Tuesday, July 21, 2015

DC This Week Reader Giveaway: Drink the District Beer Festival this Saturday July 25th

One lucky DC This Week reader will win two FREE tickets to Drink the District beer festival this Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. And it can be you. How to win? 

Shoot dcthisweek(at)gmail.com an email with “I Want Beer” in the subject line by Friday at noon. One reader will be randomly selected. Must be 21 years of age to enter the festival and ID will be required.  The winner will be notified by Friday at 3 p.m.

The event will feature more than 75 beers and ciders, live games and entertainment, and local D.C. food trucks. And don’t worry, if you don’t win the free tickets you can purchase for just $35 HERE. The ticket price increases to $50 at the door.

The Monroe Trust presents Salvador to Rehoboth | Work & Play with Photographs by Maria Bryk on July 22nd

This Wednesday The Monroe Trust presents Salvador to Rehoboth | Work & Play, an exhibit by renowned photojournalist  Maria Bryk. Join them for the summer soirée featuring guest Chef Myra Mathis of Geechee Girl Cafe, DJ sets by Keenan Orr and a performance by the Latin American Dance Company. RSVP HERE.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Coming Soon: All American Beer Fest 2015 on July 11th at The Fairgrounds 25% OFF tickets for DC This Week Readers

The All American Beer Fest will hit the Fairgrounds (1299 Half Street SE, Washington, DC) on July 11th with unlimited tastings of some of American’s finest beers. Rock your red, white and blue and get ready for a full day of star spangled entertainment with  fellow Americans in our Nation’s Capital. The event takes place from noon to 10 p.m. (see tickets for exact entry times). The event will also feature food trucks, photo booths, a tasting glass and game zone. DC This Week readers will receive 25% off tickets with the code AMERICABLOG. Tickets are $25 to $25 HERE.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Silent Disco experience comes to VIDA on U Street this Friday June 19th and the 26th

On Friday June 19th and the 26th, Silent Disco Society will host its next party at the Penthouse Pool and Rooftop Club at VIDA (1612  U Street, NW) from 8 p.m. to midnight.   With 3 DJ’s and 3 music channels guests will enjoy a rooftop sunset overlooking the city. Tickets are $15 to $20 HERE

Catoctin Creek Whiskey tastings this Saturday June 20th at Shinola on 14th Street

This Saturday, June 20th pop over to Shinola (1534 14th St NW) and find the perfect Father’s Day gift. The store features American-made handcrafted watches, knives, bicycles, leather goods, journals and briefcases. Virginia’s Catoctin Creek Distilling Company will  host a complimentary, in-store all-American whiskey tastings from noon to 4 p.m.

A Summer Solstice Music Festival "Fete de la Musique” Coming to Sofitel this Saturday June 20th

Ready your dancing shoes and grab your friends this Saturday, June 20th as Art Soiree hosts Fete de la Musique a.k.a. World Music Day. Local local bands and performers featuring jazz, rock, folk, classical, pop and world will take stage from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. at  Sofitel.  Tickets are $15 to $20 HERE.

The line up for the night includes:

7:00 to 7:30pm - Serge Khrichenko
7:30 to 8:30pm - Cruzie Beaux
8:30 to 9:30pm - RadaR
9:30 to 10:30pm - Honest Haloway
10:30  to midnight - Thursday People

Le Bar
7 to 9:00 p.m. DJ Daryl Northrop
9:00 to 11 p.m. Azul Band
11:00 to 1 a.m. DJ Enea Diotaiuti

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

VinoFest Returns this Saturday with Questlove to Benefit DC Central Kitchen, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Rally the troops. VinoFest is headed to Storey Park Noma this Saturday from 3 to 10 p.m. The curated wine and music festival will feature Questlove, Black Masala, White For Bronco, Trouble Funk, DJs Adrian Loving, Neekola and Hazzard, and Alison Carney. With more than 2,000 attendees expected the fest unites food, charity and wine. Enjoy select bites from Chaia Farm to Taco, Dirty South Deli, Gouter, MilkCult,Red Hook Lobster Pound DC, Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen, Snocream Company, Swizzler, Puddin', and Timber Pizza. Guests will also taste wines from across the globe, both New and Old World style.  Tickets are $59 to $84 (VIP) HERE.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reader Giveaway: Two tickets to Capitol City Brewing Company Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival this Saturday

DC This Week has two free tickets for one lucky reader to attend the Capitol City Brewing Company’s second annual Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival taking place this Saturday, April 25 at The Village at Shirlington in Arlington. Want to win? Email me at dcthisweek@gmail.com with "Beer" in the subject line or tweet @JadeFloydDC with a short snippet on “Who is your favorite local brewery and why”. One reader will be selected at random to receive the tickets. All entries must be received by Friday at 4 p.m. EST and you will be notified if you win by Friday at 9 p.m. Must be 21 years of age to claim tickets.

