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A Great Cause: The Reading Connection

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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!)

There were many great food options but our favorite came from Artisan Confections, Catering by LTLebanese Taverna Group, Eventide Restaurant and SweetArt.

The chocolates from Artisan Confections Artisan Confections on Urbanspoon 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 Eventide on Urbanspoon 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!

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Jaclyn & Dan Jecha

Writer/Photographer. Jackie was born and raised in Milwaukee and Dan was born and raised in Atlanta. They met in high school after Dan's family moved to the land of beer and cheese and they've been together ever since. They are the perfect mix of north and south. Together, they have driven hours to get good BBQ and bourbon. To celebrate a wedding anniversary, they even took a whole-hog butchering class together. (How romantic!) By day, Jackie is a museum educator and Dan is an art director. By night, you can find them testing new recipes or planning their next foodie adventure.


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  1. The Reading Connection 7 April, 2014 at 13:50 Reply

    Thank you for coming to Of Wine & Words, Jackie and Dan! And thank you for taking the time to experience the event and understand TRC’s mission. Your photos are great — in fact, we’ll be in touch to see if we can use them for publicity in the future. Hope you’ll stay in touch!

    • Jaclyn & Dan Jecha 7 April, 2014 at 18:58 Reply

      Thank you for having us! Dan has a lot of pictures that we didn’t post here. Please let us know how we can help!

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