Bobby Flay, the Food Network celebrity chef, opened his fourth restaurant in the Washington area, at the Potomac Mills mall in Woodbridge, on Tuesday. Bobby’s Burger Palace first arrived here in August 2011 on K Street NW. “During the lunchtime period, [the K Street location] is our busiest restaurant of the 15,” Flay said. A fifth location, in Bethesda, is slated to open later this year. As for Flay’s favorite burger: “Somewhere between medium rare and medium,” he says. “And extra cheese, for sure.”
The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation recently honored Hollister Petraeus, the assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and wife of retired Gen. David H. Petraeus, at its ninth annual Night of Heroes Gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Northwest Washington. Money raised from the event went to support its financial programs and Defender’s Lodge, a veterans medical care facility in Palo Alto, Calif. Corporate sponsors included PSCU, Science Applications International Corp., Alliant Techsystems, Allied Solutions, Raytheon, Route 66 Extended Warranty and True Car.
— Vanessa Small
The Center for Nonprofit Advancement recently announced the winner of its competitive Excellence in Nonprofit Management award. Good Shepherd Housing & Family Services took home the $10,000 award for its “effective risk management” that supports day-to-day operations. Shannon Steene, the executive director will also receive a scholarship to the Georgetown University Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program. The event is part of a partnership with The Washington Post. “We are excited about the diversity of finalists this year because the richness of it reinforces that nonprofits are the leaders in supporting the community holistically,” said Glen O’Gilvie, chief executive of the center.
More than 750 attendees headed to Bethesda Row for the strip’s annual fashion show on May 17. The Front Row runway show was part of a three-day event promoting shops in the area. Models donned clothing, shoes and accessories from retailers including J. MacLaughlin, Lucy and Sassanova.
Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, the founders of Georgetown Cupcakes, emceed the Friday evening event. About 750 people attended, including Alli Webb , founder of Drybar, and Marla Malcolm-Beck, founder of Bluemercury.
Jessica Alba was also in the audience. Earlier in the day, the actress and founder of the Honest Company, signed copies of her book, “The Honest Life” at Redwood Restaurant.
— Abha Bhattarai
Microsoft showcased its latest research on the future of information technology and computing last Tuesday when the company’s annual TechFair came to Washington.
The technology on display included software that helps to analyze and visualize Excel data, create three-dimensional renderings of surfaces and generate practice problems for students, among other innovations.
The event took place at the company’s Innovation and Policy Center on K Street NW.
— Steven Overly
The Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce earlier this month hosted its annual government contracting procurement conference, which for the first time included an “Ask the Business Doctor” program. The speed-mentoring effort brought in eight experts to help companies with their problems.
The chamber reported it drew more than 800 registrants and dozens of speakers, including Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).
— Marjorie Censer
The Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation partnered with the NFL Players Association to hold a cocktail party fundraiser at the association’s headquarters in Northwest Washington. The event drew 200 colon cancer patients, survivors, doctors, advocates and family members to raise money and awareness for colon cancer treatment and prevention. Through its silent auction and tickets, the event raised $100,000, which officials say will support the Mark Hulkower Fund at the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastroentestinal Cancers at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. The fund is in memory of D.C. attorney Mark Hulkower, who died from colon cancer in 2011.