Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: The Nerd Prom menu is very saucy, J. Crew's Manolo Blahnik collaborations hits a snag, and the time Oliver Stone muscled Whit Stillman out of the director's chair.
Here's what seasoned Washington types and their very special Hollywood guest stars will be eating tomorrow night at the White House White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner:
"Salad: Black Lentil Terrine with lump Crabmeat, Tango Green and Red Artisan Greens, Red and Yellow Tear Drop Tomatoes -- drizzled with a Dill Vinaigrette
Bread Presentation: Seven-Grain Rolls, White and Wheat Rolls; Sourdough Rolls, Flatbreads and butter
Entrée: Texas Rubbed Petite Filet with a Calvados Demi, paired with Duo of Jumbo Shrimp seasoned with Red Curry; Roasted Haricot Verts, Baby Pepper, Patty Pan Squash; Tasso Mache Choux Risotto
Dessert: The Galaxy -- Rich Chocolate Truffle Mousse layered with Chocolate Genoise and Almond Macaroon, Ganache Truffle Center finished in a chocolate glaze, garnished with fresh raspberries
Freshly brewed regular and decaff coffee; variety of regular and herbal teas
Wines: Estancia Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon"
So basically, it's a crabmeat salad, rolls, steak, and chocolate mousse. Not bad! Also, the red curry seasoning and chocolate glaze should produce a major uptick in Prilosec sales at the Washington Hilton gift shop starting around 10 p.m. Acid reflux is the official stomach disorder of Nerd Prom. [Playbook]
The unholy preppy shoe alliance between J. Crew and Manolo Blahnik is on-hold due to "wholesale production restraints," whatever that means. (Seriously: any thoughts on what that means?) "The pointy-toed heels, priced at about $600" debuted on the hooves of models at New York's fashion and were supposed to pop up on jcrew.com later this year. Now, no dice. [Page Six]
This is sad: Cokie Roberts' newly-adopted black lab Katie -- who went missing in Bethesda on Saturday, attracting much concern from dog lovers and members of the press -- has died after being hit by a car. Roberts confirmed the death in a press release, and encouraged everyone to make a donation in the dog's memory to Lab Rescue, which helped lead the six-day search. [Bethesda Patch]
It seems Oliver Stone is at least partly to blame for Atlantic Wire Media Diet subject Whit Stillman's 14-year layoff between The Last Days of Disco and the newly-released Damsels in Distress. Stillman told The New York Post he was set to option Anchee Lin's memoir Red Azalea for $140,000 but it seems he was "pushed out of the project when Oliver Stone wanted in." Stone then decided not to move ahead on the project when he realized he couldn't shoot it in China, something he probably could have considered before big-footing our very good pal Whit Stillman. [Page Six]
Michael Bloomberg has vowed he will attempt to have a "good time" at New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's wedding next month, even though he vetoed her living wage bill. He added in a press conference yesterday that he doubts the topic of a living wage is going to "come up as a subject at the wedding,” a safe prediction, unless it's one of those living wage-themed weddings. [The New York Observer]
Sarah Michelle Gellar: pregnant! "A source close to Gellar" tells People that the actress and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. are "thrilled" to be parents again, which is the early leader from the most innocuous anonymous quote of 2012. [People]