You’re Invited: Meet NYC Housewife Kelly Bensimon Wednesday, July 18th at A Bar

New York housewife and model Kelly Bensimon will make a visit to Washington to celebrate the release of her new book, I Can Make You Hot, at the new A Bar at Avenue Suites on Wednesday, July 18 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Get your ticket for the event through Gilt City! For ONLY $39, you’ll get a personally autographed copy of her book, “I Can Make You Hot!: The Supermodel Diet”, TWO A Bar Signature Cocktails, light bites and a meet and greet with the famous model/Housewife Kelly Bensimon!

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Katie Workman, Author of “The Mom 100 Cookbook” Offers Cooking Classes in DC this weekend!

Leave the kids at home and learn tips, tricks, and recipes that are sure to earn two thumbs-up from your family. For $55, you’ll receive a hands-on lesson in easy, flavorful recipes—as well as time-saving tips—that will have the whole family applauding. Katie’s tone as a mom is real.  She makes excellent food that kids WILL eat – snacks that don’t come in crinkly bag, fish that kids will actually like, to-die-for family favorites. After getting a chance to taste your crowd-pleasing creations in class, bring them home with you at the end of the event and let your focus group render the final verdict. You’ll also receive a copy of The Mom 100 Cookbook to take with you to help you build a new repertoire that’s sure to bring down the house. More info on the class here: http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/1-washington-d-c/deals/342526-two-hour-cooking-class-for-one-parent-cookbook

I’m sure you know that making the whole family happy at mealtimes can be tough, but did you know that over 83% of moms want more variety to serve at dinnertime?* It seems as though the majority of moms out there keep making the same dishes over and over again, and everyone is getting tired of it! Well, with THE MOM 100 COOKBOOK: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket by Cookstr.com founding editor-in-chief and mother of 2, Katie Workman, no meal will be boring ever again! Katie will be teaching classes at LivingSocial 918 F Street this coming weekend on Saturday, May 19th & Sunday, May 20th(*This online survey was performed by Survey.com. Data was collected from March 2, 2012, to March 6, 2012. A total of 1,000 completed surveys were collected. In order to qualify for full participation in the study, respondents needed to be a US resident and mother to at least one child aged 2-12 years old living in their household.)

THE MOM 100 COOKBOOK delivers solutions to the 20 most common cooking dilemmas that every modern mom faces, providing recipes and tips for parents who are so baffled by their kids’ food preferences that mealtime has become a minefield. Katie shows moms how to crack open the door for the salad rejecter and how to make an enticing entrée with whatever’s in the fridge. Her recipes include brilliant shortcuts, such as a four-ingredient casserole perfect for family and company, and cooking flank steak in the broiler—so quick and simple!  And with Katie’s straightforward approach to tackling everyday cooking dilemmas, it also makes for a candid read, with wise tips, personal anecdotes, and wry one-liners sprinkled throughout.

Because Katie knows what it’s like to be a mom in the kitchen, her recipes also include special Fork in the Road suggestions (which lets you make one basic dish while still catering to different tastes,) as well as Make Ahead sidebars (recipes you can prepare in advance and store in the fridge or freezer for a quick, tasty, and healthy meal during the hectic week) and What the Kids Can Do sidebars (so instead of them getting in your way, you can include the kids in cooking dinner!)

Each of the 100 recipes is complemented by mouthwatering color photographs taken by Todd Coleman, executive food editor of Saveurmagazine. The result is an attractive, easy to understand, indispensible resource that every mom will be grateful for every day of the week. Just one glance at this beautiful book, and I’m sure you will agree with Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, and Ina Garten—who are among her biggest fans!

And to get a quick taste as to what the book offers, here’s a link to 10 quick tips in the kitchen: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMOM100Cookbook?feature=watch.

Recipes:

-          A mouth-watering Brisket that will please husband and kids alike (and also provides leftovers for sandwiches and a soup – recipes included.)

-          Roast Chicken Pieces with 5 options for rubs (because, really, who has time to roast a whole chicken after work?!)

-          Healthy, but tasty & fun snacks like Chickpea Poppers.

-          Simple and quick additions to regular dinner sides, like goat cheese or Dijon mustard in Mashed Potatoes.

-          And an award-winning (from everyone who has tried it) One-Skillet Cheesy Beefy Casserole! A delicious meal with only 1 pan to clean!

 

“One of the best cookbook authors of her generation, Katie Workman is the perfect person to help moms everywhere get delicious meals to the table. I’m waiting for my invitation to her ‘taco night.’” — BOBBY FLAY

 

“These are the 100 recipes everyone needs! They’re the classics your family wants with the volume turned up.” — INA GARTEN

 

“The recipes in Katie Workman’s smart, sassy new cookbook will have even picky eaters asking for seconds!” — GIADA  DE LAURENTIIS

 

“At first, Katie Workman’s terrific book made me wish I’d had it when my own kids were little. Then I thought: ‘No, wait. I wish Katie were MY mom’.” — SANDRA BOYNTON

 

“Katie Workman writes with the confidence of a mom who’s been in the kitchen trenches with two hungry boys and has emerged without a scratch. Katie should be given a trophy for not dumbing down the food she serves her kids, and you’ll want to hug her for all of her smart tips, opinions, and amusing commentary—‘enough with the frozen chicken nuggets’ indeed!” — AMANDA HESSER, cofounder of FOOD52.com and writer for The New York Times

 

 

