Will this winter ever end? I spent the weekend indoors with my beau, working on some exciting Bitch projects. When I wasn’t working, I was brunching—with fabulous brunches at Bar Charley and Fiola Mare. (Reviews and food porn forthcoming.)
Now that the rain has stopped, it’s time to step out into the sunshine and rejoin the ranks of society. Here’s your calendar for the week. Cheers to spring!
Taste the Nation, one of the many charitable tasting events hosted at the National Building Museum, occurs this evening. Guests can snack on all sorts of delicious treats and sample great wine and cocktails. The event features chefs Victor Albisu (Del Campo, Taco Bamba), Scott Drewno (The Source), Nick Stefanelli (Bibiana) and Bryan Voltaggio (VOLT, Range and Family Meal), as well as mixologists Gina Chersevani (Hank’s Oyster Bar on The Hill and Buffalo and Bergen) and Derek Brown (Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich, Southern Efficiency, and The Passenger), and sommelier Nadine Brown (Charlie Palmer Steak). Proceeds benefit No Kid Hungry, which works to combat childhood hunger in the United States. Tickets, $120. 7 to 10 p.m., 401 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The nasty weather we had all weekend is supposed to clear up Tuesday, and spring might finally have sprung. Celebrate by heading to P.J. Clarke’s to celebrate its patio opening with 50-cent oysters and $4 Port City beers, a happy hour special that will continue every Tuesday all spring long. The event is free and open to the public. 4 p.m., P.J. Clarke’s, 1600 K. St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you’re looking for something more calm, head to Black Salt for a winemaker dinner with Big Table Farm Winery from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. A four-course tasting menu from Executive Chef Mike Huff will be paired with wines from Big Table. Big Table’s co-owner Clare Carver will be on hand to discuss the wines and tell the story of the winery she and her husband own and operate as a vineyard and working farm, and whose renowned Pinot Noirs have caught the attention of a number of wine critics. Tickets, $90, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call (202) 342-9101 to purchase. 7 p.m. 4883 MacArthur Blvd. N.W., Washington, D.C.
It’s Marvin Gaye Day! Celebrate the legendary crooner with a series of performances at his restaurant namesake, kicked off by D.C. indie rock band, U.S. Royalty, showing how Marvin’s influence transcends not only time, but also genre. Additionally, neighboring Som Records vinyl shop will host a “Hitsville Pop-up Shop” at Marvin selling the best vinyl from the 1960s to the early 1980s. The party begins at 4 p.m. and performances begin at 5pm. Marvin, 2007 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
It’s that time of the month, ladies. Time for the Phillips After 5. Held the first Thursday of every month, the event features art, cocktails, music and socializing themed around the museum’s latest exhibit—which is currently Depression Era American Art. 5-8:30 p.m. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Union Market is going fashion-forward with the arrival of Thread, a pop-up shop featuring a carefully curated collection of both nationally recognized brands and emerging independent designers from around the country. The event hopes to bring fashion innovation to D.C. The pop-up starts Friday and goes through the weekend. Union Market, Florida Avenue NE & 6th Street N.E., Washington, D.C
Start your morning off right and celebrate spring with one of my favorite Washington activities, Cherry Blossom Yoga on the Mall. Hosted by Lululemon, the yoga class is on the National Mall by the Washington Monument. Bring your own yoga mat and water bottle and join VIDA Fitness trainers for some much-needed sun salutations! The class starts at 10 a.m.
After yoga and brunch, we know where we’ll be Saturday night—the grand opening of Toro Toro, Richard Sandoval’s latest restaurant. The Pan-Latin American Steakhouse officially opens Monday, but on Saturday the lounge will host an epic party featuring globally acclaimed house producer DJ Robbie Rivera of Miami. Tickets,$40. 1300 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C.