It was the most beautiful fall weekend. The ghouls and goblins were out, but I’m guessing they will be raging in full force this week, as there are a ton of fun Halloween (and non-Halloween) events happening around town. Hope your costume is fabulous. Have a great week!
We’re all about teaching kids in D.C.-area schools the benefits of nutritious food. So, today, from 3 to 5 p.m., we’re joining D.C. area chefs for an afternoon of exploring, playing, learning, and ‘BIG salad’ sampling in celebration of Food Day. Presented by Real Food for Kids at Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria, the event will offer hands-on food demonstrations, healthy activities and games, tasting samples and special guest speakers. Grab your kids and go. 2310 Nordok Place, Alexandria, VA.
Tuesday are a drag, unless you’re a queen, of course. This Tuesday it’s the annual High Heel Drag Race, one of D.C.’s most unique and fun events. Thousands will flock to Dupont to watch costumed drag queens race down 17th Street between P and S. Then, let loose at the all-out block party. The race starts at 9 p.m., but people start gathering as early as 6.
This year’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month is drawing to a close, but there’s still time to help fight this terrible disease. During the month of October, Cork Market & Tasting Room has pledged to donate 10 percent of all sales of pink (rosé) wines to the National Breast Cancer Coalition to help fund breast cancer research. Stop by Cork Market & Tasting Room before November 1 to pick up a couple bottles of rosé, and know your money is helping fund an important cause. 1805 14th Street NW.
I’ll be dancing like a schoolgirl at the 9:30 Club Wednesday night for the Fitz and the Tantrums concert, also featuring (gasp!) Capital Cities. The two brilliant bands are doing two shows, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday. They’re sold out, but you could probably snag some tickets on StubHub or Craigslist if you’re lucky.
Didn’t get tickets to the show? Celebrate the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) instead. Rosa Mexicano will launch a special menu of autumn-inspired dishes from October 27-November 3. In honor of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Get Fall Guacamole, Sea Scallops with Pumpkin Seed Pipian, Churros en Bolsa or El Diablo Ahumado (The Smoky Devil). Two locations, in Chevy Chase and Penn Quarter.
I’ll be joining Stef Woods of City Girl Blogs Thursday morning at the Capital Breast Care Center Gift of Life fundraising breakfast. Beginning at 8 a.m., the sixth annual event helps support the CBCC, which provides culturally sensitive breast cancer screening services and health and wellness education, guided by evidence-based practices, to all women in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, regardless of their ability to pay. If you are interested in becoming a table captain for the breakfast, reach out to Dorothy Jean Abernathy at (202) 687-1377 or [email protected]. Ronald Reagan Building Atrium at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
That night, Policy Restaurant & Lounge is hosting the “Nightmare On 14th Street” Halloween party. Head there at 9 p.m. with your costume on, as there will be prizes for the best ones throughout the night. Dance the night away with great drink specials, all of your favorite party jams, new and old, along with classic Halloween hits. 1904 14th St NW.
I’ll be at the FotoWeekDC Opening Party Friday night at National Geographic. From 7 to 11 p.m., join for evening of photography, outdoor exhibits and projections, open bars, lite-bites and Global Dance Hall sponsored by Tropicalia and ESL. Be among the first to view this year’s exhibits at FotoWeekCentral and see the new exhibition Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment featuring the work of 11 award-winning photojournalists at the National Geographic Museum. Get tickets here.
We’ll be spending the day holding court at Metro Cooking DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. This year’s extravaganza brings television chefs, hundreds of specialty food vendors selling their products, cooking demonstrations, cookbook authors and workshops. Debuting this year will be the Grand Tasting Pavilion where attendees can sample favorites from a wide variety of DC area restaurants, chefs, caterers, food trucks and specialty manufacturers.
Come see us in the Conversation Corner, where we’ll be interviewing Rocky Fino (author of Will Cook for Sex and is Jennifer Aniston’s personal chef) and Lynni Megginson (DC-based interior designer), beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $24.50, children ages 4 to 12 are $12.50 and children ages 4 and younger are free. Get tickets here.
After brunch, join the Junior League of Washington for an afternoon of shopping, drinks, and giving back with Bonobos and Tailour. Ten percent of sales will benefit the Junior League of Washington’s community partners. Bonobos, 3320 Cady’s Alley.
Thrive DC’s second annual gala, Thrive 365, to raise funds and awareness for homelessness, will be held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Howard Theatre. Balcony tickets include a buffet of heavy hors d’oeuvres and a grand view of the stage. The entertainment for the event will include singer Tomika Arnold, who has sung background for many famous singers and speaker Susan Cordts, a formerly homeless, but now successful businesswoman. This event will raise funds for our programs to help our homeless clients, from serving them meals to giving them intensive job training, and will celebrate the difference we can make in one day providing vulnerable individuals in our community with 365 days of hope, opportunity, nourishment, and compassion. Get tickets here.