Thursday, February 18, 2010

CBS Unplugged

Washington Unplugged, John dickerson

CBS Hosts A-List

Anniversary Bash for "Unplugged"

CBS Hosts A-List Anniversary Bash for 
 Dannia Hakki, Annie Groer, Tara Palmari

CBS' Washington bureau threw a cocktail party at the Crowne Plaza hotel last night to celebrate the first anniversary of its daily webcast "Washington Unplugged."

Among those not plugged into the festivities: original "Unplugged" host Bob Schieffer.

“He’s on vacation,” said CBS producer and event host Christine Delargy.

Schieffer did provide us with this tidbit in advance: "What's great about 'Washington Unplugged' is that it gives us a place to report those little stories, the delicious little nuggets of news that there is no room for on television.”

Matt Cooper Tim Burger and John Dickerson
Bill Plante
Steve Callagaris
What started as a weekly political webcast expanded into a daily, with a rotating set of hosts that include news political analyst John Dickerson.

“I do Mondays and Thursdays,” he said.  “We can do whatever subject matter we want: foreign policy, domestic policy, books, movies.  Since we interview so many politicians, I found interviewing Woody Harrelson and then Ludacris about his foundation to be interesting.”

Others, too, say they're plugged into the scene.

"I don't want to be unplugged," former Hardball producer Tammy Haddad said. "It's an interesting phenomena because the idea is that you get it real, that's the idea of unplugged. I grew up real, from Pittsburgh, so I am proud and happy to be plugged in and working the Web."

And some said they'd rather stay off the grid.

“I’m totally unplugged, I love unplugged,” said CBS White House Correspondent Bill Plante. “They let me do the show from time to time.”

BY Janet Donovan

Monday, February 15, 2010

Party like a Canadian


Winter Olypmics, Canadian Embassy

Party Like a Canadian: A Guide 

to the Olympics Party 

at the Embassy

Party Like a Canadian: A Guide to the Olympics Party at the Embassy
Tricia and Chris
Tricia Messerschmidt and radio talk show host Chris Plante were among those at the opening ceremonies bash for the Winter Olympics hosted by Ambassador Gary Doer at the Canadian Embassy over the weekend. 

Though no prior knowledge of French or poutine was required to enjoy the festivities, there were, however, rules of engagement: 
  • Pick up a pair of complimentary wool mittens available at the entry gate
  • Indulge in a cup of Canadian fries smothered in cheese curd and gravy (a.k.a. poutine)
  • While in the food line, ask to have as many variations of pasta as possible -- especially anything that included lobster
  • In the beer line, be sure to order Molson Coors
  • Play the Wii challenge
  • Pose in front of the street signs for photo opps
  • Watch the snowboarders do tricks on the trampoline
The Washington Note Steve Clemons 
Newshour's Mike Mosettig and Christina Sevilla
At the bar
BY Janet Donovan // Monday, Feb 15, 2010 at 08:50 ES

Saturday, February 13, 2010

"Secrets of Powerful Women"

Powerful Women Reveal Their "Secrets"
Fran Drescher and Senator Arlan Spector
The women featured in the new book "Secrets of Powerful Women" were powerless against the snow storm that canceled the book party last night -- but they did offer insight into some of their success. 

Actress and activist Fran Drescher said she grew up admiring Lucille Ball for her business savvy and first realized her own power to effect change when she helped pass the Gynecologic Cancer Education and Awareness Act in 2006.

"I wouldn't leave until they passed it," Drescher said.

Now, she uses her influence and newly realized power to help make positive changes.

Fran Drescher and Washington Bureau Chief of Glamour Magazine
“It enables me to be heard by people of influence and to push through platforms on behalf of the greater good,” she said.

Senior adviser to Obama's presidential campaign Betsy Myers, also featured in the book, was empowered by her mother's choice to go back to school.

“My mother’s decision to regain her voice in the world had a profound impact on me," she said. "By her actions, she taught me that we have the personal power to change the roles we play in our lives. By standing up for herself, she stood up for my sisters and me.

"By gaining her own voice, she gave us a voice.”

Journalist Beth Frerking spoke about what having power meant to her and how it is earned.

“Power has never been about what I get at the end -- it’s always been about making things happen," she said.

"Being powerful, to me, means having the opportunity to use my mind and talents most effectively. 
But I’m very old-fashioned about how I think people should get power: you don’t grab it, you earn it with hard work, creativity and loyalty.” 

BY Janet Donovan // Wednesday, Feb 10, 2010 at 11:22 ES

Friday, February 05, 2010

Teatro's chef to try out for 'Chefs vs. City'

Teatro's chef to try out for 'Chefs vs. City'

By: Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri
Washington Examiner
02/04/10 9:00 PM EST

Enzo Fargione, of K Street’s Teatro Goldoni, is scheduled to chat with the Food Network on Saturday about appearing on “Chefs vs. City,” a culinary reality show.
Does D.C. have another reality show TV chef in the making? 
Yeas & Nays hears the Food Network is scouting our city this weekend for culinary talent for its show "Chefs vs. City," and Teatro Goldoni's executive chef Enzo Fargione has decided to put his name in the hat.

"After 23 years in Washington, for me, I think I know Washington very well and I know where all the best food is," Fargione told Yeas & Nays.

Fargione described the show as a mix between "Top Chef" and "The Great Race," where a local chef and his or her sous chef is picked to battle against Food Network chefs Aaron Sanchez and Chris Cosentino.

The local chefs get home court advantage.

"You need to know the city -- for instance, Washington -- where to buy Asian products, or the organic market, where would you buy the best meat? Maybe you would go to the Eastern Market in Capitol Hill," Fargione explained.

"You need to know where to buy specific products in order to put out the best possible menu together, and then of course there is the challenge to prepare the menu."

Fargione became the popular K Street eatery's top chef in spring 2008, and while the Torino, Italy, native has appeared on local TV, he never has auditioned for a reality show before.

"I think it's a really good door to open to the Food Network, and they would very likely keep me in mind for future projects," he said, revealing that the interview is scheduled for Saturday.

The Food Network show has filmed in New York and New Orleans, but not yet D.C.
Producers for "Top Chef," another cooking reality show, recruited in the District in October. Fargione said he thought a handful of other local chefs would be interviewing to be on "Chefs vs. City" as well.