If you’re like us, you have the Olympics on around the clock this week. We’re also looking forward to Valentine’s Day by stocking up on sexy nightthings and sending a PSA to all D.C. area men that UrbanStems is offering a discount with the code “BITCHES5”—so make sure you get your flower delivery request in early, boys!
Appropriately, February is the month of love and also American Heart month. Today at 11 a.m. ABC7’s Allison Starling is hosting An Affair of the Heart Fashion Show & Luncheon at the Wardman Park Marriott, benefiting the American Heart Association, with fashions by Bloomingdale’s $125. More info, online. 2660 Woodley Road N.W. Washington, D.C.
Dawson’s Market, an independently owned, all-natural grocer in Rockville that has a strong focus on local products, is hosting its monthly “Meet the Locals” event. There will be 10 local vendors onsite providing samples and talking about their respective products. In addition local beer or wine will be poured, creating the perfect pairings. 225 North Washington St., Rockville, Md.
Downtown, the W Washington DC hotel continues its Fashion Week events in the Living Room with live runway streaming from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with a fashion presentation by Bloomingdale’s and Tory Burch. On Tuesday, the Tory Burch show will be live-streaming along with a Nectar Skin Bar Nail Bar and Ipsa for Hair by Nectar Primping Bar. 6 to 8 p.m., W Hotel, 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Get into the spirit of the Sochi Winter Olympics by visiting one of Passion Food Hospitality’s seven D.C. area restaurants to sample their vibrant lineup of Olympic cocktails. Acadiana will be passing The Torch to guests to heat things up with this a Ciroc Red Berry Vodka and cranberry, served in an old-fashioned glass and topped with lemon and lime soda. Burger, Tap & Shake, Ceiba, DC Coast, and PassionFish are serving up their own creative cocktails, too.
We’re thrilled to be attending the 15th Annual Washington, DC International Wine and Food Festival. Washington’s oenophiles and gastronomy enthusiasts have three days of signature events, master classes, and wine dinners. The Festival Marketplace is new, free and open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. There are three evening events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, with tastings from 100 wines, food, cocktails and live entertainment. Tickets, $120. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Long before we e-mailed, texted, and Instagramed, we sent the sweetest of messages on their way with a stamp. SMITHSONIAN at 8 is hosting Signed, Sealed, Delivered: A Party at the Postal Museum. And since happy endings sometimes start in near-misses, enjoy a special presentation by Story League, D.C.’s popular live storytelling organization. Drinks, music by DJ Trayze, dancing, and more. General Admission $15 in advance, $20 at the door, if available. VIP admission tickets $35. Cash bar. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Naturally, restaurants around town are setting prix fixe dinners and getting ready for the onslaught of couples. Personally, we’d love for our beaus to take us to Blue Duck Tavern, Komi, Lavagna, or Rose’s Luxury. At Lavagna, for $42 per person, you get a choice of an appetizer, entree, and fabulous dessert. Head there for pork tenderloin, ridiatori bolognese, and then the house tiramisu. From the starters to our desserts, everything is crafted from scratch in house with local raw ingredients. 539 8th St SE
Also, Rialto, is serving a six-course aphrodisiac inspired prix fixe dinner for $65 person, including two glasses of prosecco and concluding with a chocolate hazelnut semi freddo. Lincoln and Teddy & the Bully Bar are serving up prix fix tasting menus for $55 per person. Or, if you’re feeling bitter, head straight to the Rye Bar at Capella, to enjoy the new anti-Valentine’s cocktail, “My Bitter Valentine.” The cocktail is made with Boyd & Blair vodka, Hum Herbal liqueur, St. Germain, Luxardo, Boston Bitters, and lime juice, garnished with a dried rose petal. It’s served shaken, served up in a martini glass, resulting in a cherry and floral infused, slightly tart, beverage.
Becca’s personal trainer and the gang from VIDA Fitness are stripping to their skivvies Saturday morning and running the length of Capitol Hill in the Cupid’s Undie Run. Head to the Pour House to buy them a shot and spectate—or go ahead and donate to their cause. All proceeds raise money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
We’ll be posting a special “Day After” Valentine’s Brunch guide tomorrow. In the evening, take the edge off with a little cerveza at Drink the District: The Presidents Day Beer Fest. Friday and Saturday, the beer event will host a party at Union Market with 50 unlimited beer tastings and two unlimited full pour choices for $40. In addition to brewskis, expect fun and entertainment, including food from local food trucks and live music from area bands. Bitches Who Brunch readers will get a special discount of $10 with the code “Bitches_Brunch.” Drink the District at Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
If you’re looking to get out of town, head out to Lost Creek Vineyard for a Valentine’s Day wine and food pairing of spicy and sweet dishes, including a Chesapeake crab chowder, a lamb loin medallion, a Thai shrimp salad lettuce wrap, and Hazelnut crunch truffles. All courses are paired with wine and the event is a steal at a mere $45 per ticket. There will be three seatings: 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. More information, online. 43277 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg, Va.