Dogs + Dessert = the BEST things in life

[ 2 ] February 11, 2013 |

On January 31st I had the pleasure of attending the 12th annual Sugar & Champagne shindig downtown at the Reagan Building that recognizes, supports, and benefits the Washington Humane Society.  Chef Todd & Ellen Gray of Equinox host this celebration to honor those here in the area who have done an exceptional job of supporting the Humane Society’s services & programs, as well as positively impacting the lives of animals in the District.The recipe for this successfully fun evening was as follows: take chefs from the best restaurants all over the DC/MD/VA area and put them at different tables in two large reception areas to provide all of the attendees with two receptions: a VIP savory shindig and a dessert shindig, add bottomless cocktails and sparkling wine, and top it all off with dogs of every shape and size imaginable walking around with their owners. I conveniently “dragged” one of my friends along with me, and being the true food & dog lovers that we are, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

marcel's beef shortrib dumpling

1789, Old Angler’s Inn, Marcel’s, Salamander Resort & Spa, Equinox, Founding Farmers, Good Stuff Eatery, and 2941 were among a plethora of other restaurants serving the guests. Awards were given out to the honorees, and then the bidding began on specialty cakes (some resembled dogs!) that had been made by Sticky Fingers Bakery and a couple other bakeries in town. As a big supporter of the Washington Humane Society and overall animal lover, I’m most likely going to end up making this event a priority to attend in the following years. My only goal is that by this time next year I’ll have my own little pooch to bring along with me for the festivities.


Woof, meow, and happy Monday to you and your furry friends.

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Category: Food.Fun.Stuff., Publicity, Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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