Last Friday, April 4, we were invited to The Reading Connection’s “Of Wine and Words” event in Capitol Hill. The views were spectacular from the top of the Jones Day Building and the food was delicious. However, it was The Reading Connection that won the most that night by raising money to give the gift of literacy to families across the DC area.
The Reading Connection gives families in the area the opportunity to fall in love with reading, even if they don’t have the resources to do so at home.
As a small child, I was lucky to have a mother that read to me every day. She instilled in me a love of reading that I still have. I know I’m lucky to have a mother who made literacy a priority. Many children across the area don’t have the same opportunity.
The Reading Connection provides opportunities to hear books read aloud by wonderful volunteers in addition to giving books to deserving families in the area. This year, The Reading Connection is celebrating its 25th year – and the organization certainly knows how to throw a party.
The weather was chilly but the drinks kept everyone warm. Beer was provided by Lost Rhino Brewing Co. and Mand Fox Brewing Company. We loved the Lost Rhino Brewing Company’s New River Pale Ale. It was well-balanced, refreshing and not too bitter. Wine for the event was provided by Arrowine. And, drinks were wonderfully mixed by Sixth Engine.
Throughout the night you could bid on silent auction items, with proceeds helping The Reading Connection support its mission of bringing literacy to families across the DC metro area. (If you weren’t able to attend the event but still want to donate, make sure to visit their website!)
The chocolates from Artisan Confections were to-die-for. They were absolutely delicious. Our favorite was the salted butter caramel. It was creamy, a little gooey and had the perfect amount of salt. The chocolate layer wasn’t too thick, which really allowed for the caramel to shine. You could tell there was a lot of time and artistry that went into making each chocolate.
The fig and house made ricotta crostini with pine nuts from Catering by LT (a division of Lebanese Taverna Group) was a great vegetarian treat that had a great balance of creamy, sweet and crunchy. We also loved the hummus bar from the Lebanese Taverna Group.
Eventide Restaurant prepared a seared ahi lettuce wrap with a wasabi foam. The tuna was cooked wonderfully and the wasabi foam added a spicy bite that really cut through the fattiness of the tuna.
And, of course, the night couldn’t end without a cupcake. New to the DC food and cupcake scene, SweetArt, is a cupcake truck you can find in the DC metro area. Their cupcakes were moist and made with great ingredients – you could really taste the butter in the frosting. They sampled four of their cupcakes and they were all delicious, especially the red velvet.
In the end, it was a great night. Good food, cold drinks and a great cause.
Make sure you visit The Reading Connection’s website to find more information, donate or sign up to volunteer!