12th Annual Sugar & Champagne

Listed as one of our top 10 best events of 2012, the 12th Annual Sugar and Champagne had a lot to live up to this time around. And it certainly did not disappoint!

Moved from The Hilton to the Ronald Reagan Center last year, Sugar and Champagne was held again at the huge, open trade building, sprawling across multiple ballrooms. It’s a good thing they had all that space, though, because one of the best parts about Sugar and Champagne is that guests can bring the beloved pets to the event, where they’ll find plenty of treats for their canine palette.

As the name of the event describes, Sugar and Champagne is a dessert-filled evening complemented with bottles upon bottles of Champagne, sparkling wine, and red wine. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a fully-stocked bar serving liquor, but that seemed like an ill-fated idea for a school night.

Alas, we were dogless for the evening, so we can’t speak to the dog treats served up by vendors like Barkley Square, but we can speak to the amazing offerings available for humans: delicious bacon shortbread cookies from The Hamilton, a fantastically refreshing strawberry-lemonade single-serving pie from the Pie Sisters, and sumptuous profiteroles from Plume, the dining counterpart to our fave DC cocktail bar Quill (in the Jefferson Hotel) topped our list for faves. Meanwhile, sparkling Virginia wine from Thibaut-Janisson was a standout complement to the sugary confections we tried throughout the evening.

The event benefited the Washington Humane Society, and included an awards ceremony for “Humane Heroes” of the community who have had a positive impact on the lives of animals in the District and who have shown tremendous support for our programs and services. Click here to see this year’s award recipients.

The Washington Humane Society (WHS), the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. WHS established the city’s first public housing facility for stray and unwanted animals.  A year later, WHS pioneered the creation of the District’s first ever animal cruelty law and for a period of time in the late 1800s, WHS also was given the power to investigate cases of child abuse.

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