The event includes 35 area craft brewers from DC, Maryland and Virginia and local eateries will feature springtime fare. The festival opens noon to 7 p.m. on  Saturday. Don’t win the tickets? No problem, tickets are $30 (one general admission pass per person), which includes an official tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Additional drink tickets can be purchased on site. Learn more at www.capcitybrew.com.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry Returns April 13th

One in five children in this country struggles with hunger, including more than 31,000 kids in DC.  You can help change this and join other resident foodies and philanthropists in an night to end childhood hunger. The annual Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry returns to the historic National Building Museum on April 13th.  The event features delights from the area's top chefs and mixologists who have joined together to fight childhood hunger and nutrition education programs. 

Chefs Victor Albisu (of Taco Bamba and one my my favorite's Del Campo) and Bryan Voltaggio (of VOLT, Lunchbox, Family Meal, Range, Aggio), along with mixologists Gina Chersevani, Derek Brown, Duane Sylvestre and sommelier (and overall badass) Nadine Brown will be hand to quench your thirst with beverage and wine selections. 

Last year's event raised more than $200,000 to help feed children in need more than two million healthy meals. Be sure to register for the silent auction with nearly 100 items, culinary experiences and luxury outings. Tickets are $120 to $225 HERE. 

Participating restaurants include:

1789  America Eats Tavern  Ardeo + Bardeo  Art & Soul  Artisan Confections  Bar Civita  Bar Pilar  Bastille | Bistrot Royal  Belga Cafe | B Too  Best Buns Bread Company  Beuchert's Saloon  Bidwell  Bistro Bis | Vidalia | Woodward Table  BLT Steak  Blue Duck Tavern  The Bombay Club  BRABO by Robert Wiedmaier  Captain Cookie and the Milk Man  Carlyle  Carmine's  Cashion's Eat Place  Cava Mezze  Centrolina  Charlie Palmer Steak  Charm City Cakes   Circle Bistro  Co Co. Sala  Cork Wine Bar  Del Campo  Dino's Grotto  Dolcezza Gelato  Dolco Gelati  El Centro D.F.  Estadio | Proof | Doi Moi  Fare Well  Firefly  Fishnet Restaurant  Floriana Restaurant  Food Wine & Co.  Founding Farmers | Farmers Fishers Bakers  GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar g'eclair  Georgetown Cupcake  Graffiato by Mike Isabella  Hank's Oyster Bar  Jack Rose Dining Saloon  Juniper  Kapnos  Le Diplomate  Lupo Verde  Lyon Hall | Liberty Tavern | Northside Social  Mandu  Mango Tree  Maple  Marcel's by Robert Wiedmaier  Mason Dixie Biscuit Co.  Masseria  Medium Rare  Mon Ami Gabi  New Heights Restaurant  Nicecream Factory  NoPa Kitchen + Bar  Ocopa  Osteria Morini  Penn Commons  Pinea  Pitango Gelato  Pop's SeaBar  Poste Moderne Brasserie  RareSweets  RIS  Room 11  Rural Society  Shake Shack  Sona Creamery & Wine Bar  Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar  The Sweet Lobby  Taberna del Alabardero  Table  Thally  The Fainting Goat  The Hamilton  Tico  Toro Toro  Trummer's On Main Urbana • Vinoteca • VOLT Restaurant Group  Westend Bistro

Monday, March 9, 2015

Newest obsession.... wine concierge services from DCanter on Capitol Hill

My newest obsession - wine concierge services from DCanter on Capitol Hill. Adding to my WineAwesomeness monthly subscription and weekly jaunts to the wine store, DCanter is DC's newest wine and beer boutique located on the Hill on my radar. The store recently launched a monthly wine delivery service of 6 or 12 bottles that fit within your budget delivered right to your door. How's does it work? 

