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Cronut™ Creator Dominique Ansel Talks Creation of Epic Dessert During Lunch at The Jefferson

photo1Several dozen Washingtonians gathered at The Jefferson Hotel Friday afternoon for lunch with Dominique Ansel, the mastermind behind the Cronut™ and author of the recently released book Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes.

Guests enjoyed a four course lunch, which opened on the sweet side with Dominique’s Kouign Amanns (think a sweet croissant) and were offered remarks by Ansel who spoke about the rise of the Cronut™ at his staple New York bakery and answered questions from attendees.

NBC 4 anchor Eun Yang admitted during the Q&A to being one of the many who have lined up to outside Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York where the breakfast pastry was first served. Chef Ansel also admitted that even his closest family and friends must wait in line.

Earlier in the day, Ansel toured and met with the fellows and staff of Dog Tag Bakery in Alexandria, Va., offering tips on how to be an entrepreneur and inventor.

In attendance: Tammy Haddad, SKDK’s Kelley McCormickCapitol File’s Suzy Draddy Jacobs and Elizabeth ThorpWashingtonian’s Kate Bennett, CNN’s Matt Dornic, Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan, Heather Podesta, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, and ThinkFoodGroup’s Ann McCarthy.

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W Washington DC Unveils its Redesigned POV

POV crowd 2The W Washington DC Friday night revealed its redesigned POV rooftop bar, featuring new art and decor including wall-sized brass murals of former US presidents.

In true W fashion, guests checked in downstairs and were escorted to the top where behind a wall designed to look like red tape, hundreds of Washingtonians celebrated including the Washington Wizards’ John Wall, The Daily Show’s Jason Jones; Washingtonian fashion editor Kate BennettUS News’ Nikki Schwab; Washington Business Journal’s Jennifer Nycz-Conner and Rebecca Cooper; NBC Washington’s Dianna Russini and Eun Yang; FOX 5′s Steve Chenevey; WJLA’s Scott Thuman; the Washington Redskins’ LaRhonda Burley; Todd Flournoy; Sophie Pyle, Kate Michael, Victoria Michael, Neil Grace, Nick Owens, Katy Adams, and Cori Sue Morris.

Not part of the redesign: it’s iconic view of the White House.

Jen Bendery, Dannia Hakki, Gindy win Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives

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Round 2 of the FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives came to a close, and with it, who’s been named the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Biggest Troublemaker, and Best Hair.

 

HuffPost's Jen Bendery

In the category for Biggest Troublemaker, HuffPost’s Jen Bendery took the win with just under 50% of the votes over The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein, former editor of FishbowlDC; POLITICO’s Lauren French; The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin; The Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley; and Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle.

 

Moki Media's Dannia Hakki

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki wins Best Hair, over Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett, CNN’s Erin McPike, former Fishbowl-er turned Mediaite’s Eddie Scarry, Benny Johnson, and WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave.

 

American Beverage Association's Chris "Gindy" Gindlesperger

And in the most voted for category of 2014 thus far with nearly 6,000 votes, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is the 2014 Hottest PR Person with more than 40% of the votes. Early on, it looked like it could be POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, or former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic. As the competition progressed, Gindy bested Petersen and Dornic, as well as Moki’s Maha Hakki, Story Partner’s Lauren Culberton, and SKDK’s Doug Thornell.

 

Earlier today we announced Round 3 nominees. Voting goes until Friday, August 15, at 6pm. A full list of 2014 FishbowlDC Superlative winners will follow.

Round 2 Superlatives: HuffPost’s Jen Bendery, Moki’s Dannia Hakki, ABA’s Gindy Leading

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On Tuesday we’ll announce the third and final round nominees in the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, and before we close out round 2, we’re here with an update of where things stand in the final 24.

HuffPost’s Jen Bendery is leading in the Biggest Troublemaker category, with nearly 50% of the votes. Former FishbowlDC editor turned Daily Caller-er Betsy Rothstein is in second, followed by POLITICO’s Lauren French.

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki is winning in the Best Hair category, besting her bestie Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett. And CNN’s Erin McPike is in 3rd with an even 18%.

And so far the most cut throat category of 2014, for Hottest PR Person, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is in the lead with more than 40% of more than 5,000 votes, followed by POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, and former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic.

Nothing is set in stone, at least until Tuesday, August 12, at 2pm. So vote for your picks while you can. Round 2 winners to be announced tomorrow, as will the nominees of Round 3.

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FishbowlDC Round 1 Superlative Winners: Jake Tapper, Ken Vogel, Kevin Cirilli

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The results of Round 1 of Fishbowl Superlatives are in. Last week, we asked y’all to name the Hottest TV Personality, Most in Need of a Reality Show, and the Future/Former Boy Band Member. Nearly 5,000 votes later, we have your winners.

