June 11, 2015
The White House Correspondence Dinner, once a sleepy, little gathering for DC journalists, has grown into a mammoth, week-long bash with splashy before and after parties packed with Hollywood celebrities, Beltway heavyweights, ‘selfie stations’, swag bags, fabulous food and hashtags. Informally known as ‘nerd prom’, the event drew ‘nerds’ of all sorts to mix and mingle at MSNBCs After Party. At the US Institute of Peace, the party featured an elevated, mirrored DJ tower, fields of LED poppies, shape-shifting gobos, custom martinis, tempting trays of passed bites, and stylish buffet stations.
Food nerds flocked to the Soft Serve Ice Cream, Flatbreads, Pizzas, Middle Eastern Pide and an International Dumpling Bar with Pot Stickers, Shumai, Gyoza, Potato Peirogi, and Mole Beef Empanadas.
And at the pop up Taqueria, guests munched on mini Tacos filled with Bronzino and Cilantro Pesto, braised Carnitas with Charred Onions and Shishito Peppers, and Tofu with Avocado Salsa, Grilled Bean Curd, and Lemon Citronette.
Intrepid waiters made their way through the packed party to offer Kimchi Pork Belly Handrolls, Mini Bison Steak & Cheese with Chips and Quick Pickles, Oyster and Green Gazpacho Shooters, Ricotta-stuffed Veal Polpettes, and Brussels Sprout Cups with Miso, Green Apple, Cashews and Bacon.
When the party’s still going strong at 3AM, breakfast makes sense. We served Avocado Toasts topped with a fried Quail Egg, French Toast with Bacon and mini Steak and Eggs topped with Hollandaise Sauce.
As, weary guests Ubered back to their hotel rooms to grab a few hours of sleep, we started setting up Sunday brunches all around DC. What a busy week for nerds (and caterers)!
The tireless team:
Planning & Production: Dufour & Co.
Design & Decor: Design Foundry
Sound: Maryland Sound MSI
Video: Creative Video of Washington
Photos: Tony Brown for BizBash