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Hard to Resist: A Cocktail Soiree With Greek Meze…

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A gathering on Monday evening is expected to attract a bunch of journalists and a hoard of lawmakers as Mike Manatos celebrates his 20 year anniversary as V.P. of the government relations firm, Manatos & Manatos. The cocktail reception with Greek meze is being held at Kellari Taverna on K Street in downtown Washington.

Journos are sure to be there. Manatos is, after all, married to Fox 5′s Laura Evans. She’ll attend with fellow Fox 5-ers (unless, of course, there’s breaking news). Those expected to attend include: Shawn Yancy (Laura’s co-host), Sue Palka; reporter Will Thomas; and Alison Starling from ABC 7.

Among the chattier guests will be MNSBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, who plans to attend with his wife, Kathleen. The Manatos family has been tight with the Matthews family for decades – they and their children have attended
the Manatos Christmas party for many years.

Beyond journalists, 15 members of Congress plan to put in some face time at the party as well as President of the Center for American Progress John Podesta and a variety of White House staffers – we’re hearing the First Lady’s deputy chief of staff and the V.P.’s Social Secretary.

Which members of Congress plan to show up? Find out after the jump…

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WTOP’s Madigan Receives Award, Says He Must Personally Vary Places he Goes

Bob Madigan 1.jpg WTOP’s “Man About Town” Bob Madigan was honored Sunday night at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel with the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award. Think of it as a lifetime achievement award to the person who provides “dedication and leadership” to transforming Washington’s restaurant industry.

The event included a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and delicious food stations. FOX 5′s Sue Palka was mistress of ceremonies. She kept things moving and cracked a few jokes along the way.

I caught up with Madigan this afternoon in a phone interview. He still sounded floored. “I can’t believe that I was given the award,” Madigan said. “That’s how I feel. I don’t consider myself to be in the same league as Phyllis Richmond or any of the other winners, especially an award named after Zeibert, who I know and have interviewed him several times. It’s humbling. It’s exciting from the point of view that people recognized that I love what I do and it also gives me [the ability] to shine a brighter light on what the restaurant and hospitality industries do.”

So where can people find Madigan in his free time? As in which restaurants does he prefer?

“Oh that’s a trap,” he said. “As man about town, I’m about town all the time. It depends. I’m most comfortable almost anywhere. Someplace where I can go and be with friends and laugh and have a good time – that encompasses a lot of restaurants.”

He admits he must avoid going to any one place too often.
“I have to be careful,” he said. “If I go to the same place too many times people will see me as endorsement.” He joked, “I don’t have many journalistic ethics, but that’s one.”

Ok, so come on. Name names. Madigan replied: “Equinox, Bourbon Steak, Rasika, Cafe Atlantico, Oyamel, Ping Pong, and Ben’s Chili Bowl Next Door.” He said of Ben’s Chili Bowl’s spinoff, “My cardiologist doesn’t like that.”

More Madigan pictures after the jump…

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