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Celebrity chef and TV’s coolest personality, Anthony Bourdain, is back in DC tomorrow to once again host “Capital Food Fight” along side The Chew‘s Carla Hall.  DC Central Kitchen’s annual fundraiser will be celebrating its eleventh year at the Ronald Reagan Building.

The event, founded by DC’s own José Andrés, brings to the table a star-studded panel of judges, including Daniel Boulud (who just opened DBGB Kitchen and Bar in DC), the host of Chopped Ted Allen, Bayou Bakery chef David Guas, pastry chef Christina Tosi (who will bring Momofuku Milk Bar to CityCenterDC next year).  A “high stakes cakes” competition, hosted by Aces of Cakes star Duff Goldman and ABC7 News Senior Reporter Scott Thurman, will also take place, in which four teams of pastry chefs will compete for best cake.  Read more

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National Journal Hotline Hosts Sixth Annual Political Pursuit

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 15.46.49National Journal Hotline’s Political Pursuit is back for the sixth year with a line up sure to be entertaining.

The “game show” will be hosted by NJ editor in chief Tim Grieve and Hotline editor Scott Bland and features a slew of members, press, and insiders well-known throughout town. Teams compete against each other and by the end of the night, one will prevail as the political expert among the competition.

Until this year, the game was held in April as a kick-off to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend but is now slated for July 9 at the Newseum. Tickets are free, but will go fast. So if you’d like to be there, get yours now (here) before they’re gone.

The contestants:

Members – Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Deloitte’s Hon. Tom Davis, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

Press – Bloomberg News’ Greg Giroux, NYTimes’ Jonathan MartinRoll Call’s Shira T. CenterWaPo’s Paul Kane, and LATimes’ Mike Memoli.

Hotline Insiders – The Polling Company’s Kellyanne Conway, IMPACT Strategies’ Angela Rye, Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, Purple Strategies’ Margie Omero, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Doug Thornell.

The event is underwritten by the Beer Institute and Volkswagon of America.

Roll Call Hosts Early Voting Kick Off Party for ‘Taste of America’

Last night, Roll Call filled Capitol Lounge with readers for its Early Voting Kick Off Party as part of its annual “Taste of America” contest.

Several of Senator Manchin’s (D-WV) staffers were in attendance and loudly (but not obnoxiously) supporting last year’s winner, the West Virginia pepperoni roll. Ballpark food was served in anticipation of the Congressional Baseball Game, where the winner will be revealed. Beer on tap was provided by the event sponsor, the Beer Institute.

Trivia was surprisingly hard, with a mix of questions about the tournament-style food competition, Congress, state foods, and beer. The winner won 4 Diamond Club tickets to an upcoming Nats/Braves game. Read more

CQ Roll Call Launches ‘Taste of America’ 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 16.05.11CQ Roll Call announced the launch of its annual “Taste of America” contest, and starting today, readers can vote online for their state’s signature food.

The tournament-style food competition is modeled after March Madness, and is a bracket of 64 foods, a minimum of one entry per state with two entries for the larger states. Each week, votes are tallied and winners advance to the next round, with the first round ending May 23.

Last year’s winner was the Pepperoni Roll, hailing from West Virginia. This year, we see DC with the Chili Half Smoke, Maryland with Crab Cakes, and Virginia with Ham Biscuits (really??).

The final eight state foods will be served during a reception at Nationals Ballpark prior to the Congressional Baseball Game, where the winner will be announced on June 25, 2014.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association, the National Restaurant Association, National Pork Producers Council, and the American Frozen Food Institute and the Ford Motor Company are this year’s Taste of America sponsors.

WTOP Makes Morning Commute Slightly More Bearable

Good morning, working stiffs! For those of you who made it into work this morning at a reasonable hour after hopping on the Metro and grabbing a cup of coffee at the nearest food truck -this post is not for you. For the rest of you poor bastards who woke up at 5:00 am just to barely make into the office by 9:00, or who are currently languishing in traffic outside the Mormon Temple -your suffering is almost over.

Well, not really. You’re suffering will most likely continue until you decide to leave this God-forsaken town in favor of an easier life pickling artisanal cabbage in California or selling jewelry on Etsy. However, WTOP will make things just a little bit easier for one or two of the most wretched commuters among you.

The Capital’s most listened-to radio station announced today the return of “Commuter Idle” – an “extreme commuter competition” in which listeners share their daily travel horrors and compete for prizes and the dubious distinction of being the District’s most harried commuter. Between now and Happy Hour on Friday, May 2nd, listeners can submit stories about their harrowing commutes at WTOP.com. The top ten entries will be featured online and on-air, with listeners weighing in as the list is narrowed to three.  The finalists will be featured the week of May 19th and the grand prize winner (loser?)  unveiled on Friday, May 23.

So get cracking! If your daily routine is truly, tragically awful, you could win $1000 in gas money and a limo ride to and from work for one day! And that would almost make it worth it to live Reston. Almost.

