9th Annual DC-CAPital Stars: The Music of Prince @ The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater
Mar 29 @ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Event: 9th Annual DC-CAPital Stars: The Music of Prince

Date:  March 29, 2017 (Wednesday)

Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566

An evening of inspiration, the 9th Annual DC-CAPITAL Stars: The Music of Prince rolls out the red carpet to showcase the outstanding artistic abilities of college-bound students from DC public and public charter schools.This glittering “American Idol”-style talent and scholarship award event attracts over 1,000 guests, award-winning celebrity judges, and prominent civic leaders to support education through the Arts. A celebratory reception with live music and dancing follows the show. Proceeds benefit the DC College Access Program, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping DC public and public charter school high school students prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college.


Ticket Price: Performance plus gala reception: $500 ($350 is tax-deductible)


Event website:

Event Honoree: The evening is dedicated to The Boeing Company for their unwavering commitment to education and District of Columbia students.

Host Committee Chair: Ted Leonsis, DC-CAP Board Chair

Chance for Life 2017 @ MGM National Harbor
Apr 1 @ 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Chance for Life is Washington area’s premiere Poker Tournament, Wine & Chef’s Tasting, and After Party. It is a raucous, dynamic experience that is unlike any other in the Washington area. Withe the mission to fight against pediatric cancer so that no children or family will ever have to experience having a child affected by cancer, 100% of all proceeds raised through Chance for Life are donated to directly fund cancer research through Children’s National Hospital Center and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Kennedy Snyder, 16, was diagnosed with an aggressive spinal cord tumor at two years old. After a successful fight to eradicate the tumor, it returned almost to its original size in less than three months. Kennedy’s indomitable spirit – bravery, exuberance, and persistence – is the inspiration that created Chance for Life.

Chance for Life, taking place on April 1, is going to be the FIRST charity event held at MGM National Harbor. MGM approached CFL after attending as a sponsor last year and it was selected as the logical venue to allow CFL To grow to a $1M+ night event.

100% of all proceeds raised through CFL are donated to directly fund cancer research through Children’s National Hospital Center and Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Since being founded 12 years ago, Chance for Life has raised over two million dollars for pediatric cancer research (they grossed $410,000 in 2016 alone)!

Highlights Include:

LiveNation Performing Artist at the After Party (to be announced in the coming weeks)

600 person poker tournament (WJFK’s Sports Junkies will be playing)

Big name sponsors including Accenture, DARCARS, United Bank, Comcast Sportsnet, Taylor Gourmet, Enterprise, etc.

Angie Goff to attend, Doug Kammerer to host.

USE CODE KSTREETCFL2017 for 15% off tickets !!

Ticket Prices for the Event:

  1. All-In Poker Ticket (Early Bird) – $400 –

  2. Spectator Poker Poker Ticket (Early Bird) – $250 –

  3. Wine & Chef’s Tasting (Early Bird) – $185 –

  4. After Party Ticket (Early Bird) – $125 –

DC’s Taste of the Nation @ Nationals Park
Apr 19 @ 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Residents of our nation’s capital can enjoy the most celebrated food in the area on April 19, when DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to a new venue, Nationals Park. The annual tasting event will showcase the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and mixologists teamed up for a cause: making sure all children in this country get the healthy food they need every day. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event benefit No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America.

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Location: Nationals Park, 1500 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Time: 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. for VIP/VIP Plus; 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. for General Admission

Led by Chef Chair George Pagonis (Kapnos, Kapnos Taverna, Kapnos Kouzina), Dessert Chair Tiffany MacIsaac (Buttercream Bakeshop), Mixology Chair Derek Brown (The Columbia Room, Mockingbird Hill, Southern Efficiency, Eat the Rich), and Sommelier Chair Nadine Brown (Charlie Palmer Steak), DC’s culinary tastemakers will provide guests with bite-size fare, craft cocktails, and sweets treats, driving taste buds out of the park. Taste of the Nation will offer foodie fans a chance to sample the city’s latest dining spots. Guests will also enjoy live DJ entertainment and the chance to win one of a kind auction items.


