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Biden: Fightin’ for the music.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

photo of Michelle Bloom
April 10, 2011

Fun With Food

Foodies—brace yourselves. On Tuesday, the annual Embassy Chef Challenge brings together cuisines from around the world into one hunger-satisfying tasting sure to make your stomach happy.

The event—sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC—is about more than delicious food; it’s about the competition. Embassy chefs competed head-to-head on March 26 in front of judges at Challenge Belgium. At that event, chefs cooked Top Chef-style. Each received the same protein and a basket of surprise ingredients with roots in Belgian cuisine. Chefs had two hours to cook a main course for a panel of celebrity judges. The winner of that challenge will be announced at the event. Additionally, competing chefs will each prepare hors d’oeuvres showcasing their cuisine for the event.  

If the international food isn’t enough of a draw, there will also be a silent auction chock-full of one-of-a-kind opportunities, including international trips and cooking classes with embassy chefs.

 

The event begins with a VIP reception from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and continues with the main event from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Tickets run $250 and are available online at http://www.culturaltourismdc.org/store/catalog/product/embassy-chef-challenge-2011-individual-ticket. For more information, contact Elizabeth Goldberg at (202) 638-8363.

Spill Screening

It has been a year since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began, but the people it impacted near the Gulf of Mexico are still dealing with the consequences.

On Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council will host a screening of Stories from the Gulf: Living With the Oil Disaster, a film that explores the spills impact on the residents of the Gulf Coast.

The screening starts at 10 a.m. in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 430. After the movie there will be a discussion with the president of the NRDC, Frances Beinecke, and an opportunity to meet and speak with some Gulf Coast residents.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Heyd at (202)289-2424.

Animal Activism

Love animals? Each year the National Wildlife Federation honors the ultimate animal-lovers and conservationists at its annual gala. On Wednesday, the federation will honor its pick for this year’s Conservationist of the Year, actor Robert Redford, at its 75th Anniversary Gala.

“As a dedicated conservationist and environmental leader, Mr. Robert Redford has focused the public’s attention on the importance of developing renewable energy, safeguarding clean water, and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while warning against the harsh impacts of global warming,” National Wildlife Federation President Larry Schweiger said in a release.

In addition to Redford, the black-tie-optional gala will honor First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., with National Conservation Achievement Awards.

The gala starts at 6 p.m. with a reception followed by dinner and awards at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave, NW. Tickets for the event are $750. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Cristy Heffernan at heffernanc@nwf.org.

Mingle!

When music and politics unite, you never know what’s going to happen. That’s what makes each year’s Grammys On the Hill events an exciting ticket.

On Wednesday evening, the Recording Academy will honor Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and musician Don Henley at its 10th annual Grammys on the Hill Awards.

In addition to honoring legislators who work to improve the environment for musical artists, the event is known for its entertainment. This year’s awards ceremony will be hosted by songwriter Paul Williams and includes musical guests Bruce Hornsby, Dave Koz, Michael W. Smith, and Stevie Wonder.

The invitation-only event—aiming to inform policymakers of the importance of the recording arts in our nation’s culture and economy—starts with a cocktail reception from 6:30-8 p.m., followed by the awards presentation from 8-10 p.m. and will take place at the Liaison Hotel, 415 New Jersey Ave., N.W.  

The Recording Academy will continue its advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill on Thursday with its annual Advocacy Day. Members of the Academy will spend the day lobbying and introducing the freshman class to its positions.

Honoring Heroes

With Libya in the headlines, the U.S. military is at the forefront of the minds of many Americans. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan only add to the number of Americans who know someone who has gone to war.

On Thursday, the second annual Got Heart, Give Hope Gala and Hope & Courage Award Ceremony will honor the courage of service members who have been wounded, as well as honoring their families and the families of soldiers who have fallen. The event, hosted by Hope For The Warriors, will focus on the hope that these service members inspire through their stories of recovery and personal achievement.

The gala—hosted for the second year by actor Gary Sinise—will present awards to six wounded military members as well as the families of four wounded or fallen members. More than 300 people are expected to attend the event including distinguished military, political, and corporate leaders.

The black-tie gala starts at 6:30 p.m. at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave., N.E. Tickets are $500 and are available online at http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/gotheartgivehope.html.  

Want your Hot Ticket listed? Contact mbloom@nationaljournal.com.

This article appears in the April 11, 2011 edition of NJ Daily.

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