Overheard at Lunch: D.C. Gossip Girl

Bosworth Speaks at Women’s Summit
On Dec. 5, Politico hosted its fifth annual Women Rule Summit, which brought out actress Kate Bosworth to address human trafficking. She and others, including #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), discussed how women can find common ground, giving shout-outs to the women now shaping the agenda.

Bonjean Guest From Famed Zip Code
After much speculation, the surprise guest at the Bonjeans’ holiday party was none other than Tori Spelling of “Beverly Hills, 90210.” According to the Washington Examiner, Spelling was described on social media by other guests as “sweet” and “unexpectedly normal.” She and husband Dean McDermott partied until 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Ron and Sara Bonjean’s Alexandria, Virginia, home. We probably would, too, if we had five children to care for.

Coming Next Fall to Ballston Mall
The popularity of food halls seems to be growing. Ballston, Virginia, has gotten in line, with a 25,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor space set to open next fall in the renovated Ballston Quarter Mall, Washingtonian magazine reported. There are plans for 18 local dining spots in Quarter Market, including Ice Cream Jubilee, Buredo, Timber Pizza Co. and Cucina Al Volo.

Baldwin’s Trump: Broadway Bound?
Actor Alec Baldwin’s “Saturday Night Live” impression of President Donald Trump may get turned into a Broadway show, the Hill reported. The one-man show would be based on his and Kurt Andersen’s parody book about President Trump, “You Can’t Spell America Without Me.” If it comes to fruition, the show would be much like comedian Will Ferrell’s “You’re Welcome, America. A Final Night with George W. Bush.”

Sold: Watergate Break-In Lock
On Dec. 14, Nate D. Sanders Auctions auctioned off the brass lock that took down President Richard Nixon. The infamous lock was the one that burglars picked in 1972 to bust into Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate, triggering the “All the President’s Men” reporting that led to charges of impeachment against Nixon and his 1974 resignation. With an opening bid of $50,000, the lock sold for $62,500 to a buyer whose identity was not revealed. Should be a good conversation starter at holiday parties.

Our Town’s Drunker Than Your Town
Chances are we’ll raise a glass to this. Detox.net researched drinking habits of Americans and, well, Washington, D.C., is one of the cities with the most drinkers and binge drinkers. According to WUSA-9, we made the top five in three intoxication indicators: number two in the percentage of people who’ve had a drink in the past month and number one in the percentage of heavy and binge drinkers. Cheers?

Batali Added to Harassers List
Page Six has reported that celebrity chef Mario Batali has been forced to take responsibility for sexually assaulting a woman at the Spotted Pig in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Batali, an investor in the gastropub, was caught on video kissing and groping a woman who appeared to have passed out. He then allegedly attacked the woman in the third-floor VIP area, nicknamed the “rape room.” The allegations come just weeks after the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer was fired due to sexual misconduct.

Sean “Diddy” Combs was spotted at RPM Italian.

‘Diddy’ Digs D.C. Italian
Sean “Diddy” Combs was spotted at RPM Italian, the D.C. eatery owned by Bill Rancic and former Bethesda native and TV personality Giuliana Rancic. The mogul dined on Dec. 5 with singer Cassie, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, and another female guest. Cassie told the staff of the Mount Vernon restaurant she liked the food so much they plan to return. The Washington Post reported that the group ordered chicken parmesan and spicy king crab spaghetti, among other entrees.



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