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Food and drink: Windows Catering took good care of hungry guests—the food was plentiful and delicious. Of the several trays of hors d’oeuvres and desserts passed around, our favorites were the spicy beef empanadas, chimichurri sirloin bites (cuts of beef on wheat toast rounds), and fried mashed potatoes with gorgonzola dipping sauce. Pours of five Argentinean wines were available to sip, and there was a fully stocked bar of booze and mixers. Also making the rounds were cranberry gin martinis, a dangerously delicious concoction of orange and cranberry juices with a hint of piney gin in the aftertaste.
Scene: A sold-out, mostly under-40 crowd turned up at the Argentinean Embassy on the promise of wine, food, and a chance to tango. The party was held in three impressive rooms on the second floor of the embassy. Two of them housed wine bars, high tables, and plush lounge chairs, quieter places good for conversation. The third, oval-shaped room was where the real party was: A bar with booze and mixers occupied one side, while a deejay spun dance tracks on the other. At 7:30, couples trickled in and gravitated mainly to the wine rooms. But by 8:30, all three spaces were packed, though few in the oval room took the opportunity to dance. The only disruption to the festivities was a brief and obligatory round of thank-yous to the host committee and sponsors and a pitch to buy polo cup tickets. As for the tango, well, it turns out that DC’s not a town of tangoers. Organizers shipped in a pair of professional tango dancers to get the party going, but most guests were content so stand around and watch.
Boldface names: 1 out of 5
Swankiness: 2 out of 5
Food and drink: 2 out of 5
Overall exclusivity: 1 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 20
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