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This Week (April 25 – May 1)

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That was such a beautiful Easter weekend (and it’s not over yet—the Obamas are rolling eggs across the White House lawn today). I even got a little sun-kissed on my shoulders! Thanks be to Vitamin D.

This week is packed, as well. And, of course, on Friday, the most eligible bachelor on the planet is being married off to the most disgustingly perfect woman on the planet (cue media frenzy). That morning, I will be up at the crack of dawn, nursing my Royal Wedding envy over mimosas, before I jet off to Boston to spend the weekend with some college friends.

Have a great one, loves!


If you didn’t get your fill of chocolate on Easter, head to the Mandarin Oriental tonight for the annual Sweet Charity event. The highlight of the evening will be the highly acclaimed Des Alpes Chocolate Fashion Show, where award-winning chefs demonstrate their mastery of cocoa and couture by dressing models in edible chocolate outfits. Co-hosted by The Heart of America Foundation and AUI (Albert Uster Imports), a Swiss fine gourmet food company, Sweet Charity features 60 award-winning chefs showcasing their culinary and pastry talents at sweet and savory tasting stations. The event raises money and awareness for the Heart of America Foundation’s Books From the Heart program, which provides thousands of books for children living in poverty in the D.C. area. Click here for tickets.


Fashion designer Derek Lam is making a personal appearance at a champagne reception at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase on Tuesday. From 3 to 4, guests can meet the designer and check out the Fall/Winter 2011 collection. The collection will also be available Wednesday and Thursday as well. 5555 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815.


Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis will be in town Wednesday to help the Girl Scouts lead the charge to promote healthy and positive images of women and girls in the media. Along with former FCC commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate, the National Association of Broadcasters, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and The Creative Coalition, the event will launch Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls. And yes, there will be Girl Scout cookies, too! The event is from 2 to 3:30 at the National Association of Broadcasters, 1771 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. RSVP to [email protected].


This Thursday at Taberna Del Alabardero, chef Javier Romero and sommelier Gustavo Iniesta present a unique wine tasting dinner with special guest Alejandro Luna Beberide, owner and wine-maker from Luna Beberide Winery & Aurelio Cabestrero, Grapes of Spain’s owner. The menu is amazing (check it out here), including grilled octopus, foie gras, smoked tuna, beef strip loin, cured cheeses, and more—plus, of course, extraordinary wine. $95 per person (tax and service included); click here to make reservations. 1776 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.


Friday night kicks off the spring social season with the 56th Annual Corcoran Ball, which benefits the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Or, if you’re looking for a more wild night, head to the Hirshhorn Museum for the first of the year’s After Hours. The party will feature music and dancing (and signature cocktails) in the courtyard of the donut-shaped museum. The Extreme Animals duo will perform a melange of live music, theatrics, and video. And DJ Shea Van Horn will shed his drag alter ego to heat up the dance floor. Get tickets here.


Get your Saturday workout in on the roof of the Swedish Embassy this Saturday and Sunday. As part of its Fabric of Life program, the embassy will be offering free pilates classes – just bring your mat! Saturday and Sunday at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Reservations required, just email [email protected]


The Strokes will be performing at the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavillion on Sunday. Enjoy live music and delicious and hearty grub from local farmers at the totally carbon-neutral event. Presented by Sweetgreen, the D.C.-based restaurant group that leads the national charge in sourcing delicious local and organic ingredients, the festival will also feature performances by Girl Talk, Lupe Fiasco, Crystal Castles, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot, Walk the Moon, U.S. Royalty, and Modern Man. $55. Get tickets here.

Jamie Oliver x sweetgreen from sweetgreen on Vimeo.

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  1. Seriously, I can’t state enough – you all are better than the DC Visitor’s bureau in terms of letting me know what’s going on in town. You’re the best thing that’s happened to my move here!

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