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This Week: April 22-28

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Good morning, kittens. How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was filled with all of my favorite things: a best friend in town visiting, a long wine-fueled dinner with gal pals at Lavagna, shopping in Georgetown, a surprise Georgetown Cupcake delivery, fresh flowers, brisk runs, yoga, and an evening spent dancing until the wee hours of the morning with a very handsome gentleman.

And now, it’s Monday, and I’m suffering. Let’s aim to make this our most productive week yet, as there’s more fun to be had come Friday. If you need a break, there’s plenty between now and then for you to do ’round Washington. Let’s use the great memories from the weekend to carry us through to the next.

Monday

Happy Earth Week!

Head to sister restaurants Farmers, Fishers, Bakers and Founding Farmers to celebrate mother earth with beer. Over at FFB at the Georgetown Waterfront, there’s an Earth Day Beer Dinner with Long Trail Brewing Co., featuring four courses of farm-inspired plates paired with beers from Long Trail, an environmentally conscious brewery based in Vermont. Dinner kicks off promptly at 7 p.m. in the restaurant’s Larder area. All-inclusive tickets, $49. Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, 3000 K Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Over on Pennsylvania Avenue, Rogue Farms Tap is taking over Earth Week at Founding Farmers. Rogue Farms, an Oregon-based brewery and distillery, will have six beers on tap, including 19 Original Colonies Mead, Good Chit Pilsner, OREgasmic Ale, Roguenbier Rye Ale, and more. The week-long tap takeover will kick off on Earth Day, April 22, with special Rogue Farms souvenirs and whiskey tastings from 5-7 p.m. Founding Farmers, 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. (202) 822- 8783.

Wednesday

Work out, have fun, and network all at the same time. The ladies being LEVO League, a Gen-Y mentoring organization, are teaming up with Balance Gym, Sweet Green and Dance Trance for a NetWorkOut (read: a workout class followed by networking). Head to Balance gym for a Dance Trance class, a fun fitness program that combines aerobics with dance choreography to Top 40, dance, club, rock, pop, and hip-hop songs. 8 to 9 p.m. with a happy hour on the rooftop afterward. Sweetgreen will provide samples of its Sweetpress juice, and there will be wine for those who’d prefer a post-sweat-sesh glass of vino. $20. Balance Gym, Thomas Circle, 1111 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. RSVP required online.

Or, if you’re feeling more gluttonous, head to the Capital Grille to drink some vino for a good cause. (Plus, the lobster mac-n-cheese is to-die-for. Oh, and the steaks.) In March, the restaurant kicked off its fourth-annual Artist Series Wine program, which features an exclusive 2009 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon adorned with an original piece of artwork as its label. Last fall, the Grille held a contest for artists to submit original pieces of artwork to become the label of the 2009 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, and “Golden Moments” by North Carolina artist Sherry McAdams won. Through April 28, for every bottle of 2009 Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon sold, The Capital Grille will donate $25 to Share Our Strength to aid in its mission to combat childhood hunger. Additionally,The Capital Grille guests across the country will have an opportunity to place a sealed bid to purchase the painting, with the tour making its final stop at the Chevy Chase on Wednesday, April 24. So, head to dinner, bid on some artwork, enjoy a great steak and a bottle of wine.

Thursday

Please join us at Hank’s Oyster Bar this evening for the 17th Annual Dining Out for Life DC. Have dinner with us and a portion of your bill benefits Food & Friends, a nonprofit that works to foster a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling. Tonight, 100 participating restaurants in DC, MD, and VA will donate 25 to 110% of sales to Food & Friends. We, ze Bitches, have taken on hostessing duties at Hank’s. We’d love it if you’d make your dinner plans at Hank’s and come say hello—we’ll toast to good deeds over oysters and prosecco. Hank’s Oyster Bar, 1624 Q Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday

GregsListDC and What Do I Wear are hosting a Great Gatsby Movie Party at the historic SunTrust Bank building’s exclusive penthouse overlooking The White House. The event will feature an open bar (including the signature cocktail of the era, Mint Juleps!), light hors d’oeuvres, desserts, the chance to snag advance screening passes to The Great Gatsby (starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire), movie swag, and a pop-up photo booth down in SunTrust Bank’s antique vault. Guests will dance the night away with new and old tunes, while enjoying a rarely seen panoramic city view. Attire: Your best Gatsby and Daisy inspired cocktail. Tickets, $40 for early birds, $60 on Monday. Facebook RSVP.

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Saturday

Head to the Blaguard for a special pie and coffee brunch (yes, you read that correctly). Saturday, Qualia Coffee, a local coffee roastery in Petworth, and local bakery Whisked! are serving up gourmet coffee and pies during this one-day only brunch. The Blaguard will also offer drink specials, including $4 mimosas. Patrons will be able to watch select episodes of Twin Peaks in the upstairs dining room. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Blaguard, 2003 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you’re feeling a bit more frisky Saturday, head to to the Margarita March. Marchers will enjoy a different 12-ounce pour of Mexico’s favorite cocktail as they skip or stumble from venue to venue. Participating bars and restaurants are Alero (U Street), Bar Rouge, Ben’s Next Door, Judy Restaurant, La Villa, Nellie’s Sports Bar, Tabaq Bistro and Stoney’s. Restaurants will feature beer specials of $3 Corona, Corona Light, Modelo Especial, Negro Modelo and Pacifico; and food pairings at $4 to $7 hand-selected by each venue’s Executive Chef. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Inspirational Medicine and Washington Literacy Center, leading local non-profit organizations that directly support vulnerable populations in Baltimore and Washington. Tickets start at $50, $60 for VIP. The day begins at noon at Alero, 1301 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Sunday

Come join me at the 11th annual Carpenter’s Cook-Off at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. The event features local top restaurants–including Brabo, Cheesetique, the Majestic and more– showcasing their chefs’ talents while increasing awareness and raising funds for one of Northern Virginia’s largest homeless shelters. Carpenter’s Shelter provides critical services to over 1,000 children and families each year. I’ll be judging the food at the event, so drop by and say hi!  Tickets,$65. 12-3 p.m. Birchmere,

Or, if you’d like to stay in the City, head to Petworth.

French-themed Sunday Fundays with a DJ, mimosas, and a patio? We literally cannot think of a better way to spend your hazy, boozy, oh-no-it’s-almost Monday afternoons. F.T.W., a collective of Washington, D.C. based professional DJs, launches “Le Social Sundays”, at Chez Billy in Petworth this Sunday. Le Social Sundays is a feel-good party—brunch, mimosas, friends, a killer patio, and DJs spinning your fave tunes. Resident DJs Mathias, & Skim of F.T.W. DJs will play jams of every genre including indie, classic house, moombahton, 80s/90s/current pop, new & old school hip-hop, funk, soul, r&b, go-go, disco, reggae, rock, UK dance, and more to provide a great summertime vibe. Each week we will host a special guest DJ. 3 p.m. Chez Billy, 3815 Georgia Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20011.

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