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DCdigest is about food & wine, theater, film, music, art and travel.  
We host, list, advise and/or report on wine, gastronomic, cultural and social events.



 DCdigest's Cary Pollak, Judy Harris, Donna Christenson, Richard Sommerfeld and JJ Rodriguez
know how to whip up some fun in the kitchen, as do all the DCdigest contributors below.


Donna Christenson    
Founder, DCdigest   Donna’s varied interests and background include being an ABC News television reporter, winemaker, educator, photographer, public relations consultant, wine judge and commercial real estate broker, including restaurants as clients.  She has contributed articles or photographs to publications and websites including The Georgetown Dish and Twenty Sips.  A talented photographer, she studied at the Corcoran School of Art and had a solo show featuring 45 of her photos at a fine art gallery in Washington, D.C.  Her public relations career culminated in being national director of communications for the American Red Cross National Headquarters.  She holds two degrees in Communication, a B.A from Michigan State University and M.A. from Western Michigan University. Currently, she serves on the Board of the IBIS Chamber Music Society, a not-for-profit foundation of musicians from the Boston Pops, Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington National Opera and National Symphony Orchestras offering free and low-cost  concerts to the community. 










Cary Pollak
 has contributed food
-related articles and restaurant reviews to local magazines and websites such as Capitol File, DC Style, www.WhiskandQuill.com and www.DCdigest.com for many years.  He began to study food and cooking in earnest shortly after graduating from law school and soon was invited to become a cooking instructor for the Open University catalogue school in Washington, D.C.  He continues to teach and has presented numerous cooking demonstrations at establishments such as Whole Foods, Williams & Sonoma and Kitchen Bazaar.  His cooking activities have been featured in the Washington Post and in other newspapers and on radio talk shows around the country.






Barbara Bennett studied art history in Europe under the guidance of Juan Antonio Gaya Nuno a renowned art historian, art critic and author, and later studied art at Christie’s in NYC under Edward Sullivan, contemporary Latin American art scholar and historian.  She also studied dance for many years in New York City where she performed at City Center.  Later, while traveling for 30 years worldwide as an international banker, Barbara was always drawn to the museums and galleries of each country visited.  Ten years ago she founded Q Street Fine Art gallery in Washington DC which features contemporary local and international artists. Currently President of the Washington Opera Society, Barbara is a frequent and active attendee of DC theatre, music and dance performances.   She holds an MBA in Finance and currently is CEO of Anari, Inc. a boutique merchant bank and institutional investor relations firm.  









Roger Lindberg  became interested in wines while working as young television reporter in Northern California. It started with being assigned to cover a California chardonnay winning a wine tasting in France. Yes, it was THAT story captured in the book (and movie) Bottle Shock, and he only wishes he had the foresight then to write a book about it, but didn’t. However, his budding interest in wines did lead him to follow up on the story two years later when the French growers brought their wines to Sacramento for a rematch. That taste off resulted in a small TV news series on California wines and the oenology research being done at U.C. Davis.  Some years later while working on Capitol Hill for a congressman from California, Roger helped organize the annual wine tasting reception for Members of Congress at the State Department.   His interest in wines, and the ever expanding California wine industry in particular, continues to this day. 











Rozanne Weissman  
is "Chief Guru" of Rozanne Weissman & Associates, an integrated marketing communications consultancy based in Washington, DC. She has won more than 60 awards for her national marketing communications multimedia consumer campaigns and collateral materials.

An avid movie aficionado and "foodie," she shares her thoughts in social media (on Twitter as @PRlady007) and writes about film and food for DCdigest She started reviewing restaurants early in her career for The Cleveland Plain Dealer under a French pseudonym so that various writers and reporters could share the byline, and restaurants would have no idea who the actual reviewer was. Her articles have also appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines

Prior to heading her consultancy, Weissman was Senior Director of Consumer Campaigns and Director of Communications and Marketing for the Alliance to Save Energy for 13 years, President of Animal Tracks environmental education operating foundation that was originally started by Wal-Mart on the profit end, VP of Corporate Communications for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and marketing communications consultant for Discovery Communications and other clients, including an award-winning restaurant.   

 

Judy Harris   is a Certified Culinary Professional.  Judy's classes have been featured in The Washingtonian Magazine, Alexandria Port Packet/Gazette, The Journal, The Washington Post, Crystal City Etc. 
and 
Better Homes and Gardens.  She is a 
popular cooking instructor with over thirty years of teaching, and has offered classes with the 
Fairfax County Adult Education Program, Bloomingdale's, Williams-Sonoma, Fresh Fields and Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine, and has cooked for two Georgetown restaurants -- The American Café and The Big Cheese.  She has earned two diplomas at L'Academie de Cuisine where she also has taught, and has studied French Reg
ional Cuisine in Paris at LaVarenne.  She earned the title of Certified Culinary Professional of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.  

   








Larry Moxter  The Farm-To-Table trend popularized in recent years by numerous chefs and restaurants is second nature to Larry.  Growing up in a large family on a Kansas farm, he learned first-hand how to grow the best tomatoes and other vegetables, and how wonderful they taste freshly-picked from the garden.  Everyone learned to do whatever was needed …growing food, cooking family meals and tending to the animals.  Inspired by his mom’s down-home fried chicken and other traditional dishes, Larry started cooking as a small boy and continued to do most of the cooking throughout his life.  A current interest is exploring various food-pairings to find just the right complementary wine or craft beer combination.  Skilled at woodworking (he once made a chair-base for Nancy Reagan), he also applies those artistic design talents to creating exquisitely-decorated cakes. Now retired from a career in Contract Management, he has more time to volunteer with projects like Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts, or First Tee, where he teaches kids to play golf.     










 Richard Sommerfeld is a contributing food and wine writer and photographer for DCdigest  Living abroad for most of his working life in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia fortuitously introduced a wealth of experiences with the cuisines of the world.  Richard was Vice President of Finance & Investments for Resort Properties Group with hotels and resorts in Europe and Africa.  As CEO of Dransfield Food & Beverage Holdings in Hong Kong, he was responsible for breweries in China, the UK and the US, as well as a large wine trading operation in southeast Asia.  Richard was the first brewer of Chinese lager (Yixing) outside of China.  He oversaw a highly innovative and successful product development program for Dransfield’s Redruth and Yixing breweries.  His beers were featured at the annual dinner of the Parliamentary Beer Club in the UK, where he also received the Prince of Wales Award for Export Excellence.




















Janet Rodriguez is better known to her friends as Jumpin’ Janet or JJ.  Proud of her Cajun heritage, she was born not far from New Orleans, Louisiana in New Iberia, so cooking that area’s cuisine is in her blood.  Her interest in photography developed when she commanded the 134th Military Public Affairs Detachment located on Fort Richardson, Alaska.  Career moves took her to Kentucky, Georgia, Minnesota and now to the Washington, DC area.  In 2006 she retired from the United States Army Reserves and now adds to our Homeland Security, working with Customs and Border Protection.  She promotes her Cajun heritage by teaching and preparing traditional classic Cajun dishes; including jambalaya, fish coubion, seafood etouffee and absolutely the best carrot cake ever!  










Barbara Twigg writes about food, wine, and the arts for DCdigest. An avid theater-goer, ballet enthusiast, and movie fan, the Yale graduate enjoys all the cultural riches that Washington, DC has to offer.   Barbara is also a cocktail pianist in her own right, available to bring the musical glory of Gershwin, Cole Porter, and the great American songbook to your party or reception. On many Saturday mornings, she can be found volunteering at the National Gallery of Art.  Her web site:  www.btplayspiano.com

 

  







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