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This Week in DC: Feb. 16-22

Hopefully you made it through the weekend’s brutal cold, and you’re either back at work or, if you’re lucky, staying huddled indoors. While there’s no end in sight for this horrible, no-good winter, we have plenty of picks for warm-and-toasty-fun events in Washington this week.

It’s President’s Day! If you’re lucky enough to have the day off work, we hope you’re brunching. Click here for our complete guide of all the restaurants in D.C. that are serving today.


The soulful spirit of the Big Easy is alive on Fat Tuesday when Michel Richard’s Central lets the good times roll at its eighth Annual Mardi Gras Party. Michel’s award-winning bistro presents Cajun-style specialty menu items, cocktails, music, and festive décor to evoke the spirit of the Crescent City. Central’s Mardi Gras celebration, 5-10:30pm, features Louisiana inspired menu specials served in addition to the award winning regular American bistro fare. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Tonight, the 10th Annual Turn Up the Heat: A Celebration of Women Chefs celebrates the talents of renowned women chefs and supports the work of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Attendees enjoy a live auction, and a tasting from the top women in the industry, featuring nearly 60 women chefs, restaurant owners and mixologists. Attendees include cancer survivors, supporters of the Alliance, corporations and leaders in business, health care and oncology. Get tickets and more information here.


Thursday is the Edible DC Drinks Invitational! Join the group and 25 incredible craft makers for seasonal cocktails, wine, beer and food. Use code “EDIBLEDC” to get $10 off general admission. Get tickets here.


The 28th Annual Chocolates Galore & More event, hosted by Lansdowne Resort, is Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. Presided by Mistress of Ceremonies Lisa Herndon from WINC-FM, the event will attract approximately 700 chocolate enthusiasts, including dessert presenters,  restaurant presenters, “The Bryan Fox Project” band and guest judges, all in support of the YMCA Loudoun County’s Caring for Community Program ensuring no child or family is ever turned away regardless of inability to pay. Get more information and tickets here.

Hill Country is hosting a Chili Cook-Off this Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. Amateur cooks will compete to see whose chili reigns supreme in Washington D.C. Guests attending the $10 event will help in the voting process while enjoying original chili recipes and several drink specials. Ticket sales benefit the MicroGreens charity. Click here to get tickets.


Casa Luca is rolling out its new bottomless brunch on Sunday. Meet and mingle with co-owner Maria Trabocchi while enjoying a selection of Casa Luca brunch-time favorites such as Baccala Fritters, Porchetta on Rye, Poached Eggs “Frutti di Mare,”  or Spaghetti Carbonara. Brunch service will also offer a selection of cocktails, mocktails, and fresh juices. Make reservations for the February 22 kick-off on OpenTable or by calling the restaurant at 202-628-1099.


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