A Family Recipe

by Editorial

At home with Chef Geoff and Norah O’Donnell.

By Deborah K. Dietsch
Photography Bob Narod


Nearly every day for seven years, Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy drove past a cheerful yellow cottage in Wesley Heights on their way to work from their tiny Georgetown row house. “We always thought it was such nice house,” Tracy recalls, “It’s well situated next to a park, near a community garden and close to our jobs.”

When the 1932 dwelling was put on the market in 2005, the couple quickly bought it and spent the next six months overhauling its outdated rooms. It is remarkable that they found the time to take on this project given their consuming careers. O’Donnell is MSNBC’s chief Washington correspondent and Tracy is Chef Geoff, the owner of two eponymous restaurants and the recently opened Lia’s in Chevy Chase. This May, a year after moving into their renovated home, the busy couple became parents of twins, Grace and Henry.

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