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This Week in D.C.: March 27-April 2

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This week is jam packed! Which means: spring is here and your agendas will be filled from now until Labor Day. Plan wisely, folks.

Monday

The Riggsby will host a four-course prix fixe dinner with wine pairings from Alphonse Mellot. Guests will begin the evening with a welcome glass of Sancerre and light hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner in the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel’s newly renovated Ellington Room. The menu will feature dishes like crayfish boudin, lacquered quail, lamb ribs, and a ricotta panna cotta. The dinner begins at 6:30pm and tickets, priced at $140 per guest, can be purchased here. 1731 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Many of us do our best to make food choices that are healthy for our body and healthy for the planet, but the labels on food packaging can often be confusing or even misleading.  This educational event at Glen’s Garden Market will feature industry experts Monique Marez, Director of International Trade at the Organic Trade Association, and Derek Mulhern, Business Development Manager at Fairtrade America. They will explain what organic and fair trade food labels really mean. Learn why these labels matter and why Glen’s only sources non-indigenous products that are organic and fair trade certified. You’ll have the chance to ask questions and sample products by sustainable small businesses. 2001 S St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Get inside the sometimes wild and crazy mind of a sommelier at Somms Uncorked. This exclusive event brings together two sommeliers, Andy Myers and Jarad Slipp, to showcase their favorite wine pairings.  Tickets are $125 per person and include a five-course dinner from Zaytinya Head Chef Michael Costa, ten unique wine pairings from the Mediterranean, and tax and gratuity.

Tuesday

Spend happy hour at Lavagna and enjoy $4 beers, $7 cocktails, 25% off wine by the glass, $5 rail drinks, and daily food specials. The wine of the month is Pinot Noir, GD Vajra, Langhe. Order a bottle for dinner tonight and enjoy freshly made pasta, cheese boards, and delectable desserts. 539 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Gin World 2017 is coming to D.C. and Hank’s Oyster Bar is joining in on the fun! Stop by Hank’s Dupont anytime from March 28th to April 1st for GINLANDIA! Experience over thirty five unique gin shots, gin flights, and a gin-filled cocktail menu. As always, admission is free–just show up and get ready to have a blast. 1624 Q St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday

Exiles Bar D.C. is proud to present their next beer dinner. They will be featuring brews from their friends at New Belgium Brewing! Chef Emer’s three-course dinner will feature five beer pairings. Tickets are $35 per person. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Please e-mail [email protected] to reserve your spot. 1610 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Join Via Umbria‘s Lead Butcher Scott Weiss as he shows you how to prepare your own steak tartare–it’s actually is one of the easiest things to prepare yourself! Sign up now for a brief demonstration and the chance to mix together your own steak tartare. This event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in their Laboratorio Kitchen. Pre-purchased tickets are required to attend this event–walk-ins are not permitted.

Thursday

Spend your late night with Logan Tavern for their bonus happy hour! From 9 p.m. until close from Sunday to Thursday, enjoy $6 small plates and drinks on 14th Street. We have our eyes on the grilled cheese, Brussels sprouts, and a glass of Rioja. Cheers! 1423 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Enjoy a special cherry blossom menu dinner at Belga Cafe. Enjoy foie gras, seared seafood, pork loin, and dessert all with a special hint of cherry. We love Belga Cafe for everything from brunch to cocktails, so we’re sure this special menu, available until April 16th, will be a hit. 514 8th St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Friday

Dance the night away with Johnnetta Betsch Cole as she prepares to retire from the National Museum of African Art. DJ Sabine Blaizin, Afro-fusion band Eme and Heteru, and vocalist Loide Jorge turn up the volume for an evening of African music, dance, and art. Tickets $25 and will not be sold at the door. 950 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C.

Join the U.S. Botanical Garden for a journey through the history, followed by a hands-on workshop where each attendee will create their own tincture to take home. Techniques, tools, and recipes will be examined as they explore various types and flavors of bitters, both popular and obscure. They’ll also take a peek at ways to incorporate bitters into popular cocktails and use them to enhance beverages and foods. Tickets are $45. 100 Maryland St. S.W., Washington, D.C.

Saturday

Rosé all day? Don’t mind if we do! The Willard InterContinental in partnership with Chateau D’Esclans, a prestigious estate and winery in Provence, France, will host its inaugural Rosé Romp from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. An official event of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Rosé Romp honors Japan’s gifting of the cherry blossom trees to the city, while also celebrating the winery’s most iconic Rosé wines. This elegant premier event will take place on the hotel’s outdoor terrace and features all-you-can-eat and drink, an ‘Art Walk’ featuring an exclusive presentation of cherry blossom inspired artwork, and live music. Get your tickets here. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Shaun Hill and his remarkable Hill Farmstead Brewery are headed to Churchkey tonight! Join them as they pour no fewer than fourteen different beers from one of the world’s most highly acclaimed breweries. Hill Farmstead’s beers are rarely found outside of its home state of Vermont. To pay tribute to this special occasion, Churchkey and The Sovereign will host a two-day celebration showcasing the brewery’s wide range of exceptional beers. There is no admission fee for this event. All Hill Farmstead drafts will be priced individually by the glass and in four ounce pours. For more info, check here. 1337 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Sunday

Celebrate the arrival of spring and D.C.’s favorite cherry blossoms with Drink The District! They’ll bring the tasty beverages, you gather all of your friends for their annual Cherry Blossom Wine and Beer Festival. This weekend, they’ll offer tastings of over one hundred beers and wines, unlimited full pour beverages, access to D.C. area food vendors, and live entertainment all day! Get all the information here. 355 Water St. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Firefly’s beloved anchor tree will soon bloom with a change in menu items from Executive Chef Jammir Gray. In celebration of spring and Washington’s renowned Cherry Blossom Festival, the Dupont restaurant will offer a special cherry blossom-inspired dinner menu tonight only. Later in the month, Chef Jammir will debut a new menu boasting the best regional ingredients spring has to offer. Firefly’s “Cherry Blossom Menu” showcases various types of cherries and cherry blossoms in creative, unexpected ways. The three-course prix-fixe menu will be offered exclusively for $45 plus tax and gratuity. Call 202-861-1310 for reservations. 1310 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

End your weekend on a high note with SweatBox, a high-intensity interval class. SweatBox 101 will be offered every Sunday at 12:45 p.m. and is free to anyone interested in trying out the studio. You will receive step-by-step instructions on how to effectively use the TRX bands and special bikes used for the exercises. PS–your first workout is on us! Sign up here and get sweaty. Don’t forget to spread the love on social media with the hashtag #BitchesWhoSweat. 1612 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

BitchBiz: Bitches Who Brunch partners with SweatBox, EatWellDC, Lavagna, and Via Umbria. While this article was written independently by Bitches Who Brunch, we do receive compensation from these companies.

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