This Week: March 26-April 1

The sun didn’t shine much this past weekend, but hopefully you got to enjoy the Cherry Blossoms nonetheless. Off to the races on this final week of March. Literally …

All This Week

Mon Ami Gabi is celebrating 10 years in Bethesda with a weeklong celebration of events, specials, and toasts. Today is the official birthday party, and each guest who dines there receives a gift card to be used for a future visit. In addition to the all-day soiree, there will be fun happenings through Wednesday. 7239 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.

Monday

Tonight, Cori Sue will be helping to kick off this year’s Ball on the Mall with the Trust for the National Mall and the L’Enfant Society. The cocktail party at The Federalist will toast to this May’s Fourth annual Ball on the Mall event. Hope you got tickets early; it’s sold out. 1177 15th Street, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Ball-on-the-Mall-Kick-Off-Invitation

Didn’t get tickets? Head to Station 4 for the first of its Monday Night Beer Dinners. Three courses prepared by chef Orlando Amaro, paired with beers, for $30 per person. The pairings include everything from Batch 19 with your entrée to Blue Moon with dessert. 1101 Fourth Street SW, Washington, DC 20024.

Tuesday

Tuesday morning on your way to work, stop by MINT downtown for a quick boxing demo right on the sidewalk. Get in a few sideswipes, grab a five-day free pass for you and a friend, and then head on your merry way. 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

Wednesday

Join the Jeté Society for Beer Ballet and Bubbly to benefit the Washington Ballet. The event lets you go behind the scenes, observing a working rehearsal of an upcoming production in the England Studio Theater. Then, beer and bubbly, of course, with friends and dancers, in the Fannie Mae Gallery. More information here. 3515 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016.

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Grille at Morrison House will celebrate with a special happy hour and accessory drive to benefit Dress for Success. Emily Wines, Kimpton’s Master Sommelier, will lead an interactive sparkling wine cocktail demo and will teach participants how to open Champagne with a saber. Chef Brian McPherson and sous chef Stephanie Geist will prepare caviar and blini canapés, and pianist Pat Rohrer and vocalist Krista McClellan will provide musical entertainment. Megan Goffney, executive director Dress for Success Washington, D.C. will speak about the Dress for Success mission and work in the area. She will also be accepting accessories such as work appropriate handbags, closed toe shoes, jewelry, new hosiery and scarves/brooches on behalf of Dress for Success. Tickets are $25. 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Thursday

Urban Chic and Fashion for Paws model Candace Ourisman (and her dog, Levi!) are hosting an after-hours Spring Fling Shopping Party to benefit Fashion for Paws. From 7 to 9:30 Thursday evening, guests receive great discounts, nail polish changes by Nectar Skin Bar, bubbly and treats, and the chance to win a fabulous raffle prize. 1626 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007.

Saturday

We’ll be speaking about our two favorite things—eating and tweeting—on a panel of food writers at the second annual Social Learning Summit, hosted by the American University Social Media Club. Everyone is invited to attend, learn, and ask lots of questions. We love a good panel discussion, followed by brunch, of course. Get tickets (and the full list of events) here.

Saturday evening, head to the Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Gala at Artisphere. The three-hour fashion event features a runway show and dance performance, followed by a one-hour live exhibition of models and designs, plus a silent auction of designer items. Tickets are $75, or $150 for VIP. All proceeds benefit FFP programs. Get tickets here.

Fashion Fights Poverty

Sunday

Cheer on Cori Sue and the other lucky runners who managed to snag a bib in the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. The famous race will circle the Washington Monument Grounds, running under the beautiful cherry blossom blooms. The race has a wave start, but click here to see where you can camp out to cheer. Then, brunch, of course! Recently we’ve loved Pearl Dive Oyster Bar, VOLT in Frederick, P.J. Clarke’s, and Ben’s Next Door.

P.S. We’ve emailed/Tweeted at the winners from our Second Birthday Giveaway. Keep an eye for more giveaways coming soon. Have a great week!

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