One of our fav events of the year, we headed to the Blue Jeans Ball with the Capital Area Food Bank for a good old fashioned Sunday Funday, making a second appearance at the Marriott Wardman in 24 hours.
As indicated by its name, the Blue Jeans Ball is less formal than many “balls”–guests are encouraged to wear their favorite denim to enjoy a pampered experience tasting decadent bites from some of the area’s best restaurants. We opted for a jean jacket over a cocktail dress–something just felt odd about wearing pants to a high dollar ticket event!
The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area by acquiring food and distributing it through its network of partner agencies; and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. CAFB is a member of Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.
Top Chef competitor Spike Mendelsohn served as the evening’s special guest, as he is a DC Restaurant owner with a history of philanthropy. Notable restaurants participating in the event included Del Frisco’s Grille, RIS, Chef Geoff’s/Lia’s, Meat Crafters, Carmine’s, PAUL, Occidental Grill & Seafood, Oyamel, Vidalia and Bistro Bis, Table and Hank’s Oyster Bar
Show-stopping live art installations dotted the ballroom space, as men and women dressed in the Capital Area Food Bank’s colors donning futuristic spandex and denim outfits held up distressing facts about hunger and access to meals, reminding guests the reason for attending.
Live entertainment kept the mood light, with DJ John Jazz playing reggae-heavy remixes during the reception, in keeping with the Sunday Funday theme. The tasting event was entertained by Black Tie in the main ballroom.
Live and silent auctions were part of the event, with coveted items including vacation get-aways, autographed sports memorabilia, spa packages and much more.
Many of the food bank’s 700 partner agencies report they are seeing a tremendous increase in those seeking food assistance, from 30 to 100 percent. This increase is due to: job loss, the economy, high cost of housing, lack of health care and other issues. The CAFB’s motto is ’til no one is hungry.
For more information, see http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/.