reporter, “ABC7 News”

Mr. Ryan Zimmerman

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Mr. Paul Wharton

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Cynné Simpson ABC 7, 5 p.m. News Anchor Last book I read: “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho Favorite D.C. place to power-lunch: Potenza

A look inside the fabulous lives of The Young & The Guest List members

Favorite D.C. date spot: Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert My cell phone: Blackberry My cocktail: Celery Superstar My charity/cause: ABC 7’s “Drive to Stay Alive”

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Jackie Kucinich

Where I vacation: Anywhere I can rock climb, kayak,

Reporter, Roll Call

or ski

Where to find me on a Friday night:

Personal hero: Oprah Winfrey

On deadline

My celebrity crush: The Rock (a.k.a. Dwayne

Favorite movie: Zoolander

Johnson)

Favorite D.C. date spot: The Gibson

My paradise: Iguazu Falls, Brazil

Favorite D.C. brunch: Mansion on O

Street. – it’s like dining inside Clue… without the murders.

Vinoda Basnayake

My cell phone: Pinkberry

International Associate, Patton Boggs LLP; Cofounder, Night Life Agency Inc.

My indulgence: Terrible (with a capital “T”) reality television. I’m

anxiously awaiting “Rock of Love Bus 2.”

My charity/cause: I’m a huge advocate of social

I cannot live without: Diet Coke

entrepreneurship. Groups like the Grameen Foundation

Personal hero: My mom – she’s the best.

and Ashoka do remarkable work.

My perfume: Jo Malone Orange Blossom

My indulgence: Java Green Eco Café. I’m a vegetarian

My celebrity crush: Bill Compton (His real name is Stephen Moyer…

but I have an obsession for mock meat.

but I can’t see him as anyone but Bill on HBO’s “True Blood”).

iPOD TRACK I HAVE ON REPEAT: “Down” by Jay Sean.

My business partner Kunal Shah and I have been his booking agents for the past six years, long before he made it big in the U.S.

Matthew J. Dornic Editor of “FishbowlDC” and Director, Quinn Gillespie & Associates

Sports team I root for: The Redskins (as hard as it is to admit right now). I was

born and raised here, so rooting for the Skins is in my blood! Where I vacation: Sri Lanka. Yes, I’m biased given my heritage and the fact that it’s

My charity: The Washington Humane

a big chunk of my job (as a lobbyist for the Sri Lankan government). Trust me, it’s the

Society. My three dogs – Chloe, Corbin

most beautiful and amazing place I have ever been.

and Cooper were all adopted from their

Personal hero: My dad is the reason I became a lawyer. He is an immigration

shelters.

attorney who has dedicated his life to helping others.

My gym: Sports Club LA. However, it

could also be considered my charity since my membership dues have been more of a donation lately…

Lauren Gentile

My home: A quaint, historic two-bedroom house on Dumbarton St.

NW, perfectly situated on a charming and quiet block in the heart of

Contemporary Art Dealer/Gallerist, Irvine Contemporary

Georgetown’s shopping, dining, and bars.

Favorite movie: Out of Africa

My cocktail: Bourbon and ginger

Favorite designer: Marc Jacobs

Blog-du-jour: FishbowlDC is my “blog every jour and all jour.”

Accessory I can’t live without: YSL lipstick #130

iPod track on repeat: I am a serial song repeater - the track I’m

My charity/cause: Literacy and art; Books for Bright

currently wearing out is Easton Corbin’s “A Little More Country Than

Futures, TheArc Art Center, Bright Beginnings, and

That.”

Higher Achievement Program.

Sports Team: Thanks to Mark Ein and the Washington Kastles, I got

What would you title your autobiography?: “I’m at Work,

hooked on tennis in 2008.

Disguised as a Party”

My cologne: I wear CLEAN “Men.” It’s light, fresh, and

Blog-du-jour: “nakedthanks.com,” “specullector.com,” “dlisted.com”

uncomplicated.

Favorite fictional character: Mrs. Haversham

Where to find me on a Friday night: After a week’s worth of events

My celebrity crush: Zachary Quinto

and obligations, I generally take Fridays to decompress. If it’s not “Tivo

My dream job: Mayor of Taormina, Sicily

and Vino,” it’s a casual dinner or drinks at a friend’s home.

I cannot live without: Wikipedia

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Anna Soellner is vice president for communications at the progressive think tank, the Center for American Progress. Soellner returned to Washington last summer after two years directing CAP’s Los Angeles office. She formerly served in the Office of Legislative Affairs and Public Liaison at the Department of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration and for the Senate Judiciary Committee under Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif). Photographed in Plume restaurant

J. Mendel daffodil yellow silk organza gown ($6,280); Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., 301-652-2250. Mona Taner 18kt gold triple strand necklace ($550) with 18kt Mini Bail with 0.07 ct diamonds ($825), 18kt gold “Rock Star” pendant with 2.00ct diamonds ($10,065), and 18kt “Tie” pendant with 0.50ct diamonds ($3,190); 18kt gold “Sprinkle” hoop earrings with 1.25ct diamonds ($6,380) and 18kt gold “Sprinkle” pendants with 1.50 ct diamonds ($10,120); and 18kt gold “Passion” ring with 1.60ct diamonds ($6,490); Mona Taner Boutique, inside Mervis Diamond Importers, 5480 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-215-9500, www.monataner.com. Valentino black patent leather peep toe heels with large bow detail ($745); Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-9700, www.neimanmarcus.com.


Versace Collection dark and light blue striped shirt ($250) and blue blazer ($995), and Zanella charcoal dress pants ($325); Saks Fifth Avenue, The Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Store, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000, www.saks.com.

Cory Rice has spent the last six years working for luxury builder NVHomes, a division of NVR, Inc. In late February, he will be starting as a homebuying specialist with Express Homebuyers. He is a volunteer and supporter of Beckyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fund, a nonprofit focused on domestic violence prevention and awareness. Photographed in the Quill bar


As the executive director of Fashion for Paws, a fashion and luxury lifestyle brand marketing and fundraising program benefiting the Washington Humane Society, Tara de Nicolas has been passionate about helping animals since childhood. She began her career working in publishing before making the transition to non-profit work. Aqua one-shoulder white dress with sheer sequin design ($168); Bloomingdaleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700, www.bloomingdales.com. Yves Saint Laurent dark taupe patent leather open-toe heels ($650); Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md.,â&#x20AC;&#x17D; 301-652-2250. Jorge Adeler handmade sterling silver and 18k dangle earrings ($898) and custom designed sterling silver circle necklace worn as a bracelet, featuring six Tahitian black pearls ($1,118); Adeler Jewelers, 772-E Walker Road, Great Falls, Va., 703-759-4076, www.adelerjewelers.com. Sassanova gold plated Druzy oval ring ($195); Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-4714400, www.sassanova.com.


