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This Week in DC: May 12-18

Plenty of fun foodie events this week including Chef’s Best and Zoofari. We’re giving away two tickets to the food, wine and zoo animals events, scroll down to Thursday for more information.

The early bird catches the worm. After a quick workout at Vida Fitness, and a breakfast sammich via Commissary’s new Breakfast Club App, I set about curating your social calendar before heading to the ole’ nine-to-five. The Breakfast Club App is a loyalty program for Bitches Who Love Breakfast. Tech-savvy restaurants serving our fave meal of the day? That’s so DC. Download the app in the iTunes app store by searching for “Commissary.” Commissary, 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Commissary Brunch

It’s time for the annual culinary event that is Chef’s Best, a food and wine tasting event from more than 60 Washington chefs and restaurants to benefit Food & Friends. The night kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a VIP reception and 6:30 p.m. for general admission. For more information and tickets, visit the website. The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Alba Osteria will be offering two culinary adventures this evening centered around the award-winning wines from Manincor Wine Estate, located in the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy, with producer Matthias Jaeger on hand to lead a wine discussion. For the first event, from 6-7 p.m., there will be three Manincor Wine Estate wines paired with small plates, including smoked salmon crostini, grilled beef with green sauce, and broccoli with shrimp sauce for $22 per person (tax and gratuity not included).

At 7:30 p.m., sit down for a five-course feast served with Manincor Wine Estate pairings, beginning with a warm lobster salad, followed by burrata and rapini tortelloni with razor clam and sea urchin broth, and finally concluding with a ricotta cheese and raspberry tart. The five-course meal with wine pairings is priced at $100 per person (tax and gratuity excluded).

For reservations or additional information please call (202) 733-4454 or visit the website. 6 p.m., 425 I (Eye) St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


It’s a busy little Thursday, just how we like it!

First up, we have a giveaway to win a pair of tickets to ZooFari! Yes, the annual event that mixes zoo animals, wine, and gourmet cuisine, i.e. you can drink French wine, eat light bites from Chef Todd Gray and others, while spending quality time with the Pandas. This year, more than 100 of DC’s top restaurants are participating with guest appearances from celebrity chefs RJ Cooper, Anne Alfano, Fredrick De Pue, and Todd Gray. There is also a silent auction, animal demos and viewings, and wine from local and international vineyards. The proceeds benefit the Zoo’s animal conservation and educational programs.

To win a pair of tickets: (1) Follow @BitchesWhoBrunch on Instagram, (2) Follow @BtchesWhoBrunch and the @NationalZoo on Twitter, and (3) and tell us your favorite alcohol and animal combination in the comments, i.e. “I’d live to drink Chardonnay and hang with the Ostriches.” Get creative, Bitches. 6:30-9:30 p.m., The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


It’s a perfect evening for a little live music and cocktails overlooking the White House for another evening of the W Hotel’s POV live. The Pass, a glowing dance pop band from Louisville, Kentucky, is in town this Thursday evening. So, dance your face off, take in the view, and sip on $7 beers and $12 specialty cocktails. The event is free and open to the public, RSVP to Doors open at 7:30pm, opening act, Pleasure Curses will perform at 8:30pm, and The Pass will perform at 9:30pm. The W Hotel, 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



It’s in everyone’s best interest that Washington’s men are well-dressed and well-groomed. In that vein, head to The Huxley to celebrate Washington’s menswear entrepreneurs. My personal favorites are Read Wall, the American-made menswear designer who makes great shirts, suits, and slacks, and Stubble & Stache, a grooming and beauty line for men from a former Marine. The Huxley, 1730 M St. N.W., Washington, D.C.



We’re off to the races! If you can’t make it out to Maryland for the Preakness, put on your best race day ensemble and head to the Brixton instead. It’s the U Street British bar and restaurant’s third installment of the Triple Crown Party series. The day kicks off at 2 p.m. with gin or bourbon mint juleps sponsored by Bulleit and Kettle One. The race will be shown in the lodge and on the roof deck. Southern belle and gentlemen attire is encouraged. The Brixton, 901 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you’d like something more private, schedule a cocktail class over at Quench, restaurant, cocktail bar, live music venue, and fave brunch spot of the Bitches. The Bitches hosted a cocktail class for our fab flock a few weeks ago, and we had quite the day. The afternoon class features cocktail shaking lessons with three hand-crafted cocktails of your choice, as well as gourmet grub for when you get hungry. The classes For more information or to register for a class, please contact Matt Allred at: Quench, 9712 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, MD

Quench Cocktail Class


Brunch! Lately, we’ve enjoyed brunch at Bar Charley, Fiola Mare, The Fainting Goat, Pinstripes, and Woodward Table.

The Fainting Goat Brunch

Cori Sue

Co-Founder, Pro Bruncher

The co-founder of Bitches Who Brunch, Cori Sue loves brand strategy, social media, red wine, and pink lipstick.

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  1. I’d lounge with the giant panda cub, Bao Bao, in the panda habitat while sipping on a lychee bellini–gotta have the Asian flair!

  2. I like to have a martini, two at the very most, three I’m feeding the monkeys, four I’m riding the goats!

    I promise I won’t get THAT crazy at Zoofari, but I couldn’t think of a better Thursday night than sipping some bordeaux, eating good food, and visiting Bao Bao!

  3. I would love to chill with the cheetahs sipping on Chenin Blanc and eating aps made by Chef Todd Gray at Zoofari!

  4. I’d like to drink pink champagne and play with the otters! And no, I don’t mean the animal ;} #gayboysarethebestboys #nowitsaparty

  5. I’d like to drink craft beer and hang with the armadillos. That way I wouldn’t be the only one on the floor at the end of the night; as the armadillos would say, that’s just how I roll!

  6. I’d bring a kir royale to the Amazonia habitat – just the right amount of bubbles!

  7. I’d like to drink Death in the Afternoons & chill with the lions in the lion tent, because I like to live dangerously 😛

  8. I’d sip on my favorite cocktail Moscow Mules with, quite appropriately, the white tigers!

  9. Opps I’ll post my tweet for Zoofari here too!

    I’d love to drink a barrel of wine with a barrel of monkeys!

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