It’s my birthday week! And, really, that’s all you need to know.
Just kidding. Here’s what else is happening …
It’s Eat Local First Week, and the focus is on the restaurants, organizations and people that are making locally grown food more accessible to the D.C. community. Tonight, it’s the Femivore Awards at Ris. What the heck is a Femivore, you ask? Why, a passionate, driven woman who supports a local, sustainable food economy, but of course. And tonight three women will compete for guest votes during a Happy Hour for a $1,000 award to support their locally sourced food projects. Afterwards, a Femivore dinner with Ris at 7 p.m. (don’t worry, the dinner will also be available the rest of this week). Get tickets here.
Like tennis? Enjoy supporting charity? Head to the Wharf for the Washington Kastles first charity classic. General Admission tickets are $10, VIP dinner tables are available for $500, and premier courtside boxes are $100. One hundred percent of your ticket purchase benefits the D.C. Public Education Fund, Share our Strength or TAPS. 7:30 p.m., 800 Water Street S.W., Washington, D.C.
Yes, a ton of restaurants have closed their doors recently (including, to our dismay, Citronelle, Current, and Casa Nonna), but there are new ones opening up every day, too. Check out Del Frisco’s Grille, the new massive restaurant and wine bar on Pennsylvania Avenue. It’s boasting a year-round patio and seating for 106 people. Executive Chef Rob Klink will be whipping up American-with-a-twist dishes for lunch and dinner (no brunch, yet). 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Kick-start the weekend at Policy. Every Thursday the 14th Street hotspot has an open bar from 9 to 10 p.m. After that, massive drink discounts like $3 Guinness, Yuengling, Corona, Corona Light and Negra Modelo draughts; $5 shots (Patron XO, Milagro, Soco & Lime, Lemondrop) and $5 summertime sweet tea vodka cocktails. I’m not even going to mention their gorgeous back patio (with couches!).
I’ve got a Friday night happy hour for you, and it involves cocktails and crayons. Head to the patio of the Petworth’s Blue Banana to support Project Create, an arts education organization that provides free, after-school art classes and field trips to at-risk, underserved kids in the District. Hostesses Jade Floyd and Jamie Hess are serving up complimentary appetizers and $4 cocktails and beers. Blue Banana will donate 20 percent of all revenue, in addition to the suggested $10 entry (or get in free if you donate a bag of art supplies). 3632 Georgia Avenue NW.
That night, catch some live music. We like the band the Riverbreaks, a group of guys who went to UNC but now live in Columbia Heights. They’ll be playing their catchy tunes at H Street’s Red Palace. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8.
Let’s picnic! There’s a massive Summer Picnic Spectacular happening at Union Market from noon to 6 p.m. The family-friendly festival will feature food, drinks, amazing music (like DJs spinning funk jams all day), games, and more (like an 85-foot-long moonbounce – need we say more?). $5 advance tickets, get them here. 1309 5th St NE.
That night, poised over meat and armed with sharpened knives, a group of butchers will engage in fierce battle during Whole Foods’ A Cut Above Semifinal Best Butcher Competition. The roof top soirée will highlight the finest, skilled butchers in the business as well as D.C. area restaurants and vendors. It will also have live music and special appearances from celebrity chefs. The entire thing benefits DC Central Kitchen. Tickets are $20, get them here. 1440 P Street NW.
Fabulous K Street Kate is turning six years old this week! The D.C. online magazine, spearheaded by the ever-glam Kate Michael, will be celebrating on the new Boomerang Party Yacht with cruising and cocktails. But leave your swanky attire at home and make sure you’ve got your bikini on—we hear the event will get crazy with a whipped cream fight. A portion of event proceeds benefit KSK’s work with the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $40, get them here.