Lani Hay is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Lanmark Technology (LMT) Inc., which provides highly specialized technical services strengthening the Federal government. In less than a decade, she has grown LMT from a one-woman consulting firm to a multi-million-dollar enterprise that was recently awarded a half billion dollar IDIQ contract with the Department of Defense. In 2009, Fortune named her a Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneur. Photographed in the Thomas Jefferson Presidential Suite Shoshanna purple strapless dress ($310); Urban Chic, 1626 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-338-5398, www. urbanchiconline.com. J. Mendel navy mink stole with jewel detail ($3,995); Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md.,â&#x20AC;&#x17D;301-652-2250. Kate Spade Gwen python heels ($325); Sassanova, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-471-4400, www.sassanova.com. Jorge Adeler 18kt white gold necklace with 5.00ct (tw) diamonds ($13,960), 14kt Ikecho pearl earrings ($4,980), and 14kt Ikecho pearl ring (right hand) ($3,980); Adeler Jewelers, 772-E Walker Road, Great Falls, Va., 703-759-


A Houston, Texas, and New York City native, Austin Bryan (right) managed the west coast sales office for Men’s Vogue in Los Angeles. In 2009, Bryan moved to Washington to work for the innovative telecommunications company, PingTone Communications. In addition to having a “deep appreciation for Diet Dr. Pepper and 1980’s movies,” he is “always frank and earnest with women. In L.A. he is Frank, and in New York he is Earnest. “ Virginia native Ashtan Moore (below) is the founder and chief executive officer of Moore Enterprise Solutions (MES), a Washington, D.C.-based consulting and engineering company. He is also the founder of PurusLife, an organization that specializes in cutting edge supplemental products. Photographed in the Book Room

Billy Reid plaid collard shirt ($175), gray and brown striped sweater ($295), and brown velvet jacket ($725); Burberry Prorsum gray pinstripe dress pants ($695); Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-7443700, www.bloomingdales.com.

Etro pinstripe blazer ($1,250) and brown striped knit shirt ($465); Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-9700, www. neimanmarcus.com. Z Zegna dark jeans ($265); Saks Fifth Avenue, The Men’s Store, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000, www.saks.com.


Greta Brawner is a producer and a regular host of C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” – a live, national, call-in program where viewers are able to talk directly to elected officials, policymakers, and journalists covering the national policy debate. Before joining C-SPAN, Brawner worked as a print reporter for National Journal’s CongressDaily. Photographed in the Private Cellar Per Se beaded and sequined lace Shimmy dress ($695) and pearlized leather Paragon jacket ($1,395); Per Se, call 1-800-562-5103 for appointments in Washington. Jorge Adeler triple-strand South Sea pearl bracelet with 14kt clasp ($4,900), and 14kt free form 12.75ct natural desert diamond ring ($3,692); Adeler Jewelers, 772-E Walker Road, Great Falls, Va., 703-759-4076, www.adelerjewelers.com.


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An aviation enthusiast, Andrew McKenna is founder, president and chief executive officer of McKenna & Associates, a strategic management, consulting, and fundraising firm. McKenna serves as chief operating officer of Skydance Productions, an independent film finance company in partnership with Paramount Pictures. He is also a managing partner of the private investment firm GoodSijn Management LLC. Photographed in the East Cabinet Room


Joe McGinnisS Jr. is the author of the bestselling debut novel “The Delivery Man.” A New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” the novel charts a harrowing summer in the lives of Las Vegas youth. Published in nine countries “The Delivery Man” has sold film rights and enjoyed five printings. Photographed in the Book Room Etro brown pinstripe pants ($375); Neiman Marcus, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-966-9700, www. neimanmarcus.com. Burberry Prorsum white shirt with light gray strips and white pleated front ($325), Billy Reid gray cashmere, wool, and silk sweater ($295); Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700, www.bloomingdales.com.


lifestyles | trend report

Spring

Artistic Vision

Forward

Fashion is always art, of course, but designers like Toni Maticevski take it up a notch, showing intricate and highly crafted ensembles at their runway shows.

the first season of 2010

brings bright hues, colorful prints, and ’80s flashbacks – again. – Photos by Jodi King and contributers

Fine Print Say “so long” to drab winter hues and choose a colorful print, as envisioned by Versace, that will spice up any wardrobe.

Neutral Territory Dare to be bare with a sexy neutral palette by Christian Siriano. Who knew lack of a hue could be so powerful?

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Well Red

Sweet Suits

Stash last season’s neon frocks away because this spring is all about different shades of red – from pinks and corals to blood orange hue (as seen at Derek Lam).

Pastel suits for men are the rage, especially at Michael Kors. Look for light shades of blue, yellow, purple, and even pink to spice up the scene all over town next year.

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Sheer Madness Whether layered or paneled, flowing or structured, sheer fabrics dominate spring designs by such fashion powerhouses as Charlotte Ronson and DONNA KAREN.

Slashed Hoping those 1980s flashbacks would disappear? Herve Leger urges you to think again. The era of slashed fabrics, acid wash jeans, and high-cut shorts is here to stay – for this season anyway. 57


lifestyles | THE DISH

Love is in the shell Celebrated chef Charlie Palmer dishes on the romantic offerings of oysters BY C h a r l i e Pa l m e r O w n e r a n d c h e f , C h a r l i e Pa l m e r S t e a k , Wa s h i n g to n , D.C .

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ysters can be a tricky business if you don’t know where to start. But with a little information and the right choices, they can turn an otherwise ordinary meal into a romantic event. Location, location, location The next time you peruse a list of oyster offerings at a restaurant, remember this fact: East Coast oysters, from Maine to the Gulf, belong to the same species despite variations in appearance, flavor, and texture. But since oysters truly are what and where they eat – right down to mineral content, salinity, and water temperature – different regions produce a variety of tastes.

Don’t miss Charlie Palmer as the celebrity chef at this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party, March 11 at The W Hotel. For more information about the event, go to nationalcherryblossomfestival.org.

only on what nature gives, hence regional differences. But that’s what makes them fun: oysters have the power to transport diners through taste.

Love spell On Valentine’s Day, the menu at Charlie Palmer Steak always features oysters, and for REGIONAL REVELATIONS good reason. When Aphrodite, the Greek Oysters from warmer waters, like the Louisiana goddess of sexual rapture – famously painted gulf area, are “meatier” with a mild salinity growing out some fine regional specialties, rising from sea foam on an open shell platform content that benefits from the added flavors of like Rappahannock and Stingrays. For those – bestowed her romantic qualities on oysters, creamy cheese sauces and breading. That’s why unaware of it, aquaculture may sound like a it was more than just a myth. In addition to many of my restaurant’s cooked oyster dishes, modern science. However in the 1820s, oyster their obviously provocative appearance, oysters such as Oysters Rockefeller, Oysters Bienville, entrepreneurs transported oysters from the are loaded with zinc, iron, and other staminaor the iconic Oyster Po’Boy come from New East Coast to depleted beds in the overfished inducing nutrients. Orleans. Cold water oysters, particularly the waters of San Francisco by boat around Cape So, any lovebirds out there should consider distinctive oysters from the Chesapeake region, Horn, a trip that picked up speed with the oysters for a more romantic evening this tend to be smaller and slightly crispy with a opening of the first trans-continental railroad Valentine’s Day. I’ve included one of my uniquely briny flavor best suited to a raw bar. in the 1860s. favorite oyster recipes for putting together a An oyster’s sustainability is just one reason seafood platter at home. Remember, picking Cultivating flavor the cultivated varieties are just as good as up the oyster and trying to pry open it in While long-term programs are being those in the wild. Aquaculturists may increase your hand, like a clam, is a standard amateur established to revive the overharvested an oyster’s chance of survival by managing mistake. Consider yourself warned, and bon Chesapeake Bay, local aquaculturalists are reproduction, but oysters continue to feed appetit!

