Event Details

First Annual Live Event Luminaries Dinner

April 02, 2018
5:45 PM to 10:30 PM
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Beginning at The Plaza at CityCenterDC
H Street NW between 9th and 10th Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001
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  A progressive dinner with some of the area’s most respected
live event professionals at three of CityCenterDC’s top restaurants

Imagine being seated next to one of your industry idols—a luminary who has shaped the landscape of our local industry and built a thriving events business in our community—as you share an intimate dinner at one of CityCenterDC's best dining establishments.

Now imagine sitting with three different luminaries as you experience three different restaurants in the course of just one evening.

Introducing ILEA DC’s First Annual Live Event Luminaries Dinner

Join us for an incredible opportunity to engage in purposeful, small group conversations with some of DC’s most respected live events professionals.

Enjoy a course and a cocktail at each of Fig & Olive DC, Momofuku CCDC, and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse at tables presided over by our DC live events all-stars. As each course concludes, you’ll transition to a different CityCenterDC restaurant, where you’ll meet another DC luminary at your next table in a casual setting designed to encourage meaningful interactions to foster professional growth.

After dinner, gather together at Cuba Libre to cap off your evening. Continue conversations begun earlier in the night and meet even more local luminaries over Cuban-inspired cocktails and late-night bites.

Join us for this incredible evening, which we expect will become a new local industry tradition.


Monday, April 2, 2018
5:45pm: Registration
6:00pm: Progressive Dinner
9:00pm: After Party

Beginning at The Plaza at CityCenterDC
H Street NW between 9th and 10th Streets
Washington, DC 20001 

Late Registration (After March 25, 2018)
$79 for Student Members | $99 for Members | $139 for Non-Members

“Pick Your Luminaries”

For an additional $25, you can opt to select the specific luminaries with whom you will dine throughout the evening.*

* Please note that adding the “Pick Your Luminaries” option may prevent you from experiencing all three CityCenterDC restaurants, depending on the luminaires selected. If demand exceeds capacity, luminaries will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. ILEA DC will not be responsible in the event a luminary is unable to participate due to illness, unexpected conflict, or otherwise.


Up Close with Some of the Area’s Top Talents

The Greater Washington, DC area is home to some of the best event planners, designers, agents, and suppliers anywhere in the live events industry. This year, we are honored to host a small group of those luminaries who have helped shape our local industry. No matter what your connection to the live events profession, enjoy this unique opportunity to meet these luminaries up close:

Ray Bialek, Bialek's Music
Bob Blanken, Blanken Photography Studio Ltd.
Chuck Kahanov, Washington Talent Agency
Tracy Bloom Schwartz, Creative Parties Ltd.
Dale Harmon, Twigz Studios LLC
Andy Kushner, Andy Kushner Entertainment
Kevin Olivera, Olivera Music Entertainment
Rose Rabin, Party Rental Ltd.
Annie Senatore, Design Foundry
Julie Shanklin, Syzygy Events International
André Wells, Events by André Wells
Mark Wells, Hello! Destination Management

This year’s luminaries have been selected from current and former members of the International Live Events Association (formerly the International Special Events Association) by nomination and vote of the ILEA DC Board of Directors for their industry reputation, longevity, and success—as well as their past participation in and service to ILEA.

In future years, we look forward to establishing a nomination and voting process for our membership that will allow us to honor even more of our local live event superstars.

Don’t miss your chance to meet these industry celebrities over an incredible culinary experience.


Sponsored By

 Fig & Olive DC

Momofuku CCDC

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House


Christie's Photographic Solutions 
Skylark Creative Group




$59.00 Student Member
$79.00 after 12:00 am March 26
$39.00 Earlybird rate before March 12

$79.00 Member
$99.00 after 12:00 am March 26
$59.00 Earlybird rate before March 12

$119.00 Non-Member
$139.00 after 12:00 am March 26
$99.00 Earlybird rate before March 12

$25.00 Pick Your Luminaries