  • Sign up HERE.
  • Have a quick phone chat with their team about your wine preferences, price points, what you like to eat, regions you enjoy and varietals you like.
  • Pick your next delivery date
  • Open your door when they ring and enjoy your wine! 

Co-owner Michelle Lim Warner and her team drop off a delightful selection of wines to your front door that include's tasting notes with each selection.  Skipping months or requesting additional bottles is a breeze and DC residents receive free delivery. Cheers to that! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Why President's Day Weekend is Awesome! It's my birthday and its unlimited tapas and drinks at Boqueria

"If you want to be awesome...treat people awesome." - Robby Novak, Kid President Age 10 (who has a new book out by the way)

While I spend my birthday weekend treating other people awesome (and being awesome), making fresh pasta for friends, dining at my favorite restaurants like Coppi'sBtoo, and Fainting Goat, and rewarding myself with spa treatments at Aveda Logan Circle, you should pop over to Boqueria in Dupont for an unlimited brunch tapas and drinks brunch! 

The restaurant is rolling out the big guns for this special day and guests can enjoy the bottomless tapas specials like Revuelto de Setas de Temporada, soft scrambled eggs, wild mushrooms, goat cheese, Idiazabal cheese and basil; Tortilla de Chorizo, traditional Spanish omelet of eggs, confit potatoes, Spanish onions and chorizo; Butifarra amb Mongetes, Stachowski pork sausage, baby white beans, salsa verde, red onion and cilantro; and more. Check out the full menu HERE.

The meal includes  red, white, and rose sangria, Mimosas, and draft beer with unlimited tapas for just $38 per person. Valid from 10:30am – 2:00pm on my birthday (a.k.a. President's Day).

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Perfect Pairing this Valentine's Day: Gourmet Symphony Premiere at Atlas Performing Arts Center

Looking for something a little different this Valentine's day? Check out the  Gourmet Symphony Premiere taking place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on February 14th. Join DC’s top chefs, mixologists, and classical musicians for multi-sensory concert experience featuring a four-course culinary-inspired meal. While you dine, guests will enjoy the works of Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Ravel. Tickets are $125 and the event will begin at 7 p.m. More details at www.gourmetsymphony.org

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sips and Suppers Returns Benefiting Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen


Join restauranteur Jose Andres, Joan Nathan and Alice Waters as they host Sips and Suppers on January 24th and 25th at the Newseum and in private homes across Washington.  The event benefits  Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen. 

On Saturday, January 24, 2015,  pop over to the Sips cocktail reception where top artisan chefs and mixologists will prepare signature dishes and drinks on two floors.  Tickets are $95 (general) to $200 (VIP).  VIP tickets include signed cookbooks from renowned authors and the opportunity to meet Alice Waters, visionary chef and owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, Joan Nathan, acclaimed cookbook author,Charles Phan of the 2014 James Beard Award-winning restaurant Slanted Door in San Francisco, award-winning chef David Chang of Momofuku fame, and Carla Hall, acclaimed chef, author and star of ABC’s The Chew.  Click HERE to learn more and purchase tickets. 

On Sunday, January 25, 2015, dine at a Supper featuring some of the country’s finest chefs preparing meals in private homes throughout the city. Tickets are $600. Check out the full slate of private chefs dinners HERE.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

It's #GivingTuesday. Now go do some good in the world

It's one of my favorite times of the year! Giving Tuesday, a day when millions worldwide unite in a day of giving and service. I hope you take the time today to find a cause to support, donate your time, attend an event (Twelve Days and Art BUZZ are coming up! this week and next), offer your services pro bono to a nonprofit in need or just do an act of good on the street for a complete stranger. 

And there is one other very cool thing you can do online via Facebook or Twitter. The DC-based tech for good platform GoodWorld enables you to #donate by simply using the hashtag and handle of ANY charity in their network.  

How You #Donate 
  1. Choose one of their 30 partner charities such as No Kid Hungry, Humane Society International, or the Red Cross Los Angeles.
  2. Visit them on Facebook and comment “#donate + any USD amount” (example: Awesome cause! I #donate $25”) on any post OR Visit them on Twitter and tweet “#donate + any USD amount @partnercharity” (example: I #donate $50 @NoKidHungry). 
  3. You’ll receive a link in the reply – follow it to register with GoodWorld and your card will be charged. 

