30 Apr 2013
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Memphis celebrity couple Pat and Gina Neely rubbed shoulders with the power elite during Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Politicians, Hollywood celebrities and journalists were representative of the guests in attendance at the annual event at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C.
"It was an amazing experience for us that will always be a great memory," said Gina Neely, co-host of the Food Network's highly rated "Down Home with the Neelys" cooking show and spokesperson for the George Foreman® Grills Weight Loss Challenge.
The Neelys were the guests of Robin Mazyck, Bureau Chief of Christian Broadcast Network News. They were among some of the top chefs in America, including Mike Isabella, chef/owner of Graffiato in Washington, D.C., and Bart Vandaele, chef/owner of Belga Café, a Belgian restaurant also located in the nation's capitol.
"This was my first dinner and I was elated to meet so many people that I admire – like actress Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Julie Chen, Gayle King, John Legend and his fiancée, and Gabby (Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglass) and her mother," Neely said.
President Barack Obama, who gave remarks at the event, "was quite the comedian," Neely said.
Gina and Pat Neely own the Neely's Barbecue Parlor restaurant in New York City. The two joined the Food Network in 2008 with the premiere of their own cooking show, "Down Home with the Neelys." Their third cookbook is in the works.