Thursday, August 21, 2014

Drizly Launches On-Demand Booze in the District

This week Drizly, a smartphone app for alcohol delivery launched in beta in the District guaranteeing booze in less than 40 minutes. 

On-demand services across the U.S. are making it easier (and lazier) than ever for customers to have access to their favorite restaurants and grocery stores through places like PostmatesOrderUp and GrubHub; quick car service or wheels through Uber, Zipcar and Lyft; 100 + health and wellness supplies in less than 10 minutes through the recently launched Uber Corner Store; and now on-demand booze through Drizly.



Drizly delivers currently in Georgetown, AdMo, Woodley Park, Dupont Circle, and Foggy Bottom. Anyone 21 years and up can order beer, wine and spirits. Check it out and use the promo code DCINSIDER for free delivery (usually $5) throughout their beta testing period.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

UPDATE: DC Beer Week Returns

DC Beer Week is a celebration of good beer in the District taking place August 17th through the 24th.  Pop over to some of my favorite venues below or the various events and seminars that week. Follow the chatter on Twitter at #DCBW2014.

Church Key has a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Takeover on Sunday, August 17th at 11:30 a.m. featuring 12 collaboration brews from Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp series, plus a slew of draft & cask rarities from the likes of Cigar City, Victory, Allagash, Oskar Blues, Bell's & Firestone Walker.

Belga Café is hosting a beer dinner with New Belgium Brewery on Tuesday, August 19th at 6:30pm. Enjoy a four course menu paired with 7 beers at only $59 per person. Make a reservation on Opentable.com or call.

Btoo will have 1/2 price selected large format beers on Monday, August 18th and a '3 bites & 3 beers' "Hoppy Hour" with vintage Goose Island on Wednesday, August 20th.


Pinstripes in Georgetown will host a DC Beer Week Happy Hour with their entire all-local draft beer list going for $4 a pop during afternoons and late night. The bowling and dining venue's six local drafts include Victory Brewing's Prima Pils, 3 Stars Brewing's Peppercorn Saison and Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA.

Soi38 (one of my favorite new hidden restaurants in the city) will celebrate Thai beer with a special on Singha beers all week long on draft for $3.25.

Check out the massive amount of other events across the city taking place August 17th - 24th  HERE.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nearly 40 DC Restaurants Make Wine Spectator's 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards


The esteemed Wine Spectator 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards is out! 3,748 award winners from across the U.S. and abroad made the list, including 37 from the District and many more from Maryland and Virginia. Check out the full list of winners and be sure to pop in to some of my favorites - Blue Duck Tavern, BLT Steak, City Zen, Del Campo, Le Diplomate, Proof, Marcel's, Minibar and Plume at the Jefferson. By far some of the best restaurants in the city whose wines I have enjoyed. A BIG congrats to each for the nod!  Find all of the restaurants in WineSpectator.com’s Restaurant Search, which allows users to find information about their wine selections, cuisine, prices, key staff and more. See who made the list in D.C. below.










Thursday, July 17, 2014

BEEP BEEP! Veuve Clicquot Mail Truck Rolling into DC and Virginia

We all remember the Veuve Clicquot airstream that hit the District last year. Well they've created a new experience for consumers and lovers of Champagne. From July 25th to August 2nd pop over to any of these D.C. and Virginia locations to enjoy a glass of bubbly, entertainment and select bites from each locale.
  • Hotel Monaco in Old Town, Alexandria from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on July 25th. Guests can purchase Yellow Label by-the-glass for $7 or by-the-bottle for $40 and Rose by-the-glass for $8 or a by-the-bottle for $45 with a live band to set the mood.
  • A-Town will host a  lunch buffet from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m on Sunday, July 27th. Guests can enjoy refreshing sorbet, participate in a Jenga tournament or snap pics at the photobooth. Guests can purchase Yellow Label by-the-glass for $10 and by-the-bottle for $99, and Rose by-the-glass for $12 and by-the-bottle for $109.
  • The W Hotel will host a Clicquot by Mail bash to kick off the truck’s stop in on July 30th  from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Guests can enjoy Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label by-the-glass for $18 paired with homemade potato chips, gourmet rosemary French fries and crab beignets. There will also be a calligraphist on site to transcribe personalized messages and letters for guests.
  • The Washington Hilton invites you to enjoy a hot summer night with a Veuve Clicquot mimosa and bellini bar from which guests can choose fresh fruit purees on July 31 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There will also be live music and Yellow Label by-the-glass for $14. 
  • Boss Shepard will have specials on Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label and Rosé all night long August 1st. 
  • STK will have Yellow Label by-the-glass for $18 paired with local, fresh raw bar appetizers on August 2nd from 4 to 6 p.m. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Coming Soon: Cocktails@Sunset: A Party with a Purpose at Baby Wale on August 7th

Join me with the ladies of the Ladies of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc.
on August 7th at Baby Wale.

