What began as a modest event to thank local farmers for their support of the Capital Area Food Bank has grown into one of D.C.’s most popular fundraisers. This year’s 12th annual Blue Jeans Ball, in which guests flocked to the new Marriott Marquis hotel on Massachusetts Avenue Sunday dressed in their finest denim, had a record number of attendees.
In her remarks that evening, president and CEO Nancy Roman said that about 900 people attended the event, which also featured live music, live and silent auctions, a fashion show, and dishes created by more than 30 D.C.-area restaurants. She added that the food bank distributes more than 42 million pounds of food yearly to over half a million people.
Guests gave generously that night as well, raising $38,000 for a one-year lease (plus fuel costs) on a refrigerated truck the food bank will use to transport fresh fruit, vegetables, and other goods. That amount was a couple thousand dollars more than the $32,000 needed to secure the lease.
They also ate well, sampling some of the best cuisine the city has to offer. While it was difficult to taste everything, some of the highlights included fried pork headcheese from Adams Morgan’s Jack Rose, and a fancy take on Cracker Jacks from Sotto. Kinship’s Eric Ziebold, one of the event’s chef co-chairs, also made a dish based one of the food bank’s recipes. His cured salmon with Carolina dirty rice simply replaced the canned fish.
Captain Cookie and the Milk Man was there as well, but unfortunately we didn’t get to try any of the mobile bakery’s famous cookies and ice cream sandwiches. Maybe next time!
The aptly named Elastic Waist Band played for the people who could still manage to dance after indulging in all that food, performing a set of rock and soul classics. DJ Miss H.E.R. entertained guests bidding in the silent auction, which included everything from trips to jewelry to coffee-themed gift baskets.
Visit http://www.capitalareafoodbank.org for more details, and to get your tickets for next year’s event!