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Oysters on the half-shell with green apple-cucumber dressing Serves 4 as an appetizer.

Shucking

The Oysters

From Charlie Palmer’s Practical Guide to the New

Opening an oyster is something that must be done

This can be done several hours before serving, but

American Kitchen, Melcher Media Inc., 2006

carefully with an oyster knife, preferably one with

oysters are best when fresh. It’s preferable to make

a stainless steel blade. An oyster shell has two

the dressing, assemble the serving plates, and open

Depending on the occasion, oysters — particularly

parts: one cupped to hold the body and the other

the oysters at the last minute.

those topped with this refreshing green apple and

relatively flat. Using a towel, hold the oyster on a

cucumber mignonette — pair well with a tropically-

stable work surface, cup-side down with the point

Get out a sheet pan. Take a piece of aluminum foil

brewed, slightly spicy amber beer like San Miguel

facing you. Insert the tip of the knife through the

twice the length of the pan and crinkle it up to fit

Dark Lager, or a crisp Pinot Gris with a citrus snap

hinge and turn your hand until you hear it pop. Give

the pan and create a contoured bed for the opened

from Oregon.

a full twist to scrape the blade across the top of the

oysters. You want them to stay level so the liquor

shell, cutting the muscle that attaches the oyster.

doesn’t tip out of the shells. Open the oysters and

Ingredients

Then cut the bottom muscle, keeping the oyster

nestle them into the foil. Cover loosely with plastic

3/4 cup Mirin (sweet Japanese rice wine)

level at all times so you don’t lose any of the juice.

wrap and refrigerate.

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

The Dressing

To Serve

2 tablespoons minced shallot

Whisk together the Mirin, vinegar, oil, and shallot in

On each appetizer plate form a mound of salt or

1 green apple, unpeeled

a medium bowl. Julienne the apple and cucumber,

crushed ice. Flatten it slightly. Spoon the dressing

1/2 English cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded

then dice them fine. Immediately drop them into

over the oysters while they are on the pan and then

24 oysters, scrubbed clean

the Mirin mixture (the acid in the wine will keep the

carefully transfer them to the plates, arranging six

For serving: crushed ice or kosher salt

apple from turning brown).

oysters on each. Serve with cocktail forks.

1/2 cup rice wine vinegar

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lifestyles | The Dish

A bloody Good Drink R.W. ‘Johnny’Apple’s take on the classic cocktail

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amed journalist R.W. “Johnny” Apple’s adapted recipe of the original creation for the “Red Snapper” or “Bloody Mary,” as it came to be known, at the King Cole Bar of the St. Regis Hotel, New York (seen at left). From “Far Flung and Well Fed” by R. W. Apple, Jr. Copyright © 2009 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Press

Preparation Time: 5 minutes Yield: 1 serving 1 dash fresh lemon juice 2 dashes salt 2 dashes black pepper 2 dashes cayenne pepper 3 dashes Worcester sauce 1 ½ ounces vodka 2 ounces tomato juice 1 lime wedge for garnish

LLC. Originally published in the New York Times.

Combine lemon juice, salt, pepper, cayenne, and Worcester sauce in shaker glass. Add ice cubes, vodka, and tomato juice. Shake and strain into highball glass with a few ice cubes. Garnish with lime, and serve.

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revolutions but his most enduring passion was food. Throughout his long career at The New York Times, the late, legendary journalist was said to have “left no continent untasted.” LAST SERVING: His widow, Betsey Apple, and co-hosts Joan and Maury Tobin celebrated “Far Flung and Well Fed,” his posthumous collection of food stories, at a chic pre-Christmas soirée with fine hors d’oeuvres (naturellement) and a jolly bonhomie the author would surely have appreciated.

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Lifestyles | media spotlight

‘Mystery Story’? A Kennedy family biographer begs to differ with Gore Vidal’s contention that his image was erased from a photograph of John and Jacqueline Kennedy taken at the Washington International Horse Show. B Y S a l ly B e d e l l S m i t h

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ore Vidal’s conspiratorial assertion in his new book, Snapshots in History’s Glare, that he was “totally cut out of ” a photograph with Jack and Jackie Kennedy “and replaced by Alice Roosevelt Longworth and her black hat” (Washington Life, Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010) is dead wrong. Not only does Mr. Vidal invent a conspiracy – what he calls the “mystery story” of his book – he refuses to acknowledge what is in plain sight, and he imagines a “black hat” where none is in evidence. The photograph in question, which appeared in my book about the Kennedy White House, “Grace and Power,” shows Jack and Jackie Kennedy with a group of friends – identified in the caption as Alice Longworth, Bill Walton, Eunice Shriver, and Eve Fout – at the Washington International Horse Show on Oct. 27, 1961. Mr.Vidal writes in his book that when he and I discussed the photograph several years ago, I “could not believe that the Kennedy White House would rearrange a picture for political reasons,” namely that Bobby Kennedy wanted to “prove” it was not possible that Mr.Vidal “could have ever posed with the Kennedys.” Mr. Vidal conveniently ignores that in my caption I noted, “Gore Vidal was also with the group, which had earlier dined at the White House.” While writing the photo captions for my book, I spoke to Mr. Vidal on Feb. 5 and 6, 2004, when he insisted that my picture “was a fake” because it did not show him between Jack and Jackie as they appeared in a photo in his collection. He also said that Mrs. Longworth did not attend the horse show.

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results of my inquiry, but he refused to budge from his theory that my photo had been “cooked,” even after I told him it came from Eve Fout’s private collection, was taken by a horse show photographer, and had been hanging on her wall for more than 40 years. He did finally concede that Alice Longworth must have been at the horse show. The strangest twist in Mr. Vidal’s peculiar descr iption of my photograph is his insistence that Alice Longworth “had actually been seated about five rows behind us.” Yet in his book he reproduces still another photo of the event, with Mrs. Longworth in the same position as in my photograph: the front row of the box. She certainly isn’t wearing a black hat, nor is Eve Fout, who is visible in my photo between Jack and Jackie, seated slightly behind where Mr. Vidal had appeared in his own photo. All of this leads to the only logical, although not remotely mysterious, conclusion: Perhaps Mr. Vidal had simply left the box, for whatever reason, and one of the horse show photographers had snapped another picture. But that, of course, would not square with Mr. Vidal’s conspiratorial narrative of “how the Kennedy White House played ball.”

