After checking-in at the press desk, I made my way to the cocktail reception where the honorees was taking photos with the guest attendees and other VIPs. After snapping a few photos on the step and repeat, I introduced myself to Donald's Wife, Melanie Trump. After agreeing for a photo, we made our way to the dinner venue, but had to wait in the lobby--due to the staff setting up the tables and last-minute preparations. It was then, I introduced myself to the lovely Jane Pennewell from JP Image consulting. We happily chatted about the fashion scene in D.C. & what to expect from the awards dinner.
Ten minutes went by and the press took various photos of the honorees and Alan N. Schlaifer , Wharton Club of DC president. After the photo session inside the dining area, attendees made their way into their seats before the opening remarks led by Alan Schlaifer.
After Donald's acceptance speech, Ali Qureshi introduced honoree S.A Ibrahim followed by Alan's introduction of Jennifer Simpson and His Excellency, Ron Dermer.
The dinner led by Executive Chef Ryan LaRoche from the Blue Duck Tavern was terrific! For the first course starter we had Salad: Roasted Path Valley Beets, Fiscalini Cheese, Green Beans, Arugula, Almonds with Rosemary Vinaigrette.
Potato Puree with Foie Gras Sauce.
As for my favorite part of the dinner? The dessert of course. The fantastic Chocolate Mousse & Custard Torte, Whipped Milk Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Gel with Fresh Raspberries along with freshly decaffeinated coffee was a great finale.
After closing remarks by Alan Schlaifer, congratulating the honorees and thanking the press and guests for attending another remarkable Wharton Dinner, I said my goodbyes to my awesome table who---were all sweet and cool to chat with while eating. We all agreed that the dessert and entree were top-notch.
Since it began in 1968, the Wharton Club of Washington, D.C. has been one of the most active and largest clubs in the Wharton alumni network of over 70 geographically-based and affinity clubs worldwide.
Photography by Christine Shepherd.