“Madder music and stronger wine”

The royal treatment, Russian dynasties, and the master fruiterer.

by Donna Shor

Guy D'Amecourt and wife Marion at the 2009 Russian Ball

Guy D'Amecourt and wife Marion at the 2009 Russian Ball


The menu was practically aphrodisiacal at the 60th Anniversary Luncheon of the American Heart Association. A taste: Crab Mango Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette, Chicken Breast with Calvados (more alcohol!), heart-shaped red ravioli, then a white chocolate heart box of raspberry-studded mousse. The 1100 women thronging to the Wardman Park Hotel, however, were only able to share it with each other: no Romeos included.

They applauded designer ’s Lafayette 148 New York collection in Saks-Fifth Avenue’s production, where 20 models paraded chic styles. The Affair of the Heart Luncheon was hosted by the Greater Washington Women’s Board, which raises funds to research cardiovascular disease and stroke, the number-one killer of women. Along with a few men (hardy souls!), supporters included luncheon chair , chairman of the Women’s Board , Donna Marriott, , , , , , and the ever-bubbling and entrepreneurial Carole Randolph, who then ran off to teach her class Modern Manners: Dining and Entertaining at the Fairmont.

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