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Todd Gray's Muse Menu

Today, my friend Yolanda treated me to a launch, brunch, libations, and a leisurely look at contemporary art all under one roof—the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.   It was the launch of the Sunday market brunch at Todd Gray’s Muse, the famed Washingtonian chef’s latest food experience that’s part of his reinvention of the Corcoran’s cafe.   The atmosphere was perfect—a mix of contemporary art and artistically prepared sustainable and seasonal foods from local farms including the White House garden, right across the street.

Lively with two packed seatings, the launch brunch buffet offered a fresh, healthy mix of salads, egg creations including a Quiche made with market produce from the White House and “other muses.”  Tom’s buttermilk scones made of dried mission figs and caramelized sugar and the baked vegetable frittatas with zucchini, baby spinach and fontina cheese were my favorites on the market-inspired brunch menu.

More than the great mimosas and Bloody Marys, the piano player and singer  (who had a great voice despite the poor atrium acoustics), the friendly, personal, and consciously gracious service by Chef Tom, his family and team made the launch brunch exceptional.    Look, Tom and his wife, Kassoff, are busy people serving the Greater Washington community, running other businesses as well as two top restaurants in D.C.—Equinox and Todd Gray’s Watershed.   But today they showed up and showed out, as the saying goes.  And we enjoyed it.

Todd Gray's Muse @ The Corcoran Gallery

Art fused with food was an inspiring twist to the typical, staid Sunday brunch.  Good eats followed by viewing great art including the “30 Americans”  exhibition and Chris Martin’s big paintings really awakened my muses even if the photos don’t reflect it.

"Light Brahma Stomp" by Chris Martin


It’s Paris Fashion Week time.  That means fashion shows, parties and more parties.  Kanye West was in the City of Lights to debut his spring/summer 2012 women’s fashion line, DW by Kanye West.  Named after his late mother, Donda West, it’s his first line of women fashions.   When you decide to do different like going from creating rap songs to creating a fashion line, an epic event is in the making.   Style, stars, fashion, hot sounds, and Paris, what a set-up Kanye had for entertaining an audience of fashionistas.   Here are scenes from the fashion show and, thanks to purple Diary, the after party.  What do you think?


DW by Kanye West Fashion Show

Kanye West

Kanye West After show party

Kanye West After show party

Jeremy Scott and Michelle Harper

Kanye West with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

The DJ

As I anticipated an evening of elegance with some good food and an open bar, I was a bit confused when I realized the event I was going to was in an office building. Not just any office building, but one I had visited before for a film screening. So all I could do was wonder what I was about to get myself into for the evening.  I immediately thought, OMG, this is going to be a disaster—and I valet parked my car for this.

As I followed the directional signs strategically placed to guide my every step, I strolled down a hallway and to my very pleasant surprise entered a space with a classic touch of purple elegantly placed throughout the venue and on the patio – TIATO in Santa Monica, California.

Tiato hosted the Biz Bash October venue issue release party.  So when you do an event for event planners and producers, you better bring it and they did from the three specialty cocktails created for the evening to the shrimp egg rolls that melted in my mouth and the passed hors d’oeuvres that were never ending and always changing.   There were sliders, and skewers, and tuna tartare.  The hot beverage station included something besides regular coffee.  We were treated to Mexican hot chocolate.   That was new even to me – and it was excellent and unexpected.  There were fireplaces in the round, a sushi station with custom ordered items and an old-fashion dessert cart that was the center piece of the outdoor patio.

The wait at the bar was non-existent, even with the made to order specialty drinks.  The event was well designed and well planned giving us time to enjoy the experience, engage in conversation and make a few new connections.

And parking was complimentary!