Left: Gore Vidal’s photo of himself with President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy at the Washington International Horse Show in 1961 (Collection Gore Vidal) Below: President and Mrs. Kennedy with Alice Roosevelt Longworth (center) and other guests at the same event (Fout Family Collection)

I immediately checked with the late Eve Fout, Jackie’s close friend who had given me the photo. “Alice Longworth was definitely there,” Eve told me. And, she added, “We had regular photographers there who did horse shows.” I then looked at an “American Masters” public television documentary about Mr.Vidal and found a section showing the Kennedy group walking into the box at the horse show: Jackie, Jack, Gore Vidal, and Alice Longworth (clearly identifiable with her white hair and black dress), followed by Bill Walton and Eunice Shriver. On Feb. 10, 2004, I called Mr.Vidal with the

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lifestyles | travel

Off the Grid, Cayman Style

Feeling luxe, going green, and escaping to one of the Caribbean’s top travel destinations

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ew Caribbean vacation spots can match the pristine translucent seas and high-end infrastructure of the Cayman Islands – both are on full display along Seven Mile Beach on the South Beach-esque West coast of Grand Cayman Island. One would be lucky to find a condo listed for less than $1.5 million. Sotheby’s and Caldwell Bankers seem to be in a turf war here. Cayman beaches are beautiful, but it’s the water that separates them from other sunny holiday destinations – it’s fresh, it’s clear, and the light aquamarine color conjures more images of jewelry than ocean water. If luxury is your goal, the Caribbean Club (www.cariclub.com) on Seven Mile Beach is the right place to stay. Completed in 2007, the spacious three-bedroom, 2,500-square-foot home-away-from-home residences are much more high-end condo than luxury hotel. Each unit comes equipped with track lighting, multiple wall-mounted flat screen TVs, open kitchens with granite counter tops and Kohler faucets,

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by michael m. clements and spacious foyers with “I’m in Paradise” ocean and sunset views. If you’re spending time in one of the Caribbean’s richest nations, and if you’re going to pay brand name hotel rates (rooms start at $650 daily) you should get more space along with the amenities of a comfortable home. The fact that the fabulous Italian eatery Ristorante Luca (www.luca.ky) is on the property doesn’t hurt either. Its chic but relaxed ambience and extensive wine list attract discerning connoisseurs. Reservations are recommended.

Winds of Change Besides luxe appeal, one of the more admirable traits about the Cayman Islands, which includes Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Cayman Brac, are efforts by the government and locals alike to blend highend tourism with sustainability. One such proponent is Steve Broadbelt, owner of Ocean Frontiers (www.oceanfrontiers.com) and Compass Pointe Dive Resort. “It has to be more than just changing light

bulbs,” Broadbelt says as we sit on a sunsplashed wooden deck overlooking his boats. “We started with fuel for the dive boats; we use a locally produced 60 percent bio-diesel mix. Most other operators started doing the same after we switched.” Pointing to a row of jet skis, he says it soon “spread to water sport vehicles then cruise ship tenders.” He pauses and squints from the glare of the sun. “Being so close to the reef, we’re conscious of everything we use and how it affects the ocean.” Energy is a big issue for Cayman residents. It’s expensive here, about 29 cents per kilowatthour compared to an average of nine cents in the continental United States. Less than one percent of the island nation’s energy comes from renewable sources, but the Cayman government is in the early phases of implementing a buy back program to encourage renewable energy generation. The island nation’s first green movement protected coral reefs by placing moorings over them.The project has taken over 20 years.There

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Left to Right: The pool at the Caribbean Club on Seven Mile Beach; an aerial shot of Seven Mile Beach in West Bay Grand Cayman Island; and the colorful interior of Rum Pointe Restaurant.

are currently 300 locations that are drift dive accessible. As part of the “Dive 365” campaign, 65 more moorings are being added over the next three years so visitors and locals alike can “dive a different spot each day of the year.” There are 25 different dive operators in the Cayman Islands. Each keeps a log to document dive trips – 6,000 visits per site is the maximum threshold a reef can accommodate before it becomes negatively impacted. Operators meet monthly to share notes and discuss safety, environmental issues, and marketing. They also calculate their carbon footprint and work with the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and Sustainable Travel International to offset their environmental impact. “Our business is the environment. Without it we’re out of luck,” Broadbelt says as we walk to one of his boats. “On a small island, everything is connected, everything makes an impact.” I spend the rest of the day diving, witnessing this interconnectivity first-hand. Our dives include Old Wreck Head, Grouper Grotto and Pats Wall. Each offers a different wonderful terrain, from steep wall dives, a wreck, and shallow reefs.

beachfront paradise, has been a go-to spot for over 20 years. It specializes in seafood caught by local fisherman. If you’re concerned about ordering sustainable fish – which you should be! – pick up the National Trust’s Cayman Sea Sense Seafood Guide to avoid ordering overfished or endangered commercial species (www. nationaltrust.org.ky/seasense.html). Before settling in for dinner, I order a mudslide from the iconic yellow beachside Wreck Bar & Grill and let the dark rum settle into me as the sun dips slowly into a turquoise sea before exploding into hues of mandarin orange and purple. Seven Mile Beach is the place to “see and be seen,” but Rum Pointe is the place to dig your toes in the sand, take a deep breath, and relax.

Big Escape on Little Cayman “Paradise found” is all I can think as I disembark from an inter-island Cayman Airways flight from Grand Cayman. Little Cayman “airport” is smaller than my Adams Morgan studio apartment and just beyond the runway a “Brake For Iguanas” sign greets visitors at the entrance of the island’s lone road. I’m traveling light: a few T-shirts, a bathing suit, hat, sunglasses, Get to the Pointe and one pair of sandals. After diving, it was time for dinner and Little Cayman is the least developed of the cocktails under a quintessential Caribbean sunset. Cayman trio. With a resident population of One of the best places for all of the above is Rum less than 170, most of this small stretch of land Pointe in the Cayman Kai area. Rum Point remains uninhabited. Only 10 miles long and a Restaurant, nestled in the corner of a tree-lined mile wide, it offers that rare combination of sun-

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blessed solitude, beautiful beaches and miles of untouched tropical wilderness. My destination is the Southern Cross Club, Fish & Dive Resort (www.southerncrossclub.com), the island’s oldest original resort. It’s known for its colorful collection of bungalows and laid-back “barefoot luxury” style. By the end of the first day, my phone and shoes are off, the bartender knows my name, and there are enough stars in the sky to make Captain Kirk blush. I’ve also learned to stop telling people I’m a travel writer. “Tell your readers the sharks are big and the mosquitoes even bigger,” says a bespectacled San Francisco lawyer, who, along with her husband, have been coming here for 15 years. We are conversing over a Mahi Mahi dinner at Pirates Point Resort (www.piratespointresort.com) – a homespun restaurant and resort founded by Gladys Howard, an eccentric Texan with a flair for art, sustainability, gourmet food, and keeping things aw-schucks-simple. In 2003, she was awarded the Queen’s “Badge of Honor” by Prince Edward during the Cayman Islands Quincentennial for her volunteer work in environmental conservation. She’s been a pioneer here since the ’60s when she turned a sleepy fishing camp into her own personal paradise. As we finish dinner, the San Francisco couple badger me more, “... And tell your readers that hurricanes Gustav and Paloma flattened the island.We’d like to keep it to ourselves.” The hurricanes didn’t flatten the island, but evidence of their destructive power is evident

