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Lena Galperina and Sandro Kereselidze

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Nicholas Cambata and Lindsey Mask Anastasia Dellaccio and Alessandra Beggiato

Alix Dejean and Joseph Otim


Aureta Thomollari

Bindhu Pamarthi and Sarah Hillware Alex Ovechkin and Maria Kirilenko Lyndon Boozer and Tonya Williams

Katelyn Gimbel and Jana Sedlakova

CELEBRATINGTHECITY’SYOUNGOVER-ACHIEVERS or a town that could soon overtake New York as “The City That Never Sleeps,”Washington Life’s invitation-only Young and The Guest List at Carnegie Library in mid-December was one for the books, serving as an appropriate bookend for an epic social year. WL’s eighth-annual YGL soirée fêted the city’s most energetic over-achievers aged 40 and under, and brought to the forefront how the nation’s wealthiest metropolitan area is being driven by the intellectual firepower and creativity of young, ambitious men and women. Indeed, the U.S. Census Bureau recently calculated more millionaires under the age of 40 here than in any other part of the country. Washington continues to be a hub of creative energy, technological growth, artisitic spirit, social change and dynamic business ventures. As the city becomes more vibrant with each new crop of movers and shakers, deciding whom to include becomes an ever-more daunting task.With 330 formidable young men and women on the 2013 list — a record number by YGL accounting — the roster included 217 business leaders and entrepreneurs, 42 White House and Capitol Hill staff, 29 media professionals, 18 artists, six restaurateurs, eight athletes, five diplomats and 10 members of Congress. More than 800 guests attended our marquee event, with serious-minded White House policy makers mixing it up with entrepreneurs, musicians, social activists and mixologists.There were two surprise guests, as Washington Capitals team captain Alex Ovechkin and his fiancée Russian tennis star Maria Kirilenko made a brief appearance and then departed before many of the guests had arrived.The earliest arrivals were rewarded with the opportunity to have their photo snapped in front of the step-and-repeat with “Ovi,” as he’s affectionately known around town, and his future wife. For the fifth year in a row,YGL was under the ingenious power of Andre Wells, one of the nation’s most sought-after event planners, who gave us some lavish surprises this year. To reinforce the idea of Washington as the new “Creative Capital,”WL collaborated with renowned


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Patrick and Anne Gavin with Lee Brenner and Pascaline Clerc.

Cassie Mabery Erikka Knuti and Ben Jenkins

Craig Fischer and Karin Tanabe

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Mark Drapeau

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Michael Clements and Anchyi Wei-Clements, Andre Wells Mark Gillespie and Caroline Dalton

Julian Alcazar and Keo Chea

Nancy Flores, Otis Bonds

Rhythm 6 of Andy Kushner Entertainment

Casey Nicole, Keely Madison and Lena Galperina of Art Soiree Productions PHOTOSBYTONYPOWELL

Dave Tafuri, Kate Michael and Michael Woestehoff

Sarah Martin and Chadleon Booker

Rodrigo Garcia, Erika Gutierrez, Carlos Gutierrez and Karina Gutierrez

Omar Stwodah of Criswell Maserati

Sheena Tahilramani, Raquel Cabral and Denise Gitsham Montina Anderson

Omar Popal, Kathryn Key

Diana Minshall, Charlotte Grassi Aukamp, Lauren Bennitt and Mary Moffett Keaney

artistic impresario Sandro Kereselidze and partner Tati Pastukhova of Art Soirée Productions, which brought a healthy dose of artistic pizzazz to this high-energy event. “A lot of big parties can be stuffy, and dancing all night at a club can leave you empty,” Sandro said. “This year we brought a little more edge to YGL with our artists and performers.”


PUCHO Cigars’s Michael Palma O’Hara Lina Galperina of Art Soiree Productions


The 2013 Young and The Guest List event was supported by a record 27 principal sponsors and talented vendors, who not only made the magazine’s flagship event possible, but also added those special touches that keep our guests looking forward to it year after year. Principal sponsors of YGL 2013 were the New York fashion houses Kate Spade and Juicy Couture, who along with Criswell Maserati of Germantown, Ciroc vodka, Anheuser Busch’s Stella Artois, Diana Minshall of Coldwell Banker and Jordan Vineyards and 7 Second


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Melissa Burgos and Sheldon Scott Kristin Guiter and Rachel Cothran