Every Kid, Healthy Food, Every Day

Nearly one in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 29,000 kids in Washington, DC. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and its partners have connected kids struggling with hunger to more than 500 million meals.


In 2016, DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry raised enough to help feed children in need more than 2 million healthy meals. Area beneficiaries include Capital Area Food Bank, DC Hunger Solutions, and Mary’s Center.


DC’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry is supported by national presenting sponsors Citi and Sysco®, national media sponsor Food Network, and national sponsors OpenTable, and The Glenlivet.


Tickets start at $100 for General admission. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit:


The best eateries in the DC area will be represented at the event, including:

Agora Restaurant | Art and Soul | B&O American Brasserie | Bangkok Joe’s | Bar Pilar | Barrel | Best Buns Bread Company | Beucherts Saloon | Bidwell | Birroteca | Bub and Pop’s | Carlyle | Del Campo | Dino’s Grotto | Dirty Habit DC | District Distilling Company | Dolcezza Gelato |Espita Mezcaleria | Firefly DC | La Cuchara | Mandu | Mason Dixie Biscuit Co. | Medium Rare | Osteria Morini | Plume | Policy Restaurant & Lounge | Preserve | Radiator DC  Sweet Home Cafe at the National Museum of African American History and Culture | RPM Italian DC | Sixth Engine Restaurant | Sonoma Restaurant & Wine Bar | Soup Up | Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee |The Prospect | The Food Market | Whaleys | Wit & Wisdom | Zentan

Blue Jeans Ball @ Marriott Marquis
Apr 23 @ 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Meet Lisa Messerschmidt, whose life was changed by the Blue Jeans Ball. With a parent who needed care and no sibling to rely on for help, she had to leave work and rely on her husband’s salary alone. When he then lost his job due to the government shutdown, they couldn’t pay their bills, had their car repossessed, and their credit crashed. Lisa spent the next couple of years at the mercy of others, at times living without heat, running water, medical care, or, very often, food.

Enter her neighborhood nonprofit, supplied with food by the Capital Area Food Bank. They provided her family with the training and resources needed to get back on their feet – starting with vegetables, fruit and other ingredients to cook with. In Lisa’s words, “having food on the table made everything else seem possible.” The Capital Area Food Bank helped to turn crisis into stability for her family, and by attending this year’s Blue Jeans Ball, guests can do the same for others.

Each ticket to the Blue Jeans Ball provides 500 life-changing meals for people in need in our area. Today, Lisa works for the food bank, helping distribute food made possible by the Blue Jeans Ball.

When:  Sunday, April 23, 2017

                                        5 pm: VIP reception

6 pm: Tastings, cocktails and silent auction

8 pm: Program & live auction


Where: Marriott Marquis Hotel

                                        901 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Washington, DC  20001

Hotel valet parking available for a fee


What:   40+ savory and sweet tasting stations from Oyamel, The Palm, Ripple, Occidental and more…Made-to-order cocktails from Mixology Chairs Gina Chersevani (Buffalo & Bergen) & Eddie Kim (Bar Dupont)…and the Washington Redskins Foundation has joined this year’s effort to end childhood hunger!

How:     Ticket details available at; as always, guests arrive in their most fashionable denim and taste to their hearts’ content!

About:  The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease and obesity. By partnering with nearly 450 community organizations in DC, Maryland and Virginia, as well as delivering food directly in hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food.  That’s 12 percent of our region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents. Visit:,, and Twitter at @foodbankmetrodc.


7th Annual Great Ladies Luncheon @ Ritz Carlton
Apr 26 @ 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s (ADDF) Seventh Annual Great Ladies Luncheon &

Fashion Show will be held in partnership with Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie. All proceeds benefit the ADDF and

its mission to find effective treatments for Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The event opens with a morning

presentation, “The Symposium to Conquer Alzheimer’s.” After the scientific presentation, guests enjoy lunch

followed by a runway show featuring the Fall 2017 Collection of Brunello Cucinelli.

