It’s the last week of June, if you can believe it. We’re already in the throes of summer barbecues, beach weekends, and rooftop happy hours, and there are plenty of other fun events we recommend you attend this week. Plus, we have a couple of ticket giveaways to two events happening this Thursday (check them out below).
One of our favorite 14th Street watering holes, The Pig, is launching a weekly summer BBQ pop-up each Sunday and Monday night from 5 pm to close (10:30 pm). Chef Michael Bonk’s “Bonk’s Smoked Que” features smoked BBQ pig meat (belly, shoulder, loin and hot links) as well as BBQ’d appetizers, mains and desserts. Diners can “Build Your Board,” choosing two meats and a side ($17), or “Pig Out” with all four meats and four sides ($39). In addition, there’s BBQ-themed drinks, such as the “Bar-B-Drink” made with bourbon, BBQ sauce and beer ($9). 1320 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) will celebrate 25 years of working to end AIDS in children worldwide with a cocktail reception at the Newseum on Tuesday. WJLA anchor Alison Starling will host the celebration, and Step Afrika, a percussive dance group, will perform. EGPAF is a global leader in the fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS, and has reached 20 million women with services to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies. 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $150, get them here. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
I am addicted to Protein Bar, and I have too many of their punch-cards for my own good (really, I need to just combine those suckers). So I’m thrilled that the chain announced its newest location is opening this week, and this one is even closer to my office–perfect for lunch. Head there this week to try super healthy Bar-ritos, salads, quinoa bowls, and protein shakes. They’re all amazing, I assure you. Best of all, Protein Bar is giving away $100 gift cards to the first 100 people in line at 11 a.m. 925 17th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Thursday – GIVEAWAYS!
Two fun events happening this Thursday, and we’re giving away tickets to both!
First, you can win a pair of tickets to Chefs Behind Bars, an evening of celebrity chefs, craft cocktails, and great beats on the rooftop of the newly renovated rooftop of the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel. Host chef Wes Morton of Art and Soul will be joined by a handful of other fabulous local chefs who will concoct their favorite libations in a cocktail competition against a backdrop of live DJ entertainment, a luxury auction and hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Art & Soul and Rappahannock River Oysters. Tickets are $40, with the proceeds benefitting the No Kid Hungry campaign’s work to ensure all children get the healthy food they need, every day.
Next, we are giving away five pairs of tickets to an epic concert for an even more epic cause. The Thank You Festival, a DC-area concert presented by Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation, will feature Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Cedric Gervais, and Alvin Risk at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Basically, it’s a rave against extreme global poverty. The Global Poverty Project is an international education and advocacy organization working to catalyze the movement to end extreme poverty by 2030. An Australian-grown project, The Global Poverty Project creates campaigns with the purpose of increasing the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty. The organization’s The End of Polio campaign raised $750 million towards polio eradication, and the Live Below the Line campaign involved 50,000 participants and raised more than $10 million for 70 charity partners across the globe.
In order to win: (1) Like the Bitches Who Brunch on Facebook, (2) Follow @BitchesWhoBrunch on Instagram, and (3) Leave a comment below telling us what you’d like to win and why. We will draw the winner from this week’s comments and last week’s comments this afternoon.
Need a Friday night date spot? I highly recommend Lavagna. The intimate, romantic Italian restaurant is the perfect place to cozy up over fabulous organic food and wine. Or you could grab a gaggle of girlfriends and snag a patio table for some people-watching. We’re in love with the house-made pastas, house-cured meats and cheeses, and the amazing entrees like the Hudson Valley Duck Breast. Make a reservation. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.
Saturday is National Ceviche Day, and Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar is celebrating with some great specials. All this week, the restaurant will offer up a new ceviche flight featuring their popular shrimp ceviche, mixto ceviche, and the addition of a new mushroom ceviche priced at $12. To complement the new flight, guests are welcome to try one of Cuba Libre’s 90+ premium and flavored rum varieties from Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua and Tortola. Rums are priced between $8 and $34 a glass.
We had such fun at the RAMMYS last night, and we have to note that Mintwood Place won Best Upscale Brunch and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace won for Best Everyday Casual Brunch. We agree wholeheartedly with both wins. For other Sunday brunch options, we’d recommend other recent picks, including Iron Gate, The Heights, and Satellite Room.