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Sups and Sips raise $200,00+ for Washington Charities

Organizers were still counting the receipts this morning, several days after 20 homes in the Washington area hosted intimate fundraising dinners for Martha’s Table and D.C. Central Kitchen. The early numbers looked good.

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Frank Pearl

In a city where the rich and influential like to see their names emblazoned on university buildings and museum wings, Frank Pearl so craved anonymity that he was regarded as the most powerful unknown man in Washington.

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Cut Funding Leaves DC Students in Need

Before the District’s Child and Youth Investment Trust made headlines last year in the embezzlement scandal that has landed former Council member Harry Thomas Jr. a prison sentence, it was a quietly functioning nonprofit that provided critical grant support to hundreds of youth programs across our city.

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Hey, Isn’t That…

Alice Waters scooping up some farm-fresh eggs and scallions into a hand-woven basket at the Dupont Circle farmers’ market Sunday. The California legend of the local-and-organic movement (long black puffy coat, scarf, hat) was recognized instantly as she moved from stall to stall and declined offers of comped veggies.

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Waters and Nathan to Host Fundraising Dinners

What began as a chance to push a local/seasonal agenda on an incoming administration has transformed into an annual fundraiser for the hungry. For the third year in a row, chef/activist Alice Waters and cookbook author Joan Nathan are organizing a host of intimate, at-home dinners to raise money for local charities. Jose Andres, who’s busy building an empire, has assumed honorary host duties this year.

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First Lady Invites Special Guests to White House State Dinner

More than 72 hours before Maria Gomez was to sit down at her first White House state dinner, days before she’d found the teal evening gown she’d wear, her engraved invitation to Wednesday’s gala in honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderón and his wife, Margarita Zavala, was already framed and hanging on the wall outside her office at Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care.

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