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This Week in DC: March 23-29

Happy first week of Spring, loves!

We’re getting our online shopping fix this Monday morning on Gilt City. The luxury online retailer launched the “Best of Gilt City” in each city today, showcasing the most popular offers and experience in the District. Get incredible deals on dining, spas and more. In particular, we’re fond of the Rogue 24 deal. Click here.

Celebrate the birth of one of D.C.’s most legendary culinary personalities, Chef Michel Richard. In honor of Le Grande Chef Michel’s birthday, Executive Chef David Deshaies put together a special menu with his favorites. (Read our interview with David here). The menu begins with a signature recipe, crab cake on a bed of leek tartare; followed by Prime Rib au Jus, with horseradish, baked potato and green beans, a dish that proves culinary genius lies in perfected simplicity. The three-courses are available either a la carte or as a prix fixe menu. Central, Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

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Is it Cherry Blossom season yet? This spring, Union Market will get in the pink spirit to honor D.C.’s most prized floral tradition, the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Through mid April the market is offering blossom-inspired perks, including free rosé tastings, unique dinnerware discounts and a deliciously sweet Sakura Black tea blend commemorating the festival’s Japanese origins. Click here to get more info. 1309 5th Street NE.

Tonight, Thrive DC and Weschler’s, two organizations with deep roots in the community, are hosting the Eighth Annual Penn Quarter on the Block: Cocktail Party and Auction. The event will feature live and silent auctions, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails. Some of the auction items include an in-home chef-prepared dinner for four, numerous gift certificates to some of D.C.’s best restaurants, concert tickets, gym memberships, ski and golf packages, and theatre tickets. Get tickets here.

We think Friday night calls for some wine, and you’re in luck: RAMW is presenting Spring Wine Fling, a week-long celebration of acclaimed wine programs at some of the finest restaurants and bars across Washington. Beginning Monday, oenophiles will be able to sip and savor specially priced wine flights, exclusive tastings and pairing menus perfect for turning winter blues into reds, whites, roses, and even an occasional orange. We know that Central’s Sommelier will be reaching into the cellar to share some of his favorite bottles at specially promoted prices. For the full list of participating restaurants or for more information on Spring Wine Fling offers, click here.


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Brunch. Lately, we’ve loved Glen’s Garden Market and St. Arnold’s in Cleveland Park. (Why not take in a workout class at VIDA U Street beforehand?) Or, use our brunch search finder to find spots open on a Saturday. After brunch, why not a little retail therapy?

After 11 years in business, Urban Chic Boutique is relaunching this spring with a newly curated collection of emerging and exclusive designers. The Georgetown boutique will unveil the new matrix to customers via Open House festivities through the weekend, featuring multiple trunk shows, refreshments and, of course, expert style advice. 1626 Wisconsin Ave NW.

Out in the Suburbs, Westfield Montgomery is celebrating spring with floral designs, spring fashions, and Lilly Pulitzer. (Sounds like spring to us!) There are complimentary floral design classes with expert florists, Lilly Pulitzer prints and gift bags, complimentary spring bites from Lobster ME. You’ll also receive access to spring fashion discounts with the Petal Pass program. So, arrive, make some bouquets, buy some spring fashions, and get ready for the week ahead!  Register to with the names of all guests and requested session time (Subject line: Floral Design Class). 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Westfield Montgomery, Bethesda, Md.

Becca and Cori Sue

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