Ashley Patton, Neil Grace and Nikki Schwab Blake and Suzell Hall PHOTOSBYBENDROZ

Chinyere Hubbard and Dawn Jones

Strategies made the party sing. Gregory O’Dell and Chinyere Hubbard are no strangers to throwing big parties, after hosting the only official Presidential Inaugural Ball in January 2013 for President and Mrs. Obama at the DC Convention Center.To bookend their year of hosting more than 300 events at the Convention Center, Events DC partnered with the magazine as the venue sponsor at Carnegie Library. Facing the Convention Center at Mount Vernon Square, the historic landmark with its nine spacious rooms, 150-seat theater and 75,000 square feet of party space proved to be an ideal location for 800 guests to spread out. Guests, who received beautifully embossed invitations from The Dandelion Patch, arrived at the party to a bevy of valets from U Street Parking

Nick Karnaze, Ava Deylami, Tracy Branding and Jake Cusack

and streamed past fire jugglers at the entryway, then headed into a heated tunnel-shaped tent provided by Perfect Settings. After checking in and receiving wristbands to pass muster with the sharply dressed security guards provided by OnPoint Security, more than a few guests stopped to snap photos of the 2014 Maserati Ghibli on display (provided by Omar Stowdah, president of Criswell Maserati of Germantown). Inside, Occasions Caterers prepared a veritable feast with passed hors d’oeuvres and food stations graced by towering floral arrangements by Amaryllis Floral.The scrumptious Korean Bon Chon bar, complete with sticky rice, Korean pork belly, kimchi and red snapper, and specialty dessert bar were huge hits with the crowd; we were partial to the house-

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Ryan Newell and Carla Babb

made berry “pop tarts” and cheesecake pies. With five open bars, no one left thirsty. Jordan Vineyards president John Jordan provided his award-winning Chardonnays and Cabernets, which have been served at White House state dinners, while Teavine provided a delicious alternative of wine and tea. Ciroc was the vodka of choice and bottles stuffed with Christmas lights got attendees into a festive holiday mood. Anheuser Busch served choice beers with imported Stella Artois and Stella Cidre, while a separate craft beer lounge served four varietals of Goose Island, Anheuser Busch’s new foray into the craft beer market.Washington’s own Amir Peay of Georgetown Trading Co. poured his distinct brands of bourbon at YGL, including 1776 Rye, 1776 Bourbon and


John and Mary Pacheco

Michael Haft with Pari and Quinn Bradlee

Jackie Akoko, Rachel Mackay, Amanda Fanklin, Catheine31Pitcher and Sarah Lange

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Crab Louie Parfaits by Occasions Caterers

Specialty cocktails by Ciroc and Teavine David Culver, Distilled Spirits Council

Kate Spade Lounge by Design Foundry Dessert table by Occasions Caterers


Carnegie Library Main Room

BY OCCASIONS CATERERS KOREAN BON CHON BAR plates to order: sticky rice/ BBQ Korean pork belly/red snapper in oyster sauce/ Korean kimchi/pickles/cucumbers/spinach/shredded salads

APPS IN THE MAP ROOM beef and mushroom pastries: red wine-braised beef shortribs/wild mushrooms/ leeks/thyme/caramelized shallot cream chicken and carrot slaw on sunflower seed bread: Danish sunflower seed bread/ tarragon mustard/Riesling-poached chicken breast/French carrot slaw crab louie parfaits: chilled crab salad/greek yogurt/ tomato remoulade/diced avocado/ grapefruit buernut squash salad: buernut squash infused with vanilla oil and star anise/ celeriac apple slaw/ candied walnuts/ blue cheese carrot and radish crudités: white, red and orange carrots/ icicle radishes/herbs de provence aioli tomato and cheese with pretzel rods: pub cheese/smoked gouda/ roasted tomatoes/garlic/onion/paprika/ housemade pretzel rods

SWEET ENDINGS pecan frangipane with buerscotch cremeux: pecan frangipane/ buerscotch cremeux half sphere, dark chocolate disk/ bronze luster dust berry pop tarts: housemade mini pop tarts/strawberry and raspberry jams/ icing/sprinkles carrot cake push pop parfaits: mini push pop/carrot cake/ whipped cream cheese icing/baked streusel topping trio of mini cheesecake pies: cheesecake filled pastry topped with raspberries/ cheesecake filled pie shell topped with grape jelly and peanut buer mousse/ cheesecake and maple mousse pie topped with maple praline white chocolate cranberry parfait: white chocolate mousse/ cranberry compote/ sliced candied ginger/ white chocolate quills housemade marshmallows: orange blossom, raspberry, lavender and pina colada marshmallows pear and ginger turnovers: pear and candied ginger pastry/ confectioners’ sugar glaze

