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Night on the Rocks

| March 20, 2014 | Parties

THE PARTY
Culinary superstars José Andrés, Alice Waters and Joan Nathan lent their epicurean oomph yet again to attract a record-breaking 1,000 guests to their annual food-focused fete. The two-night event kicked off with the sold-out Sips soiree at the Newseum, featuring food and drink from powerhouse chefs like Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Kapnos, and chef-turned-TV-star Carla Hall of The Chew.

THE PEOPLE
While the chefs provided the star power, it was the creative menus—and cocktails—that were the biggest hits. Guests were seen frequenting the Celebrity Cruises-sponsored elevators, which featured destination-themed drinks from their far-flung ports of call, including the Caribbean and Europe, on the top floor.

BEST IN SHOW
Between Sips on Saturday and the citywide Suppers event on Sunday, more than $500,000 was raised for DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table. “This has become such a big part of the community as a whole,” said Anders Hyde, who leads the Sips & Suppers volunteer committee. “When you go to an event like Sips, which started as a house cocktail party—and now it covers the entirety of the Newseum—it’s pretty incredible.” –Photos by Tony Brown



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