A year ago today, when this little blog passed the one-year mark, we were amazed by our readers’ response, and grateful that you had embraced us. We raised our champagne flutes to toast the year ahead … but never did we think our second year would be such an amazing ride.
In April we became an official business. In July, we hosted our first ever event, the Summer Brunch Soiree at Ris, which sold out and allowed us to donate a big check to DC Farm to School. In August, we agreed to our first partnership, with Policy. In September, Becca went to Fashion Week in New York. In October we hired a Baby Bitch. In November, we compiled our second annual Best and Worst of the Year, which got picked up all over. In December we trademarked our name. In January we were named DC’s Favorite Foodies in the Washington Post’s DC Tweeps contest. In February, we were nearly chased out of a restaurant by a gaggle of adoring young women.
We are humbled—so, so humbled—by your response. To say thank you, we want to give away a gift from our amazing partners, who have supported the Bitching through the course of the last year. One lucky reader will receive dinner for two at Policy, a three-month membership to MINT Wellness, plus brunch (up to $100) at Station 4. To win, simply post a birthday message to us on your own Facebook or Twitter—but make sure to tag us so we can see it! We’ll select a winner at random next week.
Some other fun facts about Bitches Who Brunch on our Second Birthday …
Number of posts: 515, or rather, every weekday morning.
Number of brunches we’ve reviewed: 189.
Number of champagne bottles consumed: 925. OK, we’re totally making that up. But seriously, we might be close.
Number of A+ given: 10.
Number of Fs given: 2.
Most read post: 2011 Best and Worst Brunches.
Most photos ever taken at a brunch: The Getaway. We took 515 photos. We’re not making that up.
Farthest away brunch: Probably still Prague.
Largest brunch we’ve had: Lincoln, where Brooke’s birthday celebration had 17 people at the table.
Number of comments: 514, including our most prolific commenter, Stef.
Number of Lust Lists Becca has written: 3.
Most prolific Guest Bitch: Brooke.
Number of restaurants we’ve really pissed off: This year, only one.
Number of photos of Becca and Cori Sue posted on this website: 0.
Brunch we’ve probably single-handedly taken over marketing for: La Boum (you can send the royalties to us).
There are two Bitches Who Brunch, but really there are lots of others. There are those who proof read each and every post, those who dig into our HTML code when something is messed up, and those who talk us off the ledge when our server is down. There are those who connect us to great people in the community, and those who recommend us independently when they’re out and about. Also, there are those who simply brunch with us, which is a job unto itself. We thank you, loves.
We also want to give an enormous thank you to our partners—the amazing businesses who support the Bitching and help keep this site running: Mint, One Medical Group, Policy, Station 4. We hope our readers will support them, too!
Here’s to another great year.