POLITICO's Ken Vogel

Fresh off the heels of his recent book Big Money, POLITICO’s Ken Vogel took the prize of Most in Need of a Reality Show, against the competition including BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, ESPN’s Britt McHenry, The Washington Post Reliable Source’s Helena Andrews and Emily Heil, and the man always touting the latest issue of Washington Life, John Arundel.

 
The Hill's Kevin Cirilli

In the category for Future/Former Boy Band MemberThe Hill’s Kevin Cirilli took the win, with 46% of respondents voting in his favor. CNN cutie Peter Morris took second, followed by The Atlantic’s James Hamblin, WJLA’s Scott Thuman, NBC Washington’s David Culver, and WJLA’s Kevin Lewis. Read more

Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives: Hottest PR Flack, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker

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We’re back with Round 2 of the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, and today, we present the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker categories.

Based on reader suggestions (don’t blame us, blame your colleagues) we have a slew of new nominees, including 6 of the hottest PR flacks that make your heart skip a beat when they reach your inbox, finest heads of hair throughout town, and troublemakers with a capital T.

Voting for Round 1 closes Thursday, so get your votes in while you can, here. Leading for Hottest TV Personality is FOX 5′s Steve CheneveyFuture/Former Boy Band Member is The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli, and Most in Need of a Reality Show is POLITICO’s Big Money author Ken Vogel.

We still have four more categories to announce - Sexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Cutest Couple, and Most #basic - so send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com.

Voting for Round 2 lasts until 2pm on Tuesday, August 12 so have at it. And we’ll make sure to update you along the way. And stay tuned – Thursday we’ll announce the winners of Round 1.

 

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Magazine Cover Story of the Week: Washingtonian MOM with Rachel Goslins

MOM_2014_Summer_FBIt’s Friday, therefore almost the weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw this week but didn’t have time to actually read.

The latest issue of Washingtonian MOM is hitting newsstands as we speak, and this issue’s cover story explores the personal and professional life of Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Goslins career began in law, working at a large law firm in New York and later, at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington. She ditched her successful career by her early 30s to study film at NYU after meeting and marrying her now husband, former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.

“In the span of about six months, I went from representing the United States of America on large international delegations to being the coffee and FedEx girl for an office of filmmakers,” Goslins recalls of an internship she held with PBS Read more

Washingtonian Wins the Summer with AT&T Best of Washington Party

photo4Last night at the National Building Museum, Washingtonian hosted its annual AT&T Best of Washington party, likely, the best event of the summer in DC. ‘Best of’ was Washingtonian’s first major event under the helm of its new editor, Michael Schaffer.

More than 60 of the magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants served samples bites from their menu, including 1789, Ted’s Bulletin, Toki Underground, BLT Steak, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Lyon Hall and STK, alongside libations including Pyrat Rum and Patrón Tequilas, among many, many, others (trust).

The soirée was themed “Madhatter,” and the “publisher’s reception” (aka VIP area) – sponsored by the American Beverage Association – offered guests dozens of costume hats to compliment attire. There was a maze, acrobatic performers and musicians, a BMW i8, and a Qatar Airways lounge featuring two of its fully-flat business class seats along with great music. Read more

Pierre Garçon’s Charity Event Raises $100k for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Redskins Niles Paul, Pierre Garçon and Kirk Cousins with DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Photo cred: Joy Asico.

Last night, Washington Redskins philanthropist Pierre Garçon hosted his second annual All-White charity event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) at the Millennium Building. Unfortunately for FishbowlDC, we missed the “All-White” memo and wore grey pants and a blue button down.

The event raised $100,000 for the charity, more than three times the amount of last year’s donation.

“I’ve been looking forward to this since last year’s inaugural event,” said Garçon during the event auction. ”This organization hits home for me, and I’m honored to consider the BGCGW family. Every penny counts, and I’m devoted to raising money for a cause that’s important to me – raising educated, smart and passionate kids…With your help, I hope to double the amount raised every year”

Click through for those in attendance. Read more

One of the Few Fashion Writing Jobs in DC

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Photograph by Rodney Bailey via Washingtonian.com.

Looking to work in the fashion industry in DC? Your options are very, very limited. Aside from the few “luxury” PR firms that bill themselves as being a part of the fashion industry, the pickings are slim.

But one place where the work is legit is at Washingtonian magazine, under the direction of Kate Bennett.

Bennett, who serves as the fashion editor of the Washingtonian brand as well as editor in chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian MOM, is looking for an assistant fashion editor to write print and online fashion, beauty, and style pieces. Bennett’s new deputy will also manage and style photo shoots, including the spring and fall fashion sections, high-scale productions for Bride & Groom, and the December magazine Gift Guide.

We spoke with Bennett, who herself exemplifies what you would think of an actual fashion editor, on the good, the bad, and the ugly pretty of Washingtonian’s Assistant Fashion Editor position. Click through for more on the position from Bennett herself and to apply. Read more

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