|“Swept Away” by celebrities. Italian screen legend Sophia Loren joinedfriend Lina Wertmuller (“Swept Away” Director), her|
|husband Enrico and their daughter Maria,at an ultra-private dinner for 235 guests at Café Milano in Georgetown on October25. Wertmuller was in town to open the first “Washington, Italia” film festival atVisions Cinema-Bistro-Lounge. Loren, who was inducted into the NationalItalian-American Foundation’s Hall of Fame at their galathe following evening, starred in a 2001 Wertmuller film,“Francesca and Nunziata,” that was screened at the filmfestival. Dinner guests included Jack Valenti, Motion PictureAssociation of America mogul, actor Robert Davi,entertainment personality Anna Strasberg, baseball greats YogiBerra and Tommy Lasorda, and festival producer PascalVicedomini. Encouraged by the success of the four-dayfestival, Vicedomini hopes to make it an annual event in conjunction with the NIAFgala weekend. Bella!|
|Who’s The Weakest Link in D.C.? Public access television DCTV held“The Weakest Link-Washington Style” Premiere and Awards Party atSavino’s Café in Dupont Circle on October 28. Stars of the show, similarto “The Weakest Link,” the game show broadcast on national television, wereMayor Anthony Williams, At-Large Council Member David Catania, D.C.Board of Education Chairperson Peggy Cooper Cafritz,Washington Times columnist Adrienne Terrell Washington,WTOP Political Commentator Mark Plotkin, and RepublicanNational Committeewoman Julie Finley. They don’t sound likeweak links to us!|
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|Look for the organic label. A new green-and-white seallabeling food organic, the result of a 12-year lobbyingeffort by organic farmers, environmental groups, chefs andfood executives, made its debut on October 21 (dubbed“Organic Monday.”) Lobbyists, lawyers, farmers, andpublishers gathered at D.C. restaurant Nora’s, the country’sfirst organically certified restaurant, for a celebratory dinnerthat featured dishes like smoked trout with horseradish sauceand sirloin roast in rosemary sauce. Organic food farmers hope the newseal that will lend legitimacy to the termorganic by indicating what produce has been raised withoutthe use of conventional pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics orgrowth hormones, will be a boon for them.|
|Kudos to Washington, D.C. architecture and design firmAdamstein & Demetriou Architects. The firm has beenrecognized by the Washington Chapter of the American Instituteof Architects (AIA) Awards for its ground-breaking work onthe renovation of the mail room of the Old Tariff Building,now Poste, a moderne brasserie. Adamstein & DemetriouArchitects were recognized in two categories, architectureand catalyst (intended to recognize excellence in architectureof business, retail, or assembly projects that positively changeWashington, D.C.’s streetscape).|
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