12th Annual Blue Jeans Ball

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Event Info

Marriott Marquis Washington, DC
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
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Hotel valet parking for a fee (self-parking unavailable). Click here for additional parking details.

Date and Time
Sunday, April 26, 2015
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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Come out and join the Capital Area Food Bank for D.C.’s exclusive charity and tasting event, the Blue Jeans Ball. Recognized for the past seven years as one of the top charitable events in the area, this is a gala you don’t want to miss!

We are excited to welcome Chef Co-Chairs Jeff Buben and Eric Ziebold and announce that this year’s event will take place in a new location – the new Marriott Marquis Hotel. 

The highlight of the evening will be the recognition of the Bedford Falls Foundation, a private charitable trust established by Bill and Joanne Conway in 1997. Mr. Conway, who is a founding partner of the Carlyle Group, will attend on behalf of the Foundation.

So get ready to rock your favorite denim while supporting hunger relief.

Entertainment provided by The Elastic Waist Band and DJ’s John Jazz and Miss H.E.R.

Mazza Gallerie and The Shops at Wisconsin Place are proud to partner with Capital Area Food Bank for the Blue Jeans Ball. Select retailers at Mazza Gallerie and The Shops at Wisconsin Place will be outfitting models for an exclusive fashion presentation during the evening, wearing the latest denim fashions.

fashion presentation


Chef Co-Chairs


Chef Jeffrey Buben | @JeffBuben
Winner of the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic 1999″, Jeffrey Buben is the chef and owner of three restaurants in Washington, D.C., Vidalia, Bistro Bis and Woodward Table/Woodward Takeout Food.

Buben is a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America. With over 35 years in the industry, he worked as a young chef in such notable restaurants as The Sign of the Dove, Le Cygne and Le Chantilly in New York and at several distinguished hotels including The Four Seasons, The Mayflower and The Hotel Pierre.


Chef Eric Ziebold | @EricZiebold
A respected personality of the Washington D.C. and national dining scene, Eric Ziebold has received an array of accolades for his creative interpretations of traditional American cuisine.

From September 2004 to December 2014, Ziebold was the Chef at CityZen in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Throughout that time, the restaurant was awarded the coveted Washington Post Four Stars rating and is currently the only AAA Five-Diamond-rated restaurant in the city.

In addition to being named one of the Best New Chefs in the United States by Food & Wine Magazine in 2005, Ziebold took home the prestigious James Beard Award for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic” in 2008.


Do you have a taste for change? Click here (PDF) to become a sponsor of the 2015 Blue Jeans Ball. Complete the form and return it to events@capitalareafoodbank.org or via fax at 202-529-1253.

Tables are limited. Get yours now while they are still available.

Thank you to our 2015 Blue Jeans Ball sponsors! 

TD Bank (Donation)

$10,000 – Custom Fit
DLA Piper LLP (US)
Giant Food
Glenn Youngkin
Michael Beriss & Jean Carlson

$5,000 – Dark Blue
Altamirano Consulting
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Diane & John P. Hynes, Jr.
Harris Teeter, LLC
John Hynes
Marla and Peter Schnall
Marriott International
Ratner Companies
Shoppers Food and Pharmacy
Southern Company

$2,500 – Stonewashed
Adam Shapiro Public Relations
CapTech Ventures, Inc.
Central Union Mission
Creative Computing Solutions Inc.
Deloitte LLP
Dunn Associates
Fleming NationaLease
Frank Demarais
Lincoln Park Strategies
Linda Keene Solomon
Pete Jones
PNC Bank
Protiviti, Inc.
Saratoga Insurance Brokers
Shoppers Food & Pharmacy
Wells Fargo

$1,000 – Classic Fit
Bob’s Discount Furniture
Bruce Haslam and Carolyn Peery
Central Farm Markets
Charles and Candace Cowan
Evolution Finance
Olga and Barry F. Scher
Policy Solutions
Sandy England
Washington Hispanic


Click here (PDF) to participate as a restaurant or vendor. Complete the writeable form and return it to events@capitalareafoodbank.org or via fax at 202-529-1767.

Thank you to our 2015 Blue Jeans Ball restaurant sponsors!

  • Art and Soul
  • Acadiana
  • Acqua al 2
  • Berliner Specialty Distributors
  • Boss Shepherd’s
  • Cabot Creamery Cooperative
  • Captain Cookie & the Milk Man
  • City Perch Kitchen + Bar
  • Congressional Seafood Co.
  • Del Campo
  • Denson Liquor Bar
  • Distillery Lane Ciderworks
  • The Fourth Estate at the National Press Club
  • Ghibellina
  • Gypsy Soul
  • The Hamilton
  • Jack Rose Dining Saloon
  • Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, and Stone Crab
  • Kinship
  • MeatCrafters
  • The Melting Pot
  • MGM Roast Beef
  • Occidental Grill and Seafood
  • Oyamel Cocina Mexicana
  • The Palm Restaurant of Tyson’s Corner & DC
  • Pinch Dumplings
  • ProChile – Embassy of Chile
  • Ripple
  • Rogue 24
  • Sodexo – Howard University
  • Sotto
  • Stonyman Gourmet Farmer
  • Table
  • Two Acre Farm
  • Vidalia/Bistro Bis/Woodward Table
  • Young Harvests
  • Zeke’s Coffee of DC

Auction Items

As part of the Blue Jeans Ball, we hold a live and silent auction featuring unique items and experiences. Click here to donate (PDF) an item to the Live or Silent Auction.

In-Kind Sponsors

Media Sponsors

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Master of Ceremonies


Scott Thuman | @ScottThuman
Scott Thuman is the Emmy-award winning, Senior Political Reporter covering the White House and Capitol Hill for ABC7 News and News Channel 8.

He is the only local television broadcaster to land exclusive and successive interviews with President Obama during the 2012 campaign.

His coverage of the primaries, caucuses, conventions and debates garnered international attention and earned ABC7 the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.