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Feb 24

Cafe Milano hosts Oscar Party to support Dog Tag Bakery

Prominent Georgetown institution, Cafe Milano, hosted an Oscar night watch party and champagne buffet, the proceeds of which benefited Dog Tag Bakery, an education and training program for wounded veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce. The crowd also cheered on Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper, who became part of the Cafe Milano family when he attended Georgetown University.

Cafe Milano owner Franco Nuschese said, “Bradley Cooper is a dear friend and we are so proud of his success and his support of the military. Tonight, we honor the service of all members of the military and the good work Dog Tag Bakery is doing to help veterans transition to the workforce.” Nuschese also thinks American Sniper is Cooper’s best performance ever.

Dog Tag Bakery co-founders Constance Milstein and Father Richard Curry said, “We are so thrilled with the continued support of our fellow Georgetown business leaders. It only makes sense to cheer on former Georgetowner Bradley Cooper at Café Milano and to make tonight about helping our servicemen and women.”

Dog Tag Bakery realizes the passions of Milstein (Connie’s Baking Co.) and Curry (“Secrets of Jesuit Bread Making”) to serve a delicious variety of baked goods, with proceeds from sales supporting the entrepreneurship of vets and their families through experience and a high-quality business education.

Cafe Milano is celebrated for 22 years as the premier restaurant and meeting place in Georgetown. Owner Franco Nuschese is a patron of Dog Tag Bakery. He is member of the board of directors of the Global Virus Network and of the Atlantic Council of the United States. Nuschese is Minister-Counselor of the Order of Malta.

Feb 20

Cafe Milano to support veterans during Oscars watch party

The Cafe Milano team will cheer on longtime friend and former colleague, Bradley Cooper​, during the Oscars this weekend. Their watch party will also benefit veterans and Dog Tag Bakery​.


Categories: DC, Entertainment, News, TV

May 16

Book event for Arianna Huffington’s “Thrive” at The Jefferson, DC

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, an event was held to celebrate the publication of Arianna Huffington’s book, “Thrive” at The Jefferson in Washington, DC. The event was hosted by Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon, and Rachel Pearson, and featured guest speaker, U.S. Senator Al Franken.

Apr 27

Annual Garden Brunch to honor Dog Tag Bakery and Blue Star Families

Continuing in the tradition of celebrating White House Correspondents Weekend and highlighting causes that are making a significant difference in people’s lives, this year’s annual garden brunch will honor two organizations that support veterans and their families, Dog Tag Bakery and Blue Star Families.

The co-hosts of the White House Correspondents Garden Brunch are asking guests to make a contribution to Dog Tag Bakery and support what will hopefully become a franchise of bakeries across the United States to support and educate disabled veterans and their spouses.

The first Dog Tag Bakery location will be one block from the corner of M Street and Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown – on Grace Street – where supporters will be able to see firsthand the results of their investment. Father Rick Curry, a professor in the Catholic Studies Department at Georgetown University, and Connie Milstein, a successful attorney, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, are the driving forces behind this important cause. When it opens, the 4,200 square foot building in Georgetown will provide a retail location for the bakery and café, housing a production/baking area, a training and meeting room, and an office space from which to manage the business.

“What I have tried to do is what my father always told me – find a niche where people are not doing what needs to be done and try to fill it,” says Milstein. The mission of Dog Tag Bakery is “to create a bold, new model for transition assistance and job training for veterans (and their spouses) with a service-connected disability who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.”

Also in the spotlight at the brunch will be Blue Star Families, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families. The organization is committed to supporting families through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well.

We are so grateful for the men and women who serve our country and we are very honored to dedicate this year’s garden brunch to raising awareness for these two causes that are so important for supporting active service members and veterans. We also look forward to tasting the unique Dog Tag Bakery cupcakes that Georgetown Cupcakes will be creating for the event to help raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause!

Nov 6

Blue Star Families Awards Their “Angel” Constance Milstein

Blue Star Families Honor Constance Milstein

On Monday, Blue Star Families awarded their long-time board member Connie Milstein with their prestigious “Angel Award.”

As a Who’s Who of philanthropists, veterans and civil-minded Washington leaders gathered at The Army Navy Club Ballroom, Milstein was surrounded by longtime friends and colleagues like Heather Podesta, Greta Van Susteren and John P. Coale, Doug Wilson, Kathy Roth-Douquet, other members of the Blue Star Families and Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces team of Tina Tchen, Col. Rich Morales and Tanya Bradshear were there. The “Angel” program also featured a special video tribute, featuring Father Richard J. Curry thanking her for all the work and effort she put into his program at Dog Tag Bakery, scheduled to open next spring.

Photos of the event are below: