Washingtonian’s annually sold-out AT&T Best of Washington party took place at the National Building Museum on June 1. More than 2,000 guests and restaurateurs gathered for an evening of delicious bites and refreshing libations at the event, which featured more than 75 of Washingtonian’s top-rated restaurants and benefitted the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
A special thanks to our sponsors: AT&T, BMW , American Beverage Association, PenFed Credit Union, Geico, Diageo, Stella Artois, Lanterna Distributors, National Building Museum, and 94.7.
This event wouldn’t have been possible without our wonderful partners: Silver Lining Design Group, Occasions Catering, Frost Lighting Company, Plants Alive!, American AV, RJ Whyte Event Production, Bialek’s Music, Chris Laich Music Services, Event Rentals DC, Booth-o-Rama Photobooths, MJ Valet, Capitol Chocolate Fountains, Joy Asico, Doug Van Sant, Dan Swartz, Fluffness, Roma Henna, and Beltway Cleaners.
Photos by Joy Asico, Jeff Elkins, Evy Mages, Daniel Swartz, and Doug Van Sant.
Guests entered the beach-themed event through a walkway filled with palm trees by Plants Alive!. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
Guests took selfies with giant beach balls and other decor provided by Silver Lining Design Group. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Chefs from The Ritz-Carlton’s Westend Bistro. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
Gaby Arevalo, Erin Thibeau, Lorena Dominguez and Heather Darazs. Photo by Joy Asico.
A delicious rainbow of cupcakes by Georgetown Cupcake. Photo by Joy Asico.
Susan Neely, Lyndon Boozer, Ashok Bajaj, Cathy Merrill Williams, and Gloria Story Dittus. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Ray Bialek’s Beach Bumz band had guests dancing all night long. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
Partygoers enjoyed a blue and white candy bar in the PenFed lounge. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
BMW parked stylish cars outside of the event entrance. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
Melissa Carrera and Juan Torreblanca. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
Occasions Caterers made these delicious Paleta Popsicles for guests to enjoy. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Frost Lighting cast palm leaves on the walls of the ABA Publisher’s Reception at AT&T Best of Washington. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Lindley Thornburg Richardson and Darley Tom. Photo by Joy Asico.
AT&T brought in a simulator to encourage attendees to take the pledge to never drive distracted. Photo by Joy Asico.
Charlie Manhoff, Erica Andrew, and Elizabeth Andrew. Photo by Joy Asico.
The chefs from Arroz served pintxos – chorizo, mahon cheese, and guindilla chile to guests. Photo by Joy Asico.
A guest capturing a photo of the decor by Silver Lining Design Group. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
The BMW team with a BMW i8. Guests were able to take photos in a 180 photobooth with the sleek car at the event. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Guests took photos in AT&T’s photobooth, which were then projected onto the big screen throughout the event. Photo by Jeff Elkins
Westend Bistro chefs infused watermelon juice with a smoke gun, then covered the glasses with foie-gras-mousse-topped crackers. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
Two guests experiment with AT&T’s It Can Wait simulator. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Lanterna Distributors provided red, white, and sparkling wine for guests to enjoy. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Jeffrey Buben, Thy Parra, Eric Ziebold. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
Frost Lighting cast dramatic uplighting on the columns in the National Building Museum. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
A tostada topped with burnt eggplant by Taylor Gourmet. Photo by Joy Asico.
Ted’s Bulletin provided homemade AT&T-branded poptarts. Photo by Joy Asico.
Attendees enjoyed green cotton candy by Fluffness in the Geico lounge. Photo by Doug Van Sant.
The Beefsteak team served delicious gazpacho for guests. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Tim Lowery and Michael Zingali. Photo by Dan Swartz.
Guests enjoyed henna art courtesy of the American Beverage Association. Photo by Dan Swartz.