Whenever we can squeeze some patio brunching into February, it’s a beautiful thing. Here’s to the gorgeous weekend we just had—now back to the cold. Let’s make this week just as great.
Cleveland Park’s neighborhood joint Dino is closing tonight. It’s the end of an era for chef Dean Gold, but don’t worry, he’ll be opening up a new spot in Shaw in just a couple months. Tonight, the restaurant is throwing a farewell party, cooking and serving food until it’s gone. No reservations, no assigned seating, no menus, no special requests, just plenty of pasta, sliced meats, prosciutto and cheeses, veggies, and more. Get tickets here. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dino, 3435 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
We’re a week away from Mardi Gras, y’all, but the District is already getting ready. Make sure to watch The Today Show on NBC this morning: NOLA native chef David Guas, of Arlington’s Bayou Bakery, will be whipping up his Bayou Bakery Mardi Gras King Cake for Hoda and Kathie Lee. Then get started early by heading to Bayou for dinner; we love the soups and greens, meaty options, and more. The Courthouse restaurant will be hosting an all-out block party on Fat Tuesday next week. 1515 N Courthouse Rd, Arlington, VA 22201.
Georgetown’s flagship Frye Company store is hosting a mid-week pop-up gallery. Photographer Jerry Buttles will be showcasing his gorgeous work, and U.S. Royalty’s John Thornley will be cranking up the music. Get cocktails by Green Hat Gin, and mingle with the stylish. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. RSVP to [email protected] 1066 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Head to Quench Bar + Kitchen for dinner; we love the reasonably priced scratch-made meals, not to mention the great cocktails, at this Rockville joint. Get there early for happy hour offers of $3 off cocktails and wine; $3 select beers, and $3 snacks; plus Thursday nights are half-priced bottles of wine. The restaurant was named Best New Restaurant in 2013; and in 2014 they were a finalist for Best Cocktails & Beverage Program. Now they’re a finalist again in the Restaurant Association of Maryland Awards. Make sure to vote for them here. 9712 Traville Gateway Drive, Rockville, Md.
Head to my favorite Puerto Rican restaurant for a charity event to save lives. Cocktails for Cause will be Friday evening at Mio, benefiting We Will Survive Cancer. It will be a night of Latin American music and signature cocktails. $20 donation entrance fee, along with a percentage of the bar sales, will benefit the organization. 10:30 p.m to 1:30 a.m. Get tickets here. 1110 Vermont Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Can’t make it to the biggest and most famous carnival in Brazil? No worries, Piola brings it to you this Saturday night. Join me at Piola in Rosslyn at 9 p.m. for fabulous food, dancing, fun, oh and party favors, too! Bring out your carnival feathers, costumes, and masks. Enjoy Caipirinhas and Caipiroskas, while dancing the night away to the rhythms of live Brazilian music. Reservations are highly recommended. 1550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.
Sunday night, it’s the Oscars! Commissary is hosting an Oscars viewing party. Head there in your glitz and glam (or just watch the glitz and glam). 1443 P St. N.W., Washington, D.C.