A “Country Barbecue” at the Italian Embassy

The setting of the annual Country Barbecue on the lawn of Villa Firenze, the Italian ambassador’s residence on Albemarle Street.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The honorary patrons of the Country Barbecue—after all, it’s at their home—Italian Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero and Laura Denise, his wife.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The Country Barbecue is an occasion for dressing up with seasonal flair. Courtney Toomey is a great example.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

At the Country Barbecue, everyone put effort into their looks. This is Jeffrey Diquette and Reg Godin.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Jeffrey Gullo shows off his dress-up camo pants.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Former DC City Council member Carol Schwartz at the Country Barbecue which benefits The Children’s Hearing and Speech Center.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

As guests arrived at Villa Firenze, they were greeted by a organ grinder and a bellini bar. Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

John Snedden owns Rocklands Barbecue, the popular DC ribs restaurant that provided dinner for the Country Barbecue.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

The menu for the Country Barbecue, which has its roots in Texas BBQ provided by President Lyndon Johnson who, reportedly, sent it over from the White House.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Board member Christopher Addison, is owner of Addison Ripley Fine Art in Georgetown.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

Kerry Fortune Carlsen is a member of the Children’s Hearing and Speech Center board. Here she is with Thomas Anderson, president of Washington Fine Properties.
Photograph by Carol Ross Joynt.

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