There are few events more popular in Northern Virginia (or loved by yours truly) than Virginia Gold Cup. This biannual steeplechasing event is as historic as it is legendary and infamous. Not only has this been a time-honored tradition in Virginia since 1844, it happens to also be a fantastic opportunity to network and socialize.
Spring is in full bloom and it is that time of year where new beginnings just feel… right. In the spirit of the season, we’re excited to have some of our newest clients open for business and hit the ground running! The most recent of late: Bar Bao, an Asian Fusion concept located in the heart of Arlington’s Clarendon neighborhood. The venue is the latest brainchild of The Social Restaurant Group, who also owns Pamplona across the patio as well as Provision 14 and The Prospect located in Washington, DC.
New website alert! My newest client, Washington DC caterer RSVP Catering, needed a big of a site makeover and we couldn’t be more pleased with the results!
I’ve always said that most things in life, from relationship building to advertising, stem from trust and experience. Keeping these core values in mind when developing a marketing strategy is key. Companies are successful because they develop a connection with their customers, ultimately building a level of trust and laying out what doing business with them would be like.
The best things in life often take time and rarely can be rushed. This is especially true in the hospitality industry, when venue build-outs can take months to years to finish.
Hundreds (if not thousands) of events happen in Metro Washington every season, but the White House Correspondents Dinner has to be amongst my absolute favorites. Undoubtedly one of the biggest affairs of the year, “Nerd Prom,” (as it is affectionately referred to) is one of the few that specifically caters to the media industry. It is also a favorite amongst these professionals (such as yours truly) as WHCD is one of the rare moments in which a laundry list of notable celebrities can be spotted around town. Asking Glee star Kevin McHale if he found dancing in a wheelchair difficult, talking social activism with Wilmer Valderrama and spotting Tracey Morgan mean-mugging on the red carpet will always remain nostalgic career highlights for me.
Whenever a client opens a new venue, it is always an exciting but busy week. Last week, was insane — I had two new restaurants open in the Washington D.C. area! In addition to Don Taco in Old Town Alexandria, the latest to open its doors is Takoda DC. Located on the north-end of DC’s trendy Shaw neighborhood, this bilevel restaurant and beer garden pays a considerable amount of attention to detail. Examples of seen not only in the deliberately decorated exposed brick walls and delicately tiled bar on the rooftop, but also in the menu and staff as well. (They only serve Sriracha-infused ketchup and their entire staff dons Converse chucks.) From the two guys who brought the District The Huxley, I’d expect nothing less. And from the hoards of press coverage on Takoda (here, here, here and here) it seems like Washingtonians agree.
Excited to announce that today is the official opening of Don Taco, my newest client to hit the Northern Virginia restaurant scene. Located on historic King Street in Old Town, this Alexandria taco and tequila bar is expected to be a closely related sister restaurant to their hugely popular and A-Town Bar & Grill in North Arlington. Given the repeated success of this hospitality group, one would have no doubts that Don Taco (and the heavily anticipated in Rosslyn) would be equally as successful.
Of the many events I attend throughout the year, there is no denying that the ones held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center are undoubtedly my favorite. And it isn’t because they’re a client, either. (I can’t wait to unveil their new website I’ve been working on!)
Although I consider myself truly fortunate to enjoy nearly every aspect of my job, going behind the scenes is always an extra special treat — especially when it is promoting one of my clients!
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