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Bethesda-Chevy Chase Restaurant Week: Meet Chef Domenico Cornacchia

 

Originally from Valle Castellana in central Italy, Chef Domenico Cornacchia began his career in the kitchen as an apprentice preparing fresh pastas by hand at age 12.

Cornacchia refined his skills by traveling and working in kitchens in Northern Italy, Switzerland, and Southern France. Later he made his way to the states: New York City, Las Vegas and Southern California before becoming a corporate executive chef at Café Milano in Georgetown.

“I worked at Café Milano for 16 years and then decided to start my own restaurant called Assaggi which means tastings in Italian. The concept of my menu was based on people sharing an assortment of items that can be ordered in smaller portions,” Chef Cornacchia said.

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Kids Learn The Red Sox Way -- In Bethesda

BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- From the socks to the jerseys to the accent -- Bethesda has been invaded with Red Sox.

While the pros are at Camden Yards taking on the Orioles, these youngsters are spending a week learning the game -- pitch by pitch, swing by swing

Camp participant Tommy Swad says, "Awesome! Lots of baseball. It's been a lot of fun!"

This is the first year the Red Sox summer camp is being held outside the state of Massachusetts, and it is completely sold out.

Executive director Brendan Sullivan says he's not surprised at the immediate success: "All you need to do is go to Camden Yards or last year at Nat's park to how many red sox faithful there are."

Brendan says some kids showed up with a Zimmerman t-shirt on and a Jeter jersey on but gladly traded it in for a Red Sox uniform. He says they just want to teach these kids the Red Sox way to play baseball.

Aidan Design Toasts Great Collaborations

Aidan Design Toasts Great Collaborations

Aidan Design hosted a client appreciation night at Avery Fine Art

Nadia Subaran, co-owner of Aidan Design, hosted a client appreciation night at the home studio of Evelyn Avery of Avery Fine Art. Top interior designers and architects stopped by including Skip Sroka, Camille Saum, Caitlin Kinkead and Liz Spencer of Lori Graham Design, Anne Jaffe, Chris Snowber and Mike Rouse of Hamilton Snowber Architects, and Pierre Lazare from Fox Architects, as well as representatives from Potomac Lighting and Wood-Mode. Celebrating its 10th year in business and co-owned by John Schmiedigen, the award-winning Aidan Design offers kitchen and bathroom designs for residential spaces.

Reward Offered in North Bethesda Middle School Vandalism

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police 2nd District continue to investigate a vandalism that occurred at North Bethesda Middle School over the weekend. Crime Solvers is now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest and/or indictment in this case.

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Combating Childhood Obesity on School Campuses

Combating Childhood Obesity on School Campuses

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 17 percent of all children are now considered obese, triple the percentage of a generation ago. Meanwhile, schools across the country have implemented vending machines, in an effort to raise funds. Unfortunately, those machines have traditionally been stocked with unhealthy items. Today, however, vending machines are available that are stocked with all-natural and healthy foods, which could be an important step in helping to combat childhood obesity on campus.

“The ability to put a healthy vending machine on campus is essential,” explains Jolly Backer, the chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending (www.freshvending.com), a company specializing in vending machines that are stocked with all-healthy options. “It gives kids and college students access to quick, convenient foods that are also packed with the nutrition they need.”

Lockheed Martin Announces Voluntary Layoff Program

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Lockheed Martin has announced a voluntary layoff program for about 6,500 U.S.-based employees.

The program, announced Tuesday, will be offered to salaried employees in the corporate headquarters and enterprise business services organizations. About 2,000 of those are based in the D.C. area.

The Washington Post says the several package offers two weeks page, play another week of pay for each year of service, up to 26 weeks. The employees who accept the package would leave the company in the fall.

Lockheed is the world's largest defense contractor.

See How These People Fared At Honest Tea's "Social Experiment"

Today in Dupont Circle, Bethesda-based Honest Tea conducted it's second annual Honest Cities "social experiment."  

It left carts of its iced tea drinks around several cities nationwide, including in Dupont.  There was a sign asking people to leave $1 for taking the tea, and hidden cameras were keeping an eye on who paid the dollar and who didn't.

Read the full report for more info about the event.