Hearts and Homes for Youth Fundraiser Event

Hearts and Homes for Youth held their first annual Men’s Event at Taste Gastropub in Olney, Md. Thursday night. In case you were curious as to what a Gastropub is, imagine an Irish pub and an Italian Bistro blending worlds.

The event was a benefit for the organization. In attendance were celebs like Clinton Portis, a former Washinton Redskins football player, and Michael Andrews of Michael Andrews Bespoke. Actor Matthew Modine was also on the guest list, but had to cancel his flight to D.C. at the last minute due to a scheduling conflict involving a movie shoot. (Likely story, right?)  Kate Michael, a.k.a. “K Street Kate, was also there, as was the editor-in-chief of Bethesda Magazine, Steve Hull.  

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The event was truly man-gnificent.  Two of the three 55” HD televisions behind the bar played the sports while the third looped information about the organization and showed pictures of past events as the expansive room slowly filled up with guys in suits talking about sailboats and 401K’s. The five-course meal and beer pairing/tasting began after a few words from Hearts and Homes for Youth board member and co-owner of Taste Gastropub, Vic Seested III, as well as a brief description of the history of the organization from Rex Smith, Founder and CEO of HHY.

The paired beers truly complemented the respective meals, but the highlight of the night was hearing and then confirming rumors about Portis’ prankster antics throughout the night.  Apparently, someone at Portis’ table brought a bottle of incredibly hot flavored hot sauce, and when the opportunity presented itself, Portis secretly and stealthily doused his tablemates’ food with the aforementioned sauce.  When approached for comment, Portis said with a grin, “They brought the hot sauce, I was just making sure everyone got some.”

All in all, a fun night for a great cause.