A Night Out: National Press Foundation’s Annual Dinner
Washington’s journalists continue “prom season” with a gala hosted by the National Press Foundation.
Where: The main ballroom at the Washington Hilton
When: Thursday, February 28, at 6:30 PM
Scene: The NPF dinner always stands out among the spring whirlwind of press dinners/grown-up proms for two reasons: 1) The journalism awards are the central part of the evening, not lame jokes by a tired comedian or politician; 2) the dinner ends on time—last night it went over its scheduled 9:30 close by just seven minutes. Anyone who has sat through a gala as it passes 10 PM and drags towards 11 knows what a glorious treat punctuality can be.
The dinner chairs, PR exec Gloria Dittus and the Wall Street Journal’s Gerry Seib broke all records for the Foundation, raising more than $800,000 and attracting 1,250 guests.
Food: Salad, mini crab cakes, and salmon with a delicious risotto.
Drink: Lots of wine, courtesy of Pernod Ricard, but the drink of choice was Jack Daniels on the rocks.
Bold-faced names: 3 out of 5
Swankiness: 3.5 out of 5
Exclusivity: 3.5 out of 5
Food and drink: 3 out of 5
Overall: 13 out of 20