100% of donations from this event will be used to purchase back-to-school supplies 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.


Tickets are $25 (prior to July 31st online) or $35 HERE. See you there!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Coming Soon: Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure Hosts HOPE Documentary Film Premiere August 7th

I first heard the story of Maria Parker last year. A world record-holding endurance cyclist Maria Parker, biked 3,000 miles across America (250-350 miles per DAY) to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer research and Accelerate BrainCancer Cure (ABC2)

This was part of the grueling Race Across America (RAAM) 2013 to raise $1 million for brain cancer research on behalf of her sister, Jenny, and all those affected by  brain cancer. I've known two people in my life who have passed away from brain tumors and have witnessed firsthand the work that ABC2 has done to partner with  entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers to find a cure for brain cancer.  

Maria, a Northern Virginia native, undertook a 3,000 mile bike race to honor her sister’s battle with brain cancer.  An accident that destroyed equipment and devastated rider and crew could  not stop the team.  She rode on to the greatest comeback in the world’s toughest race.

On August 7th join Maria  at the Goethe-Institut Washington for the DC premiere of the HOPE documentary - a story about hope in the face of terminal illness and Maria Parker's incredible 2013 Race Across America.  It is about refusing to accept impossible.  Watch the film trailer below or HERE.  Tickets for the premiere can be purchased online for $35 HERE or you can attend the VIP premiere and cocktail reception with Maria for $100 HERE.

Brain cancer is the leading cause of tumor cancer deaths among children and young adults.  There are more than 600,000 people in the U.S. today with a brain tumor diagnosis, and another 66,000 new diagnoses are expected this year.  It is a uniquely challenging disease that is not only in need of additional attention, but also an increase in strategic, focused research funding.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Support N. Street Village When You Shop at Whole Foods on P Street July 16th


On Wednesday, July 16 pop over to the Whole Foods Market on P Street. Five percent of your entire purchase will support N Street Village’s programs and services. So racking up $100 + on a small basket of goods won't make you feel so guilty this time. N Street Village provides services for nearly 1,400 low-income and homeless women each year. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Top 10 Things to do in D.C. July 4th Weekend


10. Malmaison in Georgetown hosts their Second Annual Pre-Independence Day celebration this Thursday. White attire is a must. RSVP HERE.

9. Sheldon Scott hosts a "Family" Barbeque bash at Gibson with his secret Carolina sauce and crab feast for guests this Friday. Details HERE.

8. DJ Gavin Holland and special guests host the wildly popular Nouveau Riche dance party and rooftop bash at Redrocks this Friday. Details HERE.

7. NOMA hosts third annual July 4th Bash. The public event takes places from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy a moonbounce, slides, free food for the first 200 people courtesy of Harris Teeter and live bluegrass from the Page County Ramblers. Details HERE.

6. Whip up some tasting treats care of Food & Wine Magazine for your barbeque. Recipes HERE.

5. Watch the Independence Day Parade on Friday along the Mall. The parade kicks off at 11:45 a.m. on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW. Details HERE.

4. Watch the fireworks on the Mall with a hundred thousand other onlookers. Be prepared for crowds, security and heat. Gates open at 3 p.m. and fireworks start at roughly 8:30 p.m. Arrive well in advance and drinks LOTS of water. Details HERE.

3.  Book brunch at btoo (sister restaurant of Belga) on 14th Street and enjoy their delectable lobster waffle and bucket of bacon. Book HERE.

2. Find a friend with a rooftop and bring plenty of beer, food and a hostess gift to join in the fun. If you have no friend with a roof deck then...........

1. Tweet or message me @JadeFloydDC and I'll invite you to our rooftop bash with DJ Trevor Martin and catering from Red, Hot and Blue. We know how to throw down on the 4th (last year's photo pictured).


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Join Local "Chefs Behind Bars" to End Childhood Hunger this June 26th

Save the date for June 26th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. as DC’s top chefs mix up their favorite cocktails at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel rooftop for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.  Guest will enjoy music by DJ Neekola (one of my favs in the District), an auction, and delectable bites courtesy of Art & Soul and Rappahannock River Oysters.



