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Recalling the tradition of early American taverns that set the standard for this country’s hospitality industry, Tavern64 Regional Kitchen opened this week on the ground floor of the Hyatt Regency Reston, at the corner of Market and Presidents streets.

To celebrate the “new town” community in which it is located, Tavern64 takes part of its name from the year Reston was founded: 1964.

Chef Sean Glover prepares dishes with emphasis on local and sustainable-sourced ingredients: Virginia ham and pork, Maryland cheeses, North Carolina trout with cheddar grits and Pennsylvania short ribs with cornbread mash. Old-fashioned desserts, like whipped cream topped berry shortcake, round out the menu.

Eight taps pour local and regional beers, and bartenders will create cocktails with liquors from local distilleries, according to food and beverage director Ross Virando. On the cocktail menu is the Sazerac, made with Reston’s own Bowman’s Distillery bourbon.

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Silver Diner rewards healthy schoolchildren

Since June 2010, Silver Diner has contributed more than $350,000 for nutrition and physical fitness programs at local schools through its “Eat Well Do Well” program, which invites diners to link frequent-dining cards to participating schools.

This year, the regional restaurant chain added a new contest and award: the Eat Well Do Well Challenge Grant. Schools involved with the “Eat Well Do Well” program were asked to submit their most innovative nutrition and physical fitness programs via video entry.

Pine Spring Elementary in Falls Church came in first, winning $10,000 to be spent on its Bobcat Boot Camp and Fruit of the Week programs.

Runner-up is Stenwood Elementary in Vienna, which received $5,000 for its Getting Fit with Wellnet program.

Judges included WTOP radio’s Bob Madigan; Cornell McClellan and Lauren Darensbourg with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; and Joy Dubost, director of nutrition and healthy living with the National Restaurant Association.

“We strongly believe in working together with communities to keep children healthy and fit and helping to overcome obesity,” said Robert Giamo, Silver Diner president, CEO and co-founder.

Reston PR firm celebrates founder

Along with its 15th anniversary, Interprose, a tech public relations firm in Reston, is celebrating its chief executive officer and founder, Vivian Kelly, who received a Brava! Award from SmartCEO Magazine.

The recognition designates Kelly as one of the top female CEOs in Greater Washington.

“Hiring talent regardless of physical boundaries led Interprose to become a pioneer in teleworking, before remote working was an accepted business model among companies,” Kelly said. “Having access to experienced professionals wherever they reside and in multiple time zones allows us to better serve our global customers and it provides the team with ever-important work-life balance.”

Interprose’s clients include global industry associations and alliances that foster innovation, and companies in fast-growing sectors such as power and energy, retail technology, telecom and life sciences.

Steering growth alongside Kelly are Cathy Palmen, senior vice president; Wanda Medina, vice president of finance and administration; and John Wengler, vice president of marketing.

At the SmartCEO 2013 Brava! Awards gala July 31, Kelly will be honored along with 24 women business leaders and five nonprofit leaders selected from more than 200 nominees across the mid-Atlantic. She also will be profiled in the July issue of SmartCEO magazine.

First for Reston Historic Trust

The Reston Historic Trust has hired lifelong Restonian Katie Eichler Jones as its first executive director.

Jones received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in public history and museum studies from the University of South Carolina. For the last nine years, she has been director of the Loudoun Heritage Farm Museum in Sterling, where she will continue to work part time.

Jones begins working half-time Aug. 23 at the Reston Museum at Lake Anne. A reception in her honor is planned for September.

The Reston Historic Trust was founded in 1996 to sustain Reston’s history. For more, visit

Fairfax church selects new music director

Fairfax United Methodist Church has chosen Jonathan Giblin as its new director of Music Ministries. Giblin comes to Fairfax from John Wesley United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, Md.

Giblin earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts in organ performance at the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music. While completing his degree, he conducted a large high school mixed choir at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. At John Wesley, he directed four choirs — traditional, contemporary, children’s and hand bell.

The congregation will welcome Giblin to the music ministry program June 9.

McLean tissue bank hires marketing director

The American Association of Tissue Banks in McLean has named Sarah Gray as its director of Marketing and Public Affairs.

Gray has more than 15 years of marketing, public relations and advocacy experience. She held several positions at NISH, a Vienna nonprofit that helps people with disabilities find employment. There, she founded a speaker’s bureau and won the 2013 Cicero Speechwriting Award Grand Prize.

Gray has a personal stake in the AATB’s mission. When her infant son, Thomas, died from anencephaly in 2010, his blood, eyes and liver cells were donated for research.

“After my son died, I started learning about the world of organ, eye and tissue donation,” Gray said. “I was amazed by the number of lives that are improved and saved with these invaluable donations.”

“Sarah’s expertise will … broaden [AATB’s] influence and advocacy in the fields of tissue engineering, cellular tissue and regenerative medicine,” said Frank Wilton, CEO of the AATB.

Gray holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Marquette University and is enrolled in the masters in public communication program at American University. She is a member of the National Press Club and the Washington Speechwriter’s Roundtable.

Area banks to host diaper drive

United Bank kicks off a diaper drive June 14 at its Northern Virginia branches to help families that cannot afford to pay for diapers, “creating happiness, once change at a time.”

A baby goes through eight to 10 diapers a day, which along with diaper wipes, cost about $120 month. Great Falls-based Serve a Village and Northern Virginia Diaper Bank are collecting and donating diapers and wipes to community service organizations that distribute them to mothers and babies in need.

“We hope to collect 200,000 diapers during this drive, so that we can begin expanding the Northern Virginia Diaper Bank into Fairfax County,” said Chris Troger, chairman of the board of Serve a Village.

Residents may drop off unopened packages of all sizes and brands of diaper wipes, diapers, potty trainers and overnight diapers for infants and toddlers. Size 4-6 is the most requested size. Monetary donations for the purchase of those items are also welcome.

Donations will be accepted until Aug. 30. United Bank has branches in Annandale, Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church, McLean, Reston and Vienna. For more, visit or