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Recap: Gilt City

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Hi, I’m Becca, and I’m an online shopping addict. Daily emails from the likes of Gilt Groupe, Rue La La, and Ideeli are my drug of choice. Often I’ll find myself dizzy with excitement at 11 a.m. on a weekday morning, teased by the designer sales that begin at noon, my finger poised to click away the contents of my bank account before I’ve even thought about what I’m eating for lunch that day.

So, do I really need another morning email with luxury deals in my area? Why, yes. Yes, I do.

When Gilt Groupe announced its expansion into D.C. with Gilt City, I was thrilled. And bringing in Yeasayer (and an open bar) for it’s public launch party next Wednesday at the 930 Club just made me love it even more.

On Monday, I went to the first of its many private launch parties this week, this one at the new restaurant Rogue 24. It was a great event, with great food, and fabulous people. It set the tone for the next two weeks of heralding in the luxury deals company.

Photo credit: Greg Powers

The restaurant itself is gorgeous. Rogue is set in a cleaned up brick alleyway near the Mount Vernon Convention Center. The kitchen set in the center of the small dining room, waiting to start Chef RJ Cooper’s 24-course performance. They were pouring glasses of cava and bottles of Brooklyn Brewery beer, and serving tiny bites that were nearly too beautiful to eat (including some from the restaurants’ impressive rotary evaporators).

I saw Amanda McClements from Metrocurean, Nycci Nellis from The List Are You On It, Tobey from The Feast, and other familiar faces. Gilt’s President, Nathan Richardson, was absolutely dapper and lovely to chat with, and Marissa Schneider, the firm’s new D.C. curator, was bubbly and excited to get started in her new role.

Cori Sue went to the Gilt City event on Tuesday evening, and she’ll surely gush about that soon. In the meantime, look for the morning Gilt City emails, which begin (twice a week) next week (sign up here). My addiction can hardly wait.

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