THE PARTY Art Smith’s milkshakes would bring just about anyone to the yard, and, on a recent evening at his Art and Soul restaurant on Capitol Hill, it felt like just about everyone was there. Foodies, big and small, got cooking at Smith’s fundraiser, benefiting Common Threads, his after-school program that focuses on teaching low-income kids how to prepare healthy, thrifty meals.
THE PARTY The 33rd Annual Refugees International Gala, starring honorary chairs Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki and his wife Yoriko, brought Japan’s art and culture into full view. THE PEOPLE Royalty, diplomats and political players (oh my!) numbered 500, including Princess Iman bint Al Hussein and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, among many, many others. But power was hardly the only thing oozing from the event.
THE PARTY Over 30 retailers and restaurants took part in the weekend trunk shows, food tastings and, of course, fashion show at the fourth annual, three-day, label-laden, celeb-loaded Front Row at Federal Realty Investment Trust’s Bethesda Row. THE PEOPLE Watch What Happens: Live host Andy Cohen promoted his new book, while The Situation Room host and Bethesda-local Wolf Blitzer stayed for the fashion show, featuring boutiques like Ginger, Amethyst, Urban Country and Wear it Well.
THE PARTY Maroon 5 and Madonna blasted through the speakers at the Crosby Street Hotel as celebrities came out in droves for the Cinema Society screening of Virginia. In the latest Dustin Lance Black film, Jennifer Connelly plays a schizophrenic single mom having an affair with the town’s local sheriff. THE PLAYERSGirls star Christopher Abbott snacked on sliders with Alexa Chung and Glee’s Jane Lynch.
THE PARTY Though the 150 guests at the Whitney Museum were buzzing about his recently announced 2014 retrospective, artist Jeff Koons was focused on humanitarianism as he hosted a black-tie dinner honoring do-gooders including Susan Sarandon and Tina Santi Flaherty. THE PLAYERS Ruffian designers Claude Morais and Brian Wolk and gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn placed bids at the silent auction. THE TUNESBrandi Carlile
THE PARTY Unregistered voters had their chance to sign up at the Top of the Standard, where the creative political action committee Downtown for Democracy and OHWOW Gallery celebrated the launch of The Pocket Guide to Politics. THE PLAYERS Arden Wohl, Terry Richardson and Kyle DeWoody were among those who witnessed a performance by Kilo Kish and The Virgins.
THE PARTY About 800 guests attended the star-studded opening night of this year’s Costume Institute exhibition: Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations. Co-chair AnnaWintour helped raise more than $11.5 million at the gala, where tables cost up to $250,000.
THE PARTY Luxury online shopping destination Net-A-Porter brought together art curators and fashion designers at the Hôtel Americano to celebrate the inaugural Frieze New York art fair. THE PLAYERSSarah Burton, Jason Wu and Olivier Theyskens were just a few of the notables who enjoyed the rooftop cocktails, followed by a seated dinner downstairs.
Atlanta knows its Southern fare. We have barbecue nailed, the meat-and-three mastered and the biscuit conquered. And the 1,001 types of grits scattered on menus across the city? Forget about it.
But there is one strand of Southern comfort food the city has been taking its time getting a handle on. It’s nobody’s fault—just a matter of proximity, really—but the ratio of fresh grouper and raw oysters per capita in this town leaves something to be desired for the truest of seafood junkies.