Recap: Sugar & Champagne for the Washington Humane Society

DC’s best dressed two- and four-legged friends gathered on Wednesday night at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center for the 2015 Sugar & Champagne Affair benefiting the Washington Humane Society (WHS).

A standout event every winter, this year’s event did not disappoint. Processing throughout advantage of the spacious venue, Sugar & Champagne guests were treated to endless tastings and cocktails as they made their way throughout the stately ballroom and adjoining spaces. A very small handful of lucky guests–less than 50, Little Black Blog included–were invited to join the VVIP tasting reception, held on the second-floor annex overlooking the ballroom. Here, chefs from Coco Sala, Hank’s Oyster Bar, and Todd Gray’s Equinox were given private, interactive dining experiences. We rolled our own mint chocolate truffles, watched a live creation of dippin’ dots made in liquid nitrogen, and took in the creation of edible art displays crafted by sugar pulling.

Downstairs, dogs of every breed were enjoying treats for themselves, as many bakeries brought biscuits for both man and his best friend. For those not enjoying heavy pours of champagne or the trade center’s proprietary wines, Tito’s Handmade Vodka was serving up rosemary-infused cocktails to wash down sweet and savory tastings.

The program to raise awareness and funds for WHS was emceed by Tommy McFly, a repeat host and longtime supporter to the cause. WHS is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS provides protection and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services.

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