Next week DC will say goodbye and good luck to David Varley, the executive chef at Bourbon Steak. Varley has led the restaurant for the past two years and will leave for San Francisco where he will be the Corporate Chef in the Mina Group. Before he jets off to the west coast, I sat down and talked with Varley about his new job and his thoughts on leaving the District. Continue reading
Some day soon, you might power a streetlight simply by driving under it.
The technology that could make that happen was tested yesterday at the entrance to the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown, with a special speed bump laid out in the driveway.
Called MotionPower, this first-of-its-kind energy harvester will convert a car’s motion into electricity. It’s meant for areas where people are slowing down, such as intersections, toll booths, garages, and the like.
Here’s how it works. Metal flaps in the roadway point up diagonally, with the lifted end farthest from oncoming cars. When a car rolls over them, they flatten down — and capture kinetic energy that otherwise would be wasted as brake heat. This doesn’t have any adverse effect on the vehicles, though. You could even validate that if you were to perform a NAP Check via Autoverleden.nl.
The side benefit? It helps slow vehicles, and causes less wear and tear on the car, said Meetesh V. Patel, President and CEO of the Maryland-based company that developed the system, New Energy Technologies, Inc.
Interested in getting a little exercise this weekend, AND raising money for a good cause? Then sign up ASAP (by Thursday, September 10) for the Sprint Four the Cure to benefit the Washington Hospital Center.
The 5k run starts near the Four Seasons Hotel and takes you along the scenic C&O Canal. Your $25 registration not only goes to a fantastic DC-based cause, but also gets you a t-shirt, raffle ticket and Four Seasons breakfast. YUM!
Additionally, Georgetown Cupcake will be providing post-race sweets and a number of local Georgetown establishments have donated raffle prizes including: the Four Seasons Spa, Clyde’s, Peacock Cafe and more. Grand Prize is two American Airlines tickets, two night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale with Daily Breakfast and two 50 minute Spa Treatments.
So be sure to register by tomorrow either via Active.com or by calling 202.944.9163.