WHO: Leonard A. Lauder will welcome guests to the luncheon. The morning’s presentation will be given by

ADDF neuroscientists Howard Fillit, MD, and Penny Dacks, PhD, with an introduction by Andrea Mitchell.

Sally Quinn is the Honoree and other guests scheduled to attend include the event’s Founding Executive Chairs

Elise and Marc Lefkowitz; Honorary Chairs Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio and Mrs. Armando

Varricchio; Committee Co-Chairs include Shelley Banks, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly Ripkin

and Patricia Sagon; Committee Members include Amy Baier, Lisa Brandt Beek, Grace Bender, Tracy

Bernstein, Wilma Bernstein, Admiral Susan Blumenthal, MD, Buffy Cafritz, Sharon Collins Casey, Meryl

Comer, Debbie Dingell, Liz Dubin, Samia Farouki, Alma Gildenhorn, Marlene A. Malek, Melanie Nussdorf,

Mary Ourisman, Thomas Pheasant, Genevieve McSweeney Ryan, Lorraine Wallace, Tony Verstandig, and

Carol Gildenhorn Winer; Nancy Goodes and Judy Glickman Lauder will also be in attendance.

WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.

1150 22nd Street N.W.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 | 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

10:30 am | Scientific Presentation

12:00 pm | Luncheon & Fashion Show

Dine-N-Dash @ Various
Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Today, World Central Kitchen opens ticket sales for Dine-N-Dash, the primary annual fundraiser for José Andrés’s international organization focused on smart solutions to hunger and poverty. The June 7 event is a raucous progression with the anticipated participation of more than 30 of Washington, D.C.’s best restaurants, and includes appearances by nationally recognized food celebrities, including Andrew Zimmern.

“We are excited to be having our fifth Dine-N-Dash this year!” Andrés said. “I cannot believe it has already been five years. We have a goal of raising $500,000 for World Central Kitchen, and it is incredible that in our first year we raised $75,000, and now we are hoping to raise a half a million dollars. I am so happy to see how this event has grown.”

Now in its fifth year, Dine-N-Dash aims to raise over $500,000 to support World Central Kitchen’s smart solutions to hunger and poverty, which include food safety and sanitation training, building school kitchens, clean cookstove conversion, and job creation. The D.C.-based brainchild of celebrated chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen operates under the direction of Brian MacNair, mobilizing its Chef Network to tackle issues of poverty and hunger in a growing list of countries that includes Haiti, Cambodia, Zambia, and the Dominican Republic. Chefs like Victor Albisu, Tom Colicchio and Erik Bruner-Yang have travelled with the organization for on-the-ground action and instruction.

“We have a lot of fantastic fundraising events in D.C., but Dine-N-Dash is really something special,” MacNair said. “We don’t hold this in a food hall or event space. We bring our community of supporters into the restaurants to experience not only the chef’s food, but the feel and design of their spaces and the character of the neighborhood. World Central Kitchen is all about connecting a global food community for the betterment of all, and Dine-N-Dash reflects that idea in a really fun way.”

Dine-N-Dash will take place on June 7 from 6-10pm. This year, over 30 restaurants are expected to participate, a huge increase from the six that took part in the event’s first year. Originally located in Penn Quarter, the Charles Schwab-sponsored event is now split evenly between the original neighborhood and the busy 14th Street corridor. Guests select a starting restaurant when they buy a ticket, and from there progress from establishment to establishment at their whim, with each offering a selection of 6-8 dishes and 4-6 drinks. There will be live music at many of the participating restaurants, and a selection of the city’s finest food trucks will ensure that even trips between restaurants will be delicious.

VIP ticketholders will be invited to the VIP–only pre-party pop-up sponsored by MGM National Harbor that brings Andrés’s FISH and the Voltaggio Brothers Steakhouse to Penn Quarter at a soon-to-be disclosed location. The pre-party will be hosted by Andrés and attended by celebrity chefs, including Andrew Zimmern and Ted Allen. The pop-up space will open to the public at 7pm.


WhenWednesday, June 7, 2017


Price: General Admission: $125, VIP: $400

Tickets: Available today at


Participating Restaurants To-Date Include:

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