This Week (June 20-26)

Tickets are selling fast for our upcoming Summer Brunch Soiree to benefit DC Farm to School. Make sure you get yours before we sell out.

Monday

Some of the best restaurants and chefs in the world are in the Nordic region. This week, the Nordic embassies are bringing those chefs to D.C. to celebrate New Nordic cuisine, which is super high quality food with little fuss—back to basics, so to speak. Tonight, Nordic Food Days kicks off with an invitation-only event at the House of Sweden. If you didn’t snag an invite, make sure you try the Nordic tasting menus at participating restaurants the rest of this week: Sweden at Masa 14, Norway at DC Coast, Denmark at Birch & Barley, Iceland at Vidalia, and Finland at Marcel’s. Get more information here.

Photo credit: Nordic Food Days

Tuesday

Like your fancy whiskey? You won’t want to miss this whiskey tasting at the Washington Club Tuesday night. Hosted by Washington Life, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, and The Washington Club, the evening will let you taste and compare 12 special scotches, whiskeys, and bourbons from Scotland, Ireland, Canada, and the U.S. The master of whiskey, Ewan A. Morgan, will be there to explain everything. And chef de cuisine Frank Simu’s gourmet hors d’oeuvres, made to complement the taste of the whiskeys, will be served up, too. Tickets are $67, get them here.

whisky

Wednesday

D.C.’s Young Benefactors Group are pouring the “Samba and Sangria” Wednesday night to raise funds for the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. Enjoy sangria and Latin appetizers from TamiCakes, plus live Brazilian music from the Brazilian group Origem. All this on the rooftop at Eden Lounge (what could make a better summer party?). Tickets are $25, get them here.

Thursday

If you were lucky enough to score free tickets (before the site crashed from complete overload), then you’ll be on the roof of the W Thursday night to catch Thievery Corporation performing live, for free. The exclusive live acoustic performance, with Lou Lou, Rob Myers, and of course, Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, will only be complemented by the view. If you didn’t get tickets, you can see Mr. Hilton spinning live most Sundays at ESL. Or get their new album, Culture of Fear, on pre-sale.

Friday

Friday night I’ll be at the Corcoran for Gaia, its midsummer night celebration of music, dance and art. And I’m kind of excited. The DC-based group of musicians, singers, dancers, and DJs will bring a “transcendent and interactive experience,” incorporating the art and architecture of the Corcoran. Part concert, part nightclub, part performance art. Tickets are $40 if you’re non a member; get them here.

Saturday

If you didn’t make it to Gaia on Friday, head to the Corcoran for free summer Saturdays. There’s some great stuff in those halls right now, including a series of paintings by rocker Chris Martin (of Coldplay/Gwyneth/weird baby name fame). The exhibit, called “Painting Big,” incorporates found objects and collage into abstract patterns. There’s large-scale works from the last nine years and small paintings in the rotunda, and an installation of monumental paintings in the central atrium. Can’t wait to see it.

Photo credit: Corcoran Gallery

Sunday

The Oscars of D.C.’s dining industry, the RAMMYS, will be a “Carnevale da Cuisine” this Sunday in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The black-tie (and masked!) event will include cocktails, the award ceremony, and dancing and dinner (but what do you serve the city’s most acclaimed hospitality leaders, restaurateurs, chefs, and food-loving fans?). Who will be the best restaurant: Bourbon Steak, Michel Richard CitronelleRasika, The Source by Wolfgang Puck, or Trummer’s on Main? Awardees will be chosen in 15 categories; see the full list of finalists here. And get your tickets.

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