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Confectionery Couture

Heart of America’s ninth annual Sweet Charity event on Monday, June 21 brought a whole new meaning to the term “sugar rush.” Held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Southwest Washington, D.C., the night of libations and confections featured 60 area award-winning chefs, chocolate fountains, and a chocolate and candy fashion show. Models waltzed down the runway in frocks designed (and sometimes baked) by local pastry chefs. Sweet Charity benefited The Heart of America Foundation, a national nonprofit that puts […]

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300 Planners Attend June Networking Mixer

On June 29, 2010 Metro Event Specialists (MES) hosted its 5th networking event at one of DC’s newest venues, George. With 350 event planners and caterers in attendance the event was officially the largest event in the history of MES.

How to Host Your Event at an Embassy

D.C. has no shortage of venues for special events: music halls, nightclubs, private rooms in fancy restaurants, and a convention center. But there’s one resource that is ubiquitous to the nation’s capital but tends to get overlooked: the embassy. This may be due to a common misconception, that embassies are only available to organizations with a direct connection to the country of the venue.

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Event Insider: ‘Taste of 12′ Feeds the Hungry

A behind the scenes look at the “Taste of 12″ hosted at the Verizon Center. Allie Moore interviews lead planner Sheila Francis and gets exclusive insight into what it takes to plan an event of this size. Plus, the importance of networking!

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In the Mix: Best Martinis in DC

Task: Sample one—sometimes two—martini(s) from 12 of DC’s best mixologists and be able to walk out of Beacon Bar & Grill without falling. It may seem like an impossible feat, but on Tuesday, March 30, more than 200 guests were able to sip shot glasses full of each Absolut vodka martini and soberly (or not so soberly) vote for their favorite. At the third annual Best Martini in DC contest, Nage, Poste Brasserie, Hudson, and Mova (formerly Halo Lounge) were […]

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Eat, Drink, and Be Cherry

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is still a few weeks away, but before the tourists arrive, Washingtonians gathered at the W Hotel on Thursday, March 11, for the Fourth Annual Pink Tie Party to welcome the season and toast to all things cherry.

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Despite Blizzard, IWFF Entertains D.C.

Couples are to Valentine’s Day as wine is to cheese…and chocolate…and, apparently, salmon pasta. During Valentine’s Day weekend, the 11th Annual Washington D.C. International Wine and Food Festival (IWFF) brought together all sorts of pairings for a weekend full of love, libations, and lip licking.

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Weddzilla.com Launch Party a Blooming Success

The Weddzilla.com launch party, held Thursday, February 25 at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, was full of elegance, grace, and lots of brainstorming brides. MES correspondent Allie Moore dishes on the event’s attendance, decor, and organization.

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L2 Helps Kick Off 2010

On February 23rd, Metro Event Specialists hosted is fourth networking mixer at the exclusive L2 Lounge. Over 200 event planners and event service providers turned out to L2 for MES’ largest networking event to date. The event featured food, drinks, entertainment, and of course the best networking in the industry.

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Halloween Networking Mixer a Real Treat

On October 27, 2009 MES hosted its Halloween networking event. Over 150 event professionals arrived at the Renaissance M Street hotel to a number of Tricks and Treats. The event featured live jazz music, free food, a vodka tasting bar, photo booth, green screen photography, a DJ, and even a costume contest.