It’s a hot one. Only a couple of weeks until half of Washington disappears to summer vacations or melts from the heat, so let’s make it count.
Teddy & the Bully Bar officially opens at 3 p.m. this afternoon. I was there last week to check it out. The gorgeous, Maggie O’Neill-designed restaurant is going to be downtown’s newest power lunch and happy hour spot. I’m calling that right now. The cocktail menu, by mixologist John Logan, is impressive, as is the menu of delish small plates. Can’t wait to try it all. 1200 19th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Chef José Andrés and friends are hosting the first annual Dine N Dash event, a culinary tour to benefit World Central Kitchen. On Tuesday evening, from 6 to 10 p.m., get a tour (read: wandering feast) through Penn Quarter, with stops at restaurants Azur, Jaleo, Oyamel, Poste, Proof, and Zaytinya. At each location guests sample a selection of specialty plates and cocktails. A VIP pass means you can get started at 5:30 p.m and complete your meal with a stop at barmini alongside José Andrés himself. $150 for the culinary tour and $350 for the VIP pass, get tickets here.
In two weeks, I’m going on my own tour of Spain. But Wednesday, you can have yours at Jaleo Crystal City’s Tour of Spain wine dinner program. This series will be offered quarterly with the first one taking place Wednesday at 7 p.m. For $90 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), sommelier Jordi Paronella and Jaleo’s Chef Ramón Martínez will lead guests on a journey through the cuisines and wines of various regions in Spain. Reservations can be made by calling Jaleo Crystal City at (703) 413-8181.
Head to the launch party for Home, Beasley Real Estate’s new-home magazine. From 6 to 8 p.m., the Beasley family and their friends will be celebrating at Shaw Tavern, 520 Florida Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. RSVP via e-mail to [email protected].
Washington’s Coalition of Female News Anchors (including Margaret Brennan, Anita Brikman, Rebecca Cooper, Laura Evans, Lesli Foster, Doreen Gentzler, Angie Goff, Jennifer Griffin, Hillary Howard, Megan Hughes, and others) are hosting a Bash for Breast Cancer, benefiting the Howard University Cancer Center. The party will feature a pink cocktail bar, hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats. 7 to 9 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets are $75, get them here.
Friday night, have dinner at Policy. Our fav 14th Street spot has a brand-new food and cocktail menu. Policy, 1904 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Have dinner at the new MXDC in Metro Center. The new Mexican restaurant from celebrity chef Todd English, serves up modern Mexican bites in the stylish location. The space is beautiful–and the opening party last week was one for the books. This place likes its tequila and guac, and I’m OK with that. MXDC, 600 14th St., Washington, D.C.
Daikaya, the popular 90-seat izakaya, just started serving brunch last Sunday. The Chinatown newcomer will serve up small plate options highlighting classics with a Japanese twist, like the chicken and waffles, lox and bagel smoked salmon, steel cut oatmeal, as well as eggs chesapeake. There will also be unique brunch cocktails, like the Bloody Mari with GGS shrub, the grilled oyster shooter with sake; or Tokyo Mule with Shochu, ginger beer, and lime. 705 Sixth Street NW. www.daikaya.com