 

WTOP To Award $30,000 to Local Non-Profits

WTOP announced today that it will sponsor an online contest called “Click for a Cause” which gives D.C. area non-profit organizations the chance to vie for one of three $10,000 grand prizes. Runners-up will each win $5,000 worth of commercials to advertise their organizations on WTOP.

From the press release:

The prizes will be awarded in three categories, based on an organization’s annual expenses – large (over $13.5 million), medium ($3.5 – $13.5 million) and small (up to $3.5 million).  Winners are based on the highest number of votes (likes) received during the contest…

Voting will take place April 21 through 5 pm on Friday April 25.  Voting is accomplished by visiting the Click for a Cause page at wtop.com/clickforacause, and clicking “like” on the charity you wish to vote for.  Listeners must have a Facebook account to participate and people can vote for as many charities as they wish, but only once per charity.

Lanny Davis, Christine O’Donnell Star in TWT Idol at CPAC

Sources at The Washington Times tell Fishbowl DC that this week will be a big one for one lucky young journalist at CPAC. If they have the interviewing chops to impress TWT writers and editors, that is.

TWT will be holding an “American Idol” style competition at CPAC on Thursday and Friday that will pit 14 aspiring journalists from universities across the country against one another for a chance at the ultimate prize for any young conservative: a  PAID internship at TWT. 

The 14 young sprites will take turns interviewing four victims guests on stage in front of a panel of Times’ judges, and the best interviewer will ultimately get the internship.

Guests interviewees  include: former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, TWT Opinion Editor David Keene, columnist Tammy Bruce, and former Clinton White House adviser Lanny Davis.

The judges will be: TWT Managing Editor Chris Dolan, Law Enforcement Correspondent Kelly Riddell, Senior Political Correspondent Ralph Hallow, Managing Editor Ian Bishop, Columnist Emily Miller, and Columnist Armstrong Williams.

 

Update 4:17: A previous version of this post stated that the internship at TWT won’t be paid. In fact, it will be a paid position.

RESCHEDULED: Date Lab Editor Christina Antoniades Talks Culture, Politics and Love

Picture 10Double X Gabfest has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, same time and place, due to weather concerns for the DC area.

Big fan of Date Lab? Yeah, we are too!

This Thursday (as in two days from today!) Christina Antoniades, editor of The Washington Post’s Date Lab will join Hanna Rosin, editor of Slate’s section for women, Double X; New York magazine’s Noreen Malone; and June Thomas editor of Slate’s LGBTQ section, Outward, to gab about culture, politics, and the way women love now. In addition, Antoniades will offer highlights and lowlights from her column and answer questions.

Double X Gabfest as the evening is called will take place at 7pm (doors open at 6pm) at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Thursday, Feb. 13.

Tickets are going for $20 each, but we have a pair up for grabs for those of you who can reference your favorite Date Lab memory. Submit yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have Antoniades pick her fav early Thursday.

And in case you missed it, Megan McArdle will also be at Sixth & I tomorrow to discuss her new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success. We have a pair of tickets to that too (we just have ticket giveaways to everything, don’t we?) for whoever can share the best “start as a failure, ends in success” story. And since these experiences are inherently personal, we won’t be posting any to the site. Send your story to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have McArdle choose one lucky winner by morning.

Achieving Greater Success After Devastating Failure

9780670026142Feel like you’ve hit a speed bump? Not satisfyed with where you’re at personally or professionally? You’re not alone.

But failure, no matter how devastating, doesn’t have to be the end. In fact, economics, business, and public policy writer Megan McArdle says failure can be just the teacher you need to push you forward to greater success. That’s the message of her new book, The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Successand this Wednesday she’ll be at Sixth & I in a partnership with the venue and Politics & Prose to talk about it.

FBDC has the hook up to said event, and you can too, dear readers. In keeping with the theme of the evening, whoever can share the best “start as a failure, ends in success” story will win two tickets to her talk.

And since these experiences are inherently personal, don’t worry, we won’t be posting any names to the site. But do send your story to fishbowlnick@gmail.com and we’ll have McArdle choose one lucky winner. Good luck!

Whose Shoes Revealed!!

whoseshoesLots of you thought you knew whose shoes we snapped a photo of Wednesday night. Guesses included Luke Russert and Patrick Gavin, neither of which were right.

The only person to answer correctly was Pete Nonis from AAA’s public affairs shop. His pick? Fox News’ Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry! Congrats Pete, you win! You are now the proud owner of a lifetime supply of love and admiration from FBDC.

Henry was among the crowd at a reception Wednesday at the Hay-Adams honoring former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as he joins Building America’s Future as a co-chair.

lahoodBuilding America’s Future Educational Fund describes itself as a “bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life.”

LaHood, a Republican who served in President Obama’s administration, was a fitting selection as co-chair. The Fund was founded by fellow political iconoclasts, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, former California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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