A hush fell over the crowd at Politico‘s Sunday brunch at Robert and Elena Allbritton‘s home as a display of food came crashing to the ground outside under a tent. No one was standing near enough to be responsible, so it doesn’t look like they’ll be adding any guidelines about idiot party tricks at the boss’s house to the next iteration of their office handbook.
Party sources tell us the fallen food was a display of various Asian cuisine — dumplings, etc, that crashed to the floor. “Nobody laughed, it was more like a collective gasp because it was so loud and shattery-sounding in such genteel surroundings,” a party witness told us.
After the display fell, a small phalanx of capable young women with earpieces swarmed and had it taken care of immediately.
Brunch was saved!
Speaking of which, the food is always a highlight: sliders, different kinds of eggs benedict made to order, cones of tuna tartare, an assortment dumplings, lobster tails, crab legs — all kinds of seafood, and an open bar.
Guests spilled out onto the lawn.
According to our party sources, brunch at the Allbrittons was definitely more crowded this year.
All the big Politicos were there… In attendance: Fred Ryan, John Harris and Jim Vandehei, Alex Burns, Reid Epstein, Craig Gordon, Kim Kingsley, Isaac Dovere, Jonathan Martin, Patrick Gavin, Carrie Budoff Brown, Mike Allen, Martin Kady, Katherine Lehr, Bill Nichols, Beth Frerking, Lois Romano, Manu Raju, Glenn Thrush, and Roger Simon.
Also spotted were WHCA board members Ed Henry of Fox News, Michael Scherer of TIME, April Ryan of American Urban Radio and Carol Lee of WSJ and formerly of Politico; David Jackson of USA Today, Julie Mason of Sirius XM, David Wood of HuffPost, Brett Baier of Fox News, Charlie Hurt of Drudge Report, Geoff Morrell, former Pentagon spokesman now running communications for BP, NYT reporter Peter Baker and wife, Susan Glasser of Foreign Policy.
Wolfgang Puck, who catered, worked the tent in his chef’s whites. Notables included actor John Cusack, Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi, Gene Sperling, MSNBC’s David Axelrod, White House chef Sam Kass and MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Michael Feldman, Craig Minassian of the Clinton Global Initiative.