December 21, 2010
Readers, fans and secret sources packed the party space at Il Canale for an evening of toasts and holiday merrymaking as The Georgetown Dishcelebrated its one-year anniversary. Having launched last December, the site now attracts over 30,000 visitors each month and was recently named“Business of the Year 2010” by the Georgetown Business Association.
Jennifer Altemus, President of the Citizens Association of Georgetown,Joe Giannino, Rokas Beresniovas, Nathan Winstead and Riyad Saidof the GBA, Donnie McKethan, host of WPFW’s popular “American Songbook” show and Davis Kennedy, Publisher of The Current Newspapers, joined the celebration of the fledgling site and the writers, photographers, technology gurus and media entrepreneurs who have made it a success.
“I am extremely proud and grateful to work with the Georgetown Dish team,” said publisher and founder Beth Solomon. “They are the best you can find.”
She noted that the The Georgetown Dish was founded during the depths of the recession as a way for unemployed and under-employed writers, photographers and others to stay visible and engaged while the economy improved and employment opportunities increased. Beginning with a mix of opinion and social coverage, inspired by Frida Burling and Mary Bird, the Dish later boosted its political and community news reporting led by Managing Editor Bonnie Cain as the city witnessed a hotly contested Mayoral election. With the guidance of Bill Rice and the talent of Judith Beermann, Wendy Gordon, Tricia Huntley, Neshan Naltchayan, Dr. Tina Alster, Janet Donovan, Molly Redden, Katie Manning and Page Evans, the Dish covers Georgetown and surrounding neighborhoods in an intimate and immediate way, recently adding to its gifted team Leslie Maysak, Leslie Kamrad, and Patti Cumming.
Quinn Bradlee and Topher Matthews (The Georgetown Metropolitan) have generously shared their blogs with Georgetowners via The Georgetown Dish. Not to be forgotten, Rizzo Cumming, a pug, serves as honorary Chairman of the Board.
The Georgetown Dish thanks Il Canale owner Joe Farrugio and general managerVittorio Russo on their first delizioso year in Georgetown too, and for hosting a marvelous celebration featuring a specially prepared menu of carpaccio, arancini, potato croquettes, spicy salami and mozzarella as well as Il Canale’s signature Napolitano pizzas. Buonissimo! Here’s to many more years to come…