Spotlight on Washington, DC
by Karen Carzo
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The nation’s capital is home to many beautiful and unexpected places to host events – some even offer private dining options.  Here are just a few great places to keep in mind when looking for a venue.

Elegant Settings offers an extraordinary assortment of late-eighteenth through early-twentieth-century mansions, homes and manors all beautifully restored to their original charm with updated necessities for today’s events.  Many of these homes are situated in secluded settings surrounded by gardens and patios, and they are generally available throughout the year., 301.446.3240,

The Great News Hall at the Newseum provides a dramatic backdrop for receptions, dinners and gala events, while the 24,000 square foot, bi-level Knight Conference Center features flexible meeting space for all corporate gatherings.  Each conference level has adjacent terraces and sweeping views of Pennsylvania Avenue’s famous landmarks.  All events are catered by internationally acclaimed chef, Wolfgang Puck., 202.292.6100,

Among the features at the headquarters of The American Institute of Architects are floor-to-ceiling windows, open floor plans, an outdoor courtyard, and state-of-the-art technology.  The 12,000 square feet of flexible meeting space make this venue an ideal location for corporate events as well as social gatherings of all types., 202.626.7312,

The five-story United States Institute of Peace offers several rooms for corporate and social events including a roof terrace with panoramic views of the National Mall.  Floor-to-ceiling windows and an iconic domed roof add to the venue’s majestic appeal., 202.429.7870,

Sequoia at Washington Harbour features 22-foot tall windows, breathtaking views of the Potomac River and the Kennedy Center as well as the Washington and Virginia skylines.  The décor – Brazilian wood floors and streamlined banisters – is the Sequoia’s interpretation of an ocean liner that caters to events from 20 people to 1700.  Private rooms are also available., 212.333.3011,

Part gallery, part event space, the Long View Gallery features 8,500 square feet of flexible floor plans and 2,500 square feet of outdoor patio space plus all the smart tech needed to raise your next event to an art form., 202.716.9636,

Located in the heart of Georgetown along the historic C&O Canal is the intimate and luxurious Capella Washington DC, Georgetown.  The hotel features uniquely designed event spaces to suit the look and feel of your meeting or gathering – whether it be an outdoor celebration in the hotel’s rooftop space, or something more intimate in one of the private dining rooms., 202.617.2405,

Whether it’s business or pleasure, Passion Food Hospitality has a venue for you!  DC Coast, Acadiana, Ceiba, Passion Fish and District Commons feature beautiful décor and American cuisine menus bursting with engaging flavors of the Coastal regions.  Their top-notch event planners will help you with every aspect of your event – from limos to flowers!

Imagine celebrated chef José Andrés hosting your next event! It’s possible when you book one of his many DC-area restaurants.  Each venue features modern interpretations of authentic cuisines, and the sophisticated spaces are adaptable for groups of any size and style. The Think Food Group's restaurants include America Eats Tavern, Barmini by José Andrés, China Chilano, Jaleo Bethesda, Jaleo Crystal City, Jaleo DC, Minibar by José Andrés, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, and Zaytinya

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