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A Night Out: 40th Annual Meridian Ball
Ambassadors from 30 countries threw down for a night to celebrate international interaction and understanding.
Where: Meridian International Center.
When: Friday, October 17, 9:30 PM.
Who: Ambassadors from Argentina, Finland, the United Kingdom, and 27 other countries meandered the vast landscape of Meridian House with their spouses and other guests. Everything from French and Spanish to Japanese could be heard in conversation, but could I properly identify a single ambassador? No. However, Senator Patrick Leahy was in attendance, as well as Nels Olsen, the power behind the world’s largest executive search firm—Korn/Ferry International. No Laura Bush.
Food highlights: Dinner was served beforehand at various ambassadors’ houses, so the ball focused on sweets. While the fruit tarts and chocolate éclairs were delicious, the cheese table located in the house library was a delicious change of pace.
Drink: There were several open bars. Dewars on the rocks was the classy pick.
Gift-bag contents: A leather passport holder, a mini-bottle of Jim Beam, and pamphlets on proper international communication. The canvas gift bag was the score.
Ratings (see our ratings explanation here):
Boldface names: 2 out of 5
Swankiness: 4 out of 5
Food and drink: 4 out of 5
Exclusivity: 4 out of 5
Total score: 14 out of 20