José Andrés and his team at Zaytinya are kicking off a two-week Grape Festival by featuring new dishes on the menu – from grape leaves stuffed with butternut squash to Grape granite – designed to highlight the fruit in all its forms. Zaytinya will also introduce new Greek wines chosen by the new wine director Lucas Paya. To celebrate, there’s a complimentary wine tasting tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.
All this week, Deals For Deeds is hosting its second annual H Street Cares: A Week to Benefit Brainfood. Restaurants and bars located along the H Street Corridor – including Granville Moore’s, the Argonaut, and Toki Underground – will have 15-percent-off deals that directly support Brainfood, a non-profit youth development organization in D.C. Get them.
Sophisticated young professionals in D.C. – as part of the social business network The Sophistocrats – are invited to celebrate the launch of TheSophistocrats.com Tuesday evening at Long View Gallery. The network is connecting local business owners with young professionals to provide member-only discounts and access to retailers, restaurants, spas and hotels. The site also includes blog-formatted content on etiquette, how-to guides, and retailer and event reviews. Sign up to get access to Tuesday evening’s event, or buy tickets here.
We will be at the Ritz-Carlton in D.C. for the Signature Chefs’ Auction, which features 25 of D.C.’s top chefs, wineries and bartenders in an evening of culinary tastings, fine wine and entertainment. The event will also include silent and live auctions of unique dining packages, hotel stays and weekend getaways, all to benefit the March of Dimes. Read our interview with honorary chef Robert Wiedmaier, and get tickets here.
Nick Hanzlik, the artist behind celeb-loved stationery company R. Nichols (his clients range from Tyra Banks to Sheryl Crow) will be at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie Wednesday evening. The D.C. native is launching his first-ever collection of D.C.-themed holiday cards, and on Wednesday evening he’ll be signing limited-edition prints of his cards.
Martha Stewart fan? Miss Stewart will be at DAR Constitution Hall Thursday evening for an exclusive interview for the Smithsonian. She will, of course, be talking about entertaining in the home, and her influences and inspirations. Her new book, Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations, will also be available for purchase at the event, and she’ll be signing it after the program. Tickets are $25 for members; $35 for the public; and $60 if you want a book, get them here.
LIFT-DC, an anti-poverty organization in Columbia Heights, is hosting its Autumn benefit this Thursday evening at Long View Gallery. The casual, festive event will offer cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, and a short presentation about LIFT-DC, which works one-on-one with people to help them find jobs, stable housing, and make ends meet. Tickets are $150, get them here.
Join Access to Success at Bread & Brew for a happy hour benefit to support a good cause. Ten percent of all proceeds benefit the organization, which delivers school supplies, athletic shoes and sports equipment to underprivileged youth in Nigeria. There will be drink specials and a raffle for great prizes, including Capitals tickets and goodies from Crumbs Bakeshop. $5 door donation. RSVP here.
Join Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program at the 2011 Walkathon on the National Mall. All proceeds raised will go to support the nearly 12,000 adults, teens, and children without homes in our community. Last year it raised $6.5 million for 118 regional non-profit organizations dedicated to ending homelessness in the area. They’re hoping this Saturday’s walk will make an even bigger impact. Register and join them.