Chefs include: 
  • Wes Morton/Art and Soul
  • Amy Brandwein/Alba Osteria
  • Matt Hill/Liberty Tavern/Lyon Hall
  • Jonah Kim
  • Spike Mendelsohn/Good Stuff Eatery
  • Jesse Miller/Bar Pilar
  • Dimitri Moshovitis/Cava Mezze
  • Nick Stefanelli/Bibiana  
The chef who wins the most fan favorite votes that night will be crowned the reigning Chef Behind Bars! Tickets are $40 HERE. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Screen on the Green returns to the National Mall July 21st with Karate Kid

Save the date! HBO and Comcast will present the 16th annual Screen on the Green.  Join a few thousand of your fellow Washingtonian's for the free outdoor screenings each Monday evening at sunset on the Mall between 7th and 12th Streets.  Shows include:
  • July 21st - Karate Kid
  • July 28th - Lover Come Back
  • August 4th - Key Largo
  • August 11th - A Solider's Story
Click HERE to learn more. Be sure to pack yourself a picnic, blankets, bug spray and beverages.


Monday, May 19, 2014

12 Things to do in D.C. this Memorial Day Weekend

12. Take a ride on the brand new ferris wheel at the National Harbor.
11. Drive down to Anapolis, Maryland for the Blue Angels Air Show. 
10. Avoid driving near the National Mall or any freeway into the city. No seriously, unless you want to be caught in traffic with tens of thousands of motorcyclist during Rolling Thunder's yearly mecca to the District.
9. Party with DJ Neekola and Caseo at the W Hotel rooftop for a private soiree overlooking the monuments. Tickets are $10 HERE.
8. Visit Hillwood Estate and Gardens and pack a picnic for the lawn. Free to tour the grounds and gardens and $12 to view the mansion and its esteemed art collection.
7. Watch the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall for free. See the full lineup of performers and hosts HERE.
6. Listen to Jazz in the Garden at the Sculpture Garden on Friday afternoon with friends while you enjoy delicious pitchers of sangria for sale on site.
5. Roadtrip to Virginia wine country and pop over to some of the best vineyards in region. Be sure to check out Barbousville, Pippin Hill, Keswick, Early Mountain, Linden, Glen Manor, Ankida Ridge, and RdV (private reservation needed). Plan an evening dinner at Vintage and stay at the Inn at Willow Grove or Clifton Inn.
4. Visit the Memorials honoring our nation's fallen and jump on a Pedicab by the hour to avoid the long walk in the sun.
3. Pop over to Union Market and H Street for some culinary fare. Be sure to check out the home decor and design store Salt & Sundry (pictured). Then finish off at the Biergarten House for some brews.
2. Visit the recently re-opened National Cathedral and venture to the very top for a 360 degree view of the city.
1. Venture to DC's 15 breweries to taste what's on tap and learn more about their brewmaking process. 

Have a phenom Memorial Day! 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Chef Jose Andres and LivingSocial present Dine-N-Dash benefitting World Central Kitchen June 10th

Join LivingSocial and Chef Jose Andres on June 10th as they partner with World Central Kitchen, an organization dedicated to finding solutions for hunger and poverty worldwide, for the second annual Dine-N-Dash event on Tuesday, June 10. Guests will enjoy specialty dishes and cocktails from Cuba Libre, PEPE, DC Empanadas, Poste Brasserie, Del Campo, Proof, Jaleo, SEI, Menu/MBK, TaKorean, Oyamel, Zaytinya and The Partisan. The evening of restaurant-hopping begins at 6:00 p.m. and features unlimited featured drinks and up to five tastings at each restaurant. 

Tickets start at $99 for general admission and $249 for VIP which includes express access and up to five tasting at each of the thirteen restaurants, pedicab transportation throughout the night and an after-party with José Andrés. For $400 you can enjoy all the perks of VIP, along with exclusive access to a pre-party at 5:00 p.m. with Chef Andrés at BarMini. Learn more and purchase tickets HERE.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Chef's Best Dinner & Auction Returns to D.C. May 13th Limited Number of FLASH tickets on Sale



On Tuesday, May 13th join Food & Friends for Chef's Best at the Washington Hilton. More than 50 area chefs from local restaurants like Posto, Art and Soul, Pearl Dive Oyster Bar, Lincoln, Teddy & the Bully Bar, Doi Moi, Boqueria and others will dish out their favorite menu items. Guests will also have the chance to bid on the silent auction which includes food and wine getaways, private dining experiences and more. Proceeds will benefit, Food & Friends, an organization serving individuals  living with cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging illnesses. They provide more than 1.2 million meals to more than 3,000 people in the D.C. Metropolitan area each year. For two days only receive $50 OFF your tickets from through May 8th HERE

Thursday, May 1, 2014

DC area brew champions celebrate their Beer Program of the Year nod May 8th

The official RAMMY award Beer Program of the Year finalists are treating guests to hops in celebration of their nominations. Pop over and support your favorite watering hole on Thursday, May 8th.

will feature drafts and casks from Surly Brewing Company at The Surly Brewing Company Draft & Cask Takeover. 

