Sugar, Champagne, and Dogs…oh my!

I think it’s safe to say that dogs don’t regularly attend DC food events.  But there’s always an exception to the rule. Dogs are actually welcome at Sugar and Champagne, benefiting the Washington Humane Society on February 5th. The dessert and champagne reception is an annual event taking place at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  The event honors local animal crusaders while raising critical funds to help care for the homeless pet population in our nation’s capital and is presented by Trade Center Management Associates, the operator of the Ronald Reagan Building.

Hosts Chef Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray (Equinox Restaurant, Muse at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Salamander Resort & Spa)  will kick off the event in the VIP Chefs’ Tasting Room for an exclusive savory gathering from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  A limited number of tickets are available for $150 each and include entry to the main event.

Doors to the general reception open at 7:00pm and tickets are $90 each. The area’s most talented pastry chefs will dazzle the senses with visionary works of edible art, gorgeous gourmet desserts, champagne, and some of the finest sparkling wines until 9:00pm.

To purchase tickets to both the VIP and general reception, and to see the lineup of culinary talent, visit

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Leashed dogs are welcome and encouraged to attend (no retractable leashes please). All proceeds will directly benefit the animals and programs of the Washington Humane Society. This event is for guests 21+, please bring a valid photo ID.

 This event will sell out! Visit for more information and tickets.

The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States and has been the leading voice for animals in the District of Columbia since 1870. WHS provides protection and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including: sheltering, adoption, humane law enforcement, spay and neuter, humane education, human – animal rehabilitation programs, and lost and found services. For more information, please visit


  1. I think that this place is awesome for raising funds for the Washington Humane Society. I surely do not hear a lot about restaurants allowing dogs to enter their premises, and hearing about this has brightened up my day. I may not own a dog (right now), but I hope that in the near future there will be more events like this happening.

    • Monica, this is actually not a restaurant. It is a special event at the Ronald Reagan Building and dogs will be allowed at the event. But so glad it brightened up your day.

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