“Ambassador and Mrs. Barzun are no longer able to attend on Tuesday, so sadly we are postponing the event,” said Jennifer George of Condé Nast, according to the Evening Standard. “Sorry for any inconvenience. We will let you know when we have a new date.”
An embassy official advised us that Barzun thought attending the Oct. 8 event would not be appropriate in light of the shutdown and had asked that it be postponed. Seems embassies, during the shutdown, have been asked to reduce activities that were not considered essential, apparently even when no government funds were involved.
This event, being a private — not official — party, fell into that non-essential category. Perhaps when the shutdown is over? The chocolates surely can keep for a while.