Brasserie Beck (K Street) offers all-day $10 Antigoon Beer and Brats Special. 

Granville Moore’s (H Street and pictured above) will offer special promotions on their Belgian bottles and drafts.

Lyon Hall (Arlington) will host a pig roast and barbque with Chef Matt Hill and hold a special tasting session of “Barrel-Aged” cellared beers.

Mad Fox Brewing Company (Falls Church) will host brewery tours at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Afterwards stick around for drafts on tap.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dine Out For Life this Thursday at more than 100 Local DC Restaurants to Support Food & Friends


Join Food and Friends on April 24th along with thousands of DC diners who will stand up against HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. More than 100 area restaurants have pledged to contribute 25% to 100% of their revenues to benefit Food and Friends’ clients living with these debilitating diseases.  See the list of participating restaurants at www.foodandfriends.org/dol Reservations can be made on OpenTable: Washington DC Restaurants or through the restaurants directly.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Common Threads World Festival Coming to Capital Liaison Hotel April 24th



Join 20 of DC's best chefs as they prepare ethnically inspired small bites for Common Threads’ core after-school program, Cooking Skill's World Cuisine.  Stamp your culinary passport as the chefs team up with Common Threads students to create their dishes and featured mixologists create cocktails and spirits by Diageo. 

The event takes places the Liaison Capitol Hill (415 New Jersey Avenue) from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $150 HERE. 100% of funds raised will help support Common Threads student and family programs. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Join Salt & Sundry and Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits on April 24th for Demystifying Absinthe Class & Tasting


Join Salt & Sundry and Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  on Thursday, April 24th as you explore Absinthe. Damien Lahoux from The Opici Wine Group will share four unique styles of Absinthe from France, Switzerland and the burgeoning American craft Absinthe scene. Guests will be treated to their very own set of Absinthe accessories, complimentary of Salt & Sundry. Tickets are $45  HERE.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Spa Week Returns to D.C., Maryland and Virginia April 21-27th


It's back! For one week local D.C., Maryland and Virginia spas will provide discounts on services to guests. For just $50 enjoy stress melter treatments, massages, facials, mani/pedis and much more. Learn more and find the spas HERE and book NOW to lock in your reservation as the week does fill up fast. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

9:30 Club Concerts You Must See this Summer















The Faint May 20th (tickets are $20 HERE)

















Kaiser Chiefs on June 18th (tickets are $30 HERE)

Coming Soon: 2014 SAVOR Craft Beer & Food Experience May 9-10th

Save the date for the SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience presented by the Brewers Association. The event will take place May 9 - 10th at the National Building Museum. Tickets are $135 to $155 HERE. Enjoy 76 small and independent American craft breweries, hailing from 29 different states and representing all regions of the country, along with food pairings designed by Brewers Association culinary consultant Chef Adam Dulye, co-owner/chef of San Francisco’s The Monk’s Kettle and The Abbot’s Cellar.




Thursday, March 13, 2014

It's Puppy Time! Washington Animal Rescue League to Host Adoption Event at Logan Circle ACE Hardware this Saturday

Head to the Washington Animal Rescue League adoption event at Logan Circle ACE Hardware this Saturday at noon! We’ll be at Logan Hardware at 1416 P Street, NW, Washington, DC, with some adorable pets looking for their forever homes. So stop by between noon and 2 p.m. this Saturday and meet your new best friend. Our foster dog Noggin (pictured) will also be there searching for his new parents! 

All animals have been examined by a veterinarian, spayed or neutered, vaccinated, micro-chipped, and evaluated by certified trainers.  More details HERE.


Monday, March 10, 2014

Blo Blow Dry Bar Wisks Into the District

Ready your locks ladies. The Blo Blow Dry Bar hits the District on March 22. The new store, located in Dupont, is an affordable go-to station for your black tie balls and night out on the town. 

Visit the store during opening weekend (March 22 or 23rd) and Blo Blow Dry Bar will offer specially priced $25 blo outs with a percentage of sales going to the Washington Humane Society.


2126 P Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
202.293.2256 for appointments
Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 
Thursday-Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Appointments from 7 a.m., Monday - Friday






Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Coming Soon: 5x5 A Project of the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities: Transforming the District with Public Art




Mayor Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) have announced the second iteration of 5x5, A Project of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Five curators, Lance Fung, Shamim M. Momin, Stephanie Sherman, Justine Topfer and A.M. Weaver, will  initiate 25 ground-breaking public art installations. Watch the video to learn more. The installations will be unveiled this Fall. Learn more HERE.