Drink to the Big Easy's Health
Here's one way to shake things up for hurricane relief: The "Save New Orleans Cocktail Hour" will be held Monday in Washington -- and New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Las Vegas -- to raise money for the Crescent City's hospitality workers.
How's it work? Participating bars and restaurants will serve New Orleans classic cocktails such as the Sazerac, French 75 and Ramos gin fizz from 5 to 7 p.m. for $10 a pop.
As of yesterday, 15 Washington venues were signed up: Bangkok Joe's, Cloud Dining Lounge, Mate, Chi-Cha Lounge, Gazuza, Gua-Rapo, Ceviche, Riedels Modern American Barbecue, Mie n Yu, Poste, Firefly, IndeBleu, Cabanas, Nick's Riverside Grill, and Tony and Joe's Seafood Place.
"We haven't had anyone turn us down," said Dana Spain-Smith, the owner of DC Style magazine, a partner in the event. "There's a real camaraderie in the hospitality community.
"Often the young professional demographic says, 'How can I help? I don't have loads of money like P. Diddy,' " she added. "This way it's social and you're doing something good."
Upscale Glossies at 20 Paces
Attention, Washingtonians: If you're an avid magazine reader, get ready to hit cloud nine. Capitol File, a 346-page upscale glossy filled with fashion, nightlife, home design and politics, hits newsstands today. And DC, an upscale glossy featuring fashion, nightlife, home design and politics, debuts Monday.
"We're a smart, sexy city and there's room to run with an upscale formula," says Capitol File editor-in-chief Kate Gibbs, a former AOL City Guide editor.
"We've crafted a product that people are really going to relate to," says DC publisher Peter Abrahams.
Abrahams would not reveal details of DC's debut, but says: "We have a comprehensive calendar of events unlike any other in the city."
The premiere issue of Capitol File features actress Ashley Judd on the cover (she'll be in town Wednesday for a YouthAIDS benefit) and contributors such as columnist Arianna Huffington (writing on local blogs), the Rev. Al Sharpton (life lessons from James Brown) and CNN's Wolf Blitzer (his passion for the Wizards).
Capitol File CEO and owner Jason Binn said he started the magazine in Washington because "I felt there was really nothing in the marketplace like this." Huh? The new mags will be on the shelves with the upscale lifestyle bimonthly DC Style, which premiered in May, and the veteran upscale lifestyle monthly, the Washingtonian.
Abrahams says his magazine is the "best positioned" because "we do this in other living, breathing cities." Huh? Capitol File's sister magazines are in New York, the Hamptons, Boston, Aspen and Los Angeles. And DC Style was spawned from the producers of Philadelphia Style.
Washington, start flipping! Just look out for paper cuts.
* Indicted money manager Alberto Vilar's 20-room New York apartment is for sale for $14.5 million, Bloomberg news reported yesterday. The 64-year-old Kennedy Center and Washington National Opera benefactor is confined to home detention in the duplex while he awaits trial on charges of stealing $5 million from client Lily Cates, mother of actress Phoebe Cates. Vilar's pad has six bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms, living and dining rooms, three kitchens, a library, a maid's room and a media room.
-- Compiled by Korin Miller
from staff and wire reports