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in the form of still-boarded-up windows and an occasional roof shingle on the beach. But Little Caymanites are resilient. Case in point: American ex-pat Peter L. Hillenbrand, owner of the Southern Cross Club. I chose to visit Southern Cross because Hillenbrand has been a leader in sustainable tourism for years. I became instantly impressed with the overall service of the resort. Bungalows run $1,390 for five nights, double occupancy in summer and $1,645 for the same in winter. That includes three meals a day and free use of the pool, bikes, kayaks, and snorkel equipment. The resort has an honor pay system at the bar (during the day), friendly service, and top-notch fishing and diving operations. My second day starts with a tour of the island. Hillenbrand is keen to talk green. “We’re trying to be as sustainable as possible,” he says as we hop into a weathered Suzuki Samurai. “Each bungalow is fully insulated, we use all biodegradable chemicals, and our water is heated by solar panel. We want to go completely solar, but the energy company hasn’t installed meters that calculate energy going back into the grid – they think it will decrease their profitability.” As we slow down, Hillenbrand points out the 203-acre Booby Pond Nature Reserve. “This is home to the largest known breeding colony of the Red Footed Booby (5,000 pairs) in the Caribbean, a breeding colony of Magnificent Frigate Birds, and a large heron colony.” Our discussion soon turns to water usage. “The resort tries to keep average daily water use at 20 gallons per guest; we keep track so guests can ask about their use and self-police.” The car comes to a bumpy halt for an up close and personal encounter with the island’s unofficial mascot – the Little Cayman Rock iguana.There’s nothing “little” about them. Males can grow to a nose-to-tail length of five feet and weigh as much as 30 pounds. “There’s a population of about 2,000 of these guys, they’re indigenous,” he says fondly. I get back in the car quickly. Back on the weathered one-lane road, Hillenbrand points to a mansion hidden behind a row of trees, “See that house, the guy who started Pizza Hut lives there. He flies in pizza from Grand Cayman sometimes; not very sustainable,” he says with a laugh. “Oh, Burgess Meredith lived on the island too, in the ’70s.” I restrain myself from asking if he lived on

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The colorful bungalows of Southern Cross Club on Little Cayman overlooking Owen Island in the distance.

There are 300 dive locations in The Cayman Islands, including the popular “Sting Ray City.”

“Rocky” pointe. Our final destination is the Little Cayman Research Center, which serves as a lab for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) (www.reefresearch.org). Hillenbrand is chairman of CCMI and helps maintain the facility. It offers visiting scholars and students flowing sea water tanks, laboratories, a classroom, private and dormitory-style rooms, a sustainable off-the-grid bathhouse, and easy access to shallow reefs as well as the Caribbean’s best vertical drop off, Bloody Bay Wall in the Bloody Bay Marine Park. Bloody Bay Wall begins at a shallow depth

of 22 to 30 feet and falls away to the abyssal depth of 1,000 feet. It’s so vertical that divers talk of feeling “a sky dive sensation” as they hang in space over the ledge. There are a number of world-class dives along the wall. The Green Guide to the Cayman Islands, a pamphlet published by CCMI, meanwhile should be in the hands of every visitor to the Islands. It will help guide you through a green Cayman vacation. “Sometimes I wonder if we are lucky or unlucky on Little Cayman,” Hillenbrand confides in a pensive moment. I’m surprised to hear him say that and ask why. He replies, “Because the island could use better infrastructure, I mean, the bank is only open on Wednesdays.We only have two small swimming beaches and the airport is tiny, so we don’t generate interest from larger developers.” I ask what he envisions for Little Cayman in the next five to 10 years. “I would love to see it all electric; totally off the grid, golf carts, solar powered, the whole thing.” I spend the final morning sea kayaking around Owen Island – a small spit of land located offshore from the Southern Cross Club. I listen to the waves slap lazily against the hollow plastic hull of my kayak and feel the light Caribbean breeze whistle through my easr. Hillenbrand might want to take Little Cayman off the grid, but Little Cayman has been taking visitors off of it ever since they started arriving.

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[20s] Have fun, be creative, don’t play it safe. Surround yourself with objects reflecting various design aesthetics, and down the line you can refine them to suit your style. Change things by playing with different arrangements. Collect pieces that bring you joy, and find creative ways to incorporate them into your living space.

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You’ve done plenty of experimenting and now it’s time to edit. Weed out things that don’t speak to your personal sense of style. Trade up for pieces of good design and lasting quality. Your living space should reflect who you are and where you are headed! Surround yourself with inspirational and meaningful objects that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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“Beautifully proportioned with a broad surface that appears to float above its metal base.”

“You’ll feel fabulous when you’re

perched on this tailored tufted settee.”

“A sleek, modern counter stool that’s big on style…and it swivels!” “A small, elegant cantilevered chair that defies gravity.”

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“This rug feels both abstract and organic and would seamlessly suit any design scheme.”

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Focus on quality, lasting value, design, and comfort. Your living space should showcase your individual style and personal story. Fill your home with objects that convey luxury and bring you a sense of peace and well-being.

“A warm glow emanates through ribboned, saffron yellow glass.”

“This beautiful tufted bench has it all – style, sophistication, and a bit of attitude.”

“The walnut base, nail head trim, and button detail sing in perfect harmony.”

“An updated classic, the simple elegance of this chair feels both old and new.”

“This antique mirror’s timeless design would fit equally well into a modern or traditional home.”

“Form and function combine to create a 7 stylish update to a dining space.”

“The delicate legs of this table give a sense of movement and grace.”

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1. The Thomas Pheasant Collection, Bench #6389 ($4,263); Baker Georgetown, 3330 M St. NW, 202-342-7080, www. kohlerinteriors.com. 2. Eurofase Fluid Pendandt ($255); Illuminations, 3323 Cady’s Alley NW, 202-965-4888, www. illuminc.com 3. Dessin Fournir Otley Mirror ($10,230); Hines and Co, Washington Design Center, 300 D Street SW Suite 300, 800-996-9607, www.dessinfornier.com 4. Lona Design Ottoman Rhondo ($5,137); John Rosselli Antiques, 1515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-337-7676, www. johnrosselliassociates.com 5. Painted Keyhole Side Chair ($3,450); John Rosselli Antiques, 1515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-337-7676, www.johnrosselliassociates.com 6. Ichibad Square Table ($1,547); And Beige, 1781 Florida Ave. NW, 202-234-1557, www.andbeige.com 7. Baker Studio Viceroy Buffet ($2,940); Baker Georgetown, 3330 M Street NW, 202-342-7080, www.kholerinteriors.com

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Kalorama Classics These recently renovated residences are true Washington properties Kalorama Heights

2414 Tracy Place NW, Washington, DC 20008

Classic tradition takes a cosmopolitan and modern twist in this gracious 1924 Kalorama home. The residence has been painstakingly reconstructed over the past year with the addition of a two-story, seamlessly attached wing. The renovation blends original detailing with exquisite finishes and state-of-the-art amenities. The main level floor plan features a polished marble entry foyer, and gracious principal rooms designed for grand entertaining, including a library, dining room, gourmet kitchen, and living room (which is lined with French doors leading to a terrace). The landscaped rear garden overlooking the neighboring properties is a sanctuary for private outdoor relaxation.The gardenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extensive terraced areas are adjacent to a 40-foot heated pool with built-in spa.

