Pink Tie Party with Chef Lorena Garcia

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Washington, DC (March 20, 2013) – Washington gathered for the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s signature Pink Tie Party fundraiser. The Party, held on the first day of spring and the Festival, kicked off the 2013 celebration of the 101st anniversary of the gift of trees from Tokyo to Washington, DC, held through April 14.

Venezuelan-born chef, restaurateur, television host and published author Lorena Garcia hosts the event. One of the country’s leading Latina chefs, Lorena’s passion and charisma is the perfect complement to an evening that celebrates innovation and creativity, also seen throughout the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

The seventh annual fundraiser, presented by Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and ESCADA Cherry in the Air, kicked off the season of the blossoms at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel (999 Ninth Street, NW).

In a delicious start to spring, top restaurants and esteemed chefs throughout metro-DC create enticing cherry, blossom, spring and Festival-inspired dishes for the Party. More than 35 restaurants participate, including Ambar, Art and Soul, Bistro Bis, Charlie Palmer Steak, El Centro D.F., Farmers Fishers Bakers, Founding Farmers, LINCOLN, The Majestic, Masa 14, Teddy & The Bully Bar, Todd Gray’s Watershed Restaurant, RIS, Vidalia, Woodward Table, and ZENGO.

The 2013 Festival commemorates the 101st anniversary of the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the United States and Japan.

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