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all photos: Franz Mahr, Shauna Alexander and ONOMONOMEDIA Photobooth

When a few weeks back Spike Mendelsohn gave us a ring telling us that “he knows just the place to have the best party/benefit EVER” we obviously agreed to go check said space out. Having said that-our expectations were, as always, lower than “BEST EVER” since here in the event planning biz you get your heart broken by not quite so “BEST EVER” spaces all the time.

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However, the second we walked into the Pierce School Lofts (managed by EVOLVE DC), we were in love. And when we say we’re in love, you better believe we’re in love. L.U.V. Add to that: a great cause (helping send two kids to culinary school through KIPP DC), a fantastic chef line-up (more on that below), a 250 lb pig, amazing beverage partners and a solid gold theme (CLASS IS IN SESSION-since, hey-we are IN A SCHOOL, we are SENDING KIDS TO SCHOOL, we are ALL LEARNING SOMETHING HERE) and we ended up, in a matter of weeks, with what is now fondly referred to in BYT offices as “The Best Night Ever”.

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Before we dive into the massive amounts of food porn that await you below, we just want to say some THANK YOUS:

  • to all of you for coming out and helping raise a good solid 5 figure donation for KIPP
  • to Chris Swanson, Jeff Printz and Evolve DC for letting us host this in their amazing home
  • to Chef Spike and his team for thinking of us and being a terrific partner

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  • and to everyone who participated:

Your Lunch Ladies:

  • Chef Spike grilling up some Prez Obama Burgers
  • Scott Drewno of The Source making his signature Tuna Cones
  • Chef Mike Isabella and his taquitos
  • Chef Bryan Voltaggio & Bev Eggleston roasting a whole pig
  • Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground making Shrimp and Mushroom Dashi Chips
  • Chef Victor Albisu whipping up some Chorizo Sandwiches
  • + tons of Oysters provided by Rappahannock

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Recess Entertainment:

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Juice Boxes and After School Snacks:

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Spiked Prom Punch:

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Hall Monitors:

  • Metropolitan Security Professionals, LLC (not actually pictured below)

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with much love from:

snaps by Franz:

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snaps by Shauna:

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+ some choice snaps from our friendly ONOMONOMEDIA yearbook photo booth (to download the whole set, click here: www.onomonomedia.com/vendor/BYTSPIKE.zip )

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SEE YOU ALL NEXT TIME.

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