Asking Price:

$7,995,000

Listing Agent:

William F.X. Moody & Robert Hryniewicki | 202-243-1620 Washington Fine Properties, LLC

Sophisticated KALORAMA Townhouse 2216 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008

This sophisticated and stunningly renovated townhouse features a dramatic living room with high ceilings, a massive fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling windows with French doors leading to a deck and garden. The gourmet kitchen boasts custom cabinets, granite counter tops, professional appliances, and a leaded glass window seat. A spacious master bedroom includes a fireplace, generous closets, and a luxurious marble bath with Waterworks double sinks, tub, and shower. The library on the same level has an en suite full bath as does the spacious, sun-filled bedroom on the third floor.The bright and open lower level can be utilized as additional living space or a suite with a den, bedroom, and two baths. As a bonus, this townhouse is set back from the street with a deep rear garden and three car parking.

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Asking Price:

$2,999,000

Listing Agents:

Nichole Norton | 702-585-6925 Ellen Burdette | 202-487-7040 TTR Sothebyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s International Realty

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Potomac, Maryland

$2,195,000

This custom-built residence is sited on a one-acre lot just blocks from Potomac Village. Luxuriously appointed, the 9,500-square-foot home offers an open floor plan with soaring ceilings, walls of windows, a main-level owner’s suite, and a walkout lower level. Potomac Village Office 301.983.0060.

Bethesda, Maryland

$2,995,000

Luxurious inside and out, this 9-year-old residence is sited on a premium, half-acre lot with a patio and an outdoor fireplace. The interior features include a custom cherry kitchen, a library, a family room, and a beautiful master bedroom suite. Brad Rozansky 301.656.7700/ 301.907.7600 (O). brad@rozansky.com.

Washington, D.C.

$2,500,000

Located on Observatory’s prettiest block, this elegant 5-bedroom center-hall residence has a light-filled addition ideal for entertaining and everyday living. Features include a home office with a fireplace, a 3rdfloor studio, and a finished lower level. Dan Melman 202.841.8353/ 202.966.0400 (O). dan.melman@lnf.com.

Chevy Chase, Maryland

$3,350,000

This 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath penthouse boasts spacious rooms and a wraparound balcony with spectacular views. The gated and secured community includes pools and a tennis clubhouse with a spa. Additional units available from $1,295,000. Rosenkranz-ColeyReed Team 301.215.4141/ 240.497.1700 (O).

Washington, D.C.

$1,725,000

Circa-1927, this elegant center-hall colonial-style home is located in Cathedral Heights. The residence is appointed with a sunroom, a side porch, a large lower level with an au pair suite and kitchenette, hardwood floors, crown moldings, and a garage. Chevy Chase Office 202.363.9700.

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Vienna, Virginia

$1,399,000

Potomac, Maryland

Bethesda, Maryland

$7,100,000

Winner of the AIA custom home award for 2008, this home seamlessly combines light and space with parkland and sunset views. Sited close to Washington, D.C., the residence is appointed with a lap pool, a guest house, and a home office. www.10Wiss.com. Molly Peter 202.345.6942/ 202.364.1300 (O).

Bethesda, Maryland

$1,999,999

Sited in a prime location, this new home is close to shops, Washington, D.C., and downtown Bethesda. The 4 finished levels include a gourmet kitchen, 7 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, and custom finishes with incredible details. Tom Nalls 301.237.5170/ 240.497.1700 (O). tom.nalls@longandfoster.com

$1,195,000

Great Falls, Virginia

$3,800,000

Located in the McLean school district, this all-brick colonial-style home sits on a private wooded acre. The 6,500 square feet of luxury features a 2-story family room, a custom deck, a private owner’s retreat, and a walkout lower level. Lilian Jorgenson 703.407.0766/ 703.790.1990 (O). lilian.jorgenson@longandfoster.com.

Sited on a cul-de-sac, this luxurious 5-bedroom, 4.5bath colonial-style home is perfect for entertaining and offers designer upgrades, a gourmet kitchen, and an open family room. The beautifully renovated owner’s suite includes a spa bath. Ricki Gerger 301.652.2777/ 202.364.5200 (O).

This graceful custom-built contemporary boasts the perfect setting. Featured in Architectural Digest, the residence has an elegant design and fabulous amenities, including a pool and a tennis court. Photos at www.karenbarker.com. Karen Barker 703.928.8384/ 202.363.1800 (O). karen.barker@longandfoster.com.

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Arlington, Virginia

Oakton, Virginia

Washington, D.C. $1,995,000 This sun-filled residence is nestled in the heart of Cleveland Park. Available for the first time in 35 years, the 6-bedroom, 5-bath residence has high ceilings, a kitchen with a breakfast room, a deck, and a private garden. Georgetown Office 202.944.8400.

$1,149,000

Sited in Westmoreland Hills, this charming Williamsburg colonial-style home is set against a backdrop of a meadow and woods. The 5-bedroom residence has been updated and expanded, and features main rooms overlooking trees and a stream. Bethesda All Points Office 301.229.4000.

$1,128,000

This beautiful contemporary home, designed by Chloethiel Woodard Smith, is sited on a park-like half-acre lot with mature landscaping by Oehme, van Sweden. The residence features fantastic views from 9 balconies, decks, and a patio. Carol and Jerry McEwen 703.622.4441/ 703.522.0500 (O).

$1,099,500

Picture perfect and inviting, this beautiful brick colonial-style home is exquisitely appointed and shows like a model. The residence is sited on a luxuriously landscaped acre lot enhanced with a pool and a spa. Shirley Buford 571.238.7800/ 703.873.3500 (O). shirleybuford@verizon.net.

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Much Ado in the District Dan Mudd unloads his 22-room manse, “Chef Geoff” and NBC’s Norah O’Donnell sell in Wesley Heights, and the El Salvadorian Ambassador buys on Macomb Street NW By Stac e y G r a z i e r P fa r r

THE DISTRICT Daniel and Maura McGill Mudd sold 3542 NEWARK STREET NW for $7,625,000 with the help of listing agents William F.X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki of Washington Fine Properties. Mr. Mudd, a former president of Fannie Mae, currently serves as CEO of Fortress Investment Group in New York City. The couple lived in the 22-room Cleveland Park mansion set on almost one acre of land for nine years. The purchasers of the 1927 Georgian estate are Andrew and Heather Florance. Mr. Florance is CEO and founder of CoStar Group, Inc., the first independent commercial real estate information research organization. Washington Fine Properties’ Liz Lavette was the buyer’s agent. Nora Pouillon, owner of Restaurant Nora, bought 3207 HIGHLAND PLACE NW in Cleveland Park for $3.2 million with the help of Tutt,Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty’s Giorgio Furioso. Pouillon opened her namesake eatery in 1979; in 1999, the restaurant became America’s first certified organic dining establishment. The chef/owner has received

national acclaim for her signature healthconsicious and organic dishes and was featured in the documentary,“Chefs A’ Field.”Washington Fine Properties’ Ellen Morrell and Matthew McCormick were seller’s agents for the house, which is next door to the home of former White House counsel Greg Craig. The eight- bedroom Victorian farmhouse was built in 1890. Douglas and Carol Steenland bought 3065 UNIVERSITY TERRACE NW in Kent for $3,575,000. Mr. Steenland is a director of Delta Airlines and was president and CEO of Northwest Airlines from 2004 until its merger with Delta in 2008. Listing agents for the 6,618-square-foot Jim Gibson-built house were Washington Fine Properties’ Anne Weir and Heidi Hatfield. Buyer agents were Washington Fine Properties’ Matthew McCormick and Ellen Morrell. The previous owners of the six- bedroom residence were Anthony and Ann Ryan. Mr. Ryan was the former undersecretary of domestic finance for the Treasury Department. Agents declined comment on both the buyer and seller. Geoff Tracy and Norah O’Donnell

