I got my first taste of the DC networking scene tonight, thanks to a journalist friend and neighbor. (Joyce, you will remember Pat from when you visited.)
The host was a big law firm based in Philadelphia that has a DC office, and this was one of its serving-the-community functions to thank clients and friends and to support a DC institution.
The event was held at the Archives, a building just off the Mall that houses important historical documents, foremost among them the Constituion and Declaration of Independence.
The invite said “business attire” so I dug deep into my closet to find a suit. It was quite the VIP affair, with a red carpet leading into the event, open bar including “milk punch” (quite tasty drink of milk, rum and lemon that was in honor of Ben Franklin, subject of the current exhibit there) and amazing display of hors deuvres (tiny lamb ribs, mushroom crepes, spinach tart, potato pancakes, chicken and cherry strudel), platters of appetizers carried around by waiters, and desserts that included delicious tiny varieties of chocolate mousse.
With a shortage of tables, we shared one with a rotating group of people from various government agencies and contracting firms.
Cokie Roberts concluded the evening with a humorous talk about Ben Franklin and the women (his wife and daughter) who ran his business enterprises while he was away in London and then France.
We were handed “goodie bags” as we left, containing a hardcover Founding Mothers book by Cokie Roberts and a $25 gift certificate to a trendy restaurant.
My usual events are much more like a reception the night before, in honor of a Catholic social justice organization’s 40th anniversary. That featured cheese and crackers and a veggie platter.
So tonight’s more upscale event was a delightful treat.