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.

BONUS!


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.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

DC Oyster Festival Coming to Union Market this Saturday


Join Rappahannock Oyster Bar at Union Market this Saturday September 6th from noon to 5 p.m. for their first oyster festival. Local brewers and vineyards will also be on site pouring the perfect pairings with oysters, including D.C. Brau, 3 Stars Brewing Company, Red Apron, Gordy’s Pickles, Early Mountain Vineyard, DCity Smokehouse, James River Distillery, Catoctin Creek Distillery, Timber Pizza, Flying Dog Brewery and more. Tickets are $20 for 5 oysters and one alcoholic beverage HERE.


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).