Tuesday, November 15, 2011

VIP Lunch at L'Enfant Plaza

Thank you to the team from L'Enfant Plaza Hotel for a great vendor appreciation lunch last week. Thank you Kristi, Page, and Edward Brogan, our gracious General Manager.

Page O'Neill - Director of Catering

Ray with Kristi St. Peter - Catering Manager

Dan Goldman with Kristi

Planner Kelley Cannon

Well presented main course. The candy apple is not in the picture,
because I ate it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

End of Summer Party at Mandarin Hotel

Last week's End of the Summer Party at the Mandarin Hotel featured fabulous bananas foster, crab cakes, and the best NOKI ever. Thanks to our hosts, Dominic Sanchez, Ghazel Yazdanparast, and Bret Freedman for ending our favorite season with the Latin flair of Trio Caliente to Salsa out the summer. So what if there was a slight monsoon.

I really enjoyed the party with my friends.

Planner Dave Edwards, Rose Rabin of Party Rentals with Michelle.

Neal and Carla Freed of Freed Photography with me, Ray Bialek.

Dominic Sanchez of the Mandarin Oriental with planner Michelle Taylor Spearman.

Amanda Smith of Engaging Affairs with Bialek's Music's own Dan Goldman.

Sara Muchnick and Christine Godsey of Engaging Affairs.

Dan Goldman with Sara Muchnick, Amanda Smith, Emilie Hilsenrath and Christine Godsey.

Nancy and the Bravo Events Team.

Sara of Engaging Affairs won a great gift.

The Team from Winston & Strawn.

Evoke's Thy Parra (formally of the Mandarin) with Dominic.

Ray joins in the fun.

Thy Parra with Tiffany Gannon of the Mandarin Oriental.

Representatives from the Embassy of Thailand.

Michelle won the massage certificate.

Dave and Michelle all business.

Everyone loved the sounds of Trio Caliente.

Thy, Dominic, and rising star Emilie Hilsenrath of Bliss.

Ray and Michelle

Ghazel Yazdanparast with Latoya Lewis of Events by Andre Wells.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Bialek's and National Artists presents the B52's!

Bialek's Music and National Artists Corporation teamed up to book international recording artists the B52's, for the 1st of many Rock N' Roar concerts, featuring various artists for FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo). Check out the photos, courtesy of photographer Mark Anderson at: http://photos.manderson.com/Other/B-52s/

Still looking good, and still rocking it! The weather was perfect, no tin roof rusted needed. Thanks to our partners Tina Fortunato & Dan Pierran of FONZ for helping to raise thousands of dollars for this worthy cause. It was a true love shack!

Here's a video of the B52's performing "Roam":


And here's a blog post by photographer Mark Anderson with more great pics!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fun at the Fairmont

Lunch with catering manager Lindsay Saltzberg at the beautiful Juniper restaurant yesterday was a real treat. The Fairmont Hotel does an amazing job and look at the gorgeous setting. They even make their own cherry soda!

The shrimp & fillet salad was to die for

Perfect day for lunch after an earthquake (Ray & Lindsay)

Joined by assistant director of catering, Mark Medrick

Just look at that courtyard picturesque

Three hour lunches with this weather is tempting

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Meet & Greet Family Brunch

Rodney Bailey hosted a wonderful "meet the family brunch" at the wonderful rooftop of the Alta SKY lounge on 14th street in DC last Sunday. Seana Hale of Design Cuisine put out a spread that even my picky grandchildren feasted on. Take a look at all of festivities and how cute our children & in some cases, their children are:

"Let's Make A Face" paints Ray's granddaughter, Nicole

Grandchildren Kyle & Nicole

Planners Kelley Freeman & Alex Pare with Ray

Gracious hostess Darcy with Terri Eaves of BASH

Peggy Martz from DAR & daughter Alyssa

The beautiful Eaves Family

Amber & Emily from Amber Karson Events

Nicole with mouse ballon

Taylor Bailey & Nicole with ballons

Taylor & Nicole pose

Our host Rodney with his princess

Terri & Alex

Hudson,The Freeman's #1 son

Planner Sara Franklin & Darcy

Carol & Bill Bowen of Suburban Video

Kelly with awesome caterer Seana Hale

Ray & Darcy are best friends

Ray with florist Alice de Wit & husband

I ♥ Twins

Summer Freeze at the Torpedo Factory

What a great night to "FREEZE" & escape the heat at the Torpedo factory last night. Great music from Satin Doll and awesome vibrations & treats from a variety of caterers including Main Event Design Cuisine, Windows, & Bittersweet. John Farr lighting lit up the room while Michael Jassar's team at Marc Park took care of the autos. Participants from The Space to Place, Potomac Riverboat, Jackson 20, Westin Alexandria, Hilton Alexandria & Marc Center added to the hottest event of the summer!

Tom Trainor suburban video with Jannie Sears of Simply Chic

Alayna & Lyndsey from CSI capitol services

Patti Collette from Patty Cakes & 2 colleagues

Photographer John Drew with Olivia Russel of TPC Avenel and colleague

Planner Michelle Taylor Spearman & Charles Holt of TPC Avenel

Michelle & Thy Parra from Evoke

Ray Bialek can't resist 2 lovely ladies

Nancy Goodman of Main Event Carters & daughter

Tom & Joanie Rylander of Purple Onion Caterers

Planner Renee with husband John Farr & the star of the night Tara from Torpedo Factory

Ray & Joanie are best friends

Tom & Olivia are best buddies