Lets make a big impact together this #GivingTuesday. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Healthy Living Teams with Wolfgang Puck, Republic and Room 11 for a Night Nourishing Communities

Join Healthy Living on December 8th at Pepco Gallery to support their efforts to nourish communities. Healthy Living is an organization whose mission is to educate individuals and low-income families on how they can plan and prepare simple, healthy meals while fostering community spirit.  Guests will enjoy food from Wolfgang Puck, Republic and Room 11 and libations from Idle Cellars, Diamond District Wines and Honest Tea.  Tickets are $70 (early bird) to $100 HERE. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

#GivingTuesday is Just Around the Corner - 10 Nonprofits You Can Support

Great Dane Dog for adption in Austin, Texas - JackFor two consecutive years the well known #GivingTuesday holiday has mobilized millions of individuals and nonprofits globally who have raised money online for charities and causes. On December 2, 2014 the international day of giving will once again commence. As I reflect on what I am thankful for this holiday season I am especially proud of the work from the dedicated staff at the many nonprofits that I have supported and worked with over the years who are making meaningful change within their communities. 

I encourage you to support a charity of your choice this #GivingTuesday or throughout the holiday season. Consider one of the below nonprofits that are filled with passionate advocates for the arts, children, animals, families and education. You can give them your time, donated goods from their wish lists, or your money. Whatever you give, take the time to appreciate what you are thankful this season.

Sitar Arts Center (D.C.) - Children's art center in Adams Morgan that provides dance, theatre, music and art classes for disadvantaged youth.

Paws of Austin (Austin, Texas) - Great Dane rescue organization in Texas (pictured a currently adoptable dog named Jack. Check out him and others up for adoption   HERE.)

Twelve Day of Christmas Inc. (D.C.) - providing Christmas gifts and meals, plus back-to-school supplies to disadvantaged children. 

Community of Hope (D.C.) - Supports families with housing and healthcare in four Wards of the District. 

Sasha Bruce House (D.C.) - provides a safe haven and counseling services for homeless and abused youth.

N Street Village (D.C.) - provides a place of empowerment and recovery for low-income and homeless women.

Washington Animal Rescue League (D.C.) - rescue dog organization.

Reach, Inc. (D.C.) - After school program providing reading instruction and tutors for disadvantaged D.C. youth

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (D.C.) - Organization providing nearly 30,000 DC public and charter school students with free field trips and tickets to cultural institutions throughout the city.

Project Create 
(D.C.) - Nonprofit providing arts instruction  to homeless children in transitional homes and shelters.


Miriam's Kitchen 
(D.C.) - a nonprofit working to end chronic hunger in the District.

Looking for a nonprofit in the D.C. region to support, but just don't know where to start? Check out the Catalogue of Philanthropy that provides a wealth of resources on fully vetted and approved nonprofits that are part of their network. More than 300 organizations across D.C., Maryland and Virginia are a part of the Catalogue family. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Two Events, Two Great Causes this December

It's that time of year again! When your calendars book up with holiday parties and endless celebrations with colleagues and friends. I invite you to join me for two holiday events this season supporting two organizations benefiting D.C. children.

December 4th: Join the ladies of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc. for our Mingle and Jingle Holiday Soiree fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. at Josephine Lounge (1008 Vermont Avenue, NW). 100% donations from this event will be used to purchase holiday gifts and meals for families in need in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. 

Last year our Chapter was able to provide assistance for more than 100 area children and their families, and with your support, we hope to top those efforts this year. I personally am able to shop with these ladies for the children each year. It is a treasured moment each year when we deliver these gifts and see the joy brought to families in need.

Guests will enjoy tunes, festive cocktails, and even better company - the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. This year we'll have DJ Top Choice AND DJ Jahsonic for your entertainment.  Most importantly help us to share our blessings with others and the true spirit of Christmas  through the gift of giving. You can purchase your $40 ticket online at: https://12dayssoiree2014.eventbrite.com
December 12th: ART BUZZ returns on H Street.  Join Cher Castillo Freeman and I from 6 to 9 p.m. at the launch of REMAX Sky's new offices (1425 H. Street NE) for this installation of ART BUZZ with DJ Jahsonic on the decks and artwork from D.C. based artists for purchase. Come drink for a great cause and vie for raffled goodies from Sweetgreen, Ivy & Coney and many more. 100% of proceeds donated will benefit the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and their efforts to provide DC public and chartered schools with access to cultural opportunities throughout the Washington metropolitan area.

