On April 26th, the Capital Area Food Bank hosted it’s 12th Annual Blue Jeans Ball in Washington, DC to raise money for it’s hunger relief efforts in the district. This year’s ball had a tremendous response from the district and was extremely well attended. Guests included over 900 friends, supporters, and area philanthropists; making the event a huge success.
Decked out in their chicest formal denim, revelers enjoyed a night-life atmosphere that was high energy and fun, featuring a fashion show and DJ John Jazz, who spun the latest hot tracks to keep the mood electric. We sipped, socialized, and sampled our way through the overwhelming amount of food tastings from over 30 of Washington’s best area restaurants.
It was way too difficult to try everything, but I did my best in the name of research. The highlights for me included Cafe Dupont’s take on Prosciutto from Executive Chef David Fritsche (prepared crispy, with green asparagus salad, poached quail egg, and tomato vinaigrette). The other crowd favorite was from Bethesda’s Del Frisco’s Grille, who’s Ahi Taco’s (fresh Tuna Tartare, avocado, and spicy citrus mayo) stole the show.
The evening’s absolute cocktail du jour was Planter’s Punch (spiced rum, raspberry, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, simple syrups, angostura bitters) from Denson Liquor Bar. I made sure to snap a photo of the ingredients (and their address).
The Capital Area Food Bank distributes more than 42 million pounds of food yearly to over half a million people. In addition to bidding on the live and silent auctions, guests gave generously by pledging table donations totaling over $38,000 for the lease of a new refrigerated food truck. The highlight of the evening came when Carlyle Group Founder & CEO Bill Conway came to the stage and announced a personal donation of $1,000,000 citing the organization’s commitment to health and wellness.
“This will allow us to reach more people with fresher food,” said CAFB President Nancy Roman. “It will push produce even deeper into the reaches of our distribution area, as far out as Manassas and southern Prince Georges County.”
In addition to Mr. Conway’s generous gift, the evening itself raised $441,000 for a total of $1.4M to benefit the CAFB. To learn more about their mission and how you can help them fight hunger, visit them on the web at http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org
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