Good morning, babies, and welcome to fall. Summer may be coming to a close but don’t be too sad: It is a four-day week after all. And, it’s time for fall fashion!
My God. I love wine and Greek food—I still reminisce about my week in the Greek Isles like it was yesterday. Zaytinya, José Andrés’ uber popular mezze restaurant led by Head Chef Michael Costa, is hosting a special two-week promotion celebrating the grape, an iconic ingredient of Mediterranean cuisine. The Grape Festival,which runs from September 3-16, highlights the fruit’s endless variations with grape-inspired dishes and cocktails through exciting events and menu specials priced between $8.50 and $18. On Tuesday, there is a complimentary wine tasting from Country Vitner from 4-6:30 p.m. Zaytinya, 701 9th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
How about a mid-week Girls’ Night Out? Head to DAR Constitution Hall for the annual Shecky’s Girls Night Out. Shop, sip cocktails, get pampered, and close out the evening with a spectacular goodie bag, all for only $15 a ticket. Buy your tickets and get more details, here. 5-10 p.m., 1776 D Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Start the fall fashion season out right with Fashion Night Out Georgetown. There’s a slew of events happening across town, including a Brightest Young Things Party at Dean & Deluca and a Capitol File Party at L2 Lounge. More information can be found online at the FNO Georgetown page and you should also refer to Guest of a Guest’s top picks for the evening.
But, save yourself the trouble and go to Urban Chic. They are having a fabulous party—co-hosted by the Bitches (that’s us!) and Inslee Haynes, my fav-o-rite artist, will be sketching prints of shoppers who spend more than $250. So, come sip cocktails and shop with us at the best party for Fashion Night Out.
Why not drink beers, play cornhole, enjoy live music, over-priced beers and affordable food from food trucks? It’s time for the monthly Truckeroo. This Friday the trucks in the ‘lot are: BBQ Bus, Big Cheese, Cajunators, CapMac, Curbside, DC Empanadas, DC Slices, Doug the Food Dude, Feelin’ Crabby Hot People, Hula Girl Truck, Mojo, Pepe, Red Hook Lobster Pound -DC, Rolling Ficelle, Sinplicity, Stella’s PopKern, Stix, Surfside, TaKorean, and TOPS. The party starts at lunch and doesn’t stop until late. The Bull Pen at the Fairgrounds, 1299 Half Street S.E., Washington, D.C.
Or, if you’re feeling healthy, head to Arlington for the grand opening of Lava Barre, a barre fitness studio. There will be two classes– Amy Flatten @ Art Barre 5-6 p.m. and then a burlesque workshop 6-7 p.m.– followed by a dance party with a DJ, nibbles and cocktails at Northside Social from 6-9 p.m. The party is free, but you can donate to Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment. Lava Barre, 3260 Wilson Blvd., Second Floor, Arlington, V.A.
Last, but most importantly, I’m hosting a end-of-summer luau at L2 Lounge in Cady’s Alley, Georgetown, to benefit Team Brunette of Blondes vs. Brunettes, which is an annual football game that benefits the National Capital Alzheimer’s Association. There will be a tiki bar, DJ, and even the limbo. Tropical Drink Specials include Hawaiian Breeze and Bahama Mamas ($10), Hawaiian Wine Punch ($7) and Beers ($5) and appetizer specials: Hawaiian Pizza, Sweet and Sour Plantains, Barbecued Pineapple Glazed Shrimp Kabobs, and Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders. Hula skirts and leis will be on hand, should you not have them in your closet. 8-11 p.m., 3315 Cady’s Alley, Georgetown.
The gentlemen behind custom men’s shirt company Hugh & Crye are hosting a cocktail event, aptly titled “Good People” at the Occidental Hotel, described as “an occasion to dress up and have a drink with friends old and new.” The evening consists of pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Purchase a ticket, $10 and get more information, here. (Facebook invite, here). 5-8 p.m., Truman Bar, at Occidental Restaurant, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.
Enjoy the perfect days of fall weather with a patio brunch. (Here’s our handy dandy guide). Lately, we’ve loved brunch at Boqueria, Ulah, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Blue Duck and Mintwood Place—all of which have patios. Well now, isn’t that just spectacular!