Good Causes: Sugar and Champagne

Animal lovers, mark your calendars. Next Tuesday, Jan. 23, is the 5th annual Sugar and Champagne Affair, an event created by Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox to benefit the Washington Humane Society's Law Enforcement and Humane Education Programs.

Animal lovers and the dogs who love them will gather at the Hotel Palomar from 7 to 9 p.m. The humans will be treated to sparkling wines, champagne and desserts from the area’s top pastry chefs. Canines will feast on people-looking treats like carob cake and iced biscuits from Doggie Style Bakery.

The event honors the city's animal cops who fight animal abuse, a heart-wrenching and honorable job.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling 202.723.5730 ext. 204. A VIP reception will be held in one of Hotel Palomar’s suites with canapés prepared by Todd Gray and Chef Richard Brandenburg of Urbana. The cost is $200 and includes admission to the event.

Need dinner before dessert? Urbana is also offering a two-course dinner with wine pairings for $175, which includes admission to the event.

Participating restaurants and chefs include 100 King (Denis Soriano), Artisan Confections (Jason Andelman), Bebo Trattoria (Roberto Donna), Berliner Specialty Distributors, Café Saint-Ex/Bar Pilar (Lizzy Evelyn), Cowgirl Creamery, Doggie Style Bakery, Equinox (Melanie Parker), Firefly (John Wabeck), IndeBleu (Vikram Garg), Lebanese Taverna (Homayon Karimy), Marcel’s (Pradeep), Market Salamander (Jeffrey Potter), Michel Richard Citronelle (Michel Richard), Notti Bianchi/Dish (Heather Chittum), Restaurant Eve (Todd Thrasher), Taberna del Alabardero (Santi Zabaleta), Urbana (Richard Brandenburg), and Vidalia (Caitlin Kelly).

Metrocurean's official mascot, Banjo (at right), would like you to know how fun it was last year. He met lots of good-looking lady dogs. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)

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