11th Annual Sugar and Champagne Recap

Hi Friends!

I recently got the chance to cover the 11th Annual Sugar and Champagne benefit event for DCSocialite.com.  See below for my recap:

A sold-out crowd of humans and their canine companions gathered at the Ronald Reagan Trade Center last Wednesday to attend the 11th annual Sugar and Champagne event benefitting the Washington Humane Society. Hosted by Chef Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox fame, the highly anticipated event featured an evening of fine wines, savory treats and gourmet desserts from some of the metropolitan area’s most talented chefs. Even four-legged guests had access to fresh fare at an exclusive and fabulously decorated “Doggie Bar”.

Highlights of the night included:

Best Display:  Jose Andrés once again proved he was king of this town with Oyamel‘s “Day of the Dead” display of Rome point oysters with a citrus broth and pasilla de oaxaca air.

Most Photogenic:  Meet Chilly, this poodle showed everybody the 70′s were back with his large afro puff and tie dye attire.

Best Use of Pork:  PS7 served a savory and sweet pork cinnamon roll with a side of iced cardamon coffee with spiced rum that would be perfect for either breakfast or dessert.

Best Classic Interpretation: Props to Founding Fathers for their mini peanut butter pie. A perfect blend of peanut butter and chocolate with a salty crunchy finish thanks to its caramel corn topping.

Celebrity Sightings: Contestants from TLC’s Next Great Baker were on hand to dish out handmade treats. Contestant, DC native Pamela Anh and her daughters showed off cherry blossom themed cake pops.

Best Savory:  The Source‘s tuna tartare in a crispy sesame cone was spicy and addicting. I had to walk away from the table after the chef started recognizing me from coming back so many times.

Most Surprising Dessert: Flowers in champagne by Taberna del Alabardero. After sampling dozens of heavy, chocolate desserts this simple and fresh treat was a delight for my eyes and palette.

# of Dog Fights Avoided:  Three

For more event photos click here.

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