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL burlesco: green hat gin/radish-ginger lemonade/lemongrass-infused simple syrup/ burlesque biers/hibiscus flower/lemon wheel

Pow-Wow Botanical Rye. The downstairs lounge, furnished by Design Foundry, offered hand-rolled PUCHO Cigars while The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States poured high-end scotch, bourbon, tequila and port creating a dark, speakeasy vibe. Of course, no party is complete without killer dance tunes.The sound stages and lighting were provided by Huqa: Live, and Andy Kushner Entertainment was back with his internationally acclaimed cover dance band Rhythm6 with lead singers Sara Gray (also the leader) and Earle Lloyd getting YGL revelers on their feet all night long. Some of the city’s top deejays also played throughout the night, alternating between DJ Neekola and Pelonkey Inc., DJ Adrian Loving, DJ Ty of Black Hat Solutions and DJ FotiFo. As in years past,Washington Life provided those honored on the 2013 List with our highly anticipated VIP “Swag Bags,” with the luxury contents kept confidential until they were distributed; the swag didn’t disappoint. As guests departed for the after party at Cuba Libre, they snacked on sugary delights from Sugar and Ice and Red Velvet Cupcakery, no doubt well nourished by a holiday feast of music, drink, great food and accomplished company. THEFULLLISTOFHONOREESANDVIDEOCOVERAGEOFTHE EVENTMAYBEVIEWEDONLINEATWWW WASHINGTONLIFE COM 



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Serious Swag 2013 honorees went home with a bag chock full of goodies KATE SPADE Gold bangle EVENTS DC Reusable thermal bags MASERATI Bags and hats CIBU Full-size women’s Pho-freeze hair spray ESTEE LAUDER Tom Ford fragrance and Night Repair Serum samples THE DANDELION PATCH Stationery and coupons LEGAL SEA FOODS Voucher for a free lobster dinner THINKFOODGROUP Gi certificates for Jaleo, Oyamel or Zaytinya and Jose Andres Sea Salt Potato Chips RICHARD SANDOVAL RESTAURANTS Gi certificates for Ambar or Masa14 ZILLI Clothing discount coupon CUBA LIBRE RESTAURANT AND RUM BAR Mini rum boles and gi certificates DIANA MINSHALL Keychain REDPEG MARKETING Cookies DC VOTE Taxation Without Representation wrist bands KARMA Leave-in detangler sample and dicount coupons GOORIN BROS Hats and discount cards ARTIST’S PROOF Limited edition signed art prints KIND Granola bars SAHARA DANCE Discount coupons WASHINGTON SPORTS CLUB Free 30-day pass PURE BARRE Free class voucher LAVA BARRE Free class voucher and discount off 3 class package DESIGN ARMY Sketchbook LUXXERY Botox or filler discount coupons SMASHBURGER Coupon for free side ALEXANDRIA CONVENTION AND VISITORS CENTER Holiday coupon book LANDINI BROTHERS Gi certificates


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ALLSTARS YGL 2013 would not have been possible without generous support from our sponsors EVENTSPONSORS Kate Spade Juicy Couture Ciroc Stella Artois Criswell Maserati of Germantown Jordan Vineyards & 7 Second Strategies Diana Minshall of Coldwell Banker YGLPARTNERS Events by Andre Wells – event design and planning Events DC/Carnegie Library – venue Occasions Caterers – catering Art Soiree Productions – art installations Design Foundry – décor Huqa: Live – audio/visual Perfect Settings – tenting Amaryllis Design – floral arrangements Anheuser Busch – Goose Island Beer, Stella Artois, Stella Cidre 1776 – Bourbon and rye whiskey Georgetown Trading Company – Pow-Wow Botanical Rye Distilled Spirits Council Teavine Sugar & Ice – candy bar Red Velvet Cupcakery – cupcakes PUCHO Cigars Andy Kushner Entertainment, Rhythm 6 – live music DJ Neekola & Pelonky Inc. DJ Adrian Loving DJ Ty of Black Hat Solutions DJ FotiFo The Dandelion Patch - invitations U Street Parking Inc. – valet OnPoint – Security 8112 Productions – video Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar – afterparty


The Making of YGL 2013  
The Making of YGL 2013  

From the February 2014 issue of Washington Life Magazine