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Enjoy the week—it’s topped off with Memorial Day weekend!


Tonight I’ll be at the sold-out Lamb Jam in Eastern Market, where D.C. chefs will be offering samples of dishes featuring American lamb. The friendly competition gets them prizes including the coveted “People’s Choice” award. The winner gets to go to SAVOR. Besides the lamb swag, butcher demos, and jerky, there will be local wineries and brewers pouring, and live music by John De. Can’t wait.


When you hear the words ‘Jonathan Adler’ you think gorgeous patterned vases, stationary, and chic interior design. The artist and much-sought-after interior designer will be making a pit stop Tuesday night at the Corcoran to talk about his “Happy Chic” design inspiration and evolution. This intimate chat just keeps my anticipation going for the July opening of his Georgetown shop. Get tickets here.

Photo by Josh McHugh
Photo by Josh McHugh


Something old, something new: Celebrate the history of D.C.’s Georgia Avenue corridor at the brand-new hot spot Chez Billy. The Humanities Council of D.C. is hosting an evening of food, drinks, and conversation, with panelists including Maybelle Bennett of Howard University, and a number of local small business owners. 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, get them here.


Because we just can’t get enough Mike Isabella at Graffiatio, we are stumbling over ourselves to rush to the opening of Bandolero Thursday evening. Isabella’s new Georgetown restaurant is his try at modern Mexican cuisine—let’s not even discuss the tequila menu and the custom-made beers and wines he’s been creating. See the full menu here; make reservations here.

Later that night, head to the Art Museum of the Americas for its Art After Dark: Apocalypse. The courtyard party offers art, live music, a DJ, and an open bar of beer, wine, and champagne. Because it’s in the gravelly courtyard, skip the heels and wear flats so you can dance the night away under the glow of the monuments. Tickets are $40, get them here.


Another opening not to be missed: Tel’Veh Café & Wine Bar, a 60-seat café and 12-seat wine bar from the people behind one of our fav brunches, Agora. The place will feature a menu of small plates, flatbreads, cheese, and charcuterie. Plus, 300 wines will be available by the bottle and 48 wines will be available by the glass. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.401 Massachusetts Ave.


Hit up the rooftop pool at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel for Tone, Taste, and Tan. It’s a day-long health escape with Vinyasa yoga classes (7:30 a.m.), food from chef Art Smith’s Art & Soul, and all-day Vitamin D by the pool. Tickets are $50, make a reservation by calling 202-434-0126.

That night, get Mad Men-inspired and head to La Maison Francaise for BYT’s Zou Bisou Bisou Soiree. The event will feature DJs Adrian Loving, TMY, and AutoRock. Musical guests will also include Wytold, Co La, Victoria Vox and Margot MacDonald. In addition, performances by Candy Del Rio and Brandon Wardell. Tickets are $20, get them here.


We hope you’re hitting the beach this weekend. If you’re on your way to Rehoboth, check out brunch at Cindy’s along the way. If you’re staying in town, have a pre-Memorial Day bottomless brunch. There’s no work the next day, after all. Lately we’ve loved the Disco Brunch at Level One, P.J. Clarke’s, Lincoln, and Madhatter.

Monday Memorial Day

Your Memorial Day plans involve crabs (the good kind!). Policy is trading in its black cloth napkins for rolls of paper towels and wooden mallets for its second annual Crab Fest. It’s true: The swanky dining room, graffiti-tagged lounge and three outdoor patios will transform into a pop-up crab house for the day. Indulge in all-you-can-eat crabs and traditional sides. The family-friendly event is partnering with Izze Sparkling Juice and DC Brau for drink and beer specials. Tickets are $35, get them here.

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