Washington journalist Burt Hoffman, former assistant managing editor of The Washington Star and former editor of the National Journal with some 10 years of Capitol Hill experience, most recently as the administrative aide to Rep. Henry Waxman, has become the director of media relations for Hill and Knowlton . . .
White House Press Secretary Jim Brady is famous around town for his chili. He's now about to take his special recipe for the fiery concoction on the road. Brady and his wife Sarah met yesterday with Dominique D'Ermo, who will soon be producing and canning Jim Brady's Chili for national distribution. Look out, Clyde's . . .
Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is to receive the Elizabeth Blackwell Award from Hobart and William Smith Colleges tonight in the Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building. The award is named in honor of Blackwell, who was the first woman in the Western Hemisphere to receive a medical degree . . .
Washington Woman magazine is celebrating its first year with a special luncheon today in the Mayflower Hotel and with a buffet reception at Montgomery Mall by saluting 140 women of Washington. Among those being honored are Health and Human Services Secretary Margaret Heckler, Kennedy Center artistic director Marta Istomin, D.C. Councilwoman Betty Ann Kane and Undersecretary of Commerce Donna Frame Tuttle . . .
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Peter Rodino (D-N.J.) is in Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was admitted after experiencing chest pains . . .
Former presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard M. Nixon have all been invited to attend the annual Gridiron Dinner March 23 at the Capital Hilton, but all three have declined. A spokesman for Nixon said the former president is still having problems with shingles. President Reagan, who has given successful performances at the exclusive white-tie event, said he'll be there . . .