Each year 30,000 students from DC public schools attend 500 + free performances at our nation’s world-class cultural institutions through their programs. The talented artist who will display their work at the event will donate 10% of their profits back to the organization. A suggested donation of $10 is requested at the door.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ShopHouse Grand Opening at Union Station to Benefit Capital Area Food Bank this Wednesday

One of my favorite lunch spots, ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen, will open a new store in Union Station (40 Massachusetts Ave, NE)  this Wednesday. Pop over during the grand opening and ShopHouse will donate 100% of proceeds from your purchase to the Capital Area Food Bank (up to $5,000). That's a lot of tasty bowls!  Be sure to mention the fundraiser on opening day in order to have your meal proceeds donated. The Southeast Asian restaurant, created by Chipotle Mexican Grill, pairs the "bold and complex flavors of Southeast Asia with fresh, sustainably raised ingredients, drawing on the dishes and cooking techniques of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore." Click HERE to view their menu. You can't go wrong with my go-to order from their Dupont location (jasmine rice, grilled chicken satay, broccoli, green beans, tamarind vinaigrette sauce, and top it off with crispy garlic).  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Screening of American Wine and Wine Tasting at E Street Cinema on November 13th with Dave McIntyre

The American Heart Association is pleased to invite you to a night of wine and private screening of American Wine on November 13th. The event supports Heart's Delight, the annual event joining master winemakers, chefs and discerning guests for a weeklong celebration of food and wine in the District. 

Dave McIntyre, wine columnist for The Washington Post, will be moderate a Q&A following the film with the directors. Stick around for a wine tasting with selections from Barboursville (Virginia), Boedecker Cellars (Oregon), Brooks (Oregon), Carlisle (California), Chehalen (Oregon), Keswisk (Virginia), Ranson (Oregon), Rex Hill (Oregon), and Scott Paul (Oregon).  Check out his recent article on American Wine Story here. Tickets are $50 online HERE. 

E Street Cinema
555 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC

5:45 pm reception
6:30 pm film
7:50 pm Q&A and tasting reception

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dance for the Homeless and Support the Latin American Youth Center on November 15th

Did you know that…
  • Nearly 4,000 young people in the Washington, D.C. area experience homelessness each year.
  • Almost half of runaway and homeless youth have been physically abused, and....
  • Nearly one in five have been sexually abused?

Due to the lack of available shelters, most of these youth are not in school, "couch surf", and are at higher risk for drug abuse and criminal involvement.  The Latin American Youth Center is addressing these issues through multiple programs for young families and single parents, as well as programs specifically for single and Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender youth.  Their services include transitional living experiences, life skills, case management services, and general counseling support.

November is National Homelessness Awareness Month. To raise funds for LAYC’s work with homeless youth, they are sponsoring a DANCE-A-THON FOR THE HOMELESS on November 15at Wilson High School.  Please consider donating to keep these vital services going.
Their staff have formed teams and are challenging each other to engage friends and family as sponsors for this event. CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket and dance with them on Saturday morning, November 15 – or sponsor one or more young people or adults to dance. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

ThinkFoodGroup Welcomes Mario Batali for a Farm-to-Table Mezze Lunch October 26th

Join Chef José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup at Zaytinya on October 26 at 12:30pm with iconic chef Mario Batali for an afternoon mezze lunch created by Chef Michael Costa. Celebrate the launch of Batali's new book, America: Farm to Table, co-authored with TheWashington Post's Jim Webster. Tickets are $95 for the multi-course meal, select wines and a signed copy of the cookbook. Purchase ONLINE HERE. FRESHFARM is the charity beneficiary of the event and will receive a portion of the event's proceeds. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Best Place to Makeout in D.C. this Fall ? Union Market Drive-In

Oh admit it. You've always wanted to do it....park your ride at a local drive in.....Snuggle up to your date as the flick starts.....eat some gourmet snacks you brought along.....and plant a big one on him/her at that mushy love scene. Well now is your chance! Union Market is bringing back its Drive-In series this Fall on October 10th (Monsters University), October 17th (Rushmore), October 24th (Remember the Titans), October 31st (People's Choice vote via Facebook and Twitter – Halloween Edition between Edwards Scissorhands, Addams Family or Ghostbusters). 

Each night at 6 p.m. the gates will open and the flick begins at 8 p.m. Arrive early for a good spot to park your ride, or bring a blanket and chair for the lawn. Each car is $10 (purchased here) or free for walk-ups in the picnic area. You can munch on gourmet food from 40 local artisan food and beverage vendors all located within Union Market. So go for it, plan that perfect romantic date at the drive-in. 

