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Barbara Goss is DDC's new event staffing associate. Barbara retired from Communications Workers of America (an affiliate of AFL-CIO) after 30 years of service in 2005. She has worked for DDC as a Redcoat for more than 15 years.

 

Katherine Russo is the new senior manager of in-house group sales for DDC. She has spent the last six years with Visit Baltimore, where she first worked as a sales coordinator and then as Express Meetings Sales Manager. 

 

New DDC Members


November
 

BLT Steak
Interpretation of the American steakhouse, combining bistro ambiance and steakhouse fare with inspiring ingredients and modern accents.

 

Boundary Stone Public House
Scratch pub fare, extensive whiskey and dynamic craft beer selections in a cozy and comfortable American pub setting in historic Bloomingdale.

 

Dauphine's    
Located in the heart of Downtown Washington, DC’s Midtown Center, this restaurant is inspired by the playful spirit and iconic cuisine of New Orleans.

 

Mi Vida 14th St.
Chef Roberto Santibañez creates a menu inspired by Mexican street food and traditional home cooking with a modern elevated presentation. The restaurant offers a number of private and semi-private options.

 

PJ Clarke's
A stone's throw from the White House, this restaurant serves up classic American fare and cocktails in a friendly, old-school dining room.

 

Pupatella Pizza
Parties are always better with pizza. Host your happy hour, corporate event or rehearsal dinner in our private dining room.

 

Stellina Pizzeria Mt. Vernon
Homemade pizza and pasta in the Historic Waffle Shop Building, located conveniently close to the Convention Center.

 

Strathmore
An arts haven nestled on 11 acres in North Bethesda. The venue hosts world-class concerts in the music center’s concert hall and intimate recitals in the music room.

 

Taim Mediterranean Kitchen
Taïm’s made from scratch, Mediterranean catering has something for everyone. We’ve got you catered with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

 

Convention Services

National Union Building
A historic building constructed in 1890 that offers elegant, private event and entertainment spaces in downtown Washington

 

See & Do

Lunar Massage
Take a break from the hustle of life and pamper yourself with a much-needed massage for relaxation, pain or stress relief.

 

Over/Under Sportsbook Rooftop Lounge
Features futuristic LED lighting, floor-to-ceiling glass walls, a state-of-the-art sound system, a full bar and a retractable roof that provides year-round skyline views.

 

Zohery Tours
The Grand Tour of Washington is your premier comprehensive sightseeing tour of DC. It takes you to all the monuments, museums and memorials in the area.

 

October
 

Convention Services

The Capital Candy Jar
Washington DC's hometown candy company, specializing in chocolates, confections and gifts.
 

The Clyde Group
A top DC-based public relations and public affairs firm are driven by strategy, creativity and experience.
 

G7 Entertainment Marketing
Turnkey talent-buying professionals to source, book and manage the right talent for your event, from music headliners to technical keynote speakers.
 

The Kyle Duarte Company
American Sign Language interpreting and real-time captioning services for deaf and hard of hearing attendees. Accessibility consulting.

M2 Events Group
An audio-visual, production and staging company. We provide resources for large-scale meetings.

Style & Image Network
Our professional and engaging event staff work across a range of sectors and can be hired for a meet-and-greet and distribute marketing materials.

 

See & Do

The Springs at Franklin Park
Nine incredible open-aired spaces are perfect for events, meetings or team-building.
 

The Spa at The Wharf
Situated over the Potomac River, the spa features four treatment rooms, one couple room, a nail salon and luxury showers.

Willard Spa
Wellness is not something to be conquered, but to be experienced. Escape to a revitalizing oasis.
 
Transportation

Alto
A luxury ride-share app that allows passengers to order an on-demand or pre-scheduled ride. Every car offers phone chargers, WiFi and water.

Rendez-Vous Limousine, LLC
DC's premier provider of luxury-chauffeured black car services. We combine a late-model fleet of vehicles with a courteous and knowledgeable staff.

 

Restaurants

Alta Strada
A nationally recognized Italian restaurant by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schlow, located within steps of the Convention Center.

Café du Parc (Willard InterContinental)
The quintessential French brasserie offers classic dishes with a contemporary twist as well as open-air and private dining.

The District ChopHouse
The restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere, friendly and professional service, a diverse menu and an extensive wine list. 

The Henri
A modern bistro that features communal and private dining spaces Downtown.

Lyle's Restaurant & Bar (Lyle Hotel)
The private dining room can host everything from intimate dinners to unforgettable celebrations.

Nama Ko Japanese Restaurant and Craft Cocktail Bar
A Japanese-inspired restaurant and craft cocktail bar.

 

September
 

Selina Union Market Washington DC
Selina is a Latin-inspired urban oasis for digital nomads with beautifully designed accommodations, co-working spaces, artist studios and meeting rooms with a rooftop.

Pendry Washington D.C. - The Wharf
The hotel will feature 131 guestrooms and suites, three signature dining and bar concepts, a state-of-the-art Spa - Pendry and 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
 

American Experience Foundation


October
 

Dr. Patrick Jackson has been promoted to Director of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Columbia Heights Educational Campus. Dr. Jackson has almost 20 years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry, including as the Academy educator for the past 5 years.

Brandon Wims has been promoted to Director at the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Jackson-Reed High School. Mr. Wims has worked at Jackson-Reed for the past 12 years, including as the College and Career Coordinator for the Academy for the past 4 years.
Washington, DC welcomes its newest NAF Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at River Terrace Education Campus. The team at River Terrace will be led by Director Cynthia Privott-Henson and educator Autumn Kelley. AEF looks forward to supporting the Academy by providing a yearly college scholarship for a student, assisting with field trips and year-round programming and building connections to the hospitality industry.

 

Aug./Sept.
 

After 25 years at Jackson-Reed [formerly Wilson] High School, Alex Wilson, Director of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, is retiring at the end of this school year. Alex is always present with an infectious smile and is one of the most outspoken champions for young people in DC. He continually finds new learning opportunities for his Academy students. Starting with one academy in 1997 with 120 students, there are now seven career academies with over 1,100 students at Jackson-Reed. These students reflect the diversity of the largest and most diverse high school in the DMV.

This summer, organizations across the city welcomed interns through the Career Ready Internship Program. The American Experience Foundation helped place over 50 high school students with host employers. AEF proudly hosted 11 students for six weeks this summer: 

  • Camiyah Price, Ballou High School
  • Charity Jones, Jackson-Reed High School
  • Destanie Coleman, Coolidge High School
  • Dominga Trice, Jackson-Reed High School
  • Erick Torres Flores, Coolidge High School
  • Heaven Taylor, Coolidge High School
  • Jahmiaya Mosley, Jackson-Reed High School
  • Kori Johnson, Coolidge High School
  • Marcella Carroll, Ballou High School
  • Nia Diggs, Jackson-Reed High School
  • Samuel Grand, Jackson-Reed High School

Interns explored how sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion values come to life in the travel and tourism industry. They met with hoteliers, leaders in the arts, restaurants, government, community and more. 

 

DDC Careers

Check out DDC's latest job openings and share with your networks and colleagues.

 

Industry Careers

Search or add your job openings to the DC travel, tourism and hospitality careers page. Email your company name, job title and link to [email protected]. Positions will be posted for 30 days. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

 

Check out the full Destination DC Member News to learn more about what's going on this month.

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