One Book Party Is Great, But Two Are Better: Celebrating THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON: A MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION at Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens
“But just in time for summer weddings and backyard suppers comes [Patrick] O’Connell’s latest book….It’s a lush coffee-table fantasy that chronicles the transformation of an old gas station in the middle of nowhere into a world-class destination. O’Connell’s style is playful over-the-top perfection, and there’s a chapter on entertaining, should you aspire to a soupçon of his signature flair. A great party, he says, is simply ‘a matter of time, sacrifice, focus and obsessiveness. Absolutely nothing done well is easy.’”
—Roxanne Roberts, The Washington Post (April 20, 2015)
When we were fortunate enough to be invited to yet another party to celebrate the new book The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession (which hit the New York Times bestseller list May 24th) — this time, at the Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens, Marjorie Merriwether Post‘s former home in Washington, DC — there was not a ghost of a chance we’d ever decline.
After all, no one we know throws better parties than the Inn’s chef-proprietor Patrick O’Connell. Indeed, he’s an expert on the subject, having been quoted frequently in articles like this one by Roxanne Roberts in The Washington Post, from which the tips in bold below are taken.
“Surprise, says O’Connell, is essential to a really fun party.”
“O’Connell likes to keep guests moving.”
“It’s very simple. Whatever you do should be the best in the world.”
The bestselling Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession is indeed a world-class book deserving of not one but two (or more!) world-class book parties. We were honored to be able to attend both parties — along with dozens of distinguished fellow guests who included chef Jose Andres and his wife Patricia Fernandez, the book’s interior design photographer Gordon Beall, Edible DC social media editor AJ Dronkers, Mark Furstenberg of Bread Furst, radio host Nycci Nellis, former Washington Post restaurant critic Phyllis Richman, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan.
Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens is at 4155 Linnean Ave., NW, in Washington, DC. Phone: 202.686.5807. hillwoodmuseum.org.