Good morning, my darlings! We hope you’re enjoying the day off work by resting and brunching this Labor Day. From brunch to jazz fests to Sunday sushi school, your social calendar for the week provides plenty of activities.
P.S. If you’re a Bitch who likes Bloody Marys, be sure to snag a ticket to the U.S. Bartender’s Guild D.C. Chapter’s Bloody Mary event on Sunday at the St. Regis.
Happy Labor Day! If you’re in Washington, there are plenty of restaurants serving brunch. Check out our 2014 Labor Day brunch guide, here.
After brunch, there’s plenty of fun to be had in the city—you can have yourself quite a nice little holiday.
The Gibson is switching off the mood-lighting inside the speakeasy and inviting guests into the light with a party on its patio. Washington’s original speakeasy is inviting friends, family, and strangers alike to its “family reunion,” a cookout on the back patio with music, craft cocktails, boozy popsicles, and barbecue. Tickets are $10 and include complimentary barbecue until it runs out. The popsicles and cocktails will be for sale at special prices. Tickets can be purchased here. The Gibson, 2009 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
There’s also a jazz, music, literary, and wine festival taking place all day long. FLOFest 2014 showcases jazz, alternative rock and latin music along with specialty wine, international fare and books. The day begins at 10 a.m. and the music kicks off at 12 p.m. FLOFest DC is the creation of nationally renowned jazz artist and entrepreneur Marcus Johnson, who is CEO and Founder of FLO Brands, LLC and FLO Wine, LLC. The day’s entertainment comes from jazz artist Marcus Johnson; Rudy Gonzalez Latin Band; The Donvonte McCoy Latin Jazz Orchestra, and soulful songstress Beverly McClellan. You’re encouraged to bring a folding chair or blanket and enjoy the day of shows and culture. Tickets, $45. Gateway DC at St. Elizabeths Pavilion, 2700 MLK Jr. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20032, accessible by the Congressional Heights metro stop on the green line.
Take a breather from the long weekend and have a relaxing dinner at Lavagna. Our favorite Italian restaurant has half-priced bottles of wine every Tuesday evening. 539 8th St SE.
Get a midweek boost with healthy juice and a fresh floral arrangement to brighten up your body and spirit. Urban Stems, our favorite floral delivery company is partnering with JRINK Juicery in Dupont to deliver two juices and a mini-bouquet for $30. Order online.
Tonight, the Bitches will be oh-so fancy. We’ll be donning our finest frocks and schlepping our wicker picnic baskets to an undisclosed location for Washington’s first Dîner en Blanc. The celebration began in Paris 25 years ago with Francois Pasquier inviting hundreds of guests, dressed glamorously in white, to dine outdoors at a celebrated location. The event has spread to major cities around the world and is finally making its way to Washington. We can’t wait.
Because we’re busy Bitches, we’re picking up our meals from Ris at Union Market. Though, you can actually get catering at both locations, but Ris at Union Market has pre-prepared foods: summer salads, chicken, soups, stocks and baked goods that make your life a whole heck of a lot easier. Our picnic baskets will be filled with green bean salad, a delicious unconventional potato salad, and a beat salad, as well as a mustard-crusted chicken. I never thought I could get excited about chicken, until I had this chicken—it’s so damn good. For dessert, we’ll enjoy blackberry cobblers that are ooey-gooey, moist and delicious. I’m more excited about the food than the event at this point.
Rough week? Our happy hour beverage of choice is champagne. Café Bonaparte and Malmaison recently launched happy hour, with wine, beer, and cocktail specials from 5 to 7:30 p.m. daily as well as a new bar menu. Best of all, the French restaurants offer 50 percent off champagne and champagne cocktails, Santé! Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Brunch, of course. There are plenty of spots serving Saturday brunch; and our brunch search function can help you find your spot of choice. Some recommendations that begin with the letter “B.” B is for brunch and for Bitches, kids. We’d suggest Barcelona Wine Bar, Béarnaise, Bidwell, or B Too.
If you’re looking to bask in the sun outdoors, refer to our 2014 patio brunch guide.
The U.S. Bartender’s Guild D.C. Branch is hosting a Bloody Mary party and cocktail competition, with 15 of DC’s best bartenders competing for the crown of best Bloody Mary. The event is hosted by the original Bloody Mary connoisseur Jeffrey Pogash, who will provide a history of the beverage. And, unsurprisingly, I am being a Bitch as an official judge. Tickets, $40, which include bottomless Bloody Marys and brunch hors d’oeuvres. 12-4 p.m. St. Regis 923 16th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
In the evening, it’s time for school! Sunday Sushi School, that is. Chef Kaz Okochi of Masa 14 will teach you how to make hand rolls at a once-a-month pop up shop. The first class is Sunday, September 7th, and the pop-up will take place on the first Sunday evening of each month through the remainder of the year. The classes focus on the basics: Tamaki hand rolls, with crunchy shrimp or spicy tuna,and Inside-Out rolls featuring salmon or spicy salmon. 6-9 p.m. Masa 14, 1825 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009.