The Front Row at Bethesda Row May 17-19

The Front Row at Bethesda Row is the one event I look forward to every year! This event holds a truly special place in my heart in part because Barbara Martin, one of the principals of Brandlink DC invited me to the very first event four years ago in 2009. Celebrity guest and fashion designer Christian Siriano was honored in a pre-fashion show party complete with signature cocktails and endless hor d’ouerves from one of my favorite restaurants in Bethesda, Redwood. It was significant because I had just had my first child a year prior to this event and I hadn’t lost all the baby weight. Not only was I feeling insecure about my appearance, I was battling a mild case of postpartum depression and had just about dropped out of the DC fashion scene for good. This was the first event I had attended in a year since I had my daughter. One of the fashion photographers covering the event, Betsy Lowther of Fashion is Spinach asked me if I’d pose for a picture. That picture ended up in the Washington Post Express Newspaper and Fashion Washington Magazine. This event gave me the confidence I needed to “get back in the game”  and inspired me to continue to focus on my family and my physical fitness. The event reminded me of what a great city Washington DC is and gave me a renewed faith to pursue my dreams in acting and modeling and eventually begin blogging. You see, Moms can do it all.  And of course, I thank Barbara Martin of BrandlinkDC for encouraging me to see the light.

This will be my fourth year attending the event. And I’ve been shopping for the perfect outfits to wear to both the DC Premiere of the fashion documentary “God Save My Shoes” and to (one of my heroes), Andy Cohen’s book signing of his newly released memoir “Most Talkative”.

The Front Row is an event that’s free and open to the public! You don’t want to miss it! You may just find yourself inspired to make things happen too! May 17-19th. Check out www.bethesdarow.com for details.

Event Announcement: Baby Bash & Bling Expo & Show w/Tia Mowry Booksigning, May 19, 2012

Event Announcement: South Moon Under (Clarendon) & SpicyCandyDC Look Book Launch Hosted by Dani Stahl

Dani Stahl of E! Network’s “Scouted” and Nylon Magazine will host Spicy Candy DC Book Launch at the Clarendon South Moon Under at Clarendon Market Commons from 6 to 9 PM. Come out and Enjoy Complimentary Drinks & Georgetown Cupcakes and 20% all In-Store Purchases! Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Dream Big, Little Pig by Kristi Yamaguchi

 

 

 

 

Olympic Figure Skating Champion and Dancing With the Stars Winner Kristi Yamaguchi has written a new children’s book (Dream Big, Little Pig) and has made her way to the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia) to read from her book and offer book signings and also autographs on your ice skates.

We were able to attend her book reading at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in Downtown DC where Kristi read the story to at least 40 children and over 100 parents.

 Dream Big, Little Pig is a sweet story about courage and perseverance. The story is about Poppy, a pig who tries on one thing after another (singing, modeling, ballet). She discovers that she’s not really that good at any of those things. Her mother, grandparents and best friends do their best to keep her spirits high by encouraging her to continue to dream big. After following her heart, Poppy realizes that she’s able to live her dream after all.

Diane Keaton’s DC “Then Again” Book Signing at 6th & I

There were four awesomely creative women in DC last Thursday that I personally wanted to meet. The fresh faced actress Gabrielle Union (whom I’ve auditioned against and lost several movies) was at Verizon Wireless for the event “Confessions of a Smartaholic”. The mogul Martha Stewart was at DAR Constitution Hall signing autographs for her recently released book Martha’s Entertaining, A Year of Celebrations. One of the most famous photographers of our time, Annie Leibovitzwas at Politics & Prose promoting her latest collection Pilgrimage. But, I had my heart set on meeting the legendary, self-deprecating actress Diane Keaton.

Diane Keaton was one of the first actresses that compelled me. I will never forget the first time my parents took me to the movie theatre to see the movie Manhattan. Most of the audience were gushing over Meryl Streep. But, even as a first or second grader, I connected more with Diane Keaton. And I wanted to be in the movie, playing a character and acting alongside Woody Allen, a dream that still lives to this day.

Ms. Keaton read from Then Again, a memoir about her relationship with her mother before and during her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She answered questions from the audience and made it really fun, even during a moment when an audience member brought down the mood a little with her own experience of dealing with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ms. Keaton patiently signed over 500 autographs. I was able to thank her for inspiration and let her know that my favorite Diane Keaton movie is Manhattan Murder Mystery, a movie that my husband and I watch a couple times of month. The movie makes me laugh and can take me out of any sour mood.

Diane Keaton was every bit of each of the characters she portrays on film. She is sophisticated, poised and funny. She is modest and has absolutely no elevated ego. She is feminine and vulnerable, yet confident and strong. She admitted to being insecure and worrying about when she would work again as an actress. She was relatable. Because of that, not only am I looking forward to reading this memoir over my holiday break–I’m planning to start shopping at Chicos, the clothing boutique she represents as a model.

Pinkalicious & The Pink Pumpkin

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The awesomely modern furniture store Room and Board in DC hosted a very unique event this morning–a book reading and playdate for children and their parents in the children’s section of the store. It was a fantastic celebration of Victoria Kann’s lastest book: Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin. The party featured pumpkin decorating and snacks before Ms. Pinkalicious herself, Victoria Kann gave everyone a really nice narration of the newest tale in her series and offered a personalized book signing afterward. I can’t say enough great things about the author. She was one of the sweetest, most endearing women I’ve ever met in my life. She smiled at every parent and every child there. She signed all the books with a pink pen and drew little hearts and cupcakes on every book. She was gracious and patient. She stayed until each and every person who wanted to was able to get their book signed. This was the best book signings I’ve ever attended! Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin is sure to be a classic in the Victoria Kann series!