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Recap } 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair

In Event News on February 9, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Hosted by Ellen and Chef Todd Gray of DC’s Equinox restaurant, the District’s most fashionable feet found their way to The Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday February 1st to enjoy a night of champagne and decadent desserts. Hundreds of people and pets came out in the wintery weather to honor the officers of the Washington Humane Society and celebrate the 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair.

Highlights included a roster of over 40 top area chefs and cupcakeries; the amazing dog cake designed by pastry chef Jason Reaves; and, the first-ever food truck gathering outside of the posh hotel serving up an inspired gourmet mobile menu.

A special thanks to Emily Clack Photography for capturing the Sugar & Champagne images for our festive slide show. Enjoy the event recap experience — we hope to see you at the 11th annual celebration in 2012 }


A First Look at Tuesday’s Sugar & Champagne Affair

In Event News on February 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

Tuesday’s celebration at the Ritz-Carlton DC honoring the officers of the Washington Humane Society brought out DC’s finest guests – both people and pets – to enjoy over 40 restaurants’ pastries and sparkling beverages to celebrate the 10th year of Sugar & Champagne.

A first look at the event from

DC Metro Mix :

…and The Scene BisNow


All Things Pretty

In Participants on January 31, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Amaryllis will be contributing some of their beautiful blooms as part of Tuesday's Sugar & Champagne Affair celebration.

Design By Nature will be donating three exclusive floral arrangements to Sugar & Champagne. The arrangements will be raffled off to support the Washington Humane Society's fund-raising efforts for the evening.

Featured Participants

In Participants on January 27, 2011 at 6:24 am

Ready to get your dessert fix?

Tuesday is just around the corner!!!

Enjoy sweet treats from Dolci Gelati, Pitango Gelato, Hello Cupcake and over 40 other top DC area restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton as part of the 10th year celebration honoring Washington Humane Society’s officers.

Learn more and get tickets here >

Featured Dessert Reception Participants

In Participants on January 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Join us at The Ritz-Carlton Tuesday 2/1 to see what the dessert and pastry chefs from Casa Nonna (classic Italian), Cuba Libre (traditional Cuban cuisine), and Founding Farmers (farm-inspired American cuisine) have been cooking up!

Please note the VIP tickets to the VIP Chefs Tasting Room are sold out and a limited number of tickets to the general reception featuring over 40 restaurants, pastry chefs and beverage companies remain. Tickets and more info on the Washington Humane Society web site >

Just A Few Days Left!

In Event News on January 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to this year’s Sugar & Champagne Affair and help support the Washington Humane Society. Join us at the Ritz-Carlton on February 1st:

1150 22nd St. N.W.
Washington D.C. 20037

Participants} More Divine Restaurants On The Roster

In Participants on January 24, 2011 at 8:59 am

These three restaurants may be know for their specialty cuisine — Trummer’s On Main (creative American cuisine), Lebanese Taverna (authentic Middle Eastern), and Hank’s Oyster Bar (seafood) — but they will be sending their pastry and dessert chefs to the Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday February 1st to showcase their sweeter sides as part of the 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair hosted by Equinox restaurant owners Chef Todd and Ellen Gray.

Join us for a celebratory evening of flowing champagne and delectable desserts — and fun with your four-legged friends — all to support of the Washington Humane Society. A limited number of tickets remain, so scoop them up today! Tickets and more info >

Participants } Boxwood Wineries

In Participants on January 24, 2011 at 8:56 am

One of the featured wineries participating in the 10th Annual Sugar & Champagne Affair this year : Boxwood Wineries


The Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, Virginia is the fulfillment of a dream of John Kent Cooke, a former owner and president of the NFL Washington Redskins. His new team at Boxwood is committed to making premium red wines in the Bordeaux tradition but with their own distinct Virginia expression.

We love the local spirit and are thrilled to receive their support for Sugar & Champagne. Learn more about Boxwood and take a tour of their gorgeous winery >

Purchase tickets to Sugar & Champagne  Affair on February 1st to sample wines from Boxwood while supporting the Washington Humane Society and their mission to fight animal cruelty >

Dessert Reception Participants

In Participants on January 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Come check out what the pastry and dessert chefs at Cafe Saint-Ex (known for American cuisine with a quirky flair), BlackSalt (known for their seafood), and Art & Soul (known for southern food with a modern twist) have cooked up on February 1st at the Ritz-Carlton!

Get your tickets today at: Washington Humane Society. Tickets will sell out!

Event News } Market Salamander’s Jason Reaves To Design 10th Anniversary Cake

In Event News, Participants on January 20, 2011 at 11:29 am

Market Salamander‘s Pastry Chef, Jason Reaves, is set to design a very special cake in honor of the 10th anniversary year of the Sugar & Champagne Affair. We can’t wait to see what Reaves, who studied baking and pastry arts at CIA, has in store for guests on February 1st!