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This Week In D.C.: April 30 – May 6

The Hallmark holidays often get a bad reputation, but we’re all for  the opportunity to gather with friends over cocktails and delicious foods.  Things are looking up for the sunshine meter in D.C., so we hope to take advantage of every celebratory moment we can get our hands on. Here’s what’s happening in the District this week! 

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May 15th to June 3rd, the show inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS, tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker – who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But, Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. The show is at the National Theatre, so get ahead of the crowd and buy some tickets, here.

Volo City is an adult sports league non-profit organization, benefitting leagues in each of its cities for kids ages 6-12 years of all genders, abilities, and races to play at zero cost to their families. They also partner with local organizations to provide free meals for younger players. Find a league, here,  and get $5 off your registration with the code “BWB”.

Capitol Hill Film Classic  is the inaugural event that celebrates filmmaking- particularly fresh voices from within the D.C. community. It’s a unique short film competition where local shorts will compete with other shorts from around the world. Right now, they have more than 120 submissions and counting. The CHFC will be at the Miracle Theater in Barracks Row. If you’re a movie star in the making, click the link to find out more.

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D.C. Harvest has an experiential cocktail program where you can taste and learn how to make three cocktails. The experience also comes with an appetizer. You can reserve your experience through their website and make an evening out to dinner a little more special. We made our way over to H Street to try it out, so you know what to expect.

Start planning your Cinco de Mayo festivities early this week! Whether that means making your brunch reservations for the weekend or rolling through for some margaritas, there’s definitely reason to get the party started prematurely. One of our favorite Mexican spots for brunch and drinks is El Techo. Read the review, here

Every Thursday, Colada Shop will rejoice Cuban life with an all-night happy hour affair. Guests will have access to $6 cocktails and $2 empanadas from 4:00 p.m. to closing while listening to the beats of Caribbean tunes. Havana Nights will take place at both Colada Shop locations.


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We already gave Joselito the title of our favorite brunch of 2017, but something you may not know is that it’s also amazing for drinks, light bites, and dinner. Delicious appetizers and libations are only $6.00 during happy hour, but if that’s not enough to get you on over to Capitol Hill, our review of their offerings definitely will.

The Radiator team will be opening up the rooftop bar at the Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel on Saturday, May 5th! To kick off rooftop season, Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden, Lead Bartender Sarah Rosner, and the food and beverage team will be hosting Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Few things are more sacred in Italy than Sunday dinner. Join Via Umbria for their weekly, Pastapalooza Sunday dinner special, featuring all you can eat pasta! Sit around the communal Chef’s Table while your pasta is prepared before your eyes. This menu features three specialty pastas, from recipes that originate in different regions of Italy and are paired with sauces that cry out delizioso!

While the Bitches Who Brunch write this post independently, compensation is received from partnerships with Studio Theatre, Volo City, Joselito, D.C. Harvest, and Via Umbria. 

Dannah Strauss

Dannah is our toughest critic. With a food and drink background, this Bitch brings her sophisticated opinion to the D.C. dining scene. Dannah is our D.C. editor and has all the restaurant intel. She's always game to try something new, but when it comes to brunch, she's looking for the classics done in an exceptional manner. French toast over pancakes, and bloodys over mimosas, always.

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