This past weekend’s weather reminded as to why I love Washington.Â Actually, the weekend prior was just as perfect.Â I took myself on a 3 hour tour of Roosevelt Island for the first time and down the Virginia side of the Mount Vernon Trail.Â Talk about being at peace. All I needed was my iPod mini and I was off.Â This past Saturday, you couldn’t have begged for a better sky, temperature, scent in the air. It was all about autumn in The Plains as thousands gathered for the 79th running of the International Gold Cup.Â Personally, I’m a fan of the fall Gold Cup over the spring event.Â I think it’s more sedate and smaller, where spring brings everyone and I mean everyone, all ages, out of hiding to escape whatever dreary weather we’d experienced that winter.Â It’s like a huge dressed up frat party with hats and seersucker.
So Saturday, WJLA’s Cynne Simpson, Michael Birchenall of “Food Service Monthly” magazine, Kate Michael and I were Tailgate Judges.Â What a hard job that was.Â The judges have the esteemed responsibility to meet with all who enter themselves to be judged on overall theme, decor, food, drinks, and originality and yes, you got it. Eat. And drink.Â I mean it’s a difficult job but someone’s got to do it.Â We covered 11 locations from the North to the South rail and in between and by tailgate number nine, I had come to terms with my over indulgence.Â These tailgaters took their entries extremely seriously and the spreads were astounding.Â Themes included Mardi Gras, vampire prey, autumn harvest, foxy trotty, Chesapeake Bay, Tuscany and more.Â The winners were the Keeney/Nix-Gomez group who did a British Parnham House upstairs/downstairs theme complete with costumes, and not only was every dish and pastry homemade, but we received a history lesson as well.Â Kate Sandhoff’s group came in a strong second with a delightful homemade spread and a huge “gold cup” and Greg and Amy Yadzinkski’s tented 40′s theme came in third place.
The judged were well (over) fed and our thirst was quenched with a variety of bourbon cocktails, wines, and bubbles and maybe someone who shall remain nameless did a green Jello shot at the Mardi Gras tailgate.Â So congratulations to the winners and to all of the excellent entries.Â After the races, I was off in Reston Limousine to Freedom Plaza for Light the Night benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the National Capital Area.Â All I can say was I was glad I was headed to a 2 mile walk after that much indulging.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.