Thursday, October 28, 2010

Posh Pumpkins: Carving a Niche in DC's Halloween Scene

The most stylish pumpkins in town...

Look at that carving detail! 

... can only be found at the 4th Annual Posh Pumpkins Design Competition, held at 1725 I Street in downtown Washington.

Pumpkin inspired aquatic wonderland.

The amazing pumpkin-carving event involves the area's leading architecture and design firms competing for the title of most creative pumpkin in the batch.. or patch... well, you get the point.

Sponsored by corporate furniture manufacturer, AllSteel Office Environments International, architects must fill out an application in order to enter the competition. Only two teams per firm are allowed to enter, so the competition is extremely selective.

Look out: it's the great pumpkin Charlie Brown!

One of the winning teams were the architects of Burt Hill. They built their scary scene featuring Charlie Brown the night before the competition because, as they put it, "carved pumpkins don't last that long."

Architects Brian Tucker and Andrew Brister designed the
Charlie Brown scene, which they titled, "Linus' Revenge"
Steve Jobs... forever immortalized in a pumpkin carving
Alice in Pumpkinland!
These M&Ms are eye candy, not real candy!
Trick or treat? Definitely a treat.
Melts in your mouth... not!
This year's judges, who included journalist Beverly Kirk
(on the left), had some tough decisions to make.
But everybody came out a winner!
Mindy Lyle of All Steel was the fabulous
 coordinator of the pumtastic event.

Ghoulish carvings make for a heck of design!

The design dolls behind the silver-coated pumpkin chandelier are:
 Erin Kelleher, Christina Rocconi and Arielle Cummins.

Pumkin iPhone? There's an app for that!

Well, that's all for now ghouls and gals. Have a happy and safe, and fun-filled Halloween!


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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Cuisine for a Cause and Video Recaps!


Tuesday evening was the Signature Chef's Auction event presented by the March of Dimes. And what a night of outstanding culinary talent for a cause it was!

Here were the basic  ingredients:  15-25 of the finest chefs were asked to  present their signature dish in a miniature form as well as donate a unique package to be sold during a live auction to help raise money for the March of Dimes mission of saving babies. Some of the packages auctioned off included a 7-course meal (this year the chefs' preparing that meal was celebrity chef Carla Hall and Chef Roc Harper), a trip to NYC for a live  taping of Regis and Kelly, or a meet and greet with  CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer of the "Situation Room." Those were just a few of the packages auctioned off. 

The event took place at The Ritz Carlton on 22nd and M.
The "Proof" was in the cocktails.
Hell's Kitchen winner Chef Roc Harper rocks!
Go Redskins!
I went back 2x for the carpaccio.
This chef was proud of his dish and for a good reason!
Honorary Chef Ris Lacoste and her team.
Up close and personal with the grilled octopus salad prepared by Chef Ris.
Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert did not disappoint with the pate  crostini.
With one of DC's "Top Chef's" Carla Hall.
No complaints from Markette as she enjoys her ravioli.
"True food & drink"  is truly Founding Farmers motto.
The butter only made it better...
The clam chowder was exquisite.
The best fall cocktail of the season by the Tabard Inn on N Street
The ladies of Tabard Inn Restaurant and Hotel
Outstanding chef's! 
I had to try the clam chowder prepared by this Chef after Markette raved about it. 
Three letters O-M-G- (braised pork belly)
A smile always goes well with shrimp and grits. 

CU of the shrimp and grits.
Vanessa pictured with Executive Chef Howard Foer of The Manor House Restaurant.
The Auction was a great success helping to fund and support the March of Dimes.
Second-grader and MOD Ambassador and honorary guest of the evening giving his speech.
The emcee of the night WJLA's Leon Harris
The auction underway. 
The true VIP of the night who is here with us  today thanks to the help and support of the March of Dimes. 
We were honored  to be Social Media Ambassadors for the event. 
Thanks to all who came out, supported and shared such an incredible night!

And if you missed us on Monday with "Mojo" here is a recap.

OK so we have the food covered, the entertainment --now all we're missing is fashion. Click below to find out where you can get these miracle jeggings!

That's all from  DC ON HEELS "Giving you the local hookup to food, fashion and fun in our Nation's Capital." 

   Besos xoxoxo Vanessa

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