(photos: Joy Asico)

DATE CHANGE: DC This Week Invites You to Art Buzz @ Sunset Rooftop Soiree + Project Create's 20th's Anniversary Celebration this October

I am thrilled to invite you all to two events taking place in October that will raise funds for D.C. students to experience arts education opportunities in our city. I serve on the board for both organizations and have witnessed first hand the impact the arts have had on students served. I hope you DC This Week readers can join me for one or both! Cheers. Jade

Art Buzz Rooftop Soiree to Support the DC Collaborative: On October 22nd (NEW DATE), Cher Castillo Freeman and I will host an Art Buzz @ Sunset rooftop soiree at the Embassy Row Hotel (2015 Massachusetts Avenue)  from 6 to 9 p.m. Join us on the rooftop for as we drink for a great cause, munch on select appetizers and vie for raffled goodies from Rose's Luxury, Doi Moi and Ivy & Coney with a beautiful view of the DC skyline. This event supports the D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative’s efforts to provide DC public and chartered schools with access to cultural opportunities throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Each year 30,000 students from DC public schools attend 500 + free performances at our nation’s world-class cultural institutions through their efforts. $1 from every draft beer and glass of wine ordered will be donated to the organization. A suggested donation of $10 is requested at the door and you can purchase in advance at http://bit.ly/ArtBuzzDC 

Project Create's 20th's Anniversary Celebration: On October 23rd join me at Paul Hastings Law Firm (875 15th Street NW) for Project Create's 20th anniversary celebration. Project Create provides accessible arts education to children experiencing homelessness and poverty in the District. You'll enjoy a performance from the Washington Ballet's students at THEARC and music by DJ Trevor Martin (of Sticky Rice and Little Miss Whiskeys and the epic 4th of July party). Guests will also have ample hor d'oeuvres and an open bar. This is a can't miss for arts enthusiasts who can take home select artwork up for bid from artists and students across the city. Tickets are $35 in advance until October 5th and then $50 after this date. VIP tickets are $100 and include an art print. Purchase online in advance  at http://bit.ly/ProjectCreate 

Friday, September 19, 2014

CigART with Washington Projects for the Arts Next Tuesday

Join Washington Projects for the Arts (WPA) as they host their annual CigART event on September 23rd at the Capital Skyline Hotel. Guests will enjoy a  poolside evening of cigars, liquor tastings, art and the  Cuban band  Ernesto “El Gato” Gatell.  sponsored by La Palina Cigars, Copper Fox Distillery, MurLarkey Distilled Spirits, and Bloomery Plantation Distillery each guest will walk away with treats from The Grooming Lounge and sponsors.  Tickets are $125 a person HERE.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
7 to 9 p.m.
Capitol Skyline Hotel Lounge & Pool Deck
10 I (eye) Street SW, Washington, DC 20024

Monday, September 15, 2014

Embassy Row Hotel Launches "Support a Cause" series on the rooftop this Wednesday

Join the Embassy Row Hotel as they launch their "Support a Cause series in the District. The Travel Channel’s Kathleen Rellihan will host the inaugural event supporting The Runaway Bridesmaids Race this Wednesday raising funds to fight human trafficking in India and support a shelter in the country's largest red light district. 

Join her for drinks on the rooftop of the Embassy Row Hotel while enjoying raffled prizes and a breathtaking sunset.  $1 from every glass of beer and wine will support The Runaway Brides Race. Special guest Nancy Rivard, CEO of the Airline Ambassadors International, a non-profit organization that helps orphans and vulnerable children worldwide will also be on hand and highlight the organization's anti-trafficking training program at Newark airport, a major hub of sex trafficking in the United States. Read more about the cause HERE.

Wednesday, September 17th
5 to 10 p.m.
The Rooftop at The Embassy Row Hotel
2015 Massachusetts Avenue Washington, DC 20036

Interested in hosting your own "Support a Cause" event on The Rooftop? Email embassyrow@destinationhotels.com  with more on your cause.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Prepare Your Bellies for the Taste of Georgetown this Saturday

Ready your palates because the  21st annual Taste of Georgetown returns to DC this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Rally your family and friends for this outdoor epicurean event that will include signature dishes from 35 Georgetown restaurants. 