Restaurateur Nora Pouillon bought a classic Victorian-era farmhouse at 3207 Higland Place NW in Cleveland Park for $3.2 million.

sold 4237 GARFIELD STREET NW in Wesley Heights for $1,650,000. Mr. Tracy is local restaurateur “Chef Geoff ” while Ms. O’Donnell is a commentator for NBC’s “Today” and chief Washington correspondent for MSNBC. The 1934 five-bedroom Center Hall Colonial was listed by Washington Fine Properties’ Matthew McCormick and Ellen Morrell. The buyer’s agent for the home with a “drop dead” chef ’s kitchen and extensive outdoor grilling station was Washington Fine Properties’ Bobbe Ward. El Salvadoran Ambassador Francisco Altschul Fuentes and his wife, Melinda, bought 3111 MACOMB STREET NW for $1,775,000. The vintage seven-bedroom Center Hall Colonial in Cleveland Park was built in 1921 and sits on a wooded lot across the street from the Washington International School. Sellers were Bainbridge and Ellen Eager, who resided there for 48 years. Best Address Real Estate’s founder Joseph Himali was the listing agent but declined comment on the sellers.

MARYLAND Reed and Bonita Harrison sold their neo-Georgian Colonial at 9413 Eagle Ridge Drive in Avenel for $2.8 million.

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R. Reed Harrison III and his wife, Bonita, sold 9413 EAGLE RIDGE DRIVE in Bethesda’s

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prestigious Avenel neighborhood for a closing price of $2.8 million. Harrison, a telecommunications executive, is the former president of Cogent Communications Group Inc.The listing agent was Washington Fine Properties’ Marsha Schuman, who declined comment on the seller. Long & Foster’s Lynda O’Dea represented the buyer. The 1996 Georgian Colonial boasts over 10,000 square feet, including six bedrooms, eight baths, six fireplaces, and a swimming pool. Carl J. “Rick” Rickertsen sold his land at 6699 MACARTHUR BOULEVARD in Bethesda for $4,050,000 with the help of Washington Fine Properties’ William F. X. Moody, Robert Hryniewicki and Carrill McKenzie. Mr. Rickertsen is a director of Convera, a technology firm headquartered in Vienna,Va., and managing partner of Pine Creek Partners, a Washington-based private equity firm. The purchasers of the 1.93acre property boasting dramatic 180-degree views of the Potomac River were Franklin Haney Jr. and his wife, Katelin. (Mr. Haney’s father, Franklin Haney Sr., is the founder of the FLH Company, a Washington-based real estate development firm.) Chris Ferguson of TTR Sothebys International Realty was the buyer’s agent. Dr. John and Grace Park bought 6512 KENHOWE DRIVE in the Bannockburn neighborhood of Bethesda. Dr. Park is a renowned neurosurgeon specializing in pediatrics. The 6,600-square foot Arts and Crafts dwelling was custom built for the Park family by Andrew Carbone of Three Brother’s Land Co. The property was listed by Greta Nicoletti of Long and Foster Realtors.

VIRGINIA Nancy McCorkindale sold 33024 SUNKEN LANE in Upperville for

$4,250,000. The five bedroom Colonial stone manor house, which was built in 1980, sits on 86 acres in prime Piedmont hunt country. The estate includes a tenant house and stable. Ann MacMahon of SheridanMacMahon, Ltd. listed the property, which includes a tenant house, stable, and riding ring.

PROPERTY LINES VICKI BUYS: Although Victoria Reggie Kennedy hasn’t yet sold 2416 TRACY PLACE NW (the 8,900square-foot, seven-bedroom house she purchased with her husband, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in 1998), but she bought 2128 WYOMING AVENUE NW in Kalorama for $1,650,000 with the help of Jim Bell of Jim Bell Real Estate. The three-bedroom Federal style townhouse, built in 1959, was once the residence of socialite Charles Cudlip, who also resides in Newport, R.I. KALORAMA RECORD: Last month we wrote that former Defense Secretary and World Bank President Robert S. McNamara’s former home at 2412 TRACY PLACE NW held the record for the highest selling price in Kalorama at $6.1 million, but in fact, 2401 KALORAMA ROAD NW (listed by Ginny Chew of Washington Fine Properties) secured the title in February, 2008, when it fetched $7,165,000. Now there is a pending contract for 2340 KALORAMA ROAD NW that was listed for $8.975,000. This property was set to go to settlement on Jan. 29, 2010, and if it did, it will hold the new record for the highest sale in Kalorama. COLOSSAL CONDO: The Wesley Heights penthouse apartment of the late Melvin and Estelle Gelman, 4201 CATHEDRAL AVENUE NW #1215 in The Towers, is for sale for $4.3 million. Mr. and Mrs. Gelman, who died in 1978 and 2009 respectively, owned and operated the Gelman

Construction Company which built more than 2,000 houses in the Maryland suburbs and 12 apartment complexes in the Washington, D.C. area. On the market for the first time since they built The Towers in 1960, the condominium occupies a whopping 9,400 square feet and is said to be the largest apartment in Washington. The unit boasts a drawing room with a soaring 16-foot ceiling, a two-story grand entry foyer, and a media room draped from top to bottom in green velvet alpaca. The property is listed by Washington Fine Properties’ William F. X. Moody and Robert Hryniewicki. GEORGETOWN GEM: Rick Rickertsen has listed the historic LairdDunlop Coach House at 1214 30TH street NW for $11.5 million. Once part of the larger Laird-Dunlop House property next door at 3014 N Street NW (the former home of Robert Todd Lincoln, Rep. Peter H.B. Frelinghuysen, Smith and Vicki Bagley, and currently the residence of Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn), the site includes a 1799 tobacco smokehouse (now a pool pavilion) and one of the

largest and oldest oak trees in Georgetown. In the late 1940s, the original Laird-Dunlop grounds were subdivided when the owner, Mrs. Arthur Woods, a granddaughter of financier J. Pierpont Morgan, sold the N Street mansion and moved to the Coach House, adding a ballroom, or music room, that opened onto the large garden. More recently, Mr. Rickertsen added additional garden space after purchasing adjacent land from Mr. Bradlee and Ms. Quinn. The Coach House was, for 22 years, previously the home of Arnold Sagalyn, a former Treasury Department and Interpol official, and his wife, Louise. NOT-SO-LUCKY SEVENS: Tom and Randall Phillips didn’t have much luck when they listed their Eaglecrest Compound in McLean (1015 Basil Road) for $17,777,777 last fall. They just dropped the price by nearly 40 percent to $10,995,000. The 16,000-square-foot Georgian Colonial broke records back in 2005 when it was sold for $9,895,000—the highest price ever paid for non-waterfront property in Northern Virginia. Mr. Phillips is currently the chairman of Eagle Publishing, Inc. and the Conservative Campaign Fund.

