The Guest List

Welcome to the Guest List, a monthly roundup of the eight people we’d most like to have over for drinks, good food, and conversation.

By: Garrett M. Graff

Pat McGuire—The feisty president of Trinity University uses her campus blog to sound off on everything from gender politics to slot machines.

Iván Fischer—With Leonard Slatkin off to Detroit, the National Symphony Orchestra will be in the hands of Fischer, who proved with his November Beethoven concert that he’s capable of greatness. Might he be the next NSO musical director?

Ryan Lizza—The New Yorker’s new Washington political writer is coming up with some of the most insightful stories on the 2008 race.

Huma Abedin—The woman who is always at Hillary’s side is one of the mysterious figures in the 2008 election.

Ron Kaufman—The longtime insider and head honcho at Dutko Worldwide’s Washington office is Mitt Romney’s man in Washington.

Morou Ouattara—The chef at Alexandria’s Farrah Olivia restaurant may be out of the running as the Food Network’s next Iron Chef, but he’s still one of our top chefs.

Marla Malcolm—The founder of Bluemercury apothecary will know the perfect stocking stuffers for the holidays.

Jeannemarie Devolites Davis— The Fairfax County state senator has an interesting window on Virginia’s Democratic trend as the wife of Congressman Tom Davis and after losing her reelection bid.

This article first appeared in the December 2007 issue of Washingtonian Magazine.