Taste of Georgetown is one of my favorite days of the year when Washingtonian's can stroll down Wisconsin Avenue (sans traffic) and pop over to the newly renovated boardwalk for an afternoon of foodie fun. Participating restaurants include 1789, Baked & Wired, Bandolero, Georgetown Cupcake, the new Grill Room at the Capella, Pinstripes, Luke's Lobster, Café Bonaparte, Malmaison, Tony & Joe's and many more. See the full list and dishes to be served from each restaurant  HERE

Guests will also enjoy a  beer and wine pavilion,  music by Gypsy Sally’s, an Iron Chef-style Chef Showdown and a giant cupcake-eating competition from Baked & Wired where guests will attempt to eat a three pound cupcake in under 3 minutes.

Local wine and brews poured will include Paradise Springs, Barboursville, Magic Hat, Pacifico, Strongbow, Chesterfield Ale, Sam Adams, Angry Orchard and more. And all of you fashionistas be sure to pop over to the merchant tent with wares and art from Georgetown retailers All We Art, Reddz TradingJ. McLaughlin and Key Bridge Boat House. The event benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center’s services for the homeless and is open to the public. 

Tickets are $5 for one tasting and $20 for five tastings (online pre-sale only). Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion tickets are $10 for three drinks (online pre-sale only), and $4 for one tasting. CLICK HERE to learn more and purchase tickets.

Giant paella provided by Bodega at last years event.

Children's National Medical Center Hair Braiding Fundraising Event at Aveda Logan 14

Stop by Aveda Logan 14 on Sunday September 14 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to have your hair braided and raise money for the Children's National Medical Center. A suggested $10 donation is requested in exchange for the service. Call 202.506.6868 to request an appointment. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DC Shorts Film Festival Coming September 11-21st to the District

The DC Shorts Film Festival heads back to D.C. September 11 to 21st. Viewers can catch 135 films over the course of 10 days and interact with filmmakers post showings. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Dîner en Blanc Took Over Yard's Park Last Night

The sun setting along the Potomac as a crew team rowed past the diners.

Last night 1,300 Washingtonians adorned in their best whites trekked to the District's inaugural Dîner en Blanc. At 5 p.m. on the dot guests rallied at nearly a dozen metro stops across the city, armed with their tables, chairs, linens, flatware, champagne flutes, center pieces and picnics as they headed to the secret location for the night - Yard's Park. 

The night was certainly "très chic" and filled with libations, jubilation and anticipation for the culinary feasts (provided by guests). There were just a few key rules to follow which attendees honored (well most):
  • Bring a table, two (white) chairs, picnic basket (gourmet picnic dinners were available for purchase), proper stemware, flatware, and china
  • Purchase wine or Moet champagne for your guests on site
  • Wear white and have white table clothes
  • Arrive and depart by organized meeting locations and instructions (no taking Uber's like we did, opps!)
  • And leave with your belongings, leftovers and litter
The coordination was a true reflection of the spirit of the event. Hosted by Linda Davis, Bryer Davis and Justin Ross, Dîner en Blanc capitalized on the global sensation that has hit cities such as Paris, New York, London, Philadelphia and many more. Now in it's 26th year Dîner en Blanc has brought together tens of thousands of diners in secret locations with the sole purpose to share a good meal and take in your city's picturesque locations. The phenomenon began in 1988 in Paris and was launched by François Pasquier and a handful of friends. Check out the photo recap of the event below and sign up for notifications of the future event with costs just $35 HERE.  Watch the documentary on the worldwide event HERE.

DJ Neekola rocked a pair of retro boots and her signature wigs.

As the sun set, guests enjoyed the architectural designs of Yard's Park.

A comfy place to relax in the media tent overlooking the Potomac.

Guests poured in by the hundreds with all the pieces to set up their tables.

Moet provided the Champagne, while guests also purchased other wines on site.

Champagne on ice provided by Moet Chandon.

The sun setting over the park.

Guests Adra Williams and Fran Holuba. 

Just before sunset along the boardwalk.

The night was in full swing with the city in the background.

Guests trekking the quarter-mile from the metro to the secret location.

Skulls were welcomed.

A gorgeous spread provided by the organizers. 

Moet Chandon treated their VIP guests to the tent overlooking the boardwalk.

Time for set up.

These flowers grew in just seconds!

Champagne towers overlooking the Potomac.

Endless white as guests prepared to dine.