The Gelmans’ 2-story-high living room looks out on upon an expansive penthouse terrace.


Michelle Fenty (Photo by Tony Powell)

My Washington M I C H E L L E F E N T Y, F I R S T L A D Y O F T H E D I S T R I C T O F C O L U M B I A

1. THE NATIONAL ARBORETUM You enter another world the minute you walk through the gates here. There are so many wonderful plants and trees to see, plus the superb Bonsai collection and, of course, the moving sight of the columns from the original U.S. Capitol.

6. THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY The Mayor and I both love to come here. I’m British, so I particularly liked the recent “Great Britons” special exhibition with Sam TaylorWood’s digital video portrait of a sleeping David Beckham.

2. BURMA, 740 6th St. NW I love the vegetarian food in this Burmese restaurant in Chinatown, especially the Green Tea Salad made with bournise green tea leaves, sesame seeds, peanuts, and lemon juice.

7. SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM My kids love this museum so much. I always know they will be thoroughly entertained there since there are so many interactive exhibits to keep them occupied.

3. KINGMAN AND HERITAGE ISLAND PARK Accessible only by boat, this tranquil and peaceful island, located in the middle of the city and administered by the Earth Conservation Fund, allows you to literally escape into a magical world. It’s paradise for local bird watchers, too; a real D.C. gem. 4. FLEET FEET SPORTS, 1841 Columbia Rd. NW I have to shop at the Fenty family’s shoe store in Adams Morgan, and it doesn’t hurt that they have my feet idiosyncrasies on file!

8. THE LINCOLN THEATER, 1215 U St. NW Seeing a show at this wonderfully-restored theater always reminds me that AfricanAmerican music greats – Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday – performed in their heydays here.

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5. COLOR ME MINE, 2439 18th St. NW My friend Lori Lee runs this great Adams Morgan shop where you can make your own pottery. It’s a fun place for both adults and kids to explore their creative sides.

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Great Falls, VA

Located on Innsbruck Avenue, one of Great Falls most sought after streets, this equestrian estate has recently gone through a multimillion dollar transformation including a gourmet kitch & spa baths, exquisite wall treatments & draperies and a brand new 4 stall barn with separate apt above.This home has every luxury incl theater, gym, pool, wine cellar, bar & sunroom overlooking 5+ pvt acres with serene views of pond, mature trees & picturesque surroundings. $6,499,000.

Penny Yerks | 703.760.0744

Kalorama, DC

Sophisticated townhouse features a dramatic sunken living room with 12 ft ceilings, massive fireplace, floor to ceiling windows with French doors leading to a deck and a deep rear garden. Gourmet kitchen offers custom cabinets and a leaded glass window seat. A spacious master suite with fireplace has a luxurious marble master bath and numerous closets. Four additional bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths. Three car parking. $2,999,000.

Georgetown, DC

Mass Avenue Heights, DC

Alexandria, VA

Giorgio Furioso | 202.518.7888

Hugh Oates | 202.257.5640 Judy Lewis | 202.256.0522 Jonathan Taylor | 202.276.3344

Penny Yerks | 703.760.0744

Georgetown, DC

Kalorama, DC

McLean, VA

Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344 Paul Pike | 202.550.8871

Robin McKibbon Waugh | 703.917.0515

1907 Georgian classic offers incredible space for entertaining. Grand entry features 11’ ceiling. Formal living room and dining room, chef’s kitchen with SubZero/Wolf appliances, flagstone patio, master bedroom suite with sitting room , dressing room & 2 baths en-suite. 3 additional bedrooms, fully finished basement, 2 car garage plus storage. Elevator. $6,350,000.

Incredible 4 BR, 4.5 bath unit at the Ritz-Georgetown. Approximately 4,000 sq. ft., spectacular contemporary open living space, state-of-the-art kitchen, wine cellar, great river views and tons of sunlight from floor-toceiling windows. 2-car parking included. $2,995,000.

This elegant French-inspired residence has been entirely reconstructed and expanded. Gorgeous architecture, custom millwork, and plaster crown molding blends wonderfully with extensive modern amenities. 6 BR, 5.5 baths, library, two family rooms, home gym, state-ofthe-art wiring, enormous MBR w/vaulted ceiling. 2-car gar plus ample off-street parking. $5,995,000.

Jonathan Taylor | 202.276.3344

First time on the market in more than 40 yrs. 1927 historic brick Colonial Revival residence offers 6 BR’s, 5 full & 2 half baths with elegantly proportioned rooms perfect for entertaining. Garage, new elevator, full lower level, private terrace and garden in the perfect Kalorama location. $2,995,000.

Potomac, MD

Crestwood, DC

One of Old Town Alexandria’s largest historic townhomes, beautifully renovated to incorporate every modern amenity while retaining the fine orig details of this c.1794 federal. 4 completely finished levels with period molding, pine floors, gourmet kit w/adjoining fam rm & fplc, lavish slate patio for entertaining, amazing 4th level loft with exposed beams & full bath. 3 off street gated parking spaces, full bsmt. Steps to the Potomac River, shops & dining. $5,600,000.

One Light to DC! Create your own custom designer home on a gorgeous .38-acre garden lot. This conceptual “Green Dream” showcases eco-friendly construction with award-winning design. Exquisite detail, meticulous craftsmanship evokes period style with all the modern amenities. $2,795,000.

Nichole Norton | 703.585.6925

Kalorama, DC

Stately c.1900 Victorian mansion, thoughtfully restored to its original turn-of-the-century elegance with many modern amenities added by the current owner. Over 6,600 interior square feet, large formal rooms, ideal for entertaining. Stunning kitchen, enormous master suite, lower level features a separate 2-bedroom in-law suite. One-car garage parking included in the price. $2,695,000.

Jonathan Taylor | 202.276.3344

Set on a private 2.07 acre wooded lot, this striking contemporary is highlighted by soaring ceilings and light filled spaces all within a modern open floor plan. The principal rooms on the main level can easily accommodate formal and intimate affairs. 6 bedrooms, 5 full & 2 half baths total. Outstanding features include two temperature controlled wine cellars, gym, pool, and four car garage parking. $2,475,000.

Michael Rankin | 202.271.3344

www.ttrsir.com

Exceptional 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home. Rich with character and many original details; yet the interior has been thoughtfully redesigned with modern amenities and finishes including: gourmet kitchen with breakfast/family room, 2 master BR suites, luxury baths, a fabulous in-law suite/apt, and all new systems. The garden, pool and exterior terraces offer a spectacular setting for entertaining. $1,195,000.

Somerset Heights, MD

Come home to your own rustic retreat only blocks to the Friendship Heights Metro! This beautiful 1924 log cabin in Somerset Heights has been lovingly restored while preserving its authenticity. Unique features include vaulted ceilings, log-lined walls, stone fireplace and more. $1,100,000.

Cherie Jones | 202.352.7529

Stacie Turner | 202.494.8220

Georgetown, Washington, D.C. 202.333.1212

McLean, VA 703.319.3344

Chevy Chase, MD 301.967.3344

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