It’s finally getting chilly, which means it’s time for fall clothes and plenty of fall funtivities. We’re looking forward to pumpkin carvings, cozy meals at new restaurants, and other lovely autumnal functions. Here are the fashion book signings, brunches, and parties on our radar. Have a great week!
Look ahead—mark your calendars for the Signature Chefs Auction
Each year, the Bitches are on the social media committee, DigiDimes, for the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala. The event takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, and is is one of D.C.’s best social events. It highlights the city’s culinary masters brought together for an elegant evening of wine, cocktails, and dining. The evening features substantial snacks and heavy pours from 40 of the area’s celebrated chefs, mixologists, bartenders, and vintners as well as auctions with unique dining, entertainment, travel and leisure packages all to benefit the March of Dimes. It’s taking place Wednesday, November 12.
It sounds like a no-brainer, but if you love fashion, head to Chevy Chase. The Fashion Group International (FGI) of Greater Washington, D.C., is hosting a book signing and reception with Teri Agins, Wall Street Journal columnist and author, for her new book, , Hijacking the Runway: How Celebrities Are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers. Tickets, $25. Cocktail reception begins at 6:30 p.m., live chat with Teri Agins and Robin Givhan at 7:30 p.m. Atrium at Mazza Gallerie, Chevy Chase, Md.
Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne hosting a Winemarker Dinner at Boss Shepherd’s, one of DC’s newest upscale dining spots downtown. Boss Shepherd’s was just named one of Tom Sietsema’s top ten restaurants in the Washington Post Magazine’s fall dining guide and Veuve is featuring its fancy pants La Grande Dame Rosé. I hope you can join us! Tickets, $149 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 6:30 p.m., Boss Shepherd’s, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
If you’re on the Hill, head to Lavagna for its spectacular happy hour.
If you’re looking to have dinner in Georgetown, thank the Hilton brothers for finally providing some good dining options in Washington’s historical neighborhood. The Hiltons, the guys behind Marvin, Brixton, Satellite Room and a ton of our other fave restos, opened Chez Billy Sud last week. Named “Sud” for its location south of the original Chez Billy on Georgia Avenue in Petworth, the restaurant will offer classic French cuisine with a focus on the flavors and traditions of France’s southern regions from chef Brendan L’Etoile. Chez Billy Sud, 1039 31st St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
It’s October, that means it’s time to carve pumpkins! The NoMa pumpkin patch is having a pumpkin-carving party on Thursday. If you get there on time (which Bitches never do), you’ll get a free pumpkin and carving tools. There’s also a petting zoo, a live bluegrass band, food from Union Kitchen, a candy scavenger hunt, and booze. Free. 4-7 p.m.
Sadly, this evening we mourn the end of summer, and the Donovan House Rooftop will not go without a bang. The Owakare– Japanese for farewell– DNV Rooftop closing party will be hosted on the rooftop from 5 to 10 p.m. and will pay homage to Japanese street culture, from food to art. New seasonal cocktails from the rooftop’s sister restaurant Zentan will be offered, as well as sushi and izakaya-style bites including a unique take on Japadogs. Tickets, $20, Eventbrite. Donovan House, 1155 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Saturday and Sunday
We love toned tushies and supporting fellow female entrepreneurs.So, a big congratulations to Mariska Breland, who is opening her second Fuse Pilates studio in Logan Circle. Fuse opened its first studio in an historic mansion in Dupont Circle in 2011, and decided on a second location to keep up with customer demand in its classes, which offer a twist on mat Pilates and traditional apparatus work. To celebrate, she’ll be offering free classes at the new spot Saturday and Sunday. Learn more online. 1401 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Casa Oaxaca has a seasonal fall menu, which the Bitches love! The Adams Morgan hole-in-the-wall serves up delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine at affordable prices with bottomless beverages. Casa is also serving a special menu for Day of the Dead at all meals through November 2. The menu (online, here) features pumpkin enchiladas, pumpkin flan, and pumpkin empanadas. We’re crazy for pumpkin. Casa Oaxaca, 2106 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Last week, I had the most delicious winner at Westend Bistro with my friend Meg. The upscale Foggy Bottom bistro, within The Ritz-Carlton, is hosting a barrel-aged cocktail class. The class will give attendees the opportunity to master the barrel-aging process while sampling cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Chef de Cuisine Adam Barnett. Westend Bistro, The Ritz Carlton. 1150 22nd St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
There’s also an oyster roast on the roof with DC Brau at Shaw spot 1905. Learn more, online. 12-5 p.m. 1905, 1905 9th St. N.W.Washington, D.C.