After the nonstop gala- and party-hopping Inauguration Weekend, we both spent the rest of last week relaxing. We even got out of town for a Bitches retreat at Middleburg Country Inn, which was absolutely charming in the snow. Now we’re recouped and refreshed, we’re ready to jump back into things. Here’s what’s on our calendars this week.
PS. We’re so thrilled to announce our partnership with MyTaxi. Starting in February (which is this week, terrifyingly enough), we will be exclusively zipping around D.C. in cabs via our MyTaxi app. Love it!
Barbecue lovers from across the Washington region will gather at eight of the area’s top ‘cue establishments for the fourth annual D.C. Meat Week. This week-long celebration of smoky, low-and-slow cooking will highlight two of the newest barbecue restaurants in the area, four long-time favorites, and for the first time a barbecue-focused Food Truck Face-Off, hosted by Living Social. Click here to see the full schedule for this week.
Tonight, I’ll be avoiding the freezing rain by enjoying happy hour in cozy Ulah Bisto on U Street. Every Monday from 4 to 7 p.m., the restaurant is offering half-priced food and bottles of wine, plus $4 beer and wine.
Tuesday is another cozy night in, this time at SoHo in Adams Morgan. The Southern staple offers half-priced bottles of wine with dinner every Tuesday and Wednesday.
The National Building Museum’s lecture series, Spotlight on Design, has brought the likes of Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Rem Koolhaas to town to discuss the importance of design and architecture in our lives. This month’s featured speaker is Jamie Drake, principal of Drake Design Associates and a regular in the pages of Architectural Digest. Get his insight on adding color, drama, and personality to your space during an intimate chat later this month. 6:30 to 8 p.m.
401 F Street NW; 202-272-2448. Tickets are $20 for non-members, $12 for members/students.
The Washington Humane Society’s 12th annual dessert and champagne reception, Sugar and Champagne, hosted by Chef Todd Gray & Ellen Kassoff Gray, honorslocal crusaders against animal cruelty: Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, Animal Care & Control Officers, and Humane Educators. This celebration of all things sweet, showcases the DC area’s most talented pastry chefs. VIP Chefs’ Tasting Room at 6 p.m.; general reception at 7 p.m., Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Get tickets here.
Carine’s Bridal will be hosting a Monique Lhuillier BLISS Collection Trunk show Thursday through Saturday. The newest Fall 2013 collection will be featured at the trunk show as well as a selection of her best sellers from previous collections. The semi-annual trunk show is one of the most popular events at the atelier and appointments book up very quickly. Call and make an appointment: 202-965-4696.
Designer shopping at bargain prices arrives when the 8th Annual Old Town Boutique District Warehouse Sale returns on Saturday in Alexandria. The one-day shopping extravaganza featuring high-end boutique merchandise from more than 20 boutiques will be held at the George Washington Masonic Memorial from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A complete list of participating stores is here.
In case you’re already planning your Super Bowl Sunday (you overachiever, you), Union Market is hosting a bunch of events this Sunday to help you prep. Salt & Sundry’s Amanda McClements will show you how to style your Super Bowl Sunday buffet table. Harvey’s Market will provide how-to’s for burgers and hot dogs. Rappahannock Oyster Bar will have cooking demonstrations and “take and bake” appetizers, and Buffalo & Bergen’s Gina Chersevani will share mixology tips for game day beer cocktails. There will also be several other presentations and specials. The festivities go from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE.